Mentholatum Melano CC Whitening Lotion


Here’s Mentholatum’s Melano CC’s whitening lotion! The full name is quite a mouthful: “Melano CC Medicated Blemish Treatment Whitening Lotion. It’s a “lotion”, in the sense that it’s a skin treatment. It isn’t the typical creamy white lotion; it’s a colorless, thin liquid. It’s not sticky, it smells nice, and I’m convinced that it works.

I really do think that it’s helping the blemishes on my cheeks disappear. I’m currently 2 weeks in, and I’ve noticed that I can get away with using less concealer. My skin is pretty flat, no bumps or pits from acne … just annoying dark marks from acne that came and went MONTHS ago.

No before/after pictures yet, but I’ll update as I go along. I hunted through all my photos and couldn’t find any without makeup. This is because I make sure to avoid being photographed without BB cream and concealer, because the discoloration on my cheeks is so embarrassing. I did take a picture of my skin as it is now, 2 weeks in … so I’ll add a comparison picture in a month or so, and then again, and again.



It’s also classified as a “quasi drug” in Japan, because of its melanin-suppressing and whitening properties. A quasi drug is basically a product that has minimal to moderate pharmacological activity. Sounds awesome, but it’s really not that special. Here’s a few other quasi drugs in Japan: deodorant, hair dye, fluoridated toothpaste, and energy drinks such as Red Bull. Basically, a quasi drug is a treatment with effects that hang around for a while (minimal body odor, dyed hair, a few hours of energy, healthy teeth).


And after I’m done with the bottle, I can buy a 170 mL refill pack instead of the 170 mL new bottle! It’s only slightly cheaper than buying the bottle itself, by about 100 or 150 yen.



It comes with the usual flip-top cap, similar to other Japanese lotions and toners. I’m able to tip the bottle sideways and shake out the liquid by the drop, without having to squeeze the bottle. The liquid flows freely enough that I don’t have to squeeze the bottle – in fact, I have to  carefully tip the bottle sideways, or too much will come out of the cap.

It is fragranced, but it’s done with a light touch. It’s an artificial citrusy scent, but I think it’s pleasant. It doesn’t smell as obnoxious as citrus cleaner or dish soap, of course! The smell goes away as the lotion dries on skin, anyway – so whether you like it or not, the scent only hangs around for less than a minute.



Here’s 2 drops of the lotion on my hand. It’s a colorless, thin liquid. Not yellow or orange – that’s just the color of the plastic bottle!

Two drops is the bare minimum. This is more than enough to pat all over the lower half of my face.  For going all over my face and leaving my skin a bit wet (kind of using just a tad too much product, I guess), it would take 4 or 5 drops.  Unlike the tube of Melano CC essence, the lotion doesn’t have an oily feel. The lotion also dries faster and only slightly (if at all) feels like it moisturized my skin. It is not enough to use only the Melano CC lotion and nothing else – you need an actual moisturizer.



After two weeks of nightly use, I’ve only used this much. The liquid level is pretty much the same as the bottle’s label. Rohto claims that the bottle will last for about 6 months, at the rate of 5-6 drops per night.



The sticker on the cap claims that the Vitamin C penetrates deeply.



The lotion has 2 active ingredients: 3-O-ethyl ascorbic acid, and dipotassium glycyrrhizate.

Red oval: High-penetration Vitamin C!  This refers to 3-O-ethyl ascorbic acid, and it’s supposed to get those freckles, acne marks, and other blemishes to fade away.
Blue oval: Dipotassium glycyrrhizate, AKA licorice root extract. An anti-inflammatory. Also helps with that burning feeling after sunburn.
Green oval: Ginger-lily (Alpinia katsumadai) seed extract: a moisturizing ingredient.



This is the suggested product sequence. It starts from the left. This lotion is the 2nd step in the whole process.

So far, I love it. Personally, it’s the first thing I use after stepping out of the shower at night. I will update with pictures as I go along.

Update, April 2016

After using it nearly daily ever since I bought it, the bottle is almost at half, but not quite.

So far, it’s going well.  I get a bit of acne every month during that time, and this makes the residual marks go away in a little less than two weeks.


Japanese: メンソレータム メラノCC 薬用しみ対策 美白化粧水
English: Mentholatum Melano CC Medicated Blemish Treatment Whitening Lotion
Retail Price: 1,180 yen
Amount: 170 mL
Ingredients, Japanese: 有効成分: 3-O-エチルアスコルビン酸(高浸透ビタミンC誘導体)、グリチルリチン酸ジカリウム. その他の成分: アスコルビン酸(ビタミンC)、グレープフルーツエキス、レモンエキス、l-メントール、アルピニアカツマダイ種子エキス(アルピニアホワイト)、BG、無水エタノール、濃グリセリン、POPメチルグルコシド、シリコーン溶液混合物、エタノール、POE・ジメチコン共重合体、DPG、POE・POPジメチコン共重合体、ジメチコン、メチルフェニルポリシロキサン、シクロエキサンジカルボン酸ビスエトキシジグリコール、POE・POPデシルテトラデシルエーテル、パラベン、クエン酸Na、無水クエン酸、キサンタンガム、エデト酸塩、香料.
Ingredients, English: Actives: 3-O-ethyl ascorbic acid (high-penetration Vitamin C derivative), dipotassium glycyrrhizate. Other ingredients: Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), grapefruit extract, lemon extract, I-menthol, ginger-lily (Alpinia katsumadai) seed extract, butylene glycol, anhydrous ethanol, concentrated glycerin, polyoxypropylene methyl glucoside, silicone solution blend, ethanol, polyoxyethylene-dimethicone copolymer, dipropylene glycol, polyoxyethylene-polyoxypropylene dimethicone copolymer, dimethicone, methylphenyl polysiloxane, bis-ethoxydiglycol cyclohexane dicarboxylate, polyoxyethylene-polyoxypropylene decyltetradecyl ether, paraben, sodium citrate, anhydrous citric acid, xanthan gum, disodium EDTA, fragrance.
Brand page: (lotion information), (promo page for Melano CC product line)


  • Harms

    March 17, 2017

    Great review! Would you know what the pH of this is? Would this be suitable for a pH-adjusting toner/lotion for Melano CC essence’s 3.5 optimal pH?

  • Moon

    February 21, 2020

    Was wondering if you can post before and after photo? I came back to this site hoping to find one as mentioned but… 😓


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