I do not own many hanbang cosmetic products, allthough I would love to. Usually, because of the high quality ingredients derived from traditional chinese medicine hanbang products tend to be more pricey. The dear and overly lovely Jieun from Kokofash was so unbelievably kind and send out a bunch of products to me for reviewing prupase, all by the brand Atoclassic. I’m really thankful, and even more because she gave me all the time I needed for writing the reviews without asking how long it might take. I really tested all the products thoroughly since May and Im so happy to be able to write the reviews now. She send me a total of 4 products, plus four different types of sheet mask, so I will make three separate reviews, starting with the Atoclassic Real Tonic Soothing Multi Cleanser and Soothing Origin Essence today.
Atoclassic is a Korean hanbang brand with more than 100 years of experience, developed by a Korean herbal medicine doctor family of three generations. They opened their clinic in 1912 and been devoted to treating skin diseases and troubles since 1997 and by now there are 15 clinics across Korea. The same ingredients for treatments used in these clinics (both internal and external) have been used to create Atoclassic skincare line. The Real Tonics skincare range thereby focuses on enhancing complexion in whole.
The design of the brands products is simple, and yet really beautiful! All the products have white containers with black/grey flower and plant illustrations. There is a rosegolden ring around the cap of the products which makes it even more elegant and beautiful! All the products are packed in separate cardboard boxes with the similar beautiful design. I was absolutely stunned when I opened the box! The Atoclassic Real Tonic skincare products consist of a cleanser, an essence, a lotion and a cream. A toner is still being developed. Furthermore, there are 4 different sheet masks available. Here are my first two reviews for the Atoclassic Real Tonic Soothing Multi Cleanser and Soothing Origin Essence:
Atoclassic Real Tonic Soothing Multi Cleanser
The Atoclassic Real Tonic Soothing Multi Cleanser is a gel-type cleanser designed for all skin types, but especially for those people with skin troubles or sensitive skins…or even for pregnant people. With a light acidic pH it promotes the natural resilience of the skin and thus combats stress.
Ingredients: Water, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Potassium cocoyl glycinate, Lauryl Glucoside, Dipropylene Glycol, Codonopsis Lanceolata Root Extract, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Algin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA , Xanthium Strumarium Fruit Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, Angelica Tenuissima Root Extract, Pogostemon Cablin Leaf Extract, Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract, Nardostachys Chinensis Root Extract, Lysimachia Foenum-graecum Extract
First of all, you see that the ingredients list is relatively short. 11 out of the 22 ingredients are plant extracts: Japanese Cypress Leaf Extract has soothing properties and Patchouli is giving the cleanser its scent. All the other plant, root and flower extracts have skin conditioning and restoring properties. You can look up the ingredients from COSDNA. you will also see that almost all ingredients are labbeled green. The ingredients contain algin, which is a potential irritant, so please make a patch test before using the product on your face.
The Atoclassic Real Tonic Soothing Multi Cleanser comes in a large 200 ml pump bottle with a sturdy pacakging and a beautiful design. The head of the pump is short, so you have to take it into your hand to pump. The first time I used the product I had to pump a couple of times before it started working. Now, I use two pumps for cleansing my face. If you wear light makeup this can be used as your only cleanser, because it is mild and can be used on the eyes aswell to remove some makeup, but usually I would suggest you to use this cleanser after removing makeup. The lightly pink colored gel transforms into a soft and light lather and has a specific herbal scent. Actually, I never thought about patchouli as scent, but know since I wrote it down it has some similarities. At first the scent was a bit strange for me, but now, after using it for so many months I got used to it and really think that it is a relieving scent. A very gentle cleanser that doesn’t dry out the skin, but also doesn’t leave the skin greasy or leave the feeling of a film on the skin. The pH of the cleanser lies at 4, which is great if you are using actives in your skincare routine.
Atoclassic Real Tonic Soothing Origin Essence
This gel-type restorative essence calms and nurtures the skin. Like the cleanser it is suited for all skin-types , but especially for those people with skin troubles or sensitive skins…or even for pregnant people. The essence has a light formulation and therefore can also be applied around the eyes without being discomfortable.
Ingredients: Water, Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Extract, Panthenol , Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Rehmannia Chinensis Root Extract , Polygonum, Multiflorum Root Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract , Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract , Lycium Chinense Root Extract, Dictamnus Desycarpus Root Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extrac, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Kochia Scoparia Fruit Extract , Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extrac, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Poria Cocos Extract, Atractyloides Japonica Rhizome Extract, Forsythia Suspensa Fruit Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract , Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, PEG-8, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Algin , Acrylates/C10-30, Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer , Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA , Triethanolamine
You can check the ingredients via COSDNA, too, and you will find that most of the ingredients are safe to use. The key ingredients is Chrysanthemum Sinsese Flower extract, which is rich in flavonoids and has skin soothing properties. Moreover you will find that Ginseng is also part of the ingredients lists. I love products containing ginseng, because it has so many versatile effects, reaching from anti-inflammatory to anti-aging properties! Also, panthenol and hyaluronic acid are mentioned which both have excellent moisturizing properties.
Upon application the essence has a sticky touch, but it is not too strong. After a while the sticky feeling dissapears and it feels perfectly fine on the skin. The Atoclassic Real Tonic Soothing Essence contains 14 % active hanbang ingredients. The ingridients are listed above and you will see that the majority of the ingredients consists of the plant based extracts.
Both products work perfectly well for my skintype (mostly dry skintype). Love how mild the cleaqnser is formulated and the essence works really nice also below makeup. The Atoclassic Real Tonic Soothing Multi Cleanser retails for 35 Singapore Dollars which is around 25 US$ from Kokofash. The Atoclassic Real Tonic Soothing Origin Essence retails for 40 Singapore Dollars, which is around 30 US$. Kokofash ships also to US, Europe and Australia! What I really like about the store is that they offer you selected brands which are not at easily seen elsewhere in online stores. I really like how mucxh effort is put into this online store. I hope you will stay tuned for the reviews of the other products from this skincare line, I really enjoyed using these so much, that I hope that you will share my excitement.
What is your first impression of this hanbang brand? Did you try anything from this brand already?
Just as a short reminder: All products mentioned and reviewed on this blog are of my personal opinions. This product here was sent to me for reviewing purpose by www.kokofash.com which doesn’t influence me in providing my honest opinion on the products.