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Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence Review

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence Review
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Ok, here it is; what my friends have asked about the most is the Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence review.

I’m currently using the Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence and the Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream. I like how they work together. I don’t think they should be broken up. If you use one, you should be using the other because although they’re both stellar products, they’re a phenomenal team when paired together.

So, let’s get right to business.
According to stunning Charlotte Cho, the essence is the heart of the Korean beauty ritual, a crucial step coming straight from South Korea. It is said that its addition to the daily routine gives the most significant effects because it is a step that perfectly moisturizes and supports the processes in the skin.

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence skin and steam cream
Diana Brown for Garden of Muses

Where to buy Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence?

In the US, it’s available on Amazon*, and it comes in a 2.02 fl. oz. / 60 ml bottle.

You can shop for the Benton essence on the official US site, Amazon*, StyleKorean*, YesStyle*, and Jolse. (*affiliate links)

Is Benton a Good Brand?

I would say a strong YES. Benton is a South Korean brand known for its clean beauty products for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. Aloe Vera, snail slime, bee venom, and propolis are among its key ingredients. They make natural cosmetics at reasonable prices. Their products are pretty high quality having the principle of excluding harmful ingredients so that everyone can trust and use them. Not only do they use eco-friendly packaging, but they are also cruelty-free, and non-irritating tested.

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence

I’ve had people ask me what an essence is and what it’s for since traditional North American skincare regimes don’t usually have an essence step. This “essence” is a high concentration of outstanding ingredients in a clear liquidy-gel form. If you’ve ever used a serum, it’s pretty much that. If I were to rebrand this for the Western market, I would rename it as such. When I say a high concentration of great ingredients, I mean it.

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence Ingredients (2020 formulation):

Aqua (Water), Snail Secretion Filtrate(antioxidant, moisturizer), Butylene Glycol(moisturizer, solvent, viscosity controlling), Glycerin(skin-identical ingredient, moisturizer), Niacinamide (cell-communicating ingredient, skin brightening, anti-acne, moisturizer), 1,2-Hexanediol (solvent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice(soothing, moisturizer), Sh-Oligopeptide-1(cell-communicating ingredient), Bee Venom, Plantago Asiatica Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf ExtractSalix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract(soothing), Ulmus Campestris (Elm) Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract(soothing, emollient, moisturizer), Beta-Glucan(soothing, moisturizer), Betaine(moisturizer), Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer(viscosity controlling), Adenosine(cell-communicating ingredient), Panthenol(soothing, moisturizer), Allantoin(soothing), Pentylene Glycol(solvent, moisturizer), Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract(antioxidant, antibacterial, preservative), Pulsatilla Koreana Extract(antibacterial, preservative), Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract(preservative, antibacterial), Polysorbate 20( emulsifying, cleansing), Lecithin(emollient), Arginine(skin-identical ingredient).

Ingredients are taken from INCIDecoder.

Snail Secretion Filtrate

As you probably have already guessed from the title of this post, one of the main ingredients is snail secretion filtrate.
Ok, I’m going to get honest with you right now. I’ve had people catch a case of the vapors and act like they were delicate Southern ladies from the 1800s about to faint when I revealed my holy grail products contained snail secretion. Y’all need to grow up and get over it because this stuff is absolutely incredible.

People have asked, “Is it slimy, though? I couldn’t stand it if it were slimy” It is 100% absolutely NOT slimy, not even a little bit. You would never know what the miracle ingredient was if it weren’t on the bottle. I’ve also been asked what the benefits are.

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence

Snail slime has received a fair amount of hype in recent years for its many benefits and probably also for its unusualness:

  • Snail secretions have been shown to help with healing, reducing damage from photoaging, and inhibiting infections, not to mention it’s all-natural and incredibly soothing and nourishing.
  • Snail filtrate promotes the regeneration of damaged tissue and rehydrates the skin.
    • It is well-tolerated, helps with skin regeneration, and treats burns and irritations.
    • It also tightens the skin and has anti-aging properties.
    • The so-called mucin of the snails is rich in valuable proteins, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid.
    • Studies have also shown its efficacy in treating acne and fading scarring.

    It is well-tolerated, helps with skin regeneration, and treats burns and irritations.

    • It also tightens the skin and has anti-aging properties.
    • The so-called mucin of the snails is rich in valuable proteins, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid.
    • Studies have also shown its efficacy in treating acne and fading scarring.

    Even the most sensitive of skins (I’m your guinea pig representative sensitive skinners out there) will love this because there’s absolutely nothing in here that will kick up a fuss.

    You’ll also notice, once again, they’ve replaced water with aloe leaf juice.

    As some of you skin nerds have noticed, in the new formulation, the azelaic acid, arbutin, and bacillus ferment have been removed. Instead, ingredient superstar, all-time loved, but hated by some, niacinamide, has been added. I know what you are all asking, “what is the Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence niacinamide percentage“? No one knows exactly because it hasn’t been revealed.  About the change,  niacinamide, I think it is an excellent choice since niacinamide is a more stabilized ingredient that works on a more broad spectrum of skin types.

    The action of bee venom is comparable to that of Botox. Bee venom increases blood circulation, firms the skin, smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, and removes skin imperfections. It also increases the level of skin hydration and improves its elasticity. The apitoxin contained in the venom stimulates the production of collagen, elastin, and enzymes to strengthen the outermost membrane of the skin. Collagen enhances the body’s tissues, while elastin is a protein that helps the skin stay taut and is responsible for its elasticity. Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence will make your complexion illuminated and nourished from the inside. After applying bee venom, a slight tingling sensation might appear, which of course is not long-lasting. According to the producers, our brain receives a signal that we have been stung and stimulates skin cells to repair them.

    Aloe Vera: contains vitamins A, C, and E along with fatty acids and anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to help treat sensitive skin, acne, and swelling.

    Sounds enticing, doesn’t it?


    The Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence itself is clear and has a very faint, neutral smell that I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s like this strange hybrid of earth and ozone. Whatever it is it doesn’t last long and by the time you’ve rubbed this into your skin, it’s gone.

    Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence texture

    It is a gel, slightly slippery, moist jelly that is entirely transparent and colorless. It’s more watery than the Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel but thicker than just water.

    After spreading, it becomes completely watery and non-greasy, spreading quickly, and you don’t need much to cover it up. Immediately after application, it is still moist for a moment, but after a while, it is completely absorbed, leaving a matte, non-noticeable finish.


    Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence pump

    I like the packaging very much, it is elegant, tasteful and luxurious. The brown bottle is additionally packed in a cardboard box. The design is minimalist, and looking at it makes me feel very friendly with nature and organic.
    It comes in a convenient, built-in airless pump bottle secured with a removable, transparent cap. The pump is nice because, depending on the pressure applied, it gives an adequate amount of the product. The application is precise without splashing the cosmetic to the left and right.

    It takes about 2-3 pumps. That’s enough to cover my entire face, neck, and décolletage. In the case of Benton natural cosmetics, a 6-month use-by date after opening the packaging is given, and it should be followed. So I’m not too stingy when applying it because I’d rather apply more than throw it away when it’s not finished yet  (or even worse – use an old product).

    The Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence should be enough for a minimum of 4 months or longer, but it largely depends on how much you will apply it because, thanks to the light formula, you do not have to limit yourself and fear spillage.

    Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence in hand

    How do you use Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence?

    I’ve also been asked where this fits in, meaning at what step of my skincare routine.

    1. After you’ve washed your face and applied your toner;
    2. Apply the Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence.
    3. Follow with your gel or your cream.
    4. A simple way to remember is to apply things in order of their consistency, from lightest to heaviest. Of course, your toner is the most watery, the essence, the gel, and finally, your cream. Sometimes there are some surprises in a Korean skincare regime, especially when you reach the 6-8 product mark as I have, but that’s a good rule of thumb.

    What does Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence do?

    What surprised me the most after four months of use is the fact that it deals with skin issues typical of problematic skin. It not only reduces inflammation and accelerates the drying and healing of pimples that have already formed, but also, with regular use, the Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence significantly reduces the chance of future breakouts. Also, I must mention that this is one of the best products I have used for narrowing enlarged pores. I was shocked when I noticed that they were becoming less and less visible each night. This essence has astringent properties, but not in a negative sense because it did not dry out my skin.

    The “snail on top” is that it significantly influenced the regulation of my excessively hard-working, sebaceous glands. The astringent and exfoliating properties of white willow bark essentially reduced the dark blackheads on my nose. This product does not show very strong exfoliating properties, but the result was lovely, and I could say that their visibility decreased by a whopping 80%. YAY!

    As it is commonly known, snail mucin has potent regenerating properties. Therefore, the Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence helps heal existing pimples and the nasty discoloration they leave behind. In addition, the overall skin tone is even, visibly brightened, making it look healthy fresh and radiant. I might be imagining things, but I feel it radiates its inner light. The skin became soft, pleasantly smoothed, and slightly firmer.

    Regarding hydration, yes – the Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence maintains its optimal level and restores the skin’s balance, but I would not say it’s a superstar in this respect. Many other beauty products can moisturize the skin better, but as you can see, you can’t have everything. The essence is very light and watery, so if your skin needs it, try to lock in that moisture with a more occlusive finish.

    The Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence did not cause any unpleasantness and didn’t irritate my sensitive skin, but it is also not a soothing product. It has little to no effect on the redness caused by sun exposure. Also, sunscreen is very important, so don’t skip it by relying on some later fix.

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    Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence PROs

    • Graphic design
    • Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence has no smell
    • Availability – Provides a low level of hydration
    • Price
    • Consistency
    • Efficiency
    • Clean ingredients
    • Not tested on animals
    • Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence quickly absorbs into the skin
    • It does not leave an occlusive layer
    • Restores the skin’s proper water-lipid levels
    • It shows very strong regenerating and healing properties, significantly accelerating the disappearance of discoloration after blemishes
    • Accelerates the healing of blemishes and inflammations and reduces the frequency of their appearance
    • It evens and brightens the overall skin tone while adding radiance and freshness
    • Narrows enlarged pores
    • Eliminates dark blackheads on the nose
    • It makes the skin soft and smooth
    • It slightly firms and tightens

    Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence CONs

    None so far.

    Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence Versus Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule

    benton snail bee high content essence versus mizon snail repair intensive ampoule
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    Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule is a very slippy, viscous, light golden serum. It took some time to get used to it because I’m so accustomed to the Benton Snail Bee High Content essence gel texture.

    The slippy feeling made me think it might be a bit greasy, which I don’t like in serums. It isn’t, though!

    There’s alcohol in it, which will be off-putting for some, but it doesn’t bother me. The alcohol makes you feel like it absorbs very quickly.

    I also didn’t feel any sticky residue after using the Mizon ampoule.

    Final thoughts

    Overall rating 5 out of 5! I love this essence, and it’s here to stay in my skincare routine!

    Have you tried the Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence? How did it work for you? I would love to hear from you in the comments section below!

    Shop for Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence

    You can get Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence at Amazon*. Other popular Asian websites: StyleKorean*, YesStyle*, and Jolse. (*affiliate links)

    As always, you do you, be kind to your skin and yourself! Remember that every person’s skin and skin type is different, so what might work for me might not work for you, and vice versa. So before adding a new product to your skincare routine, it pays to do a little research first.

    Pay special attention to ingredients that you might react to. Doing a patch test is always a good idea. Unsure? Best to consult your dermatologist.

    Happy skin experimenting, and don’t forget the sunscreen!

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