Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Essential Oil & Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Facial Oil Initial Impressions

[ disclaimer: all products in this blog review were purchased by me ]

Last month, I wrote a blog post that gave you an idea what I wanted to test out this year ~ and it does concern facial oils!  I have always been a bit hesitant over using facial oils, as I have oily skin, but after using a couple of facial oils that really impressed me, while not breaking me out and not causing my face to feel like a grease pit, I thought I would expand on trying some more oils.   Currently, I have officially reviewed two facial oils

I am planning to review the following oils (in no particular order)


I decided to start out with the two smallest facial oils in my stash ~ Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Essential Oil and  Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Facial Oil.  I have oily, aging skin, prone to blemishes with concerns of hyper-pigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles.   I used all of these oils as part of my night time routine and if I feel that they could be used during the day, I will mention that.


Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Essential Oil  I purchased a couple of mini bottles off eBay, as the full sized Sulwhasoo is amazingly expensive.  Yes, I do draw the line at spending between $90.00 and $130.00 for a facial oil.     This has a lot of oils in it besides ginseng ~ meadowfoam, squalane, camellia, sesame, Korean pine and apricot.

  • Limnanthes Alba (meadowfoam) oil has excellent anti-oxidant and skin softening properties and benefits.  It has rich texture that helps with your skin’s barrier and locks in your skin’s moisture, preventing dryness.   It also is used to extend the shelf life of other oils
  • Squalane penetrates and absorbs rapidly into your skin and has anti-oxidant properties, helping prevent UV damage and hyper-pigmentation age spots, helps cellular growth and is an anti-bacterial.  This is an excellent moisturizing ingredient.  This ingredient also helps extend the shelf life of other oils, so this product is very stable.
  • Panax Ginseng will help detox your skin while helping to aid in the production of collagen in your skin.  This will help reduce and slow down aging signs, such as loss of firmness, wrinkles, fine lines and hyper-pigmentation.
  • Camellia Japonica (camellia) is a powerful anti-aging ingredients as it contain antioxidant compounds.  Camellia seed oil help product your skin from the damaging UV rays of the sun, as well as other environmental damages, and will result in radiant, glowing skin.
  • Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides are essential fatty acids that help repair and protect your skin barrier.  They will help prevent moisture loss while moisturizing your skin

This oil has a nice light  warm scent, with a hint of ginseng.  I have read that it smells like candied ginger, but I do not pick up any sweet notes like that.   The oil is actually lightweight, yet rich and emollient.  It is very moisturizing but absorbs quickly, so there is no greasy or oily film left on my skin.  I think this one could be used during the daytime, so long it is cold and dry outside.   It leaves my skin soft and helps with reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and the biggest plus ~ no breakouts! I always worry about that, as any oil is a acne trigger on    One thing I did notice is that when I apply this oil on, my face initially flushes red, but that faded after a minute or two.   I am not sure what could have caused this reaction as the only product that ever made my face flush is sake extracts.

Description: A facial oil to fortify skin strength for age-defying skin.  Ginseng Seed Oil promotes skin’s defense system. Camellia Oil and antioxidants create a radiant and clear complexion. Energizes tired skin

Ingredients: Limnanthes Alba (meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Squalane, Panax Ginseng Seed Oil, Cocoglycerides, Camellia Japonica (camellia) Seed Oil, Isostearyl Isostearate, Dimer Dilinoleyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Sesamum Indicum (sesame) Seed Oil, Pinus Koraiensis (Korean pine) Seed Oil, Nelumbo Nucifera (lotus) Germ Extract, Prunus Mume (Japanese apricot) Fruit Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (apricot) Kernel Oil, Lilium Tigrinum (tiger lily) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Paeonia Albiflora (peony) Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (lotus)  Seed Extract, Polygonatum Rehmannia Glutinosa (Sheng Di huang) Root Extract, Officinale Rhizome  (ginger) Root Extract, Fragrance analysis

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Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Facial Oil  I received this sample in my Sephora Play! box and decided to incorporate it into my nightly routine, once the Sulwhasoo  was used up.  This product also has a slew of oils besides Hippophae Rhamnoides ~ the “seaberry” ingredient ~ such as grape, camellia oleifera, sweet almond, cranberry and vitamin E.   This also contains rosemary, which has antimicrobial effects and prevents bacteria from infecting pores.

  • Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seaberry Oil/Seabuckthorn Oil): A powerful antioxidant rich in moisturizing omegas 7 and 9 noted for protecting the skin from aging free radicals.  It also contains vitamins C, A and E, beta carotene, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids.  Vitamin C is important for brightening and stimulating collagen production.  It contains 200 to 800 times more vitamins than apples.  Sea Buckthorn is known for its antioxidant properties to help slow down aging and to regenerate new skin cells, while penetrating deep into your derma layer and locking moisture inside.
  • Cranberry Seed Oil: Maintains the skin’s elasticity and smoothness. high in Vitamin C and also in proanthocyanidins, both of which are powerful antioxidants that will help combat free radical damage
  • Omega 7: Enhances the skin’s healing process.
  • Omegas 6 and 9: Improve elasticity, softness, and smoothness.
  • Omega 3: Calms and soothes.

This is oil is a bit more thicker than Sulwhasoo and is really a lot more moisturizing.  In fact, I felt like I had a film of oil on my face after applying this.  It just “sat” on my face and didn’t fully absorb.   Due to its richness and lack of absorbability into my skin, I only used this around my eyes and cheeks.  I wasn’t going to take the chance in trying this around my hot blemish-prone spots.   Another thing I didn’t care for is the scent.  I have used seabuckthorn oil before and the scent always smells rancid and a bit fishy to me.  I know that is just how it smells and it is not an indication that it has gone “bad”, but it is a major turnoff for me.  Not all seabuckthorn smells this way, as some brands do something to dilute/cover the scent, but in this product, it is clear that it is very strong.

I will say this about this product ~ I had a rash on my forehead, from where I was scratching my skin ~ the dry weather just makes me very itchy.  I did apply this on that spot and it helped soothe, calm and heal that rash.  That is a plus for me.   Perhaps this oil is best served for when I have skin irritations ~ not blemishes, but rashes and cuts.

Description:  A soothing face oil packed with restorative omegas and seabuckthorn oil to preserve a youthful appearance. Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil is a precious blend of pure oils—seaberry, cranberry seed, camellia seed, grapeseed, and sweet almond—packed with restorative omegas to maintain a youthful appearance. The lightweight formula absorbs quickly for a boost of vital moisture, while vitamin E works to maintain the skin’s elasticity and smoothness. This powerful antioxidant protects the skin from aging free radicals, leaving your complexion soft, smooth, and refreshed.  What it is formulated without: – Parabens – Sulfates – Phthalates

Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Fragrance, BHT, Linalool, Limonene, Citral, Coumarin, Geraniol analysis

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Final Thoughts

I did really like Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Essential Oil, but not enough to fork over that type of money.   It did do its job, and left my face feeling nice and soft, moisturized.  This is a really good oil for oily skin and I am sure it would work on combo and drier skin types as well.  But would I want to spend around $100.00 on it?  Derp, no way!!  If anything, I would probably just purchase these off eBay, because I can get two 5 mL bottles for $21.00.   That is at least a 60% savings from the full sized 20 mL.    If you are interested in trying this out, I totally recommend that you go the mini sample route as one bottle will last you a month.

I was not impressed by Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Facial Oil ~ I disliked the scent which I shouldn’t have been surprised as I do dislike seabuckthorn scents and it was too heavy for my face.  I didn’t break out, but I felt like there was a film on my face when I used it and it was greasy.  I do think this oil is more suited for drier skin types than myself.   I will use the rest of this product on my elbows and feet.  Seriously, I cannot stress how much I dislike this product.

So, have you tried either the Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Essential Oil or Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Facial Oil?  Are you interested in trying them?  What do you think?  Let me know in the comments below!  I am now trying to decide which facial oil to use next!!

Where To Purchase

Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Essential Oil

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Facial Oil 1.7 oz $52.00 at Sephora.  Sephora does ship internationally!  Read here to learn more.


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5 thoughts on “Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Essential Oil & Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Facial Oil Initial Impressions

  1. I am so glad I found your blog!!!!!!!! This is awesome. You do such great in depth reviews! Ok, so big question, what would an oil have to do to make you spend $100? I am asking myself that, and it is pretty much a thought bumping around in white space. $100 is a tough amount to splash out on for an oil type product…

    PS Your humor is on point. Lolz where had!

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  2. I also tried a sampling via eBay of ginseng oil & I have to admit after just 3 nights, I am noticing a difference in the strength of my skin. I am 38 and due to thyroid condition, my skin has been losing laxity and seems weakened/fragile. On the third night however, I just mixed it with (far, far cheaper) plain pomegranate oil to help it last longer. We will see!! I wish they left ‘fragrance’ out though. Seems no need for it.

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  3. It’s ginseng that make your face turn red since it was known to increase circulation. My face turn red after using Sulwhasoo ginseng line as well


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