It has come to my attention lately that girls in Korea are going nuts over everything perfumed! Scented candles, oil diffusers, porcelain diffusers, you name it! Stores that sell these things have started popping up all over Seoul and lately it seems to be all that the girls at my university can talk about!
This will be a dual post about my experience with Innisfree’s oil diffuser, and my current favourite coffee shop to go to – Innisfree’s Jeju House cafe! (Picture heavy)
The weather was amazing, and that’s the best time to go to this cafe! This is a special store that has exclusive products unavailable at other Innisfree stores. I hear Etude House is opening one soon, which I’m very excited about…
First I will talk about the cafe, which is located on the second and third floors of the Jeju House. The interior’s basic design is white and wood, with open spaces and big windows to let the light in. It feels very calming and natural, as the lighting is mostly from the windows outside so it is very relaxing!
The menu is quite varied with different natural juices, teas, and smoothies, as well as your standard coffees. Their cakes are A-MA-ZING. I’ve tried 3 different ones so far and always come back for more; so moist and yummy! They come in some interesting flavours as well, such as sweet pumpkin, organic honey, and purple sweet potato, all stuff that is apparently found on Korea’s Jeju island, which is a common theme with the drinks and food at this cafe.
Ended up going with the standard Americano because I am, after-all, a creature of habit. My friend went with a banana smoothie of some sort that apparently was delicious (I’m allergic to banana so I will never knowㅠㅠ)
I always write these posts late at night which is a terrible thing to do because LOOK AT THAT CAKE. So yummy (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻ Tried their blueberry banana cake (fun fact: I can eat bananas cooked) and cheese tart! The staff were very friendly in triple checking that there were no raw bananas in the cake so that I could eat it :’) So friendly!
And the grand finale! The best part of this cafe even though everything else is also excellent! THE VIEW!! Look at it! It’s soooo relaxing to sit outside and have cake and coffee while a cool spring breeze blows by. All that with a gorgeous mountain view that helps you forget that you are actually in the busiest city in South Korea! Sitting on the veranda is probably the main reason I have come to this cafe more than once, it’s so great to go and talk with friends, or do some studying on your own. It definitely helps you forget the stressful Seoul lifestyle!
And now for the store itself…
As you can see on the tag on the left, Innisfree’s Jeju House has a lot of products unavailable elsewhere. These are packets of powders that produce different effects for your skin, so you can mix and match as many as you want and mix them with the separate mask base in order to make a face mask that matches your own skin!
Everything is based on a “natural” theme, as are most things with Innisfree! They even sell non-cosmetic products…
Another special feature of the Innisfree Jeju House is the Lucky Box!
If you spend over 20,000 KRW you get a lucky coin which gives you a chance to use the Lucky Box!
You choose the section you want to use your coin on…
And you get your box!
Inside the box you will usually find various samples, but if you’re really lucky (hence the name “Lucky Box”) you can get discount coupons for different Innisfree products!
Now back to the point of this post…
Innisfree’s Jeju House is perfect for going with the current trend of scented things, as they sell a number of scented candles and scented oils which I believe can be used as perfume for your skin, are as diffusers as seen on top.
And now onto the important part! Oil diffusers! I had heard great reviews about these from my friends as well as input from my university classmates who had raved about how good these were. I had been wanting a nice scent in my room for a while but do not like the smell of burning candles nor of incense, so I thought I would give this a try!
The diffusers come in many different scents
(almost wrote flavours…) divided between citrus, floral, powdery, green, and fruity scents. As I am very particular about my scents because I get headaches quite easily from certain smells, I ended up smelling all of them when I bought my diffuser until I found the perfect one!
Once you pick your diffuser, you can (and must) purchase the wooden sticks that diffuse the scent through your room. You can buy them in several varieties, as seen in the above picture. The bottles are also available to purchase, but as the diffuser itself retails for quite a high price on its own (20,000 KRW) I decided to just use the regular bottle that it came in.
I ended up going with the Lotus Flower scent and a month later, no regrets! It’s a good thing I liked it so much because upon smelling it in the store I accidentally stuck it on my nose and the smell stuck with me for a good 3 hours after that, haha (ㅡㅅㅡ;;
Using the diffuser is as simple as opening the bottle and putting in the reed sticks! The more you put in, the stronger the scent will get. My room is quite small so I only put in 3, but I find that the scent still spread out through my room evenly! Despite the seemingly expensive price, I bought mine a month ago and you can see that I have only used about a little less than a third of a bottle. Of course, the more sticks you use the faster you are going to run out! If you find the scent has gotten a little weak, I recommend flipping the sticks around so that the part that was in the oil is out in the air.
If you’re like me and can’t deal with strong scents, then I definitely recommend the oil diffusers as a nice way of freshening up your room! Many other brands (such as Etude) are coming out with these kinds of diffusers as well, but it seems that Innisfree currently has the largest range, with two more having come out this month! I’m normally not one to follow trends, but this is definitely one I can get behind!
Expect another post on Wednesday 🙂 On a roll this week!! Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, until next time ( ˘ ³˘)~♥