This is a quick and lazy review. Why? Because I’ve basically already reviewed ::inhales deeply:: Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum 2X Essential ::exhales:: in its previous incarnation: Black Sugar Perfect First Serum No. 1 Original, reviewed here.
Down to the scent, consistency, and effects–I seriously can’t tell the difference other than the bottle being smaller than I remembered. The amount, 120 ml, is the same though.
A little background: Sometime after I reviewed the original one, Skinfood discontinued it and released 2 new versions: 2X Light for oily skin and 2X Essential for dry skin.
Reminiscing about the original’s boozy sugar scent, I bought the new version to try, opting for 2X Essential because of my dry skin type. It functions just as well as the original as a hydrating and lightly (VERY lightly) exfoliating toner. This isn’t strong enough to serve as a proper acid toner like Biologique Recherche P50 Lotion, and there’s slim chance of overdoing it.
In fact, the pH is right around 5.0 whereas the original version had a pH of between 4.0-5.0 (according to my shabby test strips). Still low enough to use as a pH-lowering toner to prep skin for acid treatments.
Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum 2X Essential Ingredients
Curiously, the original and 2X Essential are indistinguishable to me even though their ingredients are slightly different. In the newer one, sucrose has moved up ahead of witch hazel extract and MOAR delicious ferments are included (galactomyces ferment filtrate and rice ferment filtrate (sake)). Glycolic and salicylic acids are still the operative acids–and still very low on the list.
Ingredients of 2X Essential (pasted from the product page):
Water,Alcohol Denat.,Glycerin,Butylene Glycol,Niacinamide,Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract,Sucrose,Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract,Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate,Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract,Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract,Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract,Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract,Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract,Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract,Arginine,Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum,Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,Lactobacillus/Aspergillus/Prunus Mume Fruit Ferment Filtrate,Lepidium Meyenii Root Extract,Sarcodon Aspratus Extract,Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake),Glycolic Acid,Hizikia Fusiforme Extract,Maackia Fauriei Stem Extract,Salicylic Acid,Adenosine,Glucose,Disodium Edta,Cellulose Gum,Sodium Hyaluronate,Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate Filtrate,Citric Acid,Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,Ppg-26-Buteth-26,Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4,1,2-Hexanediol,Caprylyl Glycol,Ethylhexylglycerin,Phenoxyethanol,Caramel,Fragrance
Ingredients of the original:
Pros: Just as delicious and hydrating as the original.
Cons: No apparent improvement over the original despite reformulation. Not worth trying if you didn’t like the original.