Simplistic Skincare Supreme Salve Review – a creamy exfoliatior

On Christmas eve we got the @beautibi reviewers package ⛄⛄⛄the Gentlemask T-tox cleanser and SUPREME salve. I started using the cleanser yesterday and can say the scent is kinda lemony/citrusey and is sorta close to what the su:m37 cleansing balm smells like (at least to me) patch testing the salve atm. 👀👀👀 I’ve seen some familar faces posting these thangs, how you liking them so far? . . . . #beautibi #sponsored #gentlemask #rasianbeauty #asianbeauty #koreanbeauty #koreanskincare #koreancosmetic #kbeauty #instabeautyblogging #instablog #instablogging #instabeautyblog #skincare #skincareroutine #review #쇼핑 #스킨케어 #뷰티 #bblogger #lifestyle #natural #beauty #instabeauty #koreanbeautyblogger #cleanser #salve #natural #naturalcosmetic #naturalmakeup

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In the way back when, meaning December 2016, I and some other reviewers got the Gentle Mask Cleanser along with the Supreme Salve exfoliator from Beautibi.

The Brand

Simplistic Skin care

An Indie brand from South Korea that currently only has 4 products (the salve, cleanser, essence and moisturizer) three of which Beautibi carries.

Tonight, Supreme Salve…. (this is both haunting and poetic)

Simple and functional is how I would describe this brand. Some of their ingredients they use are even EcoCert certified or OTCO certified organic. But enough about the brand, you’re here for the review.

and before we begin

My Skin type

  • Dry Skin
  • Non- Sensitive (literally have not reacted to hundreds of products over the course of my lifetime)
  • Concerns
    • a few pronounced sebaceous filaments on the nose
    • The occasional pimple
    • inhibiting wrinkle formation
    • preventing cancer
    • having smooth bouncy skin

Cha Jangggg

Supreme Salve

Daily Life, and simplistic

This is an exfoliating product in the form of a cream. According to Beautibi:

The Skin Salve is a night time savior, moisturizing and removing dead skin cells overnight. It’s smooth texture is not too heavy and will be a perfect companion through winter. Supreme Salve is a simple solution for skin problems such as skin tone, skin texture, keratin, sebum, pigmentation. The base of the product is Hinoki water, AHA/BHA, Aronia fruit extract, jojoba seed oil and sweet almond oil.

This salve blends Glycolic Acid (AHA) with Betaine Salicylate (BHA) for a 7% concentration of exfoliating acids. Glycolic acid is water soluble, while betaine salicylate is oil soluble so you will get the benefits of clearing out your pores as well as exfoliating the surface of the skin itself. Glycolic acid is also one of the smaller AHAs, allowing it to penetrate more deeply than other larger sized AHAs. This property of Glycolic acid can lead to some irritation especially if you are new to acid exfoliating and/or have more sensitive skin.

Qualities of the product

  • very pale pink in color, almost flesh toned
  • thick cream, but can be layered thin.
  • scent: I pick up something floral/herbal but I am happy to report no fishy odor or burning rubber smell (that can sometimes come from AHAs)
  • pH: now I don’t have a probe for non-liquids but I let it sit on a strip for a few minutes and it’s looking around a pH of 4, which puts it in the functioning range of AHAs & BHAs

cream test on the left, unused strip on the right

Ingredients

Luckily unboxingbeauty uploaded this into CosDNA

Ingredient Function Acne Irritant Safety
Chamaecyparis Obtusa Water

‧Fragrance
‧Plant extract
1
Glycolic Acid

‧Exfoliator
‧Whitening
4
Glycerin

‧Solvent
‧Moisturizer
0 0
2
Water

‧Solvent
1
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride

‧Fragrance
1
Aronia Melanocarpa Fruit Extract

Potassium Hydroxide

‧pH Adjusters
3
Betaine Salicylate

1
Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil

‧Moisturizer
‧Emollient
2 0-2
1
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil

‧Emollient
1
Glyceryl Stearate

‧Emollient
‧Emulsifier
Glyceryl stearate citrate

‧Emollient
‧Emulsifier
1
Beeswax

‧Viscosity Control
‧Emollient
‧Emulsifier
0-2 0-2
1
Dimethicone

‧Emollient 1 0
1
Cetearyl Olivate

‧Emulsifier
1
Polyacrylate-13

2
Sorbitan Olivate

‧Emulsifier
1
Polyglyceryl-3 stearate

‧Emulsifier
1
Allantoin

‧Anti-inflammatory
‧Anti-allergic
0 0
1
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder

1
Centella Asiatica Extract

‧Anti-inflammatory
1
Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract

1
Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract

‧Fragrance
‧Anti-inflammatory
‧Emollient
1
soy isoflavones

‧Antioxidant
1
Butylene Glycol

‧Solvent
‧Moisturizer
1 0
1
Arachidyl alcohol

‧Emollient
1
Behenyl Alcohol

‧Viscosity Control
1
Arachidyl Glucoside

‧Emulsifier
1
Polyisobutene

‧Viscosity Control
1
Glucose

‧Moisturizer
1
Xanthan Gum

‧Viscosity Control
1
Glyceryl caprylate

‧Emollient
‧Emulsifier
1
Polysorbate 20

‧Surfactant
‧Emulsifier
0 0
3
Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Extract

1

The main things I look out for when checking ingredients are:

  • do they list what they claim to have?
    • yup, they have glycolic acid and betaine salicylate
  • do I feel like I’m getting my money’s worth?
    • For myself I know that I should be seeing moisturizers, solvents and emollients, but am I seeing plant extracts that I normally wouldn’t see in the run of the mill skincare?
    • Yes, we got some chokeberry, jojoba oil, aloe, centella, licorice root, soy isoflavones, sweet almond oil and even some bergamot for good measure. (are these is large quantities? probably not, but this product would feel a bit lacking if it didn’t have some swaggy extracts)

My Experience

Like I said earlier, this isn’t really scented or colored (there are no fragrances or dyes in the product) and I had no adverse reactions to using this. But I’ve been trying it out for a few months now and I wanted to give my two-cents on how it works for my dry skin and what it is comparable to.

info slip is informative #notreally

How I used it

  • I used it in the actives step of my routine
    • This means I use it after cleansing + vitamin C but before any other steps
    • The Salve this way works the strongest, but due to it’s somewhat occlusive nature doesn’t help my other watery layers any
  • I used it as an exfoliating cream, both with cream and without
    • I think that if you’re dry skinned like me you will probably want to layer a cream on top of this. But if you do not have dry skin you probably won’t need a cream as this salve is just a touch oily/rich in my opinion
  • I used it in place of a lotion/emulsion
    • This means I layered a cream on top, but still used my essences/ampoules/serums underneath it.
    • I still found that I got the exfoliating/smoothing effect the next day no problem, but it wasn’t as strong as when I used it right after my vitamin C.
  • Frequency
    • Once/twice a week is my usual AHA treatment schedule.
    • for this cream I tried it once a week, but it didn’t seem like it was quite as strong
      • I found that using it a few times a week with days in between was better if you’re looking for some solid exfoliating.
  • What this could replace for me
    • Not really having the budget for Sunday Riley, I’ve mainly subsisted on getting numerous samples of these two products from Sephora (it’s sad, I know)
    • In my experience, I found that this salve really reminds me of the good genes and tidal treatments.
      • They’re all products that resemble lotions/creams/gels that are able to exfoliate. Granted their method of exfoliating is different since the good genes relies more on lactic acid and the Tidal relies on fruit enzymes.
      • I actually preferred the Tidal to good genes. I felt like it just worked better as an exfoliant.
      • I also felt like the supreme salve worked better than good genes and a little bit better than tidal (but due to the fact tidal is a gel it does layer better with other skincare)
      • The price points of these products will also sway my preference
        • Good Genes 30ml -$105
        • Tidal 1.7oz (about 50ml) – $65
        • Simplistic Supreme Salve – $24

Overall

Cha Jangggg

I’ve really enjoyed this product. It has worked well as a uniquely textured exfoliant (being a cream) and is gentle enough to where I can use it multiple times per week if need me. Its 24 dollar price point makes it easy for me to justify a repurchase or even suggest it to friends. And on top of it’s efficacy and reasonable price, can we finish this review and discuss packaging and portability.

  • tubes make using this product more hygienic
  • opaque packaging protects the product
  • creams in tubes generally mean less spills  = this is what you want to take on trips/vacations

If that last bit was enough to peak your curiosity, check this out at Beautibi

And if you’re new to shopping at Beautibi here’s a referral link to save you 5 buckaroos off that sweet sweet salve

Thanks for reading

Cheers

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