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Hada Labo releases more new items March 27, 2011






Hada Labo has released a BB Cream series called the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid BB Cream and the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid BB Cream Emulsion . Both comes in two different shades: Natural Beige and  Tan.

The lotion comes with SPF 50 / PA +++ while the cream only comes in SPF 32 / PA +++ . The lotion serves as a make-up base, foundation and a serum and contains the famous Hadalabo Super Hyaluronic Acid.

Ingredient List :



Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moist Essence EX review and hada labo super hyaluronic acid moisturizing lotion review February 23, 2011

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About the company :

HadaLabo is mutually developed by Rohto Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd (Japan) and Mentholatum (USA). The brand concept is “Perfect & Simple”: your skin benefits from the high-quality ingredients and easy to follow skincare routine.

“Gokujyun” (Super Hydration), “Shirojyun” (Whitening) and “Tamagohada” (Cleansing and Purification) are the brand’s most popular series products.

Hyaluronic Acid helps improve the moisture retention of skin. For 1g of Hyaluronic Acid, it could hold 6L of liquid. HadaLabo Gokujyun skincare products contain Super Hyaluronic Acid (which has double moisture retention power than regular hyaluronic acid). With sufficient Hyaluronic Acid, your skin looks moistened, soft and supple.

With high degree of pure whitening factor “Arbutin” and vitamin C derivatives, Shirojyun skincare products give you the optimal result of whitening and balanced skin tone.

Formulated with keratin softening agents AHA and BHA, Tamagohada series of products effectively remove blackheads and impurities inside pores, leaving your skin pure and smooth.

HadaLabo was launched in 2004. Its effectiveness and great variety of choices have earned popular support within a short period of time. For example, Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion was chosen as the best product in “2008 Yahoo! BEAUTY Best Cosme Award” (Skincare Division).

HadaLabo skincare products are fragrance free, colorant free, mineral oil free and alcohol (ethanol) free. Suitable for sensitive skin use.



Hadalabo is a newly mutually-developed brands operated by Rohto (Japan) and Mentholatum (USA), with the concept of ‘Perfect & Simple’. They bring you a series of skincare products with the highest purity of ingredients under strict quality control.

HadaLabo GOKUJYUN Super Hyaluronic Acid Moist Essence EX contains super hyaluronic acid which deeply penetrates into skin, softens skin keratin, and enhances skin’s water-binding ability, leaving skin supple, smooth and radiant. Weak acid, no fragrance, no alcohol and no oil.

  • Provides deep hydration with a high concentration of Super Hyaluronic Acid.
  • Intensely boosts and optimizes skin’s hydration level.
  • Skin appears visibly smooth, luminous & healthy.
  • Skin pH balanced. Low irritation.
  • Free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol & colorant.





HadaLabo GOKUJYUN Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion is infused with super hyaluronic acid which deeply penetrates into skin. It keeps on moisturizing and softening skin, meanwhile enhancing skin’s water-binding ability, leaving skin supple, smooth and radiant. Weak acid, no fragrance, and no colorant.

  • Instantly hydrates skin and helps preserve its optimum moisture balance.
  • Replenishes and locks-in moisture for complete hydration. Skin feels significantly soft and supple.
  • Helps improve dry and dehydrated skin, leaving it silky smooth.
  • Skin pH balanced. Low irritation.
  • Free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol & colorant.










It doesn’t come with a box, just a simple plastic bottle. Make sure your palms are clean when you are pouring the product out or it might contaminate your lotion.















This doesn’t come in a box either. Just a cardboard and plastic cover over it. Packaging in form of a pump bottle. You need about 1-2(if dry skin) pumps each time. However, when we bought this, there was a factory default. The pump was not attached to the bottle, but Hadalabo DHLed an entire new bottle from KL all the way to Paris. Great customer service!








I’m not surprised when i read that 1 bottle of this lotion is sold every 4 seconds. It simply has a winner written all over it because of it’s texture, moisturizing properties and price.


The lotion or what we would also call a toner, is slightly thicker than water, kind of like goo-ey water. It doesn’t absorbed when applied directly , you would have to pat it around your face until it gets absorbed. Some of you may not be a fan of the gooey texture but we loved it. It felt very comfortable and hydrating on the skin. The texture here is a winner ! It isn’t very sticky, you will have to wait a while for the slight stickiness to go away.




This is the how the quantity of 2 pumps is. Usually one is enough unless you have dry skin :


Essence is very sticky and gooey and thick  :




Now, the texture of the essence : we are not so much of a fan. It is rather sticky and hard to absorb and leaves the skin sticky and feels a little too heavy. You will need to wait for a longer time for the stickiness to go away. ( Apparently the JuJu Aquamoist’s Super Hyaluronic Acid Essence is less sticky than this ) .







The ingredient list is simple and short.

Free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol & colorant. It is packed with chemicals such as butylene glycol, PPG-10 Methyl GLucose Ether, etc.

Their star ingredient which is Hyaluronic Acid, or Sodium Hyaluronate is only number 6 on the list.

There is also another Hyaluronate on the bottom of the list



1. Sodium Acetyl Hyaluronate

Shiseido developed sodium acetyl hyaluronate (AcHA), through partial substitution of hydroxyl groups of sodium hyaluronate (HA) by acetyl groups. The treatment let the sodium hyaluronate possess hydrophobicity in addition to the original hydrophilic nature. The new compound showed remarkably increased affinity to the skin surface and water holding capacity(“anchoring humectant”). The high water holding capacity and corneum softening effect brought by the “anchoring” effect are the advantages of sodium acetyl hyaluronate.



2. Hydroxyethyl cellulose

This is the product that causes the gellified texture of the lotion. Hydroxyethyl cellulose is a gelling and thickening agent derived from cellulose




Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Pentylene Glycol, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Caprylic/Caprilic Triglyceride, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate / Sodium  Acryloydimethyl Taurate Copolymer / Squalane / Polysorbate 60, Sodium Hyaluronate, Limnanthes Alba( Meadowfoam ) Seed Oil, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Disodium Succinate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate.






It’s no mystery why Hada Labo has gained so much success worldwide – while it’s ingredient list are simple and rather very normal – which is why the price of the products are low – they perform the most basic task of every skincare item does – which is hydrating.


It is also suitable for all skin types. The lotion really does give a hydration booster to your face and we’ve used it whenever we need some extra hydration boost. It also combines well with any other products. You can even refrigerate it prior to using it, so that the cold shrink your pores when you apply it on your face.


The essence, we are not really a fan of it. It is sticky and feels rather gooey and heavy on the face and needs to take a long time to adjust to the skin.


Combination of both really does make your skin smooth and hydrated.


If you’re looking for a cheap, and a most basic skincare set, you can give this brand a try.


However those with oily skin, skip the essence.








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HADA LABO Tamagohada AHA/BHA Exfoliating Face Wash November 27, 2010









A little introduction on the brand. Hada Labo SkinCare line under the joint development of USA’s Mentholatum Company and Japan’s Rohto Pharmaceuticals Co.

Using the technology developed through the production of OTC Drugs, Haba Labo skincare line is produced in a Pharmaceutical manufacturing environment, under strict GMP guidelines to ensure Quality, Reliability and Effectiveness in their products.

Hada Labo was launched in Japan in 2004 and received massive support in a short span of time. It’s Star Product – the Super Hyaluronic Moisturizing Lotion is the No.1 Face Lotion in Japan with one sold every 4 seconds!

The AHA/BHA Cleansing was inspired by the smoothness and delicateness of an unshelled egg, – hence the name tamago(egg)hada(skin) AHA-BHA Cleanser –  this ‘eggquisite’ cleanser contains AHA and BHA (alpha and beta hydroxy acids) to give clarity , brightness, and promote skin cell renewal by preventing dead skin cell buildup. This gentle cleanser lathers into a fine, velvety foam to prevent blemishes and polishes away dullness for a renewed skin everyday.






Note that since this product has different factories, the packaging will differ. The South East Asia Hadalabo products are manufactured in China while the ones in Japan/Korea/Hong Kong are the ones manufactured in Japan. I had a problem with the essence i bought, the product was missing it’s pump, but that’s what you get when your products are made in China! However the company was very efficient and DHL-ed a new bottle with the pump all the way to Paris.

The cleanser comes without a box and comes in a blue greenish tube and is sold in various sizes.

Note that there is also a FOAM version of this cleanser and it is not yet available in the South East Asian market.











One thing i applaud HadaLabo is that the controversial foaming agent sodium laureth sulfate isn’t used here ( See Elisha Coy BB Cleanser Review regarding this ingredient.) However…..

Let’s go through the list quickly :


1) Butylene Glycol – This chemical is a preservative used to keep skincare and beauty products from spoiling. Butylene Glycol (BG) is also a humectant, a chemical that helps your skin (or other substances) retain moisture. It is also a solubilizer, which means it makes other substances (such as fat) more soluble in water. It also has a fair share of its controversies – depression, vomiting, drowsiness, coma and respiratory failure are one of its side effects. Restrictions have been placed on how much of this chemical can be used in skincare products and cosmetics. According to some experts, it’s not enough. Many mainstream brands at Macy’s, Bloomies, Neiman’s etc., have even found ways to circumvent the restrictions; using just enough of this chemical to be sold legally. And on the Cosmetic Database, it has shown strong evidence on human irritant. It has also shown effects on organs, reproductive system, the brain, the nervous system, the endocrine system. Sounds like this might be worse than parabens or Sodium Laureth Sulfate itself eh? PEG-20M is also used here.  PEG is an abbreviation for polyethylene glycol. The number in the name is the average number of units, or monomers, of ethylene glycol. Just great !

2) Lauramidopropyl BetaineA synthetic compound obtained by the extensive chemical modification of lauric acid, a natural fatty acid. Function : Antistatic agent / Surfactant / Cleansing / Foam Boosting

3) Stearic Acid – Esters of stearic acid with ethylene glycol (PEG) , glycol stearate and glycol distearate, are used to produce a pearly effect in shampoos, soaps, and other cosmetic products. They are added to the product in molten form and allowed to crystallize under controlled conditions. So, this is the ingredient that gives the pearly color effect of the Hadalabo cleanser!

4) Glycolic Acid – Glycolic acid (or hydroxyacetic acid) is the smallest α-hydroxy acid(AHA). Due to its excellent capability to penetrate skin, glycolic acid finds applications in skin care products, most often as a chemical peel. Glycolic acid is used to improve the skin’s appearance and texture. It may reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and improve many other skin conditions, including actinic keratosis,hyperkeratosis, and seborrheic keratosis. Once applied, glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis, weakening the binding properties of the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together. This allows the stratum corneumto be exfoliated, exposing live skin cells.

6) Potassium Hydroxide (KOH) – Potassium Hydroxide is used in the cosmetic and skin care industry as a pH adjuster or bufferer in a wide variety of formulas. It has a unique ability to attract water molecules from its environment, and ultimately dissolve into the water that it had originally absorbed, balancing the formula without creating excess weight or changing the composition. Read more : here

7)  Lauric Acid – Lauric Acid is the main fatty acid in coconut oil as well as palm kernel oil; it is also found in human milk, cow’s milk, and goat’s milk. It is used in beauty products and skin care because of its moisturizing abilities, and is also recognized as an acne-fighter thanks to its anti-microbial properties.

8) Sorbitol – Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol, C6H14O6 found in nature as the sweet constituent of many berries and fruits best known from Sorbus aucuparia (Rowan or European Rowan). Sorbitol retains moisture on the skin and leaves it feeling soft.

9) Salicylic Acid – is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA).salicylic acid is a key ingredient in many skin-care products for the treatment of acne, psoriasis, calluses, corns, keratosis pilaris, and warts. It works as both a keratolytic and comedolytic agent by causing the cells of the epidermis to shed more readily, opening clogged pores and neutralizing bacteria within, preventing pores from clogging up again by constricting pore diameter, and allowing room for new cell growth.


Texture & Scent




This cleanser is rather thick and dense in texture. It also has a pearly effect on it!  It smells a little like aspirin but doesn’t cause any discomfort.

Water definitely needs to be applied with the cleanser before spreading it on the face as its texture is rather dense and thick to be spread across the face.

Once water is applied, mix it together and lather it until foam is formed and now you are ready to clean your face! As not much foaming agents were used here, there isn’t much foam. However it doesnt cause any problems as it doesn’t affect its cleansing power.

Cleansing Power


Cleansing power is rather good!

However, my skin felt dry after cleansing, and i don’t quite like the feeling after cleansing. Perhaps it’s because of Winter, but i doubt so. I’m sure this cleanser wouldn’t be a problem if you’re staying in a tropical country where it’s sunny all year long, but for those of us who go though winter, this cleanser might be drying and for those with dry skin, you might as well look for another cleanser!

Before Cleansing :



After cleansing ( Moisture level dropped ! )





Other than the ingredient butylene/ethylene glycol that is present here, i find this cleanser quite a good value for money. It is rather cheap in South East Asia and it delivers what is promises.

My skin does feel smooth after cleansing and brightens the skin too – though  it feels dry. On top of that, this cleanser is free of fragrance, mineral oil, alcohol (it claims to be but Butylene Glycol is an alcohol btw..) and colorant.

AHAs and BHAs helps in exfoliating the skin, but i am rather sceptical here that a few minutes of application would do anything to the skin, and it is washed off after that. You would be better off investing in an AHA BHA based cream. However that said, the AHA/BHA cleanser is less of an irritant than a physical exfoliant as it is a chemical exfoliant. Compared to physical exfoliants, it is more gentle to the skin too.

Repurchase? Most probably not. I would consider using this during summer or during my holidays in Malaysia. If you’re looking for a simple cleanser with a rather cheap price and with oily skin, go ahead and try this.  If you have dry skin, try another cleanser, this isn’t for you.

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