I thought it might be best to dive right into my blog with a review of a couple of products I’ve been really loving for the past few months– two light moisturizers by a lesser-known, ‘natural’ Korean skincare brand called ‘Sidmool’.
Please excuse any awkwardness in formatting, as this is obviously my ~first ever~ blog review of a cosmetic product, but I’m going to try my best to be in-depth, and share the sort of information that I like to see when I read other peoples’ blog reviews, myself!
⋆Sidmool Natural Whitening Waterful Cream⋆
[note: original packaging does include a cap, but I somehow… lost it… a couple of weeks ago. (yeah. I know, lmao)]
I purchased this cream on my own off an ebay listing (which is no longer available– here is one by a similar seller, though) simply because the ingredients list looked almost surreal, in terms of what I look for in products. Here is the full list:
Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Arbutin, Polyglutamic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, Squalane, Octyldodecanol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Panthenol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Allantoin, Glyceryl Stearate, Carbomer, Arginine
Though I don’t necessarily seek out all-natural products, I prefer to avoid ones with too many silicones and ethylhexyl-whatever chemicals if possible– so it worked out well when I discovered Sidmool, a brand that bills itself as ‘all-natural’ and ‘organic’.
The packaging for this product is unlike any ‘squeeze tube’ I think I’ve used, because it seems to refill with air every time I squeeze some product out. Some people may not like this, because it makes the packaging seem more full than it really is, and you can’t tell how much is remaining as you use it up. But I love it, because you don’t have to start squeezing it down like a toothpaste tube– you can gently squeeze from any part of the container, and it will easily dispense product. It’s also hygienic, which is a plus~
This cream has that ‘soft finish’ texture when it sinks into your skin that I just adore. It’s hard to describe to people who haven’t used a moisturizer with such a finish– it’s like a matte texture, but also very moisturized. I can’t rave enough about how much I love the texture of this product.
[scent: not applicable]
As far as I’m aware, Sidmool does not add artificial perfume to its products, this cream included– and thankfully, that doesn’t lead to a rank sort of ‘too herbal’ smell, like some natural products I’ve used– it’s literally just completely odorless, as far as I can tell.
I’d definitely recommend this product to people who are sensitive to aromas in cosmetics for that reason.
I’m giving this ranking 4 stars simply because I’m not sure if I can speak strongly to any of the whitening effects which this product claims to have (with my – quite literally sickly– pale skin that doesn’t even rank on the MAC charts, however, I don’t know if I can really blame the cream for that).
It is, however, a lovely moisturizer, which works well as a final layer in the summer here in central California (where the weather regularly tops 110°F/43°C for up to a weeks at a time), and I can also see myself using it through the fall, and maybe even into winter as a layer under my Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Gel-Cream~
In general, this has become one of my most-used products since purchasing 3 months ago. The texture and clean ingredient list are its biggest selling points for me, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a light, unscented moisturizer!
⋆ Sidmool Vitamin C Energy Waterfull Gel ⋆
This gel was sold by the same ebay seller I got the last cream from– and honestly, I’m immediately drawn to gels, as well as any cosmetics that even claim to have absorbic acid in them– so I went for this one, too. Its ingredients are:
Aronia Melanocarpa Fruit Extract (45%), Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeoyl Tripeptide-1, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Astaxanthin, Beta-Carotene, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Broussonetia Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside (150mg), Ascorbic Acid (150mg), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Beta-Glucan, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Selaginella Tamariscina Extract, Dryopteris Crassirhizoma Extract, Cuscuta Australis Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Allantoin, Carbomer, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arginine
Unfortunately, since the seller I originally purchased it from doesn’t seem to be active anymore, I can’t seem to find anywhere that sells this product anymore, so I pulled that information from its listing on the official Sidmool site.
A classic squeeze tube with the kind of cap you click open and closed. Nothing special, but definitely hygienic and easy to use. I was actually shocked when I opened the package by how large and full the tube was, though!
This is a true, classic gel (not like a ‘watery cream’ or ‘gel cream’, just a gel, like an aloe gel) and while it doesn’t blow me away with how lovely and awesome it is like the previous cream, I was honestly shocked by how non-sticky it was as it dried down, considering the way it looked coming out of the tube. I have a hard time coping with products that feel sticky on my skin (even thick lip glosses, or salves like aquaphor), so I was really pleasantly surprised.
[scent: not applicable]
Again, this product is not perfumed in any way, but not in a bad way, either. Just. Totally odorless. Seeing as I don’t personally care whether products are scented or not (the ‘scent’ score is meant to rate whether a scented product smells great or awful, for future reference), this also gets an ‘n/a’ score.
This may just be me and my consistently high expectations for vitamin-c products, but I definitely don’t see the brightening effects I had hopes for from this product. It’s nicely moisturizing– especially for a light gel– so I use it as one of my lightest finishing-layer moisturizers on the hottest of days, but I suppose after using this product for at least 2+ months, I feel it’s not all that unrealistic to expect to have seen some sort of brightening of dark spots or PIE/PIH by now.
To be succinct, this product was both surprising and slightly disappointing, wrapped into one. I wish more gels could be so moisturizing and non-sticky on dry-down, but at the same time, I also wish this had more of a vitamin c brightening effect like I expected it would. I will continue to use it until I finish the tube, most likely, though I can’t really comment on the repurchase factor I suppose, because I’m unfortunately not sure at this point whether or not it’s possible to purchase this product in the US, for the time being.
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To anyone reading, I can’t thank you enough for looking through my first ever blog post!
I had a lot of fun writing it and doodling the temporary graphics I threw together– and I’d really love to hear any feedback or constructive criticism that some of you more experienced bloggers (or even just seasoned beauty blog fans!) have to offer!
I’ll be practicing my object photography and reading up on cheap staging techniques for now, so–
Until next time!
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