Although I might not be attuned to the latest wave of TikTok skin-care influencers (pardon me, skinfluencers), my interest was piqued when I heard about the arrival of a new skin-care line aimed at Generation Z. The latest brainchild of MBX, formerly known as Memebox, Otzi joins the ranks of other Korean-inspired beauty ventures, such as Kaja Beauty and I Dew Care, while pushing inclusivity to the forefront of its brand mission. In fact, Otzi (pronounced oat-zee) is a play on the Korean word 우리 for “us.”
A participant of the Clean at Sephora program, Otzi pairs innovative Korean ingredients, like bamboo water and ginseng berry, with tried-and-true counterparts, such as hyaluronic acid and vitamin C — all without often-unwanted ingredients, like sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, and mineral oil. (For good measure, the same goes for Allure’s definition of clean beauty.) The seal also signifies less than one percent of synthetic fragrances and no undisclosed synthetic fragrances. However, it’s worth noting for fans of fragrance-free products (and those with sensitive skin) that all of Otzi’s products, except for C-Drip, have fragrance listed as their last ingredient. I don’t mind because the clean, floral scent actually makes application all the more enticing for me.
I don’t adhere to a strictly clean beauty routine, but if certain products are prone to cause less sensitivity, my face is a welcoming testing ground. I tried out all five of Otzi’s debut products — a vitamin C serum, multi-acid serum, pore-focused wash-off mask, gel moisturizer, and cleanser — over the span of a few weeks to give you my honest thoughts.