I’m From Ginseng Serum Review

i'm from ginseng serum

 

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

 

i'm from ginseng serum

 

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.

 

Ingredients

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.

 

i'm from ginseng serum

 

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.

 

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Results

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:

 

I'm From GinsengSulwhasoo Capsulized Ginseng
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 Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Methyl Gluceth-20, Alcohol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Dimethicone, Betaine, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Methoxy Peg-114/Polyepsilon Caprolactone, Sucrose, Mannitol, Phenoxyethanol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Panax Ginseng Root Powder, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Fragrance, Honey, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium Edta, Cellulose Gum, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyquaternium-51, Dextrin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Hydroxypropyl, Methylcellulose, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Polyaspartate, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins, Aspergillus Ferment.

 

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!

 

Buy It At

Wishtrend for $28.80, currently with free shipping!

And while you’re getting free shipping anyway, why not pick up a free cream with code: WISHMAX (promo for August)?

 

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.

10 Comments

    • Thanks Shireen! I actually would totally buy this for full price, so I hope you do get a chance to try it eventually!

  1. Wonderful review as always Camilla and looking at the ingredients it does look very similar to the Sulwhasoo Capsulized Ginseng, maybe even better! Sadly it didn’t seem to do much for my skin, so I ended up giving it away. I feel like I need to give it a second chance now after your review!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

    • I didn’t think it was a super noticeable difference, just a subtly healthier glow after using for a couple weeks!

  2. Fabulous post Camilla! x I, personally, LOVE I’m from as a brand – I’ve used their volcanic mask and it was stunning for my blemish prone skin! x I love a good serum but it does blow about the scent – scent is everything to me! x However, I think I could get past it given the lightweight texture and formula! This is definitely one I’ll check out! Thanks so much for sharing! x
    Marina xx
    http://marinawriteslife.blogspot.fr/

    • Yes the scent is the least appealing thing about it, everything else I love. But honestly, after using it every day, I don’t notice it too much anymore unless I think about it. Hope you enjoy it!

  3. I always see this product in my fave online shops I and I’ve been wanting to try this as well but for some reason, I still refuse to add it to my cart. Really glad I read your review, it sounds like a really good product but I think I will pass. Because it sounds like this serum will suit those with dry and normal skin types. I have oily skin and I live in a tropical country that’s very humid so I prefer lightweight serums 🙂 Great review!

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

    • Hm, yes this is definitely a more nourishing serum, though it doesn’t feel heavy. Glad you enjoyed the review!

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