I’ve just received my first online order with Innisfree in the mail and I’m so excited to dive in. Innisfree is a Korean brand that I first experienced when I was in Taiwan, and soon after purchasing a few small items in-store I began working on an online wish list. Once I’d gotten to a point where I was in need of a skincare product or two, I decided it was time to jump online and add some items to my cart. I ended up purchasing a wide range of skincare bits as well as a few makeup items.
There are a couple of perks that Innisfree offers that I think are really nice:
– Innisfree offers free or reduced shipping deals for shipping to the US (I’m not positive about shipping for other countries). At the time of my order, I was able to redeem free shipping once I hit $70USD, but they seem to rotate between a few different deals.
– They run a lot of different product promotions, too. These include buy-one-get-one, boxed sets, and flat percentage discounts. They change day by day, and I was able to redeem multiple deals within a single order. The site has a page just for daily deals, plus as a registered user I sometimes receive discount codes in emails.
The one big downside is that the order, of course, comes from abroad and has to go through customs. My order was promptly shipped and tracked out of Korea, but the box sat in US customs for over 2 weeks before registering in the USPS system. When I received the box, it looked like it was in good shape except for one big slash along one of the edges. It was obviously cut on purpose, but nothing was missing from the inside. I saw someone else online share a photo of a similarly slashed box, so I assume this is something customs does regularly.
One last note about customs is that when you order online the system forces you to acknowledge that you may be responsible for any additional duties or fees that customs may impose. I wasn’t charged any extra fees, though, so I don’t think you need to worry about that if you’re in the US (or, maybe it depends on your order total – mine was around $70).
The products come really nicely packed. The only small items freely floating around the box are the free samples, and thankfully they weren’t on the same side of the box that was cut open. All of the other products were nicely boxed or wrapped in bubble and secured with tape.
The first couple of items were the starting point of the order for me. I had recently run out of my Andalou Naturals Blemish Vanishing Gel (which I just wrote about in my most recent empties post) and wanted to keep trying other products that might help with hormonal acne woes. I grabbed the Jeju Bija Anti-Trouble Lotion ($15) and Jeju Bija Anti-Trouble Spot Essence ($17). These include ingredients like torreya seed oil, natural salicylic acid, calamine, and chlorella, and they smell like “pine, juniper berries, and woods.” I opened the lotion last night and while the scent isn’t too strong, it smells really good … that kind of scent is right up my alley.
Update: read my full review of the lotion and essence
The other thing I definitely wanted to buy was some sheet masks. I’ve previously tried a couple of their “It’s Real Squeeze” masks (I wrote about them here), and at the time they were offering a buy 5 get 5 free deal for their Skin Solutions line of masks. The brand carries a few different mask lines at different price points, and these Skin Solutions masks are each $1.50.
Update: read my full review of all 6 masks
I had also been debating between 2 or 3 different potted masks, and wanted to buy a jar of the Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask which I’d previously tried as a single-use sample. Turns out they were also running a promotion of this 3-piece special that was priced similarly to the mask alone. So, why not? It comes with a cleansing foam and toner. Just throwing it out there – a set like this would make a really sweet gift and I love how it came packaged in its own little box, I wasn’t expecting that. This was $15, and you can check out some of their other sets here.
Update: read my full review of the set
There were a few little “extras” that I’d had on my wish list. The Mineral Moisture Up Fixer was something I was curious about. From the website: “the green tea seed oil and aqua complex for makeup that stays all day long while keeping the skin moisturized.” It’s a pretty big bottle (120 ml) and costs $16. I just tried this for the first time and have to say it was a great first impression – the scent is subtle but really nice, the mister is extremely light and fine, and the plastic, even the little clear cap covering the nozzle, is surprisingly thick and sturdy.
I had a few makeup items sitting on my wish list, and the site was running a buy one get one free promotion for these Eco Flower Tint lip colors. These are described as cream textured tints that add a little moisture to lips. These are $7 each, and I picked out two shades, Calendula and Rose.
Update: see my photos and review of the lip colors
At the end of the order, I was also able to pick out four free samples. I have the Olive Real Lotion, Jeju Volcanic Pore Essence, Green Tea Seed Serum, and Green Tea Balancing Lotion. I love that the packets actually have little twist-off closures, how fancy is that?
So, I was able to redeem a buy 5 get 5 free mask deal, a Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask special, a buy one get one free lip tint deal, I had a 10% off email offer, and hit free shipping at $70. My total, all said and done, was $71.20 … I have to say, I’m a little proud! Admittedly, after reaching that free shipping threshold and then fretting about my box sitting in customs for a couple of weeks, I kind of wish I had just thrown more of my wish list items into my cart, but there will always be a next time. By the time I’m ready to order again, I’ll definitely have some thoughts about what product lines I’m particularly fond of and that sort of thing.
I enjoy the nature-inspired product lines that Innisfree offers. The products have some really nice ingredients in them, and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve tried so far. When I initially visited a store in Asia I was actually quite overwhelmed at the selection and some of the prices, as they definitely have some more expensive items in their line, but shopping online made it easier for me to balance benefits with cost and find a lot of stuff that I could afford. As a company, Innisfree campaigns to reduce carbon emissions, uses 70% natural ingredients in their skincare, and donate 1% of annual profits to other causes.
Animal testing: Innisfree does not test their products on animals, but their parent company (Amore Pacific) is not cruelty-free. Innisfree products are also available in China and so may be subject to animal testing before entering the Chinese market.
Let me know if you’ve tried any fun new brands recently, or if you have any Innisfree products that you’d recommend!