It’s been about a decade since Korean skincare first broke into the western mainstream. And, in that time, we’ve been introduced into the Land Beyond Serums — that is, cleansing balms, double cleanses, essences, activators, boosters, nighttime masks — you name it. So it was about time that skincare literally ran out of new terms and just called a new variety of product “sauce.”May Coop Raw Sauce is 93% (yes, 93%) of a complex of maple tree sap, fructan powder (eco-cert certified), and Asian herbal and fruit extracts. There are several reports of maple tree sap being used in northern and eastern Europe to treat skin conditions for centuries (Acta Societatis). The reason? GCGs, also known as glucitol-core-containing gallotannins (GCGs). GCGs, like phenols like the EGCG in green tea, have been shown in scientific studies to block the activity of elastase and other elastin-interfering enzymes.
In other work, these same GCGs have been shown to improve inflammation and the appearance of dark spots (Science Daily). So 93% of May Coop Raw Sauce is a solid ingredient — kind-of like putting a lightweight, yet concentrated, green tea infusion on your skin.
Overall, I like May Coop Raw Sauce as a low-cost, mostly preventative skincare treatment. I wouldn’t choose a maple tree sap serum for dark spots over a concentrated L-ascorbic acid serum (if you want scientific and synthetic) or glycyrrhizin (licorice) (if you want natural and/or organic). But I certainly think it could be competitive with green tea, at least based on early research, and it’s a lot lower of a price point than some of the concentrated EGCG products out there. So, overall, a solid preventative product, but I wouldn’t expect miracles — just mostly prevention.
Ingredients in May Coop Raw Sauce: 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