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Looking for a more refreshing ampoule for summer, I turned to celimax’s The Real Noni Energy Ampule and Masks. I’ve heard they work well on dry skin and I had high hopes they’d work on mine!
I’d never heard of this fruit until celimax launched products containing it. It looks similar to sugar apple (annona squamosa) with its bumpy, pale green, caterpillar-like appearance and large seeds. Native to shady forests and the rocky and sandy shores of Southeast Asia and Australasia, noni (morinda citrifolia) is a bitter, strong-smelling fruit eaten locally as a staple food. The pungent smell of the fresh fruit has earned it the nicknames of cheese fruit and vomit fruit – yuck! Despite its notorious smell, noni provides multiple vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, B3 (niacin) and C, iron, potassium, calcium and sodium.
Ingredients: Morinda Citrifolia Fruit Extract (71.77%), Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Morinda Citrifolia Seed Oil (1 ppm), Ceramide NP, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Squalane, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Dextrin, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, C12-13 Pareth-9, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Water, Allantoin, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin
Tailored for dry, dull and aging skin, this ampoule contains as much as 71.77% antioxidant-rich noni fruit extract alongside rosemary oil to soothe and revitalize skin.
The plastic bottle was smaller than I expected. It features a push-button on top of the dropper instead of the standard squeezable applicator common for most serums. A clicking sound can be heard when the cap is properly sealed.
The ampoule boasts a refreshing, photogenic lime green coming from the fruit’s natural color. It has tiny bubbles in it and looks a bit goopy.
How I felt:
My first and strongest impression of the ampoule was its smell. I thought it’d be masked by a floral fragrance, but all I could smell was a camphor-like scent. I was really surprised when I couldn’t find camphor on the ingredient list. Don’t worry, it’s a pleasant smell that just reminds me of the camphor ointment my grandma used to apply to ease nasal congestion. It also felt minty (but not overwhelmingly so) on skin. Those who love minty skin care will love this.
The ampoule might look viscous, but it’s easily absorbed by my skin. After I apply one whole pump on my face, and spread and pat it for five seconds, it’s usually gone! It may not be the most hydrating, but at least it doesn’t feel sticky.
Ingredients: Morinda Citrifolia Fruit Extract (71.77%), Water, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dextrim, Squalene, Caramel, Capylic/ Capric Triglycerdie, Ceramide NP, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Adenosine, Trehalose, Panthenol, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Carbomer, Arginine, Polyglyceryl-1o Laurate, Ethylhexylglyerin, Disodium EDTA
Also suited for dry, dull and aging skin, the spandex mask is rich in noni fruit extract and hyaluronic acid to recharge and moisturize skin.
When I took the mask out from the sachet, I was surprised that it didn’t drip. But then I saw that plenty of sorbet-like gel had remained inside the sachet. I learned later from the brand’s description that I should “massage” the mask first before opening the sachet so the gel can spread evenly on the mask.
How I felt:
The mask’s fit is just right, and I have no complaints about its adherence or breathability. I was also glad that it didn’t drip.
At first, I slathered on the leftover gel after applying the mask. In later trials though, I learned to use it separately as a mask pack. The gel has the same scent and minty feel as the ampoule, but it’s thicker. It’s a little harder to absorb than the ampoule, but just like other jelly masks, it’ll eventually sink in if you keep tapping.
I didn’t fall immediately in love with these two products, but after trying the mask for a few more times, my skin began to feel healthier and more resilient. I also feel like it’d be a nice treat after a hot and sweaty summer day.
As for the ampoule, I like how it refreshes my skin, but I expected more from an ampoule – this one just didn’t do enough for me. With that being said, if you have oily skin and prefer a minty, refreshing ampoule, give it a go!