KOREAN BEAUTY May Coop – Raw Sauce
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This is my last Korean beauty special for a little while, I have been writing these as part of an initiative working with BNT News International, a global beauty/fashion/lifestyle and entertainment source based in Seoul, South Korea. I am helping BNT to promote a selection of new and exciting Korean beauty products to a UK audience, these are products that you probably won’t have seen before and some of them are really different and unique.
The product that I am reviewing today is Raw Sauce* from May Coop.
I think that ‘Raw Sauce’ is a very strange name for a beauty product, however being a Korean brand May Coop will possibly have translated this into English from Korean. Plus, once you know a bit more about the ingredients the name makes a bit more sense…
Raw Sauce is a cross between a toner and a serum that you apply after cleansing and before moisturising. The main ingredient is Maple Tree Sap – apparently the molecules are smaller than water molecules and absorb into the skin much quicker helping any products applied afterwards to sink into the skin quicker too. Maple Tree Sap is also an antioxidant and regularly drunk as a healthy drink in South Korea.
The product itself is thick and syrupy – this is where I think it gets its ‘Raw Sauce’ name, it reminds me a bit of runny maple syrup! It definitely doesn’t feel like any toner or serum that I’ve used before and I found it a bit counter-intuitive applying something thick and sticky to my face… however it does sink into the skin and doesn’t leave a sticky residue.
I really like the packaging of Raw Sauce, the glass bottle with wooden lid looks really classy and it even comes in a little hessian bag. The only downside is that as the liquid is quite thick it comes out of the top one tiny drop at a time making it take an age to deposit enough onto a cotton wool pad.
I love the idea of this product but as I mentioned before I don’t really enjoy the feeling of applying it to my face. It’s worth trying if you want to have a go with something new though, and Korean beauty brands definitely use some unusual ingredients, it will be interesting to see if Maple Tree Sap starts to appear in the ingredients of some of our UK beauty brands over the coming months and years.
May Coop Raw Sauce is priced at $42 (around £27) available from Peach & Lily who are based in the US but they do ship to the UK.
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