writer : matrha marle_martha marie
It’s been quite a bit since I’ve done a skincare review! I know most of y’all are subscribed to my YouTube Channel and other social media outlets for my otome and anime content, but I still have a huge passion for skincare. I’ve been wanting to include more skincare content here on my blog, since I know some of you enjoy it too.
At the end of August I received an e-mail from the people at the eBay store blueprint21 informing me that they had created their own line of products based on requests from customers. They asked me to pick two products that I would like to try and review them both. Before I accepted their offer, I took a look at their eBay store and their website for their new skincare line, iUnik. Their eBay feedback was (and still is) 99.5% and they had glowing reviews on the Asian Beauty subreddit (whose members are usually quite brutal when it comes to sub-par customer service), so I decided it was safe to work with them. I chose my two products and within a week they arrived safely to me from South Korea.
iUnik stands for Ideal Unique Natural Ingredients Knowhow.
Customers from their eBay store were wanting more products that were made with natural ingredients and formulated for sensitive skin, so iUnik was their answer to those requests. The line currently has 9 products that each feature a star ingredient that makes up a large percentage of the product.
The two products I chose were the Tea Tree Relief Serm and the Propolis Vitamin Energy Serum. Along with these two products, they sent along their Beta Glucan Daily Moisture Cream. I decided to give these products a fair review, I would test each for a month and then post my findings.
Checking my skin condition upon receiving these products, I decided to try the Tea Tree Relief Serum first.
iUnik claims that the Tea Tree Relief Serum calms and moisturizes skin, and helps with whitening and wrinkle care with the addition of niacinamide and adenosine. The main ingredients of this serum are tea tree extract (obviously) at 67%, and centella asiatica leaf water at 19.5%.
Here’s the full ingredients list:
Melaluca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water, Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Butylene Glycol, 1,2 Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Glycereth-26, Water, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Betaine, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Cellulose Gum, Allantoin, Beta-Glucan, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Adenosine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Xanathan Gum, Chloropyllin-Copper Complex
According to the CosDNA analysis referenced above, the only ingredient that would be a trigger for acne is Butylene Glycol (unless you have any allergies to other ingredients on the list), which registers as a 1 on their acne scale. If you are allergic to wheat or gluten, this is a product to skip because it does include wheat germ extract.
Besides the four mentioned ingredients above (tea tree, centella asiatica, niacinamide, and adenosine), hyaluronic acid and glycerin are included for moisture, along with various plant extracts. Now the top two ingredients make up 86.5% of the product, so there’s a lot of ingredients spread out among the other 13.5%. I’d say the niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin would have a noticeable effect, but anything under that would be included in such minimal amounts that I’m unsure of their effectiveness.
I started my testing on September 3rd, and used this serum in place of my CosRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. Upon first impression, the serum is a lightweight, watery texture that spreads easily and evenly over the skin. It has no detectable fragrance and absorbs quickly. It’s great for layering with other hydrating products, and does not cause any of the products used afterward to pill up on the skin (including sunscreen). After applying the serum, my skin felt nicely hydrated, but not sticky.
There was no noticeable change in my skin’s condition after a week of testing, but at about the two week mark, I started to notice small bumps on my cheeks. I stopped using the serum for a few days and the bumps went away, but just to make sure of the cause I put the serum back into my routine at the three week mark. It took another week for the bumps to show up again, but this time I knew for sure that my skin was reacting to the product.
Now this product is definitely formulated for sensitive skin, and I know I do not have an allergy to butylene glycol because I use multiple products containing it. After doing a bit of research, I noticed there are people who are acne prone who are sensitive to tea tree, and since it makes up the majority of this product by itself, I’ve made an educated guess that it’s the tea tree causing the bumps on my skin. Oddly enough, I’ve used tea tree sheet masks before and had no reaction, so it may be that this serum is just too concentrated for my skin.
Unfortunately, because I did react to this product, I have to give it a 2/5 rating. Like with every skincare product, YMMV.
Not wanting to waste the product, for the last week of the testing period, I started applying the serum to my decolletage to keep that area moisturized, and I’m happy to note that there was no reaction there, so I can continue to use the product until the bottle runs out.
The Tea Tree Relief Serum comes in a glass bottle containing 50ml of product with a dropper applicator. At $15.49 per bottle, this serum is at least $10 cheaper than other tea tree serums and/or essences on the market. If you love tea tree as a skincare ingredient, or are curious about it and want to give it a try, you can buy it here!
I’ll be back next month with a review on iUnik’s propolis serum, so stay tuned for that!
Do you use tea tree in your skincare routine? Have you tried this before? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks so much for reading, and I’ll see you next time!
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