Review – Holika Holika Smoothie Peeling Jam (Grape Expectation)

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Holika Smoothie Peeling Jam 01

This ‘Smoothie Peeling Jam‘  was a product I picked up of Gmarket a while ago. I don’t use it that often, I have so many cleansers and scrubs that I change them out a lot and some of them don’t get much air time.

When I first bought it I though by the name it would be one of those mask ones that you put on as a gel and then peel off when it dries. It’s actually an exfoliating scrub, it has little particles of something like sand through it to scrub away dead skin cells and leave your face fresh. It’s similar to the Mizon Apple one I reviewed here.


I love the bright colourful jar, it’s fun and playful. And of course a pun for the name, – ‘Grape Expectation’ Korea loves a good pun. The pink is a translucent plastic with pictures of fruit on it and then the product sits in a another white container inside that one. This makes it look bigger than what you are actually getting (marketing at work) but it is 75ml so it’s still an okay size.

I’ve had mine for a while so I’ve used about half of it as you can see from the photo below. When it is new it comes with a freshness seal on the jar, I like this when products have a mobile consistency like gels do. I bought a gel moisturizer recently and it came in a box but did not have the seal so when I opened it of course it splashed out because it had moved around during delivery.

The only problem I have is that it is in a jar, when using a scrub I find it easier to manage with a tube. I like to use these kind of products in the shower as they can be a bit messy. That is one of the main reasons that the jar does not work for me. It can be awkward having to scoop it out with your fingers. I think it should at least come with a spatula or something.

Look, feel and smell:

This is a smooth, cooling, gel like product. It actually looks a little similar to the jam that it is named after but not as thick. It’s a brow/grey/purplish (very hard to describe) color which adds to the name, it really does look like jam.

It has some sand-like particles through it that make it an exfoliating scrub. The particles are very fine, they enhance the fruitiness of the product as it looks like little seeds. I don’t know what they are made of but it’s definitely natural rather than synthetic. They give a really nice exfoliating property to the gel, it’s supposed to scrub away the dead skin cells and I think it does a good job.

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The smell is hard to describe and to be honest I still don’t know if I like it or not. It’s a fake fruit smell, quite pungent, like a sharp tangy fruity smell. I can still smell it a little when I put it on my face. It does dissipate after a few minutes however and it’s not that bad a long as you are not sensitive to strong smells.


Just like most exfoliating scrubs you apply a small amount it to your face and massage around for a few minutes, I find a circular motion works well. It will clump up a little as it cleanses, then you just rinse it off and all of the bad stuff sloughs away.

I find it quite moisturizing and it does not leave that tight feeling on your skin that some do. It does have the very fine granules in it, there are a lot of them but because they are so small it keeps this in the ‘mild’ exfoliator camp. It leaves your face feeling moisturized and fresh.

I think this is a really nice product, I would use maybe once or twice a week. The price is also very good, you can get this on Gmarket for 6,160 won.

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