Favorite Korean Beauty Picks: Two Top Essences

We recently posted a guide to all of our essences. Today, we're going to zoom in on two of our most popular essences. Without further ado, a bit more detail to help you figure out which essence might be that perfect one for you.

May Coop Raw Sauce

How it works:

The magic of this essence is really nature at its best. Most of this bottle is a very pure and antioxidant-rich maple tree sap. The sap is harvested when it's the most nourishing -- in May, hence the name, May Coop! We've heard so many times, "skin just drinks this up!" And it's true: maple tree sap particles are the same size as our bodily fluids (much smaller than water) making this very absorbable by skin. Your skin is being fed all the powerful nourishing ingredients all the way down to the deeper layers. Skin plumps up like a bouncy, hydrated, happy sponge. Serums absorb better after the Raw Sauce is applied. And all that hydration and nourishment makes your skin healthier in the long run. And this pretty bottle lasts forever.

Who it's best for:

All skin types, even those with sensitive skin have been OK with this one. Do note that this formulation contains alcohol, so, if this is an ingredient you know your skin is sensitive to, you might want to choose our second pick of the day!

The Rave Reviews:

Annie, of She’s In The Glow, writes, “May Coop’s Raw Sauce toner (can we just talk about this name?) is a grade-A multi-tasker, working as a toner, an emulsion and essence all in one. Made with 93% maple tree sap, it has a sweet, refreshing scent. When applied to skin, it absorbs in seconds and makes your skin feel revitalized and dewy. With skin-nourishing fructan powder (ECO-Certified) and blends of Asian herbs and fruit extracts (move aside Western medicine), it even fights acne deep from the core, erasing blemish marks like a dry board eraser. This toner also helps create a smooth canvas, so your serums and moisturizers can absorb perfectly into your skin upon application. If you’re looking for an all-in-one skincare solution or simply want to shorten your existing regimen, this product perfect.”

Christine, of Simply Stine, notes, “Since I’ve been using the Raw Sauce, I’ve noticed that my skin glows and my skin just seems so much more hydrated than usual... It’s just an extra step that I don’t mind adding to my routine because so far the results seem to speak for themselves!”

Additionally, we partnered with Sephora when they launched their K-beauty campaign last year. If that wasn't exciting enough, we were so proud to see our May Coop Raw Sauce highlighted! It still lives on the Sephora Favorites wall (and you can find the mini at checkout!). It was hard to pick from 382 amazing reviews—but here are some of our favorite reviews of this product from Sephora's website:

"Oh my god, I have such dry skin all over my body that I get eczema patches pretty regularly now. I've not gotten eczema on my face (yet) but my skin has been flaky looking since middle school and I began to fight it a year or two ago with a daily facial moisturizer (Cetaphil) but THIS right before it makes my skin look so much nicer than it ever has. Will repurchase!"

"I was always very skeptical about essences and under the impression they would cause breakouts. But NO! May Coop Raw Sauce is the best thing that has happened to my skin in forever. Pores are much smaller. The skin is super soft. AND there's that K-beauty associated glow. Allows you to go make-up free with confidence!"

"I am absolutely obsessed with this stuff! I am oily, but this does not make my skin MORE oily. It is very hydrating, even though it absorbs super fast. Other products go on great afterwards. I use my fingers to rub it in, and a little bit goes a long way. The smell is TO DIE FOR. I wish all of my skin care products smelled like this!"


Cremorlab Mineral Treatment Essence


How it works:

This unique and incredible essence contains T.E.N. Mineral water which is proprietary to Cremorlab. The thermal water is so mineral-rich that the water is included in pharmaceutical products as well. More on this water here. The star ingredient is their water, which is then mixed in with brightening ingredients, floral extracts and fermented ingredients, which, not only hydrate skin but provide that extra boost of radiance. With this product, you'll be able to see a big boost in hydration and more even skin tone and help with hyperpigmentation.

A lot of brightening essences out there can be irritating to sensitive skin types due to the usage addition of too many botanical extracts (too much of a good thing can sometimes not be a good thing), but this essence really works well over time and is gentle and refreshing enough to incorporate daily into your AM and PM routines. This is literally thermal spa water in a bottle.

Who it's best for:

All skin types, and especially those who are looking to brighten skin and combat hyperpigmentation -- without the irritation that sometimes come with brightening products.

The Rave Reviews:

Michelle Phan, one of the most discerning beauty gurus we've met, has talked about using this one-of-a-kind essence in her own routine,  and as a recommended essence for others to use as well—it's that good! "It's very refreshing! This essence does the job. This is my 2nd bottle already. My skin tone is even and I can see the dark spots fading away slowly," she says.

Chriselle Lim, who you might know for being an incredibly savvy fashion + beauty maven, incorporates the Cremorlab Mineral Treatment Essence into her routine.


Posted on May 26, 2016
by Peach & Lily