Best Pick: COSRX Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap)

Best Pick COSRX Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap)

Here’s a recent rediscovery: COSRX, the super popular South Korean skincare brand. I have tried a few of the products a few years ago, but nothing particularly stood out until now. I have to say that I am deeply impressed by the Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap). It said on the English instructions printed on the packaging that I should apply it before moisturising and so I was expecting another one of those wishy-washy post-toner/pre-serum thing that has been created to make us more time-strapped and poorer. I’m not certain what this brilliant concoction technically is — I’m sure this isn’t a “lotion” in the Japanese sense (which is a toner/softener) and I doubt this is a serum/treatment, but apparently this isn’t a moisturiser either. (Can any Korean speakers help?) But regardless, I applied it after serum and boy was it rich! I didn’t need a separate moisturiser.

One full-pump amount

I have absolutely no complaints, despite the fact that initially I thought that it would be too rich for my normal skin, and I was a little taken aback by the scent. The smell of lemon-tea tree (from essential oils) is incredibly uplifting, but it’s far more potent than most Japanese skincare products. This worked very, very well for me — a nourishing feel and no issues with its richness. It takes a little longer to fully sink in than some moisturisers, but I don’t mind that so much, and after 2 minutes or so there’s no residue at all. No heaviness to the finish, no greasiness. My skin felt completely taken care of in the moisture department.

Anyway, COSRX Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap) is unexpectedly nice. Good go-to “simple” moisturiser if you have normal to dry skin and want to look fresh-faced and moisturised. The scent is refreshing, the pump-action bottle is practical, and the price is fair. A 100ml bottle is US$17.56+ from Amazon.com HERE.

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Sora UP
Sora UP
3 years ago

Hello!! Thanks for the review, I was just wondering if you think this will be ok for use under makeup. Most moisturizers I’ve used generally pill if I touch my skin after applying makeup, even when I use powder and a setting spray… Any pointers really towards anything that might work, would be greatly appreciated coming from you!! Thanks in advance.

Sora UP
Sora UP
3 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Mind. Blown. I’ll be looking at ingredients and ditching stuff. Thanks!

Not David Bowie
Not David Bowie
3 years ago

Oh, how I wish this didn’t contain birch sap (one of my number one allergens) because I generally love COSRX’s products and this sounds otherwise perfect for my dry/combo skin!

Alex
Alex
3 years ago

Thanks for the nice review! I recently got their 4% salicylate toner…I hope it will help alleviate my blackhead problem >.<

Sasha
Sasha
3 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thanks for the heads up! I never thought of that…I do have very sensitive skin but I have been using Paula’s Choice 2% salicylic acid toner (and btw I totally agree with you on the comments you gave about Paula’s Choice on one other review lol) and it never triggers any reaction on my skin (I only use it on my nose). Let’s see what will happen with this 4% salicylate toner 🙂

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