Let’s start off this review by saying anything with the name ‘miracle’ in the name has a LOT to live up to. Guys, you’re setting the bar pretty high just with the name! Though I suppose calling your product ‘Overnight Adequate Hydration Pack’ is not really the best marketing ploy. Let’s stick with the miracle.
Of all the Manyo Factory products on the market, there are two that stand out to me in the sense that I have heard a LOT about them, and generally they have been good things. One is the Bifidalacto Complex, which I recently reviewed on here, and the other is this delight of a product. Oh yes, dear readers. I am also setting your expectations high right from the start.
Sleeping packs are an essential part of my routine as a dry-skinned, red-faced girl. I sound so beautiful, I know. But luckily my skin is easily manageable and as long as I get enough hydration, we have quite a good relationship. That’s why sleeping packs really have found their place in my nightly routine, and I won’t be letting them go any time soon. In winter I tend to favour the heavier sleeping packs, and in summer I go for lighter, more gel-like packs. The reason I like this Manyo Factory Overnight Miracle Pack is because it is somewhat of a hybrid between both.
It has an almost gel-like consistency which smooths onto the skin incredibly easily, and absorbs rapidly. Somehow, even though it is so light and thin, it gives my skin a fantastic hydration boost, and lasts me throughout the night, meaning I wake up as if I had just finished a multiple-step, wonder routine.
As with most Manyo Factory products, it has a short shelf-life. Why, you say? Well, Manyo Factory uses organic, natural ingredients, which make their products ideal for all skin types – including sensitive. So if you do think of buying this product, make sure to check the label, and don’t leave it lying around in your skincare stash for months on end.
Despite the short shelf-life, there’s a reason Manyo Factory has a certain amount of hype around it. Let’s check, for example, the ingredients of the Overnight Miracle Pack.
Hippophae Rhamnoides Water, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon Fruit Water, Niacinamide, Betaine, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Glycerin, Isoamyl Laurate, Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Royal Jelly Extract, Phaseolus Radiatus Seed Extract, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Physalis Alkekengi Fruit Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Honey, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil, p-Anisic Acid, Lactic acid.
Damn. That’s like ingredient porn for me. Manyo Factory packaging states that the ingredients are made up of 70% natural vitamins, honey, and royal jelly. That’s already exciting enough on its own, but when you actually look at the full list, there are so many different names that leap out at me. Hippophae (reminding me of the hip-hop-apotamus) Rhaminoides, otherwise known as sea buckthorn. Sea buckthorn is well-known for its rejuvenating effects and its healing properties, making it ideal for both anti-ageing products and for those who are looking to deal with scarring or skin damage. Niacinamide is also commonly found in anti-ageing products thanks to its ability to reduce scarring, the signs of ageing, and lighten discolouration.
Although it’s low down in the list, I also note the presence of lactic acid, meaning this product should have slight exfoliating properties too – although I don’t know how high the percentage of lactic acid is in it.
Honey and royal jelly have amazing moisturising properties, and while my skin often doesn’t get on well with honey (it tends not to absorb if it’s a principal ingredient or high in quantity), I have had no problems with the Manyo Factory pack absorbing. Royal jelly and honey are also highly nutritious and provide the skin with vitamins, amino acids, and fatty acids which help to heal skin, keep it looking youthful, and add radiance. Um, yes please.
Does it actually work though?
For me, the answer has been a definite YES. I’ve enjoyed every minute of this product and it’s been one I’ve actually looked forward to applying in my night-time routine. The texture is somewhat sticky when you apply and let it absorb, but in the morning this stickiness is gone, and I’ve woken up to skin which is still somewhat red (I’ll never truly get rid of that), but greatly reduced compared to its normal level somewhere between beetroot and rhubarb. My skin feels fresh, and illuminated, with a healthy glow, and I’ve not once been lacking in moisture in the morning. I used this product on cold days, and on hot days, with the same effect. It has never once felt overpowering or not absorbed, and it has been consistent in its effects in the entire time I’ve used it.
I am absolutely getting another one – it’s decently priced, too (€29.49 at Bloom Skincare, Manyo Factory’s official European retailer), for the ingredients list and for the amount of time the product lasts. You don’t need a huge amount for it to work its wonders – I tend to use a pea-sized amount, perhaps a tad more, and spread it across my face, letting it sink in for around five minutes or so before I hit the sack.
The smell is also part of the experience – it smells like slightly fermented rice mixed with citrus, which is an odd combination, but it definitely works. That off-sweet, fresh scent, makes it enjoyable and I love that it doesn’t smell synthetic or feel overpowering.
I would definitely recommend this product for anyone who hasn’t tried a sleeping pack before, and for those who have skin on the drier side, or those who want to replenish their skin after a day in the sun. It’s definitely up there for me as one of the best sleeping packs I’ve tried.
Thank you to Bloom Skincare for sending me this product for an honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post and all opinions are my own.