When I was in Taiwan in September, I was excited to visit an Innisfree store and experience their products for the first time. Innisfree is a Korean company with an extensive range of beauty products, particularly skincare, and I have to say that once I started exploring I was a little overwhelmed at the selection. I wanted to just purchase a few fun things to try, one of which was the Green Tea Mineral Mist.
I don’t have a lot of experience with facial mists, but I spotted a few in Asian beauty stores and I liked the sound of a green tea mist hydrator. Although it isn’t available on the Innisfree global site, I see that both the big and small sizes of this product are available on Amazon for a similar price point that I remember seeing in Asia ($8.89 for 50 ml or $15.25 for 150 ml).
The mist is packaged in a metal can with a spray nozzle. The sprayer doesn’t have a terribly strong throw, so I hold it pretty close to my face and just very quickly wave it around my face. This stuff smells really nice, though the scent isn’t very strong, and it just feels fresh and hydrating on the skin. The formula is supposed to be 6-free: no ethanol, artificial pigments, parabens, benzophenone, animal base materials, and mineral oil.
I wish I could share the ingredients list, though it’s incredibly small and not very clearly printed on my bottle and Amazon doesn’t list it, but I’ll share some of the basic info. Here are the first few ingredients I see on the list: camellia sinensis leaf extract, propanediol, camellia japonica leaf extract, orchid extract, opuntia coccinellifera fruit extract, citrus unshiu peel extract, and glycerine. A bit further down the list I also see panthenol, bergamot, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, some seeds, and zinc sulfate. Fragrance is the very last ingredient listed. A bonus: if you spray it on your lips, it doesn’t taste weird. It’s actually mildly sweet.
Because of the light hydrating properties of this mist, it works wonderfully at the beginning of a skincare routine, right after cleansing and/or toning. My current toner is actually really hydrating and so I don’t really find that I necessarily need to use both at once, but it would be really nice as a followup to a more cleansing or exfoliating toner. You can also use this throughout the day to hydrate as you see fit. My personal take is that I have a hard time imagining any of the benefits reaching my skin if I’m applying the mist over makeup, SPF, and/or primer, and I’d rather use it over relatively bare skin in order to take full advantage of whatever’s in the mist. I’m just really conscientious about using my can sparingly, though, since I can’t just run out and get another one!
I have to say that my initial impression of Innisfree was mixed, as I was lost in the store and a little thrown by how expensive some of the products were. More recently as I’ve been browsing their global site and trying out the products I purchased (I’ve previously reviewed a few masks), I have to say I’ve become a fan and I’m looking forward to making another, bigger purchase eventually. The shipping looks to be kind of expensive, but they’ll discount it by 50% when you spend over $50 USD and they offer free shipping for orders over $100 USD, and just the other day I built a pretty extensive wish list on the site. Once I work through a lot of the skincare I currently own I may revisit my wish list, it doesn’t look like reaching $100 will be a very difficult target to reach!