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Pure Heal's Propolis 90 Ampoule
Posted on 2014-04-26 , Data Source: Official Website
Ingredient Function Acne Irritant Safety
Propolis Extract
Skin conditioning 1
Aloe Vera
Anti-inflammatory 0 0 1
Skin conditioning 1
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
Surfactant, Emulsifier 1-3
Hydroxyethyl Cellulose
Viscosity Control 1
Sodium Polyacrylate
Viscosity Control 2
Solvent 1
Honey Extract
Skin conditioning, Moisturizer 1
Sodium Hyaluronate
Skin conditioning, Moisturizer 0 0 1
Butylene Glycol
Solvent, Moisturizer 1 0 1
Caprylyl Glycol
Moisturizer, Emollient 1
Alginic acid
Viscosity Control 1
Pigment 1
Illicium Verum Fruit Extract
Fragrance, Skin conditioning 1
Argan Oil
Emollient 3 1
Rose Flower Oil
Astringent 1
Sunflower Seed Oil
Fragrance, Skin conditioning, Antioxidant, Plant extract, Emollient 0 0 1
Peppermint Leaf Oil
Cardamom Oil
Thyme Oil
Clove Leaf Oil
Fragrance, Skin conditioning 3-4
Vetiver Root Oil
Lemon grass
Fragrance 1
Scented Geranium Flower Oil
Lavender Oil
Fragrance, Emollient, Plant extract 2
Orange Peel Oil
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"....a little background: Pure Heals (by Nature Village) is a Korean company specializing in skincare and other beauty products made with natural extracts. I would consider their pricing to be mid-range. They actually have a whole bunch of propolis products on offer—there's a cream, mist, cushion, BB cream and more. (I've actually been trying out the cream too—will post a review of that as well in the next week or so.)

Pure Heals Propolis 90 Ampoule is, as the name might suggest, an ampoule (AKA facial serum) containing 90% propolis extract, among other things. There's a ton of claims on the box in both English and Korean, but I'll just give you the highlights:
Good for wrinkle improvement, whitening, calming, balance care, and intensive moisture
No animal testing
Paraben-free preservatives allow the product to be stored safely for extended periods

I suppose I should briefly talk about what propolis is, for those who don't already know. The box describes it as "a mysterious mixture of natural materials made by honeybees, which collect the sap of plants and mix them with their saliva, adding beneficial enzymes, It contains nutritional ingredients to protect the skin from both internal and external irritants and repair damaged skin. It helps restore skin to health by soothing sensitive skin." I'm not sure how mysterious that actually is—it's basically like bee snot mixed with sap. Bees use it to fill in gaps in their hives, which is why it's sometimes referred to as "bee glue". So why would you want to put such an unappealing-sounding substance on your face? It purportedly has excellent antioxidant and skin-soothing properties. In its raw form, it also has the ability to inhibit fungal and bacterial growth. As for results: I've been using Pure Heals Propolis 90 Ampoule for over a month now and don't see any dramatic results in terms of wrinkle-reduction and brightening, but I will definitely agree with the claims that it's soothing. I use a lot of acids in my nighttime routine and that can sometimes make my skin feel a bit tender the next day, so this stuff comes in really handy. It also works really well to deliver a light layer of moisture. I can see this being suitable for everything from dry to normal to combo skin types—not sure about the extremely oily though. One of unadvertised benefits of this product is that it gives your skin a bit of "glow", which is great if you're concerned about dullness, but maybe not if you're already feeling too shiny. So now for the big question: Is Pure Heals Propolis 90 Ampoule a budget-friendly alternative to LJH Vita Propolis? Well... no. The ingredients lists aren't really that similar, and Pure Heals has a few minor flaws that LJH does not, namely:
Slightly stickier texture (minor, but there is a difference!)
Aroma is not to my liking
Awkward packaging
I still think it's very good in it's own right as a general hydration serum/glow-getter though, so I'm going to recommend it. Honestly, I doubt you'd do better for the price. Two buzzy wings up!"

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