REVIEW | May Coop Raw Sauce

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that Korean beauty products are all the rage these days, and for good reason! Specifically, Korean skincare products have been insanely popular given that the multi-step regimen that they’re known for results in the most beautiful youthful, dewy, supple skin, which also happens to be the look that many people are going for. Naturally, I’ve hopped on the bandwagon and decided to try some products myself; one of them being the cult-classic, May Coop Raw Sauce. I’ll admit, the first time I ever heard about it, I had no idea what it was for. But the more I dug into it, the product intrigued me, and the beautiful minimalistic packaging probably helped reel me in too. Did the May Coop Raw Sauce live up to the hype? Keep reading to find out.



The May Coop Raw Sauce is available to purchase through the Sephora website. It comes in two sizes: one that is 5.07 oz for $54 CAD, and the other being 1.35 oz for $18 CAD. I picked up the smaller size to try out, and I’m glad I did because after using it daily for almost a month, it still looks like I’ve barely touched it.

The May Coop Raw Sauce is given this description on the Sephora website:

A hydrating, nourishing essence featuring a silky formula that’s highly concentrated in maple tree sap to create a stronger skin environment, helping prep the skin to better absorb products to follow and boosting their effectiveness.

This product is an essence, which is mainly used to hydrate the skin and to “prep” the skin for other products such as serums and moisturizers. As I mentioned before, Korean skincare regimens typically have multiple steps involved, and an essence is usually applied after toner (or in my case, after cleansing) and before serums.


The packaging is absolutely gorgeous. I love the frosted bottle and the wooden cap. It looks so sleek – I love it! The way the product dispenses is quite nice as well. There’s a small hole at the top of the bottle that allows enough product to come out without any spillage.


The May Coop Raw Sauce is made from maple sap, so I kind of expected it to smell like maple syrup and feel a bit sticky, however the formula wasn’t like that at all. The scent is actually really pleasant – kind of refreshing and very soft. The scent is one of the main reasons why I love using it so much! The consistency is very fluid. It’s definitely runny but not extremely watery. It has a thickness to it, but once it’s applied to the skin, it doesn’t feel sticky at all and it absorbs very quickly.


I’ve been using this essence for about a month now, and I’ve noticed that my skin is definitely more hydrated and supple. My skin always felt so smooth the morning after applying this (I only used it in the evening however I’m sure this can be used day and night since it absorbs so quickly). With that said, I don’t really think it did much else for my skin. This product is very basic in terms of the results it delivers. I would say it helps to keep the skin hydrated, however it needs to be used in conjunction with a heavier moisturizer or oil. Apart from that, it doesn’t really do much else. I can’t really say whether it helps my skin absorb more of the medication I use, but I haven’t noticed more irritation or more peeling, which would usually be the result of my medication becoming more potent due to more absorption.

Final Thoughts

I like this product, and I think I’ll keep using it when my skin is drier since I think that it works very well with my skincare routine. However, I don’t think that it’s an absolute must for everyone. I think that for what it is, it’s very pricey, and when I do repurchase it, I will only be buying the travel-size. The majority of individuals, no matter what skin type, doesn’t need the May Coop Raw Sauce as a staple in their skincare regimen.

I think it’s worth trying out for those who are really into skincare and don’t mind having more than 4 or 5 steps in their routine; I would even say those with really dry skin would probably enjoy this product if they’re looking for a nice hydration boost. But overall, I think this product is overhyped and is not necessary.


Have you tried the May Coop Raw Sauce?

Do you have any other essence recommendations that are worth checking out?

Let me know in the comments below!


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