I stumbled upon the Tony Moly cosmetic range by accident, whilst reading other product reviews. I was instantly drawn to the kawaii packaging, positive comments from buyers, and of course, the catchy name! The green appletox cream was the first product I decided to try out, but I have ordered lots of other little gems to review for you!
Tony Moly is not a well known brand over here in the UK, which is exactly why I want to try it. I love trying new things, and if it goes terribly wrong, at least I save you guys from the after-effects! Tony Moly say that their “beauty products offer all women’s individual cosmetic needs”. Well, I have ridiculously sensitive skin, so we’ll see, eh?
I will warn you now, though, that if you’re currently eating and have a particular dislike of yucky clumps of skin particles, you may not want to look at some of the photos.
There’s no denying it: the way this packaging is displayed is lovely. It also seals the cream in securely so there is no spillage or breaks. I searched lots of different shops, both locally and British online shops, and could not find this brand anywhere. So, when all else fails, we turn to Ebay! It was new, and cost me around £6.50. It was slightly more pricey than I’m used to paying for one product (yes, i know, I’m cheap!).
Water, Mineral Oil, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl octanoate, cellulose, 1.3-butylene glycol, teurolratum, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, beeswax, glyceryl stearate / PEG -100 stearate, polysorbate 60, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, Metilparaben , Carbomer, BHT, peuropilparaben, glyceryl stearate, sorbitan Sesquioleate, Dimethicone, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, apple extract, papaya leaf extract, gum-Biosaccharide 1, Phenoxyethanol, Perfume, Lactic acid, PCA, citric acid, glycolic acid, malic acid, tartaric acid, pyruvate acid.
The old Moly team promise that the appletox “moisturises skin and removes dead skin cells”. I had never used a cream with these properties before, so I was excited. I’m forever topping up my make up, so I imagined my skin was full of icky bits and pieces I could probably do with getting rid of. So, I set off on my task to rid my skin of muck!
I opened this little pot of lusciousness, and was pleasantly surprised by the scent and consistency of the cream. It was very thick, and smelled like freshly picked apples. Yum!
The directions are pretty simple (or at least they would’ve been had I received an information leaflet with the product which would’ve saved me scouring the internet!):
After daily cleansing, apply an appropriate amount onto the skin and gently massage in a circular motion. Once dirt particles appear, simply rinse off with lukewarm water.
So, that is exactly what I did. I did find many different variations of the instructions on different websites, which basically ranged from waiting two minutes to ten. I experimented a bit and decided that the best way for me to get results was to apply the cream quite thinly, massage it in for around 30 seconds, leave for two minutes, then rub in circular motions. I felt no discomfort at all after I’d applied the cream, which was a huge bonus for me because my face becomes irritated incredibly easily. In fact, it was quite a nice cooling sensation.
(for the sake of photos, I’ve also done it on my hand, which has the same affects)
When I rubbed the cream off, it began clumping. I thought exactly the same as I imagine many people do when they buy a similar product: that the cream would become thicker and make it appear as if cells had clumped together. To my surprise, I could actually see flecks of dirt, dust, and whatever else my pores had been hiding, within the clumps. Yes, it is disgusting, but the fresh feeling my face was left with made me forget that fact. I then washed my face in warm water and dabbed dry.
This is the result of me using it on my face. No wonder my skin felt cleaner!
I can’t say that I noticed any real difference in appearance after use, but then I didn’t imagine I would. My face did feel cleaner, and far smoother. And as a bonus, my face now smelt like a fruit salad for the rest of the day. Yay!
- Cute packaging
- Smells lovely
- Nice consistency
- No irritation to sensitive skin
- Leaves face feeling clean and moisturised
- Does exactly what it claims to
- Pretty affordable
- Difficult to get hold of in the UK
I always try to list at least one con for every product I review, because I believe that everything could do with a bit of improvement. That said, this is the first one I’ve written about that I’ve actually struggled to come up with a negative for! In truth, I absolutely love it. In face, as soon as i’d tried it out, I wandered around my house smearing the stuff on my family members’ hands to show them how this magic works. I will definitely be buying it again.
Have any questions, or used this product before and care to let me know what you thought of it? Please leave a comment below!