Duft & Doft is known as a fragrance brand – making various non-aerosol body sprays and a whole line of delicately perfumed hand creams. As they gradually gain popularity, they’ve started to pop-up in drugstores across Korea: most often being seen in OliveYoung. Although what some people don’t know is they also have a collection of facial skincare as well as some personal care products for sanitation. FR madcos – an online shopping site for K-beauty directly from Korea – recently had their 4th brand collaboration with Duft & Doft which seems to have expanded worldwide starting with the US (but now available worldwide through FRmadcos.
This is the only product I received which doesn’t actually advertise itself a being part of the main ‘Duft & Doft’ branding. By this I mean it doesn’t display the brand name on the front of the packaging and isn’t colourful alike the the style of packaging they typically go for. Alternatively they’ve gone for the simplistic black on white style packaging, assumably to appear more sophisticated with a ‘medical’ style – giving the impression of a professional facial cleanser which is stripped of the brand’s association with fragrances. Its free from parabens, sulphates, triethanolamine, talc, mineral oils and synthetic dyes.
Not many ingredient in this mask stand out as particularly special or unique…I suppose ginseng berry and oyster pearl extracts aren’t seen that often elsewhere. As for the milk ingredients, it gold 100ppm of milk protein extract. It’s nice to see Niacinamide placed 4th in the contents list.
This is a ‘tone up’ mask – aiming to restore skin’s radiant glow with a brightening effect. It’s particularly helpful for those with dull or uneven skin tone who also have dry skin. Sometimes using citric brightening products (those with lemon or Yuja/Yuzu extracts for example) can make dry skin drier, so using a milky tone up product is a suitable alterative for pigmentation correction.
As a replacement to standard grade sheet masks, they’ve used a ultra fine fibre to create the sheet itself. This type of material is comfortably lightweight and adheres to skin without causing friction as the essence soaks into skin.Even if it’s lightweight and soft, it isn’t so wafer thin – it holds the milky essence well without too much of it sitting at the bottom of the packaging. As it’s a creamier mask, you may find that you have to wear it for the full 20 minutes to allow sufficient time for the essence to become one with skin. Personally I think it’s too scented for me. It doesn’t seem to contain artificial fragrance, so maybe it’s down to the collection of plant extracts.
The formula is very complex – the contents list is too extensive to speak about in great detail. I will just highlight that it contains green tea for its purification properties and ability to reduce minor inflammation (under eye puffiness), whereas sodium DNA and salmon egg help actively generate elasticity; soluble collagen also plays a role in this. Salmon is not the only sea derived ingredient. It also has mussel, fish (?) and algae extracts.
No matter how much of a skin care enthusiast I am, I’m not going to use a stinky product on my face just for the sake of hoping it is indeed fine anti-aging care. Sometimes I just want to scream – ok, may be that’s an exaggeration – in the faces of Dermatologists who create fish extract skincare without considering improving the scent. Who the heck can stand smearing that all over their face, and waltzing about with it so close to their nose all day long (or night)? Just because we don’t want artificial fragrance, that doesn’t mean we want no fragrance at all.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were gifted in exchange for honest reviews. All opinions expressed are my own and have therefore not been influenced by the brand or any company in association.
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