This was another well-loved item from Innisfree’s Green Tea line that I was curious about. The Green Tea Balancing Lotion as well as the Green Tea Seed Serum (reviewed) are both extremely popular in the Asian Beauty community. I love green tea as a skin care ingredient, so I needed to see for myself if my skin would respond as well as everyone else’s seems to.
Full Disclosure: This review contains no affiliate links, and the product was purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal use and testing of the product.
What is it?
Innisfree’s Green Tea Balancing Lotion is a light lotion that claims to hydrate, moisturize, and nourish the skin with green tea extract. It should be applied after any essences or serums, and before any heavier moisturizers.
- Size: 160 mL
- Price: $13.87 CAD +shipping
- Texture: Thin milky lotion
- Scent: Innisfree’s artificial ‘green tea’ scent
- Packaging: Medium sized bottle with a screw cap
- Longevity: ~7 months using a dime sized dollop twice a day
Green Tea Extract, Propanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Tangerine Peel Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Orange Extract, Tangerine Extract, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), 1,2-Hexanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
CosDNA breakdown. PEG-100 stearate scores a 1 for comedogenicity, and carbomer scores a 1 for irritation.
This lotion is mostly water with a bunch of botanical extracts, plus some emulsifiers and emolients. The star ingredient is the green tea extract. Green tea is a great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, and it is good for soothing irritation and preventing long term skin damage.
This lotion comes in a bottle with a screw cap, and the product must be poured out of the opening. Sometimes that results in me pouring out a tiny bit too much if I’m not careful. The lotion itself is thin and watery, and it spreads very easily. If I use too much, it’s more difficult to absorb and I end up having to rub my hands on my arms or chest to get rid of the excess.
Much like the other items in Innisfree’s Green Tea line, this lotion has their typical ‘green tea’ fragrance that doesn’t actually smell like green tea. The scent is refreshing and light, but it’s definitely not representative of real green tea. I don’t find the fragrance to be too strong, but some people do.
This lotion is pretty great at hydrating. Unfortunately, that doesn’t tend to be what my skin needs out of a lotion/moisturizer, and so the hydrating power doesn’t excite me all that much.
Since I started tretinoin at the beginning of this year, I’ve gone through a couple periods of extreme dehydration and skin peeling. In those times, this lotion provided an absolutely magical feeling of quenching and refreshment when I patted it in. The experience wasn’t consistent for me, however, as my skin bounced back pretty quickly once it acclimated to the tretinoin. It hasn’t felt as refreshing since then.
Would I Repurchase?
Probably not. I’ve got other hydrating products in my lineup, and my heavier creams seem to do more for my skin anyway. It’s very hydrating, and I fully recommend it if that’s what your skin needs from your routine. Mine doesn’t, so I don’t feel like this fills up enough of a gap to keep it around. It’s a solid product, just not for me.