You ever have one of those moments where you realize you’ve neglected something that should have come naturally to you and you just feel like you’ve let yourself down in a huge and major way? I was finalizing some things with my Memebox US box curation contact tonight when I realized that they’ve been carrying my favorite products from a brand I really like, Tosowoong, for a little while now without me announcing it here!
Bad Fiddy. Bad, bad Fiddy.
So here goes: Out of the Tosowoong products Memebox now carries, my favorites are the Enzyme Powder Wash cleanser and the Pure Propolis, Pure Deep Sea Water, Pure Snail, and Pure Green Tea sheet masks. Let’s do a little rundown of them before I leave you with my teaser!
Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash mini-review
Back in August, which feels like a million years ago, I gave Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash a rave 5/5 review. My feelings about this incredibly affordable and incredibly effective powder cleanser haven’t changed a bit since then. I’ve tried other cleansers in the meantime, loved one of them and enjoyed others, but for everyday use, I still reach for my flip-top bottle of this cleanser more than I do any other. This pH 5.5 cleanser leaves my skin radiantly clean and silky soft. As an added bonus, the powder format means that it makes an ideal cleansing companion for trips: no messy spills, leaks, or inconvenient decanting to meet TSA guidelinesthis has been your first hint.
Tosowoong sheet mask mini-reviews
I got my first Tosowoong sheet masks on a whim because of my love of propolis, and I haven’t regretted it at all. I have a bunch in my stash and I plan to always keep some around. The thick cotton mask sheets are cut big but cling well to my face; they come saturated with a ton of essence and stay moist for about 45 minutes on me, giving my skin ample time to take in all that hydrating, brightening goodness. As an added bonus, all of the sheet masks contain niacinamide, making them a worthy addition to an ingredient-aware skincare routine. Also, I discovered on a flight last year that the TSA doesn’t count sheet masks as liquidshint hint.
Pure Propolis: This was the sheet mask that started it all, the one that made me think Tosowoong might be a brand worth exploring further. The honey-scented essence in this one deeply nourishes my skin, reviving it even when it’s feeling its driest and most unhappy, and the brightening effect is powerful. It’s also the only mask missing from my photo because I finished off the last mask in my second box of 10 of these not too long ago. Let’s just say I’ll be reordering soon. The intense moisturization these masks deliver is great for wintertime and air that the heater has sucked of all its…moisture. I do find the fragrance a little on the strong side, but it doesn’t bother me–especially since it smells of honey.
Pure Deep Sea Water: When what my face needs is light, refreshing hydration, I get a Pure Deep Sea Water mask out and slap it on. These masks were among my most used this summer, since their essence is lightweight and watery, never too heavy even on very hot and humid days. I love how these masks plump up my skin and give it that dewy, watery look. They have that kind of generic “clean blue water” fragrance, and the fragrance is much lighter than the Pure Propolis.
Pure Snail: I mean, I love snails. These snail sheet masks pack about the same amount of watery hydration as the Pure Deep Sea Water, with the added benefit of soothing, smoothing snail goo. These are the sheet masks I reach for when my skin feels a little irritated or looks a little blotchy: they get rid of redness quickly and help calm my skin down while plumping it up. Somewhat oddly, these masks have a vaguely powdery fragrance. I have a soft spot for baby powder-type perfumes, so I don’t mind that at all, and as with most masks, the fragrance dissipates quickly once the mask is on.
Pure Green Tea: While this is the least hydrating or moisturizing of the Tosowoong sheet masks that I’ve tried, the Pure Green Tea has two things going for it, and both those things are green tea. Green tea polyphenols are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic, and there’s some evidence that those properties are in effect even with topical application of green tea extract rather than ingestion (source, source, source, and source). I consider green tea extract a photoprotective antioxidant ingredient, which means I like using these particular sheet masks in the morning. Morning use also means that the ultra-light hydration they provide becomes a plus. This mask’s essence sits very well under other skincare and makeup products. I don’t really notice much of a fragrance here.
Okay, so obviously these products are already available. But hold up. If you’re planning to travel anytime soon, and you want to get several of these things to try out, then maybe you should step away from the checkout button for now. Give me a few days. I might be able to announce something you’ll be very interested in.
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