I love Korean beauty for its innovative approach to skincare, but until Cult Beauty started curating ‘clean’ skincare, there was no way of getting natural products outside of Korea. Blithe is one of Glow Recipe’s bestselling brands, their products contain high concentrations of natural ingredients and are not tested on animals. Two big ticks. I’ve been meaning to try their Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum for almost a year, and I finally got hold of a tub recently.I’ve been using it regularly for the last one week, and here are my first impressions:
What is it?
It’s a pressed serum, which means it’s a serum and moisturiser combined. It contains 60% chaga mushroom, which according to the package, imparts ‘ultimate nutrition and firmness.’ Like many Korean products, it contains bio-available fermented ingredients like fermented argan and olive oils.
Texture and Smell:
It has an innovative custard-like texture. It melts into an easy-to-spread liquid when I rub it between my palms. The smell is very neutral and unobtrusive. And no, it does not smell like mushrooms. I don’t think many people like the idea of walking around smelling like a huge mushroom!
The ingredients are good, but they are not as natural as Whamisa, my favourite Korean brand so far. The thing with products with innovative textures is that they often contain binders and fillers to give it that unique texture, and this pressed serum is no different.
It’s a great option for someone who wants an all-in-one product that eliminates the need to use a separate moisturiser and serum.It’s hydrating and sinks in without any residue. It does not break me out.
Personally, I prefer using a separate serum and moisturiser, as I find that combination more effective. I’ve been using this product on top of my serum and face oil, and it still doesn’t overload my combination skin. I probably could do without this extra step, but it would be a great option for someone who doesn’t normally use a serum. This pressed serum would be great for travel because its unique texture makes it spill-proof.
Where to Buy:
Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum currently sells for 44 Pounds at Cult Beauty, and it’s a great price point for such a high quality product. Cult Beauty offer free international shipping and VAT discounts for orders outside the UK (so I ended up paying about 35 gbp), so I find it cheaper to order from them than directly from Glow Recipe (who curates these products for Cult). This pressed serum delivers better results than department store products that cost three times as much, highly recommend!