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Updated on July 18, 2023

Overview

What they are

These products are both cruelty-free and reef safe . They have a total of 2 ingredients in common

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, fragrances, oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates

We independently verify ingredients, and our claims are backed by peer-reviewed research. Spot a product that needs an update? Let us know.

Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner
Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner
Toner
South Korean Brand South Korea
Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner
Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner
Essence
South Korean Brand South Korea

Ingredient Info

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ph level
5.5

At a glance

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Benefits

Ingredients Side-by-side

found in both products
Soothe Bamboo Toner
Bambusa Vulgaris Water Skin Conditioning

Bambusa Vulgaris Water comes from bamboo plant.

Glycereth-26 Humectant
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Glycereth-26 is a synthetic ingredient and polyethylene glycol ether of Glycerin. Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin and helps keep your skin moisturized.

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Glycerin Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
0 / 0 Helps hydrate Dry Skin IconHelps brighten skin Icon
2 Benefits

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

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Water Skin Conditioning, Solvent

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

1,2-Hexanediol Skin Conditioning, Solvent

1,2-Hexanediol is a multi-tasker ingredient. It acts as a preservative to increase shelf-life and can aid other preservatives in preventing microbe growth. 1,2-Hexanediol also helps the skin retain moisture as a humectant.

Hydroxyethyl Urea Humectant, Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Hydroxyethyl Urea.

Butylene Glycol Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning
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Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

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Sodium Hyaluronate Humectant, Skin Conditioning
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Hyaluronic AcidHyaluronic Acid Icon

Sodium Hyaluronate is hyaluronic acid's salt form. It is commonly derived from the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid.

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Polyglutamic Acid Skin Conditioning
Helps hydrate Dry Skin Icon
Helps hydrate Dry SkinHelps hydrate Dry Skin Icon

Polyglutamic Acid is made up many glutamic acids chained together. It is created from bacterial fermentation.

Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract Skin Conditioning

Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract comes from the honeysuckle flower.

Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract Astringent, Humectant, Soothing
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Good for Scar HealingGood for Scar Healing Icon

Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract comes from the Baikal skullcap or Chinese skullcap plant. This plant is native to Northeast Asia and can be found in China, Mongolia, Korea, and Siberia.

Forsythia Suspensa Fruit Extract Antioxidant
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Forsythia Suspensa Fruit Extract is an antioxidant.

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Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract.

Thuja Orientalis Extract Antimicrobial, Astringent, Emollient

We don't have a description for Thuja Orientalis Extract.

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Pinus Densiflora Extract Antioxidant
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AntioxidantAntioxidant Icon

Pinus Densiflora Extract is an antioxidant.

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Bambusa Vulgaris Extract Skin Conditioning

Bambusa Vulgaris Extract comes from bamboo plant. Bamboo extract is skin conditioning and soothing.

Sodium Citrate Buffering, Masking

Sodium Citrate is the sodium salts of citric acid. In skincare, it is used to alter pH levels and acts as a preservative.

Citric Acid Buffering, Masking
AHA IconGood for Skin Texture IconGood for Minimizing Pores IconGood for Scar Healing IconHelps brighten skin IconMay cause irritation IconMay worsen Rosacea Icon
AHAAHA Icon 4 Benefits 2 Concerns

Citric Acid is an AHA derived from citrus fruits (think oranges, lemons, and limes!).

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Disodium EDTA

Disodium EDTA plays a role in making products more stable by aiding other preservatives.

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Essence Toner
Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract Emollient, Skin Conditioning

Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract is from an herb called Huang Qi. The roots of this plant have traditionally used in traditional Chinese medicine.

1,2-Hexanediol Skin Conditioning, Solvent

1,2-Hexanediol is a multi-tasker ingredient. It acts as a preservative to increase shelf-life and can aid other preservatives in preventing microbe growth. 1,2-Hexanediol also helps the skin retain moisture as a humectant.

Butylene Glycol Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning
1 / 0

Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

1 Com. / 0 Irr.
Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane Emollient, Humectant, Skin Conditioning

Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane belongs to the siloxanes and silicones classes. It is synthetically created and has a waxy composition.

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Hydroxyethylcellulose Emulsion Stabilising, Stabilising

Hydroxyethylcellulose is used to improve the texture of products. It is created from a chemical reaction involving ethylene oxide and alkali-cellulose. Cellulose is a sugar found in plant cell walls and help give plants structure.

Carbomer Emulsion Stabilising, Gel Forming
1 / 0

Carbomer is a polymer of acrylic acid. Its main role is to create gel consistency within products.

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Arginine Masking, Skin Conditioning
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Not safe for Fungal AcneNot safe for Fungal Acne Icon

Arginine is an amino acid that is important for human development. Your body uses is it to produce hair keratin and skin collagen.

Ingredients Explained

These ingredients are found in both products.

Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Mixed

1,2-Hexanediol is a multi-tasker ingredient. It acts as a preservative to increase shelf-life and can aid other preservatives in preventing microbe growth. 1,2-Hexanediol also helps the skin retain moisture as a humectant.

In products that are water-based, this ingredient can help stabilize perfumes and fragrances. It can also help make the texture of products softer and more smooth.

Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning
Mixed

Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

  • It is a solvent, meaning that it helps to dissolve other ingredients. This also enhances the absorption of the product into one's skin.
  • It is a humectant, which means that it helps attract moisture into the skin.
  • It helps improve product application.

Overall, Butylene Glycol is a safe and well-rounded ingredient. It is unlikely to irritate skin, and works well with pretty much all other ingredients.

Ingredient Ratings

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

Soothe Bamboo Toner
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2
3
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mixed
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Essence Toner
1
4
2
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mixed
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not rated

When to use

9 Routines
44% use in am
56% use in pm
100% use every day
900 Routines
49% use in am
50% use in pm
97% use every day
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Reviews

Here's what our community thinks

Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner 19 ingredients

Soothe Bamboo Toner hasn't been rated yet.
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Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner 7 ingredients

4.3 /5
from 24 ratings
Great Value (6) Hydrating (6) Absorbs Well (5) Works Well (4) Light (4) No Scent (4)
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itsyogirljeni

1 year ago Β· Combination Skin
Review

The best hydrating toner I've ever tried!
Hands down it's the perfect toner for oily-dehydrated acne prone skin.

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Virago

4 months ago Β· Combination Skin
Review

I suffer from dry and dehydrated skin that doesn’t tolerate hyaluronic acid in winter, so this toner is my HG during the colder months. Soothing,...

I suffer from dry and dehydrated skin that doesn’t tolerate hyaluronic acid in winter, so this toner is my HG during the colder months. Soothing, hydrating and without pilling. One of my all time favourites for effective and fuss-free skincare.