While I was browsing at Watsons Gurney Plaza Penang, I came across a little stand with Sukin Organic products and Renew Skincare products on it. Interesting! I’d been reading about organic products coming to Watsons but haven’t seen it for myself.
Despite not being quite into organic skincare, I’ve tried the Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser and the Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner from when they were only available in Singapore. I’ve also tried the Body Wash which is alright but I decided the whole line wasn’t for me.
Renew Skin Care however, was new to me. I was interested in getting a hydrating face mist (purely because of the smell of roses) and saw they were available in both brands. Renew Skin Care cost RM49.90 for 100ml while Sukin Organics cost RM34.90 or so for 125ml. There were testers for both items and I tested both – they felt and smelt the same.
Sukin and Renew Skin Care Hydrating Face Mist look the same
It was puzzling, so I read the labels and found that they contained almost exactly the same ingredients for the hydrating mist. The other thing I noticed was that both companies shared the same address in Australia. When I checked the website, the address for Sukin Organics was different from that on the label and Renew Skin Care did not have any mailing address on the site.
Labels on the Hydrating Face Mist were similar/same
Literature wise, both labels bore almost exact same wordings on how to use the hydrating mist. The sole difference I could discern was that Sukin Organics Hydrating Face Mist was cheaper than Renew Skin Care and I knew not why!
In the end, I picked up the Hydrating Face Mist from Sukin Organics. I figured that since they looked about the same, I might as well pay a lower price for more product.
I could not help but wonder though if they were essentially the same or similar products packaged and branded differently or at the very least owned by the same owner/company. If you look at the products offered by both brands (on their websites) I do notice startling similarities in the way products are named, in the packaging and in the ingredients used. I’m not too fussed with that since most large cosmetics companies are owned by the same people after all – its just rather startling to see them on the same stand thats all.
Renew Skin Care contains Rose Hip Oil
To be fair to both brands, I did notice that whilst other products contained similar ingredients, Renew Skincare has a noticable addition of Rose Hip Oil in most of their products except the hydrating mist. That might explain the price difference. Renew Skin Care was noticably more expensive than Sukin Organics. I was rather interested initially in trying the Renew Skin Care moisturizer but heaven knows I still have tubs to get through!
Glad to see Organic products in mainstream pharmacies
I’m also quite glad to see organic skincare freely available at mainstream pharmacies. It offers the consumer more choice and although I’m not 100% into organic skincare I know of people who would be interested to try them to see if it might be better for their skin than conventional brands and previously, unless you were savvy, it was not easy to find organic skincare. Prices are a little on the high side compared to regular cosmetics lines so I’m not sure how it sits with the general public – most of whom may not quite care about organic skin care if no one explains it to them.
If you have tried either Sukin or Renew and want to share your experience do feel free to leave a comment! 🙂 I’ll let you know what I think of the Sukin Organics Hydrating Face Mist in a while.
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A reader sent me an email yesterday asking me about the difference! Actually, I’ve never looked at Renew, apart from trying out their rosehip oil which is not bad. So now that you’re saying the ingredients are the same, it looks like it is a matter of positioning. But yeah, so strange they put them so close.
I actually think its a bit too close for comfort. Most people will just opt for the cheaper version! Would love to read your thoughts if you have any about Renew.
I almost get Renew Rose Hip oil the other day at Watsons but I have no idea how to use it and why do I need it. Hahaha… After a few minutes consideration, I put it back and leave…I have too many moisturizers waiting to be finish up…
I’ve used rose hip oil for scars and marks before this. A good oil does help but then so does Vitamin E oil for me so I opt for Vitamin E which is cheaper 🙂
I bought the hydrating mist, shampoo and body lotion. As much as I like organic skincare and products, this range is ok but nothing spectacular. Its like buying it and you think is ok but probably would not repurchase.
You’re absolutely right! Its something I bought out of curiousity but nothing so wonderful that I’d repurchase.
So how’s the hydrating mist? I’m thinking of getting something to spray on my sensitive skin…
hmmm i tried all the tester of renew and sukin.
renew felt watery and easily absorb while sukin’s is heavier and oilier feel. The both moisturizer felt heavy and oily though with a slight difference. I am bit confuse about whether renew is more suitable for what type of skin. After testing i assume renew is for oily skin and sukin’s for dry skin?
i prefer renew than sukin’s as its easier to absorb into the skin. the smell is a plus XD
I’m on my second bottle of Sukin foaming facial cleanser. They’re really great for my oily and sensitive skin! I didn’t feel any sting and red rashes that most cleanser give me, although I feel it make my skin feels a bit dry and tight.
I never really look at Renew, since they’re more expensive and like you said, almost the same. The vegan aspect in Sukin satisfy me just fine. 😀
i started to use Sukin Aloe Vera Gel & the Hydrating mist 10 days ago..
my skin was sensitive last time, previously i use Aloe Vera Gel from Forever living at nite to soothe my skin as my skin is acne prone.. now my skin improve tremendously.
i find the hydrating mist is refreshing and easy to use as u can spray it on ur face.
i feel some sensation on my face when i use the mist.The Aloe gel is different fr Forever Living brand that i hv used before, when apply on face if u can any scar, u will feel abit sore when u apply it. overall the Sukin product is good.
I’ve sensitive skin and recently trying both the brands. I like how these organic brands do not aggravate my skin (including sensitive scalp, believe it or not!)
So ya, I believe that organic products are a plus but only if you have sensitive skin. Or else really, there’s no need to be fully organic. Drugstore stuff should be alright.
I heard that rosehip oil is good to combat pigmentation, fine lines and moisturises as well. I bought Renew Rosehip Oil as it was a 20ml bottle and packaged with a 150ml cleansing gel which I could use at the gym. I’ve used rosehip oil for a week, only at night, and I can see some results. This product is value for money cos I use this oil to replace pricier night serums, and is a one solution for my dry skin and anti-aging concerns. Will repurchase definitely.
Yea both of it is from the same company therefore you notice that the packaging,name and smell is almost similar. Neither I know why they package it this way and launch both together at same place.
The difference between both renew and sukin is the content of the rose hip oil. the renew contain more rose hip therefore the price is slightly higher.
I really like the sukin cleanser , hydrating mist , handcream, shampoo, conditioner and deodorant. Affordable yet effective.
I personally like the renew cleanser better than sukin. i feel more refreshing with the renew. Try that out. As for the shampoo and conditioner, renew is more suitable for oily scalp. It is worth to purchase the rose hip oil as the promo pack comes with the cleanser. the rose hip oil is good. I did not use that to apply on my face as I have oily skin. I used it on my brown spots over my hands. I can feel my hands not so dry and pigmentation a little lighten after 1 months application.
dear kelly, could you let me know where (exact store location) can i find and buy the renewskincare product in malaysia. thanks !
Try looking in Watsons. I saw it there – I was in Watson’s Gurney Plaza though
sukin doesnt hve sunblock ryte? any suggestion wht cream should i use tht hve spf? cn we mix other brands with sukin? i hve vry dry skin especially my forehead, im afraid i’l hve breakouts if i mix other brand.i never use sukin before but i want to give it a try.for now i jst use olive oil mix with milk fr cleanser and jst use olive oil as moisturiser. for sunshield i use sesamee seeds blend with some water.im tired of doin tht and tht really wastin my time so i think im gonna get cleanser from sukin and the rosehip oil as moisturiser.is it enough for me? and again for the sun protection tht harmless to skin, any suggestion?? help 🙁 im really tired
As far as I know Sukin does not have sunscreen. I don’t forsee a problem using other sunscreens with Sukin creams. If you do break out, stop using it. It might be an ingredient that does not agree with you, less so the mixing of products. I’ve never heard of using sesame seeds as sunscreen so I don’t know how effective that is. There are many brands in the market so do look around before committing to one. For sunscreen, try reading some of my reviews on sunscreens I have used. It might help you.
hey paris b thanks. i think im goin to try the eucerin sunscreen. emm do u think its suitable for me to buy the sukin cleanser,toner n rosehip oil only? my skin is getting worse on d forehead.its like rashes.before this i used puteri rembulan for my face.my face ws clear from those acne n rashes but i cant stand the allergy to it.my eyes felt really itchy n i sneeze a lot. i think im allergy to those chemicals in d product cause when i quit using it i hv no itchy eyes n less sneezing.so nw im only using the milk n olive oil cleanser n olive oil as moisturiser but slowly my rashes getting noticeable im afraid it’l worsen.i feel tht my skin really needs d sls to have clear skin, but my skin is dry also n im allergy to chemicals.i wasted much money buying the wrong products 🙁 i want to hv healthy clear skin 🙁 helpppp..:( sukin is the right choice for me?
Without being an expert I cannot tell you if you are having an allergic reaction to any particular product. That said, you could try Sukin and see if it works for you. Its supposed to be organic and usually those with sensitive skin find that organic products help them better. Good luck.
I got itchy eyes and nose whenever I use branded products like Maybelline or Loreal. You should try organic products like Mukti for better results. I used Mukti (premium organic) for 6 months and my face is clearer from blackheads, acne and rashes. Now I am trying Sukin (which is more affordable) to continue using organic skin care products. Try out organic sample products first then continue if you feel better using them.
I am a fan of Mukti. But since Sukin and Renew is available at Watson’s Metro Kajang, I was tempted to try them too.
I have tried Sukin Facial Moisturiser and Foaming Cleanser. The cleanser works well with my combination skin but the moisturiser is a bit heavier. I am not sure whether Sukin Moisturiser is good for all types of skin esp for oily skin as it looks like the moisturiser is stickier than Renew. But looking at the price, I definitely will repurchase Sukin line – affordable organic products.
I wish Mukti products will cost less pricey in the future.
between cream cleanser and foaming cleanser, which one u think the best?
I bought Renew Skincare Moisturising Cream & 100% Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil at Jusco Mahkota Cheras last weekend. The ingredients are the one that make up my mind. It contains sesame, jojoba, aloe vera, vitamin E and organic rose hip oil.
Like most of you, I was thrilled to see the 2 new ranges of products in Watsons. I haven’t noticed the apparent price difference you mentioned here, but I was initially drawn more towards Sukin because of its packaging and wider range of items (at least that’s what it looks like in the Mid Valley branch I go to). However, after standing there trying out all the testers available, I have decided to get the Renew starter pack containing 1 bottle of Rosehip Oil and a tub of Antioxidant Moisturising face cream, at RM79.90. Despite the near identical ingredients in both Sukin and Renew, I find the Renew range smells so much better. Sukin on the other hand has a rather strong scent (for my liking) that gives me a bit of a headache, probably from the vanilla which they claimed to have used as a natural fragrance. I have been using the oil followed by the cream every night (the day is just too hot for me to apply anything onto my face), and it feels great on the skin. The soothing smell even makes me sleep better at night. I’m loving it!
Surprisingly, although it’s been said to be exclusive to Watsons, I also saw the Sukin range in Vitacare in Gardens lower ground floor. Not sure if there is any price difference but I reckon they are more or less the same.
You said that your skin is improved tremendously..what do you mean by that? Are all those acne disappeared and never come back after you use this skincare products? I would like to know your feedback.
I was just saying earlier that you can also find both Sukin and Renew in Vitacare in the Gardens, but recently I just noticed that the Jusco pharmacy in Mid Valley too carries the two products. Prices are the same, and for those of you who can collect points on your Jusco card (like me :P) it should be good news.
Can it treat acne skin? I have yet to try these products.
Paris B says
These aren’t formulated for acne skin but are general skincare.
Gail Foster says
Just read most of the comments after looking for a supplier for the Australian made RENEW product range. I first tried it arund 12 months ago, purchased from local chemist. I like it a lot as it reduced dramatically my patchy skin color & felt lovely, also noticed some fine lines reduced with 2nd jar & it absorbed very well. ie didn’t go to bed with greasy skin which would rub off on the pillow. I tried to get a 3rd jar but think the chemist had been browbeaten by the Sukin salesperson to not stock it. So was given Sukin range to try & had rash & stinging itchiness appear after only two days! IT’S THE ORANGE OIL or citrus skin derivative that does it to me. I’m extremely chemical sensitive (have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) & the citrus-orange oil is often used as a powerful cleanser-solvent in “organic-natural” household cleaners. BEWARE ANYONE WHO HAS SENSITIVE SKIN do not use anything with this in it!!! Also found scent of RENEW much nicer than SUKIN which was too strong & irritated my nasal tissue – sneezing, watery nose & itchiness. I’ve been told by a specialist in environmental medicine that orange oil (from skin of oranges) has same chemical composition as powerful solvent I was using in an offset printer when I became ill from it; therefore I cannot even eat marmalade with citrus -orange in it, as I get a severe dermatitis on my hands & soles of feet. I’d like someone to explain that one! Yet I can eat lemon & juice it without the dermatitis as it does not have the same chemical composition! NOTE everything “natural” has a chemical composition, as you will notice on labels the chemical name is given before the common name. If you are like me you will have to become your own detective to work out what you can tolerate (eating & applied to skin etc) do not expect any GP to understand unless they have someone close to them with this problem. I believe there are many more like me out there who are undiagnosed & given the latest pill or pick-me-up only to find they feel worse than ever, so then you are labelled “hypochondriac” or worse still ‘mentally ill” without a proper testing or diagnosis. I finally got my diagnosis after many years feeling unwell after seeing a former psychiatrist who discovered that some of his patients were being made ill by their environment or foods they ate & did not have a mental illness!