8.01.2015

CREMOLAB Mineral Treatment Essence | Peach and Lily


Cremolab Mineral Treatment Essence Review


With a bit of exaggeration, Korean beauty consists of 10 steps of skincare routines. After cleansing your face as desired (another large subject), you use toner (possibly astringent), essence, serum, and a moisturizer or two. Many people even utilize ampoules in their regimens. 
I am a minimalist when it comes to my skincare and quite lazy at that as well. This concept of layering multiple products overwhelms me. On the other hand, I'm not entirely foreign to the notion because I grew up in Korea and started my "beauty life" there. This DOES help if you choose the right products and be consistent with your routine, which I am reminded more and more as I get older.
If you're lazy minimalistic like me and want to delve into the infamous Korean skincare routines but don't know where to start, I would suggest first employing an essence like T.E.N. Cremolab Mineral Treatment Essence.


You see, a toner is generally considered as a last step of cleansing in Western beauty whereas it is perceived as a first step after cleansing in Asia. The term "essence" could be a little confusing to some, but it would be best to understand it as a "pre-treatment" containing active ingredients in a water-like consistency.





I knew that Cremolab Mineral Treatment Essence would make a visible difference for me, because I knew what the main ingredient, Geumjin thermal water was. Geumjin is famous for its thermal water and many Korean people go there seeking treatment and benefits from this mineral-rich natural source.




Of course, thermal water isn't the only ingredient in Mineral Treatment Essence. It contains various floral water and active ingredients like Adenosine and Niacinamide
What's not included? Paraben, fragrance, alcohol or colorant.



Cremolab Mineral Treatment Essence Review


I have been using the essence nonstop. I just couldn't stop - if you feel an immediate response from your skin like that, you wouldn't stop either. 
I still use a toner right after cleansing then follow with Cremolab Mineral Treatment Essence. You can use cotton rounds for application but I just pour some in my palm and pat it on my face. My skin goes "Aahhhhhhh", every single time.
But seriously, I use it to mix it with a heavier moisturizer or even to tame flyaway hair. Sometimes I put this on twice because it feels that amazing. It soothes my skin and perfectly preps for the next step. Which allows me to live on serums and not on heavy moisturizer in this hot and humid weather. I can't believe that simply slipping this non-greasy hydrating (magic) water in my routine has made such a big difference. 


Cremolab Mineral Treatment Essence Review



This essence is priced modestly at $42 especially when I think about all the positiveness it brings to my skin. Plus the bottle is huge (270ml, 9.12 Fl oz). 
I have a feeling that T.E.N. Cremolab Mineral Treatment Essence might be the entry way of the Korean skincare rabbit hole for me. 


Thanks for reading!

Are you familiar with the concept of a lightweight treatment like Mineral Treatment Essence?
What are your thoughts?



*The product was generously provided by Peach and Lily for the reviewing purposes.*



22 comments

  1. This sounds like an amazing product! I've JUST starting using an essence-Vichy just came out with one and I get it! I get that AHHHHh feeling you're talking about!

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    1. Vichy is the one who adopts the Asian beauty concepts so well. The hydrating serum is another example, and now the water essence! It's from the Idealia range, right? I don't think it is avail in the U.S. yet but I really hope it will be! :)

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  2. whenever I watch Asian beauty gurus on youtube and watch their skin care routine, I am always overwhelmed of how many products are involved. But I am slowly adding more products in my routine and this essence seems like a good introduction.

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    1. Yeah, I am not sure I want to follow all that. I used to despise layering tons of products like that. This is the third essence type of product I've tired and the best one so far. This is simple enough and it isn't painful to apply at all (the opposite actually), so I can recommend something like this to anyone. ;)

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  3. The product sounds great!! I am currently using Nonco's TTree oil essence! and a moisturizing vit C toner spray by InstaNatural i love using essences and moisturizing toners, they are very lightweight, refreshing for oily T-zones for combo skin, yet moisturizing enough for the dry cheeks!

    Oreleona | Pristine's Bliss

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    1. Oh, it sounds like you're using lots of natural products.
      I'm more drawn into hydrating than moisturizing these days. It seems to help many combo skin people like you and me. :)

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  4. I've used a treatment lotion before, not an essence but I know the feeling you're talking about.
    I love the sound of those ingredients, they really work.

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    1. "Lotion" generally means "toner" in French products, so I think treatment lotion is like essence? Essence and serum - they are all in the hazy area!
      I also think it is the ingredients that makes the difference! I mean, Niacinamide is the third one in this. That's a lot. :)

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  5. Now I'm tempted to add another step in my skincare routine! This one sounds like a gem, Lena! I have the Chanel Le Blanc Brightening Moisture Lotion that I haven't used for a while. The consistency of the two products sounds very similar so I'll try to use up my Chanel bottle first. Once I finish, I hope I can give this one a try next!

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    1. I still love using toner with some alcohol (I like a bit of alcohol, actually) to finish up the cleansing process, but in the morning I just go right to something like this. Since you mentioned the Le Blanc, I remember how much I enjoyed Kose Sekkisei lotion! :)

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  6. i was gifted conju soap a while back (loved it), and i know the line also has an "essence" product that is supposed to be good as well.

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    1. Just googled conju soap - it is quite popular! Often Korean skincare stuff come in sets and they do contain essence in them. I think the light texture and the hydrating properties in essence would benefit almost anyone. :)

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  7. My comment disappeared :(

    I use a toner as toner + essence, usually :P Or well, I pick toners that have more essence qualities? Because I also don't want so many steps, or else I will never do all of them, and then what's the point? :P This sounds really good, though! I'm curious now.

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    1. Sorry! Bad Bloggers!! Looks like if someone presses the publish button at the same time, one of the comments gets eaten. ;-/

      I usually have two different types of toners - one with alcohol & one with moisturizing properties, so I suspected that this essence would be just like the latter. But it's not. I think it is the niacinamide which is the third ingredients in it. That's actually better than Olay serums.
      This essence claims to be effective in skin brightening but I am not sure, yet. I will update. :)

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  8. The ingredients in this product sound great and so do the results you've been getting from it. I'm a longtime user of the Missha First Treatment Essence and essence is a step I can't imagine skipping cause I definitely notice a difference when I have. I'm going to be swapping it out with Cosrx Galactomyces 95 White Power Essence soon which I've read is a good dupe though the name is just bloody awful O_o

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    1. It is addictive, isn't it? It's completely noninvasive yet brings such great results. I've used something like the cult classic Hada Labo lotion for years, but the Mineral Treatment Essence is something else in my view.
      And lol at the name of the product you mentioned. Sometimes they don't really think, it seems! ;p

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  9. I do love a bit of essence! However, I will never be down with a ten or twelve or whatever ridiculous number of steps that gets quoted when we talk about Korean skincare. Way too overwhelming!

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    1. I agree with you, Teresa! I think I love this even more because it doesn't interfere with my current routine and it is so easy to be consistent with it.
      I've said it before, but we need to remember our skin is an organ that is designed to purge not absorb gazillion things. Well, we want that organ to look nice. Hence the dilemma. ;)

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  10. I love the picture with the action figures! The ahhhh feeling you describe sounds heavenly. I've been really curious about essences, maybe I'll try this one!

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    1. Hehe. I love them and I should feature them more in my pictures. They are usually quite disapproving about my makeups and beauty product piles, though. ;p
      I think this is a good place to start! Honestly, I myself have to try more to really conclude about Korean skincare, because I didn't think it was that great when I lived in Korea. They must have come so far. ;)

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  11. PS: I also want to try a cleansing sherbet! I mean, the name alone is incredibly tempting. :)

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    1. I know! For the same reason, I want to try the "pudding" moisturizer. These people read our minds. ;D

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