Review: May Coop Raw Sauce

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Price: £ 39.12

Volume: 150ml (there is a 40ml version)

Made in: South Korea

What is it?: A lightweight Essence / Toner containing Maple Tree Sap (and various botanical extracts) to help provide the skin with ”hydration + antioxidants”

Brand Description: Contains 93% maple tree sap and fructan powder (supposedly skin conditioning) and Asian herbal and fruit extracts to help achieve ‘dewy’ skin.

Note: I don’t get how they could call this an emulsion…since an emulsion is a mix between water and oil and this, to me is just a watery product.

Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types is what the brand says. And they claim that this is great for all skin issues which I’m not too sure checks out.

What I think: Oily, Oily-Combo. Those sensitive to fragrance / alcohol should stay away.

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Vegan?: Can’t find

Cruelty Free?: Can’t find

Packaging: Glass bottle with a wooden screw top (very elegant)

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Directions: ”After cleansing and toning, apply to face and neck in upward and outward strokes with your fingertips or a cotton pad. Pat remaining product into skin until fully absorbed.”

How I use it: I applied this with my fingertips, post-toning to tap into the skin. I also did try this as a toner, fully saturating a cotton pad and swiping my face. Worked fine either way. I used this in the AM + PM.

Key Ingredients: Made with 93% maple tree sap (Skin Conditioning) – they claim it’s anti-ageing but with no explanation. Chestnut is supposedly anti-inflammatory. Sea water instead of regular water apparently moisturises the skin and works better with sensitive skin.

Full Ingredients: Acer Mono Sap, Alcohol, Glycerin, Peg-8, Sea Water Maris Aqua (sea Water), Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Water, Betula Alba Bark/leaf Extract, Castanea Sativa (chestnut) Bark Extract, Olea Europaea (olive) Fruit Extract, Pinus Sylvestris Bark Extract, Ribes Nigrum (black Currant) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Vitis-idaea Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (grape) Fruit Extract, Triticum Vulgare (wheat) Flour Extract, Oryza Sativa (rice) Extract, Zea Mays (corn) Germ Extract, Glycine Soja (soybean) Seed Extract, Oryza Sativa (rice) Bran Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Arginine, Panthenol, Creatine, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Fructan Powder, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Parfum, Sodium Hyaluranate, Ci 15510

NOTE: The Incidecoder / Skincarisma have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: This isn’t a bad texture. It’s fluid and non-sticky. It does have a typical-water base feel to it and it isn’t sticky or tacky. It’s not too viscous either and does run down the hand, but it’s not so thin it’s exactly like water. It’s actually a pleasant texture, not unique I would say – but a nice texture quite reminiscent to the SK-II essence. It feels like you’re patting something into your skin rather than something that’s simply going to disappear in a few seconds. But definitely I would say oily skins would prefer the texture over dry skins. This is layerable as well – no balling up.

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You can see the product runs down the hand (but not too thin or thick)

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You see it pats down easily and makes the skin look ‘watery’

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Fragrance?: Yes – this has Parfum – to me this has a sort of spa/soap-like smell. I think some people would enjoy this fragrance, but I’m not a fan of any additional fragrance or EO smell.

Good Under Makeup?: Seems to be fine!

How long have I been using this?: I used this for about 2 weeks and had to stop because I didn’t like the fragrance (and I personally didn’t like alcohol being the second ingredient – would have had less of a problem if it was further down the list).

The Effect?: Although this has alcohol, I can’t deny that this actually didn’t seem to have an immediate drying effect on the skin. i.e. I thought perhaps it would be an alcohol-smelling, lightweight formula that evaporates when touching the skin, and therefore makes the skin drier than it was before, but no, it didn’t do that. It didn’t provide a tight or dry feeling.

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What I like:

  • It did feel like it hydrated my skin (regardless of the alcohol)
  • A nice texture (not thick or water-thin)
  • Layerable
  • Fine under makeup
  • Didn’t seem to short-term irritate my skin
  • Lightweight

What I don’t like:

  • Unnecessary use of a colourant (not dangerous, just unnecessary!)
  • Unnecessary use of fragrance (not dangerous, just unnecessary!)
  • Don’t like Alcohol being the second ingredient (I wouldn’t have as much of an issue if alcohol was lower down the list as I can understand that it is required to make some formulas elegant especially in texture BUT this product to me, doesn’t have such a drop-dead, unique and gorgeous texture that sets it far apart from other essences, so I don’t think the alcohol really improved the texture!)
  • Shame there’s no niacinamide and more proven ingredients in here to improve the skin rather than just botanical extracts
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Overall Rating and Conclusion: 2.7/5 – What annoys me about fragrant and colourant products is that I feel like the brand is trying to hide their products efficacy by making it a pleasing colour and giving it a pleasing smell. I want a product that is what it is and doesn’t hide behind a nice smell etc. I find it bizarre that alcohol is in here as a second ingredient, because to me, it doesn’t make the product feel really thin or BEAUTIFUL on the skin – it feels like any other essence that doesn’t have alcohol, so I just find it unnecessary. I think the juice is good and I wish May Coop would reformulate without the ethanol, the parfum and the colourant, because then it would be a hydrating, ingredient-driven product, and I’d score it higher.

Would I repurchase?: No, I can get fragrance-free products that feel just the same and provide the same effect, and probably have proven ingredients like Niacinamide, to improve the skin.

My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.

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