[Melano CC] – Spot Treatment Essence Review

Suffering from redness and PIH, one of my skincare goals is to get an even skintone! One of the best ingredients for brightening skin is Vitamin C, but it can be a temperamental ingredient. In it’s active form you can’t store the product for too long as it will oxidise, and as I like to rotate through products and dislike the thought of waste this wasn’t ideal for me. Then I discovered the Melano CC Spot Treatment Essence which uses a more stable form of Vit C. Having now used this faithfully for a year, it’s time for a full review.

Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti-Spot Essence Review

Also known as the Melano CC Age Spot Beauty Essence


As with most Japanese products there’s no indication of what % each ingredient is.
Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium, Glycrrhizate, Thymol, Water, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ethoxydiglycol, Alpinia Katsumadai Seed Extract, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA,

Ascorbic Acid – This is Vitamin C, and is the most effective form of Vitamin C for brightening the skin. However it is also the form which is vulnerable to oxidisation. It’s recommended to keep these products protected from the sun, air and used within a short period of time.

Ascorbyl Palmitate –This is a fat/oil soluble form of Vitamin C, so it’s natural to see this within the ingredients list. This is a more stable form of Vit C than the water soluble form, which means it’s less likely to oxidise.

Tocopheryl Acetate – More commonly known as Vitamin E which is great for softening and hydrating the skin. I should point out that this can be an irritating ingredient for those with sensitive skin. So people who have sensitive skin should consider using this product less times a week.

Alpinia Katsumadai Seed Extract – This is extract from ginger, another product known for brightening skintone. It’s also filled with anti-oxidants, which is never a bad thing!

Two derivatives of Vitamin C within this little silver tube, and they both work at brightening the skin tone. It helps to slow the production of melanin which means it’ll prevent dark spots on the face. There are also claims it can also help reverse skin damage from over-exposure to the sun and  encourage collagen production.

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Comes in a hand-size silver tube with a dropper applicator. I like that it has a dropper as I can apply this directly to the problem areas without worrying about over-use, particularly with a small product like this. At only 20mls, this is precious liquid gold to me. However those who want to apply to their whole face could find this irritating to use as the drops are small.

Product & Scent

This has a thin consistency but feels slightly oily on the skin for a short period of time. If I stare closely at it I can see a slight yellow tinge to the serum. It has a citrus scent to it, which isn’t offensive and reminds me of lemons. You can see in the image that it’s left a slight oily sheen, but this dries matte in a few minutes.

One drop of serum

Three drops of essence rubbed in

The ideal pH for L-ascorbic acid is around 3.5, which is why a lot of people will use it post their pH adjusting toner/low pH cleanser. 

Directions of Use

As it’s a stable Vit C derivative I use this in the serum/essence step as the name suggests. Others do use it in the active step, so post pH adjusting toner pre hydrating toner.
I apply the drops on the problem areas of my face directly and massage in. I use 2 drops per cheek and 1 drop on my chin. This is a daily step for me, I usually end up using it at night post sheetmask.


January Pic

I love this product, have already bought 2 back ups and recommended it to my friends and family. This has truly made a difference to the redness that I experience and has helped to brighten my skin. I wish I had taken before and after photos, because the improvement is very visible. Each tube lasts me about 4 months, I apply 4-6 drops on the affected areas. I don’t use this on my whole face, but if I did I think the tube would last about 3 months. If I had to find a fault it would be that this does feel slightly oily, so those who don’t like the sensation of oil on the skin may not like it. This feeling soon dissipates though and my skin drinks it up within 5 minutes.

I also think it’s had a positive impact on the appearance of acne, I’ve definitely noticed a drop in whiteheads appearing on my face. But I do also use a BHA and AHA, so it could be a combination of all three which has helped.

I like the scent, the packaging and the effect that this product has. I cannot praise it enough. You can see I’ve posted it on my Instagram in January 2016, April 2016 and I’m still using and loving this product.

If you’re looking to add a brightening product to your routine, this is the one that I’d definitely recommend.

April Melano


Where to Buy

Amazon – $17
Amazon UK – £10.90
Japanese Taste – $14



  1. I love the packaging and the fact that it lasts up to four months is a huge plus!

  2. I’m such a lover of clean beauty products- thanks for sharing!

  3. this product looks interesting <3

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  6. Woah !! I’m so happy I stumbled upon your blog from AB ! Great review since I’m currently looking for a brightening spot treatment myself 🙂

  7. Great review! You’ve mentioned that you also use a BHA and AHA along with this product and since there’s a lot of talk about ascorbic acid+AHA and/or BHA cancelling out their respective effectiveness if used together, would love to know how you manage to not let that from happening. Thanks!

    • The talk is based on the fact that actives work better at a lower pH. Wait times can help with this.
      I personally just carry on with my routine, I’ve found it still works well.

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