Tuesday, May 13, 2014

REVIEW: Innisfree Canola Honey Serum

Hello everyone! I'm back with a review of one of the products I bought in Seoul called the Innisfree Canola Honey Serum.

Just to give you a little background, a serum is a more concentrated form of an essence that is packed with vitamins that seeps into the skin. This is an additional step into the nightly skin care routine following toner.

I've been curious about serums for quite a while, but never found any that didn't include anti-aging properties. Though it would be good to start on anti-aging (as prevention is better than cure), most serums run a little out of my price range. I saw this at the store and thought it was worth a try due to its claims. 

The Canola Honey Serum claims to "create elastic honey-kissed skin from deep with its enriched hydrating and nourishing ingredients". I expected it to be very moisturizing not just on the surface (as the tendency with some of the moisturizing lotions and essences) and for it to improve my skin quality in general. For someone with dry skin that always feels tight and can flake without proper moisturizing, any product that claims to be hydrating while providing nourishment to the skin is a must-try.


It comes with a pump, making it very hygienic and is defintely a plus in my book. One would need about 2 to 3 pumps for the entire face. I personally use 2 to 2 and a half pumps. The consistency of the serum itself is quite like honey, though not as sticky. It sets into the skin after about 10 minutes. 

I've been using the Canola Honey Serum for a month now, and I can easily say that its hydrating claims are true. I use it every night following toner, and I find my skin to be quite hydrated and soft until the next day. I no longer feel like my skin is tight (particularly at my forehead) and I have noticed a dramatic decrease in flaking at the corners of my lips, the sides of my nose, and at my eyebrows where they often occur. 

I was still in Seoul when I began using this, and it definitely helped keeping my skin hydrated throughout the day despite the freezing cold winds and overall drying weather. Also a few days after I began using the serum, I noticed my skin became much softer and smoother, making my BB cream (Fairydrops Candy Bar BB Cream in Ochre - review to follow) glide on easier. 

I would definitely recommend this for anyone with very dry to dry skin, and probably even combination/dry skin as this is not oily at all. 

I purchased the serum for 18 000₩, so it converts to about ₱810. I find it to be reasonably priced as I still have quite a lot of product left. I estimate it'll last for another 4 months.

Innisfree is not available in the Philippines (yet - hopefully they'll open a branch soon!), so one would have to purchase it online from reliable source, or buy it in stores in Seoul. 


(+) Hygienic packaging
(+) Hydrating
(+) Softening
(+) Smoothening 
(+) Reasonably priced
(-) Hard to find if living in Manila

Repurchase? Yes.

Rating: 4.25/5


  1. Hi maam. I just wanna ask if where do you buy innisfree online? Is it Philippine-based? Thank you!

    1. Hi Rusuke! I actually bought this when I was in Seoul since they don't have a branch in the Philippines yet, but you can get it from online stores like ibuybeauti or try Innisfree World :) And no, this is a Korean brand!