Best Pick: Kohaku-hada Lotion (Moisturising)

Best Pick Kohaku-hada Lotion (Moisturising)

Happy New Year everyone! My Christmas gift to myself, Netflix subscription, has brought productive activities, including writing reviews, to a grinding halt. I can barely be bothered to rustle up a proper dinner let alone formulate a coherent post about a beauty product that I have been using. Over the past 3 weeks, I have watched the whole of House of Cards, Marco Polo, Sherlock, and then 4 seasons of Friends. I’m now trying to wean myself off Netflix and make that concerted effort to get back to normal… Hence my first review of 2015.

There are a few budget lotions (or Japanese toners) I really enjoy using — Kohaku-hada Lotion (in Moisturising) is one of them. It reminds me of Rohto’s Hada-Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion Light (the 2013 formula), but this is packed with a lot more hydrating ingredients. (I wrote a best pick review of the regular version last year in 2014!)

They are really quite similar in many ways — they both are free of alcohol, fragrance, and silicones, and they look almost indistinguishable from each other. If you like Hada-Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion Light (or find the regular version a tad too rich) then I’d hazard a guess you’ll like this even better. It’s really effective at giving dehydrated skin a big boost of moisture and leaving the skin feeling softer and more supple. It feels more lightweight than the regular Hada-Labo lotion, but also more hydrating than the Light formula.

Best Pick Kohaku-hada Lotion (Moisturising) inside

Like Hada-Labo, it contains a high percentage of hyaluronic acid to plump up the skin, but it’s not really the star ingredient in this show. Kohaku-hada Lotion is formulated with amber extract and powder (kohaku means “amber”). Amber is said to strengthen the skin’s barrier function and it also helps protect against free radical damages. I’ll be honest; I’m not sure whether amber actually does anything for the skin — my skin’s barrier function is fine and anti-ageing isn’t a benefit that will show a visible amount of difference in the short-term. But it also contains a whole whack load of moisture-binding ingredients like rice ceramide, honey, collagen, lecithin, and placental protein. So all very good indeed.

Best Pick Kohaku-hada Lotion (Moisturising) 1

I have to admit there is nothing particularly mind-blowing about the lotion — it doesn’t do much more than hydrating on my non-sensitive skin — but it does a really good job at that without the leaving the skin feeling sticky, even when I accidentally use too much. I also find its rather unusual text print packaging design ridiculously appealing! Quite possibly my most favourite lotion packaging for budget buys. It’s beautifully put together and has ingredients to help protect and hydrate the skin. Overall, it’s a definite winner.

You can find the 220ml bottle of Kohaku-hada Lotion (Moisturising) for ¥844 (approx. US$6.88) at Rakuten Global Market HERE. Its 200ml refill pouch is ¥738 (approx. US$6.02) HERE.

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Alex
Alex

(years later!)
Thanks for all this information!
Struggling to find this brand in drugstores around Japan. Granted, I haven’t looked in Tokyo yet where I’m going soon.
To your knowledge this brand is still going and should be available in Tokyo? In large drugstores like Matsumoto or Mega Donquiote?

pascha120
pascha120

Really interesting review! How do you think this would compare to Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium… is it better? Also, I’d love to know what your HG go to lotion is right now. 🙂

j seabeams
j seabeams

I don’t know what it is about this post, but I’ve received updates from my email subscription with this very same post numerous times in the past year. Now, its 2016 and I’m still getting a new email about this, your 2015 “New Year” update about Kohaku-hada Lotion (Moisturizing). Haha.

Sarah
Sarah

Thanks for the review! I know I’m super late in replies, but I absolutely LOVE all the Netflix shows that you mentioned. House of Cards and Sherlock being my favourite. Black Mirror is soooo good!! So is The Fall with Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. But I probably shouldn’t be providing you with more shows to watch, because I don’t want you to stop writing reviews. haha… I have fallen in love with the Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion (regular) after you recommended it and it is now a staple of mine. I actually don’t find that sticky at… Read more »

V. Bailey
V. Bailey

Does this have paraben?

Kate
Kate

Here’s the same)) The whole of House of Cards, Suits, Downton Abbey and Prison Break! Oh that was marathon.. Congratulations with getting back to normal, I’m also working on it )
Happy New Year and thank you for the new nice lotion!

blah
blah

Question, when shopping at Rakuten how do you know if the seller only ships in Japan and not internationally? I know some sellers make it clear in their store info pages but for others I have no idea if they are going to ship internationally? Thanks.

Pedro
Pedro

I’m going off topic, but have you tried the “metabolizers” from ÍPSA? I’m totally in love with them!

ThiefOfHearts
ThiefOfHearts

Oh so the light doesnt have alcohol? I thought that was what made it lighter which is why I avoided it

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