Trying out a sample of Innisfree’s Ginger Oil Serum


Yesterday’s post showed Innisfree’s Ginger Oil sample card, and since then, I’ve tried out the sample of the Ginger Oil Serum. This is hardly a review, just my impressions on a 1 mL sample.


It comes out in the same texture as a soft lotion, and is white in color. The serum has a light oil feel to it, because … ginger oil! Who woulda thunk it? 😉 And, according to the ingredients: olive oil, macadamia seed oil, and Japanese camellia oil.


This looks like something out of a porn film, but obviously it’s not (or is it…). This is the entire 1 mL sample, which is more than enough for one application.


There is a mild ginger scent, of course … but it’s a pleasant, floral ginger scent. So no worries about it smelling sharp like fresh ginger from the kitchen! The scent hangs around for quite a while.  I applied it at 10 pm at night, and when I went to sleep at midnight, I could still smell a faint hint of ginger.


It’s easily spreadable, due to being a liquidy, kinda drippy lotion. The 1 mL sample was more than enough for my face and neck – I also had to spread it to my arms, just to avoid it being too thick on my face and neck.

Staying Power

I applied it at 10 pm on Saturday night, and when I went to bed at 12 am, my face still had a slight oily film over it. When I woke up at, uh, 11 am on Sunday morning, the oiliness was still there! It wasn’t horribly greasy, just pleasantly moisturized. It’s actually pushing the limit of greasiness that I’m willing to put up with.

My skin (and hands) stayed moisturized and with a light oil film over it for hours after applying. I think it might not be necessary to use another moisturizer after this serum, because it’s enough to keep the skin moist. This is moisturizing enough, so I wonder how far the Ginger Oil Rich Serum goes.


A 50 mL bottle retails for 28,000 won. It’s a little pricey, but a little goes a long way. The 1 mL sample card was just a little too much for my face and neck, and I had to spread it on my arms as well.

I am slightly tempted to buy this, because it seems like it would be wonderful to use when winter really hits and the air dries up.  However, I probably won’t because (a) I would only use it at night, and (b) that’s when I wear glasses instead of contacts.  I’m sure we’re all familiar with what happens to a plastic container that has oily food stored in it – it retains the smell FOREVER!! The frames of my glasses happen to be plastic, and I don’t want my glasses to be ginger-scented, sorry.  So that’s my reason. But if I had perfect vision, I would probably buy a bottle and see how it goes.


Korean: 이니스프리 진저 오일 세럼
 Innisfree Ginger Oil Serum
Retail Price: 28,000 won
Amount: 50 mL
Ingredients, Korean: 정제수, 올리브오일, 하이드로제네이티드폴리(C6-14올레핀), 글리세린, 폴리글리세릴-3메칠글루코오스디스테아레이트, 사이클로펜타실록산, 에탄올, 옥틸도데실미리스테이트, 펜타에리스리틸테트라에칠헥사노에이트, 부틸렌글라이콜, 디메치콘,사이클로헥사실록산, 마카다미아씨오일, 생강오일(0.1%), 동백오일, 귤껍질추출물, 난추출물, 녹차추출물, 동백나무잎추출물, 백년초열매추출물, 아데노신, 메칠글루코오스세스퀴스테아레이트, 세테아릴글루코사이드, 에칠헥실글리세린, 페녹시에탄올, 향료.
Ingredients, English:
 Purified water, olive oil, hydrogenated poly(c6-14 olefin), glycerin, polyglyceryl-3 methylglucose distearate, cyclopentasiloxane, ethanol, octyldodecyl myristate, pentaerythrityl tetraethylhexanoate, butylene glycol, dimethicone, cyclohexasiloxane, macadamia seed oil, ginger oil (0.1%), Japanese camellia (Camellia japonica) oil, orange peel extract, orchid extract, green tea extract, Japanese camellia (Camellia japonica) leaf extract, prickly pear cactus (Opuntia coccinellifera) fruit extract, adenosine, methyl glucose sesquistearate, cetearyl glucoside, ethylhexylglycerin, phenoxyethanol, fragrance.
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