Skincare Review: Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti Spot Essence by Rhoto

Don’t it always seem to go,
That you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone…

~Janet Jackson “Got Till It’s Gone”, was written by Harris, James Samuel Iii/lewis, Terry

Exactly how I felt about this Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti Spot Essence.

From The Brand

Suppresses melanin production and prevents spots and freckles. Prevents acne and breakouts. Recommended for use on oily skin. Prevents uncomfortable burning sensation from sunburns. Tightens, cleanses, and recalibrates the skin. Key in maintaining healthy skin and keep it moisturized.


・Active Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid (Active Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Derivative), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, Isopropylphenol
・Other Ingredients: Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Ethoxydiglycol, Alpinia Katsumadai Seed Extract (Alpinia White), BG、Edetate, Thickeners, Fragrances


¥ 1,025

My Two-Cents

I’m blessed with hormonal imbalance, so when everyone (females) have *that* time of the month when pimples seems to grow like unwanted weed in the middle of your beautiful turf, I have that every other week. Basically whenever my body feels like acting up.

The aftermath  is, well my skin needs a LOT of work.

During the 2 months that I’ve been using this, I haven’t wrote any reviews or raves about Melano CC, instead I raved on Sum:37′ Time Energy Skin Resetting Moist Firming Cream and Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask.

I got my Melano CC 2 months ago and I’ve been using it religiously ever since. That is, until I started testing an acid toner that is *supposedly* mind-blowing and because I don’t want to over-exfoliate I stopped any other low-pH actives including Melano CC.

Then I realized how much Melano CC helps, especially with my PIH and overall brightness. This past 2 weeks I’ve been pretty much on the same routine, just minus this and some minor stuffs I ran out of, but boy is my skin different. Even after using Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask, Sum:37 TE Skin Resetting Cream, and Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask (my ussual glow arsenal), I still couldn’t get THAT glow.

So ya, baby you’re coming back to me and I ain’t letting you go this time.

Science Talk

While Rhoto says that Melano CC uses a more stable form of vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), they don’t exactly specify which more stable derivate they’re using. Combined with vitamin E, they made a formidable enemy for sun spots, PIH, dull skin, basically, hello glow!

As for pH level, Melano CC is ideal and stable at pH 3,5 (tested using multicolor pH strip).


Efficacy: 4/5

Packaging: 5/5

Price: 5/5

Avaibility (in Indonesia): 3/5

Overall: 4.5/5


Blog Sale #1

It’s time for end of year cleaning. Including my skincare and makeup.

1. Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Beauty Booster shade BB3 Natural. Used 2-3 pump. Great for daily, I just still have a lot of base to finish. Bought July ’15 at Seoul Dutyfree. IDR 500.000 (CP 750.000++)

2. Sephora 8 Hour Mattifying Compact Foundation shade D40 Hazelnut (great for NC 35-40). Brand new, salah shade nitip. I’m D22-23. Ini memang tanpa box ya. $22 (~IDR 280.000) on Sephora. IDR   180.000 

   3. Lorac Royal Eyeshadow Palette Set. Brand New with box. I still have my Tarte, TheBalm, Shu, and Mac palette. Since I quit my side MUA job I don’t think I’ll finish them anytime soon. #Silver Silk and #Gold Satin, each @ IDR 150.000 or both IDR 290.000, shipping included.

4. Shiseido Integrate Gel auto eyeliner, shade Black. One of the easiest and nicest eyeliner I had. I still have 2 backup of my Kate Kanebo eyeliner so this one must go.. best seller at cosme-de. brand new sealed. IDR 150.000

5. Neutrogena Deep Clean daily scrub, 70% left, I finished a whole tube and this is my second one. Tested the pH and perfectly around 5.  Bought June’15 at Nordstrom Las Vegas. IDR 120.000

6. Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer (Moisturizer for sensitive skin) 75-80% left. IDR 200.000

7. St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub. Not for the faint-hearted scrub. I love this, pH around 5 as well. Brand new, CVS las vegas june ’15. IDR 130.000


8. Shu Uemura Glow On Blush shade Lust, Limited Edition, lupa tahun berapa tapi sudah lama. Dijamin masih aman tidak ada perubahan warna bau tekstur. IDR 155.000 (CP IDR330.000)

9. Shu Uemura Glow On Blush shade P47 (beautiful peach shade). IDR 170.000 (CP IDR 330.000)

10. YSL Creme de Blush (my fave cream blush) shade 8. BRAND NEW. IDR 250.000 silahkan google swatchnya.

11. Majolica Majorca RD255 (Nars Orgasm dupe) brand new sealed IDR 100.000

12. Milani Illuminating Face Powder shade 01 amber nectar. brand new sealed. IDR 120.000

All lip produck if used are desinfected for hygiene reasons.

13. Colourpop stix, Lumiere, left as shown, only used <5 times. IDR 90.000

14. SMASHBOX Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss shade For Keeps. Baby pink shade with no shimmer, nice for daily. Swatched only. IDR 125.000 ( CP $20)

15. Gerard Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Plum Crazy (used, lamp is dead) and Jewel (new, lamp works). IDR 100.000 and 150.000 respectively. 

16. LA Girls Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss, Dreamy and Bazzaar. Both only swatched. Each IDR 65.000 or both 125.000 with free shipping.




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