Review: A. by Bom Ultra Botanic Skin Water & Serum Lotion ★★★★☆
A. by Bom, one of my favorite brand when it comes to sheet masks, recently launched a couple of updated skincare products and I’m super excited to have the chance to try them out! Their Ultra Botanic Skin Water & Serum Lotion used to be called the Wisely Garden Skin Water & Serum Lotion respectively. Aside from removing turmeric and neem (both beneficial ingredients for acne-prone skin) from the serum lotion, the ingredients of the skin water is kept exactly the same. Both packaging got a new rose gold look and they’re so pretty!
The Ultra Botanic Skin Water is a first step skin toner containing seven plant ingredients with hydrating superpowers including Cactus Flower, Prickly Pear, and Resurrection Plant extracts. This is a gentle yet intensely hydrating and calming toner that improves skin texture and replenishes fragile skin barrier.
Key ingredients in the top 10:
Betaine – a humectant and anti-irritant without leaving behind a tacky finish like glycerin can
Chondrus Crispus – also known as carrageen, is a form of seaweed. Not only is it a skin conditioning agent, it is also packed full of vitamins and minerals for the maintenance of healthy skin
Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract – a natural skin conditioning agent, anti-septic, and provides mild exfoliation for smoother skin
Does not contain:
Benzophenone-3, 4 & 8
Butyl Methoxdi benzoylmethane
This giant bottle of clear toner (160 ml / 5.4 fl oz) has a consistency that’s thicker than water but thinner than an emulsion. The clear plastic bottle has a pinhole dispenser that allowed just the right amount of toner through without over dispensing. When it claimed to be scent-free, it actually meant it. I could not catch a whiff of anything no matter how close I put my nose against it.
Since I have combo skin that’s sensitive and prone to dehydration, I love layering my toners before applying a serum. This is a thicker toner and is perfect either as a first toner or second toner. During the day, I’d pat in 2 layers of this on top of a watery toner like Cosrx Centella Water. In the evening, 3 layers of this and I’m good to go. It absorbs easily into the skin, leaving behind a hydrated, supple, and calm base for serums and lotions.
The Ultra Botanic Serum Lotion is a unique serum + lotion emulsion with concentrated nutritional power of serum, and hydrating and protective power of lotion. Formulated with Prickly Pear, Baobab Bark, and Resurrection Plant extracts, this emulsion absorbs into the skin effortlessly. leaving the skin smooth, brightened, and revitalized.
This emulsion uses a special hydrating system that becomes more effective while it is being massaged on the skin. It promotes healthy glow by embedding lasting hydration and softening the skin.
Key ingredients in the top 10:
Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract – prickly pear cactus, a skin conditioning agent that’s beneficial for sensitive skin
Adansonia Digitata Pulp Extract – baobab pulp, rich in Vitamin C, this is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
Anastatica Hierochuntica Extract – resurrection plant, able to maintain skin hydration levels and improve skin elasticity
Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract – has amazing antioxidant properties that protect the skin from free radicals, which in turn prevents the skin from signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract – rich in skin-conditioning fatty acids, proteins, and complex B vitamins
Lactobacillus Ferment – a skin conditioning agent that has anti-microbial properties
The product came in a large 160 ml / 5.4 fl oz white plastic bottle. It also sports the same pinhole dispenser which I think does not make sense for a product with a thicker consistency. Instead of dispensing a proper amount with a simple tip of the bottle, this one required a hard shake. In my opinion, an airless pump would work much better.
It gave off a pretty strong fragrance which reminded me of the brand’s Ultra Floral Leaf Mask or Ultra Cool Leaf Mask. The fragrance does get lighter as time passes but does not disappear completely. So you have a sensitive nose or prefer a scentless product, you will probably not like this.
I’ve always been confused about products with consistencies like this. To me, it’s more of a slightly runny serum. According to the brand, this serum lotion goes right on top of the toner, and that’s what I did in my evening routine. In the day, this worked on my combo skin as a moisturizer in the final step of my skincare routine, prior to sunscreen. In the evening, I’d use this after 3 layers of toners, prior to a layer of serum and cream moisturizer.
This serum lotion spreads out easily and absorbs fairly quickly. I’d wait a minute or two to let it absorb/dry down before layering on another product. My skin always feel like it’s been pampered with 7 layers of toner after using this product. It’s hydrating without leaving behind any tackiness.
I really like the toner for calming and adding hydration back to my skin after cleansing. I particularly appreciate it for being scentless.
The serum lotion is something I don’t reach for as much mainly due to the heavy fragrance. But if you’re not particular about fragrances, you might enjoy the fresh hydration this provides.
I’ve enjoyed using both products in the past 2 weeks of testing. They’re a hydrating combo that also look pretty on my skincare shelf. Also, it’s pretty value-for-money considering how huge the bottles are. A little goes a long way especially the serum lotion, so I’d say it would last at least 6 months with twice daily usage. The toner would probably last 4 months with twice daily usage.