Sunday, April 28, 2024

Farmstay | Tea Tree Biome Calming Sun Serum & Tea Tree Biome Calming Sun Cream: Review

Disclaimer: This post contains an affiliate code. The products featured were purchased by me and provided for review.
My go-to online retailer for Korean skincare and makeup products is Stylevana. Aside from their competitive pricing, Stylevana always offers some great full-sized gifts with purchases (GWP). I got the Farmstay Tea Tree Biome Calming Sun Cream (C$9.69) as a GWP with a recent order and coincidentally, I also received the Tea Tree Biome Calming Sun Serum (C$11.69) from Stylevana to review for free. Despite having never heard of the brand, I was still very excited to try both products as I've been obsessed with Korean sunscreens. Both sunscreens offer a combination of chemical and physical sun protection, which is pretty rare for Korean sunscreens. To read more about both, click......

Before I delve into the formulation and share my thoughts, I want to comment on the pricing and availability of these two sunscreens. It appears that the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for both hovers around C$35 to C$40. However, Stylevana consistently offers them at a steeply discounted price of around C$10 each, which I find a bit odd. Additionally, neither sunscreens are readily available from other popular Korean skincare online retailers such as YesStyle or Olive Young, which is also a bit odd. So I can only conclude that either Farmstay has made Stylevana its main North American distributor or that Farmstay simply is a smaller brand that has not gained much traction in North America. These circumstances do not affect my opinion of the products or the brand but I did feel the need to address it as there seems to be little to no promotion or social media chatter for these products. 
Farmstay | Tea Tree Biome Calming Sun Serum: Review
Farmstay | Tea Tree Biome Calming Sun Serum
Farmstay | Tea Tree Biome Calming Sun Serum (C$11.69 for 50 ml):
Formulated with calming tea tree extract, soothing cica extract, strengthening bifida (bacteria) ferment lysate, and hydrating milk protein, the Farmstay Tea Tree Biome Calming Sun Serum is a lightweight sunscreen with a runny, milky appearance. Formulated with chemical filters and titanium dioxide (a physical filter) that offer SPF 45 PA++, the Tea Tree Biome Calming Sun Serum has a light tea tree scent. Because of the titanium dioxide, the formulation has a slight white tint that takes a bit of effort to blend out. It did not leave behind a white cast on my skin tone but this may not be the case for dark skin tones. The formulation is quite nourishing but it definitely left a very dewy, almost greasy finish that I did not love. I didn't experience any pilling or patching but I did have to blot a couple times during the day to prevent shine. Overall, this is a decent face sunscreen offering both  

Ingredients: Water(Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Dibutyl Adipate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate. Celeareth-6 Olivate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Acrylates Copolymer, Niacinamide, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, P anthenol(7,500.5ppm). Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyidimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Isohexadecane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), PPG-17/PDI/DM PA Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Microcrystalline Cellulose, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polysorbate 80, Aluminum Hydroxide. Adenosine. Sorbitan Oleate, Cellulose Gum, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract(100 ppm). Hexylene Glycol, Bifida Ferment Lysate(4pm), Lactose(3ppm), Centella Asiatica Extract(2ppm), Phenethyl Alcohol(1.5ppm), Milk Protein(1ppm), Tocopherol, Madecassos ide(0.1ppm)
Farmstay | Tea Tree Biome Calming Sun Cream: Review
Farmstay | Tea Tree Biome Calming Sun Cream
Farmstay | Tea Tree Biome Calming Sun Cream (C$9.69 for 50 ml):
A cream version of the Tea Tree Biom Calming Sun Serum, the Tea Tree Biome Calming Sun Cream offers a more robust sun protection of SPF 50+ PA++++. With a much thicker, creamy consistency, the Tea Tree Biome Calming Sun Cream is also formulated with a combination of physical and chemical filters. Surprisingly, the formulation is easier to blend out as compared to the serum and it feels a bit lighter. The finish is still very dewy but not as shiny. I did notice some minor pilling but overall this is a pretty good face sunscreen. Overall, both Farmstay sunscreens are better than most of the North American face sunscreens available on the market. However, they are not as elegant as some of the Korean, chemical filter-only sunscreens (Beauty of JoseonRound LabSKIN1004) I've tried so for that reason, I would not repurchase them.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Propanediol, Homosalate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Titanium Dioxide, Diethylamino Hydroxy Benzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Silica, Acrylate Copolymer, Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Stearate Latex, Beeswax, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Cetyl Dimethicone, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Peg-100 Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, C20-22 Alkyl Phosphate, Sorbitan Stearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, C20-22 Alcohol, Polyhydroxy Stearic Acid, Purslane Extract, Stearic Acid, Panthenol (3,750 Ppm), Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylate/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Late Crosspolymer, Fragrance, Xanthan Gum, Acrylamide/sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, 1,2-hexanediol, Tromethamine, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyltaurate, Isohexadecane, Benzo Triazolyldodecyl P-cresol, Neopentylglycol Diethylhexanoate, Disodium Edta, Polysorbate 80, Ppg-17/IPEI/DMPA Copolymer, Sorbitan Oleate, Tea Tree Leaf Extract (110ppm), Hexylene Glycol, Bifida Fermentation Lysate (0.4ppm), Lactose (0.3ppm), Centella Asiatica Extract (0.2ppm), Phenethyl Alcohol (0.15ppm), Milk Protein (0.1ppm) ), Madecassoside (0.01ppm)
Farmstay | Tea Tree Biome Calming Sun Serum & Tea Tree Biome Calming Sun Cream: Review
Farmstay | Tea Tree Biome Calming Sun Serum (Left) & Cream (Right)
Farmstay is available online in Canada on Use my code “INF10HSLOTHS” for 10% off all Stylevana orders and 15% off orders over $59 USD, $75 CAN, £43, $77 AUD, or €48.
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