November 16, 2016

Product Review: Farmacy Honey Potion

      Ever since Farmacy was first available in Sephora stores, I was curious about trying out things from the brand because I was interested in their philosophy; cultivating natural ingredients but using science to ensure that its used to its highest potential. I bought the Honey Potion on a whim because I've never actually tried a warming mask before, and the description that it changes from a clear jelly to a rich cream had me super curious.

Farmacy Honey Potion, 4.1oz
Price: $56

Featuring an intensely moisturizing combination of honey (a natural humectant used since ancient times), propolis (found in beehives), and amino acid-rich royal jelly, this mask enhances the skin for a younger appearance. A unique, patent-protected variant of echinacea purpurea, GreenEnvy™ contains the highest known concentration of the phytochemical cichoric acid—a potent, natural antioxidant that enhances the hydrating and purifying benefits of honey. The balm gently warms and transforms into a rich cream as it’s massaged into the skin for an indulgent experience.

Glycerin, Diglycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Panthenol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, Honey, Water, Flavor, Vanillyl Butyl Ether.


     I love the design of the jar, and if you haven't seen this in person in Sephora, the lid is actually magnetic and the spatula clings to it. I really appreciate the thought that went into the design of the jar. The warming feature of this mask is no joke. When I first put it on, I imagine it to be somewhat similar to putting icy-hot on your face. I am pretty sure I put too much on the first time, and so I made sure to put a little less on the second time and it wasn't as strong. This probably isn't the best mask for those with really sensitive skin, but after the third and fourth time, my skin seemed to be used to the warming feature and it didn't feel as warm as it did the first time around. Although the warming feature took some time to get used to, the smell is another story. You would think something as delicious sounding as Honey Potion would smell similar to honey, but instead it smells like a smokey piece of wood that's been in the fire. Not the best. The texture is very thick, and a little goes a long way. I like the texture of the mask when it transforms into a rich cream - it feels really luxurious on the skin. In terms of how my skin feels after using the mask, I would say that it doesn't feel like your traditional sheet or cream mask in that you feel the hydration. This mask hydrates by being a humectant in that it prevents the moisture already in your skin from coming out. This is precisely why I use it right after I get out of the shower and before I put on my night time routine products. I did feel that my skin was softer, and I also believe that the warmth from the mask promotes blood circulation which also made my skin feel revitalized. 


Concluding Remarks

     It's a bit pricey that's no doubt, but I do like this mask in that you don't have to wait for the mask to be soaked in and absorbed into your skin. I really dislike the smell though, and I hope that Farmacy can perhaps revamp the formula in some way to change it. The warming feature takes a couple uses to get used to as well. I doubt I'll probably purchase it again when I'm done with it, but it's going to take me forever to finish the huge jar!


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