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Butylene Glycol in Skincare – Is it Comedogenic?

There is a very low probability that butylene glycol will clog your pores and cause you to break out.

Butylene Glycol in skincare. Is Butylene Glycol Comedogenic?

written by Sophia White

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Learning about common ingredients used in skincare products is crucial if you want better skin. Not only is it important to know what ingredients your skin would benefit from, but it’s equally important, or maybe even more so, to know which ingredients might be damaging to your skin or health.

Since I’ve been trying to improve my skin with Korean skincare and reading countless ingredient lists, I’ve noticed that butylene glycol is an ingredient that is present in almost every single skincare product! So, it’s time to find out: what is butylene glycol used for in skincare products, is it safe to put this ingredient on my skin, and is it comedogenic?

In short, butylene glycol is a chemical compound commonly used as an alternative to propylene glycol or glycerol in skincare products. It has been approved as safe by The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), the FDA, and the World Health Organization.

Additionally, scientific studies have shown no harmful effects from this ingredient, and it has been concluded that butylene glycol is non-toxic and non-irritating.

Although the safety hazards associated with butylene glycol are well understood and studied, people with sensitive skin may find higher concentrations of butylene glycol irritating. It is also possible to have an allergy to butylene glycol. However, this is very rare.

I‘ll discuss all this and more in this post, so grab that green tea (it’s good for your skin), and let’s learn about butylene glycol.

What Is Butylene Glycol?

For all skintellectuals out there, butylene glycol is a molecule consisting of 4 carbon atoms and two OH (alcohol) groups. It’s similar to propylene glycol, which has 3 carbon atoms instead of 4, and glycerol, which has 3 carbon atoms, but with an additional alcohol group.

Due to the additional carbon atom it has, Butylene glycol is slightly larger in size compared to propylene glycol and glycerol.

There are four types of butylene glycol. They are all referred to by the same name. However, their chemical names are different and only differ slightly in their chemical structure (the location of two alcohol groups on the molecule). The differences in the molecular structure of butylene glycol give each type somewhat different properties, which in turn gives them other functions in skincare products. I’ll discuss more in the next section.

Benefits of Butylene Glycol in Skincare

Butylene glycol is probably one of the most widely used skincare ingredients. It’s commonly used in many skincare and cosmetic products, such as cleansers, serums, moisturizers, sunscreen, sheet masks, foundation and mascara. It’s also used in other personal products such as toothpaste, shaving cream, and shampoo.

I bet if you checked the ingredients list of your skincare products, most of them would contain butylene glycol. The ones that don’t may contain propylene glycol or glycerol instead.

Most skincare products contain butylene glycol because it is very effective at increasing skin penetration by other ingredients, as many active ingredients have a molecular weight that is too large for effective skin penetration.

Butylene Glycol in skincare. Is Butylene Glycol Safe?
Butylene Glycol Safety in Skincare by Sophia White for Garden of Muses

Butylene glycol is also often used as a skincare ingredient to give products a thinner consistency, making them feel less greasy and easier to apply (i.e., sunscreens).

Lastly, butylene glycol also has humectant properties due to its alcohol groups. It can draw moisture (water molecules) from the surrounding air and hydrate your skin like hyaluronic acid does.

I mentioned above that four different forms of butylene glycol differ by the location of their two alcohol groups. I want to summarise quickly what these forms are and what function they have in skincare products:

  • 1,2-butanediol: This form has been shown to increase skin penetration of other ingredients. It is used as a humectant to take water from the environment and retain it. It is also used as a solvent to decrease a product’s viscosity.
  • 1,3-butanediol: The most commonly used form of butylene glycol. It’s an alternative to propylene glycol and glycerol as it has better solvency. It’s also used as a humectant to reduce product viscosity. These properties make it effective at preventing products from drying out and other ingredients from crystallizing. The safety hazards associated with 1,3-butanediol have been very well researched. It has been concluded that topical application is non-toxic and does not cause irritation at the concentrations used in skincare products and cosmetics.
  • 2,3-butanediol: This form isn’t used in skincare products and cosmetics, although it is a potential viscosity reducer. Its toxicity is not fully understood yet, although it’s thought to have minimal toxic effects as it’s found naturally in cocoa butter and sweet corn.
  • 1,4-butanediol: This form of butylene glycol is predominantly used as a solvent in cosmetic products but isn’t used often due to its limited properties. It is mainly used in eye products as it causes minimal irritation to the eye area.

Is Butylene Glycol Safe for the Skin?

Butylene glycol is synthetically derived from petroleum. As people associate it with gasoline or crude oil, this has given it a somewhat bad name.

However, many studies have concluded that butylene glycol has a low order of toxicity when used in skincare and cosmetic products and is therefore approved as safe by The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), the FDA, and the World Health Organization.

Studies investigating the effect of undiluted butylene glycol on human skin also found that it produces minimal skin irritation. Even repeated patch tests yielded no evidence of skin sensitization.

Although butylene glycol has been shown to produce a very low order of primary skin irritation (even when undiluted), it can cause skin irritation for people with very sensitive skin, mainly if applied around the eyes.

Just like with any other ingredient, it is also possible for some people to have an allergy to butylene glycol, although it is infrequent. This is why it’s essential to patch-test any new skincare product first.

It’s also important to know that if you have very sensitive skin and would like to choose products containing natural ingredients instead of butylene glycol, these have the potential to irritate, too (such as botanical extracts, citrus oils, and tea tree oil).

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Is Butylene Glycol Comedogenic?

Many skincare products contain certain comedogenic ingredients, meaning that they are likely to clog your pores and cause a comedome. A comedome is simply a pimple on the skin. It can either be an open blackhead or a closed whitehead.

If you have acne-prone skin, you must be extra careful to avoid skincare products containing comedogenic ingredients. Your pores are probably more prone to clogging.

But here’s the thing: there is a comedogenic scale. Some ingredients are more comedogenic than others; even the most comedogenic ones won’t cause comedones and acne. This is because it all comes down to your skin particularities, such as your pore size and how the product you’re using is formulated.

So, is butylene glycol comedogenic? Although it is considered a comedogenic ingredient, it’s only rated as a Category 1 on the comedogenic scale. Note that ingredients in Category 0 will not clog pores, and those in Category 5 have a high probability that they will clog pores. So, in other words, there is a very low probability that butylene glycol will clog your pores and cause you to break out.

Should You Avoid Butylene Glycol during Pregnancy?

A common question is whether butylene glycol is safe for your skin during pregnancy.

Unfortunately, there is not enough information available to give a yes or no answer to this question. Only one study looked at how butylene glycol affects rats’ reproductive physiology. The study observed changes in neuronal and liver protein synthesis in the developing offspring of rats fed butylene glycol during pregnancy.

It’s not much information to go by, so it comes down to a personal choice. I limited my skincare products during my pregnancy to avoid as many chemicals as possible. If you are pregnant and have concerns about butylene glycol or other ingredients, I advise you to speak with your doctor for more information.

Skincare Products without Butylene Glycol

Although butylene glycol has been approved as safe for the skin, I mentioned above that some people may have an allergy to it (although it seems very rare). Since most Korean skincare products contain butylene glycol, it can feel like a lost cause to find products without it.

I always advise to check up-to-date ingredient lists and do a patch test before using a product.

Here’s a list containing skincare brands and products that have no or very low concentrations of butylene glycol. (last updated 2024)

  • Belif
  • Whamisa
  • Leejiham
  • Secret Key
  • Innisfree
  • Yuri Pibu
  • Sidmool
  • CeraVe
  • Stratia Skincare
  • Holy Snails
  • The Ordinary

1. Anua Heartleaf Pore Control Cleansing Oil

Anua Heartleaf Cleansing Oil
Anua Heartleaf Pore Control Cleansing Oil by Sophia White for Garden of Muses

If you want to remove your makeup and day-to-day dirt without clogging your pores, try Anua Heartleaf Pore Control Cleansing Oil. It’s a gentle oil cleanser that contains heartleaf extract and plant-based oils to soothe and hydrate your skin. Just massage it on your dry face, add some water to emulsify, and rinse off with lukewarm water.

Your skin will feel clean and refreshed. I recommend it for those who want to avoid Butylene Glycol.

Anua Heartleaf Pore Control Cleansing Oil Ingredients List (last checked 2024)

Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Butyl Avocadate, Fragrance, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Melia Azadirachta Bark Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract.

Herbs Humectant/Moisturizer Brightening Active Fragrance

2. Numbuzin No. 1 Easy Peasy Cleansing Oil

Numbuzin No. 1 Easy Peasy Cleansing Oil Review
Numbuzin Easy Peasy Cleansing Oil by Seo Yeon Lee for Garden of Muses

Numbuzin Easy Peasy Cleansing Oil is a gentle yet effective cleanser that removes makeup, dirt, and impurities from my skin without stripping. It contains natural emollients such as corn oil, macadamia seed oil, and sunflower seed oil that nourish and hydrate my skin.

It also has a refreshing citrus scent that invigorates your senses and leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed.

Numbuzin Easy Peasy Cleansing Oil is the first step of your double cleansing routine. Massage two oil pumps onto your dry face and rinse with lukewarm water. Follow with a water-based cleanser for a thorough and deep cleansing. This cleansing oil has three highly comedogenic ingredients; therefore, I don’t recommend it to those with acne-prone skin.

Comedogenic ingredients: Isopropyl Myristate (5/5), Ethylhexyl Palmitate (4/5), Zea mays oil (3/5).

Price: $28

Numbuzin No. 1 Easy Peasy Cleansing Oil Ingredients List (last check 2024)

Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Diisostearyl Malate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Cyperus Esculentus Root Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Purified Water, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance.

Emollient Active Fragrance

3. Numbuzin No. 3 Pore & Makeup Cleansing Balm

Numbuzin Reviews - Numbuzin No. 3 Pore & Makeup Cleansing Balm with Green Tea and Charcoal Review
Numbuzin No.3 Pore & Makeup Cleansing Balm with Green Tea and Charcoal
by Seo Yeon Lee for Garden of Muses

Numbuzin No.3 Cleansing Balm is a gentle cleansing balm enriched with Green Tea and Charcoal. It eliminates the need for double cleansing.

As many of you know, I am an absolute cleanser junkie, so this new release was exciting. This is Numbuzin’s first cleansing balm, and I must admit that it has been making a regular appearance in my skincare routine.

The Numbuzin No. 3 Pore & Makeup Cleansing Balm with Green Tea and Charcoal has been enjoyable in almost every aspect of use – from the opening of the jar when you get that whiff of pleasant natural smell to the way the balm melts on the complexion.

Finally, to the beautiful lit-from-within glow this amazing balm gives as it washes off effortlessly, I might add… no cloth required. I’ve been using this so much that I have nearly run out and have since repurchased. I’ve quickly fallen in love with the Numbuzin cleansing balm – so much so that I would say it’s at Holy Grail status.

I’m happy to note that, unlike many popular cleansing balms, I love that the Numbuzin No.3 Cleansing Balm is environmentally friendly as it does not contain polyethylene.

Comedogenic ingredients: Ethylhexyl Palmitate (4/5)

Numbuzin No.3 Pore & Makeup Cleansing Balm with Green Tea and Charcoal Ingredients List (last check 2024)

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Triethylhexanoin, Synthetic Wax, Polysorbate 85, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Green Tea Powder (10,000ppm), Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Green Tea Seed Oil (10ppm), Green Tea Water (0.1ppm), Charcoal Powder (8,000ppm), Beeswax, Dipropylene Glycol, Chromium Oxide Green, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Illite, Montmorillonite, Kaolin, 1,2-Hexanediol.

Herbs Humectant/Moisturizer Emollient Essential Oil

4. Beauty of Joseon Red Bean Refreshing Pore Mask

Beauty of Joseon Red Bean Refreshing Pore Mask
Beauty of Joseon Red Bean Refreshing Pore Mask by Mia Peterson for Garden of Muses

Beauty of Joseon Red Bean Refreshing Pore Mask Ingredients List (last checked 2024)

Phaseolus Angularis Seed Extract, Glycerin, Kaolin, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phaseolus Angularis Seed Powder, Hectorite, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Olivate, Ultramarines, Pyrus Communis (Pear) Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Acrylate/​Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/​Stem Extract, Water, Polyisobutene, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Leaf Extract, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Ci 77491, Caprylyl/​Capryl Glucoside, Sorbitan Oleate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane

Humectant/Moisturizing Active Herb Ferment Brightening

5. Isntree Hyper Vitamin C 23 Serum

Isntree Hyper Vitamin C 23 Serum Review
Isntree Hyper Vitamin C 23 Serum by Mia Peterson for Garden of Muses

As the name says, Isntree Hyper Vitamin C 23 Serum contains 23% L-ascorbic acid, a high percentage of pure Vitamin C. The serum also contains vitamin E (Tocopherol in the ingredients list), which enhances the antioxidant effects of vitamin C. As mentioned, vitamins C and E protect the skin cells from sun damage by neutralizing the free radicals generated during UV exposure.

Therefore, Isntree Hyper Vitamin C 23 Serum helps prevent sun damage.

Propanediol, Betaine, Polyglycerin-3, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Panthenol, and Dextrin hydrate the skin. A special mention goes to Hydroxyethyl Urea, one of the most effective humectants in skincare but not often found in Korean cosmetics.

The shelf life of this serum is two months as it contains L-Ascorbic Acid. The manufacturer recommends placing it in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight to avoid oxidation. Read my fellow muse Emma’s in-depth review of the Isntree Hyper Vitamin C 23 Serum.



  • It doesn’t contain ferulic acid.

Isntree Hyper Vitamin C 23 Serum Ingredients List (last checked 2024)

Water, Ascorbic Acid (23%), Propanediol, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglycerin-3, Tromethamine, Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Dextrin, Tocopherol.

Active Humectant/Moisturizer Herb Fragrance

6. Cos De Baha VM Vitamin C MSM Serum

Cos De Baha VM Vitamin C MSM Serum
Cos De Baha VM Vitamin C MSM Serum by Alyssa Tan for Garden of Muses. *Affiliate links below.

I think this serum is an excellent beginner’s option.

SAP is a soothing ingredient in some very hydrating serums, such as this one. This Vitamin C serum contains other beneficial antioxidant ingredients such as green tea, vitamin E, and one of my favorites, Licorice Root Extract. It also has propanediol, betaine, allantoin, and sodium hyaluronate, all beautiful humectants.

I love that the Cos De Baha VM Vitamin C MSM Serum has Aloe Vera as its first ingredient instead of water.

When I used this serum, I enjoyed everything, from how my skin drank it immediately to how it worked its magic, brightening my face.

Cos De Baha VM Vitamin C MSM Serum Ingredients List (last checked 2024)

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Propanediol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycereth-26, Dimethyl Sulfone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ferulic Acid, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Momordica Charantia Fruit Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract.

Ingredients referred from the Cos de Baha official site.

Active Herbs Humectant/Moisturizing Brightening

7. Missha Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence

Missha Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence
Missha Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence by Emma Wilson for Garden of Muses.*Affiliate links below.

This essence is fermented with double-fermented Artemisia Annua Extract to enhance its potency and absorption. It soothes and moisturizes the skin while improving its texture and clarity.

Missha Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence Ingredients List (last checked 2024)

Water, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Artemisia Annua Extract.

Ingredients referred from the MISSHA official website.

Humectant/Moisturizing Herb

8. COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream

COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in one Cream
COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream by Mateo Sanchez for Garden of Muses. *Affiliate links below

The COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream is a skin-repairing moisturizer of 92% snail mucin extract. It has a bouncy, slimy texture that is not sticky when applied to the skin. The official instruction claims this product is nutritious enough after cleansing without needing a toner, emulsion, or serum, hence the name “all-in-one cream.”

If you’ve read a few of my articles already, you’ll know that the COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream is probably one of my favorite skincare products. It’s made a massive difference to my skin, and I’m so happy that I found something that hydrates my skin and doesn’t break me out like moisturizers tend to do.

COSRX is much loved for its snail mucin products, namely this one and the COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence*. As their names suggest, the All In One Cream contains 92% snail mucin, while the essence contains 96% snail mucin.

Other beneficial ingredients: This lightweight snail moisturizer is exceptionally hydrating and an excellent moisturizer option if you have oily skin like mine that breaks out easily if you apply suffocating creams. It contains panthenol, a very effective humectant, sodium hyaluronate, and allantoin.

It also contains adenosine, a relatively new ingredient in the skincare world with powerful anti-wrinkle benefits. You might have seen it marketed all over the packaging of L’Oreal creams and serums. You can check out the benefits of adenosine here.

Comedogenic ingredients: Cetearyl Alcohol (2/5), Stearic Acid (2/5), Butylene Glycol (1/5), Carbomer (1/5), Dimethicone (1/5), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (1/5)

Price: $12-$16

COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream Ingredients List (last checked 2024)

Snail Secretion Filtrate (92%), Betaine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Arginine, Dimethicone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Stearic acid, Allantoin, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Ethyl Hexanediol, Adenosine.

Ingredients referred from the COSRX’s official website.

Active Herbs Humectant/Moisturizing

9. Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

Belif The True Cream-Moisturizing Bomb
Belif Moisturizing Bomb by Seo Yeon Lee for Garden of Muses. *Affiliate links below.

Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb* is a moisturizing, soothing, and skin-protecting cream with a creamy and rich texture. A number one best-selling Belif skincare item in Korea and a much-raved moisturizing cream among the Korean communities. It is also an award-winning cream in multiple TV shows and magazines. In other words, it is recognized and stapled as a skincare must-try.

The texture of this product is close to butter but is lighter and easier to absorb than butter. Its Comfrey leaf extract is clinically proven to retain moisture on the skin for up to 26 hours. It used to be too rich for my liking, but when I use it at night, my skin will wake up plump and soft the following day. Belif Moisturizing Bomb contains lecithin, a water-binding emollient with skin-restoring properties when used in high concentrations.

It is also beneficial as a soothing pack whenever my skin is irritated from sleep deprivation or hormonal changes. Oily skin is not advised to use this, as it will melt on your face with sweat and sebum.

Among all the creams I’ve tried with this texture, Belif Moisturizing Bomb* and Holika Holika Good Cera Super Ceramide Cream are the two that did not give me any unwanted side effects. For instance, Guerisson 9 Complex and Whamisa Organic Flowers Water Cream have turned my face into a greasy war zone.

It is ideal for normal or dry skin or individuals living in a cold and dry environment. This is a soothing and protective cream without uncomfortable greasiness. It is rich but non-greasy.

Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb Ingredients List (last checked 2024)

Water, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Dipropylene Glycol, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Triethylhexanoin, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, PEG-40 Stearate, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteayl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sorbitan Stearate, Stearic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Nepeta Cataria Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract, Viola Tricolor Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Achillea Millefolium Flower Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Thuja Occidentalis Leaf Extract, Menyanthes Trifoliata Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Chelidonium Majus Extract, Urea, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium EDTA, Tromethamine, Fragrance, Citronellol, Limonene.

Herbs Ferments Humectant/Moisturizer Fragrance

10. Donginbi 1899 Signature Oil

Best Korean Ginseng Skin Care Products - Donginbi 1899 Signature Oil Review
Donginbi 1899 Signature Oil by Alyssa Tan for Garden of Muses. *Affiliate links below.

Donginbi is a luxury brand well-known in Korea for its premium anti-aging ginseng skincare range. Donginbi products are so loved in Korea that people often gift them to each other. The Korean Ginseng Corp owns Donginbi, called CheongKwanJang, in South Korea, the official red ginseng trading company of South Korea.

Donginbi uses only the 6-year-old red ginseng, the most mature type of ginseng in their products, which is considered the most effective type for well-aging.

Donginbi 1899 Signature Oil is one of the most popular Donginbi skincare products. It contains the highest concentration of red ginseng (in the form of red ginseng oil) out of all the Donginbi skincare products. The Donginbi website says one ginseng root goes into one drop of this oil!

Donginbi 1899 Signature Oil has an extremely light texture that forms a fast-absorbing thin layer that seamlessly blends into the skin for deep hydration and firmness to improve skin aging.

Apart from containing a few high-quality natural oils high in essential fatty acids (Omega 6 and Omega 3), the oil has a ton of fragrance, so I do not recommend it for people with sensitive skin.

Price: $186

Donginbi 1899 Signature Oil Ingredients list (last checked 2024)

Panax Ginseng Root Oil, Limnanthes Alba(Meadowfoam)Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis(Jojoba)Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond)Oil, Squalane, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Prunus Domestica Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Coumarin, Limonene, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Isoeugenol, Linalool.

Ingredients referred from the Donginbi official website.

Emollients Herbs Humectant/Moisturizing Fragrance

11. Abib Heartleaf Sun Essence Calming Drop

Abib Heartleaf Sun Essence Calming Drops
Abib Heartleaf Sun Essence Calming Drop by Seo Yeon Lee for Garden of Muses

The Abib Heartleaf Sun Essence Calming Drop combines essence and suncare. This product is fortified with heartleaf extract, which calms your skin and provides sun protection. I love how the milky-white essence absorbs fast into my skin. It’s fragrance-free and has a light texture that gives my skin a smoother-looking finish. 

Even though it doesn’t dry out into a matte finish, it doesn’t feel greasy, and my skin stays hydrated long after wearing it. Usually, I don’t skip my usual serum or essence before applying sunblock. Still, I did try skipping them for a few days and only applied my hydrating toner before applying the Abib Heartleaf Sun Essence. The hydrating effect seems sufficient, as my skin doesn’t feel too dry, and I did not notice any dry flacks. Also, please read Seo Yeon’s Abib Heartleaf Sun Essence Calming Drop Review.

Abib Heartleaf Sun Essence Calming Drop Ingredients List (last checked 2024)

Water, Dibutyl Adipate, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Alcohol, Caprylyl Methicone, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Phenethyl Benzoate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polysilicone-15, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Hexyl Laurate, Niacinamide, Polyglyceryl-6 Stearate, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Aspergillus Ferment, Triticum Aestivum (Wheat) Seed Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, C20-22 Alkyl Phosphate, Panthenol, Decyl Glucoside, Hydroxyacetophenone, Tromethamine, Ethylhexyl Olivate, Polyglyceryl-6 Behenate, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Glycerin, Sodium Phytate, Maltodextrin, Lipase, Protease, C20-22 Alcohols, Xanthan Gum.

Ingredients referred from Abib’s official English website.

UV filters Herbs Active Ferments Humectant/Moisturizer Brightening Potential Irritant

Final Thoughts

Butylene glycol is an ingredient in almost every skincare product, especially Korean ones. It improves some of the properties of skincare products.

Many studies have been conducted over the years, leading to the understanding and approval that butylene glycol is a safe ingredient when used in skincare and cosmetic products.

However, people with very sensitive skin may experience irritation when using products containing butylene glycol; although very rare, it is possible to have an allergy to this ingredient.

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