I love trying out Asian skincare and so I was thrilled when Naruko Canada sent me a couple of items to try from their Rose & Botanic HA line, which is designed for gently moisturizing and improving skin's brightness and tone. Sometimes I'm really hesitant to try anything rose scented, but this line was not old lady smelling at all, and worked really well with my skin!
Naruko Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrator EX
Price: $23 for 150 ml
Claims: This refreshing and balancing toner douses skin in moisture and a mix of botanical extracts to renew skin and prep it for further treatments.
Star ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, snow fungus, retinyl palmitate and Aquaxyl, a proprietary anti-aging complex
- Unique jelly texture
- Refreshing and instantly soothing
- Very quick-drying when I would prefer it to feel wetter longer for easier layering of other products
Final Verdict: Buy
The Naruko Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrator EX is a lightweight toner that's designed to be used as the first step of your routine after cleansing. This toner is will help relax and hydrate the skin, prepping it for serums and creams; it also helps to minimize pores and improve your skin's overall tone.
The main ingredients in this toner are water, solvents (butylene glycol) and moisturizers (glycerin, panthenol, glycosyl trehalose). The Naruko Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrator EX also contains a high amount of niacinamide, backing up its brightening and smoothing claims. Sadly, the aforementioned retinyl palmitate and hyaluronic acid come quite far down the ingredients list, meaning they probably don't do too much.
Texture-wise, this toner is one of the more unique that I've tried. Most moisturizing toners are very watery, but the Naruko Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrator EX feels much thicker and has a slippery, almost jelly-like texture.
Although I received the sample size, it's still quite sizable as I've used about 1/3 in a month, so I imagine the full sized bottle to last for ages. I've been using this toner in the evenings right after cleansing and it's a super pleasurable way to initate my night-time routine. My skin feels comfortable, refreshed and ready for my other products. Sadly, it didn't seem to have any brightening affect for me, but my skin has been feel slightly smoother lately, so maybe this toner helped?
My only complaint with this product? It dries too quickly sometimes and then it doesn't work as well as a moist foundation for my serum, but that's a very minor complaint, so overall, I am pretty happy with this product!
Naruko Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Night Jelly EX
Price: $30 for 80 g
Claims: Firms, brightens and deeply hydrates skin with botanical extracts.
Star ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, vitamin E and snow fungus extract
- Lightweight, yet hydrating
- Spreads easily and absorbs quickly
- May not be super hydrating for very dry skin on its own
Final Verdict: Buy
The Naruko Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Night Jelly EX contains primarily purified water, niacinamide (brightening), and crambe oil (moisturizing). Unfortunately, it also has a high amount of dimethicone, which helps smooth and temporarily plump up fine lines, but could cause issues for those who dislike silicones. The Naruko Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Night Jelly EX also contains a fair amount of various natural extracts, like calendula, green tea, gingko biloba, and licorice root, but these come mid-way in the ingredients list, so aren't likely to be present in too high percentages. I'm also quite sad that retinyl palmitate, an effective anti-aging ingredient, is second to last.
Price-wise, the Naruko Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Night Jelly EX is pretty fair and I like that it could be used both day or night. As it contains dimethicone, I feel that this cream would work better as a day product so that you can reap the temporary plumping effect of dimethicone and since most foundations contain silicones, then what's one more?
I found this cream to be hydrating and yet lightweight, which can be nice if you don't like that heavily moisturized, tacky feeling. If you have really dry skin though, this cream will certainly not be enough, so I'd pair it with a good serum.
Both the Naruko Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Night Jelly EX and Naruko Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrator EX have easily made their way into my evening staples. They're both nice, reasonably priced products that deliver instant moisture to my skin. While not revolutionary, I think they're easy products that anyone could adopt and which deliver results.
You can purchase both of these directly from Naruko, via their website or on Amazon. As well, get a $10 discount if you order from their website, using promo code A826471875S.
*This post contains PR samples