Review: Skinfood Royal Honey Hydro Cream 스킨푸드 로열허니 스분 크림 리뷰

The Skinfood Royal Honey Hydro Cream has been a saviour for my skin during the Australian winter time. But today successfully signifies the beginning spring.... and impending hayfever..

Anyways, today I will be reviewing the Royal Honey Hydro Cream in collaboration with ibuybeauti's Beautifan team where we aim to give you our honest opinions on Korean beauty products.

Let's go!

This review was posted after using it religiously for 2 and a half weeks.


A hydrating treatment cream with royal black honey and royal jelly extracts that replenishes moisture and transforms skin into a nice honey-glazed complexion. 

Royal Black Honey

Royal Black Honey is natural raw black honey from South Asian forests, one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Royal Black Honey enriches with a myriad of nutrients that are amazingly good for the skin. (taken from the skinfood website)


After your essence or emulsion, scoop the desired amount and apply to your skin. Apply more on areas prone to dryness if you prefer. I personally use it after my toner. This moisturiser is also possible to be used as a sleeping pack due to its’ “non-sticky” texture.

Net weight:



$26.99 at ibuybeauti

The Skinfood Royal Honey skincare line includes an ample, toner, eye cream, essence, emulsion and cream. If you like using honey as a base of your skincare routine, try looking at the line to find the product best suited to your needs. The Royal Honey makeup base line also exists to express the glowy makeup effect to reflect naturally hydrated skin.


Water, butylene glycol, cyclopentasiloxane, honey extract, glycerine, octydodecyl, myristate, glucose, hydroxyethyl urea, phyosteryubehenyu/octyldodecyl lauroyl glutamate, royal jelly extract, BIS-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, dimethiconol, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, beta-glucan, hydrolyzed viola tricolor extract, triethanolamine, yeast extract, carbomer, disodium edta, natto gum, tocopheryl acetate, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, alcohol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cosdium hyaluronate, hydrogenated lecithin, creatine, glycerophosphocholine, mannitol, sucrose laurate, ceramide 3, lyso lecithin, sodium, ascorbyl phosphate, methyparaben, phenoxyethanol, CI 19140, CI15985, parfum

I know many are very doubtful with parabens so I decided to look at methylparaben. According to CosDNA, it is a preservative with microbacterial properties, not irritating at all! Other ingredients do not appear to be harmful which is good, apart from triethanolamine that has a comedogenic rating of 2. That means it has a tendency to block the pores, forming blackheads. Natto gum is the ingredient that produces the “film” on the skin after application, something that I will talk about further along the review. There are a lot of emollients, normally found in moisturising creams. 


For a honey-based cream, it applies incredibly smoothly. It feels extremely light on the skin but is hydrating enough for the winter time, which makes it versatile to use throughout all four seasons! However, this depends on how much you use. If you apply it a lot of the product as a sleeping mask, it will feel extremely sticky and uncomfortable due to the “film/barrier” that is left. It reminds me of the Laneige Sleeping Pack but that absorbs faster than this Royal Honey Hydro Cream. I don’t mind the stickiness because you get glowy, moisturised skin the next day. I actually prefer this over the Laneige Sleeping Pack.

applied as sleeping pack


 Skinfood, along with Etude House, has very intricate packaging to match the star ingredient of the product. To symbolise honey, Skinfood has very smartly added an additional bee symbol on the top of the twist off cap. 

The entire jar is coloured in yellow/gold, just like the colour of pure honey. The labels are “laminated” to keep them from peeling off upon contact with water, which annoys me when I use my skincare products in the bathroom. The back and bottom labels can be opened to reveal the ingredients list, description and application directions.

Expires two years after manufacturing date

 A cute addition to the otherwise plain jar is a small tag of a bee and information on the product in Korean. It is attached to an elastic band (that looks like a hairband) which you can take off, put on etc. 

However, the jar is made of heavy glass making it impractical to bring when you travel because it will be prone to breaking. But that can be easily fixed by transferring product into a small container, which I will do when I fly to Seoul soon! Otherwise, I do enjoy the glass packaging because it gives off the feel of an expensive and high quality product. It also looks pretty on my table.

Some people might complain about the lack of a spatula to keep the product clean from dirty fingers. I usually wash my hands before applying my moisturiser.


Rather than looking like actual honey, the product is an off-white yellow colour.


 It feels exactly like soft jelly which allows the product to absorb quickly into the skin, while leaving a moisture barrier to give off the “glowy” after effect.

It is a watery type of cream, but does not quickly absorb fully. Most of the product blends into the skin but a “moisture barrier” is left on top of the skin. The water-based cream applies like a breeze. 

 Royal honey is characterised to be able to provide immense moisture, trapping nutrients into the skin. It is also said to promote elasticity of the skin, tightening and firming. 

Even though it is advertised as “non-sticky”, I do not completely agree with it. It isn’t entirely uncomfortable on the skin and mostly absorbs well into the skin, but the “glowy” after effect generated by the formula makes it slightly sticky.  It will completely absorb within 10 minutes if you apply it lightly. A small 5 cent coin size is enough for my skin.


The best way to describe this would be a floral sweet scent. It does not smell like honey, it definitely smells more “perfumed” than organic honey. However the balance of sweet and floral harmonises well and I really enjoy applying this product.

General comments:
Cream applied to skin in picture on the right (picture taken after 1 week of use)
 In the beginning, I believe this product broke me out. But as I persevered, I discovered that it stopped. Some skincare products might initially result in break outs which is why I stress that you have to keep testing it to discover if it really is not working for your skin.

 This cream will be great before you apply your base makeup as it can keep your face glowy like your favourite Korean entertainment star! It creates a lovely moisture barrier, locking in hydration (in turn minimising dry patches) and alternatively allowing your makeup to last longer. The slight stickiness, which gets completely absorbed after a while, can act as a firm to enable your makeup to adhere better to your skin. 

 Do I recommend it?

It works very well in moisturising my skin and consequently my dry patches have improved immensely. I do recommend this! But not if you want something light like a lotion.

Good for normal, dry, sensitive and combination skin.

This review was posted on Beautifan around two weeks ago and I only got time to post it on my blog now. I apologise for the delay.

What do you think of this cream? Have you tried it before? 

Feel free to ask any questions if needed.

Until next time, annyeong~

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*review was written as part of beautifan, a venture that gives you honest reviews on korean beauty products