Review Digest: Fermented Masks: Whamisa, Zymogen & Manyo Factory

Fermented products are my thing.  Some people adore honey, others snail slime, some vitamin C, many love ceramides.  I LOVE  to try anything fermented.  I am always looking for products that contain ferments and for the most part, they work well on my skin.

Why do I love fermented ingredients so much?   Fermented ingredients are a classic process that has been around for a few millennia and what it does is to allow the growth of good bacteria.  This bacteria will create lactic acid,  by consuming sugar and starch, and it also creates probiotics, amino acids, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, all sorts of Vitamin B’s and enzymes, which means that it has more nutrients.   The fermented yeast helps break down active ingredients which can be absorbed more quickly into your skin.   It helps boost other skin care products and is reported to be more potent and very effective for all skin types.  I know my oily skin LOVES FERMENTS.   I even wrote a blog post last year, stating I would love to see fermented ingredients be a trend in 2015 in the USA.

I purchased three different types of fermented mask brands and tried them all out ~ lets see how they stacked up!    All of these reviews originally were posted at my IG account.


Whamisa Organic Fruits & Tomato Fermented Hydrogel Facial Mask with Lactobacillus (Lifting/Revitalizing/Toning) I’ve been using Whamisa’s eye essence for a couple of weeks now (I think I need to supplement that with a more moisturizing cream, btw), but I did order some Whamisa fermented masks from TesterKorea a few weeks back and I am now diving into them. My love for fermented goodies is greater than my loathing for 2 piece hydrogel mask! If you have never seen the packaging for Whamisa masks, the mask comes in a tray, not a foil packet. The hydrogel has a brownish-golden tinge to it, but it is transparent and it is very much a jiggy-jelly mask. It took me a several attempts to slap this mask on as it kept folding in on itself and the lower half kept sliding down. I didn’t get a good photo for my selfie, but I will try with again with the other 2 Whamisa masks that I have coming up, so you can see the fit. Or maybe you can’t see it ~ that was the problem ~ this is so transparent that it barely registers!! The fit isn’t awesome for me, my sides of my face are not covered well and the chin area is also feels lacking (I like my masks go cover my chin and then some!) The upper part of the mask fits nicely but the lower mask doesn’t… but that has been my complaint with 2 piece hydrogels all along. They never fit nicely for the lower half of my face. Anyway, within a few minutes, the mask stops sliding around and it is “glued” to my face! That is good ~ as that means the gel and essence will be absorbed into my skin. This is made with 100% natural ingredients and 95% organic ingredients ~ it is naturally fermented with fruits, such as apple, licorice, tomato and banana and can help hydrate and sooth skin. This is free of parabens, silicones, mineral oils, synthetic dyes and fragrances. This mask has a lovely lavender scent to it along with a fermented tang. After 30 minutes, I removed the mask. Huh. I didn’t see anything toned or lifted, but face did feel soft and smooth. Not exactly what I thought for a high priced hydrogel. Okay…. 

Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water (35%), Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Organic Lactobacillus/Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Ferment Filtrate (.05%), Organic Lactobacillus/Citrus Medica (Citron) Ferment Filtrate (.05%), Organic Lactobacillus/Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Ferment Filtrate (.05%), Organic Lactobacillus/Musa Sapientum (Banana) Ferment Filtrate (.05%), Xanthan Gum, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa (Peony) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract  Essence Ingredients:  Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (98.06%), Organic Lactobacillus/Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Ferment Filtrate (.1%), Organic Lactobacillus/Citrus Medica (Citron) Ferment Filtrate (.1%), Organic Lactobacillus/Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Ferment Filtrate (.1%), Organic Lactobacillus/Musa Sapientum (Banana) Ferment Filtrate (.1%), Organic Lactobacillus/Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Ferment Filtrate (.1%), Organic Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract (.1%), Organic Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil (.5%), Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa (Peony) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil analysis

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Zymogen Advanced Nutri-Hydrating Mask I ADORE Zymogen products ~ I have used their fermented Houttuynia Cordata serum and cream (LOVE, LOVE) and will be purchasing the fermented Soybean serum and Eye cream for the fall. When I saw that Wishtrend was carrying a mask set from Zymogen, I had to get them. This mask has some lovely fermented ingredients ~ pomegranate, soy, ginseng, rice, pumpkin 🎃, green tea 🌱, honey 🍯 and more! It also has one of my favorite hydrating ingredients, beta-glucan. The mask itself doesn’t feel like much, it is a paper like mask and the essence is odorless. The fit of this mask is good for people with big faces (like me!) and I did appreciate that. I didn’t think too much of this mask when I put it on, as I felt that it wasn’t that soaked in essence plus I didn’t like the feel of the mask. However, I was able to leave this on for about 35 minutes without it drying out too much. I was also very surprised at the results! I thought this was going to be a meh-mask and wow — this mask actually brightened up my skin tone overall, reduced the appearance of my pores around my nose and lower forehead. My face doesn’t feel sticky or greasy, and feels really smooth, soft, hydrated and cool to the touch. I have to say, after the Whamisa mask last night, which is more expensive than Zymogen’s mask, I can say that Zymogen’s mask is really so much better for my skin type (oily, blemish-prone, aging). Two thumbs up and I DO wish Zymogen was carried by US shops as it takes forever to get them from Korea!

Description: This organic face mask will help your skin retain its elasticity. It will help your skin boost up its regenerating ability. It will thoroughly nourish your skin.Give your face a nutrient bomb with the Advanced Nutri-Hydrating, organic face mask. The answer to nourishment, wrinkles, whitening and enlarged pores.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus/Pueraria Mirifica Root Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus/Panax Ginseng Root Ferment Filtrate, Bacillus/Corchorus Olitorius Leaf Ferment Filtrate, Aspergillus/Saccharomyces/Rice Ferment Filtrate, Aspergillus/Saccharomyces/Pumpkin Seed Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces/Camellia Sinensis Extract Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces/Prunus Mume Extract Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces/Day Lily Flower/Honey Ferment Filtrate, Alcohol, Beta-Glucan, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Sodium Polyacrylate, Disodium EDTA, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol analysis

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Whamisa Organic Flowers & Aloe Vera Fermented Hydrogel Sheet Mask with Lactobacillus (Lifting/Whitening/Moisturizing) This is the 2nd of 3 Whamisa masks that I have purchased. I used the Fruit & Tomato a few nights ago and I wasn’t that impressed. This mask is for lifting, whitening (brightening) and moisturizing and is made with 100% natural ingredients/95% organic and contains fermented flower extracts ~ chrysanthemum, camellia, dandelion, lotus ~ along with fermented aloe vera and then some nice extracts to help brighten your skin ~ licorice and peony. This mask smells nice ~ I know the main scent is that fermented like scent, but I can smell flowers ~ maybe camilla? It is very pleasant ~ this time I learned to grab my face brush that I use for masks and apply the excess serum in the mask tub on my face first before applying the mask. I also used Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads that I received in my March Birchbox ~ these have collagen, hyaluronic acid and rose hip oils. Both masks are very jiggly-jelly masks, and the eye pads are thicker, so they were easier to apply. I did have issues with Whamisa (again) because it is so jiggly. If I look unhappy in the photo, that is because I had to keep adjusting the lower part of the hydrogel as it kept sliding off my face while I was taking photos!! The nice thing about the Whamisa is that it will calm down after 5 minutes and just stick to your face like an alien life-form and not budge.  I left my masks on for about 30 minutes and removed.

Unlike the Fruit/Tomato version, I could see instant results with this mask ~ my face looked brighter and radiant, more even in its tone and my pores looked smaller in appearance. The only downside is that this is a night mask ~ it is so moisturizing that my skin couldn’t absorb all of the essence properly and it kept balling off my skin! haha The eye gels are fantastic, btw ~ my skin under my eyes looked so hydrated and smooth, with my fine lines and wrinkles being visibly diminished. So, two really nice products tonight ~ I am happy that this Whamisa mask worked for me nicely and the Wilma Schumann eye pads are a big happy surprise!

 Sheet Mask Ingredients: Water, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract(35%), Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, *Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate (.05%), *Lactobacillus/Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Ferment Filtrate (.05%),*Lactobacillus/Nelumbium Nucifera Flower Ferment Filtrate (.05%), Xanthan Gum, **Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract,*Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, **Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract    Essence Ingredients:    *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (96.78%), *Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate (.1%), *Lactobacillus/Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Ferment Filtrate (.1%), *Lactobacillus/Nelumbium Nucifera Flower Ferment Filtrate (.1%), *Lactobacillus/Aloe Barbadensis Ferment Filtrate (.1%), *Helichrysum Arenarum Flower Extract(.1%), *Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract(.1%), *Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil(.5%),***(-)-alpha-bisabolol, *Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract(.1%), *Camellia Japonica Seed Oil(.1%), Xanthan Gum,**Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, **Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, **Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil *Certified Organically Grown **Natural Preservative ***Ecocert Free of Parabens, Mineral Oils, Synthetic dyes & fragrances analysis

Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Collagen, Allantoin, Methylparaben, Sodium Polyacrylate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Hyaluronic Acid analysis

Whamisa Organic Seeds & Rice Fermented Hydrogel Facial Mask with Lactobacillus (Lifting/Anti-Wrinkle/Soothing)  I have never been so happy to stop a series of sheet masks as I have been with Whamisa ~ and there were only 3 flavors!!  I skipped over the kelp one, as the Tonymoly Kelp mask is a dup and I felt it wasn’t worth spending the extra moola on the expensive version. Honestly, I don’t get the raves over these masks ~ for me, the fit was abysmal and after I removed the mask, the essence remaining on my skin just “balled” up and didn’t absorb into my skin at all.  This mask, like the other 2, is formulated with 95% organic ingredients ~ the key players are naturally fermented rice and soybean and it will help hydrate and soothe dry skin, while improving elasticity and firmness. The scent is nice ~ it is lavender and they do provide a ton of essence ~ I am showing close ups of the mask in its container ~ and I use a facial brush to apply the essence on my face first (I like to put it under my eye area, as the mask isn’t going to cover that area very well) and then the mask over it.  The mask is beautiful golden jelly, but a pain to apply as it slips and slides everywhere, but I will say this, once it is on your face for 5 minutes, it doesn’t move. That sucker is adhering quite nicely.  I did like the Flower & Aloe one as it really did reduce my pores, but the Seeds & Rice version is like the Fruit & Tomato version ~ nothin’, honey.   It really was like putting unflavored gelatin on my face for 30 minutes. 

Sheet Mask Ingredients: Water, *Hordeum Vulgare Seed Extract,  *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, *Lactobacillus/Rice Ferment Filtrate, *Lactiobacillus/Avena Sativa (oat) Kernel Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Phaseolus Angularis Seed Ferment Filtrate,  *Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract,  Xanthan Gum,   **Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, **Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, **Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract     Essence Ingredients:  *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, *Lactobacillus/Hordeum Vulgare Seed Extract,  Lactobacillus/Rice Ferment Filtrate, *Lactiobacillus/Avena Sativa (oat) Kernel Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Phaseolus Radiatus Seed Ferment Filtrate,  *Lactobacillus/Glycine Soja (Black Soybean) Ferment Filtrate,  *Lactobacillus/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Ferment Filtrate, *Corylus Avellana (hazel) Seed Oil, **Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, **Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, **Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract,   Xanthan Gum,  Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, ***Adenosine  *Certified Organically Grown **Natural Preservative ***Ecocert analysis



Manyo Factory Galactomyces 10X Special Treatment Mask Yes, I am wearing a mask here! This is a two piece hydrogel by Manyo Factory and the lovely Joan @kinsengnsq sent this to me as a gift a while back, and I am just getting around using it.  Galactomyces are fermented yeast filtrates and are highly moisturizing as well as being a powerful anti-oxidant.  They help fight free radicals and reverse and slow down the aging process in your skin, by reducing the appearance of existing fine lines and wrinkles while preventing new ones and also by brightening and evening out your skin tone by fading hyper-pigmentation spots.  It also controls cell turnover and oiliness.

I normally hate hydrogels and 2 piece ones at that… BUT THIS MASK IS WONDERFUL!! I love it. Really do ~ this is what Whamisa should have been and it was wasn’t. This has a very light lavender scent (really light, I had to sniff it several times to pick up on it) and it is very jiggy wiggy ~ one side is “textured” with a diamond pattern, which makes it adhere better to my face, but it still is hard to place on my face. Once I got the mask placed, it did stay on well. Lots of essence in the bag too, so I put that over the mask and on my neck too. Very translucent and it is a testament to how much I love this mask that I am showing you my “bare” face here. After 35 minutes, I removed what was left of this hydrogel (as a lot of it absorbed into my skin) and wow. Smooth, pores tightened, matte, not sticky, no extra essence balling up (yeah side eye to Whamisa here) and my face looked refreshed and the skin tone is brightened. This mask is amazing and I will be purchasing this one.

Description: Contains 97% Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate for fantastic brightening effects along with  vitamins, minerals and amino acids to help balance your skin’s oil and water ratio.  This mask helps enhance moisture retention and reduce redness.

Ingredients: galactomyces ferment filtrate (97%), aloe barbadensis leaf extract, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower water, chamaecyparis obtusa water, prunus mume fruit water,butylene glycol, glycerin, chondrus chrispus (carrageenan), algae oligosaccharides, sodium hyaluronate, ceratonia siliqua gum, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract, scutelleria baicalensis root extract, phaseolus radiatus (mung bean) seed extract, jojoba seed oil, centella asiatica extract, guar gum, xanthan gum, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract, polygonum cuspidatum root extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, 1,2-hexanediol, potassium chloride, glucose, zanthoxylum piperitum fruit extract, pulsatilla koreana (pasqueflower) extract, usnea barbata (lichen) extract, caprylhydroxamic acid, caprylyl glycol, glyceryl laurate, artemisia vulgaris (mugwort) extract, houttuynia cordata extract, citrus junos fruit extract, tropolone, origanum vulgare leaf extract, perilla ocymoides seed oil, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil analysis

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Final Thoughts

So, I finally got thru my special fermented masks.  I think the bad experience with Whamisa just turned me off for so long that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to try the Manyo Factory ~ but when I did, WOWZA!  The two masks that I give a major thumbs up and recommend are Zymogen Advanced Nutri-Hydrating Mask and Manyo Factory Galactomyces 10X Special Treatment Mask (of course!)   They are very different ~ Zymogen is a 1 piece cotton sheet mask made with a lot of fermented ingredients, ranging from soymilk, herbs and fruits and Manyo Factory is a jiggy 2 piece hydrogel with one fermented yeasty friend ~ galactomyces ~ with lots of herbal ingredients.  They both are uniquely different and if you get either (or both) of them, let me know in the comments how you liked them.  Whamisa just didn’t work for me ~ even with the Flowers & Aloe (the best of the trio for me) ~ these masks were just overpriced and over-hyped, imho.   Maybe they just don’t work well on oily skin, as the essence just wouldn’t absorb properly and would ball up on my face after I removed the mask.   

Let me know if you tried any of these masks, how they worked for you and if you have other fermented favs that I should know about (and try!!) 


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2 thoughts on “Review Digest: Fermented Masks: Whamisa, Zymogen & Manyo Factory

  1. I love how you grouped these masks together. I definitely see how Whamisa / Manyo Factory could be placed in the same category and had not ever heard of the Zymogen mask before at all. Thank you for the lovely in-depth reviews!

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