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We Put This Chemical-Free Cult Japanese Beauty Brand To The Test

No chemicals, no preservatives. Are they all that or just talk? Our reader Carina Eliane tries three of Boscia's top sellers to see what the fuss is about.

Welcome to KULALA Beauty Club, where YOU our dear readers help us suss out the best in the beautysphere. This week, we have Carina (@carinaeliane) and her review of three skincare products from the Japanese brand Boscia. Read her last review here.

Despite hearing about Boscia being a brand that’s good for sensitive skin types, I’ve personally never tried their products before. When I received my package, I was really excited to try it as Japanese skincare products are usually amazing, especially so evident in the Japanese skincare ritual. Boscia’s products don’t use preservatives in their formula, too, and I figured that it would be a good opportunity to go chemical-free.

The first thing I tried was the Charcoal Deep-Pore Exfoliating Peel Gel with Volcanic SandIt’s a lightweight peeling gel that gently exfoliates the skin while purifying deep into the pores to remove dirt, oil and dead skin cells. The gel resembled a gentle scrub with the tiniest black specs of sand that leave my skin feeling soft and smooth. Although it didn’t leave a huge difference, I feel that it’s a good product to use without the irritation of skin like most exfoliation products would give. It’s also very watery, so I suggest that you should use it on a clean and dry face.

Up next, I tried the Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask that aims to provide both intense hydration and added firmness to the skin overnight. Because I have a fairly normal to combination skin, I didn’t feel any huge difference the night after using it. It felt sticky on the skin and had a distinct floral smell that I should mention, even though it doesn’t bother me that much. This product might work better for dry skin types or during the winter season, as it does it’s job of adding moisture to the skin. 

Lastly, to reduce the appearance of pores and control shine, we have the Boscia Porefecting White Charcoal Mattifying Treatment Primer. I usually apply primer after my moisturiser and before my sunblock, and wanted to see if this could reduce the amount of shine I usually have around the T-zone. Although the consistency is good, applies matte and smells pleasant, the primer would rub off when I apply my sunscreen over it. It’s quite disturbing to see it all come off even before my foundation is applied. Perhaps, I should’ve applied sunscreen before the primer instead, but I’m still worried about how it would hold up against liquid foundation and a brush. So, of the three, I recommend this the least.

Thanks, Carina! Want to join the KULALA Beauty Club? Head on over here to see how you can be a part of it. For more beauty reviews like this, click over here for our “Best of Beauty” series. All photos here were taken by Carina.

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