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This review contains PR samples° and affiliate links* Today’s review of the Celimax The Real Noni Ampoule is basically a plea for more green-coloured skincare – because just look at this delightful emerald colour! But don’t worry, this super rich ampoule also happens to be packed full of K-beauty ingredient goodness.
The Celimax The Real Noni Ampoule had been appearing on my social media feed for a while before I finally received a sample from the lovely UK-based Korean beauty shop Skinsider.* I have actually joked a number of times now how Celimax doesn’t seem to want me to try their noni skincare line, because given how often they host giveaways for the products and how literally every skinfluencer I follow received the ampoule and apparently equally good toner* from the brand, It is rather amazing that I kept missing out. In truth, I found the ampoule a tad overpriced for me to just blindly purchase it, and it’s not like I truly need new skincare just for the sake of FOMO.
So I waited, patiently (this is a lie – I got very impatient and entitled about receiving it as PR… Mea culpa, and thank you Skinsider). And then, there it was sitting on my vanity, the Celimax The Real Noni Ampoule! But what even is noni – or, if you know what it is, why does Celimax put it in their skincare? Let’s have a look at the sexy green star ingredient and chat about why I like this ampoule as much as I do!
Celimax The Real Noni Ampoule – Superfoods In Skincare?
Noni, also known as morinda citrifolia, is a fruit that grows mostly in Southeast Asia and parts of Oceana, widely used both as food and medicine in Polynesian culture. The taste of the fruit apparently is quite bitter, so it’s often described as a “famine food”, meaning it was mostly used as a sort of last resort food during times of starvation, though to be honest this seems to be an outsider’s (colonialist) perspective on the use of noni. As a medicinal remedy, it seems to have been used as a strengthening tonic. Today, noni is sold as a superfood in the form of juices, pills and, well, also in skincare.
What makes it a superfood worthy of the wellness crowd’s attention? Well, it is rich in all sorts of exciting phytonutrients, among them lignans (basically fibre) and polysaccharides (natural, sugar-based humectants), plus tons of antioxidants. This also explains why lately, skincare brands have been very excited about the potentially hydrating and anti-aging benefits of noni. Celimax, I believe, is the first K-beauty brand to make noni go mainstream, and with great success indeed.
Here is the full list of ingredients for the Celimax The Real Noni Ampoule:
“Morinda Citrifolia Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Morinda Citrifolia Seed Oil, Ceramide NP, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Squalane, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Dextrin, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, C12-13 Pareth-9, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Water, Allantoin, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin.”
This is a rich formula, aimed predominantly at dryer skin types, so it contains a neat mix of hydrating humectants and nourishing moisturisers. Of course, noni fruit extract (71.77%) and noni seed oil feature heavily on the list, combined with humectant glycerin, hyaluronic acid, triglycerides and moisturising ceramides, olive oil, shea butter and squalane. Rosemary oil also features on the list, which might potentially trigger sensitivities if you have trouble with essential oils, so be aware of that. Allantoin is a great skin-soother, and adenosine is said to help diminish the appearance of fine lines. The Celimax The Real Noni Ampoule is alcohol-free.
The ampoule is marketed as a hydrating, replenishing skincare treatment predominantly aimed at dryer skin types. I certainly was a bit nervous if it would be too rich for my combo skin!
Celimax The Real Noni Ampoule – Did It Work for my Skin Type?
Given the INCI list, which seemed pretty intensely packed full of moisturising and emollient ingredients, I was unsure how my combo skin would fare with this product. But it turns out, the texture is not at all rich – well, it is thick and slightly syrupy, but it isn’t sticky or oily at all. Whenever I use the ampoule, I can definitely tell that it is very nourishing, but the oils in it don’t leave any residue or a heavy feeling at all. The texture is pleasant, like a thicker water-based ampoule, and my skin absorbs it fully without problems. I already told you how I adore the deep green colour, it really is so pretty and seems to be a natural byproduct of the ingredients.
I’ve noticed that I tend to grab the Celimax Noni Ampoule mostly at night, when I need a bit more extra care now that I am in my 40s. It does a great job hydrating my skin, making it feel and look plumper and nicely smooth. What I also love about this product is how soothing it is – I don’t know if this is thanks to the magical powers of the noni extract or not, but it is unmistakable! My face looks less stressed and reddened when I apply the ampoule, and smaller bouts of sensitivity tend to calm down overnight.
The ampoule has a slight scent to it, I’m guessing from the rosemary oil, though it smells almost minty to me. I personally don’t find it unpleasant, but just take note that this is mildly fragranced if that bothers you. This is a great hydrating, antioxidant-rich skincare product in my opinion, wonderful if you have very dehydrated skin, dryer skin and combo skin. I would be a bit more careful if you have oily skin, as it does feel intensely nourishing – nothing in it triggered breakouts for me, but everyone is different. It won’t leave you oily though, so that shouldn’t be a concern, it’s just very rich for an ampoule treatment.
I would say that mature skin will also benefit from the Celimax The Real Noni Ampoule, given the antioxidant and phytonutrient contents and the added adenosine. Dehydrated combo skin that is on the mature side (hey twinsie!) will love the balance between richer ingredients and a water-based texture!
So, where can you buy the Celimax The Real Noni Ampoule? Well, if you are in the UK, Skinsider* is always a good choice – the 30ml ampoule is currently priced at 23£ there. For international readers, Yesstyle* also offers the ampoule for currently around 23$, and Bemused Korea sells it for 28$. K-beauty shop Jolse* often runs sales on Celimax, so keep your eyes on the ampoule there – it’s currently priced at 22.10$. The currently best price can be found at Stylevana*, where the ampoule costs 17.59$ on sale. If you live in the US, you can also find this at Amazon* for 26$, or Ohlolly* for 28$. The ampoule lasts a while, so I actually don’t think the pricing is too bad after seeing positive results from using it!
Let me know in the comments: Have you tried noni as a skincare ingredient?
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