17 Jun 2017

Review: Banila Co. Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Essence Oil and Cream


You know there is time when everyone seems to be raving about something, but you just can't feel the good of it because it is not meant for you? This is how I feel about the Banila Co. Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Essence Oil and Cream.

I bought it after reading several positive reviews on it, which includes reviews from one of my favourite bloggers Fiddy Snails. Many people said that these are the only cures for their dry and flaky skin. Even more say that honey and propolis are both awesome things to have on your face. After seeing positive reviews from my LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule, I thought, oh well why don't I give this a try since everyone seems to be raving about it?


I bought two items in total from this line, the essence oil from Banila Co. Malaysia and the cream from Testerkorea. Both products are available at Banila Co. Malaysia for approximately RM 130 and RM 170 respectively. In2face, the Malaysian distributor of Peripera, CLIO and Goodal are the one carrying it. They have an outlet at Mid Valley and Sunway Pyramid too. You can also get it from Hermo too, which I think should hold its official distribution rights.

Read on to find out more about why these aren't for me.

Banila Co. Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Essence Oil


The essence oil comes in a gorgeous golden bottle with a dropper. Most oil is packed inside a dropper bottle like this, which is more convenient and hygienic for the users. I have no complaint about the design and usability whatsoever.


The product dispenses to a clear, viscous, honey-like essence. It is hard to tell whether or not this should be considered essence, gel, or oil. I would say it is as potent as essence, as viscous yet fast-absorbing as gel, and as nourishing as oil. It brings out the best of both essence and oil.


Not only does it look like a honey, it also smells really like honey. You'll love this if you are honey-lover, but I actually don't like the taste and smell honey so this is unfortunately not for me.

The product gets absorbed into your skin really well. Your skin will drink it all up where you'll end up feeling soft and supple. No stickiness, not even tackiness, but you'll feel that your skin has been well nourished.


If you are still not clear what it is, the official website claims that this is a deep nourishing and moisture-locking essence oil that can brighten up your complexion, make your skin sleek, and improve the elasticity of your skin. I personally see it as an anti-aging serum. The concept is similar to Belif Peat Miracle Revital Serum Concentrate.

INGREDIENTS

Collagen Extract, Glycerin, Water, Methylgluceth-20, Polyglycerin-3, Niacinamide, Ethanol, Honey Extract, Aureobasidium Pullulans Ferment, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Propolis Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Peg-8, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Adenosine, Tromethamine, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Coco-glyceride, Sodium Starch Octenyl Succinate, Maltodextrin, Calcium Pantothenate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pyridoxine Hci, Silica, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS
(CosDNA)


You’ll love what you see if you have aging, wrinkling, sagging and dry skin. A lot of these are moisture-retaining, blood circulation stimulating, and anti-oxidizing goodies. Collagen, honey, royal jelly, propolis, argan oil, olive oil, sunflower seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and evening primrose oil are all skin nourishing ingredients. Among which, honey, royal jelly and propolis are bees-derived skin nourishing, anti-bacteria, and brightening ingredients. Although I am not a bees-lover myself, I still enjoy how propolis manages to calm and prevent breakouts on my skin during menstruation. Niacinamide is also added to give additional skin brightening, elasticity-improving and anti-aging benefits. In addition to bees’ goodies, we also have extracts from kiku flower, chamomile, evening primrose root, and so on, to provide ample anti-inflammatory (mainly anti-bacterial) benefits.

As for the claimed “skin-glowing” effect, I must say that this arises from proper moisturization. I don’t think that my skin has become brighter after deliberately using this for about 1 month (and non-deliberately in the past 6 months). High emollient content in this essence oil allows it to plump up the skin to better reflect light, giving an illusion of radiant-looking skin.

In short, I think this is a potent skin nourishing and anti-oxidizing serum for normal to drier skin, especially aging skin, during the winter seasons.

Banila Co. Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Cream


Actually I didn't buy the full size, only the trial size from Testerkorea "sample" section. I am not sure will I end up loving this so I don't want to invest on it yet. Besides, this cream is seriously not cheap and is quite unaffordable for most people.


The full size actually looks really pretty, in a hexagonal beehive shape. It is definitely one of the best things you can give your friend with dry skin and love bees!


The only word I can think of to describe the consistency of this product is luxuriousness. The honey cream is a occlusive cream that gets absorbed by your skin almost immediately. It is supposed to be very rich, but you'll be amazed by how velvety and non-heavy this feels on your skin. It is greasy for oilier skin though due to the occlusive content so I don't use it everyday, only when my skin is feeling really dry. As such, I wouldn't recommend it to normal-to-oily, combination and oily skin.

INGREDIENTS

Honey Exract, Aureobasidium Pullulans Ferment, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasilloxane, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, PCA Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Glycereth-26, Petrolatum, Trisilxoane, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Royal Jelly Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Propolis Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuss (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethiconol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, PEG-150 Distearate, Water, Raffinose, Caprylyl Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Arginine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Maltodextrin, Calcium Pantothenate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pyridoxine HCl, Silica, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, CI 19140

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS

This is a long ingredients list. There are some potentially acne-causing and even irritating ingredients such as dimethicone, butylene glycol, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, olive oil, evening primrose oil, PEG-100, and PEG-150. However, if you look closer, these are pretty commonly used ingredients in many skincare. Glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 and PEG-150 are surfactants and emulsifiers that are needed to give this cream a velvety texture, whereas olive oil and evening primrose oil are both skin nourishing oil rich in vitamins and minerals. Unless if you have acne-prone and oily skin, I don’t think you should be worried about them.

Skin-benefiting ingredients used includes fermented honey extract, niacinamide, shea butter, kiku flower extract, mountain peanut seed oil, argan oil, olive oil, royal jelly, calendula flower extract, matricaria flower extract, propolis, evening primrose oil, meadowfoam seed oil, sunflower seed oil, arginine, and so on. Except for mountain peanut seed oil, matricaria, and calendula, the rest are also present in the essence oil. Mountain peanut seed oil, in addition to its emollient and skin nourishing properties, is also an antioxidant that is useful as a wrinkles-preventing and elasticity-improving ingredient. Both matricaria and calendula are known anti-inflammatory and skin soothing flower extracts. All these ingredients offer potent anti-aging (anti-oxidizing) and moisturizing benefits.

PERFORMANCE


I have been using both the essence oil and the cream for more than 6 months, but more deliberately in the past 1 month when I plan to review about it.

I think the essence oil is a nourishing treatment-type product. Instead of calling it oil, I would like to see it as a serum. It can really moisturize and even calm my skin down (dry-related irritation) with its luxurious texture and ingredients used. I think the cream is a better-made product. It is super velvety and occlusive that any dry skin should give it a try. And given how rich the cream is, it is surprisingly lightweight (considered quite lightweight) and non-heavy (although a bit "greasy"). I think it is still too rich for my skin (normal-to-dry who prefers lighter products), but I would highly recommend it for individuals who love honey or those with dry and flaky skin.


I sometimes would mix the cream with several drops of the oil as the last step of my skincare routine. My skin will wake up with a nice glow and feel well nourished the next morning.

CONCLUSION


Pros:
- gorgeous packaging
- sweet honey scent (but not my personal favourite)
- luxurious, fast-absorbing consistency, perfect for dry and flaky skin
- nice ingredients used
- perfect for bees lovers

Cons:
- too rich for normal to oily skin
- relatively pricier in the category, especially the cream

scent: ★★★★
texture: ★★★★☆
ingredients: ★★★★☆
performance - moisturizing/nourishing: ★★★★☆
performance - brightening/radiant: ★★★☆
will I repurchase: ☆ (too rich for my liking)

You can get this from: Banila Co. Malaysia | Hermo | various Korean retailers
[Disclaimer] Products are purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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