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The Best Essence You’re Not Using is May Coop Raw Sauce – Review

May Coop Raw Sauce is the Best Essence

May Coop Raw Sauce is hugely popular in Korea. Strangely enough, it’s not mentioned much on beauty blogs or review sites in the US. It’s also not considered one of our K-beauty cult brands we always see mentioned, like Banila Co., Etude House, Skin Food, etc. Part of that could be because of the price, and it could be seen as a mid-luxury item due to the large bottle costing $43. But to ignore the amazing benefits of raw sauce, which can be used as a toner, essence, and emulsion in one (an All Kill), is a mistake.

I think May Coop Raw Sauce is the best essence all skin types. Its moisturizing ingredient, maple tree sap, will improve anyone’s face or skin issue. It’s great for us combination skin girls because of our unevenly dry and oily skin. Raw Sauce provides the moisture to the oily parts and the deep moisture for the dry areas. Some essences don’t work as well to penetrate moisture into the skin. I was floored with the results from May Coop Raw Sauce because my skin was obviously more moisturized, and the flaking appearance under make up was reduced. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to I use the revenue only to buy more products to review for you. Thanks for your support! 🙂

May Coop Raw Sauce is the Best Essence for Combination Skin – Review


Price: $14 at Sephora | $27 on Amazon
Size: 40ml
Fragrance: Perfume scent that has some citrus and floral notes
Skin effect: Effective moisturizing; a must have for all skin types
Pros: Great moisturizing properties; gives skin a slight plump
Cons: Price is high for small 40ml size and the 5.07oz is $43

How it Works

The key to getting the most benefit out of the Korean skin routine is to constantly moisturize skin. High levels of moisturization are either forgotten by sticking to these routines to improve our skin. But actually, if you don’t moisturize, whether its oily, dry, combination, or normal, you need to start doing that. Raw Sauce is a good way to get moisture deep into skin.

May Coop Raw Sauce is the Best EssenceMay Coop Raw Sauce’s magic ingredient is maple tree sap (or Acer mono sap), which is the same size as natural skin fluids on a molecular level. These cells are smaller than water molecules and because of its small size, it naturally gets absorbed into skin like a sponge.

What is maple tree sap? Marie Claire includes it as one of the 9 Asian skincare ingredients that are magic. Full of antioxidants and botanical  complexes, it helps to improve your complexion, neutralize free radicals, and supports natural skin cell regeneration.

May Coop Raw Sauce TextureAnother interesting thing is that the texture of May Coop Raw Sauce is viscous; it’s not the usual watery essence. A perfume scent with citrus and floral notes isn’t overpowering, but kind of strong at first. Actually, the smell fades quickly once applied and patted into skin. Raw Sauce is non-sticky, and it absorbs into skin fairly quickly so you’re not spending a ridiculous amount of time patting it in, either.

Sephora writes that May Coop Raw Sauce

…delivers critical nourishment to skin, creating a healthy-looking glow from within. It also helps prep skin to better absorb subsequent products, such as serums and moisturizers, so that you get the most out of both both morning and evening skin care routines.

Made with 93% maple tree sap, May Coop Raw Sauce has a large amount of this “magic” ingredient. Look, all I know is that I was amazed with the results…


Well, after using May Coop Raw Sauce consistently for 3 weeks, my skin was significantly more moisturized. There was a firmness on the first day I applied it, but the moisturization got consistently better with time. The flaky skin my cushion was settling into throughout the day was also minimized, especially on my chin and cheeks. Since my skin was more moisturized, it also felt a little plumper (I describe this as feeling a bit like mochi, plump and firm with a little give).

Lazy Girl Guide

Anyway, as I wrote above: May Coop Raw Sauce can be used as an All-Kill.  Use it as toner, essence, and emulsion all in one. So, apply the Raw Sauce and then immediately put on an ampoule, eye cream and moisturizer, sunscreen if it’s day time or a sleeping pack before bed. Done.

No wonder May Coop is an ‘It’ brand in Korea. I really adore this product, the packaging is really high quality, just like the essence.


Get it. I have a little bit left in my small 40ml bottle and I’m going to invest in the larger, $43 version whenever I can. And I don’t pay $43 for anything skin related! It pained me to even buy Son and Park Beauty water when it was first available in the states for $30. I almost cried. But sometimes the investment in your skin is worth it, and there really is something to May Coop Raw Sauce. It’s one of those rare products that completely 100% works. This is definitely a key Korean skincare product.

Where to Buy

Buy it in store and online for $14 (40mL) at Sephora. Can’t find it there or you can’t purchase from Sephora? The lowest price I found for December 2016 is for $27 on Amazon. See the Amazon listing page for May Coop Raw Sauce here.

What do you think?

Have you tried May Coop Raw Sauce? How did it work?

1. Cleanse and tone face.
2. Dispense appropriate amount for face and neck on your palm, and apply with fingertips (don’t waste product on a cotton pad) in an upward motion.
3. Pat into skin until fully absorbed.

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 OilMethylparaben, Carbomer, Arginine, Panthenol, Creatine, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Fructan Powder, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexyl MethoxycinnamateParfum, Sodium Hyaluranate, CI 15510.

Irritants/possible irritants are bolded. (CosDNA)

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