Does May Coop Raw Sauce live up to the hype?
Look around the Asian Beauty community and you see a lot of people talking about May Coop Raw Sauce as a holy grail Korean toner. The weird name aside (makes you think of raw chicken, doesn’t it?), how legit is this toner?
In this post, we’re going to look at the ingredients in May Coop Raw Sauce to see what it can actually do, the scientific evidence behind maple tree sap for skin care, and how this toner stacks up to other toners/emulsions/essences from other Korean brands.
What is May Coop Raw Sauce?
It is a 3-in-1 toner, emulsion, and essence that cleanses and hydrates your skin. The product comes in a nice glass bottle with wooden cap.
How do I use it?
After cleansing your face, pour a quarter sized amount into your palm, apply to the face and neck area, and gently pat the product into your skin until it is fully absorbed.
What’s so special about this toner?
May Coop Raw Sauce’s main claim to fame is containing 93% maple sap. When used in the skin care context, the benefits of maple sap are evidently positive.
Aside from the sugar that makes up the maple syrup you know and love, the natural maple tree sap contains minerals, oligosaccharides, peptides, amino and organic acids, phytohormones, and phenolics (Li and Seeram, 2012). Amino acids are organic compounds that combine to proteins. There is evidence that certain amino acids can restore to collagen protein synthesis that has been damaged by UV radiation (Murakami et al, 2012).
Collagen, as you may know, is one of the main proteins responsible for maintaining the skin’s structure, elasticity, and strength. When the skin is damaged by UV rays from the sun or other environmental factors, collagen production decreases, and causes the skin to sag.
List of ingredients
Acer Mono Sap, Alcohol, Glycerin, Peg-8, Sea Water Maris Aqua (sea Water), Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Water, Betula Alba Bark/leaf Extract, Castanea Sativa (chestnut) Bark Extract, Olea Europaea (olive) Fruit Extract, Pinus Sylvestris Bark Extract, Ribes Nigrum (black Currant) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Vitis-idaea Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (grape) Fruit Extract, Triticum Vulgare (wheat) Flour Extract, Oryza Sativa (rice) Extract, Zea Mays (corn) Germ Extract, Glycine Soja (soybean) Seed Extract, Oryza Sativa (rice) Bran Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Arginine, Panthenol, Creatine, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Fructan Powder, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Parfum, Sodium Hyaluranate, Ci 15510
Based on the ingredients list, the only concern about the formulation is that it contains alcohol. If you have normal or oily skin, this should be okay. However, if you have dry skin, this toner may dries out your skin more and you won’t get the full benefit of hydration. For those with sensitive skin, the alcohol may also irritate your skin, although this vary from person to person.
What it feels like
The texture is very light, only a little more viscous than water or an astringent (see photo from the manufacturer below).
It absorbs quickly and leaves a moisturized but matte finish. No stickiness or greasiness here. It has a mild, pleasant, herbal scent that goes away quickly.
May Coop Raw Sauce is a great toner, but not for all skin types. (The common refrain “Your Mileage May Vary” we often say in skin care does apply in this case.). Based on the analysis of the ingredients list, it’s a solid buy if you have normal and oily skin and/or don’t mind the alcohol. The maple sap and herbal extracts should keep your skin hydrated and plump. Amazon usually sells it for around $30, although sometimes it goes on sale. You can check the current price here.
If you have dry and/or sensitive skin, you might want to look for other alternate toners without alcohol instead. Here are some alcohol-free toners that would be more suitable for your skin type.
This beauty water doubles up as a toner/cleansing water that gets a lot of well-deserved accolades in the Asian Beauty circle as one of the best Korean toners out there. You can use it to remove makeup, and unlike with many drugstore makeup removers and micellar waters, this doesn’t leave a greasy residue on your skin.
True to the name, this toner is loaded with awesome flower and other plant extracts like chrysanthemum, aloe, peonia, hisbiscus, and more. It also contains avocado and argan oil which gives your skin all the moisture and hydration it needs. The fermented process basically creates a more concentrated version of the extracts, so every drop counts.
One of the best Korean toners for dry skin. It is infused with hyaluronic acid and non-irritating, botanical extracts that will hydrate and soothe inflammation at the same time. Hyaluronic acid is one of those wonder molecules that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, meaning it will help replenish the moisture your skin loses throughout the day.
Li L, Seeram N. Chemical Composition and Biological Effects of Maple Syrup. American Chemical Society. 2012. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/bk-2012-1093.ch018.
Murakami H. et al. Importance of amino acid composition to improve skin collagen protein synthesis rates in UV-irradiated mice. Amino Acids. 2012. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3351609/.