Here's another familiar K-beauty name – Kicho! I previously received their Ultra Moisturizing Sun Cream from BNTNews, and it's now found its place in my daily skincare routine, as an alternate sunscreen for lazy, no-makeup days. This time though, I'll be reviewing a different kind of cream from Kicho, which is their Sheep Oil Cream *.
KICHO Sheep Oil Cream
65 ml / 2.2 oz
65 ml / 2.2 oz
KICHO SHEEP OIL CREAMWhat is it? "A cream made from pure lanolin only from New Zealand lamb wool, purified with German technology. Lanolin combined with multi-vitamins from eight types of berries provide comprehensive care for the skin: moisturizing, whitening and anti-oxidizing. Soothes irritation, provides moisture, corrects tone, and firms skin."
Not gonna lie, when I first read the product name, I got a bit freaked out. My initial thought was, "It isn't actually oil made from sheep, is it??" With a bit of research, I learned that this is actually made from lanolin, which is taken from sheep wool, and not actual sheep body parts! Lanolin is soft, yellow, waxy substance secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals, and lanolin used by humans comes from domestic sheep that are raised specifically for their wool. Its purpose is to waterproof and protect the sheep's wool and skin. Because lanolin is very similar to the sebum produced by our own skin, it is used in skincare products for its soothing, moisturizing, and moisture-retention properties.
PACKAGINGIf there's one thing that I love about this product is that the packaging is SO PRETTY. From the box, with the beautiful flower design and the cute little sheep illustrations, to the little jar of the cream itself – everything is just so pretty!! Very different from the super simple packaging of their sun cream. Will definitely keep the box and the jar once I use this product up ♥
INGREDIENTSWater, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Lanolin Oil, Beeswax, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-7 Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Sea Water, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Ceramide 3, Dipeptide, Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate , Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Rasberry) Fruit Extract, Morus Nigra Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Medica Vulgaris Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolla (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, CI 19140, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Totarol, Decylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, CI 15985
Kicho's Sheep Oil Cream is made from lanolin purified with German technology. (Again, the lanolin is extracted from the sheep's wool and not from any body part of the sheep!) The lanolin is combined with extracts from eight different types of berries including Sea Buckthorn fruit, Strawberry, Blackberry, Cranberry fruit, Blueberry, Raspberry, Acai palm, and Goji berry. These berries contain countless multi-vitamins with anti-oxidizing properties for brightening and soothing the skin. The Sheep Oil Cream is also free from TEA (Triethanolamine), artificial scents, mineral oil, isopropyl alcohol, parabens, urea, heavy metals, and formaldehyde. There are still a handful of potential acne triggers and irritants present, but they're all marked fairly low this time (1~2), which is great! Good job, Kicho! You can check out the COSDNA analysis here.
TEXTUREThe texture is quite buttery and custard-like (which, I realized just recently, is the texture I prefer for creams).
PERFORMANCEI'm always worried about using creams because they tend to give me clogged pores, as I have oily skin. Plus, since I'm living in a country where it's humid all throughout the year, creams can sometimes feel too heavy. I didn't have that problem with this cream. It absorbs very quickly into the skin and doesn't feel greasy at all! That said, I still feel that this would be too heavy for oily-skinned people living in tropical countries, such as myself. So instead of using it as my main moisturizer, I use it as a final step in my evening routine, as a sleeping pack to seal all the moisture in.
SCENTThis cream has a mild, fruity scent that isn't overpowering. Sometimes though, the smell reminds me of some sort of mint? So strange! Either way, both are scents that I really like!
PRICE & AVAILABILITYFor 65ml of product, ₩58,000 / $58 (~P2900) is crazy expensive! But that's to be expected, as lanolin itself is quite expensive. All skincare products with lanolin tend to have a high price point.
KICHO isn't locally available in the Philippines, but you can purchase this product directly from their global site here for $58. It's also available on Peach & Lily and Ohlolly, also for $58.
+ Very moisturizing
+ Makes my skin feel soft and supple
+ You only need a small amount for your entire face
+ Doesn't clog pores
+ Doesn't break me out
+ The jar itself is super pretty
- Doesn't come with own spatula
- Expensive for a small amount of product
- Not locally available in the Philippines
FINAL THOUGHTSI am in love with this cream. I love it! That said, I used it in the morning once and it made me look quite greasy by mid-day, so for those with oily skin, I don't think this is the best choice for an AM moisturizer. Use it in the PM instead. I use it at night as a sleeping pack, and it always leaves my face feeling soft and bouncy the next morning. The only drawback is that it's SO EXPENSIVE for such a small amount of product, which is really sad because I'll have a hard time finding something to replace it once I use it up! Right now I'm trying my best to use just a tiny amount at a time ;____; But if money isn't a problem for you, and if you have dry or dehydrated skin, I highly recommend giving this product a try. Definitely worth your money.
That's it for this month's Beauty Box reviews for BNTNews International! Which K-beauty item was your favorite? If you can't tell already, my favorite was this one – Kicho's Sheep Oil Cream, haha! As always, I'm grateful to BNTNews for letting me try all these great products. Please look forward to even more Beauty Box reviews in the future ♥
DISCLOSURE: This product was sent to me by BNTNews for review, but the opinions expressed here are 100% my own. Financial compensation was not received for this post. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.