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I’m a hardcore coffee drinker. I’ve always had a deep and unending love for coffee in all its beautiful forms. Americanos, lattes, affogatos, or just plain ol’ drip. This doesn’t mean there isn’t room in my heart for a good cuppa though. I’m a huge fan of tea, both for the taste and all the health benefits. Give me a freshly brewed cup of jasmine pearl or genmaicha and I’m happy.
When it comes to skin care however tea is what really piques my interest. Yes yes, I know coffee also has its place in skincare, but tea is one of those ingredients that seems to just work for me. Which is why I was so excited to finally try some products from A. True.
A. True is a cruelty free South Korean based skin care company that uses a base of black tea water made with Compagnie Coloniale tea, the oldest black tea brand in France. Black tea has many health benefits for the skin. It contains polyphenols which according to studies protects the skin from harmful UV radiation and can potentially lower the risk of skin cancer. So not only should you drink your tea, you should wear it too. Seriously, go read that study and then take a nice bath filled with tea, because you deserve it.
A. True is carried exclusively by Cupidrop (all links in post are non-affiliate) in the US. Cupidrop is a kbeauty shop based in New York City that carries an impressive range of brands. Popular and well-loved ones such as Cosrx and Klairs, and more indie brands such as Soroci (a personal favorite of mine!) . Full disclosure, Cupidrop sent me these products for purposes of review, but opinions are still my own.
A. True Honey Lemon Black Tea Mist
(From Cupidrop’s site) This fine mist contains 80% black tea water, honey extract and lemon water to provide vitality, nutrition and moisture to tired and stressed skin. TEA-TOX complex detoxifies as it improves overall skin condition, while honey & propolis soothes irritation and redness for a flawless, radiant glow. Use as a toner after cleansing or spritz throughout the day for the perfect pick-me-up.
Full ingredients list Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water(80,000mg), Glycerin, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Water(4,700mg), 1,2-Hexanediol, Portulaca oleracea Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Sasa Veitchii Leaf Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Hibiscus Mutabilis Flower Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Stem Extract, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Water, Butylene Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Totarol, Hexylene Glycol, Decylen Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin , Polysorbate 80, Methylpropanediol, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Fragrance
Packaging and Price
The black tea mist comes in a tall and skinny bottle that is a rather pretty red. The spray nozzle releases a fine mist that covers the face. This is listed at Cupidrop for $18 for 100 ml.
Usage and results
It’s always hard to capture how a mist looks, but this is my well-hydrated hand.
I’ve been using this mist for a little over 5 weeks now, every morning towards the beginning of my routine. This is a very light texture that settles onto the skin in a fine mist, absorbing very quickly. With 80% black tea water you can definitely smell the tea in this a bit. The fragrance is a very fresh lemon tea scent, though it doesn’t linger for long. Personally this is a perfect pick-me-up first thing in the morning, it’s so fresh and bright, but if you prefer to avoid fragrance in your skin care this isn’t for you.
You can see that after five weeks of daily use I’ve only used around 1/4 of this, and I’m generous in my spritzing. I often get my neck and shirt as well as my face, I should probably show a bit more restraint. This mist could easily last someone five months or so, breaking down to $3.60 a month.
I love this mist. I mean, I tend to like mists a lot because it’s such a great way to quickly and evenly cover your skin with a toner, but this mist really stands out to me. It’s light enough to be layered under other hydrating layers, but effective enough to also act as a solo toner. I find it to be incredibly hydrating which means it also acts to plump my skin a bit. This mist adds a healthy looking glow, and I love the thought of what all that tea is doing for my skin. Now and in the future. Because really, I want products that are going to benefit me in the long-term as well as immediately.
My final thoughts are this is a toner that won’t be leaving my routine anytime soon. It’s affordable, effective, pleasant to use, and packaged in a pretty little bottle. I’ll absolutely be purchasing this again once it’s gone. I’d recommend this for all skin types except sensitive due to the fragrance in it.
Spring Green Tea Watery Calming Cream
(From the Cupidrop listing) A lightweight cream that deeply moisturizes to relieves dryness without irritation. 71% Black Tea Water meets Green Tea Blending Formula (green tea extract, rose petals, sunflower petals, mallow petals) to improve moisture retention while providing various vitamins & minerals. Natural calming ingredients like Lavender, Cornflower, Chamomile, and Borage makes the formula perfect for soothing sensitive skin. The lightweight gel-like texture is perfect for oily skin types, yet the powerful moisturizing factors are suitable for all skin types.
Full ingredients list: *Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water(55,693.368mg), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Cetearyl Olivate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Water, Glyeryl Stearate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Glyceryl Caprylate, PEG-100 Stearate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glutathione, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Vitex Agnus Castus Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate , Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Borago Officinalis Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Rosa Hybrid Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Flower Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Psidium Guajava Leaf Extract, Propylene Glycol Dibenzoate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance
** Compagnie Coloniale Black Tea Blending™ Formula
Packaging and Price
This comes in a well made off-white plastic jar with a floral motif etched on the lid. This is a generous 80 grams for $29.
Usage and results
I introduced this cream around 4 weeks ago as a final step in my morning routine. It’s a very light gel texture that spreads easily and absorbs quickly and has a fresh tea scent that fades quickly but it is noticeable at first. This reminds me a lot of the Cremorlab Fresh Water Gel, which is one of my favorite lighter moisturizers for summer.
This is one of those really light creams that actually manages to keep my skin well moisturized through the day, in and of itself a pretty big feat. I will say it’s a bit too light for our current dry weather, but that’s mostly my preference. My skin doesn’t become dull and dry-looking on the days I use this cream, I just want a bit of a heavier feel on my skin when our humidity is so low. I do know that come the 80% humidity days we tend to get in the summer, this is the moisturizer for me.
This feels cool and soothing on application, and absorbs incredibly fast. I love that it doesn’t linger on the skin because then I don’t have to wait quite as long to apply my sunscreen. Because this is so light it adds a bit of plumpness to the skin, and the finish is more glow and less shine. My face always feels soft and silky after using this.
Even after a month of daily use this looks barely touched. There’s so much in the jar that I could see this lasting the entire summer and then some. So here we have yet another outstanding product at an affordable price, and one I would also recommend for all skin types.
TL:DR Just go buy all the A. True. Seriously. It’s affordable, cruelty-free, well formulated, and super pleasant to use. I’m more than willing to spend my own money to try the rest of their offerings.