March 29, 2017

Elensilia Escargot Original Repair Cream Simply the Best Snail Extract Cream

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

I thought I’d take a minute out to review and rave Elensilia Escargot Original Repair Cream because in my opinion it’s one of the best snail extract creams available and believe me, I’ve tried plenty. When Korea was having their snail cream everything moment a few years ago I totally got on board with trying a variety of formulas from a variety of different brands. I don’t know if I was as grossed out by the idea of a snail moisturizer the way most people were because I mean if I can eat snails I can sure as hell put their extract on my face right? P.S. They basically taste like butter, that’s the primary flavor so, as long as you’re cool with a calamari-type texture you’ll be fine. I’m half Portuguese, we eat Octopus, snail is definitely not an issue, I’ve eaten weirder stuff in my life.

Now, I’ve tried both expensive and inexpensive snail creams but one of the best I’ve come across is most definitely by Elensilia.

Here’s my thoughts!

Elensilia Escargot Original Repair Cream is available in a 1.7 oz jar and will set you back anywhere from $20 to $50. Honestly, if it came in a 16 oz size I’d buy it. It’s one of my staples. This is formulated with 80% snail extract and also contains airbutin for brightening and fading dark spots although fair warning you really have to be diligent with airbutin to see any benefits from it. It’s an ingredient that’s both fantastic and a PITA because if you aren’t applying it every single day you won’t see visible results.

This is a gel moisturizer but it has a very melt-y runny formula that absorbs very easily into skin but does leave it quite dewy. I tend to avoid using it in the day because it’s really rich and it makes my face a little slick and slippery. One of my favorite ways to use it is applying it right after a sheet mask session as the combination of the essence from the sheet mask plus a small amount of this leaves my skin super hydrated. It’s actually one of the few moisturizers I own that visibly improves and treats dryness. Sure, plenty of moisturizers will hydrate but if you aren’t committed to applying them daily you’ll notice your dry skin will pop right back up. Elensilia literally treats dryness and keeps it at bay. So, if you use it one week straight but either skip using it a few days or eliminate it completely from your routine you’ll still notice how incredibly smooth, soft, and how well hydrated your complexion stays. It does a very, very good job eliminate drier, flakier skin. One thing I do hate about it is the lavender fragrance. I find most snail creams have the same scent for some reason. I don’t really like it and find it very strong but I’ll deal with it since the formula is so crazy hydrating.

If you’re looking to not hydrate but treat drier skin, I’d highly recommend Elensilia Escargot Original Repair Cream! Truly it’s the end all of snail creams! You won’t need another once you try this incredible formula.

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This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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  • Annie

    This is literally the only other snail product that has piqued my interest since trying the COSRX 92% Snail Cream — you had me at “gel” and “arbutin”!

  • Nat

    I love Missha’s snail mask 🙂

    Muse, I haven’t seen pictures of your corn nibblet in a long time, so I had to check your Instagram feed. Need moar pup pictures! 😀

    • Isabella Muse

      I like Missha’s too but Elensilia beats it 😀 haha! She’s up there! I posted a few pics the last few days! I’ll get to posting more on the blog for you nat 😀

  • kjh

    Since you’ve done ’em all, why does this compare favorable to the Mizon gel cream? I use that and the Cosrx 96 PE. Prob not as often as I should… The thing I like about snail is that it’s great moisture for oily, but dehydrated. Never clogs. Snail really is the best Korean export (that every other country bandwagoned.)

    • Isabella Muse

      Mizon has a more true gel texture and a thicker consistency. Don’t get me wrong, Mizon’s formula is incredible but I really like Elensilia’s more. It seems much more hydrating!

      • kjh

        Thanks. Never exactly how high to go with hydration. Branching out a bit beyond Paula and Cosrx to try a little Ordinary. Skincare is so much more fun (and addictive) when it works. Ironic that as I push 70, with 900 allergies and counting, my skin is better than in most decades. Products really ARE better. Ingredients are more regulated and transparent. Research works and is easy, if time consuming. Will look the Elensilia up. But, s.t. I think, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it!

        • Isabella Muse

          my pleasure. Personally I get in as much moisture as possible 😉 can’t hurt as far as I’m concerned!

  • Anie

    Can’t eat them, don’t like touching them. Snail mucus is icky to me, and I hate lavender so this is a no for me. I’m a quarter Portuguese, my maternal grandmother is 1st generation born here in America. Only Portuguese food I’m fond of is linguica, and trying to find good linguica is hard, since the supplier we used to buy from shut down awhile ago (Ironically, there had been another maker in the area that was arrested for murder. Santos Linguisa Sausage Factory)

    • Isabella Muse

      Not a fan of touching them don’t mind eating them though! ;-D Stuart Alexander? haha! I know who you’re talking about. Finding good linguica isn’t a problem here, head to Elizabeth or Newark and you’re practically in Portugal anyway lol! So, come on over and I’ll get you some!

  • Dora

    I have been wanting to try a snail cream. I wandered into a fancy pharmacy on Madison Ave. and salesperson made me try it — and told me the whole story of the French snail farmers and how the wrinkles and dryness on their hands disappeared after handling the snails. But it was INSANELY expensive — like several hundreds of dollars for a small jar. I have the Mizon one on my Amazon wish list, but will try this one, too. (I also like to eat them — the snails, not the face creams.)

    • Isabella Muse

      You def don’t need to spend several hundred on snail cream! Many, many Korean brands have excellently formulated snail creams for a $10-$50 dollars.

  • Silvia

    This sounds great! Wonder how much? I have combination skin I would say mostly normal with a bit more oil around nose/chin. I have not tried snails as food but most have some part of me Portuguese as my maiden name is Fonseca/Spaniard decent. Btw, the snails in France were so cute in this bright yellow color. But Cuba (that’s where I’m from but I’m pale as a red head and people think I’m Russian instead yeah, a full Babushka Lol!) is known for its ‘polemitas’ most colorful cutest snails I have ever seen. So cute!

  • Michelle

    Hi, in the ingredients list “Glycosaminoglycans” are in the 6th place, so how is it possible that the product contains 80% of them?