Friday, 5 August 2016

Review: Sidmool Madagascar Centella Asiatica Skin (마다가스카르 병풀 스킨)

This turned out to be one of my most disappointing purchases to date - though admittedly, I probably had my hopes pinned a little high so take this review as 50% disappointment in Sidmool and 50% disappointment that Centella asiatica does f**k all.

What is it?
This product is a “skin” aka lotion, which is applied as the first step in a skincare routine. It has the viscosity of water, absorbs quickly and has no detectable smell.

It’s packaged in a clear plastic pump bottle. I appreciated the hygienic and convenient design at first, but it turned out to be a pain in the ass because the remaining product is difficult to dispense.

Centella Asiatica Extract (97%) - anti-inflammatory, increases production of collagen
Butylene Glycol - humectant
Asiatic Acid
Madecassic Acid
Madecassoside - these four ingredients make “Centella asiatica extract powder”, the highly enriched active ingredient in this product. Riiiight.
Allantoin - anti-irritant
Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (liquorice root extract) - anti-inflammatory, brightening
Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract (Peony root extract)
Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract - according to the product info page, these last two ingredients are added to stabilise the product. I should probably be more concerned about the lack of preservatives but as I’m nearing the end of the bottle… naah.


Thankfully the ingredients list lends itself to a short review because the product was an utter disappointment.

I first started using this in March and took pictures of my face every week to document my progress. It literally did nothing: didn’t reduce or calm breakouts, didn’t improve my skintone. I suppose I can be grateful that it didn’t cause breakouts, right?

Price: W14,800 (150ml)
Bottle lasts around 5 months

Where to buy Sidmool products:
Sidmool products are rather difficult to acquire. (Y’know, should this glowing review have inspired a spending spree.) One option is to order through the website - which all in Hangul. (I somehow made it all the way to the order page but the card payment failed) Another - and much easier - option is to order from Sidmool’s official G-market mini-shop and ship it over (using a service like Avecko, which is what I did).

I’d love to know if anyone has had any success with Centella Asiatica!


  1. Thank you for this review. I first became interested in Centella Asiatica in December last year, then in January I tried Centella Asiatica toner by Sidmool and my experience with it is the same as yours. I can't tell that it did anything positive for my skin. My acne scars are getting a bit smaller, but that may very well be as a result of using several good skin products. I just updated my post on Centella Asiatica and I included a link to your post in the end. I am still interested in trying Centella Asiatica products but not only skin care products but also the actual herb in capsule form. But I will not be repurchasing the toner by Sidmool.I wish skin care companies could make it clear what we can expect from various products. Perhaps Centella Asiatica is like the Sulwhasoo's activating serum ( I have not used it yet) but it is said to activate all other products one uses. Perhaps Centella Asiatica improves blood circulation and in that way it makes all other products work better? I don't know. My experience with Centella Asiatica is similar to my experience with Galactomyces. I did not see or feel any positive effect. Yet, my skin was getting better but I couldn't tell that it was the Galactomices that worked.

    1. That Sidmool Centella is simply a hydrating toner type. It's not an activating serum, first essence or anything special. Centella is widely used in Korean skincare because it is anti-inflammatory and calming, making it suitable for sensitive or acne-prone skin.

      If you have different skin type, you might not see a pronounced effect from using centella-based products. If you're interested in toners, Japanese ones (often referred to as lotion) are much better value for money.