If you like nature, republics, and fresh vegetables, you are in the right place. I should probably apologize for my tiny hiatus–I had a friend visiting and have been super busy with other stuff. But hey, here I am. With a bunch of new shit to review. With my friend here, a trip to LA’s Santee Alley in the fashion district was inevitable. But what I totally forgot until I stumbled upon it was the Nature Republic store. I first learned about it from Maizy, but it totally slipped my mind. AND THERE IT WAS IN ALL ITS GLORY.
Pardon the shitty phone pic. It’s seriously just tucked away in the alley, hidden from all the world except the cheap fashion hoarders and vendors and tourists. The manager told me that a handful of other LA locations are coming soon, which is awesome. The closest one to me will be in Koreatown… which I’m honestly a bit surprised didn’t have the first store. But I digress.
Anyway, as you can imagine, I had the most fun ever. Whenever I go to Santee Alley I usually load up on clothes but this time… this time I only got one blouse and bracelet, some knockoff makeup and NATURE REPUBLIC. Thus far I’m digging all the products I chose, but for this review I’m going to focus on the Nature Republic Fresh Vegetable Pack.
The Fresh Vegetable Pack is literally a tub of gel. Not something I’d typically go for, but after frying at the beach for three days in the row, the salesperson said it’d be good for my sunburn. And at only ~$10 USD for 300ml, why not? I can always go for a hydrating mask. Always.
From Nature Republic:
Wash-off type vegetable pack that provides nutrition and moisture to the skin with fresh vegetable water.
HOW TO USE :
After washing your face and towel drying the skin, apply an appropriate amount onto your skin (avoiding skin areas near eyes and mouth). Leave it on for 10-15 minutes until the pack gets dry. Then, wash off with lukewarm water.
Organic vegetables extract(6,000mg) / Contains organic vegetables with rich and fresh nutrition
(Western rapeseed, broccoli, bell pepper, tomato, cabbage, carrots, celery, turnips, chicory, potatoes)
Obviously there are more ingredients but I’m way too lazy to squint at the container to type them out. You can get a peek at them on one of the photos above. If you REALLY want to know all the details, bother me and I’ll take a full-ingredient photo. If you ask nicely.
Radioactive gel. Not really though–just the container is green, the gel itself is clear and gel-ly.
After dragging my thumb lightly across the surface to show a bit more of the consistency.
On my hand, clear as can be. And you may be wondering, ew, a vegetable pack? Does it smell like asparagus? Please God no. But alas, those who hunt for asparagus-smelling facial treatments are in for a massive disappointment. It actually smells like grapefruit. Like, a lot. A citrus-y punch right to your nose. Maybe in South Korea the grapefruit is considered a vegetable. Maybe they just realized people didn’t want to use something that smelled like green beans and just drew a fragrance from a hat. The world may never know.
A little goes a long way with this product–the amount on my hand was more than enough to cover my entire face. The consistency is gel, obviously, and it smoothes easily onto the skin. You leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and it’ll start to dry and get a tacky texture. Then you wash it off. Simple.
This mask, aside from nourishing and hydrating your skin, doesn’t promise a whole lot. No pore minimization, no fancy anti-wrinkle magic, no overnight miracles. But it does what it’s meant to do, and it does it well. After leaving this pack on my face for ~15 minutes, it easily washed off and left my skin feeling fresh, hydrated, tighter and glowing. No gross residue or oily aftermath. It definitely helped soothe my sunburn as well, so that’s a definite plus for a Pale Polly like me. This mask doesn’t need to be used daily, but I’d say maybe twice a week, or whenever you need a little pick-me-up.
Pros: Loaded with vegetable stuff, soothing, hydrating, smells good, affordable.
Cons: Doesn’t do much apart from hydrating, but it feels nice, so whatever.
Final Verdict: I’m a fan, and with that price, you can’t really go wrong. If you’re interested in testing it out, you can find it at a Nature Republic store for around ten bucks. You can also find it for a slightly higher price on Amazon, eBay or random Asian eCommerce sites.