The only thing better than buying crap is buying crap when it’s a GOOD DEAL. I love sales and anything that gives me “more bang for my buck.” It should be no surprise, then, that I was attracted to the jugs…ahem..I mean bottles of Scinic ampoules early on in my skincare journey.
There were three types of Scinic All-in-One ampoules when I was looking: snail, honey, and aqua. (I believe they’ve now added several more, including centella and vitamin C.) Because I already had my snail mucin spot filled with several types of snail-y goodness, and I had several hydrating products already, I opted for the Honey All-in-One ampoule.
I know, you’re probably shocked that I would go for something labeled “all-in-one” considering that I looooooove layering on the skincare. I just scoff when I see the label of “all-in-one,” and merrily add the product in with my other essences and serums.
I know there are a ton of reviews of this ampoule on the internet already, but as one of the products that’s held a permanent spot in my routine the longest, the Scinic Honey AIO definitely deserves its own review from me.
Scinic Honey All-in-One Ampoule
This is an enormous 250ml plastic bottle with a screw-on lid. Unfortunately, the mouth on this is quite large and makes the possibility of decorating your bathroom floor with the contents of the jar so easy that I have decanted it into a Cosrx bottle. It comes with a large spatula to “dip” into the jar, but it was just too unsanitary for me. After decanting about half of the jar, I keep the rest in my fridge until I need to refill the decant bottle. (See below photo for picture of the decant.)
“Contains 90% honey extract. The Scinic Honey All in One Ampoule makes your skin moist and soft with honey extract.” (The box)
Honey Extract, Glycerin, Water, Niacinamide, Royal Jelly Extract, Propolis Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/ Soybean Ferment Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine, Caramel, Adenosine, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol
- Honey Extract: 90%!!!! Honey helps heal wounds, soothing and repairing skin. Also helps keep skin soft.
- Niacinamide: Click here for my full ode to niacinamide. It helps brighten, lessen wrinkles, and repair skin.
- Royal Jelly Extract: the substance secreted by bees to feed the queen bee. Helps heal wounds and promote skin regrowth.
- Propolis Extract: the substance bees use to glue their hive together. (Bee spit!) It has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
- Centella Asiatica Extract: Contains antioxidants and is soothing to the skin.
- Licorice Root Extract: Has skin-soothing properties. It also may be effective in evening skin tone. It is ideal for sensitive or red/irritated skin.
- Aloe Extract: soothes irritated skin
This ingredient list is a powerhouse. It’s packed full of soothing ingredients that help repair skin.
The (Personal) Evidence
The Scinic Honey AIO has a lovely thicker, serum texture that spreads easily on the skin. It has a sweet, honey scent that I adore. The serum doesn’t absorb very quickly and does leave my skin a bit tacky until I put the next product on.
I also found that it didn’t always play well in my morning routine, sometimes causing pilling underneath my sunscreen and makeup. Because of this, I have relegated it to my pm routine.
As the ingredient list would indicated, the serum is great when my skin is especially red or irritated. It feels cool and soothing when I slather it on.
Perhaps telling of where this review is going is that I’ve been using this for almost a year; I’m on my second jar of it, which is no easy feat! So, while I can’t tell you all of the ways I’ve “tested” it because I simply can’t remember, clearly it’s done its job enough to get me to purchase a second jar, which is quite the time investment.
Mainly, I want to share with you how I’ve been incorporating the Scinic Honey AIO into my nightly routines for the past 5 months or so. Each night after my toners, essences, and other serums/ampoules, I combine two pumps of this with a dollop of the Cosrx Advanced Snail 92 All-in-One Cream. It’s an amazing combo that is meant to soften, heal, and brighten my skin. As I detail in my post about snail mucin, honey and snail mucin are best when combined.
But what’s key is that immediately after I slather them on, I put on a sheet mask. What I’ve found is that this combo (Scinic Honey AIO + Cosrx Snail AIO Cream + Sheet mask) equals amazingly soft, hydrated, bright skin. The Scinic and Cosrx combo seems to bring out the best results for the sheet mask. This combo also works well right before using the Sulwhasoo Clarifying mask, which is a peel-off mask and can be tricky to get off otherwise.
Lastly, I’ll just say that this is a great trick for traveling as well. This combo (or combining the Scinic Honey AIO with any snail product) can really help heal my usually dry, dehydrated, irritated airplane skin.
In fact, here is my ultimate recommendation for the Scinic Honey AIO: this is one of the few products I take with when traveling and relying on decants. I have many, many products to choose from, and this is one of the few that I grab.
Additionally, because my routines are much shorter while I’m traveling, I have found it ok to use in the morning as well. So, what I really mean to say is, if you do use it as an “all-in-one” as it is labeled rather than “one of many,” it works perfectly. Huh. Imagine that.
I’m still going to layer it at home, though. 😉
So, will I buy this product again?
- Did you not read the review? Yes, of course. I will spend all of my money on this product!
- Yes. I enjoy this product enough to purchase again in the future, especially if it’s on sale.
- Meh. Maybe. I mean, I bet there are other, better things out there. I’d use it if someone gave it to me.
- No. I won’t use this again and will probably bad-mouth it to others.
- Hahahahaha. Nope. Noooooooope. Not even if you paid me.
The Verdict: Did you not read the review? Yes, of course. I will spend all of my money on this product!
But I don’t have to spend all of my money, thankfully. This is SUCH a great deal!
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