Moisturisers are one of the few products I find it hard to drum up excitement for. Not a great way for me to start a review on a moisturiser, but you’ve got to tell it like it is, haven’t you? This doesn’t mean I don’t like moisturisers, or appreciate what they do in my routine. It’s just that there really are more exciting things out there (although I get most excited about cleansers, so you really shouldn’t read too much into the steps I love in my routine – washing my face is my favourite part, what does that say?).
When I buy for a moisturiser, I’m looking for several things. I’m not looking for miracle results (e.g brightening, anti-redness, all these fantastic claims that moisturisers often make). I’m hoping it will lock in the ample hydration my routine provides; that it won’t make my sunscreen pill on top of it (I have difficulty with some moisturisers and oils absorbing); and that it won’t break me out as it has a significant amount of oil-based ingredients. I think that’s a fair ask, but actually there are few moisturisers which have really served me well on this. They’re often too thick and heavy, don’t absorb into my skin, and pill something rotten when I add the next step in of my routine.
The Hyggee All-in-One Cream ticks my moisturiser boxes, and I’m here to tell you why. If you’ve never heard of Hyggee, they’re a Korean brand who subscribe to the idea that less is more – quite a novelty for Korean companies who are normally of the opinion that you need to use at least 12 of their products in your routine or you’re not doing it right. Hyggee is inspired by the Danish word hyggee, meaning to find happiness and peacefulness through everyday occurrences. Their products are designed to be efficient and minimalistic, with an all-in-one focus – hence the name of this moisturiser. The products are artificial scent, paraben, and artificial colour free. They contain fermented ingredients and their signature choice ingredient is birch sap juice, chock full of nutrients and blessed with the ability to both hydrate and soothe the skin.
Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate,Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Niacinamide, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane,Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol,T heobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Xylitol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethiconol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lecithin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Bisabolol, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Tocopherol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sucrose Palmitate, Ceramide NP, Phospholipids, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Cholesterol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexylene Glycol, Arginine, Phytosterols, Behenyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol
I have to say, that ingredients list is pretty sexy as creams go. Aside from the aforementioned birch sap juice, you also have cocoa seed butter, niacinamide, some beautiful oils, both hydrolysed hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate, ceramide, and fermented ingredients such as lactobacillus ferment, and bifid a ferment lysate. Twit twoo.
Niacinamide (vitamin B3) is common in moisturisers, particularly those with an anti-ageing focus. It restores the skin and improves uneven skin tone, working to put life back into dull, tired skin. Niacinamide can also help with redness and to soothe irritated skin.
It goes without saying that cocoa seed butter is a highly moisturising ingredient – I think every single one of us has used it in some moisturiser somewhere down the line – and it is also high in anti-oxidants, making it an ideal ingredient for skin protection in addition to moisturising care.
The fermented ingredients in the cream, such as lactobacillus ferment, are said to soothe, hydrate, and repair our skin, making them an ideal addition to a moisturising product. However, this depends on the concentration, and I’m not sure how much is in this particular cream. Nevertheless, there is a solid amount of decent ingredients here, which work to moisturise and condition or soothe the skin – all I’m looking for in a moisturiser, really.
Texture and scent
This cream is on the slightly thicker side, and holds its own – no gel-like or runny behaviour to be seen here. It feels smooth and spreads easily over the skin, not absorbing incredibly quickly, but fast enough and leaving behind skin which feels soft to the touch, plump, and well-nourished.
The part that really gets me with this cream, however, is the signature Hyggee scent. It’s fresh, natural, and almost lemon-like or citrusy – very subtle but notable nonetheless. It’s beautiful as you smooth this cream across your face, with its revitalising, tantalising smell which is not in the least artificial or overpowering. If you like your scents subtle, this is a great choice for a moisturiser.
Packaging and price
The cream comes in a sturdy round plastic pot, with 80ml of product inside, which is a decent amount. I only need a small amount of moisturiser so tubs like this can last me months, making a moisturiser one of the best value products I own. Hyggee in Europe is relatively unheard of, but this retails for €44.95 at Koss, who stock a versatile range of Hyggee products. I had the pleasure of meeting the gorgeous ladies behind Koss, one of the first online stores in Spain working to bring cruelty free, more ‘outside the banana sleeping pack’ box K-beauty and Asian beauty in general to the country – and the ones who asked me to review this cream. Considering the All-in-One is priced at about $46 on Yesstyle, I’d say the price is in keeping with the average, as Yesstyle tend to be one of the cheaper online retailers of K-beauty goods.
Effects are a toughie with moisturisers, as you honestly can’t expect a miracle product. You have to go in knowing exactly what you want from them – and as I said before, my goals don’t ask for much. The All-in-One cream was more than sufficiently able to bind moisture into my skin without being greasy, overpowering, or causing any pilling. Despite it being summer and hot as hell, I had no problems with the slightly heavier and thicker texture – I tend to favour gel creams in hotter weather as sometimes heavy creams become too much and break me out.
My dry, dehydrated skin has been smooth, supple and soft throughout the testing period with this cream, and I’m impressed with how well it works with my skin. True to the nature of the cream, I tested minimal essence/serum steps for about a month of use with it, and my skin never felt dry, nor did an excess of redness show up (I always have some, it’s part of the way my skin is, but if I have dehydration, it gets to the sort of red where people seem to enjoy telling me how red I am).
Who would I recommend this cream to? I think it’s a great starter for those who are interested in getting into K-beauty without spending a ton on a huge amount of steps, and having to test them all out – with the potential that not all products work for all skins. A moisturiser is a relatively safe bet and should be a staple part of any beginner routine along with cleanser, toner, and sunscreen. With that lineup, you can build on from there any way you please – but I think this is a great way to start and to get into a brand, if not a skincare ‘lifestyle’.
Thank you to Koss for the opportunity to try this product. All opinions stated in this review are my own. To learn more about Koss and their philosophy and product range, visit their website.