Coreana Rodin SHO Special Horse Oil Cream Review

Monday, 9 March 2015

Remember the Guerisson 9-Complex horse oil cream I reviewed some time ago? That review is currently my highest viewed post this year! Today I am reviewing another horse oil cream from Bntnews, the Coreana Rodin SHO Special Horse Oil cream.

Horse creams seem to be increasing in popularity within the Korean market and I can see why. Every horse oil cream I have tried so far is highly emollient, non-clogging and moisturising, which gives my skin a lovely glow and bouncy texture. Coreana's horse oil product is further enriched with Vitamin E, which fights fine lines and restore the skin’s texture. 

8-Complex Formula
Mandarin extracts clean and purify
Honey brings immediate moisture, vitality and energy into the skin
Kiwi improves immunity, adds vitality and helps eliminate dead cells.
Tangerine peel enriched in Vitamins A & C is antioxidant, calms skin and improves tone.
Broccoli contains Vitamin C to control pigmentation and blocks aging process
Aloe leaves calms and moisturizes
Avocado nut is anti-inflammatory, fights aging and conserves elasticity
Lemongrass sterilizes, adds vitality and adjusts the skin’s balance

I actually love eating every single ingredient mentioned above! And why not put all that good stuff on your face!

There are numerous similarities between this cream and the Guerisson ranging from the packaging style to the scent of the cream. However one main difference is that the horse oil in this cream is sourced locally (to Korea) from horses in Jeju island, whereas the Guerisson cream is sourced from Germany. I am not sure whether the oil is obtained humanely. I have asked about it and researched it and the answer still remains uncertain as different brands claim different things.

The gold box is exceptionally fancy and beautiful! All the horse oil creams I have seen lately come in this style of packaging and I must say this one appeals the most to me. Gold is one of my favourite colours to wear!

An embossed horse symbol on the lid adds an expensive touch. The jar is made of glass and is very heavy, whereas the lid is very light and thin.

The cream is extremely thick, and the first thing I noticed when I opened it was the smell. It has an intense floral-citrus smell, which wouldn't be out of place in a perfumery! Again, the scent is similar to the Guerisson cream, but I find the latter more subdued and thus, preferable. Visually, the cream has a shiny, oily surface.

I only need three dabs of this cream on my cheeks and forehead because the emollient texture allows it to spread easily. My skin is crazy at the moment and is feeling both dry and oily because I am treating it with organic apple cider vinegar which is changing the balance of my skin. I am trying my best to remain patient with it!

The Coreana cream is lighter in moisture than the Guerisson, and I find it does not absorb as well. It tends to stay on the surface of my skin for longer, and sometimes my face still feels 'tight', whereas the Guerisson absorbs more completely. Overall I do prefer the Guerisson cream for it's absorbency and more pleasurable scent, but the Coreana cream does give it a run for it's money. Those with true oily skin may prefer the Coreana cream for it's lighter hydration.

The Coreana cream is retailing on Gmarket for $31USD, which is competitively priced with most other Korean horse oil creams. However if you can find the Guerisson cream for a better price, I would recommend that instead!

*I was gifted this product for review, all my opinions are 100% honest.

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