[REVIEW] MELANO CC Pure Vitamin C Toner Lotion

You know what, I’ve never realized that I purchased A LOT. And by a lot I mean, 7 bottles of hydrating toner in 2018. I guess because I think that hydrating toner is the safest product to try if I want to venture to new brands? Lol. And that leaves me to this mission to finish all of them toners before its expiration date. 😆 And if you haven’t noticed already, this MELANO CC Pure Vitamin C Toner Lotion is one of those toners that I purchased last year.


Melano CC Mask is the original Vitamin C formula developed & made in Rohto Pharmaceutical Co. Japan, to revive dullness, even out skin tone and promote healthy glowing skin from inside out.

Use twice a day after cleansing face. Apply on palms and gently pat onto skin until thoroughly absorbed.

Ingredients: Water, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate,Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Glycerin, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether,Alcohol, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-30/10 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Bis-Ethoxydiglycol Cyclohexane 1,4-Dicarboxylate, PPG-6-Decyltetradeceth-30, Paraben (Methylparaben), Sodium Citrate Hydrate, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Ascorbic Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Menthol, Alpina Katsumadai Seed Extract


If you ever questioned wether this toner is stable or not, and why the hell it used a transparent, plastic packaging, lo and behold, it uses Ethyl Ascorbic Acid in its ingredients. To quote Lipochemicals,

Ethyl Ascorbic Acid is a stable Vitamin C derivative with excellent skin brightening activity. Its chemical structure is unique in that the ethyl group forms an ether with the 3-hydroxy group of the ascorbic acid, which results in much higher stability. Other commercialized ascorbic acid derivatives are ethers at the 2-hydroxy position.

Ethyl Ascorbic Acid is a powerful inhibitor of melanogenesis. In contrast to ascorbyl glucoside or magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, which must undergo cleavage by hydrolytic enzymes for activity, it acts directly. Therefore, it is faster-acting than these material and also shows a longer-term inhibitory effect.

Well, as for me, I think this product is a perfect introductory product if you have been hesitant to try vitamin c product because this product is basically a diluted version of vitamin c product, which is supposedly more gentle rather than serum which usually consists of more potent and higher percentage of the vitamin c. For me personally, vitamin c is always trickier than AHA, BHA or Retinol since by far, I haven’t meet AHA, BHA, or Retinol product which didn’t work for my skin before, while with vitamin c, I’ve encountered several products that clashes with my skin condition before.


This product comes with thicker consistency if you compare it to other Japanese toners/lotions. Nevertheless, it still absorbs quickly into the skin, though, and it smells like tangerine, which at first I’m not really a fan, but I grew with the scent, anyway. And surprisingly true to its claims, it does help to brighten my hyperpigmentation and dark spots. I already finish a whole bottle already, and I have to say this is one of the loveliest vitamin c product that I ever use. And guess what? It’s incredibly affordable, especially if you compare it to Drunk Elephant or other potent Vitamin C product.

However, does it work better than the Drunk Elephant Vitamin C? Of course, it doesn’t. Price never lies, honey, lol. It works slower, that for sure. However, if you barely have dark spots and hyperpigmentation in the first place, I personally think that you don’t need a potent product like Drunk Elephant Vitamin C. It takes slower time, but it does deliver result in terms of brightened up your overall complexion.


But in the end, just like any vitamin c product, it does clash with niacinamide, well, at least in my case. So I have this new serum, which I incorporate into my routine directly, not knowing that it contained niacinamide because the title didn’t say so (lol, learned from me, guys, always check your ingredients first). And it broke me out. I use the serum on and off, to test if it’s the culprit or not, and I was suspicious if it’s contained retinol or niacinamide, and it does! Lol. I’m on a mission to finish this MELANO CC Pure Vitamin C Toner Lotion because I need to finish all of my hydrating toners before its expiration date, so I ditched the niacinamide serum until I finish this toner.


Overall, I love this hydrating toner because it just works for my skin and the price is pretty nice. Compared to other vitamin c product that I’ve tried before, this product holds the highest throne for my likings. However, to avoid any clashing product, and I do have a long list of serum that I need to finish anyway, I wouldn’t repurchase this product in near time, lol.

Well, have you tried this MELANO CC Pure Vitamin C Toner Lotion before? What do you think? Please do share your thoughts in the comment section below! 😉


4 thoughts on “[REVIEW] MELANO CC Pure Vitamin C Toner Lotion

  1. Hmm. I used to use the Melano CC Essence together with La Roche Posay EffacLar Duo+ which touts niacinamide as it’s hero ingredients and they worked just fine.. for a few months ^^;


    1. What happened after a few months?? Several people said that the combination of Vitamin C and Niacinamide will help to make their skin to be glowing than ever, but I guess that’s not for me 😂😂😂


      1. Long story short: Beginning of 2017 I used the aforementioned combo in the AM and my face Looked and feLt the best. Ever. August 2017 I went to Japan and broke out badLy, and have not totaLLy recover ever since 😦 even after using things from my dermatologist :((


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