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Purpletale's Once Upon a Neck Cream Review

For the past few months, I have been testing the Once Upon a Neck Cream from the brand Purpletale and wanted to share my review. I received this product courtesy of the lovely Young-Ji Park, the founder and creator of Purpletale. For those of you new to the brand, Purpletale is a popular Korean beauty brand that creates simple and easy to use products that are rich with ingredients to make you look and feel beautiful. I have reviewed their Ode to Hydration Cream here if you'd like to read that review too. When I was first approached by the company I immediately fell in love with the simplistic packaging and the beautiful, purple glass containers. I also love the Purpletale philosophy on skincare which is all about using products that contain results driven ingredients. 

To start, my skin type during this time of the year is normal to dry.  My skin can also be quite sensitive, temperamental and is very acne prone. However, with the incorporation of Curology,  I have noticed less breakouts. My review will reflect how this cream works for my personal skin type and condition and as always, your results may vary.

The Claims:
The skin is thinner and more delicate on the neck and upper chest so it needs special care. The Once Upon a Neck Cream is said to help tighten and keep wrinkles on the neck at bay. This is also said to help protect the skin from signs of aging and give the area a more radiant and youthful appearance. 

This neck cream comes in a sturdy purple glass jar with a tiny spatula and contains 1.7 fl. oz / 50 ml.  Again, I am slightly partial to the purple glass jar because purple is my favorite color. This retails for $40 on

Patch Testing:
Every product I use goes through a very detailed patch testing period. I always patch test and I recommend patch testing to everyone. This is how I introduce new skin care products to my easily irritated skin. Patch testing can look different for everyone but for me, I test products in stages. For this particular cream, I applied it to my more sensitive areas which happens to be my neck, chest and behind my ears. I applied this cream to those areas for a few nights. I will also do this twice within a 24 hour period. If all goes well, I begin to use the product all over. 

Texture and Formula:
This is a rich yet lightweight cream that once it meets the skin, it slightly liquify's and absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy or oily residue. It has a dense yet watery texture that glides onto the skin. This formula really does have a very elegant texture. I love how it is rich without feeling heavy which is usually very hard to find in a product.

The main ingredients are ginseng, peptides complexes, centella asistica extract, sodium hyaluronate and adenosine. I absolutely love ginseng for its rich anti-aging properties and centella for soothing, calming and healing. 

This neck cream has a very light scent that reminds me of a cross between a plumeria flower and a buttery cream. It's a very nice scent that dissipates quickly. 

Full Ingredients:
Water, Panthenol, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isohexadecane, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Phytosqualane, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Beeswax, Beta-Glucan, Arginine, Carbomer, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Alcohol Denat., Pueraria Mirifica Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Copper Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, Ginsenosides, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Fragrance

This neck cream was too rich for my skin during the warmer months so I put it aside and pulled it out of the drawer once winter hit here in Portland Oregon. For my skin, this cream is perfect for when the weather is cold because it hydrates very well. Since incorporating this into my skincare routine, I had never used a separate neck cream. For the neck and upper chest, I would simply use my serums, essence, creams etc on these areas. I had also previously used eye creams that hadn't worked around my extremely sensitive eyes on my neck. I had definitely seen creams devoted to this area of the body and even though I am in my early 40's, I never considered using a separate product. However, now that I tried this product, I am glad I decided to give it a go. I do like how plump this cream makes my neck and chest area and the skin here seems much brighter, more even toned and hydrated.

Although I do enjoy this product, I am not sure if I would go out of my way to use a separate product just for this area. If I had a more simplistic routine (mine usually averages about 8-10 products) I might consider using a cream especially for the neck. Would I repurchase? If I had the extra money yes I would but I do think your facial products are just as good. However, if you are seeing major issues with dryness, dehydration or wrinkling in this area I would recommend this cream for this neck and upper chest because it does hydrate and firm very well.  Although I always say it's better to preserve than correct, I think for me I will revaluate needing a neck cream when I am a little older. 

Where to purchase:

$40 USD on

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