With new releases from their own brand left and right, Althea Korea is well on its way to carving out a permanent place in the international Kbeauty scene. But what totally surprised me—in an exciting way, of course—was when one of their most recent launches ventured into the fragrance category before they moved onto makeup. From a collaboration with prominent Indonesian actress and singer, Titi Kamal, comes Titi Kamal X Althea Stay Fresh Body Sparkling Mist (PHP 450).
Titi Kamal X Althea Korea
Quick Specs: 100 ml / 3.38 fl oz ; made in Korea
Ingredients: Alcohol, Water, Glycerin, Fragrance, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Magnolia Liliflora Flower Extract, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin
What’s in a product name? As we’ve seen in the skincare world, there are practically a million different ways of labeling products in order to create very specific-sounding distinctions. (e.g. first essence, essence, oil-in-essence, etc.) It begs one to ask, “What even is this, and is there any real difference?” Well, there are products out there that certainly deserve the unique labels.
I was initially confused by just what the Althea Korea Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser (PHP 430) was until I began using it. Let me enlighten you…
Althea Pore Purifying Cleanser
Quick Specs: 150 ml / 5.07 fl. oz. ; made in Korea ; dermatologist tested
Ingredients: Water, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Cyclomethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Hydroxyacetophenone, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Citrate, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance
Where do you stand on multitasking beauty products? A lot of the time, they end up being half-baked attempts at combining two perfectly functioning individual products. (2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, anyone?) And then there are miracle workers that boldly walk the tightrope to deliver something extraordinary. I’m talking to you, Althea Milk Peel Cream Mask (PHP 490)!
Althea Milk Peel Cream Mask
Quick Specs: 50 ml / 1.7 fl oz ; made in Korea
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Kaolin, Glycerin, Disiloxane, Bentonite, Propanediol, Myristic Acid, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Stearicacid, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Potassium Hydroxide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Palmitic Acid , Ethylhexylglycerin, Milk Proteinextract, Disodium Edta, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract, Gluconolactone, Glycolic Acid, Titaniumdioxide (Ci 77891), Fragrance (Parfum), Coumarin*, Hexyl Cinnamal*, Citronellol*
Am I a picky sunscreen user? Yes. Ever since discovering one of my faves back in 2014, I’ve become much more specific with what I look for. No sticky, heavy formulas that smell like chlorine please! And after trying Althea Korea’s wonderful basic skincare line, I have to say that I have doubly high expectations for the brand’s Petal Velvet Sunaway SPF50+ PA ++++ (PHP 480).
Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway
Quick Specs: 55 ml / 1.86 fl oz; made in Korea
Ingredients: WATER, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, ZINC OXIDE, DISILOXANE, PROPANEDIOL, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, DICAPRYLYL ETHER, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS FLOWER OIL, SALVIA OFFICINALIS (SAGE) OIL, POGOSTEMON CABLIN OIL, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER EXTRACT, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, STEARIC ACID, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, SODIUM CHLORIDE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, SORBITAN CAPRYLATE, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, POLYGLYCERYL-6 POLYRICINOLEATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ETHYL HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL
Up until this point, all the Jeju skincare products I’ve seen feature volcanic rock as a special ingredient and tend to highlight oil-control properties. I was in for a surprise whilst browsing Althea Korea and spotting The Lotus Jeju Lotus Leaf Revitalizing Cream (PHP 980 / USD 49).
Quick Specs: 50ml ; made in Korea