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Centella Cream Comparison: Iunik Centella Calming Gel Cream, Apieu Madecassoside Cream and Althea Skin Relief Calming Cream

Centella Cream Comparison: Iunik Centella Calming Gel Cream, Apieu Madecassoside Cream and Althea Skin Relief Calming Cream

Hello! This is one of the most longest draft I simpan. Nak buat comparisan among three moisturizers that contains centella asiatica extract which are:
1) Iunik Centella Calming Gel Cream
2) Apieu Madecassoside Cream
3) Althea Skin Relief Calming Cream

All there of them are made in Korea. 


Iunik: This light and moisturizing gel cream helps calm sensitive, stressed, or blemish-prone skin with 70% Centella Asiatica leaf water and 10% tea tree leaf water.

Apieu: This cream is powered by 40% Centella Asiatica leaf water and 0.1% Madecassoside that aid in calming irritated skin. It also contains Niacinamide to brighten dull skin complexion while witch hazel extract and panthenol to boost the skin's hydration level. Thanks to adenosine and lactic acid, your skin will be left feeling soft and smooth.

Althea: Keeps irritated & sensitive skin calm and cool, intensively hydrating and deeply moisturizing, reinforcing the skin's barrier by Panthenol & 5 soothing ingredients.


IUNIK Centella Calming Gel Cream

Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water, Butylene Glycol, Water, Niacinamide, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Arginine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, C12-14 Pareth-12, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Extract, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Seed Extract, AllantoinCentella Asiatica Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Adenosine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract.

APIEU Madecassoside Cream

Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Water(Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Cyclohexasiloxane, Panthenol, Ethoxydiglycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Chloride, Rubus Suavissimus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Pinus Densiflora Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Madecassoside, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Adenosine, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Urea, Serine, Disodium EDTA, Sorbitol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Asiaticoside, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Allantoin, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol

ALTHEA Skin Relief Calming Cream

Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Panthenol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Algae Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Sea Water, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Water, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Allantoin, Fructooligosaccharides, Disodium Edta, Beta-Glucan, Myristic Acid, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide Np, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol


Based on the ingredient list above, I’ve bold the common ingredients. All three product contains Centella Asiatica extract which is the main reason why I’m comparing these three products. Centella Asiatica is good to soothe your skin. If your skin is irritated, have any redness, merah merah, this is good for you. It is also a great anti-oxidant and can improve your skin.

 In addition to that, all three products also have allantoin which is also a good soothing ingredients. I did share about soothing products here: https://www.imanabdulrahim.com/2018/11/soothing-ingredients.html

Iunik and Apieu both contains Centella Asiatica Leaf Water as the first ingredient. They both also contains niacinamide which is good to repair your skin barrier, improve the appearance of pores and also some brightening effect. However some people yang kulit tak sesuai with niacinamide, you can try Althea sebab dia tak ada niacinamide.

All products tak ada alcohol, tak ada fragrance, tapi semua ada essential oils which might be irritating for some people, especially if you have sensitive skin.


Both Iunik and Althea comes in a white plastic tube with a flap cap. I prefer this kind of packaging than Apieu which have a screwable cap. Penutup senang hilang and leceh setiap kali nak guna, kena pulas untuk buka. 


Iunik: Colourless lightweight gel cream that absorbs nicely into the skin without any sticky or greasiness. However since I have dry skin, I can’t rely on this cream as my moisturizer alone. I need to add another moisturizer during the night or use sleeping mask / face oil sebagai tambahan. If you have combination/normal skin, you might love the texture.

Apieu: Yellowish-white cream texture that absorbs nicely into the skin and leaving the skin smooth. Since it contains silicone, you can feel the silicone smooth feeling.

Althea: White cream texture. The texture is quite heavy and it’s hard to absorb into the skin. Kena apply sikit sikit baru okay, layer by layer. Among the 3, this is the most heavier texture. If you have very oily skin and always staying outdoor, you might not enjoy this cream.


I didn’t notice any scent from Iunik, maybe just a hint of bergamot oil. For Apieu and Althea, both smells similar, like a citrus-ish scent probably from the mandarin orange, lemon or orange peel oil.


Which one is the best? It all depends on your skin. 

If you have slightly drier skin and you prefer only soothing ingredients, Althea Skin Relief Calming Cream is a good option for you. It contains also good hydrating and moisturizing ingredients and you can use it as your daily moisturizer. It is also silicone free, but it’s not fungal acne safe since it contains few ingredients that can trigger fungal acne. However, fungal acne can only be diagnose by doctors so if you feel like you have fungal acne, please go and consult the doctor. You can’t simply self diagnose fungal acne because you feel like you have it.

If you have slightly oily skin / combination skin with some acne, Iunik Centella Calming Gel Cream might be good for you. It has a nice texture, contains tea tree leaf water and fungal acne safe.

If you have slightly oily skin / combination skin but acne is not your main concern, you can try Apieu Madecassoside Cream. It also contains madecassoside which is the component of centella asiatica plant. It may impove your skin texture as well. And it is also fungal acne safe. Do note that there’s a few essential oils in the product so you might want to consider that one too.

Iunik: 60ml for RM59 at Hemo’s website https://bit.ly/31YgnTZ

Apieu: 50ml for RM33 at Althea’s website https://bit.ly/30PTouA

Althea: 80ml for RM32 at Althea’s website https://bit.ly/2PHuQh8

Hope this helps!

Disclaimer: This is not a paid/sponsored review. I bought this using my own money. Every skin is different. Results from using this product may vary depending on your own skin. What works for me, might not work for you. This is just my personal experience.