The best Tonymoly skincare series? | Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Intensive Cream and Skin Set

Friday, 13 September 2019

Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Intensive Cream and Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea and Skin

Back when I started to try K-beauty, Green Tea was the most popular skincare ingredient right next to snails. I do understand this cult. Green tea is an antioxidant, and it has a significant role in our lives. I feel like when we talk about green tea in K-beauty, we all think about Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum, but there's another series which you should know - Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea series. 


The Chok Chok Green Tea series is not a new release. This line has been in sale since 2016 or even earlier. But Chok Chok Green Tea Intense Cream and Gel Cream seem to be new releases. I haven't been able to try Chok Chok Green Tea series yet, but thanks to Jolse I was able to try Tonymoly Chok Chok Green Tea Intense Cream set. The set contains Intense Cream and Watery Toner.

Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Intensive Cream and Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea and Skin

Couple words about the brand

Tonymoly is South Korean skincare & makeup brand. The brand got introduced to the market in 2006, and its fame grew fast. The brand is affordable and makes lots of cute products like bunny mist or lipsticks. Tonymoly makes skincare for all clients - younger students with low income and mature women and men who want to spend more on skincare. The Chok Chok line is less popular, but it's a true gem.

Why green tea?

I believe that green tea has a positive meaning not only in skincare. I like to drink a cup of green tea or eat some matcha dessert. Green tea is an antioxidant and source of catechins, especially epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). It's one of the most researched ingredients, and all skin types can use it. It's soothing, and it helps with acne and inflammation.

Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Intensive Cream and Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea and Skin

Tonymoly Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Skin Toner

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, ​Glycereth-26, ​Methylpropanediol, ​Glycerin, ​Alcohol, ​1,2-Hexanediol, ​3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, ​C12-14 Pareth-12, ​Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/​Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, ​Citrus Limon (Lemon) Seed Oil, ​Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, ​Disodium EDTA

Let's start with toner. There's only one version of Green Tea toner so we won't compare it. It doesn't mean we won't be careful and check what's inside the product. Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract is nothing else than green tea, an antioxidant with soothing properties. ​Glycereth-26 is a humectant, but it also works as a thickener. ​Glycerin is a great moisturizer which you'll find almost everywhere. You might be surprised with Alcohol in this toner. Yes, it contains alcohol, but it doesn't have that annoying scent. It can be drying, but in this case, it should enhance the absorption. 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid is a stable form of Vitamin C, it helps with brightening and boosts collagen production. ​C12-14 Pareth-12 is an emulsifier and ​Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/​Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer is a thickener. Citrus Limon (Lemon) Seed Oil is a perfuming ingredient and I can smell it in this formula. ​Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil is also a scent ingredient. 

Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Intensive Cream and Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea and Skin

Tonymoly's toner is a product that gives me a bit mixed feelings because it's quite lightweight, but at the same time it smells nice, but it's not the best toner I've ever tried. It won't hurt your skin but it also won't be as extra as Klairs Unscented toner or Pixi Vitamin C toner. It has nice packaging and a small amount is enough to cover the entire face. It's better to apply it with your hands than apply it with a cotton pad. The scent doesn't remind me of green tea at all, it's more like a pure lemon scent. The product in a set version has 130ml, but if you but it separately then it'll have 180 ml. Can it be used with 7-skin toner technique? I'm not sure about it, it can work but I do not imagine using more than 3 layers of this toner. It reminds me more of an essence than a typical toner. It's not a must-have, but it's a product which I might eventually buy again.

Some of you asked me for dupes so here are some products which you might want to try: Benton Deep Green Tea Toner (sadly, this one is not available on Jolse, but you can find there other Benton's products), Isntree Green Tea Fresh Toner, Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin.

Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Intensive Cream and Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea and Skin

Tonymoly Chok Chok Green Tea Intense Cream

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cyclomethicone, Propanediol, Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Olivate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Polysilicone-11, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus limon (Lemon), Disodium EDTA, 2-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid

Intense cream is a new version of cult Tonymoly Chok Chok Green Tea Water Cream. Let's see what's inside. Similar to the toner, we start with Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract. Then we've got Cyclomethicone is an emollient. Propanediol is a humectant. There's a huge amount of emollients such as Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate and Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate. From all the ingredients I'm mostly surprised with 2-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid since I found the ingredients on HwaHae I guess that someone made a mistake or it's 2-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid which I've never seen in the skincare product before.

Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Intensive Cream and Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea and Skin

The ingredients look quite heavy and the formula is heavy - it's more like an ointment than a cream, but it doesn't mean that application process is bad. It's like using the butter on the bread but the butter is in ideal form. A small amount of the cream is enough to cover the entire face. The scent of this moisturizer isn't heavy and I enjoy it a lot. There's one thing I don't like - the lack of spatula (thankfully, I always save the spatulas just in case). The first couple of days with this moisturizer were great. My skin enjoyed it and I couldn't say anything bad about it. My skin felt soft and the moisturizer gave it a velvet feel. Even acne felt to be less aggressive. I only had one problem - after a week or two, my skin started to get dry. My skin is a combo skin - my cheeks aren't as oily as my T zone. Even if this moisturizer works well with sunscreen and foundation, the problem with dryness of the skin is too much for me. All I need for my skin is a balance which I didn't get this time. Maybe the Intensive version is good only for oily skin? I feel like if your skin is too oily, this moisturizer might be a great choice for you but combo skin or dry skin? Not really. That's why I can't understand why this moisturizer is recommended for dry skin because as long as the toner can be helpful for dry and sensitive skin, the moisturizer is not the best choice for dry skin. I have to agree with the brand - this series works well with my sensitive skin.

Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Intensive Cream and Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea and Skin

Tonymoly Chok Chok Green Tea Water Cream

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, ​Water, ​Dipropylene Glycol, ​Propanediol, ​C9-12 Alkane, ​PPG-14 Butyl Ether, ​Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, ​Arachidyl Alcohol, ​1,2-Hexanediol, ​Polymethylsilsesquioxane, ​Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, ​Behenyl Alcohol, ​Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/​Vp Copolymer, ​Glyceryl Stearate, ​Arachidyl Glucoside, ​Stearyl Alcohol, ​Dimethicone/​Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, ​Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, ​Dimethiconol, ​Trisiloxane, ​Allantoin, ​Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/​Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, ​Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, ​Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, ​Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, ​Tromethamine, ​Xanthan Gum, ​Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, ​Disodium EDTA, ​2-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid

Because of the problem with Tonymoly Chok Chok Green Tea Intense Cream I've decided to check if other versions have a better formula. Water Cream seems to be the first Green Tea moisturizer released by Tonymoly and the ingredients look more promising for my skin than Intensive version because it's full of occlusives, emollients, but it has Arachidyl Alcohol which my skin might not like. Same as Intense Cream, this moisturizer contains ​2-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid.

Tonymoly Chok Chok Green Tea Gel Cream 

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Methyl Gluceth-20, Glycereth-26, Water, Methylpropanediol, Glycerin, Triethyl Citrate, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Silica, Centella Asiatica Extract, Vinyl Dimethicone, Vitex Agnus Castus Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, ​Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/​Vp Copolymer, ​Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, PVM/MA Copolymer, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA

Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Intensive Cream and Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea and Skin

Another available version is a Gel Cream which seems to be the best choice for dry and combo skin. It might be a bit too light for me, but it shouldn't dry my skin. I wish this version would be more common because it contains some of my favourite ingredients like Centella Asiatica Extract. There's no 2-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, but it's not a problem for me.

Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Intense Cream Special Set costs $18.89 on Jolse (at the moment when I published the post). In this price, we get 100ml of the cream and 130 ml of toner. Normally, 60ml of Intense Cream costs $11.68 while Watery skin costs $13.18 for 180 ml. Jolse has many great offers so the moment you check the price, this set can cost even less. If you have oily skin - go for it, since it might help you with sebum production.

Overall, I just learned that sometimes the new versions of cult products aren't as good as cult products, but at least I found a toner which I might want to buy once again. Have you ever tried Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea series?

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*** This post was made in collaboration with Jolseeven though it still shows my personal opinion on the topic and product**

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