March 4, 2015

Product Review: IOPE Bio Essence

         If you don't have some sort of essence in your beauty routine already, I highly recommend that you incorporate one asap! I've already reviewed and wrote about essences on the blog before, and it's been a life-changer for my skin. I've always wanted to try IOPE's essence because it was all the rave for the first year when it came out. It took so long to review because I still had a significant amount of Nature Republic's essence left and didn't want to start a new essence until I finished that up. Finally however, here is the review!

IOPE Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning, 5.68oz
Price: $60

Brighter and smoother skin through skin conditioning.

Saccharomyces ferment filtrate, niacimide, glycerin, saccharomyces ferment, sodium hyaluronate, beta-glucan, glycereth-26, phenoxyethanol, hydoxyethycelluose, adenosine, propanediol, water



      Since the only other essence I've used is Nature Republic's the First Essence, I will be primarily comparing the two in this review. Like all essences, IOPE's essence is housed in a heavy and substantial glass bottle. Nature Republic's essence has a spa-like scent, whereas IOPE's does not have a scent at all. I didn't mind the scent in Nature Republic, but scentless is probably preferred over scented products because you never know if you'll be irritated by a scent in a product. In terms of ingredients, both essences contain the same main ingredient - saccharomyces. When I put IOPE's essence on the skin, it does feel slightly more hydrating than Nature Republic's. It also feels more slippery on the skin. Nature Republic's feels just like water on my skin, whereas IOPE's seems to absorb slightly better and faster. Both products also do what they claim to do which is brighten and smooth out the skin from the inside out. Overall, the two essences are essentially the same, and you can't go wrong with either one. 


Concluding Remarks

      Considering that IOPE is essentially twice the price of Nature Republic's the First Essence, it obviously not the prime choice if budget is a concern. Both products use the same main fermented ingredient, but Nature Republic seems to have more essential oils and plant extracts in their essence. If you want to get an essence but you don't want to spend a lot, I think Nature Republic's is a great product for the money. I like IOPE's essence, but before I repurchase IOPE's essence, I'm going to first try Missha's Time Revolution which is price right between IOPE's and Nature Republic's at $50. IOPE's Bio Essence is available on Amazon for $59.

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