Review | Daltokki Facial Scrub

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I heard about the Daltokki Facial Scrub from Lily of IAmABeautyJunkee. I’ve been wanting to try a rice scrub, and she raved about this one being very gentle yet also very thorough in cleansing, and that it doubled as a wonderful brightening rice-based mask as well, so I thought I’d give it a try.

There wasn’t much information I could find online about this product, as this seems to be a lesser-known Korean brand. They don’t even have a company website. I had to purchase this mask on eBay (prices vary by seller). It’s also available on KoreaDepart and GMarket.

I managed to find some information about the product in English on BuyKorea:

SPECIFICATIONS:
• Being made of round grains of glutinous rice, you can use with less stimulation regardless of skin type.
• Sticky glutinous rice makes sticky skin.
• Prolamine, Tocopherol [a form of vitamin E] : Giving vitality to your skin.
• Rich in Vitamins : Calming skin and supplying nutrition.
• Both of scrubbing and cleansing at the same time.

INGREDIENTS:
• Glutinous rice : Rich in vitamins and various nutrients
• 9 kinds of plant extracts (oregano leaf, eucalyptus oil, licorice, rosemary leaf, green tea, scutellaria [mint], centella asiatica, chamomile flower, reynoutria)

HOW TO USE:
• Coat your face with water sufficiently.
• Apply it onto the face with moderate volume.
• Softly massage just only with your fingers for about 30 seconds.
• Wash your face with tepid water.
• Use toner or essence or etc. for moisturizing.

CAUTIONS:
• Keep it refrigerated or in a cool place.
• Be careful to keep water off it and to use only spatula or tea spoon.

The scrub comes in a 90mL container with a small plastic spatula enclosed in a box sleeve. When you screw off the cap, there is another removable cover underneath to keep the contents more secure.
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The first thing I noticed about this scrub was the scent. It’s more heavily perfumed than I would like (for a skin care product). It’s not an offensive smell, but it is a bit strong for me — I can’t quite put my finger on the exact fragrance, but to me it’s kind of floral. The scrub itself is an off-white color with a granular texture. The consistency is pretty gooey and sticky, but on wet skin, it smooths out more easily. I used to use St. Ives Apricot Scrub, and the granules in this scrub feel gentler in comparison.

I have yet to find an exact ingredients list in English. All of the text on the container is in Korean (with the exception of the name on the cap). If you know what any of the text means, I’d love to hear the translations in the comments below!
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I massaged it over damp skin for about 20-30 seconds, and decided to try to leave it on as a mask (rice and licorice are popular brightening/tone-correcting ingredients in Asian skin care). I intended to let it sit for about 10 minutes, but I had to rinse off after just a minute or two, because to my surprise, my skin started to feel very irritated. I thought that maybe the heavy fragrance (and/or one/some of the many plant extracts/oils in this scrub) was what was bothering my skin (essential oils can be very irritating for some people when applied topically).

After rinsing, my skin felt fine, and it actually felt very hydrated. This scrub leaves a moisturizing layer on the skin after rinsing. The smell of the scrub lingers for about an hour or so. I’m not that fond of it, as strong floral scents can sometimes give me a headache. I was worried that I’d wake up the next day with some kind of allergic reaction, but thankfully my skin felt fine. Definitely softer and more polished.

If you have very sensitive, reactive skin, I’d probably think twice before trying this scrub because it’s loaded with essential oils/fragrance that may be irritating to some people. At the very least, do a patch test on a small area before applying it to the entire face. I don’t recommend using this on inflamed/open acne.

My skin isn’t normally sensitive, but the strong fragrance in this scrub is probably an indicator of how highly concentrated the plant oils are within the ingredients. For its intended purpose as a scrub, it works really well, if you can handle the smell (the granules are gentle enough while still doing a nice job thoroughly exfoliating), and it’s surprisingly quite moisturizing, but it’s far too much for my skin to handle as a mask, which is fine since that is not it’s original purpose anyway. I would like this scrub a lot more if it just wasn’t so heavily-perfumed!

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People with dry skin might really enjoy this scrub, given that they are not sensitive to strong fragrances.

Have you tried the Daltokki Facial Scrub? Let me know what you thought about it. Do you have any favorite rice masks or scrubs that you’d recommend?

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