Product Review: Boscia Sake Balm

I’ve been testing out a new last-step moisturizer from Boscia, their Sake Balm.  This gel cream moisturizer is their “bounce” product.

Boscia Sake Balm 1 wm

From the Boscia website:


  • The highest quality Sake ingredient: a bioactive Rice Ferment Filtrate derived from an ancient Sake manufacturer based in Kyoto, Japan
  • Traditional Japanese Sake is rich in thioredoxin (TRX) content, an ingredient known for improving skin barrier function and water content, reducing wrinkle depth, improving firmness, and brightening skin
  • Thioredoxin (TRX) is considered the “mother molecule” for all living organisms providing protection from numerous bio-stressors including oxidation – aging, dullness, water loss, loss of elasticity and hyperpigmentation
  • Extremely rich in vitamins and minerals to provide powerful hydration and brightening benefits

Glycolic Acid

  • AHA that helps to clarify skin, reduce wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation
  • Improves skin texture by promoting the acceleration of the exfoliation of the upper layer of the epidermis

Vitamin C (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate)

  • Prevents and minimizes melanin synthesis, reducing UV damage and diminishing the appearance of hyperpigmentation
  • Promotes the healthy production of collagen, promoting skin firmness
  • Provides overall brightness and luminosity
  • Provides powerful antioxidant protection

boscia’s Proprietary Botanical Blend

  • Jojoba Leaf helps to prevent free radical damage while nourishing the skin
  • Willowherb helps to calm skin inflammation and reduce visible redness and irritation



This cream is to be used on freshly cleansed skin alone or over treatments.  I use it as my barrier cream step, the last one before sunscreen, to lock down all the layers of serums/essences.  This cream is so gel-like that it bounces back to its shape within minutes of disturbing the surface (pics to follow and demonstrate).



Boscia Sake Balm 2 wm



Boscia Sake Balm texture wm

Within a minute or two, the gel smooths out again.

Boscia Sake Balm smooth again wm


The product is also fast absorbing.

skin absorption 1 wm 

skin absorption 2 wm 

skin absorption 3 wm

It leaves a nice matte finish, which I love.  So even though the balmy texture feels rich and silky, no greasy or heavy feel is left on the skin.  I love all the anti-aging, calming and nourishing ingredients in this product.  With fall being in full swing, I find my skin doesn’t need super emollient products that it did in the summer and is loving light texture (yet still super hydrating).

Boscia really has placed themselves in the Asian skincare market that is relatable and non-overwhelming for North Americans, using ingredients coveted by Asians (such as fermented by-product from the alcohol process, popular for years in Asia) and products that are widely used by Asians that are new in the western countries such as peel gel, essence, beauty oil, and konjac sponges.

Boscia Sake Balm is available at Sephora and Amazon online.


What are your favourite fall skin-loving products?








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