In my Japanese Brand Profile series, I have written about Kao Sofina‘s Beauté and (the now discontinued) Hada.ka skincare lines. Today, in my Stash Debut 2012 series, I will be talking about another skincare line from Sofina, Sofina Jenne, and I will be reviewing Sofina Jenne Trial Set (Moist Type), my first purchase from Sofina Jenne (mainly to try the popular Jelly Moisturizer, one of the best-selling products from Sofina).
Sofina Jenne was launched in Japan in September 2010. Its target consumers are those in their twenties. (I assume that the discontinued Sofina Hada.ka (which was targeted at those in their twenties as well) was replaced by Sofina Jenne.) The products are designed to deal with moisture loss due to unstable skin conditions and they are created to leave a non-greasy feel on the skin.
The key ingredients in Sofina Jenne are two forms of ceramides: cetyl-PG hydroxyethyl palmitamide and bis-methoxypropylamido isodocosane. They are claimed to have superior penetration into the skin to combat dryness and help the skin retain moisture.
The Sofina Jenne skincare routine aims to be simple and straightforward. Currently, the line features:
- one makeup remover (Makeup Cleansing Liquid)
- one face wash (Milky Cleanser)
- two toners (Lotion I (for oilier skin) & II (for drier skin))
- one nighttime moisturizer (Jelly Moisturizer, the key product in the line)
- three daytime moisturizers (Day Protector I SPF 24 PA+++ (for oilier skin), Day Protector II SPF 24 PA+++ (for drier skin), and Day Protector SPF 50 PA+++)
The line’s packaging features lace motifs, which echo the delicate feel and the translucent look of the skin that the products are designed to achieve.
Two 2-Week Trial Sets (launched in fall 2011) are available. The Fresh Type (for oilier skin) includes Toner I (30ml), Jelly Moisturizer (10g), and Day Protector I SPF 24 PA+++ (8g). The Moist Type (for drier skin) includes Toner II (30ml), Jelly Moisturizer (10g), and Day Protector II SPF 24 PA+++ (8g). I decided to try the Moist Type mainly because Lotion I contains oil-absorbing powder, which tends not to work well for my skin.
Lotion II is an alcohol-free toner designed for drier skin. It contains moisturizing agents such as glycerin, dipropylene glycol, diglycol guanidine succinate, betaine, butylene glycol, pullulan, and amidinoproline. Pullulan also functions as an antioxidant. It contains fragrance (parfum).
It has a slightly emollient feel on the skin. It does leave the skin moist and conditioned, but it feels slightly filmy on my skin and I think it could be absorbed a little better.
(For your reference, Lotion I is also alcohol-free.)
Jelly Moisturizer is the key product from Sofina Jenne. This alcohol-free moisturizer contains moisturizing ingredients such as glycerin, glyceryl behenate, cetyl alcohol, polyperfluoromethylisopropyl ether, butylene glycol, hydroxyethyl isostearyloxy isopropanolamine, glutamic acid, and cholesterol (which is part of the extracellular lipid matrix of the outermost layer of the skin). It contains fragrance (parfum).
It contains cetyl-PG hydroxyethyl palmitamide (the ceramide ingredient).
One ingredient that may cause concern is eucalyptus globulus leaf extract. It has antibacterial properties, but it can also cause irritation. It is second to last on the ingredient list and the small amount of it doesn’t seem to irritate my skin.
The product has a gel consistency and spreads very easily. It is absorbed well and doesn’t leave a filmy feel on the skin. Very often, moisturizers with a gel consistency are not moisturizing enough for my oily-dry skin and can leave my skin tight, but Jelly Moisturizer does a fairly good job at creating lasting moisture for my skin. I also enjoy the very light and soothing floral-fruity scent of the product.
(Even though it works fairly well for me, I still prefer Olay’s Essentials Complete Care Night Cream, which is more soothing for my skin.)
Day Protector II SPF 24 PA+++ contains ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate to protect against UVB rays and zinc oxide and diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate to protect against UVA rays. (Note that diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate is an approved sunscreen ingredient in the EU, Mexico, South America, Japan, and Taiwan.) Zinc oxide also functions as an anti-irritant.
It contains moisturizing agents such as butylene glycol, glycerin, isotridecyl isononanoate, and cholesterol/octyldodecyl lauroyl glutamate. It is paraben-free.
It features cetyl-PG hydroxyethyl palmitamide and bis-methoxypropylamido isodocosane (the ceramide ingredients).
It contains alcohol (in the first half of the ingredient list) and fragrance (parfum).
Apart from alcohol, two ingredients that can cause concern are eucalyptus globulus leaf extract (second to last on the ingredient list) and rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract (fifth to last). Rosemary leaf extract can have antioxidant efficacy, but its fragrant components can cause skin irritation.
It has a sightly thick consistency and it takes a little time to spread. It leaves a bit of whiteness on the skin but it doesn’t look unnatural on my light-to-medium skin tone. What doesn’t appeal to me is the shiny finish.
Among the three products in the Trial Set, Lotion II has the best formulation and it should work fairly well for those with drier skin types. Relatively decently formulated, Jelly Moisturizer suits me the most and it should appeal to many skin types, including normal, slightly dry, slightly oily, and oily skin. (But beware of the small amount of eucalyptus globulus leaf extract.) Even though the consistency of Day Protector II should suit those with drier skin, I wouldn’t recommend it due to its slightly large amount of alcohol.
(Some ingredient information is based on Paula Begoun’s Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary.)