Skin Care

Newly Curated – Botanic Farm

Do you ever find yourself just casually listening to some music and a band comes on and you’re like, Wow – this sucks. Then you look to see who this super shitty band is and turns out it’s The Decemberists who you used to really be into like 6 years ago and now you’re judging your own shitty taste in music. Good thing I didn’t get that tattoo but in all seriousness, their new album is terrible. What happened?!

I feel like Newly Curated is a classier way to talk about more shit that I bought that I don’t need.  Soko Glam just started stocking Botanic Farm and I picked up a couple of items as part of a recent a haul. This is another South Korean brand that formulates their products with fantastic but simple ingredients, is eco-friendly and naturally derived. I think that has been one of the best parts of embarking on this Korean skincare journey, most of the brands are not only cruelty free but are also environmentally ethical – it’s very refreshing when you consider how many US cosmetic companies aren’t. The earthy, neutral brand aesthetic is also refreshing and appeals to the minimalist in me.

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I am trying one of their bestselling products, the Rice Ferment First Essence and the Black Soybean Milk Pudding Sleeping Pack. The rice ferment claims to be a potent anti-aging product that will help to brighten, exfoliate, hydrate and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It is formulated with licorice root, rice ferment and peony extract. What makes this product so potent is apparently the rice ferment which is supposed to be packed with antioxidants. I have only used it once but it smells so lovely, I will report back once I have used it more.

The sleeping pack concept still eludes me, what makes it different than a heavy night cream? I have no idea but this is an interesting product – the texture is gelatinous and bouncy but soaks in like a serum. It smells like peanuts which is unsettling as I am deadly allergic to peanuts but it’s not an unpleasant smell and there aren’t any peanut oils in the mask. This product is made with soybean ferment, cacao extract and hydrolyzed collagen. It is very heavy so this will probably be used on an every other night rotation but first time use was a good experience. I have to say that I started my skincare journey a bit skeptical of the idea that fermented ingredients are better or more potent but I am slowly becoming a believer and have started gravitating to more products with fermented ingredients.

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Obviously, these are very first impressions and I will have to use these products more to get a real feel for them but I am excited. The line is available on Soko Glam and as mentioned, it’s cruelty-free and eco-friendly!

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