I’ve come to learn that the Japanese and Korean definition of the word ‘lotion’ pertains to light, watery or milky moisturizers rather than the thick, creamy emulsions from Western brands that I’m so used to. The watery lotion, in particular, is the same as a moisturizing toner in my mind. So just what is Kracie Natululu Skin Conditioner (regular price at PHP 495; got on sale at Beauty Bar for 50% off at PHP 247.50) and how does it work?
Quick Specs: 500 ml ; made in Japan
To shed some light on the situation, Kracie Natululu Skin Conditioner is a watery skin conditioner that can be applied to both the face and body. It is allergy-tested, fragrance-free, mineral oil-free, and coloring-free. There are three variants available: Lemon, Tomato, and Rice. Each one has a slightly different skin-enhancing property. The one I have is Tomato (with tomato extract, yuzu ceramides, and honey), since the SA suggested it for the drier skin types.
This is the first time I’ve seen a lotion that looks more like an innocuous bottle of flavored mineral water. Though the bottle size makes a lot of sense, since it is an all-around skin conditioner. For use on the body, it’ll probably be finished within 1-2 months. The sticker on top with the Japanese writing basically serves as the seal for the product.
All variants of the Kracie Natululu lotion are said to be unscented, but I’m getting the faintest smell of alcohol/cologne that kind of reminds me of rice wine. It’s negligible. It has the appearance and consistency of water, save for big bubbles that form at the top when the bottle is shaken. When the tomato lotion is applied to the skin, there is a slight softening effect. It feels like just stepping out of the shower, with skin feeling moist, soft, and somewhat velvety. It’s a short-lived effect, but it does feel quite refreshing.
On the face, it can be applied with a cotton pad/ball, bare hands, or even a spray bottle. It doesn’t sting, and I didn’t have any untoward reaction. I’m actually thinking of using it as a setting spray or face freshening spray for the summer.
Verdict: My stingy side is telling me not to waste product and just use the Natululu Tomato Skin Conditioner on my face! It is most definitely ideal for the summer, when you’re convincing yourself to keep up the moisturizing routine without being forced to do so with a thick formula. For those who are really looking to build up their moisture barrier, this can even be layered under regular body lotion to maximize the effects of both products.
Note: Natululu has been on sale at 50% off in Beauty Bar since March 15. It’s on-going while stocks last, so don’t delay.