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What is it?
Chokeberry aka aronia berry is a shrub plant very common in Europe and North America. There are three kinds of it: red, black and purple. Black chokeberries (Aronia Melanocarpa) has become very popular in cosmetics lately due to its high content of polyphenols, especially anthocyanins. I dedicated this post to polyphenols (click to read).
Black aronia berries possess many benefits to skin and overall health and well-being. Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, immune boosting action and broad spectrum of health benefits are to its super-rich nutritive values including already mentioned polyphenols, vitamins (C, B, K) and minerals (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc). This really makes this little berry true nutritive bomb. No wonder it found its way to skincare laboratories.
And there we have this all-in-one essence, beautifully purple to its natural black aronia colour.
All-in-one essence basically means you don’t need anything else between toner and/or moisturizer. This essence is packed with all good stuff your skin needs of serums, essences, ampules and everything in between. Quick and easy, slap, pat and you’re good to go.
This product is made by Korean skincare company Charmzone NC1 and its brand Labonita specialized in skincare products dedicated to sensitive skin. Here’s what they claim this product to be:
“All-in-one skin essence containing anthocyanin that is effective for cell regeneration and Aronia (100,000ppm) which is an excellent antioxidant property.
All ingredients are EWG Green level.
Formulated without – Fragrance, Mineral Oil, Artificial coloring (natural coloring from aronia)
Functions: Brightening, Wrinkle improving, Moisturizing, Balancing”/Labonita/
This product comes in simple, but elegant 100 ml / 3.38 fl.oz. sturdy plastic bottle with airless pump. Naturally coloured purple, no scent, slightly thicker emulsion texture. Silky and light.
How to use it?
“After washing the face take an appropriate amount of this product and apply it evenly over the skin.”/Labonita/
I usually use it after acid toners, exfoliators and such and then just apply this essence and that’s it. I usually don’t need any moisturizer after. Dry skin types might, though. If it’s a morning skincare, then it’s only sunscreen that comes after this essence.
Water, Aronia Melanocarpa Fruit Extract (100,000 ppm), Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Isononyl Isononanoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Trehalose, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Polyglyceryl – 3 Methylglucose Distearate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Allantoin, Arginine, Xanthan Gum, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA
Lovely! Look how many black chokeberries are squeezed and extracted into this bottle! Very nice. And helping other bunch including niacinamide (vitamin B3) and very interestingly collected, skin healing botanical extracts including bead tree (Melia Azadirachta), Coccinia Indica, eggplant, aloe vera, jojoba, holy basil (Ocimum Sanctum), turmeric, red seaweed (Corallina Officinalis), false daisy (Eclipta Prostrata), and moringa. Impressive. So typically Korean style.
Who is it for?
All skin types, sensitive skin
Does it work?
This was love at first pat. So soothing, so moisturizing, yet not pore clogging. Very light and skin drenching yet no sticky residue. My skin confirms its anti-inflammatory action by losing its red shades in the morning and it does seem like it gets “thicker” and more resilient to exterior aggressors (sun, wind, pollution). The one thing it would not make any difference is to wrinkles. They MFs will remain undisturbed by aronia action. Pardon my French.
In morning skincare routines, I love to mix it with The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone. Oh MY GOD! You should see that skin after this combo. I like to add slightly toned moisturizer with priming action like First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer. Sunscreen on top and you probably won’t need any foundation or bb cream. This will make you glow.
Yes, Labonita Aronia All In One Skin Essence will remain in my skincare collection. All-in-one or not, this one is always a good idea.