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Hi everyone! I hope you all had a Merry Christmas with your family 🙂 I’m still waiting on a few packages (as well as a really interesting oil.. stay tuned!) so I figured I’d go to a faithful product for a holiday-themed review.
This review is for the Tony Moly Red Appletox Honey Cream. I purchased this from Ebay for $8.85 (with $2.08 off).
For Americans and Canadians, it is also available at Urban Outfitters, but with a hefty mark-up.
I first purchased this product in early 2014 and have since repurchased it two more times. I’ll admit, I only really bought it because I thought it looked cute! I bought mine from Amazon because of the two day shipping. I recently went on an international trip to Jordan and only took a tablespoon’s worth to wear on the plane. My face turned into absolute chaos while I was gone without it. Lesson learned.
Here is a list of ingredients, thanks to Linlinhime, a fellow blogger. For more information on what each product does, click the link in the ingredients list.
Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, ethanol, cyclomethicone, sodium polyacrylate, cyclopentasiloxane, apple, sodium hyaluronate, sunflower oil, propolis extract, honey, royal jelly extract, soluble collagen, gingko biloba leaf extract, allantoin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Penoxyethanol, Trideceth-6, Methylparaben, PEG/PPG-18/18-dimethicone, carbomer, triethanol, amine, fragrance, propylparaben, disodium EDTA, HC yellow no. 4 *, HC yellow no. 5*, C12-16 alcohol – Kahime on COSDNA
The product is the size of a medium-large apple. It has a slight yellowing by the green stem (important to note; Tony Moly has a hand cream that lacks the yellowing up top). According to Pretty and Cute,
Tonymoly Red Apple Tox Honey Cream contains Manuka Honey extract from the wild trees of New Zealand that provide an immunity and anti-bacterial effect. Royal Jelly extract cools down skin troubles, making it good for sensitive skin. Black honey is rich in minerals and amino-acid, which nourishes and moisturizes skin. Apple acid ingredients smoothes skin while Propolis provides anti-oxidants. Sticky texture relaxes the muscle membrane to give elasticity. Directions: Apply appropriate amount to face, tap slightly until absorbed completely. Used as cream usually, use 1 to 2 times a week, provide elasticity to skin.
- Acne care
- Mositurizes [sic]
On a scientific level, Manuka Honey is being studied to see its effects on wound treatment, though more research must be done (source), so it’s interesting to see it implemented in this product.
|The Apple opened up. It holds 80 mL of product.
The product itself is contained in the lower portion of the apple. Upon removing the lid, there is a plastic white seal with the company logo pushed out. It also comes with a spatula, so your fingers don’t have to dip into the cream.
The cream is very sticky and thick, and therefore only requires a little bit to cover your entire face. It also smells like apples and honey, which is delightful. The cream has a buttery yellow color, and is sticky like honey, but not quite as viscous.
I use this mainly in my night routine, as it is a bit too sticky and thick for the day; my hair would be sticking to my face every time the wind blew!
It is important to note, however, that this product claims to be an AHA. As AHAs work at pHs of 3-4, and this product has a pH of ~5.5 (self tested, see below), it is not effective as one. Oh well!
It is usually the last product I use – before using this, I use Laneige’s Water Bank Sleeping Pack. It is the complete opposite of this product – it has a gel-like consistency and leaves my skin rather fast. Immediately after using Laneige’s Sleeping pack, I use this to seal it all in. I will note that I stay up for at least 30 minutes after applying this, because I don’t want it to rub off on my pillows.
When I wake up, I feel remnants of it on my skin, which I wash off with water. My skin then has a glow to it for the rest of the day, and my face feels moisturized and very soft.
There are no dramatic changes I could hope to show you, as my skin doesn’t look dewy or amazing afterwards – it looks healthy. Before applying these products, my skin just looks dry in certain areas, so I hope you’ll forgive the lack of normal before-and-after photos.
I tried my best to show it on my hand – I abstained from using an indie body lotion that I’m obsessed with because I wanted to show my dry winter skin. If you look closely, you can see white lines.
The after picture is kind of bad, but after peeking at the skin beside the black line, the white lines are still prevalent on the left, but not as much on the right. 6 hours later, after washing my hands and helping around the house, that area still looks better.
Smell: Apples and honey – fresh and subtle, dies down after a few minutes.
Appearance: Butter yellow cream.
Texture: A bit runnier than honey. Not as viscous.
Value: Listed earlier; the prices range from $8-$15. I think it’s a good deal, unless I find something better. Even then, though, this is too good to pass up.
– Acts as a great sleeping pack
– Smell is nice, not too strong
– Very sticky. I don’t have a problem with it, but if you do, avoid it.
– Unhygienic without spatula
OVERALL RATING: ★★★★★★★★☆☆/ 8 out of 10
It comes in cute packaging, and this product has helped my skin retain moisture. During these winter months (even in Florida) it’s pretty dry, and my face seems brighter and smoother, though it is really sticky. Though it claims to have an active AHA working on your skin, it is inactive due to the pH – AHAs function best at low, acidic pHs (think 3-4) whereas the Tony Moly Appletox is about 5.5. I feel like some PIH I’ve had is fading because of this, but only by a little bit, so it’s not a miracle worker.
*Another important thing to note is the presence of dyes in this product. I have read up on them, so I use this product regularly. If you have sensitive skin, or are concerned about the use of dyes in your products, do some research! 🙂
Would I Buy This Again?
I will keep buying it until I find something that’s better. As of right now, though, this is one of my holy grail products. It’s a good price, easily available, and works well. I really can’t complain.
Where to Buy Tony Moly Red Appletox Honey Cream?
I could find the lowest price ($10.93 & FREE Shipping) on Ebay.
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What do you think? Let me know!
I hope you all have a Happy New Year!