Review: Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Moist Cream ★★★.☆
Papa Recipe’s Bombee Honey Moist Cream is a moisturizing and richly-textured emollient, infused with natural Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly, and Honey. These 3 ingredients form Papa Recipe’s “Queen Multi Complex”. Propolis is created by bees to protect their honeycomb and, on the skin, skin it is equally protective and nourishing. The texture of this cream is known in Korean Beauty as a “water drop” cream, where droplets of hydrating water appears when the cream is massaged into the skin.
Based on the INCI, it looks like this moisturizer contains dimethicones galore. They are required to create the “water drop” effect as marketed. It is not a bad ingredient but it doesn’t enhance a product nor make it product perform better. The main objective of fillers is to achieve the ideal texture and they way a product feels on the skin. In expensive skincare products like this moisturizer, I do not mind the presence of filler ingredients at all.
Aside from bee products, I’m also happy to see ingredients like Chia Seed Extract for hydration and plumping the skin, Centella Asiatica Extract for soothing and healing the skin, as well as Houttuynia Cordata Extract for soothing irritated skin and providing moisture.
It is free of parabens, sulfates, alcohol, artificial fragrance, and EU allergens.
50 ml of product came in an opaque plastic jar and a screw-on lid, and sporting Papa Recipe’s signature colors and simple design. Sturdy as it may look, the container felt very light and somewhat brittle. I dropped the jar once and heard a faint snap, but I couldn’t find a crack anywhere. The product also came with an inner lid to further prevent it from getting contact with the air, which will speed up its decomposition rate. It did not come with a spatula and I find that a little surprising since most K-beauty jar products do. But as an avid user of skincare, I have multiple spatulas laying around.
The moisturizer comes in the form of a scentless, whitish gel. Fragrance is not listed as one of the ingredients in the INCI so sensitive skin types can rejoice! One scoop is enough for my entire face and neck area. It feels lightweight and spreads easily. I typically use this in my morning routine, after toner and serum, and before sun screen.
Upon spreading the moisturizer all over my face, I could feel the texture turning from a gel into a viscous toner as the water drops starting appearing. The initial sticky sensation gave way to a light and fresh finish as the water droplets get absorbed into my skin. One down side I can think of is the need to continually spread and massage the moisturizer to allow the water beads to form and get absorbed. I don’t mind that on mornings when I’m not in a rush.
I was in a frantic mode when my favorite day time summer moisturizer, Dermalogica Calm Water Gel, ran out. However, after using this continuously for 2.5 weeks, I find myself getting less and less anxious about not having the water gel anymore. There textures and effects are very similar yet Papa Recipe’s cost less than half of Dermalogica’s. Even my husband, who has normal skin, loves using this in the morning over his toner and hydrating serum and under his sun screen. It immediately hydrates and provide a light moisturizing layer over the skin. There is an ideal balancing feeling for combo skin types. Oily skin types might enjoy this too if none of the products used prior to this are the viscous sort. I do not think this will be sufficient for dry skin types.
There is no significant effect to speak of aside from the immediate hydration and moisturization this gel provides. My sensitive skin felt temporarily relived as some of the water drops evaporate, providing a cooling sensation to my often flushed and red skin.
It is not a particularly impressive product and I think sensitive and irritation-prone skin types might get more out of this. But if you have issues like hyperpigmentation, dryness, and acne, this not going to help at all. If you’re curious about this product or if you’re a fan of the brand, get it when you can find a coupon or promo code to make it worth your while.