Disclaimer: This blog article contains PR Samples and affiliate links. Commleaf rose products have been all over social media lately, and so I was super excited to be able to try out this oh so instagrammable K-beauty brand! So – did the Commleaf Rose Blooming Mist, Rose Sleeping Mask, and Rose Moisture Pad manage to impress me beyond the gorgeous packaging?
The Commleaf rose skincare line is currently overtaking Instagram, thanks to what can only be called insanely appealing “packaging porn”! When I received a thoughtful PR package with all three Commleaf rose products,° I was – I’ll be perfectly honest – somewhat sceptical if there was more to these products than aesthetically appealing, rose-themed packaging!
Would the Commleaf rose aesthetic be more than just a social media friendly marketing ploy? After having tested out all three products, I am now ready to share my thoughts with you guys!
I received the following three Commleaf rose products:
- Commleaf Rose Blooming Mist, 70ml
- Commleaf Rose Sleeping Mask, 50ml
- Rose Moisture Pad, 30 pads
I’ll be giving you my impressions of all three products, which I’ve tested thoroughly these past weeks – but first, a few words about the brand Commleaf!
Commleaf – “Rest in Nature”
Commleaf is a relatively new skincare brand that is closely connected to another brand favourite of mine, Kicho. The brand name “Commleaf” is a combination of the words “comma” and “leaf.” I’m endlessly fascinated by Korean brands and their names, they always seem to have a deeper meaning.
In the case of Commleaf, the word “comma” represents the idea of “resting”, and “leaf” stands for “nature”, so Commleaf implies the idea of “resting in nature”, alluding to the natural skincare tradition of the brand. Natural, but not organic – just to make that clear! The brand’s byline is: “a nature-using, skin protective cosmetic”, and the overall aim of Commleaf products is to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and protect it against harmful outside forces such as pollution.
Right now, the Commleaf Rose skincare products are their main selling point, but there is also a beautiful new set of products currently released in Korea, which features rice extract and some pretty amazing packaging. You can gaze upon these beauties longingly on Commleaf’s Instagram account – I sincerely hope they will be released for global purchase eventually!
There are also a few “random” products available from Commleaf, among them two items I also received in my PR package: the Commleaf Green Tea Blotting Papers – which are excellent, but currently not available anywhere I raved about them in my latest podcast episode!) – and the Commleaf AHA Peeling Liquid, which didn’t quite manage to wow me as much as the Commleaf rose products. So, let’s have a closer look at those rose-scented gems!
Commleaf Rose Blooming Mist – My Review
This face mist features French Rosa Damascena Flower Water, said to soothe skin and help combat dehydration. There is definitely a noticeable rose scent, which is super pleasant. I feel that I can also smell a bit of the essential oil mix in this mist, especially the Sandalwood and orange oils. If you are sensitive to essential oils, this one is probably not for you, though I personally had no problem tolerating the formula.
Here is the list of ingredients for the Commleaf Rose Blooming Mist:
“Water, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanedoil, Methylpropanediol, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Panthenol, Betaine, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Allantoin, Sodium Phytate, Trehalose, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PVM/MA Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Arthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Rose Flower Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustofolia (Lavender) Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora Wood (Rosewood) Oil.”
Apart from the rose flower water, hydration is mostly provided by three types of hyaluronic acid and glycerin. The formula also contains a number of plant extracts such as evening primrose flower extract, said to soften skin, and the very intriguing-sounding “ulmus davidiana root extract”, a traditional Asian herb said to help soothe skin irritations. This mist is alcohol-free, which is great since alcohol can be drying, but do be mindful of the essential oils if you have sensitivities.
Apart from the to die for beautiful packaging, I’ve also been loving this mist due to its plumping and hydrating effect on my skin. I use this mostly as a “morning mist” and sometimes also throughout the day when my skin just seems to lack moisture. the mist is so ultra-fine that I can even use this on top of makeup, and it always seems to give me a nice, healthy glow. This truly is a wonderful skin pick me up!
You can buy the Commleaf Rose Blooming Mist on Amazon* (the US site – though they do seem to offer worldwide shipping!), for 22.99$. I do think the price is a bit steep for a rather small bottle, but on the other hand I’ve noticed that due to the fineness of the mist, it seems to last much longer than some of the other hydrating sprays I’ve tried lately. International customers can now also buy the Rose Blooming Mist on Stylekorean*, for 23.00$!
Commleaf Rose Sleeping Mask – My Review
Gosh guys, I can’t stop taking pictures of this jelly sleeping mask! It is just so unbelievably pretty! I feel that the Commleaf Rose Sleeping Mask was basically designed for “Texture Tuesday” shots on Instagram, which a texture so appealing that is is a joy for any K-beauty enthusiast.
Being into product textures was one of the things I mentioned on my latest podcast episode that being a K-beauty lover has really brought with it – if you haven’t yet, you should definitely listen to that fun little chat, I had a blast recording it!
Anyway, so the Commleaf Rose Sleeping Mask… It’s really a unique product, very different from other sleeping packs or masks. Usually, sleeping masks are rather heavy and rich, since they are meant to build a moisture-locking, occlusive layer on the skin as a last step in your nighttime routine. I would say that the Rose Sleeping Mask is probably more of a gel moisturiser than a real sleeping cream, though it does feel like a pretty intense last layer of moisture whenever I use it. This sleeping mask contains 75% soothing and skin-plumping rose water – “rosa centifolia flower water”, to be exact!
Here is the list of ingredients for the Commleaf Rose Sleeping Mask:
“Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (75%), Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Rosa Centifolia Flower, Mirabilis Jalapa Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Trichosanthes Kirilowii Root Extract, Ipomoea Purpurea Extract, Oenothera, Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Fructan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Betaine, Trehalose, Panthenol, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Cyanocobalamin, Tromethamine, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Water, 1,2-Hexanediol, Benzyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Raspberry Ketone.”
That ingredients list is just such a delicious read! Apart from the high percentage of rose water, this also contains skin-brightening niacinamide and licorice root extract, centella asiatica extract, Baikal scullcap extract, green tea extract, and a whole list of other potent plant extracts. It is free from alcohol, but does contain essential oils.
If you look closely at the texture of this sleeping cream, you can see that it contains tiny specks of dried rose petals, which dissolve once you apply the mask. The texture and colour both are reminiscent of a delicious, artisanal rose jam – slightly sticky, jelly-like and smelling pleasantly of fresh-cut roses.
I’m so impressed with how smoothly this sleeping cream applies, it feels so hydrating and not as heavy as many overnight masks – this is an ideal choice for those of you with oily or combo skin. If you have dry skin, this may not be enough in terms of locking in moisture, which is really important to do after all those humectant layers. Otherwise, all that hydrating goodness from hyaluronic acid and co. will just evaporate while you sleep.
As I said, the Commleaf Rose Sleeping Mask feels more like a moisturising gel than what I would call a classic sleeping cream/mask/pack, but it layers quite beautifully on top of a classic moisturiser for a final nighttime skincare step. It sinks into the skin fully and does not leave a sticky residue, despite the slightly sticky texture. What this jelly moisturiser does for the skin is mostly to: a) provide a ton of moisture, b) noticeably brighten skin (thanks to the niacinamide and licorice root extract, methinks), and c) plump up dehydrated, sallow-looking skin. After using this at night, my skin always looks particularly juicy and more toned in the morning. I really like this a lot!
You can buy the Commleaf Rose Sleeping Mask on Amazon,* either as a standalone product for 21.99$, or together with a silicone mask brush for 32.99$. I’ll be honest – I personally think the brush is gimmicky, since this has a normal gel texture that doesn’t really need any special application technique. If you are not from the US, you can also buy the Commleaf Rose Sleeping Mask on Stylekorean* for 22.00$!
Commleaf Rose Moisture Pad – My Review
Saving the best for last, these hydrating toner pads are definitely my favourite product out of the three, and in my mind, the standout product from the entire brand offering! If you only want to try one Commleaf product, then it should be the Rose Moisture Pad! The pads contain 85% propolis extract, which listeners of my podcast know is one of my all time favourite K-beauty ingredients, since it helps combat inflammation and breakouts, hydrate skin, calm down redness and heal damaged skin.
Here is the list of ingredients for the Commleaf Rose Moisture Pad:
“Propolis Extract (85%), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, Panthenol, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide NP, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Glutathione, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Water, Allantoin, Cetearyl Olivate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Sorbitan Olivate, Sodium Phytate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Rose Flower Oil.”
Apart from the awesomness of that 85% propolis extract, the toner lotion soaking the thin cotton pads also contains rose water (from Damask rose flowers), collagen, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, soothing and hydrating Betaine, and is free from alcohol. It does contain a number of essential oils that can potentially trigger sensitivities, particularly lavender oil and two citrus oils.
The 80ml tub contains 30 pads, which I personally consider a bit meagre for the price you pay. There is so much sticky, deliciously gloopy toner lotion in the tub that it would be pretty easy to add a few more pads, really! I will probably just scoop up the rest of the liquid once the pads are all used up, and apply it to my face with my hands, but that’s going to be all kinds of messy.
Apart from that one gripe I have with the Commleaf Rose Moisture Pads, I can honestly find little to no fault with these beauties! They are super convenient and really do have such a noticeable plumping and soothing effect on the skin. My skin always looks so refreshed and bright after I use the pads.
I especially love to use the Commleaf rose pads after I’ve applied a stronger acid peeling, especially one containing glycolic acid (my favourite is the Geek and Gorgeous Smooth Out peeling), to wipe away any “gunk” the acid has loosened. Glycolic acid can slightly irritate my skin, and the pads do such an amazing job calming down any redness and combatting potential dryness. These are great both for morning or nighttime routines, and can be used either for your toner or essence step – they do have characteristics of both product groups – to provide exceptional hydration with a few easy wipes.
Seriously guys, these are just so great, a true “holy grail” in my eyes, and probably one of my favourite K-beauty discoveries of the year. And, guys, I’ve had some pretty amazing K-beauty product discoveries this year, so that’s saying something! If you struggle with dehydrated skin, then you will probably be as into the Commleaf toner pads as I am – they are perfect for an extra strong hydration kick.
Pro tip: You can also cut one of the pads in half and use them on your undereye area as a sort of “DIY eye patch”, leaving them on for a good 10-15 minutes. Your eye area will look more refreshed, smooth and bright!
If you are interested in purchasing the Commleaf Rose Moisture Pad, you can find them on Amazon* for 24.99$. I really do think the price is a tad too high for such a small number of pads, but I would still repurchase these if I had the budget, they are just really great! International customers can now also purchase these on Stylekorean* for 25.00$!
Commleaf Rose Skincare Products – the Bottom Line
I am really just so impressed with the brand Commleaf and its beautiful, innovative products! They are currently launching a bunch of new, super Instagram-worthy products in stunning glass bottles,* and so I most definitely feel it’s a brand that will keep impressing us in the future.
Out of the three rose-themed products, I liked the Commleaf Rose Moisture Pads the best, but both the sleeping mask as well as the lovely hydrating mist were just as good, and I use them almost daily. All three products are great for dehydrated skin types, and on a more shallow level, they are also just so beautiful to look at!
However, I absolutely want to stress that the Commleaf rose products are far more than just “packaging porn” – they contain some pretty exciting, skin-friendly ingredients and have really helped improve the tone, texture and hydration levels of my skin.
Let me know in the comments: Have you discovered Commleaf products yet? Is pretty product packaging important to you at all?
Take care guys!
°PR Samples, kindly provided by Commleaf Korea for review purposes – I am not obligated to write this blog review, and my opinions are entirely my own.
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