May Coop Raw Sauce is now available at Sephora and Sephora.com much to my delight. I actually heard about May Coop Raw Sauce a while back ago as it was featured on Get It Beauty which is a Korean show (You can locate plenty of versions of it online with English subtitles. It’s one my fav watches!).
May Coop Raw Sauce is a cult favorite product in Korea and now that Sephora is becoming increasingly saturated with K-Beauty and Skincare it’s no great surprise they launched this popular item in stores.
This is an essence that actually acts as a 3-in-1 formula and performs the functions of toner, emulsion and essence all in one. Essence is a very important step in my own skincare routine as well as one that isn’t to be missed in a Korea girl or guy’s own routine. Korean’s and many other Asian countries such as Japan tend to embrace a 10 or more step skincare routine which I’ve adapted myself as it really works for my drier skin and I hold it responsible for the fact my skin remains fairly youthful, blemish-free, and smooth. I think Essence is one of the more important steps in any skincare routine as it preps skin for moisturizer, adds extra hydration, and allows for skincare products to absorb more fully as well as allows skin to retain moisture. Some of my personal favorite essence products are Dr Jart’s Ceramidin Liquid (Review), Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion, Sana Hadanomy Deep Lotion (Review), Biore Lotion Toner, and Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator (Review).
I think injecting Essence into your skincare routine can be an enlightening experience particularly if you have drier skin. It allows other products such as serums and moisturizers to absorb more fully plus it adds so much moisture to skin and allows it to retain that moisture.
Let’s take a look at May Coop Raw Sauce.
I’m happy to say that this comes in two sizes one of which, the one I purchased, is a 1.35 oz bottle for $14. This is a nice way to try the product out with spending a lot of money and getting a feel for the formula as well. Strangely enough this is 93% maple tree sap which is apparently is packed with nourishing botanicals and antioxidants that support cell regeneration.
One thing I always find strange about both Japanese and Korean products is how heavily scented they are. This has a light refreshing fragrance but the fragrance is pretty strong. Many sources state that fragrance is a big no for skincare because it breaks down collagen. I personally don’t mind fragrance in my skincare but many sensitive users or those who are very, very serious about their skincare don’t like it for a good reason. Considering how very, very serious Asian women are about their skincare I’m somewhat surprised that so many brands have such highly fragranced skincare options.
Raw Sauce is a clear slightly thick liquid which can be applied using your fingers and hands. The bottle suggest a cotton pad but any fan of essence knows this is a horrible way to apply the product. You want to apply a good amount into the palms of your hands and gently press it into your face. As you press it’ll absorb and you can later follow up by gently rolling your fingers across your face for full absorption. I call this method palming, it’s one I use to apply BB Cream as well. I simply take the palms of my hands and gently press them to my face to apply. You’ll find that this formula is a lot like Hada Labo’s (if you’ve used it that is!) in fact your hands will stick to your face a little as you apply. It’s not a super instant hydration feel but more of a slightly tacky one that sets to a soft, smooth feel. It’s also one that creates a layer over your skin that allows moisture in but not out. You’ll find with daily use your skin will look smoother. You’ll also find your complexion looks brighter and dullness lessens due to the fact you’re retaining more moisture. You’ll also find that your moisturizers and other skincare as well as makeup applies more smoothly and absorbs more easily. That’s the joy of an essence.
I wouldn’t say May Coop Raw Sauce is my favorite essence product but it is a great introduction into the unusual and very beneficial world of Korean essences.
Get it at Sephora and Sephora.com.
Do you use essence in your skincare routine?