Ariany Skin Care products, Ariany literally means skin whose beauty doesn’t fade. Ariany aims to help people achieve their best beautiful skin using natural and beneficial ingredients. Arainy is owned by Samsung and offers only gentle skin care items. >Read more about Ariany Skin Care products.
Banila Co. Makeup and Skin Care Brand from Korea, carries a mix of lower mid-price makeup and skin care products. Banila‘s makeup collection includes actual face makeup along with lines for eyes, cheeks, lips and highlight. Banila‘s skin care line includes products that cover the full 10 step Korean routine. And they also include a mix of options for special skin care needs, such as anti-aging or anti-acne.
Dr Jart+ Skin Care products are best known for the very popular Ceramidin anti-dry skin line. Dr. Jart+ continues to innovate with both traditional ingredients along with newer innovations like snail mucus, galactomyces and hyaluronic acid.
The DSB Skin Care and Make Brand, is a popular makeup and skincare line in Korea that prizes natural ingredients and value. Their BB cushions come in more skin shades than is the norm, having five options in both pink and yellow-based BB creams. The cushions are a top seller but not the only one for this creative and natural leaning brand.
Etude House is a color cosmetics and skin care brand famous for their girly and very pink packaging. Etude House is consistently innovating with new products, including tinted powders and makeup bases, lip stains and creams, lipstick and edgy chocolate themed eye shadow palettes.
FaceShop, offers a vast selection of skincare and color cosmetics that are nature based and utilize high quality ingredients. My favorite products are the sheet masks, face washes, skin care and blushes. The brand has very high and consistent quality products, always innovating.
Finco is a luxury skin care brand that offers a full product line to address both aging and troubled skin. This brand is excellent for sensitive or combination skin, along with dry and troubled skin. Using melon extract and totarol from New Zealand, this brand takes ultra skin nutrition to a new level. Discoloration and other skin tone irregularities are transformed, with continued application, by using skin care ingredients more common in European, not Asian, brands.
Jeju Island is a tropical, volcanic island in the southern part of Korea. Lush vegetation, numerous flowers and herbs are indigenous and grow freely. The Essentielle Beauty Jeju Collection is composed of smaller brands from the region, most of which use local plant, ash and other ingredients in crafting artisan skin care products. Many of the items are not only dense in natural healing ingredients but also include modern but gentle ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. Floral ingredients are also common across the line. Many of these flowers have been used in traditional skin care products for centuries.
The brands in our Jeju Collection include Lowell, Just Jeju, Jeju Story, Ecossaise, Suhyeon and Arieysy. Each of these is a smaller artisan producer who takes great pride in crafting distinctive products that are both effective and environmentally conscious. They all have slightly different approaches but their products are also complimentary as they’re based on healing ingredients that work well in conjunction with other natural products.
The offerings include a charcoal cleanser, face oil, sleeping mask, eye cream, face cream, serum, toners and even a great aloe line. Each is ecologically sustainable and free of toxins, which is especially helpful for those with allergies or sensitivities, but also applicable for all.
From John, founder (and nose) of Kerosene Fragrances…
I was born and raised in St. Clair, Michigan, about an hour north of Detroit. Where I’m from, if you didn’t work in the automobile field, you were most likely unemployed. While each factory may produce a different car part, every factory was exactly the same: Production and Numbers. To get out of that scene, I learned how to paint and wrench on motorcycles. As I worked, I loved the scent of dirt, grease, oil and sometimes blood from a busted knuckle. I’ve always been captivated by scents; gasoline, stamped steel, plastic, trees, earth, and eventually a name was forged, Kerosene.
After smelling everything I could get my snout on, I felt it was time to see if I could combine the right notes and create something special. My goal for my scents will always follow my three ingredients; raw, unique, and approachable. With the scents, I wanted the bottle design to match. So I put my painting talents to work, and little did I know, my factory production background would come in good use. Each bottle will be unique, always painted with high quality automotive paint and clearcoat. The result is if a shiny, classic metallic Ford collided with perfume, as songs by The Cure resonate out of the peaky tiny speakers from the clunky 8-track player.
Hailing from Michigan, which is frigid about seven months of the year, I am naturally attracted to warm notes. Amber, woods, and spices, they do it for me and make their way into a lot of what I do.
I’m a simple person, but my scents won’t be.
These niche, indie perfumes cost more for a reason (and you very often need to find a very special and very expensive store to buy them) they’re worth it. Kerosene scents are more intense, complex and touch you in an emotional way. I’ve been seeking out only the best for this site and Kerosene made the cut. Wear one of these scents and not only won’t you smell like anyone else you know, you will love what you’re wearing.
Most of these scents are unisex.
Kerosene website http://www.houseofkerosene.com/
Klairs (and I’m From)
Klair’s is a young brand, both in age and in attitude. Comprised of aggressive younger employees on a quest to build great brands, each product is part of a larger line and vision. Klair’s prides itself on being cruelty free and using only the highest quality ingredients. The products are dense with vegetable and other extracts, each targeted to address specific skin care needs.
Their products are especially ideal for those with sensitive skin as the line is designed to target those with sensitivities. Vegan products are less likely to clog pores and cause irritation. The line provides a full line with oil and foam cleansers, serums, toners, face creams and masks.
The I’m From line revolves around an individual ingredient, then builds a series of products to benefit from the highest quality version of it available. The line is more expensive, due to the nature of the ingredients used. We will start out carrying the unbelievably amazing honey mask but as new products become available we will selectively add them.
Labelyoung is a newer Korean brand that has built up a quick business through the use of social media and high quality products. They avoid harmful ingredients and infuse their products with natural skin boosting ingredients. The brand is also a pioneer in multi-tasking products, which sell out often.
Label Young has a number of well known products under the “Shocking “ moniker. The shocking cream outranked its competitors in numerous street and blogger tests. It uses natural healing ingredients to perfect skin. The Shocking Toner comes in four varieties. The first is berry based, the second honey and the third is mineral rich waters. The latter seems to clear almost everyone’s troubled skin. The Shocking mask balances oils, exfoliates and clears both black and white heads.
The brand’s Shocking Oil includes micro bubbles of vitamin rich nutrients.
And Labelyoung continues to innovate, adding increasingly better products, always focused on being sustainable and natural.
MeganLisa is a line that focuses on natural, sustainable skin care and Korean beauty products. The line was founded by Megan Lisa Jones after her daughter had issues early on with eczema and easily irritated skin. The basic line includes Simple face cream, face oil, clay mask and face wash. More targeted skin solutions are essential oil based blends, Antoinette, Papillon and Versailles.
More sophisticated products include herbs and other natural ingredients that heal skin and are targeted at specific skin challenges. Troubled and acne skin is treated with specific traditional herbs and essences. Aging, discoloration and wrinkes are also likewise treated gently, with traditional healing remedies.
The MeganLisa Korean beauty brand will continue growing and adding not only additional skin care but also color cosmetics.
Packaging is environmentally friendly and focused on minimal environmental damage, even at the risk of being less slick.
Noble Through Skin
NoTS CEO was a professional cosmetics marketer for other brands until 2010.
Her son suffered from Atopic Dermatitis. The whole family was frustrated watching him suffering from itchiness and frequent clinic visits so she started searching for skin care products to reduce the symptoms. Her career aided her search as she worked in the industry but few of the very expensive products worked and others did not work or even had side effects.
She became very frustrated and disappointed because she marketed and promoted some of the products she used on her son. She went back to research and talked to her contacts, dermatologists, chemical engineers and researchers from various cosmetics companies. After thorough research she decided to blend and use several natural ingredients such as honey, cinnamon, herbs and couple of vegetables recommended by her contacts. Her son’s symptoms did start to minimize. She kept on making her own blends of ingredients and her son was able to go to the kindergarten. Some of her friends used the recipes themselves. Most of them worked beautifully as they had with her son so she decided to make her own brand with the recipe.
Moreover, she decided that she didn’t want to market other products that were rubbish. She felt like she was lying to everybody who bought the products. Most of the cheap products had only a small quantity of ingredients they claimed, but the brands then used enormous amounts of money in marketing.
She got together with couple of her contacts that were like-minded and they agreed to start a quality brand. Four of them launched the brand in December, 2011 on-line only and had immediate success. In their second year, word spread quite quickly through on-line and a popular television beauty show introduced the products on the air. Word spread very rapidly after the appearance increasing sales. The products were introduced again in the same TV show in 2013 which gave another push. NoTS won a Best brand award, and was invited to the Premium Department stores. By the third quarter of 2014 revenue had soared and the rebuying rate was 85%.
The first overseas relationship was with Watsons in Hong Kong.
One offs are test products, mostly from Korea but sometimes international in nature. They include Korean makeup and skin care brands but are always special and different from most mainstream beauty items.
Some special items include horse oil skin care items, Arabian Oud Kalemat eau de parfum, lipstick, berry face wash and essential oil based items. Eye patches and custom skin care items also fall into this category.
Essentielle Beauty will continue carrying new, test product to make sure that we offer the best curated global products. Increasingly, the products will be natural or organic in nature but will also include new cutting edge science based beauty items.
One offs are a fun way of including exciting new beauty innovations and getting feedback from Essentielle Beauty loyalists so we can continue offering newer and better products. When in Korea, and in ongoing conversations with my partners there, I keep learning about the best innovations in global beauty. The one offs category allows us to make them selectively available.
Original Raw is best known for their Blue and Black Jam creams, both of which have intense ingredients lists including botanicals, herbs, oils and even donkey milk.Original Raw is a division of Sammi Glory Co., Limited and is located in Busan, a southern Korean city picturesquely set on the ocean. The brand has put extensive resources into developing cutting edge and nutrient infused skin care products and select makeup items. Their line focuses on skin hydration and intense, effective treatments. Their Blue Jam cream is known as a celebrity cream as it’s very popular with a number of them.
Original Raw’s beauty line includes mostly skin care, but they also have lip pencils, a one stop combination BB cream and CC cushions.
What impresses me most about the this Korean beauty brand is how amazing their ingredients are consistently across all products. This brand absolutely utilizes the best in modern science while encompassing truly impressive natural traditional ingredients.
Privia (and Monique Labs)
Privia was started by a long time veteran of the large branded beauty companies that dominate Korea and Asia, Park Heung Soo. Over time, Soo began to envision his own line, adopting the best of what he learned but also adding some improvements he’d envisioned. Privia, and now Monique Labs, were born. The Korean beauty brand offers a complete line of products and at affordable prices.
Monique Labs uses galactomyces, a fermented yeast product, to refine skin texture and heal skin imperfections. The essence is a very close dupe of the Sk II essence, but at a much lower price.
Privia’s makeup line has gorgeous blushes, beautiful lipstick and a wide range of shimmery eye shadows. They also have a few mascaras. The skin care line includes oil and foam face cleansers, face creams, eye creams, serums and other special treatments. Sheet face masks are non-animal product focused. They are both anti-aging and anti blemish.
Secret Key is dedicated to providing effective and safe cosmetic products for skin by unlocking the secrets of natural ingredients. They pioneered using snail repairing ingredients and were the first to do so in Korea. Aloe, herbs, essences, galacomyces, fruits, vegetables and other beneficial ingredients are also used, making it one of the more special Korean beauty brands.
Every Secret Key product uses a wide variety of natural ingredients targeted by skin type. Each offering includes a depth of targeted nutrition to heal and repair skin, not strip it. They also offer high quality duplicate products of more expensive best sellers from other lines. Except, their products are often missing artificial or harmful ingredients but equally effective.
My favorite products include the aloe toner and skin essence. Both are among the best among their respective classes, and at a cost effective price. Secret Key offers lines for both men and women but their makeup line includes only a few items such as eye liner and lipstick.
The Simple line is just that, the most basic and natural skin care to provide skin with only the highest quality ingredients but none of the harsh chemicals too often present in today’s cosmetics and skin care lines.
We use only organic ingredients whenever possible though do sometimes need to source other ingredients (but all that we add are natural and without artificial chemicals).
This line avoids artificial fragrances, preservatives and other ingredients while offering the best quality natural ingredients available.
Due to the lack of preservatives, these products should be used within 6 months when possible. For longer life store in the fridge.
Skinfood is a popular Korean skin care and makeup brand that mixes natural products with the very best in packaging. This brand has some of the top selling Korean products globally including their black sugar mask, black sugar honey mask and the egg white pore mask. Their rice mask, eye shadows and blushes are also top sellers.
Skinfood is among the most crowded shops I visited while in Korea. They have absolutely lovely makeup and favor a more natural look. The eye shadows are somewhat sheer, but glisten a little so you need to like shimmer. The blushes are sublime.
And the top selling products in the line are the masks. Apply them to a clean face, let sit for 20 to 60 minutes. They work as exfoliants and also as special treatments, targeted at troubled or aging skin. The brand carries a vast line of specialized skin treatments, both for face and body.
This brand is a powerful solution to resolve skin aging challenges. Deeply nourishing, it reverses visible signs of aging and restores radiance.
Aureobasidium pullulans ferment filtrate restores healthy skin’s balance and contains natural moisturizing ingredients similar to skin cells. It is effective in providing rich nutrition, making the skin radiant, tightening the pores, improving complex skin damage and strengthening skin elasticity. A fountain of youth in a jar!
Extracts made of mushrooms such as phellinus linteus, ganoderma lucidum, agaricus blazei, tricholoma matsutake, cordyceps sinensis known as elixirs containing rich polysaccharides, amino acids and beta glucans.
The higher end Korean beauty brands such as Supia are among the best in the world. They concentrate high quality ingredients, while avoiding harmful and damaging chemicals, to help create perfect skin.
Tauerville is Swiss indie perfumer Andy Tauer’s second line. The Tauer brand retails for about $140 per bottle and popular scents like Rose du Kandahar and L’Air du Desert Marocain regularly sell out.
Tauerville is meant to be more affordable and approachable. And the self taught perfumer has thus far only released the very popular Rose Flash and now, in Spring 2015, Vanilla Flash. Neither scent is what most would expect from the title as the scents are complex, building creatively on their base notes.
Tauer explains that his Tauerville brand was created in order to let him play more creatively:
To make a long story short. One of the best qualities for me, about Tauerville, is: I can pick and place my scents. Place them there where I think they fit best. Following my instinct, and playing my cards on a growing table. And: I can play in Tauerville, a bit more than I can here, on tauer perfumes. Playing means: Trying out new esthetics, complementary to Tauer Perfumes.
Tauerville website http://www.tauerville.com/
Too Cool For School
McGirly, Morocco Ghassoul, Dinoplatz, egg and pumpkin based lines are among the top selling lines from this edgy line, Too Cool For School. This Korean beauty brand is very high quality and has a streamlined offering of products. They craft beautiful black matte and shimmery white eye liners, glistening eye shadow pencils and soft blushes. Lipsticks include nudes, goth reds and plums and color changing sheers.
Too Cool For School also has excellent skin care products, both for face and body. The McGirly line uses fermented rice, while the Ghassoul line uses clay from Morocco. The egg and pumpkin masks perfect skin.
And the Dinoplatz line uses architecturally streamlined packaging and very high quality makeup. The line is mid-priced but has excellent quality consistently. It’s targeted at a more sophisticated and urban clientele than targeted by many Korean brands. Relatively pricey, it provides quality and originality to match pricing.
VDL provides high quality Korean skin care and makeup. This line is very edgy, current and hip. One popular product is the lip cube, a gorgeous lipstick formula with a lovely sheen. They also offer a full range of makeup, including blushes, eye shadow, mascara, eye-liner and lip products. Eye shadows are intensely pigmented and cover a vast array of shades.
VDL is a trend focused Korean beauty brand that offers special products for events like festivals. They also have sophisticated skin care lines that target specific skin concerns, from dry and aging skin to oilier and breakout prone skin.
VDL is a mid to higher end line, but the quality is stellar. The best comparison is a mix between Guerlain and MAC. This line offers everything a fashion conscious woman could want to look beautiful. Prices are comparable to mid-range Western brands, but the quality is more like higher end brands