Siam Seas toner and cleanser on a dresser in sunlight

review: siam seas yen heal and hydrate toner and morning delight all-in-one cleanser

When I heard Beauty Heroes was featuring Siam Seas in its March box, I was excited to try it because its founder, Supadra Geronimo, created the line to help heal her acne-prone skin. Perhaps it would help heal mine, too? According to the Beauty Heroes website, “Siam SEAS is a Southeast Asian artisan skin  care line crafted with over 90% indigenous ingredients, each product is an homage to her ancestors and a healing offering to the world.” Wow — with a description like that, who wouldn’t want to try this line. The box retails for $105 and is available for $39 via Beauty Heroes. Let’s get to it:

Yen Heal and Hydrate Toner 

Performance: As the “hero” product in this box, the Yen Heal and Hydrate Toner is a unique two-in-one toner and serum. While the bottle suggests using 3-4 pumps, I like to treat myself and spray 5 pumps and use the push and press technique to apply it to my face and neck. Surprisingly moisturizing, it’s hydrating to a point where I sometimes forget to apply moisturizer! My skin immediately feels plumper and smoother. According to Beauty Heroes, the unopened toner lasts for 20 months and lasts 12-15 months after opening.

Scent Profile: This scent is unlike anything I’ve ever smelled in a skincare product — it’s earthy, rich, woody, and floral. It smells like a tropical morning after a heavy rain. Infused with 27  botanical extracts, the most prominent scent notes — for me — are wood (likely from all of the herbs!) and cucumber. The scent is quite strong and took a little while for me to get used to, but I love it now. If you enjoy complex, elegant, mature fragrances, this might be for you!

Packaging: Gorgeous glass bottle with spray pump, with a gold etched label. It has a substantial weight and feels indescribably luxurious.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Whole Plant Aloe Vera)*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Hydrosol*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Hydrosol*, Lavandula (Lavender) Hydrosol*, Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Hydrosol*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Oil*, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Oil*, Extracts Of Terminalia Chebula (Chebulic Myrobalan)*, Tamarindus Indica (Tamarind) Seed, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea)*, Phyllanthus Emblica (Amla)*, Punica Granatum(Pomegranate)*, Withania Somnifera (Ashwagandha)*, Vitis Vinifera(Grape Seed)*, Terminalia Bellirica*, Lycium Chinense (Goji)*, Ginkgo Biloba (Gingko)*, Belamcanda Chinensis (Blackberry Lily)*, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry)*, Opuntia Ficus Indica (Prickly Pear) Oil*, Plukenetia Volubilis (Sacha Inchi) Oil*, Areca Catechu (Betel Leaf And Kernel)**, Gardenia Jasminoides (Cape Jasmine)*, Psoralea Corylifolia (Babchi)*, Nymphaea Caerulea (Lotus Petals And Roots)*, Boswellia Serrata (Frankincense)*, Prunella (Selfheal)*, Paeonia (Peony)*, Scutellaria (Skullcap)*, Asparagus Racemosus (Shatavari)*, Hydrolyzed Wheat And Soy Protein, Hyaluronic Acid, Beta Glucan (Mushroom Polysaccharides) , Squalane (Plant Derived), Sodium PCA (Plant Derived), Zingiber Officinale (Ginger)*, Panax Ginseng (Asian Ginseng)* Magnolia Champaca (White Champaca) Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil*, Hedychium (Ginger Lily )CO2*, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) CO2*, Glycerin, Sodium Levuninate, Sodium Anisate, Piperine (Black And Long Peper).

* Organic Ingredient, ** Organically Grown/Wild Crafted Ingredient

Price: $90.00 USD

Disposal: Both the outer cardboard packaging and glass bottle are recyclable.

Morning Delight All-In-One-Cleanser 

Performance: I’m not big on oil cleansing, as it almost always makes me break out. I’ve tried all sorts of different oils, and this method of cleansing just isn’t for me. Given my past experience, I was apprehensive to try this oil cleanser, but the results were surprising. Starting as an oil (2-3 pumps is enough!), the cleanser quickly dissolved into a milky consistency when mixed with water — so much better than using a washcloth to remove the oil from my face! I cleansed with this, on a nightly basis, for one week. My skin absolutely loved it for a few days, but the tail-end of the week, however, brought a bought of bad breakouts. I was so disappointed, and it was obvious that this cleanser provided far too deep of a cleanse for me. Since then, I’ve limited use to once a week, and it works great! If you have acne-prone, but sensitive skin, this might be the appropriate regimen for you, too.

Scent Profile: This cleanser smells warm and nutty, and it very soothing. Even though it includes onion and garlic, I can’t smell these notes at all; benefits but no aroma? Sold!

Packaging: Similar to the toner, this cleanser comes in a beautiful black glass bottle. I wish the label was etched on, but there is a paper label sticker. The full-sized bottle, however, has an etched label.

Ingredients: High Linoleic Helianthus (Sunflower oil)*, Carica Papaya (Papaya enzyme and leaf extract)*, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Ricinus Communis (Castor oil)*, Garcinia Mangostana (Mangosteen extract)**, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquioleate (100% naturally derived), Populus Tremuloides (Aspen bark)*, Thunbergia laurifolia (Rang Jued) extract**, Zingiber Montanum (Plai extract)**, Acacia Concinna (Sompoy extract)**, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibicus roselle extract)*, Centella Asiatica (Gotu kola extract)*, Frangipani (Plumeria oil)***, Allium Cepa (Onion extract)*, Allium Sativum (Garlic extract)*, Fokienia Hodginsii (Siam wood oil)*, Bulnesia Sarmientoi (Guaiac wood oil)*, Citrus Reticulata Blanco (Mandarin Yellow oil)*.

*organic ingredients

**wildcrafted ingredients

***hexane free ingredients

Price: $15.00 USD for the deluxe-sized sample, $70.00 USD for the full-sized cleanser

Disposal: Both the outer cardboard packaging and glass bottle are recyclable.

Overall, I’m very impressed with this line — it’s the definition of eco-luxe beauty. Would I repurchase from Siam Seas? While this brand suited my skin, I didn’t see any remarkable changes; as such, I probably wouldn’t regularly repurchase these products because they’re out of my budget. It’s amazing that Beauty Heroes lets you try luxury products at a fraction of a cost; I probably wouldn’t try these products if it weren’t for this — my one and only — subscription box.

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FTC: This is not a sponsored post. I purchased the Beauty Heroes subscription. This post contains affiliate links.

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