Hanbang in a Bottle
ATOCLASSSIC is a Korean brand which focuses on utilising the concept of Hanbang into their products. Hanbang is traditional Korean medicine, and has been seeing a resurgence in popularity lately. It’s mostly botanical based, for example popular skincare ingredients “Liquorice” and “Ginseng” find their roots in Hanbang. Given the cultural links between China, Korea and Japan you’ll often find crossover in Hanbang, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Kanpo.
Kokofash sent me a wonderfully packaged box of ATOCLASSIC products a couple of months ago and now I’m finally releasing my first full review of one of the products! The opinions are still mine and the links are non-affiliate.
“ATOCLASSIC is created by a renowned Korean Herbal Medicine doctor family of 3 generations since 1912. The clinic, WOOBO, has been devoted to treating multiple skin diseases ~ on their website, there were about 30 types of skin diseases listed available for treatments ~ since 20 years back and they now have 15 clinics across Korea including the flagship in Apgujeong, Seoul. They first began developing skin care products from treatments for patients, with their Hanbang technology. Some of these treatment products are still in use within the mentioned clinics. The REAL TONIC line is the latest of skin care launched by ATOCLASSIC and it is named because it contains the superior amount of Hanbang – up to 14%.”
Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Hydroxide, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Stearic Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Cnidium Monnieri Fruit Extract, Forsythia Suspensa Fruit Extract, Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract, Sanguisorba Officinalis Root Extract, Xanthium Strumarium Fruit Extract, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Ceramide 3, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Biosaccharide gum-1
There are three ingredients, bolded, which flag as 2/3 on CosDNA.
Cetearyl Alcohol – A fatty alcohol, which can be irritating to those with sensitive skin. Is an emollient and emulsifier, keeping the oil and water parts of a product from separating.
Glyceryl Stearate SE – Is a mild irritant. Works as a lubricant on the skin, and can be an occlusive. Widely used in a lot of products
Stearic acid – Is a mild irritant. A fatty acid commonly found in natural animal and vegetable fats.
9 Root Extracts
Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract – A herbaceous pereniial plant. Helps to brighten and even out skintone.
Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract – From the pea family. An Anti-Acne and Anti-Inflammatory
Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract – Japanese Elm. Used traditionally in Hanbang for skin inflammation. Research has shown that it has almost the same moisturising effect as hyaluronic acid (Research)
Angelica Gigas Root Extract – East Asian perennial plant.
Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract – A gromwell plant. Good for moisturising the skin. (Research)
Sanguisorba Officinalis Root Extract – A perennial plant. Has high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. (Research)
Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract – A Chinese flowering plant, one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine. Helps to encourage collagen production in the skin.
Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract – AKA Skullcap and a member of the mint family. Key component in traditional herbal medicine for the treatment of acne and dry skin.
Coptis Chinensis Root Extract – AKA Chinese goldthread. Good for soothing irritated skin.
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Where to Buy
You can buy this and the full ATOCLASSIC line at Kokofash.
£30, $52 SGD Purchase Here
This is a pump application, which I love as I feel it’s more hygienic although there’s less portion control. I find that two pumps is sufficient for my full face. The bottle itself feels sturdy and high quality. The minimalist design and rose gold accents adds to the luxe feel of the product. However given it’s a rather large bottle it’s not ideal for those who often travel, unless you have the space in luggage to give up.
Product & Scent
This bottle comes with a hefty 200ml of product, which means for me it’ll last probably last about 2-3 months of daily use. The scent is wonderfully herby, it doesn’t have that “old lady” scent that I associate with a lot of Hanbang products. There are definitely undertones of medicinal herbs, but not in a cough syrup scent way.
Directions of Use
This is the last product that I use in my routine, unless I’m applying a spot treatment/HCB. I use 2 pumps and gentle massage into my face until I can no longer see white on my skin.
The ATOCLASSIC Calming Smart Lotion has to be one of my surprising favourite additions to my routine. Usually, as a combo skin
person, I don’t lean towards creams. But this is a light-weight one which quickly absorbed into my skin. It’s also massively helped with the dry skin that I have recently experienced as a result of beard abrasion. Not my own, my boyfriend’s, but nonetheless impacts my skin terrible. After 3 days of using this the dry flakes had disappeared. It also helped sooth the irritation I was experiencing. It’s hard to judge if this had a brightening impact as I use a Vitamin C product, but the ingredients suggest it would have a slight impact.
+ Great Ingredient List
+ Luxe Feel
+ Pump Application
– Pump Application – Less Control
– Travel Unfriendly
I would definitely purchase this product, and I think it would make a great gift for any of my friends. The sleek minimalist design would fit well in any bathroom, compared to some of the more fun novelty packaging in other AB brands (which I personally like, but isn’t to everyone’s taste). As it’s a lightweight cream it would suit both oily and combo types. Dry skin friends will also be pleasantly surprised by it’s hydrating ability, from my over-exfoliated chin experience. Sensitive skin users should be made aware of the potential irritants in the cream, but given they’re mild and commonplace I’m less concerned about them than other potential irritants. Altogether one of the best inclusions into my skincare routine in a while, even more useful now I have beard burn to worry about!