There was a whole lot of excitement when Shara Shara released their three Bomb ampoules in Honey, Berry, and Aqua. They featured great ingredients in enormous sizes, and where packaged in colorful jars reminiscent of homemade preserves. Unfortunately as far as I can tell, they are no longer in production and are pretty much impossible to find.
Luckily for us, shortly after Shara Shara’s release, Scinic swooped in with their own line of dupes labeled as All-In-One Ampoules, featuring 4 ‘flavors’: Honey, Snail, Aqua, and Iceland Water. These are all still very much available, and have become well-known favorites. The Honey version is by far the most popular, so that’s the one I decided to try first out of this line.
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?
The Scinic Honey All in One Ampoule is a multi-step skincare product designed to function as a toner, essence, and moisturizer all at once. It boasts honey, royal jelly, and propolis as its star ingredients. It should be applied after toner and before moisturizer along with any other serums or essences, layering from thinnest to thickest.
- Size: 250 mL
- Price: $21.18 CAD from Jolse.com
- Texture: Clear fluid with an amber color, very thick and viscous
- Scent: Strongly floral, leaning artificial and overly sweet
- Packaging: A huge, deep jar with a screw top lid
- Longevity: Well over a year if using only on facial skin
Honey Extract, Glycerin, Water, Niacinamide, Royal Jelly Extract, Propolis Extract, Centella Asiatica (Centella) Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum (Japanese Knotweed) Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis (Chinese Skullcap) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia (Chinese Cinnamon) Bark Extract, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa (Hinoki Cypress) Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea (Purslane) Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine, Caramel, Adenosine, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol
CosDNA breakdown. Carbomer flags as a 1 for irritation, and triethanolamine flags a 2 for comedogenicity.
Here’s what I like to see: all the star ingredients, honey, royal jelly, propolis, and niacinamide, nice and high at the very top of the ingredients list. The list is huge, but at least Scinic had the grace to actually feature what they advertise and include these ingredients in significant amounts.
Following is a tonne of botanical extracts of all kinds that are probably in not high enough concentrations individually to do much of anything. Everything else is the standard stuff to turn it into a skincare product, such as preservatives and pH adjusters.
Everyone already knows this, but I’ll say it again: this jar is absolutely gigantic. It’s a full 250 mL of product, about 2-5x more than any standard face cream or serum would give you. It means the product has an incredible price value, but it’s a heck of a lot of product to work through. If you get bored (like me) and like to try a lot of different things (like me), that’s not so great. I’ve been using it for almost 20 weeks, and I’ve slathered it on my entire body once or twice, and I’m maybe a third of the way through the jar.
I don’t know if there’s something wrong with my nose or what, but I feel like people lied to me when they said this ampoule smells exactly like honey out of the jar. Guys, I sniffed this side by side with an actual jar of honey and they are NOTHING alike. Even when I first cracked this open with no other references, nothing about this scent read honey or even honey-related to me. What I get is an extremely sweet (I want to say white?) floral that leans artificial. Maybe like candied dried flowers, if that’s a thing? To be clear, I enjoy the scent just fine, it just wasn’t at all what I was expecting.
The ampoule is very viscous and thick, and the packaging makes it rather inconvenient to get at. I’m not much for spatulas, so I’ve gotten used to dipping a finger into the jar. That works alright for now, but it’s gonna get more difficult as the level in the jar gets lower. As for using it on my body, very carefully pouring this into my palm was much easier. It spreads well and I’ve had no issues with stickiness when using this. I almost always layer 2-3 moisturizers and usually a sleeping pack over top, though, so that probably has an effect on the dry down.
If you couldn’t tell, I am a maximalist when it comes to my personal care products. I’m not usually excited by products that claim to do a lot of things at once. In fact I’m not sure I even agree with the concept. I’m in full rebellion of the Western skincare philosophy that ‘less is more’, and it’s been my general experience so far that the more products I use, the better my skin gets.
All that said, there are always those days when I just can’t be bothered to complete my full routine. It’s been pretty nice to have this guy on hand for those days. I can’t say that this has been providing a noticeable benefit when I have this sandwiched in between layers of essences and moisturizers. However, when I use this alone or in a simplified routine, it at least saves my skin from being a sensitive, flaky disaster in the morning. It’s certainly no substitute for all my other skincare layers, but it’s definitely a reliable standby.
Would I Repurchase?
I’m not sure I will ever actually get through this jar, but if I do I won’t be purchasing another one. It’s a solid product, but I’ve gotten so bored of it after 5 months and no end in sight. I may end up relegating this to only body use because I just need it to be finished! For similar reasons, I highly doubt I will be trying any of the other Scinic AIO Ampoules either.
I think this is a great option for people with a tighter budget, or people who prefer shorter or simpler routines. I prefer variety in my routines, so having a product that seems to linger forever is way less appealing, even if it is at an amazing price.