Mugwort & Artemisia in a skincare - is it worth a hype?

Wednesday 7 August 2019

Artemisia & Mugwort Skincare, Hanyul Artemisia Miracle Relief Essence & Missha Time Revolution Artemisia Essence

Mugwort skincare is the latest Kbeauty trend, some companies already released full artemisia skincare series. Hanyul, Missha, I'm From and Tonymoly are only some of the brands with Mugwort skincare lines. But is Mugwort skincare really worth a try? Artemisia is a herb mostly used in traditional medicines, we still don't know this ingredient as good as we know Centella. In this post, I want to check different Mugwort products like essences, masks, ampoules, etc. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to test them all but we will dig some ingredients to see which product is the most affordable and which formula can work.

What's Artemisia and Mugwort? Do they work?

I guess we all had problems with Mugwort, what kind of new plant is it? Mugwort is just another name for Artemisia (쑥), a group of plants. There's a legend behind this plant, its called "The Legend Of Dangun" and I found for you this illustrated version which will I believe I should share this link with you since I'm not qualified for myths - even Slavic ones. I won't leave you with anything since to understand one part of this post you need some basic information. Tiger and bear wanted to become humans so they went to Hwanung and asked him to help them. Hwanung told them to eat Mugwort and garlic but also to stay in a cave for 100 days. Tiger gave up quite quickly while the bear spent 100 days in the cave eating Mugwort and garlic and turned into a woman. That's why Hanyul commercials for Artemisia line looks the way they are - some of them are based on this legend. You can find different versions of Artemisia, the most common is Artemisia Vulgaris, in some product you can find Artemisia Argyi, also known as Chinese Mugwort. You might probably know Artemisia Dracunculus from your kitchen, it's nothing else than Estragon. Does Artemisia work for the skin? We still have a lot to learn about Mugwort, we need more research to find out if Artemisia has a positive or negative meaning to the skin. It is told that it can be moisturizing, good for acne-prone skin but most sensitive skin. I see the calming effects but I don't find it antibacterial or very hydrating and nourishing.

How did I check the prices?

I've selected 7 shops where I usually buy products: Jolse, Testerkorea, Sweetcorea, Yesstyle, Wishtrend, Cosmetic-Love, Stylekorean and Akoco. Unfortunately, Akoco and Stylekorean didn't have any of these products. I've checked prices at the beginning of August (3rd and 4th August) so the prices might be different when you read this post. Not always the cheapest price will be actually the cheapest since sometimes you need to add the shipping cost to the price and it depends on your location. Some of the links in this post are nothing else than affiliate links, you don't have to feel obligated to use it but I would appreciate if you use them since they help me pay for domain and all the cost on this blog. Affiliate links are marked with (*).

Artemisia & Mugwort Skincare, Missha Time Revolution Artemisia Essence

Mugwort and Artemisia Essences

Let's start with the most popular group of Skincare products based on Artemisia - Essence. What's an essence? The essence is a lightweight hydrating moisturizer that can be layered. It might remind you of a toner but it usually has more powerful ingredients and better concentration - less water or even floral water instead of pure water. I found 5 different Mugwort/Artemisia Essences, I've tried two of them - Hanyul and Missha. Usually, Artemisia Essences have only one ingredient.

Missha Time Revolution Artemisia Essence

Artemisia Annua Extract
You can expect the review of this essence very soon - literally this week. Time Revolution is a popular skincare series, I guess the most popular Missha product is Time Revolution Essence which was the first Kbeauty product I've tried - not counting Cettua patches in - and it was something new, exciting and quite expensive back then since we didn't know you can order stuff straight from Korea. Missha Time Revolution Artemisia Essence is based on double fermented Artemisia Annua Extract from Ganghwa Island. The reason why brands use fermentation is simple, thanks to fermentation process the ingredients gets smaller - the molecules of ingredients can be too big to get through layers of the skin that's why we use fermentation process to make molecules smaller and easier to get through the layers of the skin. One of the substances that don't go through the skin but instead makes a nice film on the skin is collagen. If you have fungal acne then I do not recommend you using Mugwort Essences since they might make your skin problem worse. What's so good in Artemisia Annua Extract? This one is called sweet wormwood or annual Mugwort. It's one of the plants used in traditional medicine and its referred to as an antioxidant. Still, the research on this topic is not ended. The essence has a nice herbal scent and texture that reminds me of toner but even the colour of the essence looks more like a tea to me. The bottle is made out of glass and it presents well. Indeed, my skin is feeling hydrated but in comparison to other Time Revolution Essence versions I feel like this one is the mildest and less effective so if you search for dramatic changes in your skin and you are focused on wrinkles and fine lines then I wouldn't recommend you this one. Missha Time Revolution Artemisia Essence will work better on sensitive skin. If you want the full review check Kherblog on Thursday for a full review


Jolse: $31.66/150ml ($0.21/1ml), Testerkorea: $24.30/150ml ($0.16/1ml), Sweetcorea: $19.27/150ml ($0.13/1ml), Yesstyle*: $36.96/150ml ($0.25/1ml)

Tonymoly From Ganghwa Pure Artemisia First Essence 

Artemisia Princeps Extract
Tonymoly decided to release Mugwort Essence too but this one is based on Artemisia Princeps Extract and the brand decided to use 3 years of the fermentation process to create the essence. Same to Missha, Tonymoly uses Mugwort from Ganghwa Island. The island is famous for its Mugwort but its not the only thing that the island can offer to you. Artemisia Princeps Extract is also known as Korean Mugwort but also some people call it ssuk (쑥) and even if we have no clear research on this ingredient people say its an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects. It's ideal for sensitive skin. I haven't tried this essence but I'm really surprised with Tonymoly even if they already showed what they can do with chok chok series. 


Jolse: $29.98/150ml ($0.20/1ml), Testerkorea: $32.41/150ml ($0.22/1ml)

Velyvely Artemisia Balance Essence 

Artemisia Capillaris Extract
Velyvely is a new brand for me. According to the claims, it helps improve pores, skin tone and redness. The type of Artemisia Velyvely uses is an Artemisia used in traditional Chinese medicine since traditional medicines like to work on different types of one plant. Its another essence targeted to sensitive skin. 


This essence is not available at selected shops but you can find it on eBay.

Artemisia & Mugwort Skincare, Hanyul Artemisia Miracle Relief Essence & Missha Time Revolution Artemisia Essence

Hanyul Artemisia Miracle Relief Essence 

Artemisia Argyi Leaf Extract
Hanyul Artemisia line is probably the first Artemisia line that became popular. What usually makes people interested in Hanyul is an affordable price for the high quality of products and design. People are calling it Sulwhasoo for Millenials. I can't deny they both belong to Amore Pacific. Hanyul went for 3 years of the fermentation process and Artemisia Argyi from Ganghwa Island. I've tried this one and the scent is very minimal, you won't notice it so if you're not into herbal scents then this one is for you. It's too soon to say about the effects. Artemisia Argyi is known as silvery woodworm and Chinese Mugwort. It has wide therapeutic use and its anti-inflammatory. This type of Artemisia likes dry environment so you can find it in the mountains. 


Testerkorea$31.15/150ml ($0.21/1ml), Cosmetic Love*: $25.33/150ml ($0.17/1ml), Yesstyle: $37.91/150ml ($0.25/1ml), 

I'm From Mugwort Essence 

Artemisia Princeps Extract
I feel like everything has started with this essence... At least for western bloggers. I'm From is a brand that focuses on local ingredients so honey, rice and Mugwort comes from Korea - even if all Essences are based on Mugwort from Ganghwa (besides Velyvely - according to some shops, this brand uses Mugwort from another place in Korea). I'm From essence is based on the same Artemisia extract as Tonymoly. 


Testerkorea: $30.86/160ml ($0.19/1ml), Sweetcorea: $19.27/160ml ($0.13/1ml), Wishtrend*: $40/160ml ($0.25/1ml), Missbeautykorea: $28.57/160ml ($0.18/1ml), Yesstyle*: $27.93/160ml ($0.17/1ml)

Artemisia & Mugwort Skincare, Hanyul Artemisia Miracle Relief Essence

Mugwort and Artemisia Ampoules and Serums

I've decided to go for Ampoules and Serums together because both categories are quite similar. Both treatments are well concentrated and powerful. In this category, we will see products from Tonymoly, IsNTree and Missha. Usually, ampoules and serums have more complicated formulas.

Tonymoly From Ganghwa Clear Fermented Wormwood Ampoule

Saccharomyces/Artemisia Princeps Leaf Ferment Filtrate, Artemisia Princeps Extract, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Adenosine, Tromethamine, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA
Let's start with Tonymoly ampoule, it contains 14 different ingredients starting with fermented Artemisia Princeps Leaf. I found two different data so I can't say but in total this ampoule contains over 50% mugwort ingredients (Saccharomyces/Artemisia Princeps Leaf Ferment Filtrate, Artemisia Princeps Extract,) but the rest sounds interesting - Glycerin is the most popular humectant. Niacinamide and Adenosine are a duo which I really like since one of them - Niacinamide - is like a super tool for skin problems. Having problems with pigmentation? Go for Niacinamide. Need some anti-ageing? Go for Niacinamide (and Retinol but we don't walk about Retinol today)! Acne? Niacinamide is good for you too! There's a reason why we call it Vitamin B3. Adenosine, on the other hand, is so helpful with wound healing. The formula sounds really fun, if you want to focus on sensitive skin then go for it but if you search for brightening with very visible effects then I would not recommend it since it's not a brightening ampoule but an ampoule for sensitive skin. 


Testerkorea: $37.03/50ml ($0.74/1ml)

IsNTree Spot Saver Mugwort Ampoule

​Artemisia Princeps Extract, ​Glycerin, ​Butylene Glycol, ​Glycereth-26, ​Erythritol, ​Betaine, ​Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, ​Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, ​Piper Methysticum Leaf/​Root/​Stem Extract, ​Panthenol, ​Propanediol, ​Beta-Glucan, ​Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, ​Hydrogenated Lecithin, ​Ceramide NP, ​Allantoin, ​Carbomer, ​Tromethamine, ​1,2-Hexanediol

IsNTree kinda surprised me with Mugwort series and Mugwort ampoule that is based in 85% on Artemisia Princeps Extract! But what else we can find inside the ampoule? I like the number of soothing and moisturizing ingredients like Glycerin, Erythritol - which is a humectant but I guess some people will ask, but wait, isn't this a substance which I use instead of sugar? Yes, it's a sugar alcohol. You see, not every alcohol is bad, they can do good as well. Betaine, Panthenol, ​Propanediol, ​Beta-Glucan are another moisturizers. Allantoin has some soothing effect and Ceramide NP helps with the skin barrier. But what made me interested in is the use of Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract and ​Piper Methysticum Leaf/​Root/​Stem Extract aka Kava Kava Extract. According to IsNTree Kava Kava Extract should be soothing but some people might get allergic reactions to this ingredient. I might not be a fan of Licorice but I love it in skincare since it's an antioxidant which acne-prone skin enjoys. I almost forgot about Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract - a powerful soothing ingredient.


Testerkorea: $33.95/50ml ($0.68/1ml), Yesstyle*: $36.01/50ml ($0.72/1ml)

Missha Time Revolution Artemisia Ampoule

Artemisia Annua Extract (70%), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Water, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, Trehalose, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Carbomer, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Tromethamine, Polyquaternium-51, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA
Missha has different versions of Time Revolution Ampoules, this time we get Artemisia ampoule with 70% of Artemisia Annua Extract as a base. Glycerin as a 2nd ingredient is not a surprise. From ingredients which we haven't seen in other ampoules, we have Trehalose - a humectant. There's also Chondrus Crispus Extract which is a red seaweed extract. It's also called Carrageenan and Irish Moss. It's also another moisturizer but this one leaves a nice smooth film on the skin. Right after the Algae, we've got Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract. No surprises here - it's another moisturizing ingredient. 


Jolse: $26.16/50ml ($0.52/1ml), Testerkorea: $30.09/50ml ($0.60/1ml), Sweetcorea: $17.89/50ml ($0.36/1ml), Cosmetic Love*: $26/50ml ($0.52/1ml)

Artemisia & Mugwort Skincare, Hanyul Pure Artemisia Watery Calming Cream

Mugwort and Artemisia Moisturizers

If it comes to moisturizers we can see which brand is going to take a lead - Hanyul has 2 different moisturizers + a massage cream based on Artemisia. I won't focus on massage cream since it's a very original concept but I'll mention it later.

I'm From Mugwort Cream

Artemisia Princeps Extract, Propanediol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Arachidyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Water, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, C14-28 Alkyl Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Allantoin, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/ VP Copolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/​Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Dimethiconol, Saccharomyces/ Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/ Soybean Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/ Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/ Soybean Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/ Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Disodium EDTA, Polyglutamic Acid, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Oil
This product is quite new, I'm From surprised us a lot with new products in Mugwort line, it feels like I'm From is not about Honey anymore, now the main line is Mugwort and I can accept that even if I would appreciate if a brand could make a couple more products where rice is the main ingredient. Artemisia Princeps Extract is the main ingredient here, we also have some tiny bits of Artemisia Vulgaris Oil. This product is full of emollients and humectants such as Shea Butter - that oily skin might not be a fan of. From ingredients that are interesting and we didn't talk about them or see them before in this post, we've got Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, an extract from Traditional Chinese Medicine. It's a soothing ingredient with anti-inflammatory effects. This moisturizer contains some fermented ingredients which are great but not for people with fungal acne. Overall, it's not a bad product, for dry skin it might be a good composition. 


Wishtrend*: $32/50ml ($0.64/1ml)

Round Lab Mugwort Calming Cream

Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Vinyl Dimethicone, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Methicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract (10,000ppm), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Madecassoside, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Isoamyl Laurate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Tromethamine, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Dextrin, Sodium Phytate, C14-22 Alcohols, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract
Round Lab is not a popular brand but for me, the design of this brand is one of the most pleasing designs I saw. Inside the jar, we've got many good old friends and some new ones like Alcohol which doesn't have to be bad, actually it promotes penetration of the ingredients through the layers of the skin but if it's too high in the formula then it can be drying. Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil is a surprise, unfortunately, it has oleic to linoleic acid ratio not good for acne-prone skin, acne-prone skin feels better when linoleic acid takes a lead. I'm not sure how legit this info is but I found that some companies hide this ingredient under the name Kyounin Yu (even Western ones). Under the name Madecassoside, we can find a powerful ingredient derived straight from Centella Asiatica. An antioxidant with super properties like wound healing and anti-inflammatory effects. Lupinus Albus Seed Extract is probably my least favourite ingredient even if it's told to be an antioxidant, you might be allergic to it just like me - thanks to food allergy I prefer to avoid Lupins in every possible form. Overall, the formula is less interesting than I'm From but it doesn't mean Round Lab moisturizer is bad, I feel like dry or normal skin types might like it. 


Jolse$30/80 ml ($0,38/1 ml) 

Hanyul Pure Artemisia Watery Calming Gel

Water, Propanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Water, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Angelica Keiskei Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Lysine, Arginine, Histidine, Glucose, Mannose, Xylose, Fucose, Copper Tripeptide-1, Lecithin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Millet, Tromethamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance
I've tried Artemisia moisturizer from Hanyul before but it wasn't in a gel form. What's new is here? Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract which is told to be an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. I'm surprised by the number of sugars - Glucose, Mannose, Xylose and Fucose. Don't worry they are not bad for your skin. Copper Tripeptide-1 is one of the ingredients I like in my skincare - it speeds up the healing process of the skin, it stimulates collagen production but it has some bad side - it might help grow some hair on your face - I used serum based on this ingredient and indeed I saw a couple of hair on my jaw, hopefully, once I stopped using the serum they didn't grow back. It looks nice, like a good summer moisturizer.
Sweetcorea: $10.09/250ml ($0.04/1ml), Cosmetic Love*: $13.34/250ml ($0.05/1ml)

Artemisia & Mugwort Skincare, Hanyul Pure Artemisia Watery Calming Cream

Hanyul Pure Artemisia Watery Calming Cream

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Trimethicone, Dicaprylyl Ether, Artemisia Argyi Leaf Extract, Betaine, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cnidium Officinale Root Water, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, C14-22 Alcohols, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Arachidyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Palmitic Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Arachaidyl Glucoside, Fragrance, Ethylhexylglycerin, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Morus Alba (White Mulberry) Leaf Extract, Angelica Keiskei Extract, Disodium EDTA, Sorbitan Isostearate, Myristic Acid, Lauric Acid, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil
Another version of Hanyul's moisturizer. I reviewed Hanyul Pure Artemisia Watery Calming Cream before on Kherblog so there you can find the full review but what new we will find here? Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract which previous Hanyul moisturizer had too is an antioxidant with antibacterial properties. Morus Alba (White Mulberry) Leaf Extract is a moisturizer with antioxidant properties but also a source of vitamins B1 and B6. It's a good moisturizer, not too heavy but not too light, for oily and combo skin it's ideal even if at first I wasn't optimistic. 


Jolse: $32.07/50ml ($0.64/1ml), Testerkorea: $26.23/50ml ($0.53/1ml), Sweetcorea: $17.61/50ml ($0.35/1ml), Cosmetic Love*: $21.34/50ml ($0.43/1ml)

Read the full Hanyul Pure Artemisia Watery Calming Cream review here

I'm From Mugwort Spot Gel

Mugwort Extract, Denatured Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Purified Water, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Artemisia Vulgaris Oil, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Oenothera Odorata Extract, Cordyceps Mushroom Extract, Potassium Hydroxide
Why I've decided to put spot gel into moisturizer section? Since it didn't fit anywhere, it's a 90% Mugwort spot treatment for sensitive skin so if you have any acne spots or irritated spots it's a treatment for you because it contains Salicylic Acid. Salicylic Acid is nothing than BHA, ideal to treat acne skin. 


Testerkorea: $16.59/15g ($1.11/1g), Wishtrend*: $19/15g ($1.27/1g), Yesstyle*: $13,25/15g ($0.88/1g),

Artemisia & Mugwort Skincare, I'm From Mugwort Mask

Mugwort and Artemisia Wash-off and Sheet Masks

I feel like you already know which product we will review this time, this time we are going for 2 different I'm From masks, IsNTree and Illiyoon which is a brand that I wish would be more popular. 

I'm From Mugwort Mask

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Powder, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Methylpropanediol, Ligularia Fishceri Leaf Extract, Rosa Davurica Bud Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Arginine, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA
This mask has an amazing texture, I find it a bit dangerous because it reminds me of a scrub but what I like about this mask is a herbal scent so the mask doesn't only have calming effects on the skin but it also helps you relax. Some people were not happy about no effect on acne but remember Artemisia is not an ingredient to fight acne but to calm your skin so it's more like an addition to your skincare than an active. This mask contains Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, it's nothing else than a green tea which I like but I don't feel it here at all. There's also antibacterial Rosemary Leaf Extract and Centella Asiatica Extract which I guess I don't have to introduce. It's an interesting product, in general, I'm From is a brand I like for calming herbal scents.


Testerkorea: $30.38/110g($0.28/1g), Sweetcorea: $25.69/110g($0.23/1g), Wishtrend*: $35/110g($0.32/1g), Missbeautykorea: $25/110g($0.23/1g), Yesstyle*: $24.43/110g($0.22/1g)

I'm From Mugwort Sheet Mask

Artemisia Princeps Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Methlypropanediol, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, 1,2 Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Allantoin, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Panthenol, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Carbomer, Arginine
Next one is a sheet mask version of I'm From mask, I haven't used it yet but it's quite a new I'm From product - it was released earlier this year. I'm From decided to use a mix of 3 ingredients known from Traditional Korean Medicine Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract and Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, all of them are antibacterial and work great on sensitive skin. 


Testerkorea: $3.38/20ml ($0.17/1ml), Sweetcorea: $16.97/5x20ml ($0.17/1ml), Wishtrend*: $4/20ml ($0.20/1ml), Missbeautykorea: $31.25/10x20ml ($0.16/1ml), Yesstyle*:  $3.43/20ml ($0.17/1ml),

Artemisia & Mugwort Skincare, I'm From Mugwort Mask Texture

IsNTree Real Mugwort Clay Mask

Water, Kaolin, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Bentonite, Artemisia Princeps Extract, Stearic Acid, Panthenol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Illite, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Powder, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Castanea Crenata Shell Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat), Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Montmorillonite, Calcite, Phaseolus Angularis Seed Powder, Canadian Colloidal Clay, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Beta-Glucan, Methylpropanediol, Algin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cetyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Tromethamine, Polyquaternium-51, Ethylhexylglycerin
Mixing clay with mugwort sounds like a good idea. Especially when we get Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract and Avena Sativa (Oat). Salix Alba is known as White Willow, it's an astringent while Avena Sativa (Oat) has some positive effect on acne-prone skin. Montmorillonite is a type of the clay used in the mask, this ingredient comes from France and it's full of minerals. I would recommend using a water mist or thermal water while using any clay mask since clay can be drying. IsNTree didn't only use Montmorillonite but Canadian Colloidal Clay which you might remember from Neogen Dermalogy Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser which I posted a year ago. Both Neogen and IsNTree are clay masks which acne-prone skin should check. 


Jolse: $26.14/100ml ($0.26/1ml), Missbeautykorea: $21.87/100ml ($0.22/1ml), Yesstyle*: $21.76/100ml ($0.22/1ml)

Illiyoon Calming Mugwort Mask 

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG-32, Glycereth-26, Panthenol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Water, Beta-Glucan, Propanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
Illiyoon is a brand which I barely ever see on social media but I like it a lot for ceramide series. It belongs to Amore Pacific and it's mostly targetted to people with sensitive skin so if you're allergic like me you'll appreciate it. I like the use of Panax Ginseng Root Extract since Ginseng is my favourite herb - can any brand make perfumes that smell like ginseng? Especially, Jo Malone since it's one of not many brands that do not make me wanna puke after using their scents. Ginseng has a long tradition of use - not only in skincare but also Traditional Medicine, it improves blood circulation but it might be helpful for wrinkles and mature skin. It's a mask where Artemisia is just an additional ingredient but still, it's an option that dry skin might enjoy. 


Cosmetic Love*: $0.62/20g ($0.03/1g)

Artemisia & Mugwort Skincare, Missha Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence

Mugwort and Artemisia Toners and Waters

I thought that the best thing I can do right now is to mix Toners and Waters together since some Waters are used as toners. We've got 4 different products from 3 brands such as Round Lab, Hanyul and Lirikos. 

Round Lab Mugwort Calming Toner

Water, Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum Ferment Extract, Betaine, Panthenol, Madecassoside, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Dextrin, Xanthan Gum, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract
Round Lab toner is very similar to the Round Lab moisturizer - it has amazing packaging but also nice ingredients. This version should work for all skin types (unless you've got fungal acne then I would be careful with fermented extracts). What interesting we can find here? Biosaccharide Gum-1 which is a humectant, it leaves a nice film on the skin giving it a smooth feel. 


Jolse: $25/300ml ($0.83/1ml)

Hanyul Pure Artemisia Fresh Calming Water

Water, Propanediol, Dipropylene Glycol, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale Rhizome Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Water (8410ppm), Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Lysine, Histidine, Arginine, Glucose, Xylose, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Mannose, Sodium Chloride, Lecithin, Copper Tripeptide-1, Fucose, Hydrolyzed Millet, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
Hanyul is having a very similar composition in all Artemisia products so I don't have to introduce you to new ingredients. Some people will be annoyed with PEG-60, Phenoxyethanol and Disodium EDTA but it's your choice - I like to believe in scientific researches, I like herbal medicine as well since herbs been always near me since I was a child and they are still a huge part of my profession but I treat this topic like - it's your choice if you want to use one ingredient or not. In my opinion, I wouldn't buy this product alone but if you plan to pair it with other Hanyul products from Artemisia line then go for it. 


Jolse: $30.57/150ml ($0.20/1ml), Testerkorea: $20.49/150ml ($0.17/1ml), Sweetcorea: $19.50/150ml ($0.13/1ml), Cosmetic Love*:  $16.67/150ml ($0.11/1ml), Yesstyle*: $17.01/150ml ($0.11/1ml)

Hanyul Pure Artemisia Watery Calming Toner

Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Water (4200 ppm), Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale Rhizome Extract, Glucose, Lysine, Lecithin, Magnesium Chloride, Mannose, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Xylose, Hydrolyzed Millet, Histidine, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Copper Tripeptide-1, Arginine, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, Fucose, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
Hanyul toner reminds me a lot of a Calming Water. I would go for water instead of toner because there's a difference in the amount of Artemisia used in both products and the formulas are very similar. 


Jolse: $28.48/150ml ($0.19/1ml), Testerkorea: $18.04/150ml ($0.12/1ml), Sweetcorea: $13.12/150ml ($0.09/1ml), Cosmetic Love*: $14.67/150ml ($0.10/1ml), Yesstyle*: $27.46/150ml ($0.18/1ml)

Lirikos Marine Energy Calming Pure Water

Water / Aqua /Eau, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, Panthenol, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Beta-Glucan, Artemisia Capillaris Extract, Tocopherol
You might not know this brand but Lirikos Marine Energy is a brand founded in 1994 and it's a part of Amore Pacific. I've been following this brand for some time now but I haven't had a chance to try it yet since it's a premium brand so the prices of Lirikos products are bit higher. Calming Pure Water can be used as a toner. It's a moisturizing formula and Artemisia Capillaris Extract might not be first but seeing how many moisturizing ingredients we can find here like Glycerin, Panthenol, Beta-Glucan and Tocopherol I would love to try it especially during the summer or when my skin gets dehydrated.


Cosmetic Love*:  $18.86/320ml ($0.06/1ml)

Artemisia & Mugwort Skincare, Missha Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence * Hanyul Pure Artemisia Watery Calming Cream

As you can see the choice is quite wide, I guess if we could compare Centella products it would take 4 times longer or even more. Have you ever tried any of these products? What's your favourite Mugwort/Artemisia product?


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