Whamisa was at the top of my list of Korean brands I wanted to curate when I started Buttermilk Skincare here in the UK. I’m so excited and proud to be able to bring our customers this luxury Korean skincare line. The very first Whamisa product I tried was their Kelp Mask and after that, I was hooked and couldn’t wait to review more. Whamisa is on the higher end of our product offering, but there is a reason for that – these products produce some seriously good results.
Where is Whamisa from?
Whamisa is from Korea and is one of the more premium K-Beauty lines that the country has to offer. They are very particular about who distributes their products, ensuring their high quality brand is upheld. When in Korea, you can find these organic products in extravagant organic supermarkets. Back here in Europe though, Whamisa is new to the market and here at Buttermilk Skincare, we are excited to offer our UK customers some of their exclusive products. Whamisa has taken the US by storm and I expect the brand will grow incredibly quickly here in Europe too. Let’s just hope stock keeps up with demand!
Whamisa has dedicated ten years of research into creating products with leading fermentation technology that uses natural preservatives and no water. Their organic skincare line is certified by BDIH (International Organic and Natural Cosmetics Corporation). They take pride (quite rightly) in not testing on animals and most products are vegan friendly. As these products contain natural preservatives, one thing to be aware of is that they won’t sit on your shelf for years. But they are so fresh and produce effective benefits for your skin.
What is fermented skincare?
Whilst celebrities are obsessed with fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut at the moment (owing to the fact that they have been proven to aid digestion), why is it we are now slapping it on our faces too? The Korean cosmetic industry has invested a lot of money into researching fermented skincare. From the country that is obsessed with kimchi (a fermented cabbage), they were the first to recognise the benefits of adding fermented ingredients to skincare products. Fermented food contains good bacteria which encourages a healthy gut. This bacteria is rich in B vitamins, probiotics and omega 3. Adding these fermented items to skincare products, helps break down other active ingredients, making it easier for the skin to absorb all these goodies.
The Kelp Mask £9.50: Our favourite Whamisa product
The future of sheet masks has been taken to the next level with the innovative 100% Kelp mask. Kelp is a seaweed that is full of antioxidant and skin soothing properties. We have this ingredient in it’s purest form meaning our skin will be able to obtain full benefits of this amazing organic ingredient. If you are looking for a high performing sheet mask, this is it. It’s so exciting we can now purchase Whamisa’s signature product in the UK, the unique mask comes in two parts for a fantastic fit. Seaweed is known to repair damaged skin, flight inflammation and irritation, it also protects and detoxifies the skin. The kelp sheet mask is drenched in essence made up of fermented Sea Kelp, Bamboo, Aloe, Fruit and Root extracts. Whamisa’s organic sea kelp sheet mask has been tested for brightening, lifting, anti-ageing and intense long lasting hydration. If you want achieve that amazing glow, this is the mask for you and is worth every penny.
The Eye Essence £28.50: This really works!
I’m obsessed with finding products to help with my dark circles and Whamisa’s Eye Essence is incredible. As eye essences go, the relatively modest price tag makes this product worth investing in and I’ve not seen anything like it in the UK. I use this product before my eye cream and gently pat it in to brighten and nourish the eye area. For those who don’t have mega dark circles like me, you can use this to replace your eye cream. Super creamy and luxurious, reviews of this product have been outstanding and is a firm favourite in the K-Beauty lover community. The fermented flower extracts in Whamisa’s water-free organic flowers eye essence brightens dark circles, reduces fine lines and firms up the eye area. Herbal extracts like Green Tea and Lotus have brightening properties to really combat dark circles.
The Fermented Flowers Deep Rich Toner £28.25: Hydrating toners
Notorious for frequently selling out, this rich toner is highly concentrated and has a beautiful floral scent without being too overpowering. The concentrated liquid now available in the UK is a cross between a toner and an essence, a great 2-in-1 product. Whamisa’s toner contains fermented organic botanical extracts which beautifully nourish the skin. The deep rich toner is suitable for all skin types and uniquely boosts hydration. It contains Oat Kernel, Dandelion Oil, Aloe Vera, Argan Oil and Chrysanthemum extracts all known for their moisturising and nutritious properties. Introduce the Whamisa organic flowers deep rich toner into your current skincare routine and see the glowing difference in your skin!
Hydrogel Masks £6.50: The best mask for an intensive course
These are some of the best hydrogel sheet masks on the market. Firstly, take a look at the back of the packaging and you’ll see how much serum you get with each mask. Whatever serum is left after you’ve used the mask, you can use up the next day. The incredibly thick mask is protected in a plastic container and you can see how much juicy serum is in there! The gel mask reacts to the skin’s temperature delivering the nutritious ingredients deep into the skin.
- The Whamisa Organic Flowers Hydrogel Mask brightens, lifts and moisturises. The beautifully smelling floral mask contains Camellia, Chrysanthemum, Dandelion extract and Aloe Vera to lift and improve the skin’s elasticity.
- The Whamisa Organic Fruits Hydrogel Mask lifts, revitalises and tones. Loaded with a botanical serum which contains Apple, Kiwi, Licorice, Raspberrry, Banana and Tomatoes for clear and radiant complexion. Perfect for combination skin, the Hazel seed oil in this high quality mask balances sebum and tightens pores.
- The Whamisa Organic Seeds Hydrogel Mask lifts, soothes and reduces wrinkles. This thick hydrogel mask is formulated with 95% organic ingredients, including Rice, Oat and Black Soybean, which are naturally fermented to increase the skin’s ability to absorb the nutritious benefits. The high quality mask visibly reduces wrinkles and improves skin’s elasticity.