[REVIEW] Huxley Essence of Sahara Essence: Grab Water

Here it is: the first post of the most asked brand on my last skin care haul: Huxley Essence of Sahara Essence: Grab Water. Huxley as a brand is currently have a lot of attention on Social Media. You could definitely see everyone post at least one Huxley products on their routines on Instagram. With its pretty packaging and bottle, of course everyone curious to try this Instagenic skin care. Though I’ve never actually heard a real review around it, I just want to try it out for the sake of the packaging, lol.


From Glow Recipe:

The Gist:
This watery gel essence provides lightweight nourishment with Organic Sahara Cactus extract while deeply hydrating.

How it works:
This refreshing watery gel essence is an oasis for tired skin. The Huxley Water Grab Essence fills and plumps skin with intensive hydration. Featuring 85% Sahara Cactus extract along with Peppermint and Grapefruit extracts, this essence quenches and awakens skin. Sahara Cactus Seed Oil, a non-comedogenic oil high in Vitamin E, is revered for its ability to quickly absorb into skin while imparting lasting hydration and protecting the skin from stress and aging with its high concentration of antioxidants.

Free of:
Parabens, Synthetic Dyes, Mineral Oils.

How to use: After cleansing and toning, apply a dime sized amount of the Grab Water Essence to the face with gentle patting motions. Follow with the rest of the skincare routine or with a moisturizer.

Glow Recipe’s Insight: We love the watery gel trend in K-Beauty. This texture is ideal of oily and combination skin types as it leaves skin feeling plump, but matte. Full of Natural Moisturizing Factors, this essence truly does ‘grab water’ to the skin and doesn’t let go. Inspired by the natural flora and fauna that thrives in the harshest environments and terrains, Huxley harnesses only the most resilient ingredients to strengthen, hydrate, and protect skin.

Ingredients: Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Menthapiperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide Np (Ceramide 3), Acorus Gramineus Root/Steam Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Perilla Frutescenx Leaf Extract, Malachite Extract, Methyl Gluceth-20, Water, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polysorbate 80, Disodium EDTA, Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance


Ok, first of all, let’s focus on the really pretty packaging! I can’t get enough of the pretty glass packaging that showcase the beautiful transparent aqua coloured essence inside. It definitely reminds me of Glossier serum packaging, but way more chic and expensive looking. The price point also similar to Glossier (even though in Glow Recipe or any US Retailers it’s definitely more expensive at around $50, but in South Korea, the price point is rather similar at $27. And to be honest, their line up also reminds me of Glossier, lol, I’m not here to compare and pint pointing about who copying who, but as for now, Huxley have more extensive products for skin care, while Glossier also provides makeup.


OK, enough about the packaging, what about the actual essence? Is it that good? Is it as beautiful as the bottle? Well, I’m afraid to say that actually no, this serum didn’t really worth the hype, in my opinion. Since I’ve never have hydrating serum before, even though I’ve tried other products that works pretty similar with hydrating serum, for example: Hanyul Skin Softner and Hada Labo Gokyujun Premium Lotion; I can’t say if a proper hydrating serum supposed to work like this.

But let me tell you: I personally think that Hada Labo Gokyujun Premium Lotion gives me the same result with this serum. With a cheaper price tag. And triple the size of this serum.


The serum have this pretty thick gel like consistency that easy to spread into the skin and pretty easy to adsorb. Though I found out within the first weeks that I use this, if I happened not to lock this serum with oil, it tends to give me a few of teeny pimples. Therefore, because of those reason, I also need to use oil on AM routine (I usually only use oil for PM routine). Though it has pretty fresh scent that never bothered my sensitive nose, for overall feeling and result, I don’t find it to be as luxurious as Hanyul skin care even though they share a pretty similar price point.

Even if there are people that claims that this serum give them instant plump, bouncy skin, but unfortunately, that’s not the case for me. I personally think that as for now, the only skin care product that give me those result immediately is Hanyul Optimizing Serum. 


I think Huxley Essence of Sahara Essence: Grab Water is a major let down as a product. Thank God the pretty packaging is there to cheer me up, to remind me, that I bought it for the packaging anyway, lol. However, I don’t think that the actual product is that bad, it’s just, there are tons of cheaper alternatives that you can find in order to boost your hydration. My recommendation for cheaper alternatives that work as good, if not better: Hada Labo Gokyujun Premium and Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner (review coming soon!)

Maybe it’s not fair if I’m stating that Huxley is such a disappointment as a brand in this post because their best selling product is the Oil Essence. Though I don’t have the Oil Essence yet, I still have another product to review: The Brightly Ever After Essence. But as for now, I personally think that Huxley could be this viral on social media because of the power of great marketing and PR. Will their other products change my mind about their brand image in terms of actual skin care benefits? Let’s see.


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