When this PR package arrived I pretty much jumped for joy! Althea Korea is a Korean cosmetics website that has been shipping to Asia and Southeast Asia for a while and recently started shipping to the United States. As part of their US launch, they offered me a credit on their site so I could order some products and review their site.
There are definitely some good points to Althea Korea offering a PR credit like this as opposed to offering specific products to review. First, I got to choose what I want, so I can eventually write reviews on what I’m interested in and what I think my readers will be interested in. Second, offering a credit means that I got to have the experience of ordering from the site, using their promo codes, waiting for shipping, etc…, just like any non-blogging customer would experience. That gives me the chance to review their site more accurately.
Althea Korea Unboxing
Goodies first, because I know that’s what we’re all interested in haha!
I took the opportunity to order from a couple brands that I’ve been interested in — Make P:rem and Thank You Farmer — but haven’t ordered because of budget constraints. These are mid-range priced products that are relatively newer launches and I had been hesitant to splurge on them when there weren’t a ton of reviews out there. So it was definitely nice to get a chance to try them!
The goodies unboxed =). I guess I kind of had a subconscious blue and tan theme going on here.
First up, the product that I’m the most interested in. The Make P:rem Peel Me Radiance Peeling Sleeping Pack is a clear blue gel sleeping pack that gently resurfaces your skin using PHA. PHA is the gentler cousin to AHA acids, and I’m super excited to try this out as PHA has become such a hot ingredient in the last few months. This gel in particular features lactobionic acid as the PHA ingredient and also includes ceramides to help moisturize the skin during sleep. I’m super excited to compare this to another buzzed-about PHA product, the Cosrx PHA Moisture Renewal Power Cream, which is launching this month.
Oddly enough, I can’t find any Make P:rem products on the Althea Korea site anymore. And this does highlight one thing about this site — things sell out fast. Althea Korea carries a lot of trendy products and they offer them at an amazing price (Korean prices without markups), but they do sell out quickly.
I also grabbed the Make P:rem Wonderful Me In-Shower Face Pack, mostly because I don’t have a shower face pack yet and it sounds like an interesting product.
I also picked up the Thank You Farmer True Water Deep Serum, which IS in stock. I’ve heard a lot of things about this brand and Althea Korea offers them at really, really good prices. This particular product, the True Water Deep Serum, is a little difficult to find Stateside, so I was happy to be able to get my hands on it. This looks so refreshing and perfect for summer.
I’m not sure why I picked up the Innisfree Soybean Firming Skin, other than maybe a subconscious need to stay within the blue and tan color palette? I haven’t tried anything from Innisfree in a while, so I thought this was as good a product as any to try out. I believe it is a milky lotion, and I’m a big fan of milky lotions. And I’ve been on the hunt for good firming products lately.
I also grabbed one of the Make P:rem Air masks, which I hear excellent things about. I should have grabbed a few more masks, but I didn’t and here’s why. There isn’t a good way to add things to your cart on the Althea Korea website without clicking through to the full product page. If there was an “add to cart” button on the multiple product search page, I would definitely have added a few more masks. As it was, my Internet was being slow that day, and Althea Korea isn’t the fastest loading webpage, and as a result I got too impatient to click through to the full product page to add a few more cheap masks. Not a big deal, but something that could definitely get people to add a few more products to their cart!
One thing I do really like about the Althea Korea shop is that they carry a lot of trendy items from lesser-known brands (at least in to us in the US). So I was able to pick up this Biotin Hair Oil from Hello Everybody, a brand I’m not familiar with, but seems to be gaining popularity in Korea.
And that’s my box! No free samples, but Althea Korea does have promos often with free products you can add to your cart via a promo code. I’m super excited to try everything and report back. As this is an unboxing rather than a review post, I’ll save my thoughts on the products for a later post.
Althea Korea Review
Here are my thoughts on the experience of ordering from the Althea Korea website (keep in mind I’m based in the States, so if you are in another country your experience might be different).
- Althea Korea offers a lot of really interesting, lesser-known products, as well as the most popular brands, at EXCELLENT prices. You’re able to get brands like Make P:rem and Thank You Farmer without the markup, because you’re ordering direct from Korea. They offer a lot of trendy items that aren’t easily available in the US, which is a huge plus. You also get free shipping over $50 (reasonable) and they have a reward points system too. Currently, they’re offering new members $20 off (code: WELCOME20 $10 off your first order, and $10 credit after you order).
- As I mentioned before, the website loaded a little slow when I was ordering. It’s not a big deal, and is probably dependent on how many people are trying to access the site. It still loads fast enough to get what you need, but it is a little frustrating when you’re trying to browse. And as I also mentioned, it would be great if you could add products to the cart from the search page.
- My order arrived in about 2.5 weeks, which isn’t lightning fast but pretty standard for overseas orders with standard shipping. My products were packaged well and came in a super cute box, which I will be repurposing for gift packaging.
Would I Buy From Again? Definitely. Despite my minor quibbles about the website itself, the reality is that they have great prices for lesser-known products. This by itself will ensure that I will order from them again.
Check out Althea Korea if you’re interested! I hope you enjoyed this Althea Korea review!
The products in this review were provided free via a credit from Althea Korea in exchange for an unboxing post. All opinions are, and always will be, my own.