I picked up the I’m From Ginseng Serum a couple months ago when Wishtrend offered to send it to me for just the cost of shipping (which is a flat rate of $10, or free if you purchase something from their free shipping page).
I haven’t tried a whole lot of I’m From products, just the I’m From Honey Mask (review), but I really liked the Honey Mask and I’ve heard good things about their other products. I’m also attracted to the ethos behind the brand, with their focus on clean, natural ingredients and few fillers.
I’m From Ginseng Serum Review
My first impression of the packaging was that it was very elegant with the embossed cardboard box and the sleek glass dropper bottle. It’s a little vintage apothecary-esque, which is one of my favorite aesthetic looks for skincare packaging! The glass dropper seems to work well, and though it would probably be more ideal if the bottle were tinted to prevent the ingredients from degrading in the light, overall I like the packaging a lot.
Water, Red Ginseng Extract, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Panax Ginseng Seed Oil, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Rheum Palmatum Root Extract, Angelica Pubescens Root Extract, Schizonepeta Tenuifolia Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Ethoxydiglycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Hyaluronic Acid, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
I think this is a pretty good ingredients list! Red ginseng extract appears near the top of the list, and I’m From indicates that this serum contains 7.98% concentrated ginseng extract. As someone who is always keen on evening out some of my sun spots, I was happy to see the inclusion of licorice root extract pretty high up on the list. There are some silicones in this serum, but they appear near the bottom of the ingredients list, after most of the extracts, so this serum shouldn’t feel overly siliconey.
Texture and Scent
The first thing that I and many others noticed when opening this product is the strong scent. Beware if you are particularly sensitive to fragrance, as the I’m From Ginseng Serum has a pretty strong perfumey scent. It smells sweetly herbal and kind of incense-like. If you’ve ever tried some of the ginseng products by Missha or History of Whoo, you’ll recognize the strong fragrance as within the same family. It’s a more mature smell, like products aimed at older consumers, and some have noted that it is a bit of an “old lady” smell.
The scent did put me off at first, but now several weeks in, I’ve become almost nose-blind to it and it really doesn’t bother me anymore.
As for the texture, I LOVE it! It’s a thicker serum texture, but it absorbs amazingly well and doesn’t leave a sticky or greasy residue, which was surprising. It reminds me of the Sulwhasoo Capsulized Ginseng Serum (which retails for $150), but is quite a bit less thick and sticky and more suitable for combination to normal skin.
I found that the I’m From Ginseng Serum was remarkably moisturizing and plumping, and perfect for my dehydrated skin. I’m in my mid-thirties, and I’m really starting to look at anti-aging products, and I felt that the I’m From Ginseng Serum was the perfect early anti-aging product for me.
A lot of anti-aging products are rich and heavy, but the I’m From Ginseng Serum felt light, while at the same time highly nourishing and moisturizing.
In addition to being plumping and hydrating, I felt like the I’m From Ginseng Serum boosted the health and brightness of my skin. Several times, I was surprised at how translucent and bright my face looked in the morning after using this. And the more I use it, the more I like it, which is always a very good thing in my books.
I’m also pretty convinced that the I’m From Ginseng Serum could be a cheaper alternative to the Sulwhasoo Capsulized Ginseng Serum. As you can see, they have quite similar ingredients lists, though the I’m From is somewhat shorter and simpler. The I’m From also includes green tea extract and a few different botanical extracts other than ginseng:
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I’ve only tried samples of the Sulwhasoo Capsulized Ginseng Serum, so I can’t speak to the long-term effects, but in terms of the texture and experience of using the serum, I actually prefer the I’m From serum, which felt less sticky and was easier to layer with other products. So…if you’ve been wanting to try a ginseng anti-aging serum for a while, but don’t want to go straight for the luxury stuff, save yourself $120 and get the I’m From Ginseng Serum!
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I received this product at a discounted price for review. All reviews are my honest opinion. There are affiliate links in this post — I’ll receive a small commission if you purchase through my link, but you won’t pay a penny more.