Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream (SPF 38 / P+++)

Benton — Papaya-D Sun Cream (SPF38 / PA+++) Review

I’ve only just gotten into trying Asian sunscreens this summer (I dipped my toe in with Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Cream and Innisfree UV Perfect UV Protection Cream Triple Care, and have Missha All Around Safe Block sitting in my queue), and so far the Innisfree is doing very well, indeed. Recently, I also received the new Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream in exchange for an honest review, and was delighted to test it out!

Benton — Papaya-D Sun Cream (SPF38 / PA+++)

Seoul-based Benton Cosmetics was founded in 2011 by two brothers, JangWon and ChaeWon Lee. The company is perhaps best known for its Snail Bee skincare products. (There’s an amusing story behind the name: it’s a mispronunciation of the the titular, reverse-aging character’s name from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, an entertaining F. Scott Fitzgerald short story—I haven’t seen the Brad Pitt film, but that version is specifically what the brothers reference.)

Cate Blanchett in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Surely it’s Cate’s skin we’re all coveting, and not Brad’s?
Cate Blanchett in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).

Benton is one of the smaller Korean brands—as it isn’t owned by one of the major conglomerates—and it is cruelty-free. Their main selling point is the use of natural ingredients and the freshness of their products due to Benton’s small-batch production.

The Papaya-D Sun Cream I received marks Benton’s first foray into suncare. It is a combination chemical-physical sunscreen: in order on ingredient list: titanium dioxide, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (octinoxate), isoamyl p-methoxycinnamate (amiloxate), and bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine (bemotrizinol/Tinosorb S). Of the sunscreen ingredients, amiloxate and Tinosorb S are EU-approved and undergoing regulatory evaluation in the US. Benton is currently in the process of releasing a second, physical sunscreen containing titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

Other beneficial ingredients include papaya fruit water and papaya fruit extract, which contain vitamins, polyphenols, minerals, and papainPapaya seed oil helps to keep the skin to retain moisture. Niacinamide and adenosine work to brighten the complexion and smooth the skin. The product aims to not only protect the skin from UV damage and other external stressors, but also to moisturize and improve the complexion at the same time.

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fivezero's Cosmetic Love Haulage (April 2017) Innisfree, Benton

Haulage! Cosmetic Love (April 2015)

If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been hauling a little too much, lately! ColourPop, Deciem (plus I’m still waiting on two orders containing their new foundations), Sephora, and tarte were my biggest weaknesses. I love a great sale!

But online Korean shops have been another: I’ve ordered from Jolse and again from Cosmetic Love (referral link).

I should be winding down now for the next month or three…

Meanwhile, here’s what I ordered last month from Cosmetic Love. This package arrived in a mere 18 days from Seoul to Toronto, which is awesome! My Jolse order took about a month. Obviously, Canadian customs is the main reason for the length of time it takes for the packages to arrive, so it’s probably just the luck of the draw. Both shops shipped my orders very quickly. (Of course, Jolse aren’t doing free shipping to Canada for the time being, so Cosmetic Love remains my first choice shop.)

Prices are all in USD. I ordered during an Innisfree sale, if you can’t tell!

  • Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream (10x samples) [$4.95]
  • The Face Shop Trendy Nails in Trolls Collection TR001 [$5.15]
  • Innisfree Perfect UV Protection Cream Triple Care SPF50 PA+++ [$14.16]
  • Innisfree Real Color Nail in 32 [$3.90]
  • Innisfree Wine Jelly Sleeping Pack [$13.55]

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