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May 28th, 2024 

From Booze Byproduct to Beauty Boost: Unveiling Our Upcycled Rice Mask

Introducing our new Ground Rice and Honey Glow Mask

Would you believe that rice is not just a delicious staple food, but has been a renowned skincare ingredient for centuries?

Back in the Joseon Dynasty, people used rice bran water (the leftover water from rinsing rice) as a natural cleanser, and even made face masks from rice hull powder to achieve a brighter, clearer complexion. This spring, we wanted to highlight and appreciate the benefits of rice so we created a product using makgeolli lees.


Table of Content

  • What are makgeolli & makgeolli lees?
  • Key Benefit #1: Clearer Skin Tone
  • Key Benefit #2: Anti-inflammatory Properties
  • Conclusion

What are makgeolli & makgeolli lees?

You might know makgeolli as a delicious Korean rice wine, enjoyed for centuries since the Joseon Dynasty. But did you know that this traditional drink holds the key to achieving radiant skin? Makgeolli lees, the rice particles leftover after fermentation, are packed with beneficial nutrients that can work wonders on your complexion. Inspired by this centuries-old Korean wisdom, we incorporated the essence of makgeolli lees into our new product: the Ground Rice and Honey Glow Mask. Experience a deeply hydrating and clarifying mask that will leave your skin looking radiant and more evenly toned.

Makgeolli brewers noticed that their hands became soft and clear after making makgeolli. in Korea, it is common knowledge that making and massaging the skin with makgeolli creates more beautiful skin. Science can back this up because makgeolli lees are packed with beneficial substances like kojic acid, known for its skin tone brightening effect, and galactomyces*, a renowned substance for moisturizing the skin. Unfortunately, makgeolli lees often gets thrown away because the process of preserving and upcycling makgeolli lees is quite involved. However, we learned how we could leverage its potential and partnered with a model and makgeolli enthusiast, Stefanie Michova. After developing the product over 4 months, we finally reached the best texture and formula for our new rice mask that will replenish and lighten all of our Beauties.

*Limited to the properties of the ingredient

Clearer Skin Tone

Rice is widely used for skincare routines, known for its ability to even out skin tone. Nowadays, modern science has proven that makgeolli lees are also effective for improving dull skin by clearing dead skin cells and impurities from the skin. Makgeolli lees may also control melanin production*, a key contributor to uneven skin tone, to bring out the natural glow to your fatigued skin and prevent dark spots. The Ground Rice and Honey Glow Mask will be your one-step solution to fight dull, pigmented skin and transform it into glowy and even skin.

*Limited to the properties of the ingredient

Anti-inflammatory Properties

Another key ingredient in the Ground Rice and Honey Glow Mask is honey. It contains 5% honey to help soothe inflamed skin and provide hydration. Also, honey is known to remove dead skin cells on the surface of the skin as well as eliminating excessive sebum and other waste that sits on the skin. Known for its powerful antioxidant benefits for thousands of years, the combination of rice and honey makes the mask even more effective for any type of skin.

Honey will keep the mask moisturized during the application so that the mask will not dry out while it is being applied and doing its job. Plus, honey offers a gelato-like texture to make enjoying our new rice mask more fun.


To sum up, the Ground Rice and Honey Glow Mask works as a multi-functioning mask that can both prevent inflammation and clear up the skin tone with its fine, smooth texture. Large, powdered grains will actively remove excessive oil while honey soothes and moisturizes the skin. Feel the power of rice lees and experience the surprise of rice on your skin!

Ground Rice and Honey Glow Mask
Ground Rice and Honey Glow Mask
Ground Rice and Honey Glow Mask
Ground Rice and Honey Glow Mask
Ground Rice and Honey Glow Mask
Ground Rice and Honey Glow Mask
Ground Rice and Honey Glow Mask
Ground Rice and Honey Glow Mask
Ground Rice and Honey Glow Mask
Ground Rice and Honey Glow Mask
Ground Rice and Honey Glow Mask

Ground Rice and Honey Glow Mask


What it is

Discover the power of rice and honey with our new wash-off mask, the Ground Rice and Honey Glow Mask. This mask harnesses the power of upcycled makgeolli lees, a byproduct of traditional Korean rice wine, to deliver potent skin benefits. Enriched with natural rice hull powder and 5% honey, it provides deep hydration, improves skin texture, and helps soothe inflammatory skin conditions like acne.

Comprehensive Skin Care: All-in-One Mask
This all-in-one mask combines the benefits of brightening, antioxidant, moisturizing, improving skin elasticity, scrubbing, and soothing (cooling) effects. The synergy of upcycled makgeolli lees, honey, clay powder, and rice hull powder ensures thorough skin care in one step.

Gentle Pore and Trouble Care

Kaolin clay effectively absorbs sebum and purifies pores, while honey delivers moisture and calms inflammation. This ensures the skin is left purified and hydrated without any tightness.

Natural Exfoliation and Hydration

The natural rice hull powder gently exfoliates dead skin cells and impurities, while honey provides deep hydration and helps reduce skin troubles, making it suitable for all skin types.

Key Ingredients:

Rice Lees Extract
Upcycled from traditional Korean rice wine, this extract is rich in brightening, moisturizing, and elasticity-boosting properties. It is carefully extracted through low-temperature fermentation to preserve its beneficial components, promoting clear and vibrant skin.

Rice Hull Powder
A gentle natural exfoliant, rice hull powder effectively removes dead skin cells and impurities, refining skin texture and tone.

Honey (5%)
Renowned for its antibacterial and moisturizing benefits, honey soothes inflammation and provides deep hydration, leaving the skin smooth and supple.

This natural clay absorbs excess sebum and purifies pores, leaving the skin clean and refreshed.

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