Over the next week or so, I will be reviewing several Korean beauty products sent to me by one of my favorite Korean beauty online shops, Tester Korea. I have reviewed my experience with them in the past; they have a different selection of brands from a few others that I use, and their prices are very competitive. My favorite thing about them is you can request brands and products and they’ll try to get them in stock!
Today’s review is for a;t fox‘s Tea Toc Water Cream. I’d never heard of this Korean brand before, but apparently they do have a presence in a couple of US-based CVS and UK-based Boots drugstores. The brand’s tagline is “afternoon tea time!” and many of their products include tea as a key ingredient.
Tea Toc Water Cream is a lightweight, translucent green gel that claims to reduce sebum and moisturize the skin. It contains green tea (Camellia sinensis) as an active ingredient, as well as a veritable cornucopia of additional plant extracts such as Centella asiatica (of which I’m a fan), licorice, aloe, rosemary, and chamomile. I was slightly worried about the presence of rosemary extract, since I have had allergic reactions to other products containing it (although I cannot be sure rosemary was the culprit). Luckily, I have had no reactions to Tea Toc Water Cream. Either rosemary isn’t really an issue for my skin, or it’s not present in the right quantity (or perhaps form?) in this product.
The cream can be used as a normal facial moisturizer, or as a sleeping mask. The instructions advise using twice the amount for use as a sleeping mask.
The cream feels really lovely just scooping it out of the tub! It’s like a very watery Jell-O, and feels a bit cool even at room temperature. The product did come with a plastic spatula, but I can rarely be bothered with those since I wash my hands before applying things to my face. If I need to double-dip, I just use another finger.
It smooths onto the face very easily, and one pea-sized dab is pretty much good for my whole face. I used more since I was using it as a sleeping mask, as well. I didn’t use any additional serums or creams underneath; I’m not sure how well the gel would work sitting on top of something heavier/creamier.
One nice thing about this gel formula is that even with a good amount smeared on my face, it does sink into my dry skin nicely, and so I don’t go to bed with a slightly sticky/tacky face like you get with some other sleeping masks.
The product is lightly scented with a sweetened green tea fragrance, which I think is really pleasant. I’d buy a perfume that smells like this!
I’ve used this as a sleeping mask for three days, now, and even as the weather has started to become colder and drier, my skin seems to have responded well. I think my normally dry skin will need a bit more moisture in full-on winter, but for other seasons, I can see this gel being wonderful to use. The coolness would be very welcome on hot nights!
I also have noticed a bit of a reduction in sebum-clogged pores, which constantly plagues my skin. I don’t think three days is enough time to tell whether this is down to the Tea Toc Water Cream. I’ll update my experience here once I feel I’ve used the product for a long enough period of time.
Water, Isopentyldiol, Glycerin, Camellia sinensis leaf extract, Portulaca oleracea extract, Centella asiatica extract, Polygonum cuspidatum root extract, Scutellaria baicalensis root extract, Glycyrrhiza glabria (licorice) root extract, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, carbomer, triethanolamine, Bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, butylene glycol, betaine, allantoin, glyceryl polyacrylate, disodium EDTA, benzyl glycol, butoxydiglycol, raspberry ketone, 1,2-hexanediol, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, chlorphenesin, ethylhexylglycerin, fragrance
Overall, this is a very nice gel moisturizer to use in warmer weather, or perhaps for skins that aren’t kind of dry to begin with. It feels great on! I’ll try to use it up now, but if it starts to get super cold (right, Toronto?), then I’ll probably have to save the rest for spring.
a;t fox is based in Seongnam, South Korea. The company’s name refers to “afternoon tea; time + fox.” I’m not sure what that means, exactly, but they have posted this adorable artwork on their About page: