2 Feb 2017

Comparison Review: Melvita Damask Rose Floral Water || Mamonde Rose Water Toner


I am by no mean a fan of roses but for some reasons rose always dominant the top ingredients list in skincare products. A few products I have use rose as the main ingredient, from Aromatica First Serum, Whamisa Damask Rose Mist, Naruko Rose Gelly Mask to Mamonde Rose Honey Sleeping Mask.

Rose is also a highly popular sheet mask flavour. Most facial mask carries at least one rose flavour. Damask Rose is among one of the ten classic flavours My Beauty Diary has been carrying despite its constant product revamping since its first launch. Mamonde Rose Moisturizing Mask is also the best among all others flavours. Hence, there must be a reason why rose becomes one of the most popular skincare ingredients.


Rose extract with its rich vitamins, mineral and antioxidants content, is an excellent emollient to moisturize dry skin. It also has great antiseptic and astringent properties for individuals with pores and acne concerns whereas its anti-inflammatory property soothe and protect the skin from environmental aggressors. The unique earthy and enticing scent of rose also found to have aromatherapy property that lowers cortisol level in the body, reduce anxiety and treat depression.

Rose has also been utilized as a beauty ingredient dated 35 million years ago. Cleopatra had her living quarters filled with rose petals so that Marc Antony would be reminded of her everytime he smelt a rose. Women with higher status in the Roman society often uses rose petals in believing that they could banish wrinkles.


Let's compare two highly popular rose product from Melvita and Mamonde!



Melvita Damask Rose Floral Water


Melvita is a certified organic skincare cosmetic company from France. It believes in organic and quality ingredient in skincare is among one of the first companies to obtain ECOCERT certificate in 2002. Out of all cosmetic brands I know, only Whamisa and Melvita obtain ECOCERT due to its strict screening process that ensures the process from plantation to production are ecofriendly, organic and natural. Its best-sellers include Organic Rose Floral Water, Rosehip Oil, Plumping Radiance Serum, and Argan Facial Oil. And the best out of all these are our star product today - Melvita Damask Rose Floral Water.


The floral water comes in a convenient spray container that is typical of a facial mist. It produces refined mist but I find the cap a little bit tight to press so sometimes it may not spread evenly on my face when I spritz it over. You don't need to shake prior to using.


The Damask Rose Floral Water has an enticing and authentic rose scent that smells like freshly plucked rose petals. It is not surprising given that it is produced using a sophisticated distillation process that utilizes over 2,000 damask rose petals.

[INGREDIENT ANALYSIS] Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Aqua, Polyepsilon-Lysine, Citronellol**, Geraniol**, Eugenol, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool 
{*ingredient from organic farming; **natural components of floral water}

The ingredient is quite simple and straightforward. A vast majority of this toner consisted of damask rose hydrosol, or floral water, which is an aqueous solution of the steam distillate obtained from damask rose flower petals. Rose floral water is less concentrated than rose essential oil with similar skincare benefits of the essential oil. It contains all of the essence of the plant but in a milder form making it suitable for sensitive skin or milder application as essential oil might be too strong for certain individuals. Rose hydrosol in addition to its emollient, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidizing properties, also works well as an astringent due to the chemical components in hydrosol that are primarily acidic. These make rose floral water an effective and favourite option as toner. Fragrances such as citronellol, geraniol and eugenol are originally rose hence despite their staggering harzardous rating in CosDNA are considered acceptable if you are someone like me who believe in “natural and original”. And then we have two preservatives, namely polyepsilon-lysine which is milder and benzyl alcohol. Benzyl alcohol might be irritating for certain skin types hence patch test is needed for those who are sensitive to benzyl alcohol. In short, an organic and ecocertified cosmetic brand but not necessary a gentle and hypoallergenic one?


I love love love the consistency and texture of this floral water. It has the right consistency I desire in a toner that is neither drying nor tacky. In term of performance, this works well as a hydrating, refreshing and aromatherapy watery treatment. Arguably the best mist toner I have ever tried. It will not work well as a cleansing toner since it comes in a mist form and doesn’t contain any surfactant but is definitely a decent hydrating toner with astringent properties to constrict pores and refine skin texture. And I thoroughly enjoy its authentic earthy rose scent that really reminds me of fresh rose petals. Definitely stands out among other so-called “rose waters” I have tried.

Mamonde Rose Water Toner


Doesn't this look beautiful? This gorgeous Rose Water Toner is from Mamonde, a Korean brand which utilizes the beauty secret of the symbol of beauty - flowers. Its current brand ambassador is Park Shin Hye. Some of its best-sellers include the hibiscus ceramide cream, honeysuckle first essence, lotus clay mask, calendula sunscreen, narcissus floral hydro line, and of course this popular rose water toner.


The packaging is the conventional plastic bottle with a narrow opening on top. The toner has a watery consistency with a still-pleasant but less-authentic more cosmetic rosy scent. One can easily tell that this is far less concentrated and well-made than the Melvita one. Yes, this has more than 90% rose water but how many petals or extracts are there in each and every drop?

Contrary to Melvita, Mamonde doesn’t feel very hydrating or refreshing. Worse, it is quite drying when I pat it on my skin. It feels like astringent but a drying astringent. It is quite odd because Korean skincare tends to be focusing on moisturizing heavily but not this toner. I don’t know how to describe but I just don’t like this thing on my face.

Besides, I also don’t find anything special about this toner. It is not a very effective second cleansing product although it can clear off some dirt if you wipe it with a cotton pad. I sometimes use it to clean my cosmetic tools or as a sanitizer. I guess those with oily skin or pores concern might enjoy this but for me, it is simply too drying and far less authentic and hydrating than Melvita.

[INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS] Rose Extract (90.89%), Butylene Glycol, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Mamonde has longer ingredients list with additional extracts like prune and lotus, both of which are skin conditioning and moisturizing ingredients. It also carries moisturizers like butylene glycol, glycerin, and castor oil. It also has pH adjuster tromethamine and mild preservative phenoxyethnaol hence appears less problematic when you screen it through CosDNA. But I would say that despite its added moisturizers, the fact that this toner still feels quite drying on my skin is saying something about the quality of the rose hydrosol in here.

In short,

Melvita Organic Damask Rose Floral Water
packaging: ★
scent: ★
texture: ★
ingredients: ★
performance - hydrating: ★
performance - brightening: ★
performance - astringent: ★
performance - refreshing: ★
GENERAL IMPRESSION: ☆, suitable for all skin types

Mamonde Rose Water Toner
packaging: ★
scent: ★
texture: ★
ingredients: ★
performance - hydrating: ☆
performance - brightening: ★
performance - astringent: ★
performance - refreshing: ★
GENERAL IMPRESSION: ★, suitable for oily/combination skin with pores concern


You can get Melvita Damask Rose Floral Water from: Melvita Malaysia
You can get Mamonde Rose Water Toner: Mamonde Malaysia | Hermo | Althea | 11street
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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