Weekly Dud: Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Essence Review

The Intro: Feel free to skip if this isn’t your first rodeo

This isn’t the first time I’ve spoken about dud products. I made a #weekofduds post on my instagram about this product and others that I tout as being:

Products I bought because I thought they would work well and I wanted them to work well but in the end they didn’t.

I’ve seen many an unliked or unloved product get advertised as being terrible, awful and worth less than nothing. Now I’m sure there are some products out there that are formulated terribly for human skin, but I tend to side more with the group that says hey, not every ingredient or formulation will work for every single person #reality. Some ingredients do well for dry skin, others do well for those with cystic acne and some may only target blackheads. I think simply adding “YMMV” (your mileage may vary) at the end of a post without some thought as to why it worked well or didn’t for you is not useful. That’s why I have my profile on my side bar, but I will try to ensure I put my skin type and concerns in review posts from here on out. Reading a glowing review without knowledge of a person’ s skin type, issues or sensitives may find you buying a product that won’t work for you at all. Which is what I’ve done many times over. Now I’m a little more cognizant of ingredients…. but its pretty evident from my Instagram that packaging lures me in strongly as well.

My skin type

  • Dry Skin
  • Non- Sensitive (literally have not reacted to hundreds of products over the course of my lifetime)
  • Concerns
    • blackheads around the chin and on nose
    • The occasional pimple
    • inhibiting wrinkle formation
    • preventing cancer
    • not having enough shelving for all these bottles

Why did I buy this?

For the Packaging



just look at it. omg.

just look at it. omg.

Maybe some of the product claims were alluring at the time. Taken from Skinfood global

The power of a single drop that enhances skin protection, radiance and moisture! With 50% Black Bee Propolis extract, 20% Royal Jelly extract and 10% Royal Black Honey extract, it keeps sensitive skin healthy! Black Bee Propolis extract, which is a honey essence that keeps skin radiant and moist while protecting it: Propolis extract with strong vitality which was created by black bees. Propolis is a substance that bees create by mixing other botanical ingredients with their saliva and enzymes to protect their hive. After using a toner, take a pearl-sized amount, gently apply on entire face, and allow to absorb.

Not a regular bee regurgitation. But a BLACK BEE regurgitation.

And you won't find any info on the bottle. That would mar the design

And you won’t find any info on the bottle. That would mar the design. Instead the info comes on a little card that is attached with elastic to the neck of the bottle. I’ve since lost that little info card.

Also I had more pimples back in 2015 so I figured maybe propolis would help them heal along with the honey yadda yadda yadda

Manufacture & Expiration dates

Manufacture & Expiration dates

What is in it?

From CosDNA

Ingredient Function Acne Irritant Safety
Propolis Extract

Royal Jelly Extract



0 0
Dipropylene glycol

Butylene Glycol

1 0
Portulaca Oleracea Extract



Disodium EDTA

Sodium Hyaluronate

‧Moisturizer 0 0

‧Viscosity Control

‧Viscosity Control 0 1


I also kind of feel like mentioning here that whenever extract is mentioned in an ingredient, we’re not dealing with 100% concentrations. That propolis extract doesn’t mean that half this dropper bottle is straight propolis. Propolis is made up of bee spit and tree resin, it’s kind of like waxy tree sap if you’ve ever seen how bees use it. This essence is watery, clear and without a tinge of color. I’d wager there isn’t very much propolis in the extract. BUT, they did say it’s 10% honey so they’ve got that going for it.


How did I use this?

On my face between toning and using a lotion, then cream. I used it during the summer of 2015 and for small stints in the fall and winter. But I just gave up on it. But I will say, the packaging is impressive even in use.


  • Texture: Thin watery Gel
  • Scent: none
  • Absorption: pretty fast
  • Effects: ??? Hydration

So after getting through half a bottle what do I think?

It’s just a moisturizing essence. It didn’t help heal any acne whether used all over or as a spot treatment. It didn’t brighten my complexion when used over many weeks. I had no adverse reactions to this product, which is good, however it didn’t do much except add another layer of moisture. It really got me wondering whether or not propolis or royal honey did anything for me. Or maybe it’s as I suspected and the actual concentration of propolis/royal honey is too low for it to show any tangible results.

So who might this work for?

Well, if you’re looking for a generic hydrating essence, this is for you. But it’s around 20 dollars so the price is a bit sassy if you’re looking for hydration. BUT, if you want one of the swaggiest dropper bottles out there. Look no further. And since its a watery essence it should work across the entire range of skin types so long as you have no issues with honey or bee derived products.

I think some of the hardest products to review are the ones that did nothing bad, but also didn’t do anything phenomenal. Maybe I need to come up with a weekly ‘Meh’ or just OK product.




  1. BabyAjumma

    I totally feel the same way about this essence! Just meh…and it made me wonder about propolis in general. Enter LJH vital propolis ampoule my HG which brightens, hydrates, and overall evens out any redness on my face. I don’t need to use it everyday but use it when I want the gwang look under my makeup. It is glorious!

  2. Nicole

    I’m trying this right now. First night, i put it on my jawline & neck and the result was amazing, it feels soft. The next day i put it on my face and when I woke up I have tiny pimples in my cheeks, forehead and chin (which is where my pimples usually are), do you consider it purging? (I research bout glycol, it says it can cause purging)

  3. Bella

    I’ve been using it for 2 weeks now and my skin keeps on having small pimples (it’ll be gone then resurface again) but only on the areas where i usually have acnes. Do you think it’s purging? Or breakout? Do i have to stop using it immediately? I’m confused.

    • Hi Bella! It’s hard to say, but I would definitely try taking a break from using the essence to see how your skin reacts! If it stops getting the bumps then I would assume that there is an ingredient in the essence that is bothering you (so long as it’s the only new product you’ve been using on your skin)

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