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Review: Recipe Slowganic Cleanser Lemon

25. February 2016

I’m usually not picky about my cleansers and I love trying new ones…and to admit I have a bunch of unopened cleansers flying around, which are waiting to be tested. One of these cleansers I started using recently is the Recipe Slowganic Cleanser Lemon.

Recipe Slowganic Cleanser Lemon

Recipe by Nature is a Korean brand which was introduced to me for the first time by MeMeBox and I’ve tried a Recipe by Nature Spray Essence Water previously. I really love the packaging design of their products. It is not cute, but clean and still modern with a vintage-esque vibe to it. The Recipe Slowganic Cleanser is a pH balanced cleanser made from 98% natural ingredients and is available in three different types: lemon, green tea and adlay. 

Recipe Slowganic Cleanser Lemon

Recipe Slowganic Cleanser Lemon comes in a pretty cardboard box with an illustration of the actual product jar. A lemon is displayed to show which of the three cleansers you have here. The description on the cardboard box is only  in Korean, and also the official product page only has Korean description. You will find some English description on MeMeBox though. The ingredients are also listed on COSDNA and you can check them >>here<<. Most ingredients are green labelled and you will find many plant extracts in the ingredients list, but also discover that there are quite some potential irritants and three red-labelled ingredients. The red-labelled ingredients are Triethanol Amine, Methylisothiazolinone, and Benzyl Alcohol. The irritants are mostly the oils used for cleansing. If you have oily skin I can recommend you to use a second cleanser afterwards.

Recipe Slowganic Cleanser Lemon

The product contains these plant derived oils: olive oil, jojoba seed oil, camellia oil, macadamia oil, marjoram oil, evening primrose oil, lime oil, lemon peel oil, basil oil, borage seed oil, brazil nut oil, sweet almond oil, argan nut oil, ylang ylang flower oil, sunflower oil, and wild geranium oil…quite a list! 

Recipe Slowganic Cleanser Lemon

When you open up the cardboard box you will see a large plastic spatula on top of the cleanser, which comes in a jar. I love the preserving jar style of the cleanser. It makes me feel like the product is hand-made. You can open the jar by removing one of the metal clips. Between the lid and the product you will find a plastic sheet.
Recipe Slowganic Cleanser Lemon

Removing the sheet reveals a fluffy, white colored cream. It has a mousse-y and bouncy texture and has a fresh citrus scent. Using the included spatula you can take out an appropriate amount from the cleanser and apply it on the dry skin. By massaging the spongy cleanser it will take off the makeup and can be washed off with water. The cleanser has a pH between 4-5. I made a test using different makeup product on my arm and using the cleanser. I think it cleanses off nicely the BB cream and makes the skin feel very fresh and clean. It is not as effective with color makeup. Maybe I have to massage it for a longer time.

Recipe Slowganic Cleanser Lemon

Despite the lack of power for color makeup I still think that the Recipe Slowganic Cleanser Lemon is a good cleanser and especially, it does not feel drying on the skin. It has a good pH between 4-5 and leaves the skin clean and refreshed. I really like to use it as first-step cleanser using a second foam cleanser afterwards. It doesn’t leave any oily residue, and sometimes I only use it on its own as well. I’d like to try the other two types of this cleanser, especially the green tea version. The Recipe Slowganic Cleanser retails for 18000 Won on the official site and contains 100g. You will find it for 20 US$ on MeMeBox, on testerkorea for ~18 US$, and for around 19 US$ on ebay. What is your favorite cleanser? Did you try any products from Recipe by Nature?


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Review: Recipe by Nature Spray Essence Water

25. March 2014
This product was featured in my MeMeBox No. 6, which I showed previously (click >>here<<). It is a Spray Water Essence from the brand Recipe by Nature. You don’t find a lot of information about this brand on the Internet and honestly I only could find the products sold on MeMeBox shop (English) and on the brands homepage, which is in Korean only. Nevertheless, this was the first product out of the box that I tried because I really love the packaging design.
Recipe by Nature Spray Essence Water
As you can see the packaging design is very clean. The card box has a sketch of the spray bottle on it and the colors are yellow and white. The box only comes with Korean description unfortunately, except on the front part (click the image below to enlarge if you can read Korean and are interested) .
Recipe by Nature Spray Essence Water
On the homepage of Recipe by Nature I gave Google translate a try in order to translate the ingredients at least:
Water, Macadamia Seed Oil, PEG / PEG -17 / 6 copolymer, jojoba seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, big sassi oil, bergamot fruit oil, olive oil, lemon peel oil, wanggyul peel oil, orange peel oil, Atlas Cedar bark oil, lavender oil, Scented geranium flower oil, lavender water, rosemary ipsu, kkotsu chamomile, peppermint leaves, flower oil, evening primrose oil, lime oil, basil oil, barley jissi oil, Brazil nut seed oil, sweet almond oil, orange oil, ylang ylang flower oil, sunflower seed oil, Laban Dean oil, horse chestnut extract, fennel fruit octagonal / seed oil, jasmine oil, rose flower oil, wormwood extract, galvanic num resin oil, Western cheukbaek leaf extract, argan tree kernel oil, orange flower oil, balsam peru oil, glycerin (palm extraction), castor oil, PEG-60 Hydro Painted jeniyi, Butylene Glycol, rengeul pentyl glycol, squalane, arginine, by Osaka Ride sword -1, glyceryl rilka Frill rate, tocopheryl acetate, resins, balsams kopayi bar, Carbomer, ethanol, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, acetic acid dehydro
It is a water spray containing additionally to water a bunch of different natural oils as you can see in the ingredient list. It is 8-free, which means that it doesn’t contain 8 unwanted ingredients like mineral oil, synthetic fragrances synthetic dye, triethanolamine or parabens. The front of the packaging also says, that it has a water phase of 91.6 %, containing celtic water and glacial water and 4 % natural origin skin conditioning agents. The other percentages must be from the PEGs and alcohol derivates. It contains all in all 6 kinds of Charabot’s natural essential oils and 12 kinds of natural ingredients (Charabot is a company providing essential oils for the perfumes) . If you go to the product page >>here<< you will find some illustrations on the ingredients. Since it also contains oil you need to shake it before use, you’ll see how the two layers will separate and form tiny droplets within the bottle.
Recipe by Nature Spray Essence Water
The actual spray bottle looks like the sketch on the packaging.
Recipe by Nature Spray Essence Water
The bottle is made of sturdy see-through plastic, so you can say how much is left in the bottle. The cap is transparent and protects the spraying nozzle. When you use it it provides your face/skin with a pleasant drizzle. The spaying plus the light citrus/herbal scent  makes it feel very refreshing while using. I used this as a toner as first step of my routine and it goes well with other products. It doesn’t make the skin look greasy at all and it is nicely moisturizing.
Recipe by Nature Spray Essence Water
All in all, this is a nice toner and mist. I will surely be sad when I used this up, especially since MeMeBox stops shipping internationally at the end of this month. also, I’d love to try other products from this brand, but I couldn’t find any other shop selling these.
You can buy the 140 ml bottle at for US$ 9.00 (additional shipping costs will occur).
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Unboxing: Get It Beautybox by MeMeBox No. 6

28. February 2014
Yesterday finally my first MeMeBox arrived! I first wasn’t sure if I should order it, but after seeing so many boxes I simply had to try one box at least and ended up ordering two XD. This one is MeMeBox No. 6 called “Stay well and happy this winter”, contains a lot of nice products for winter skincare.
MeMeBox comes in a small pink box. It arrived via EMS although I ordered standard shipping, which made me really happy in first place. What is MeMeBox? It is a monthly beauty box for mostly Korean makeup and skincare products. Unlike most beauty boxes it is not a monthly subscription box, instead you can order all boxes which are available and you want to order. They sell out quite fast, especially since they gained a lot of popularity in the blogger community.
The box is densely packed with 8 products, which is a great amount compared to western beauty boxes like Glossybox, for example. Here is what I received in my box:
You can see, that nearly no space was left in the box. That’s definitively a plus! The box included an overview card where all the products are listed and described shortly (if you click to enlarge the image you will be able to read the text).
My box contained these items:
O’sum Aloe Vera Soothing Mist (80 ml / 15 $) – box contained full sized product
This is an aloe Vera Soothing Mist which can be worn before or after makeup or on its own. It contains natural ingredients and is suitable for sensitive and dry skin. This seems to be a nice product. Aloe Vera is always good for dry skin in winter, so I’m curious to try this. Also, O’sum is a brand I heard of before and was curious to try anyway.
Kovas Brightening Facial Mask (14 g/ 2.50 $) – box contained full sized product, that means one sheet mask
This is a brightening sheet mask for the face. It doesn’t contain parabens, fragrances alcohol or pigments and thus might be a nice mask for sensitive skin. I didn’t try it yet, and it is the least spectacular product in the box, but still nice, since I love using sheet masks and it fits to the topic of the box.
Recipe by Nature Spray Essence Water (140 ml /35 $) – box contained full sized product
This spray essence water contains a lot of beneficial skincare ingredients like minerals and vitamin and is supposed to nourish and hydrate the skin. It also contains essential oils. It doesn’t contain mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, Triethanolamine or parabens. It is suggested to use this after cleansing the skin. I used it already once and I applied it after cleansing and toner. I love also the design of the packaging and from my first impression this is one of the highlights in this box for me.
Hanskin Bio Origin Wrinkle Talk BB SPF3ß PA++ (40 ml/ 39 $) – box contained 10 ml
Hanskin is also one of the brands I often heard but never bought. Probably because of the prices. I’m happy about this product because I love BB creams and this one seems to have a matching tone for my skin. Also the consistency of the BB cream is great, since it is not too fluid. The tube appears only half-full if you squeeze it- 10 ml are not much :'( But better than nothing :D
Nelafantasia One day Whitener Magical Whitening Lotion (120 ml / 26 $) – box contained 40 ml
The design of this whitening lotion is very girly and reminded me at Lioele’s design. This lotion creates a temporary whitening effect and can be used all over the body. I used it on my elbows and knees and it does show some differences. I didn’t try it on my face yet.
Kerasys Moringa Miracle Essence ( 50 ml / 13.5 4) – box contained 50 ml
This is the second highlight in the box. I love hair oils. They make my dry and frizzy hair look at least a bit more healthy. Also, I love the scent of this one. Funnily I’m using a Moringa scented Shower gel at the moment, so it fits perfectly. XD The design of the product reminds me of “Kerastase”, a salon brand you’ll find often here in Germany (and Europe ?).
Dr. Jart + silver Label Rejuvenating BB (50 ml / 29 $) – box contained 8 ml
Another BB cream from a brand I’ve wanted to try but never did, until now. :D Again the tube contains very little and you have to put some pressure on the tube to get the product out, which feels like the tube is half empty. The BB cream has again a shade, which might fit to my skin, luckily.
Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip gloss (5g/ 20 $) – box contained 3 g
Okay, this is probably the worst product in the box. First of all, I heard the same product was already included in another previous box, which is disappointing for those people. It is also the same color, which makes it even worse. The price for this lip gloss is also not justified in my eyes. It is a normal lip gloss with shimmering particles. Nothing I would buy personally.
All in all, I’m happy with this box and I can ignore the Laneige lip gloss. All other products will be used and I’m already curious to try and test them and write reviews for all of them :D The products are well balanced, there is some makeup, some skincare and something for the hair as well. Some boxes had foot or hand masks instead of facial masks, which makes even more diversity.

This box cost US$ 23 and US$ 6.99 for standard shipping (although it came with EMS in the end-yeah!).

I’ve ordered another MeMebox (No. 8), too, and I hope that the box will be as nice as this one. Another thing: I received an email from MeMeBox today that they will stop shipping outside US, Canada and Japan. this would be sad, because it means Box No. 8 will be also the last box I will receive from them.:( also, they change their homepage, so it might be you won’t be able to access their web page today.

What do you think about the box? any product you like most?

If you like, check out their web page as soon as it is available again:


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