Scinic Honey All In One Ampoule

Y'all, I'm trying to finish the Vitamin C post, I swear.  I just get so drained working on it, I burn out and pretend I don't have a blog for a couple of days before repeating.  It's actually ~80% done, if that's any consolation.  Also, I got SnapChat now, and I post some DIY stuff on there.  My handle on there is "theonetruesnail" if anyone wants to follow along.  I've been posting on Instagram a lot, if anyone wants to follow me on there too.  I'm also revising how I review products, and am in the process of going back and standardizing my old reviews.  Today though, I'll be reviewing something I'm pretty excited about, the Scinic Honey All-In-One Ampoule that I got from my first Avecko order.

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321 g
Contains 90% Honey Extract!  Scinic Honey All in One Ampoule makes your skin moist and soft with honey extract.

Scinic has been around for a while, but doesn't get as much buzz as say, the typical roadhouse brands like Missha, Etude House, or Innisfree.  This is my first product from them, and I can't wait to try more.

Price: ($$)

This seriously cannot be beat.  250 ml of product, and it goes for around $10-12.  I've seen it sold on eBay for anywhere from $18-24, which isn't too bad if you're just looking to buy 1-2 items.  I paid a total of around $18 for it, after Avecko's handling fee and shipping, which makes it about $0.07/ml.  Soooo affordable, so much lovely, yummy product.  [5/5]


Honey Extract, Glycerin, Water, Niacinamide, Royal Jelly Extract, Propolis Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer(1), PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine(2)(4), Caramel, Adenosine, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol

  • Potential acne triggers are listed in red.
  • Potential irritation triggers are listed in orange.
  • Potentially hazardous ingredients are listed in purple.  (Note:  this is according to the rating system on CosDNA, which rates them according to reports from CIR, RTECS, and the FDA on if these ingredients could be harmful with long term usage to the skin, cells, or human body.)
A general rule I read about when I got into DIY (particularly, DIYing dupes) and skincare ingredients was to assume that after the first 5 ingredients, everything else listed is 1% or less.  This isn't a hard rule, but it's a pretty good starting point.  This makes this ampoule even more attractive, as its first 5 ingredients are 90% Honey Extract (moisturizing), Glycerin (humectant), Water (solvent), Niacinamide (brightening, moisture barrier, ceramides, acne, collagen, and so much more), and Royal Jelly Extract (high in Vit B, anti-inflammatory).  It has some popular hanbang extracts like Licorice Root (11th, brightening) and Scutellaria Baicalensis (9th, antioxidant, anti-irritant).  There are more lower down on the list, which also contribute some antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Other notable, although probably in too low of concentration to matter, ingredients are Fermented Soybean (antioxidant), Green Tea Leaf Extract (anti-inflammatory, antioxidant), Centella Asiatica Extract (anti-inflammatory), Hydrolyzed Silk (moisturizing), and Adenosine.  If you're a Bio kid, Adenosine is the A in ATP, and something you really only hear about during photosynthesis/cellular respiration week.  As a drug, it is used as a cardiac depressant and vasodilator.  For cosmetic purposes though, Paula's Choice, known for being quite conservative in ingredient claims, considers it a cell-communicating ingredient with anti-inflammatory properties.  Some other sites claim it's an anti-wrinkle superstar, and there are some studies indicating its potential as an effective anti-aging ingredient.  From what I've found, it's effective at 0.1%, so that's great news even when it's low in an ingredients list.

This does not contain alcohol, and seems pretty clean from the CosDNA sweep.  Carbomer (thickener) and Triethanolamine (pH adjuster) are very commonly used in skincare products, and have studies backing their safety at the typical concentrations used.  It does contain fragrance, although I definitely don't find it overwhelming.  It smells like real honey, straight from the jar.

Let's face it:  this is a dupe of Shara Shara's Honey Bomb All In One Ampoule.  After shipping and everything, it's still less than half the price of it, but how does it compare?  Well, I sent 50 Shades of Snail a decant of this to try, and hopefully she'll do a post on its performance vs. the Shara Shara, but let's look at the difference in ingredients. 

Scinic Honey All-In-One Ampoule Shara Shara Honey Bomb All-In-One Ampoule
Honey Extract (90%) Water
Glycerin Glycerin
Water Butylene Glycol
Niacinamide Niacinamide
Royal Jelly Extract Diglycerin
Propolis Extract Betaine
Centella Asiatica Extract Pentylene Glycol
Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract Polyquaternium-51
Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract Piper Methylsticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract Phellinus Linteus Extract
Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract Arctium Lappa Root Extract
Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract Honey Extract
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract Royal Jelly Extract
Hydrolyzed Silk Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract
Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract Propolis Extract
Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract Centella Asiatica Extract
Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract Houttuynia Cordata Extract
Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract Portulaca Oleracea Extract
Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract Pueraria Thunbergiana Root Extract
Portulaca Oleracea Extract Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract
Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract
Hydroxyethylcellulose Cnidium Officinale Root Extract
Carbomer PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil Bambusa Vulgaris Water
Triethanolamine Hamamelis Virginiana Flower Water
Caramel Soluble Collagen
Adenosine Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
Xanthan Gum Hydrogenated Lecithin
Disodium EDTA Sodium Hyaluronate
1,2-Hexanediol Glycosyl Trehalose
Caprylyl Glycol Hydrogenated Starch
Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract Hydrolysate
Fragrance Carbomer
Phenoxyethanol Triethanolamine
Xanthan Gum
Glyceryl Polymethacrylate
Disodium EDTA
Sodium Polyacrylate
PVM/MA Copolymer
Propylene Glycol
Acacia Senegal Gum
Folic Acid
Ceramide 3
Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4

The Shara Shara has a much longer ingredients list, with some pretty snazzy ingredients in there (Ceramide 3, Cholesterol, Hyaluronic Acid, etc).  However, you have to keep in mind that with such a long list, many of the ingredients in there are so miniscule, it hardly matters how impressive they sound, they're just padding at a certain point.  I can say the same for Scinic actually, but I know it contains 90% Honey extract as the first ingredient (vs 12th on Shara Shara!), and its top ingredients are much more impressive.  [5/5]


How Long Have I Been Using This?
Every night for just over a month now.

Product Claims:
Moistens and softens skin.

Such modest claims.  It definitely satisfies them though.  This is my Tretinoin warrior.  My allergies have returned after a decade long break, and they've returned with a vengeance.  Combine that with Tretinoin, and I'm a flaky mess all over againIn comes this amazing ampoule that's been keeping my flakes at bay, regardless of which other products I use with it.  I notice when I swap out a different ampoule (which only happened once, to test), I was flaky all over my chin area within a couple of hours.  This is also pretty soothing and calming in general.  If I get a little stressed and start picking at my skin, some of this dabbed on helps so much with healing.

Snapchat Ponderings...

I've only used this product as an ampoule so far, so I can't speak for its multitasking abilities.  I've heard people layering it over their creams as a sleeping pack, or slathering it on as a hydrating, wash off pack.  Labelled as an "All-In-One," it is suppose to be used in place of your Toner, Serum, and Moisturizer, reducing quite a few steps.  To that I say:  HA!  Good luck taking my steps away from me.  My preciousesssssss...  I recently snagged some LJH Vita Propolis Ampoules off of BonjourHK, and have been mixing a drop of that into my Scinic every night.  It doesn't affect consistency, and it's too early to tell if it's actually doing anything new.

Yikes, over contrasted.  But some products that you might have already for scale.  Especially the Banana Sleeping Pack.

This comes packaged in a jar with a screw on lid, much like a jar of jelly.  It has a large spatula that's perfect for scooping skincare - I use it for everything in my routine.  I think I have to actually take points off on the packaging though, because it's seriously scary sometimes when handling it.  50 Shades of Snail has the Shara Shara AIO, which is the same type of packaging, and she recently dumped like half of it on accident.  I almost did the same the other day, but caught it in time.  The ampoule is a good consistency:  a watery gel that dries quickly and isn't sticky.  It is amber colored, which I'm guessing is actually where the "caramel" in the ingredients list comes in.  I have its Snail AIO brother, and that sucker is clear.  The smell is actually like real honey.  I feel like I should be drizzling it on my toast, and my hubby almost had a mishap in the kitchen when I brought it down to decant for some friends.

This is ALL that is needed.

Quite a lot.

I know it says 250 ml, but you really don't appreciate how much is there though until you use it.  I dip the spatula in about an inch, lift it straight up, and that's all I use.  It doesn't look like much, but it would probably be more than a dropper full, compared to other serums.  And it just does. Not. Make. A. Dent. In this stuff.  Goodness, I love a good bargain, but this?  It works well, it's in a cute packaging, it has great ingredients, it's cheap, and there's so much of it.  So perfect.  [4.5/5]

Personal View:

I want to say I would repurchase it, but I'd have to run out of it first.  That won't happen anytime soon, even with the rate that I'm decanting it to entice everyone I know.  I definitely recommend this to everyone.  It would work for everyone - dry skin, oily skin, every skin in between.  What a great product.  [5/5]


The Good: A LOT of product, inexpensive, great ingredients list, works as advertised

The Bad:  Packaging can spill easily
  • Price:  5/5
  • Ingredients:  5/5
  • Performance:  4.5/5
  • Personal View:  5/5
  • Average:  4.88/5

Where to Buy:

 Want some for yourself?  You can get this through Avecko, Gmarket, 11st, or eBay.  If you want to try the Shara Shara Honey Bomb to compare, you can snag that from GlowRecipe (US Shipping!), where you can get $5 off your first order.

DIY Week is next!


  1. Sounds lovely. I'm liking honey everything just because smells. Looking forward to DIY week!

  2. I just came accross this post on the AB subreddit regarding Korean vs US ingredient lis ordering -> ( Do you have any thoughts on that?

    Basically, you can't really judge a Korean product by it's "top" ingredients. In light of that - I really wonder how it compares to the Shara Shara one! I've been eying it for a little while, so this was a really interesting review!

  3. Thank you for your comment! I've read that post - it's a great one! I love Fanserviced-B.

    If you look at the ingredients she talks about though, the top products rarely change. It's after ingredient 4 or 5 that the shuffle starts (and where we assume ingredients drop to 1% or less). This product also states it is 90% honey extract right on the box, which is way more appealing to me than where Shara Shara has it on their ingredients list, which makes it sound like it's a couple of drops at most. :)

  4. I know, it's like Year of the Bees!

  5. True, but 90% honey extract doesn't mean 90% honey.. that extract compound could be a much smaller % of honey, since they aren't required to break up the compounds into all their parts, right?

    Also, the Shara Shara claims to use Manuka honey, which is probably the best strain of honey available. (Not trying to argue the Shara Shara is *better* - I can't make up my mind which one to get!)

  6. I'm so happy you wrote this because I use the AIO from SS, and it's a lot more expensive than I'd like...I'm digging the ingredients and price-point, so this will probably be my new purchase after the SS runs out (which will be awhile still, but isn't it rad both are ginormous?? <33)

  7. I had a hard time deciding between this and Shara 's but ultimately chose this. I agree with everything you said, I love it! I may look into decanting it as well, the thought had occurred to me that it would stink to spill it....

  8. That's definitely a HUGE plus for these two, regardless of which you get. They have SO much product that even the Shara Shara is still worth the price point, because they last foreeeeeeeeever. I do love me my Scinic though. :D

  9. It didn't even occur to me to decant it. I don't know why, I even have airless pump bottles sitting RIGHT NEXT TO IT on my shelf! XD

  10. Is there a strong honey smell? I know honey is amazing but the smell (such as the Manuka honey mask Innisfree) makes me gag..