Do you drink Kombucha tea – I do. I love It when it has ginger flavouring, I feel like I can taste all the pro-biotic antioxidant goodness just swirling inside of me. So with those thoughts in mind, I was definitely intrigued by the idea of the Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence. I love a good essence, I love pro-biotics, they are good when dealing with “bad” bacteria, so it all seemed like a very good combination. Read on to see my thoughts on the Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence product.
What is it? The Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence is a skincare product based on Korean beauty principles. Its 150ml in a large luxe frosted glass bottle that promises to “increase moisture and luminosity for a radiant, lustrous complexion. The highly concentrated age-delay treatment provides daily antioxidant and antipollution protect, which helps prevent premature signs of skin aging. The versatile, weightless essence also smoothes, softens the look of fine lines, and refines the appearance of skin, boosting its resilience and vitality.” (Sephora website) All of this for the great price of $68. But most of that is really just “marketing” language so we really must focus on the listed ingredients.
Water, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Polyglycerin-3, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Butylene Glycol, Diglycerin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum (Fragrance), Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Citrate, BHT, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Biotin, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol.
The key ingredients are supposed to do the following:
Kombucha (Fermented Black Tea): Helps to smooth, increase luminosity, and protect against pollution and free radicals for younger-looking skin.
-Mandarin Peel Extract: Helps promote a beautifully uniform complexion.
-Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract: Helps smooth the appearance of skin texture.
-Hyaluronic Acid: Works to attract and seal in moisture for supple skin.
Pros – the container is very very large and after using it for roughly 5-10 days it looks like I have barely touched the bottle. So you will definitely get your money’s worth with this product- at $68 for a 150 ml bottle that will easily last year, I the think price is reasonable. The 250ml bottle is $99, same price as a much smaller bottle of the SK-II Facial essence. Full disclosure – I bought this for 15% during a Sephora sale. It is easily patted on to my skin and sinks in to leave a light slightly sticky residue that is absorbed at a slightly slower rate. It feels refreshing on the skin and the scent isn’t terrible at all.
But did it work for me?
When I first used this product, I made the error of introducing another new product to my routine on the same day. This is a big no-no as it makes it difficult to determine what is causing any reactions. My skincare routine is very edited, I tend to rotate through the same trusted products. So it was a bit of a surprise when I broke out in little bumps all over my forehead. The bumps almost look like a little rash and look like the bumps I get when I use products with Vitamin C. I wasn’t sure which of the new products produced the result – but another review of the ingredient list gave me pause. – glycerin, mandarin peel, citric acid. I should have paid closer attention prior to purchasing but these are not key ingredients and so I was not too concerned. The bumps went away after a few days and I re-introduced the Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence into the routine. Within two days the rash came back unfortunately. I re-read the Sephora reviews and noted that many of those who left one-star reviews complained of break-outs or tiny bumps.
Will I keep the Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence?
Basically no – the rash/bumps on my forehead are real, and slightly itchy and not worth it. I have already returned the Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence to Sephora. My SK-II Facial Essence is back in heavy rotation, the ingredient list is much much shorter and will have to stay as a holy grail product. Unfortunately, I cant really speak for whether this would work for anyone else. I used it for less than 15 days and not long enough to see any thing than the adverse reaction on my skin. Please read the reviews on Sephora, most people seem to really like it but there is a small sub-set like myself who experienced the reaction. For myself I will stick SK-II Essence.
I wish I had been able to get a sample prior to making the full size purchase but thank goodness Sephora has such a generous return policy.