A while ago, I went to Japan and bought a bunch of stuff. One of the things that caught my eye was a tall bottle of clear jelly (gel) by Hada Labo. I had never heard of it, so of course I had to get it.
Some other things I got from my trip to Japan, all from Hada Labo’s Shirojyun (their
whitening brightening line). I use all of these in turn, and I’ll eventually get around to reviewing them all. Hopefully! The Cooling Jelly is the box, on the left.
The clear bottle and jelly is just so pretty. Here is is, held up to a window.
Some details on the back.
The bottle is made out of hard plastic, and you squeeze the bottle to get the plastic out. The cap pops on and off with a snap. Be sure to keep this closed at all time, because it’ll evaporate!
The product claims that it’s great in the summer, to cool and moisturize dry skin. It’s a 5-in-1: toner, moisturizer, serum, astringent, and face pack. It doesn’t claim to be the only product needed, but it’s easy to assume that 5-in-1 means you can throw away everything else. Early warning: don’t throw away everything else, because you still need the other products – this jelly does not leave you moisturized.
The instructions say that you can use this in the morning and at night, after your cleansing routine. From my own experience, the alcohol in it makes it completely evaporate and dry up, afterwards. So, this is not an all-in-one solution. I use other products after it, but when I’m really really lazy, I just use a moisturizer after. My skin feels moisturized from the jelly, but the surface of my skin is just dry.
The jelly is completely clear, and somewhere in-between watery and thick – like a watery jelly, I guess!
Here it is, spread out on my arm. It’s a bit thick, a little thinner than a night pack. You can adjust the thickness by adjusting the amount used, and spreading it out.
This has a medium-strength minty scent. When I apply this to my smell, I the smell of mint comes in at me, seemingly from everywhere. If you look at the ingredients list, you’ll see that the smell likely comes from the peppermint oil and menthol. The scent disappears when the product evaporates.
Just for fun, sure. But I don’t know, I don’t really need it permanently in my life. I feel that I’m better off with my 5 different products, instead of this 5-in-1. It is possible, I think, to cut it down to 2 products: the Shirojyun jelly, and a moisturizer afterwards. And I have done it, especially when I don’t have time to go through my multi-step process, for whatever reason: too sleepy, too tired, too drunk, etc etc.
Japanese: 肌研 白潤 冷感ヒアルロンゼリー
English: Hada Labo Shirojyun Cooling Hyaluronic Jelly
Retail Price: 1,000 yen
Amount: 200 mL
Ingredients, Japanese: 水、BG、エタノール、PPG-10メチルグルコース、ヒアルロン酸Na、加水分解ヒアルロン酸（ナノ化ヒアルロン酸）、アスコルビルグルコシド（ビタミンC誘導体）、ハマメリス葉エキス、グリセリン、ジグリセリン、ソルビトール、セイヨウハッカ油、メントール、キサンタンガム、カルボマー、EDTA-2Na、PG、水酸化K、ポリソルベート20、メチルパラベン
Ingredients, English: water, butylene glycol, alcohol, PPG-10 methyl glucose ether, sodium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid (nano hyaluronic acid), ascorbyl glucoside (Vitamin C derivative), witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) leaf extract, glycerin, diglycerin, sorbitol, peppermint (Mentha piperita) oil, menthol, xanthan gum, carbomer, disodium EDTA, propylene glycol, potassium hydroxide, polysorbate 20, methylparaben.
Ingredients analysis: CosDNA
Brand page: promo site, jp.rohto.com/hadalabo
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