What to Know about Vitamin C in Skincare ft. Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder

Vitamin C is one of the most popular ingredients in skincare today, and for good reason. There are multiple benefits vitamin C can provide to the skin. It evens out skin tone, brightens skin, protects skin from free radical damage, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s quite the superstar ingredient, so it makes sense that many of us seek out products that contain vitamin C.

What to look for on vitamin C product labels

According to a Paula’s Choice article about vitamin C, this ingredient is most effective at a concentration of at least 10%. Most products containing vitamin C won’t provide you with a percentage, but high strength vitamin C treatment and serum products are more likely to be forthcoming with that information. 

As for the ingredient name, don’t expect to see “vitamin c” on any ingredient lists. Pure vitamin C’s ingredient name is ascorbic acid (a.k.a. L-ascorbic acid). Ascorbic acid is the most researched and most trusted form of vitamin C. Many also believe that it is the most effective form of vitamin C. There are several derivatives of ascorbic acid that have a good amount of research backing them including sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, 3-O ethyl ascorbic acid, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, and ascorbyl glucoside. These derivatives must be converted into ascorbic acid by the skin cells in order to be effective.

Why not stick to ascorbic acid instead of using derivatives?

You might be wondering why any vitamin C products would contain ascorbic acid derivatives instead of pure ascorbic acid, since ascorbic acid is the most trusted form of vitamin C. The answer is simple. While ascorbic acid is very effective, it unfortunately is not stable when exposed to light and air. It can also be very irritating to the skin, especially sensitive skin. Vitamin C derivatives are generally more stable and less irritating than pure ascorbic acid.

Vitamin C product packaging

Vitamin C products, especially ones containing ascorbic acid or less stable derivatives, must be packaged in such a way that no light or air can reach the product. The efficacy of vitamin C degrades quickly once it comes in contact with light or air. For that reason, it’s important for products to be packaged in opaque airtight containers to protect vitamin C ingredients. Products that Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powdercome in jars or transparent packaging, won’t remain effective for very long. If you notice the color of a vitamin C product changing, it’s probably gone bad.

There is one case in which the packaging of an ascorbic acid product doesn’t really matter as much: pure ascorbic acid powder. In powder form, ascorbic acid is much more stable and less likely to degrade. Ascorbic acid doesn’t become unstable until it mixes with water. On that note, I’d like to introduce you to the Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder!

Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder claims directly from GetGoodMolecules.com

Promote a bright, firm and smooth complexion with Vitamin C Booster Powder from Good Molecules. Made from only 100% pure l-ascorbic acid, this powder mixes into serums, creams, and moisturizers to supercharge your favorite products with the antioxidant power of vitamin C.

Other product details

  • Price: $8.00
  • Net weight: 0.71 oz. | 20 g
  • Made in Korea
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Fragrance-free
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Where to buy: GetGoodMolecules.com or Beautylish.com
    • GetGoodMolecules.com ships internationally.
    • Beautylish.com ships to 56 countries (see the list here)
  • Overall rating: 8.4/10
    • Packaging: 8/10
    • Ease of use: 7/10
    • Team player: 7/10
    • Ingredients: 10/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging

Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder is packaged in an amber glass jar with a twist-off lid. While the packaging isn’t nearly as important for this product since it is in powder form, I’m still glad that Good Molecules made the choice to use dark colored glass to prevent too much light from reaching the product regularly.

The only bad part about this type of packaging is that once the lid is removed, the product is completely exposed to light and air. This shouldn’t be an issue in most cases, with the exception of very humid environments. If using this product after a hot steamy shower, it would be best to wait until the room has cooled and the extra humidity has cleared before opening the jar.

This product comes boxed with a tiny spoon to scoop out the appropriate amount. I appreciate the spoon because it would be very difficult to know how much of this product to use otherwise. Unfortunately, there isn’t any way to keep the spoon with the jar. It would be nice if it fit inside the lid somehow, but since that isn’t the case I just keep the jar and spoon together in a drawer organizer tray.

Ease of use

Product instructions from Good Molecules: Using the enclosed spoon, mix one spoonful into your serum or moisturizer until fully dissolved. Apply once daily in the morning or at night up to three times per week. You may experience a tingling sensation, which will diminish with regular use. Discontinue use if irritation occurs.

As you can probably imagine, this booster powder isn’t as easy to use as something like a vitamin C serum. It requires a little bit of juggling since this powder must be combined with a serum or moisturizer to be applied to the skin. When I first started using this product, I tried mixing it with a serum because I thought that would be easiest. It might’ve just been the type of serum I was using (I think it was a niacinamide serum), but the powder did not dissolve easily, which meant that it also did not apply well on my skin. 

I’ve had much better luck with this product since I started mixing it with moisturizers instead. I should also note that it works better with creamy moisturizers compared to ones with a gel consistency. That might not be the case with every gel moisturizer, but that’s the experience I’ve had with my products.

I’m glad that Good Molecules stated clearly in the instructions that a tingling sensation is normal with this product, because I definitely experience that every time I use it. I was surprised in the beginning too, because I’ve used a wide variety of skincare products the last few years and didn’t think my skin would be very sensitive to pure vitamin C. Thankfully, that tingling sensation has definitely reduced in the two or three months that I’ve been using this powder regularly twice a week.

While this product isn’t the easiest to use vitamin C product on the market, I also have to consider that it isn’t meant to be used daily. Since it is only intended for use 2-3 times per week, the mild inconvenience may be well worth it for a lot of people. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but I don’t mind the “inconvenience factor” too much now that I’ve figured out the best way to use this powder.

Team player

It might come down to which specific products are being paired with this vitamin C powder, but in my experience, this product is a much better team player at night than in the morning. For those that don’t wear makeup, this might not be a problem. However, on the mornings that I’ve tried to use this product, I ended up with my face looking flaky/powdery, and makeup didn’t apply well over it. That is likely because the powder was not fully dissolving in the lightweight products that I was using. Since I do try to keep my morning skincare more lightweight overall, I decided that I’d just start using this product exclusively at night.

Now that I’ve gotten through the learning curve with this product, I consistently use it mixed with my PM moisturizer which is the last step of my night time skincare routine. Since the powder seems to dissolve well in thicker moisturizers, it also then applies easily on the skin. I’m not left with that powdery flaky feeling that I had when trying to use this product in my morning skincare routine.

Ingredients

I’m used to reviewing products that are formulated with 15-30 ingredients. Since Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder only contains one ingredient, this should be the easiest ingredient review I’ve ever done!

Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder is 100% ascorbic acid (L-ascorbic acid), the purest form of vitamin C. I named quite a few benefits of vitamin C in the intro, but there are even more beyond those that I already listed: 

  • Boosts the skin’s collagen production, which helps to keep skin smooth and firm
  • Increases level of UV protection when used under sunscreen
    • Adding vitamin E and ferulic acid with vitamin C further increases UV protection
  • Helps to keep skin hydrated
  • Fades brown spots or hyperpigmentation

Ascorbic acid really is an amazing skincare ingredient. The trick is just getting the packaging/formulation right to keep it stable. In this case, since ascorbic acid is the only ingredient and it’s in powder form, the product’s stability is a non-issue. 🙂

Price

While this Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder is undoubtedly effective, it is also very simple. No formulation was required since it consists of only a single ingredient. For that reason, I think it is to be expected that it would be inexpensive. When purchasing a lot of skincare, especially more expensive products, I expect that a big part of the price tag is due to R&D and the company’s reputation. Since I assume there was no R&D involved in this product (ascorbic acid is a well-known ingredient that already had a lot of research backing it long before this product came along), and all of the other Good Molecules products are very affordable, I think it’s only right that Good Molecules priced this product at $8.00. 

This product really is a great value. The amount of product that comes in the little jar is 0.71 ounces, and that might not sound like much, but let me tell you: a little goes a very long way (make sure you use the spoon!). The shelf life is only 6 months but I think it will last even longer than that for me if I continue using it only twice a week. With some products, I heed the shelf life, but with this one I think it should be fine longer than that as long as it’s kept dry.


I had a bit of a bumpy start with Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder, but now that I’ve nailed down the best time to use it and the best way to use it, I’m really enjoying it! This is a rare product that actually makes a visible difference in my skin overnight. I wake up to my skin looking bright, fresh, and healthy after applying this powder with my night time moisturizer.

I think this product would be perfect for those that want the skin benefits of vitamin C, but aren’t having very good luck with traditional vitamin C products. Those with very sensitive skin may need to avoid this product altogether since it has the potential to be irritating. If you’re a little sensitive and want to try it, just make sure you start out slowly (once a week and use less than a spoonful) to see how your skin reacts.

For those that want a daily dose of vitamin C on their skin, the Niacinamide Brightening Toner is another excellent product from Good Molecules. That toner contains 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid (a very stable form of vitamin C), as well as several other skin-loving ingredients.

What is your favorite vitamin C product? Have you ever tried using a vitamin C powder similar to this one? I’m curious to hear about your experiences! 🙂

Lauren

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Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask–Cool, Calm, and Hydrate Under-Eyes

I’ve been using e.l.f. 50 mg CBD Eye Cream to wake up my under-eyes every morning for the past few months. It’s an excellent lightweight product that sinks in quickly, making it ideal to use under makeup. While it’s great for use in my morning skincare routine, it’s not quite hydrating enough to use at night. Just like with my moisturizers, I prefer a heavier eye cream at night to allow that delicate skin to absorb as much moisture as possible while I sleep. 

Most of the eye creams I’ve used are very lightweight like the one from e.l.f. When I heard about Versed The Fix Emergency Eye MaskVersed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask, I thought it might be just the thing I’d been looking for to use at night since other reviews stated it’s a thick gel texture and Versed claims that it will cool, calm, and hydrate under-eyes. My hope for this product was that it would be very moisturizing and occlusive enough to hold in that moisture overnight. I don’t have dry skin, but I try to keep my under-eyes well hydrated because they can sometimes look crepey when I wear makeup. That skin is so thin, it always looks better when it’s plumped and hydrated.

You might notice in the photos that my tube of The Fix Emergency Eye Mask is smaller than the standard 1 oz. size. Mine is only 0.5 oz. and was purchased in a limited edition set that is no longer available.

Product claims directly from VersedSkin.com

Sometimes that solid eight hours of sleep a night just doesn’t happen. This is the solution for all those times when it doesn’t. With provitamin B5 (a hardworking member of the B-complex vitamin family) and vitamin E, this gel mask nourishes and hydrates the delicate skin around the eyes. All the while cucumber juice cools and depuffs, and caffeine calms swelling and redness. It really is the fix for whatever eye woes may befall you. Keep it in the fridge to amplify its cooling, calming sensation—you may even let it stay while you sleep for a chilled overnight treatment. No matter how you wear it, your eyes will never not appreciate it.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $17.99
  • Net weight: 1 oz./30 ml
  • Made in Thailand
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Appropriate for all skin types
  • Free of gluten, soy, fragrance, parabens, silicones, and sulfates
  • Formulated based on the EU’s safe ingredient standards
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Where to buy: VersedSkin.com 
    • VersedSkin.com does not yet ship internationally, but they plan to do so in the future.
  • Overall rating: 9.6/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team player: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 8/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

This eye mask is packaged in an opaque squeeze tube, which does a pretty good job of protecting the product from light and air. The opening is a bit larger than most eye creams I’ve had that are packaged in squeeze tubes, but given that Versed recommends using a pea-sized amount, I think that makes sense.

This product is easy to smooth under the eyes and can be used in a variety of ways. As I had hoped, this eye mask does have a thicker texture than most eye creams, even though it is a gel. While it is called an eye mask, I use it like a regular eye cream at night. I apply it either before or after my moisturizer at the end of my P.M. skincare routine. I use a little less than the recommended amount since I use it daily instead of only using it as a mask as needed. 

If you plan to use this eye mask as an actual eye mask instead of an eye cream, you may prefer to use it in the mornings. Versed claims that this product depuffs, and I think that is probably true since I have read reviews that it does indeed help to reduce puffiness! My theory in using it at night is that it will prevent puffiness at least partially so I’ll wake up without “extra baggage.”

Hydration

This eye mask really is exactly what I hoped it would be when I ordered it. I already mentioned that it is indeed a thicker product than most eye creams, but it is also hydrating and occlusive. It feels slightly cooling and hydrating immediately upon application, and it does not all soak in immediately. Since it is so thick and the emollient ingredients hold in the moisture, this eye mask keeps the skin around the eyes hydrated all night (or day, if you leave it on all day). 

As I said previously, I don’t use this product as an actual eye mask, but since that is its intended purpose, it must not take long for the skin to soak up a lot of moisture from it. The instructions for using it as a mask state that it’s only necessary to leave the product on for ten minutes, then the excess can be wiped off. That tells me that this product is very efficient (a lot of masks are to be left on 15-30 minutes)!

Team player

It’s very important for skincare products in a morning skincare routine to work well with each other since they will often be worn under makeup, but I also expect my night time skincare products to layer easily. It’s frustrating when products are difficult to blend in or when they pill up. Fortunately, The Fix Emergency Eye Mask plays very nicely with all other products that I’ve used with it. It’s normally the last or next to last step in my night time skincare routine (applied before or after moisturizer), and always applies smoothly over everything else.

For the purpose of this review, I tried using this eye mask as my eye cream this morning to see how it would wear under makeup. I only used a small amount so it wouldn’t cause anything to slide around. The product absorbed nicely and both my color-corrector and foundation applied easily over it. My makeup has stayed put and looks just like it would over my regular morning eye cream. “A+” team player!

Ingredients

My favorite category to review with skincare products is always ingredients, but I found that this product’s ingredient list is a little more complicated than what I usually see in the products that I review. I’ll start by listing all 35 ingredients below:

Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, 1,2-hexanediol, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, cucumis sativus (cucumber) juice, coenzyme a, palmitoyl tripeptide-1, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, bupleurum falcatum root extract, caffeine, citric acid, ascorbic acid, rosa canina fruit oil, tocopherol, panthenol, trilaureth-4 phosphate, carbomer, phenoxyethanol, sodium hydroxide, tocopheryl acetate, propylene glycol, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, saccharide isomerate, peg-8, sodium citrate, polysorbate 20, biotin, sodium benzoate, phosphoric acid, potassium sorbate, sodium lactate, sodium sulfite

That’s quite a list, huh? There’s a good number of skin-loving ingredients in that list, but the majority are what I’d call “neutral,” including a couple that may have special benefits to the skin (none that are proven). I’ll provide brief descriptions of the proven skin-loving ingredients first, because that’s what we really want to know about, right? 🙂

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Cucumber juice
    • Soothing
    • Emollient
    • Contains amino acids and an enzyme that has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Coenzyme A
    • Skin conditioner
    • Emollient
  • Palmitoyl tripeptide-1
    • Reduces deep eye wrinkles and increases collagen
    • “Famous” peptide known as Matrixyl 3000 when coupled with Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (see below)
  • Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7
    • Reduces inflammation which slows degradation of collagen
  • Ascorbic acid (a.k.a. L-ascorbic acid)
    • Purest and most researched form of vitamin C
    • Potent antioxidant
  • Rosa canina fruit (rosehip) oil
    • High omega fatty acid content (linoleic, linolenic, and oleic acids)
    • Has antioxidant and skin-regenerative properties
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier
  • Panthenol (provitamin B5)
    • Moisturizing
    • Humectant
  • Tocopheryl acetate (another form of vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier
    • Not as well absorbed as pure vitamin E
  • Propylene glycol
    • Humectant
    • Helps active ingredients to penetrate the skin
  • Saccharide isomerate
    • Plant-derived moisturizer
    • Binds to the skin longer than other moisturizing ingredients to keep the skin hydrated longer
  • Sodium lactate
    • Moisturizing
    • pH regulator

I’m very happy to see all of these ingredients included in this Versed eye mask! I do wish that more of them could be at the top of the list. There are only four ingredients in the top ten that I have labeled as “good” (see the top four ingredients listed in the bullet points above). The other “good” ingredients are spread throughout the list and it’s likely that some of them don’t actually provide much benefit since their concentrations are low. Still, it’s great to see so many moisturizing ingredients and those peptides which are very helpful in preserving youthful skin.

All of the ingredients that I didn’t include in the bullet points above, I have labeled as “neutral.” Most of them support the formula in some way (i.e. texture enhancers and preservatives) while others simply aren’t proven as effective skincare ingredients. There are three ingredients that don’t have proven benefits to the skin: bupleurum falcatum root extract, caffeine, and biotin. Bupleurum falcatum root extract may have soothing and antioxidant properties, but there is not yet enough research to support those claims. Caffeine, which is a popular ingredient in eye creams, may have soothing and antioxidant properties, but again that hasn’t been proven. Caffeine also has a constricting effect which may improve the look of redness, but it could also be sensitizing. Lastly, biotin is often taken as a supplement for stronger nails and hair but it has no proven benefits to the skin. I don’t think any of these three ingredients are likely to cause problems for most people but I think they are unnecessary.

Overall, I am pleased with this product’s ingredient list. There’s a good number of skin-loving ingredients and most of the “neutral” ingredients make sense.

Price

Since Versed is a drugstore skincare brand, $17.99 might seem a little bit high for this product. There are a couple of things that must be taken into consideration, however. First, this product is meant to be an eye mask rather than an eye cream. Masks usually are a bit more expensive than daily-use skincare products. 

Next, the size of the tube is very generous! This is the only eye mask I’ve ever owned besides eye mask patches, but when compared to the size of most eye creams, it’s about double the size (1 oz. vs. 0.5 oz.)! It’s important to remember that Versed recommends using a pea-sized amount, but even if using that much every time, this tube provides enough product for a LOT of uses. If you plan to use this product as an eye cream (using a little less than the recommended amount) like I do, it will probably last you around six months which is much longer than most eye creams. When taking all that into consideration, I think the price is more than fair.


Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask is a brilliant product. I love how versatile it is! To recap, it can be used as intended (as an eye mask), but it can also be used as an eye cream in the morning or at night! Versed even suggests using it in the shower or while on a plane for extra hydration and de-puffing. I’m not sure if I’d ever use it either of those ways, but they’re interesting ideas!

Since this eye mask doesn’t contain any fragrance or other common irritants (with the possible exception of caffeine), I think it would be a wonderful addition to just about anyone’s skincare collection!

Do you ever use an eye mask similar to this one? Or maybe you prefer using a heavier eye cream (or mask) at night like I do? Let me know your favorite products for these purposes in the comments below. 🙂

Lauren

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Pacifica Coconut Essence Hydro Mist–Hydrating Facial Spray for a Quick Refresh Anytime

I’ve reviewed several types of skincare products here on IntegriBeauty. I view most of them as staples in my routine, like face washes, moisturizers, and sunscreens. One skincare product that I enjoy using, but see as more of a special treat for my skin, is facial mist. It’s not a necessary part of my skincare routine, and I don’t even use one every single day, but this is a product that is satisfying to use and has a lot of potential for a variety of uses.

I believe I’m now on my third bottle of Pacifica Coconut Essence Hydro Mist which is a hydrating facial mist. This is a product that’s been around for quite a long time and is loved by many. It can be used for a quick refresh anytime, but it could also be used as toner, to help with blending foundation, to revive makeup you’ve been wearing all day, etc. It is truly a versatile product that I’ve enjoyed having in my skincare collection for the past couple of years.

Product claims directly from PacificaBeauty.com

Aromatherapy and skin love unite in this light, hydrating mist infused with coconut water. Designed to help tone and balance the look of skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and dewy. Use anytime for a pick me up.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $10.00
  • Net weight: 4 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 24 months
  • Appropriate for all skin types
  • Formulated without parabens, phthalates, SLS, or mineral oil
  • Where to buy: PacificaBeauty.com and Amazon.com
    • Pacifica ships to the USA and Canada only
    • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • Overall rating: 9.2/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 8/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 8/10
    • Fragrance: 10/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

Pacifica Coconut Essence Hydro Mist is packaged in a pretty standard plastic spray bottle (though it is really cute!). It’s clear, which is nice because you can see how much product is left in the bottle. The one downside of the clear packaging is that some active skincare ingredients are affected by light and light easily penetrates this bottle. However, I’m not sure if any of the ingredients in this product are susceptible to damage from light. 

My one other complaint about this product’s packaging is in regards to the sprayer/”mister.” I wouldn’t call it aggressive like some are, but it doesn’t disperse the product as well as I’d like. I like a very gentle mist that disperses easily over my whole face, and I think this one could be improved.

I usually apply 3-6 spritzes of this mist, depending on how I’m using it. If I’m applying it over makeup, I usually will only use three spritzes to avoid breaking down my makeup. If I’m using it on clean skin, I use about six spritzes that I can then work into my skin. This product is very lightweight and feels like water. It soaks into the skin quickly and dries quickly if applying on top of makeup.

Pacifica also suggests spraying this mist on a foundation brush or makeup sponge to add moisture to any foundation. I don’t believe I’ve ever used this product in that way, but it’s a good idea!

Hydration

Even though this facial mist is water-light, it definitely provides a big shot of extra hydration. My skin always feels soft, refreshed, and well-hydrated after I’ve spritzed it on. If I get distracted after washing my face and want to keep my skin from drying out before I apply my other skincare products, I’ll often spritz this on to keep it damp longer. That’s important because molecules penetrate the skin better when it’s slightly damp (skincare products will be more effective when applied to damp skin vs. skin that’s completely dry).

If you have combination or oily skin and you’re concerned that this type of product might make you look greasy, do not fear! This product is oil-free and never leaves the skin looking greasy or tacky.

Ingredients

And now, for my favorite skincare review category: ingredients! I’ve already described this product as something that is pleasant to use and hydrating, but the ingredients will tell us if it’s really doing anything else for the skin.

Aqua, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, panthenol (vitamin B), allantoin, potassium sorbate, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel), cocos nucifera (coconut) water, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, caffeine, selaginella lepidophylla extract, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, parfum (natural)

There are a couple of controversial ingredients included in this list, as well as several “neutral” ingredients that support the formula, but there are also eight wonderful skin-loving ingredients! That’s really good considering there are only sixteen total ingredients. I’ll describe each of the eight ingredients that I can confidently say are good for the skin:

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Sodium hyaluronate
    • Sodium form of hyaluronic acid (humectant)
  • Aloe barbadensis leaf extract
    • Moisturizer
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Panthenol
    • Moisturizer
    • Humectant
  • Allantoin
    • Soothes skin
  • Green tea leaf extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Coconut water
    • Moisturizes and nourishes skin
  • Sodium ascorbyl phosphate
    • Sodium form of vitamin C
    • Very stable

It’s great to see so many moisturizing ingredients in this facial mist, as well as the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients. These ingredients are sure to keep skin happy all day long!

I mentioned that there are a couple of controversial ingredients included in this product. The first is witch hazel. Witch hazel (which contains antioxidants and is soothing to the skin) may be sensitizing to the skin due to one of the antioxidant components called “tannin” as well as a chemical compound called “eugenol.” I have never experienced any problems with witch hazel, but some people are not able to use it. 

The other controversial ingredient, caffeine, is not proven to be effective (though it may have soothing, antioxidant, and redness-reducing constricting properties) and may be sensitizing. Caffeine can be found in a lot of skincare products these days, but I am skeptical about its effectiveness. Fortunately, I have never reacted badly to any topical products containing caffeine. Just like with witch hazel, some people may not be able to use products containing caffeine.

The only other ingredient of note, in my opinion, is the natural fragrance (parfum). I think every Pacifica product I’ve reviewed has contained undisclosed natural fragrance. I know they have proprietary fragrance blends, but it would be nice if they would disclose the specific ingredients since a lot of people are very sensitive to fragrance, even natural fragrances. 

Overall, I’m really happy with the ingredients in this product. There are a lot of really good ones, including seven in the top ten! That’s great, because the ingredients closer to the top have the highest concentrations.

Fragrance

If you’ve read a lot of my Pacifica product reviews, you probably already know how I feel about the fragrance of this product. That’s because this one, like many of the Pacifica products I’ve reviewed, smells like coconuts! I love coconut scented products because they smell sweet and tropical. I can pretend for a few seconds that I’m in a tropical paradise when I spray this on my face. 🙂 This facial mist smells very similar or maybe even identical to Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic if you’re familiar with that product.

Price

Some facial sprays are ridiculously overpriced, and some of them are just glorified water. This one is a quality product that does a lot for the skin. I think it’s very fairly priced at $10.00 for four ounces. That’s only $2.50/ounce! This is a type of product that some people may run through quickly depending on how often they use it, but a bottle of it lasts me a long time since I don’t use it every single day. Even if you use up a bottle every couple of months, you don’t have to feel bad about repurchasing it at such a low price.


Before I tried this product, I thought facial sprays were kind of silly and a waste of money. Now that I’ve been using Pacifica Coconut Essence Hydro Mist for at least a couple of years, I know facial spray is a very refreshing and enjoyable product that’s worthy of a spot in everyone’s skincare collection. I may not always have this particular one, but I think I’ll always have some type of facial spray on hand.

This type of product has become very popular since it is so versatile and energizing. I think most people would enjoy Pacifica Coconut Essence Hydro Mist, especially anyone that enjoys the coconut scent!

Have you ever used a facial spray? Please share your favorite in the comments below!

Lauren

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Derma E Universal Cleansing Balm–Dissolve Stubborn Makeup Instantly

I can be pretty stubborn sometimes. One thing I was stubborn about for a long time, was not wanting to double cleanse on days I wore makeup. I didn’t see the point when my face wash removed my makeup. But you know what else can be pretty stubborn? Makeup. I don’t know if I was in denial, or just didn’t notice for a long time, but eventually I realized that I was missing some makeup with my face wash. I was having an especially hard time removing all the makeup around my eyes and from either side of my nose. 

One of the most popular types of product used in a double cleanse routine is cleansing balm. They claim to dissolve stubborn makeup instantly, which sounded pretty amazing. I was skeptical of cleansing balms for a long time and thought they sounded too good to be true. Since I enjoy trying new skincare products, I thought I’d give one a shot and see what all the fuss was about. A lot of cleansing balms have very mixed reviews. The Derma E Universal Cleansing Balm received great reviews and is also affordable, so I decided that was the one. I’ve been using it for just over a month now and I really wish I hadn’t waited so long! Continue reading for my full review. 😉

Product claims directly from DermaE.com

This luxurious cleansing balm melts on contact and transforms into lightweight cleansing milk that instantly dissolves all makeup, dirt and excess oil buildup without overly drying the skin, leaving the skin supple, smooth and ultra-hydrated. Enriched with soothing extracts and nourishing vitamins for a deep, yet gentle cleanse.

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Other product details

  • Price: $15.00
  • Net weight: 3.5 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Free of gluten, soy, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, petrolatum, sulfates, mineral oil, artificial colors, and artificial fragrances
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Where to buy: DermaE.com or Amazon.com
    • Derma E unfortunately only ships within the United States.
    • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • Overall rating: 9.0/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 9/10
    • Cleansing: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 8/10
    • Ease of removal: 8/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

This cleansing balm is packaged in a plastic jar. A small spatula is provided to hygienically scoop the product out of the jar. Some cleansing balms that include a spatula have it magnetized to stay affixed to the lid, or some other type of design feature to hold it in place. This one doesn’t have anything like that, so unfortunately it would be very easy to lose the spatula. I’ve managed not to lose mine yet, as I always set it on top of the jar when I’m finished using it. I appreciate that the spatula was provided, but I really wish Derma E had provided a storage solution to keep it with the jar. 

The cleansing balm itself is extremely easy to apply! It looks like a soft wax coming out of the jar, but as soon as it reacts with the warmth of my skin, it melts down to an oil, or cleansing milk as Derma E calls it. That cleansing milk spreads easily over the skin and a little goes a long way.

One thing I really like about this cleansing balm (and this may be true for all cleansing balms) is that it applies very well to dry skin. Derma E recommends adding water to activate, but I don’t find that to be necessary. It’s very effective without water until it’s time to wash everything away.

Cleansing

Once this cleansing balm has melted on my skin, it instantly starts to dissolve my makeup. The first time I used it, I thought “wow this is magic!” It breaks down all makeup very easily, whether it’s very light tinted moisturizer, full coverage foundation, or even a full eye look with mascara. Once I’ve massaged it into my whole face, all makeup has been dissolved and it’s ready to be washed or wiped away. I am very happy with how quickly, easily, and thoroughly this cleansing balm breaks down every trace of makeup on my face.

Ingredients

When I decided to seek out a cleansing balm, I wasn’t expecting to find one with many skincare benefits. I thought they were just designed to remove makeup and that was it. I don’t know about others out there, but Derma E Universal Cleansing Balm contains several skin-loving ingredients!

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Vegetable Derived), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Lauryl Laurate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Laurate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate (Vegetable Derived), Cetyl Alcohol (Vegetable Derived), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Camellia Olefera Seed Oil, Retinol (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Polysorbate 20, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Orange Sweet Oil, Natural Fragrance Oils

I’m not entirely happy with the ingredient list for this product, but there are a lot of ingredients I was pleased to see on it. I’ll get to the not-so-good ingredients after going over the good ones! 

  • Safflower Seed Oil
    • Contains nourishing fatty acids and antioxidant vitamin E
  • Sunflower Seed Oil
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Loaded with fatty acids
  • Cocoa Seed Butter
    • Rich emollient that’s highly moisturizing and nourishing
    • Contains fatty acids, vitamin E, and polyphenols
  • Shea Butter
    • Emollient moisturizer
    • Skin-soothing
    • Antioxidant-rich
  • Rosehip Oil
    • High fatty acid content
    • Has antioxidant and skin-regenerative properties
  • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate
    • Stable form of vitamin C
  • Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil
    • Emollient and moisturizing
    • Rich in fatty acid, oleic acid
    • Contains vitamin E
  • Retinol (Vitamin A)
    • Most proven anti-aging ingredient available OTC
    • Smooths skin and reduces wrinkles
  • Tocopheryl Acetate (most common version of vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Skin-strengthening
    • Not as well absorbed as pure vitamin E

Impressive, right? I was especially shocked to see retinol included on the list, as it’s usually only used in leave-on products. I’m happy to see it since it is an effective anti-aging ingredient! 

The only ingredients I was disappointed to see are the last three ingredients on the list: Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Orange Sweet Oil, and Natural Fragrance Oils. These fragrance oils are all possible skin irritants. Plus, we have no way of knowing which oil(s) are included in “natural fragrance oils.” Fortunately, that is the very last ingredient on the list. I wish Derma E had made this cleansing balm fragrance free by leaving out the last three ingredients, but I am glad that they did put them at the bottom of the list so they have small concentrations in the formula. They would be much more likely to irritate sensitive skin if they were further up the list.

All other ingredients in the formula are “neutral” things like emollients and emulsifiers. Nothing to worry about from those. 🙂

While I’m not thrilled to see the fragrance ingredients included in this product, overall it’s a very impressive list of ingredients. That makes me even happier that I chose this as my first ever cleansing balm!

Ease of removal

This product is a bit heavy and very greasy due to the oils. Because of that, it isn’t the easiest product to rinse off. It can be removed with water alone, but I find that I have to work at it for a couple of minutes to get it all off. The easiest way to remove this cleansing balm is by wiping it off with a damp washcloth. Once I’ve done that, my skin feels clean. To be sure everything is truly removed from my face, I follow up with my Paula’s Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser and then I can move on with the rest of my skincare routine.

Price

Derma E offers many affordable skincare products and some that I think are a little overpriced for a drugstore brand. Fortunately, this cleansing balm is one that I feel falls into the affordable/fairly priced category at $15.00 for 3.5 ounces. Until I started searching for a cleansing balm, I had no idea how expensive some of them are. Many of the high-end cleansing balms are $30+, and frankly I think that’s crazy since it’s a product that doesn’t stay on the skin for very long. There aren’t very many drugstore brands that offer cleansing balms. I found one from Milani that is $13.99, but it’s only a 1.59 ounce jar! I am happy to pay $15.00 to Derma E for more than twice the amount of product!


Like I said in the intro, I wish I’d tried this cleansing balm much earlier than I did. It’s very pleasant to use, smells amazing, I appreciate the great skincare ingredients, and I’m always happy to see how effectively it dissolves even the most stubborn makeup.

I think Derma E Universal Cleansing Balm would work very well for any makeup-wearer, possibly with the exception of those that have sensitive skin. There’s always some risk with fragrant oils, but thankfully the risk with this product should be fairly low since those oils have the lowest concentrations of all the ingredients.

Do you use cleansing balm to remove your makeup, or do you prefer to use a different type of product? Please share your favorites in the comments below!

Lauren

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Versed Guards Up Daily Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35–Mineral & Antioxidant Protection Against the Elements

It’s the middle of December and the sun rarely shows itself where I live. So why am I writing about sunscreen today? Well, it’s simple. Many think that if you aren’t spending time outside on a sunny day, that your skin is safe from the sun. Unfortunately, that isn’t true. UV rays can penetrate clouds and windows, so you need sunscreen daily, rain or shine, to protect your skin from sun damage. The safest option is a daily mineral sunscreen formulated with zinc oxide.

Mineral sunscreens, and those formulated with zinc oxide in particular, often leave an unattractive white cast on the skin. That doesn’t always matter, especially if you plan to wear foundation every day. However, I like to give my skin a break from makeup at least one or two days a week, so I prefer sunscreens that are invisible or tinted to blend in with my skin tone. A tinted zinc oxide sunscreen that has become very popular recently, is the Versed Guards Up Daily Mineral Sunscreen. A couple of months ago, I decided to give the Versed Guards Up sunscreen a shot because it looked like a product that would work for any skin tone, while also hydrating the skin (good option for dry skin or almost anyone in the winter). I wanted to see if it would live up to the hype. Read on to learn more, but first I’ll share some information about Versed.

I’m not sure exactly when Versed (as in “well versed”) launched, but it is a fairly new cruelty-free skincare company. Versed makes a bold claim, that it’s “the cleanest drugstore skincare brand,” meeting EU standards which ban 1,300+ ingredients. Versed formulates products with a “best of science and nature” approach so that the most effective ingredients are used, whether naturally derived or synthetic. Versed also has high standards to do what is best for consumer health, our planet, and innocent animals.

Product claims directly from VersedSkin.com

This mineral SPF 35 with lightweight moisture provides invisible, three-way protection against the elements—environmental pollution, electronic pollution (from screen time), and of course, the sun. Its oil-free formula with a creamy texture has a natural finish—not too dewy, not too matte—and doesn’t leave a white or gray cast on your skin. The non-nano zinc oxide (the safest SPF active available for our bodies and our oceans) works at the skin’s surface to physically prevent UVA and UVB rays from penetrating your skin. It helps block HEV (high energy visible) light too. All the while, antioxidants fight off environmental and blue light (aka HEV) damage for 360 protection and all the anti-aging benefits that come along with it. It’s broad-spectrum sun protection for your everyday life. Yes, every day—rain or shine, outdoors and in.

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Other product details

  • Price: $21.99
  • Net weight: 1.7 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Free of chemical sunscreen ingredients, fragrance, parabens, sulfates (SLS/SLES), phthalates, silicones, formaldehyde, triclosan, triclocarban, petroleum, mineral oil, talc, NPE, BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole), BHT, hydroquinone, and micro-beads
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Packaging made with 79% PCR plastic
  • Shelf life: 24 months
  • Where to buy: VersedSkin.com
    • VersedSkin.com does not yet ship internationally, but they plan to do so in the future.
  • Overall rating: 8.0/10
    • Sun protection: 8/10
    • Ingredients: 10/10
    • Team player: 6/10
    • Ease of removal: 10/10
    • Price: 6/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Sun protection

One of the most important things to look for in a sunscreen is broad spectrum protection. When you see the term “broad spectrum,” that means that the product will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreens that do not offer broad spectrum protection will not protect you from UVA rays. UVA rays were not always fully understood like they are today, but we need to be protected from them since UVA rays, like UVB, damage the skin’s DNA and can lead to skin cancer. UVA rays also penetrate the skin deeply to cause premature signs of aging. Fortunately, this sunscreen does provide broad spectrum protection!

The second thing to note is SPF factor. Sunscreens with an SPF factor of 15 provide 93% protection from UV rays (7% of UV rays are able to reach your skin), while SPF 30 provides 97% protection and SPF 50 provides 98% protection. No sunscreen can provide 100% protection, SPF 100 is very close with 99% protection. The Versed Guards Up Daily Mineral Sunscreen has an SPF factor of 35 so it provides just over 97% protection, which is not bad. Since I am fair-skinned and burn easily, I wish it was SPF 50 or higher (to be fair, most if not all mineral sunscreens are SPF 50 or lower). 

Lastly, if you plan on sweating a lot or spending time in water, it’s important to look for a sunscreen that is water-resistant. Otherwise, it will quickly wash away leaving your skin unprotected. This Versed sunscreen is not water-resistant. That is fine for me most days, since I spend most of my time indoors and I don’t sweat very much on my face unless I’m very active or spending time outdoors in the summer.

While overall I am pleased with the sun protection provided by the Versed Guards Up sunscreen, I think it’s a good idea to also have an alternate sunscreen with a higher SPF factor and water-resistance for days spent in direct sunlight or in the water. My go-to sunscreen is the Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Sunscreen Lotion which provides slightly more sun protection and is also water-resistant. This isn’t the last time I’ll be mentioning the Australian Gold sunscreen because it is my favorite and I tend to compare all others to its performance and protection. 

Ingredients

Since Versed is known for creating clean skincare products, I didn’t think this sunscreen would have as many ingredients as others. I must admit that I was very wrong! There are 38 ingredients in this formula. That isn’t a bad thing though; sunscreens are complicated and there are a lot of necessary “helper” ingredients to make it the best it can be.

Active ingredient (mineral sunscreen): non-nano zinc oxide 15.2%

Inactive ingredients: water/aqua/eau, butyloctyl salicylate, isodecyl neopentanoate, calcium sodium borosilicate, diheptyl succinate, c18-21 alkane, erythritol, cetearyl alcohol, sodium stearoyl glutamate, capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid copolymer, propanediol, arachidyl alcohol, glycerin, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, caprylic/capric triglyceride, tocopherol, caprylyl glycol, coco-glucoside, ethyl ferulate, behenyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, arachidyl glucoside, bisabolol, polyhydroxystearic acid, citric acid, sodium gluconate, xanthan gum, octyldodecyl oleate, caprylhydroxamic acid, hydrolyzed jojoba esters, sodium hyaluronate, crithmum maritimum extract, maltodextrin, moringa oleifera seed extract, aloe barbadensis leaf, iron oxides ci 77491, iron oxides ci 77492

This is a scary looking list, I know. BUT, there are a lot of really good ingredients within this list and no bad ingredients that should be avoided. I’ll list the standout ingredients below (I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!):

  • Erythritol
    • Humectant
    • Emollient
  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract
    • Moisturizing
    • Contains acids (like malic and gallic acids) that are mild chemical exfoliants 
    • Brightens skin
    • Antibacterial
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier
  • Ethyl ferulate
    • Antioxidant
    • May also be used as a preservative
  • Bisabolol
    • Soothes skin
  • Hydrolyzed jojoba esters
    • Contains essential fatty acids
    • Retains moisture
    • Forms film to make skin feel smooth
  • Sodium hyaluronate
    • Sodium form of hyaluronic acid (humectant)
  • Crithmum maritimum (sea fennel) extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Conditions, softens, and soothes the skin
    • Emollient
    • May be a natural retinol alternative
  • Moringa oleifera seed extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Emollient
  • Aloe barbadensis leaf extract
    • Moisturizes
    • Anti-inflammatory

While the majority of the ingredients in this sunscreen are “neutral” or “helper” ingredients like thickeners, solvents, and colorants, I am very happy to see so many skin-loving ingredients also included in the formula! Many of these ingredients are moisturizing and soothing, which means this sunscreen may be a good option for use during winter months to combat dry skin. 

Team player

This Versed sunscreen has a lot going for it, but it does not always interact very well with other products. I think at least part of it is the texture; it looks like it should be smooth, but it’s slightly gritty and I can’t figure out why. I have a couple of different morning moisturizers I’m currently using and I’ve found that this sunscreen sometimes pills and looks flaky over one of them even though it feels moisturizing. It looks just fine when applied with the other moisturizer, which is very odd. Some products just don’t interact well with each other, so it’s entirely possible that others wouldn’t have any issues applying this sunscreen over their skincare.

The bigger problem with this product, in this category, is that foundation does not apply very well on top. You would think that since this product is so moisturizing, that foundations would apply smoothly over it. Unfortunately, I’ve found that when I apply foundations over this sunscreen, it gets flaky. It’s manageable if I’m careful to apply foundation by stamping or stippling it on, but if you rub over the skin, it’s flake city and does not look good!

Since I discovered the problem with my foundations applying poorly over this sunscreen, I’ve started wearing it almost exclusively on no-makeup days and it works just fine for me that way. I should also mention here that part of the reason this sunscreen works well without any makeup, is that the tint is very effective. The tint is a light peachy color, but it’s not highly pigmented, so it’s just enough to take away the white cast without providing any coverage.

Ease of removal

One thing I like about this product is that it’s very easy to remove. On my no-makeup days that I’m using this sunscreen, I don’t need to do a double cleanse to remove it from my skin; it removes easily with face wash without any extra scrubbing. I think this is mainly due to the fact that this sunscreen is not water-resistant and therefore breaks down easily in water. Water-resistance is a double-edged sword; it’s nice when you need it, but if you don’t it can make sunscreen behave like foundation in that it can be quite difficult to remove.

Price

Versed Guards Up Daily Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 is $21.99 for 1.7 ounces of product. That comes out to $12.94 per ounce, which is a lot for a drugstore sunscreen. To compare, the Australian Gold tinted face sunscreen is $13.99 for 3 ounces or only $4.66 per ounce! BIG difference. I rated the ingredients and ease of removal higher for this product than I did for the Australian Gold sunscreen, but in my humble opinion, Australian Gold is superior in every other way…and for that reason, I don’t believe the Versed Guards Up sunscreen is worth the price.


I didn’t hold back any of my thoughts on this product. It has flaws, and honestly, once I run out I don’t plan on repurchasing it since I vastly prefer my Australian Gold sunscreen. With that said, I don’t think it’s an entirely bad product, and many people enjoy it very much.

I have combination skin, so it’s very possible that Versed Guards Up Daily Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 would work much better for someone with dry skin. It is definitely a very moisturizing formula. In fact, it never dries down to a matte finish; it remains slightly tacky, which confirms that it’s providing hydration to the skin.

Sunscreens are very tricky to get right. It’s possible that I’m pickier than most people with my sunscreen, but the only one I’ve found that I genuinely enjoy using, is Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Mineral Lotion. Please comment below with your favorite face sunscreen!

Lauren

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Paula’s Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser–Gentle Anti-Aging Face Wash

Paula’s Choice is one of the most trusted brands in skincare due to its many years of research and formulas backed by science. The company offers a wide range of collections for a variety of skin concerns and preferences, but one of the most popular is the Paula’s Choice Resist line. Products in the Resist collection are formulated for anti-aging, with options for both normal to dry and normal to oily skin types. 

I previously reviewed Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner. While products from the Paula’s Choice Resist collection can be used effectively in conjunction with products from any of the other collections, or other brands entirely, I think this toner pairs very well with the Paula’s Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser. Both products are lightly hydrating and contain very effective skincare ingredients which are best suited for normal, combination, and oily skin types. Paula’s Choice Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser is this product’s dry skin counterpart. Since I have combination skin, I use Paula’s Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser and that is the product that I’ll be reviewing in this post.

Product claims directly from PaulasChoice.com

A gentle daily cleanser that helps balance moisture while removing makeup, impurities and excess oil.

  • Thoroughly and gently cleanses skin
  • Contains skin-restoring ingredients
  • Unique pearlescent cream-to-foam formula
  • Use as the first step in your AM/PM skincare routine

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $19.00
  • Net weight: 6.4 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Fragrance-free
  • Non-irritating formula
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy: PaulasChoice.com and Amazon.com 
    • Product is available directly from Paula’s Choice in 20+ countries/regions (each has its own website; they can all be found here
    • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • Overall rating: 9.2/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Cleansing: 8/10
    • Texture: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 9/10
    • Price: 9/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

Paula’s Choice always does a good job designing quality packaging. This face wash is packaged in an opaque pump, which is perfect for protecting active ingredients and also for making it easy to dispense the product. 

The face wash itself smooths easily over the skin. A little goes a long way with this product, which I appreciate. Paula’s Choice suggests using 1-2 pumps per use, but I don’t ever need that much.

Cleansing

The description of this product states that it will remove makeup, impurities, and excess oil. I agree with that claim…mostly. However, I do find that it doesn’t always remove all of my makeup, especially around my eyes.

I’ve recently started using this cleanser primarily as the second part of my double cleanse (after using a cleansing balm) and I think that’s the best way to use it. I’m careful to remove all the makeup around my eyes with cleansing balm but I’m not always so thorough with the rest of my face, and this face wash sweeps everything else away easy-peasy. My face feels very clean and refreshed after I’ve used this cleanser.

Texture

The texture of this face wash is quite unique. It feels like a cream cleanser, but most cream cleansers don’t foam or remove makeup effectively. This one does both (for the most part). It feels very creamy and luxurious on the skin and once it’s massaged in it becomes foamy, which I feel helps with the effective cleansing action.

The texture of this face wash is also very smooth and gentle. It is completely non-abrasive and non-irritating. It feels wonderful on the skin! 

Ingredients

Like all Paula’s Choice products I’ve reviewed, this face wash has an impressive ingredient list! It is comprised of a healthy mix of skin-loving ingredients and also many “neutral” ingredients that make the product more effective. While I am not a skincare expert, I believe it’s safe to say that all the ingredients in this formula are gentle and effective.

Water, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Glycol Distearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Acrylates Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Phytosphingosine, Phospholipids, Sphingolipids, Lecithin, Arginine, Cholesterol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol

There are 12 ingredients in this face wash that I’ve labeled as “good” which means they provide benefits to the skin beyond simply cleansing or supporting the formula:

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Sunflower seed oil
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Loaded with fatty acids
    • Non-fragrant
  • Sodium hyaluronate
    • Sodium form of hyaluronic acid (humectant)
  • Ceramide NP & Ceramide AP
    • Two types of ceramides, which are long chains of lipids that are major components of skin’s extracellular matrix (the substance between skin cells)
    • Protect skin barrier
    • Improve the look and feel of dry skin
  • Ceramide EOP
    • First discovered type of ceramide
    • Contains linoleic acid
      • Omega-6 fatty acid
      • Very important for maintaining a healthy skin barrier
      • Lightens hyperpigmentation
    • Plays a “binding role” in the lipid layers of the extracellular matrix
    • Protects skin barrier
    • Improves the look and feel of dry skin
  • Phytosphingosine
    • Complex fatty alcohol that functions as a water-binding agent
    • Found naturally in skin as part of its natural defense system
  • Sphingolipids
    • Complex long-chain lipids that replenish and condition skin
  • Lecithin
    • Water-binding agent
    • Skin-restoring
  • Arginine
    • Amino acid that hydrates the skin
  • Cholesterol
    • Important lipid found naturally in the extracellular matrix (about 25% is cholesterol)
    • Works with ceramides and fatty acids to maintain a healthy skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
    • Moisturizes
    • Anti-inflammatory

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this face wash contains three types of ceramides! None of my other skincare products contain ceramides, but they are always good to see on an ingredient list because they are so important for maintaining a healthy skin barrier. 

The only complaint I have about the ingredient list is a small one. Most of the beneficial ingredients listed above are in the middle of the list instead of closer to the top, which means the concentrations probably aren’t very high. However, this is a cleanser, not a leave-on product, and therefore I don’t think it’s as important to see these ingredients at the top. I see this cleanser more as a small boost in my skincare regimen; I’m happy to get any added benefit that it can provide beyond cleansing.

Price

Paula’s Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser is $19.00 which is a little bit more expensive than most of the face washes I’ve used through the years. However, it’s important to note that not all cleansers are created equally. This one is packaged well, cleanses effectively, feels luxuriously creamy, and is formulated with quality skin-loving ingredients. It also doesn’t take much product to get the job done, so a bottle of this face wash lasts a long time. I think $19.00 is a fair price for this product.


Paula’s Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser is an exceptional face wash and a great first step (or part two of a double cleanse) in a skincare routine. It cleanses without drying, and provides ingredients skin needs to stay healthy.

Paula’s Choice labels this product as being for normal to combination skin, but I’m inclined to think that it would also work quite well for dry skin. This face wash doesn’t strip moisture from the skin like many do, and nearly all the skin-loving ingredients I listed above hydrate or condition the skin in some way. I think this face wash would be especially good for someone with sensitive skin since it is so gentle. Basically, I think this product would work well for anyone. 🙂

Have you tried any face washes or other types of skincare products from Paula’s Choice? They have a wide array of products and I’m always curious to know which ones are the best!

Lauren

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2020 Cruelty-Free Holiday Gift Guide Part 2–Gift Sets & Luxury Items

Monday, I shared “Part 1” of the cruelty-free gift guide, which featured small gifts and stocking stuffers. Those types of gifts are versatile for family, friends, co-workers, or white elephant gift exchanges. Today, I’d like to share some cruelty-free gift sets and luxury items that I would recommend for gift-giving this holiday season. 

I think gift sets are an excellent choice because they often include a variety of products, giving the “giftee” an opportunity to try different things. They’re also a good option if you know what type of product the person you’re buying for likes, but you don’t know which specific color, scent, etc. they prefer.

Luxury items are obviously more expensive, but I think they make wonderful gifts as well because a lot of people don’t want to splurge on those types of products for themselves. Gifting those items allows loved ones to try things they may never have otherwise had the opportunity to enjoy.

As always, all of the products mentioned in this gift guide are 100% cruelty-free. By IntegriBeauty standards, that means all of these companies are cruelty-free and either independently owned, or owned by another cruelty-free company.

Like “Part 1” of my gift guide, you will see some repeats from previous posts. These will be products that I’ve tested and enjoy so much, I want to recommend them again. Other items will be products that I have not personally tried, but that are from cruelty-free brands I trust. I will also make sure all products that I haven’t personally used, have very high ratings. I want to make sure I only recommend the best!

Let’s start with gift sets!

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Beauty by Earth Bath Bomb Gift Set

I’m not a “bath person” so I don’t personally use bath bombs, but nearly everyone else I know loves them! They are on the pricey side, so a lot of people won’t buy bath bombs for themselves. For people that enjoy taking baths, bath bombs can take a nice hot bath to the next level, making it even more relaxing. 

Beauty by Earth uses natural ingredients like detoxifying clays and salts, essential oils for aromatherapy, and organic oils and butters in their bath bombs, making them an excellent choice for the bath-lover in your life!

Where to buy: BeautybyEarth.com ($34.99) or Amazon.com ($29.99)

SmartyPits Trial Size Super-Strength Deodorant Set

This one probably seems pretty strange to see in a gift guide, but think about it…there are so many people transitioning from antiperspirant to deodorant, and it’s very difficult to find just the right formula and scent. There’s a good chance that someone in your life is on the hunt for the perfect natural deodorant. I sweat a lot and I’m very self-conscious about how I smell, so it’s been a struggle for me trying to find the right natural deodorant. If that reminds you of anyone you know, this might be the perfect gift for them. 

I’ve only been using this deodorant for about a week, but I am really enjoying it so far. I like that this set includes four different fragrances (Coconut Mango, Eucalyptus Spearmint, Tweed + Spice, and Cool Cucumber) because SmartyPits offers many different fragrance options and it’s hard to choose just one. With this set, you don’t have to! These would also be a good gift idea for someone that travels a lot. These little trial size deodorants are the perfect size for travel!

Where to buy: Amazon.com ($22.00)

SmartyPits also makes a set with the same fragrances, but formulated for sensitive skin (baking soda free).

Where to buy: Amazon.com ($22.00)

Versed The Big Chill Winter Unwind Gift Set

Skincare has become an important part of self-care for many of us, this year more than ever since we’re spending so much more time at home. Versed is a fairly new drugstore skincare brand. Versed actually claims to be the cleanest drugstore skincare brand, so I was curious about their products for a long time. I recently placed an order with Versed and one of the things I got was The Big Chill Winter Unwind Gift Set, which includes their popular Just Breathe Clarifying Serum (mini), The Fix Emergency Eye Mask (mini), and a Frozen Cooling Globe which is to be used for facial massage.

I’ve been using The Fix Emergency Eye Mask for a few weeks as my nighttime eye cream, and I really enjoy the heavy texture. I feel like it provides more hydration than most of the other eye creams I’ve used. I’ve used the Cooling Globe a couple of times, and it’s not my cup of tea, but I might not have been using it correctly. I know a lot of people enjoy these because the cool temperature combined with facial massage reduces puffiness and increases blood flow. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to use the Just Breathe Clarifying Serum because I’m using up another serum first. I’m very excited about it though, because it has an impressive ingredient list which includes niacinamide, willow bark extract, and zinc.

The Big Chill Winter Unwind Gift Set is great gift for anyone wanting to keep their skin in tip-top shape!

Where to buy: VersedSkin.com ($16.99)

E.l.f. Skin Hit Kit and Mini Skin Hit Kit

I recently dipped my toe into e.l.f. skincare, and I must say that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the quality! One of the products I tried is the Happy Hydration Cream, which is a moisturizer formulated with hemp seed oil (this ingredient moisturizes and strengthens skin while also helping to regulate oil production). That cream is part of e.l.f.’s Cannabis Sativa Collection, which includes four products: Happy Hydration Cream,  All the Feels Facial Oil, Calm Balm, and Puff Puff Primer. All four of these products can be found in the Skin Hit Kit!

I was curious about those other three products, so I recently ordered the Mini Skin Hit Kit which includes minis of all four of the Cannabis Sativa Collection products. I haven’t had a chance to thoroughly test any of the products, besides the Happy Hydration Cream, but I think they would work well for all skin types. The full size Skin Hit Kit or Mini Skin Hit Kit would make a great gift for anyone looking to try some new skincare products.

Where to buy e.l.f. Skin Hit Kit: ElfCosmetics.com ($37.00)

Where to buy e.l.f. Mini Skin Hit Kit: ElfCosmetics.com ($15.00)

E.l.f. Putty Primer Trio

For anyone that read my product review on the e.l.f. Luminous Putty Primer, you might be surprised to see the Putty Primer Trio included in my gift guide. I own both the original Poreless Putty Primer and the Luminous Putty Primer, and neither of them do anything for my skin. However, just because these primers don’t work for me doesn’t mean they don’t work well for others. These primers have gotten amazing reviews from others, so I recognize that they are good products. This set is a good way to let someone try all three of e.l.f.’s Putty Primer formulas: Poreless Putty Primer, Matte Putty Primer, and Luminous Putty Primer.

Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com ($9.00)

Profusion Cosmetics Eye Essentials Brush Set

Every makeup-lover that enjoys eyeshadow needs a good set of eye brushes. Quality brushes can make a big difference in the ease of application and the finished eye look. It can be challenging to find eye brushes that work well for small or hooded eyes, because a lot of brushes are just too large. The Profusion Cosmetics Eye Essentials Brush Kit is a great option for smaller eyes because none of the brushes are too large. The Small Pointed Eyeshadow brush in particular is perfect for detail work on small eyes. 

I’ve only talked about this brush set in relation to small or hooded eyes, but honestly I think these brushes would work very well for any size or shape of eyes. These brushes are high quality, soft, comfortable to hold, and vegan. They feel like high-end brushes without the high-end price tag!

The brushes in this set can be used to create a full eye look:

  • ES2 Firm Blending Eyeshadow Brush
  • ES3 Pointed Crease Eyeshadow Brush
  • ES5 Flat Shader Eyeshadow Brush
  • ES6 Small Pointed Eyeshadow Brush
  • ES7 Flat Precise Eyeshadow Brush

Where to buy: ProfusionCosmetics.com ($16.00)

BK Beauty The Essentials Face Brush Set

I was hesitant to include this brush set in the gift guide because of the price, but I did want to include luxury items and these are the best of the best in face brushes. I don’t actually own these brushes, but I have heard nothing but rave reviews from influencers and friends alike that have purchased BK Beauty brushes, particularly the face brushes. 

This vegan brush set includes the following:

  • Contoured Foundation Brush OR Round Foundation Brush
  • Large Powder Brush
  • Bronzer Brush
  • Tapered Powder Brush

Where to buy: BKBeauty.com ($130.00)

Pinrose Travel Size Rollerball Perfume Set

Perfume is a popular item to gift, but did you know that most fragrance brands are NOT cruelty-free? There are plenty of cruelty-free skincare and makeup options, but very few for fragrances. One of the few fragrance brands that is cruelty-free (clean and vegan, too!) is Pinrose. I haven’t had room in my budget this year to try any Pinrose fragrances, but so many of Pinrose’s perfumes sound like they would smell amazing! This set is a great way to try them all, which is especially nice because it would be very difficult to choose just one. 

Where to buy: Amazon.com ($47.00)

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

After perfume, I think luxurious body creams are some of the best gifts for someone you want to spoil! The one that always comes to mind first for me is Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. Most of you reading this post have probably already heard of this product because it’s been quite popular for a long time now and I wrote a product review on it earlier this month. 

Bum Bum Cream is not only popular because it’s a good body cream, but also because of the scent…maybe even primarily because of the scent. Sol de Janeiro states “Addictively scented with our Cheirosa ’62 fragrance with delicious notes of pistachio, salted caramel and vanilla.” I’ll never get tired of this scent. I wish it would follow me everywhere I go!

If you’re buying for someone that loves luxurious body products that have a rich unique fragrance, look no further than Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream.

Where to buy: Amazon.com ($45.00)

Alpyn Beauty Skincare

Another luxury gift idea is skincare. I primarily use drugstore skincare products, but I have been lusting over Alpyn Beauty’s luxury natural skincare products for months. This vegan brand is unique and not very well-known, so I’ll tell you a little bit about them. Alpyn Beauty sustainably sources organic wild botanical ingredients from the mountains in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The ingredients used in Alpyn Beauty products are backed by science to preserve, protect, and strengthen skin. 

The Alpyn Beauty skincare line includes the Wild Huckleberry 8-Acid Polishing Peel, PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm, PlantGenius Melt Moisturizer, PlantGenius Survival Serum, Calming Midnight Mask with Melatonin & Wild Dandelion, and Creamy Bubbling Cleanser with Fruit Enzymes & AHAs. The product that I find to be most interesting is the PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm. It’s difficult to find an eye cream that actually improves the appearance of the under-eye area, but judging by the many glowing reviews, this one is very effective! It contains ingredients that brighten, tighten, lift, fill in fine lines, reduce puffiness, protect against free radicals, and keep skin hydrated. This sounds like a miracle product that does it all!

Where to buy Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm: AlpynBeauty.com ($62.00)

Thrive Causemetics Cosmo Power Multi-Dimensional Strobing Blush

The makeup-lover in your life will always appreciate luxury makeup products. Though I’ve only tried two of their products so far, my favorite high-end makeup brand is Thrive Causemetics. Their products are extremely well-made and the company does a lot of good things to make the world a better place!

One of the Thrive Causemetics products I own is the Cosmo Power Multi-Dimensional Strobing Blush in the shade Rosie. This blush is a universally-flattering pink with a golden sheen, so in my opinion it is like applying both blush and highlight at the same time! This blush is lovely and would make a wonderful gift.

Where to buy: ThriveCausemetics.com ($34.00)

Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara

The other Thrive Causemetics product I own is their Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara in the shade Brynn (black). This mascara is by far their most popular product, and for good reason. It’s very effective at separating and lengthening eyelashes, and will never flake or smudge because it is a tubing mascara. There aren’t many tubing mascaras on the market and this is the only one I’ve tried, but it’s an excellent choice! In addition to the effectiveness of the mascara, it also comes in very nice luxury packaging. The tube is very heavy and I think that really adds to the experience.

Almost everyone that wears makeup, wears mascara, so you really can’t go wrong with this product as a gift!

Where to buy: ThriveCausemetics.com ($24.00)

Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol. 1 Eyeshadow Palette

You didn’t think I’d forgotten eyeshadow, did you? Of course not–I love eyeshadow! If you have someone in your life that enjoys building beautiful eye looks and working with a variety of textures, they will absolutely adore the Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol. 1 eyeshadow palette. This palette features six beautiful shades: black, chocolate brown, burnt orange, camel, cream, and cranberry. Each shade comes in four unique textures: matte, sequin (matte with suspended shimmer), metallic, and glitter. These shadows are highly pigmented and the glitters are out-of-this-world gorgeous!

Where to buy: TatiBeauty.com ($48.00)

Travel Makeup Organizer

Last but not least, I had to include a travel makeup organizer. It doesn’t exactly fall under “gift sets & luxury items” but I think this type of bag makes a great gift for someone that likes to travel with more than a few makeup products. I’ve used this bag on a couple of trips over the last few years.

This isn’t the prettiest makeup bag, but it is very sturdy and holds everything needed for a full face of makeup (or skincare; it could be used for either or both, depending on the person). The compartments are customizable by moving the dividers as needed, so if you need a little more room in one of the compartments, you can move or remove one of the dividers. In the top of the bag, there are pouches designed for brushes, with a flap that folds down to protect them from damage. Plus, there is a zipper pocket that’s big enough to hold a couple of small to medium sized palettes!

I actually received this travel makeup organizer as a gift myself, and have really enjoyed it!

Where to buy: Amazon.com ($18.99)

Shipping from All Online Stores Mentioned

All of these stores ship within the USA, but some do not ship internationally.

  • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • BeautybyEarth.com ships internationally for a flat fee of $28.00.
  • VersedSkin.com ships to the continental U.S. as well as Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico, but does not ship internationally.
  • ElfCosmetics.com ships to the USA and Canada only.
  • ProfusionCosmetics.com ships internationally. For faster and less expensive shipping to EU & UK, China, Taiwan, Canada, and India, please visit the websites listed on this page.
  • AlpynBeauty.com does not ship internationally.
  • ThriveCausemetics.com ships internationally.
  • TatiBeauty.com ships internationally, but is unable to ship to the following countries: South Africa, Ukraine, Iraq, Turkey, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba, Iran, Vietnam, Tajikistan, Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Uzbekistan, Guatemala, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. There is also a temporary hold on shipping to several countries due to government regulations. The list of those countries can be found here.

I truly hope this gift guide helps you with your gift shopping this holiday season. This year has been a stressful one, but maybe holiday shopping doesn’t have to be. More of us are shopping online instead of going into stores, so I think that should help!

If you have questions about any of the products in this gift guide (part 1 or 2), please don’t hesitate to ask. There are a few things on here that I haven’t yet used myself, but I can still help you find any answers you need. 🙂 The same goes for any other cruelty-free products that you’re unsure of. There is a wide world of products out there and it’s not always easy deciding which ones are worth the money.

Have you started your holiday gift shopping yet, or will you start on Black Friday (or later)? I’ve bought gifts for some of the people on my list, but I’m still looking for ideas for others. That’s always the hardest part, in my opinion!

Happy shopping!

Lauren

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2020 Cruelty-Free Holiday Gift Guide Part 1–Small Gifts & Stocking Stuffers

Black Friday is only a few short days away and Christmas is right around the corner. I never feel ready for it, but it’s time to start thinking about gift ideas. My favorite types of things to buy as gifts are self-care items, because I think proper self-care is often overlooked, especially during busy times in our lives. 

I recognize that self-care doesn’t look the same for every person, but beauty-related self-care is what always comes to mind for me since that is what I’m passionate about. For weeks, I’ve been contemplating the idea of putting together a cruelty-free gift guide, and I’m going for it! I hope this guide will be helpful to you, whether you’re interested in any of the specific products, or if I simply provide you with some inspiration.

I’m going to begin with small gifts and stocking stuffers. I think these are some of the most fun products to give and receive. They’re usually easy on the wallet too, which many of us can appreciate during this tough year.

You will see some repeats in this gift guide from previous posts. These will be products that I’ve tested and enjoy so much, I want to recommend them again. Other items will be products that I have not personally tried, but that are from cruelty-free brands I trust. I will also make sure all products that I haven’t personally used, have very high ratings. I want to make sure I only recommend the best!

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Beauty by Earth Organic Lip Scrub

Nothing says self-care like lip scrub, especially during cold winter months! Beauty by Earth Organic Lip Scrubs provide luxurious exfoliation and hydration. These come in three flavors: berry, mint, and vanilla. For the holidays, I don’t think you can beat mint! Plus, it’s very refreshing.

Where to buy: BeautybyEarth.com ($11.99) or Amazon.com ($14.99)

You can also purchase these lips scrubs in a gift set. The set includes three lip scrubs, one in each of the three flavors. This set would be a nice gift for someone that you know LOVES lip scrub, or you could split them up and use as individual stocking stuffers for three people. 😉

Where to buy: BeautybyEarth.com ($25.99) or Amazon.com ($29.99)

Beauty by Earth Organic Lip Balm

If you know someone that would enjoy the Beauty by Earth Organic Lip Scrub, they may also like the Beauty by Earth Organic Peppermint Lip Balm. These two products make a great pair to keep your lips looking healthy through the dry, windy winter months. This lip balm is full of nourishing ingredients that lips will love! It comes in five options: 

  • 4-pack unflavored
  • 4-pack honey/vanilla bean (2 of each flavor)
  • 4-pack superfruits (one each of acai berry, asian pear, grapefruit pomegranate, green tea)
  • 4-pack peppermint
  • 12-pack variety (4 peppermint, 1 acai berry, 1 asian pear, 1 grapefruit pomegranate, 1 green tea, 2 vanilla bean, 2 honey)

The Organic Peppermint Lip Balm would be the perfect companion gift for the Organic Mint Lip Scrub!

Where to buy Organic Peppermint Lip Balm (4-pack): BeautybyEarth.com ($10.99) or Amazon.com ($10.99)

If you’re shopping for a lot of people that enjoy lip balm, it might be more cost-effective to go for the big 12-pack gift set. 

Where to buy Organic Lip Balm Gift Set (12-pack): BeautybyEarth.com ($24.99) or Amazon.com ($26.99)

I haven’t tried the Beauty by Earth Organic Lip Balms, but I do have their SPF 15 Lip Balm in the piña colada flavor. The SPF 15 Lip Balms come in 2-packs in two flavors: piña colada and key lime. These are a great option for anyone looking to include sun protection in their lip care. These lip balms are high quality and would certainly make great stocking stuffers just like the Organic Lip Balms, but they are a little bit more expensive per tube.

Where to buy: BeautybyEarth.com ($10.99) or Amazon.com ($10.99)

Milani Keep it Full Nourishing Lip Plumper

I couldn’t include a lip scrub and lip balm without also including a third lip product to add a little holiday sparkle, now could I? Milani Keep it Full Nourishing Lip Plumper is a high-shine hydrating lip gloss. Perfect for the holidays! There are 15 shades available and ten of those have shimmer. I think shimmer is so pretty in lip gloss, especially for festive holiday makeup looks. This lip gloss would make an excellent stocking stuffer!

Where to buy: MilaniCosmetics.com ($8.99) or Amazon.com ($5.98-$13.97) (Please note that there are only 12 shades currently available on Amazon.)

E.l.f. Bite Size Eyeshadows & Face Duos

For the makeup lover in your life, e.l.f. Bite Size Eyeshadow palettes might be the perfect stocking stuffer. They’re small but mighty, filled with beautiful eyeshadow shades that perform impressively well. There are eight unique palettes, ranging from standard neutral to bold and bright, so there’s an option for every style!

Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com ($3.00)

Soon after the Bite Size eyeshadow palettes were released, e.l.f. put out the Bite Size Face Duos, which include a blush and highlight. These would be another great stocking stuffer because they’re the same small size as the Bite Size Eyeshadows. Not only are they adorable, but these little face duos are highly pigmented. I haven’t reviewed these yet, but I do own two shades: Spiced Apple and Cantaloupe. These are awesome little palettes and they can’t be beaten on price!

Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com ($3.00)

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Milani Eyeshadow Primer is the perfect companion gift for e.l.f. Bite Size Eyeshadows, or any eyeshadow! I always use Milani Eyeshadow Primer if I’m going to wear eyeshadow. Eyeshadow wears beautifully over this primer all day long without fading or creasing. For the purpose of this post, I’ll also point out that it’s very small! Only a small amount of this product is needed, so it comes in a small tube with only 0.30 ounces of product.

Where to buy: Ulta.com ($6.99)

E.l.f. Artist Mixing Palette

The e.l.f. Artist Mixing Palette is a handy little tool to keep on hand for mixing cream or liquid products. Most people use the back of their hand, but this is a cleaner, more convenient option. It’s easy to use because there is an adjustable strap attached to the back, which is used to secure the palette in place over the hand or wrist. I’ve been using this product for a couple of years and I love it! I pump out the amount of product I’ll need onto the palette and then pick it up with a brush or sponge from there.

Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com ($2.00)

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I generally prefer a brush over a sponge for applying my foundation, but I know many people are the opposite and may also use a sponge to apply powder and other face products. The best sponge I’ve tried is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I always use this sponge damp. Once it’s fully saturated and the excess water is squeezed out, it’s the perfect size and texture. It does absorb a good amount of product, but I find that to be the case with all makeup sponges. This sponge can be purchased with a travel case, and I find that case to be so helpful. It has openings in the side so if the sponge is still damp when it goes into the case, air can still get to the sponge.

Where to buy Miracle Complexion Sponge + Case: Amazon.com ($6.98)

There is also a limited edition version of this sponge that comes packaged in a holiday ornament. It’s very cute and would make the perfect small gift or stocking stuffer!

Where to buy Limited Edition Miracle Complexion Sponge: Amazon.com ($4.89)

Pacifica Beauty 7 Free Nail Polish

What is prettier for the holidays than red nail polish? Pacifica makes a clean nail polish formula called 7 Free Nail Polish. I rarely wear nail polish myself and have never owned any from Pacifica, but I trust Pacifica and their nail polishes come in the most beautiful shades. The product description for their nail polishes states that the formula is long lasting and does not include many of the chemicals found in traditional nail polish. The shade “Cinnamon Girl” is a true red and absolutely perfect for the holidays!

Where to buy: PacificaBeauty.com ($9.00)

Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Moisturizing Hand & Cuticle Cream

If you’re gifting nail polish to someone, you might as well make sure their hands and cuticles are well cared for too! That’s easier said than done with all the hand washing we’ve been doing this year, but Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Moisturizing Hand & Cuticle Cream can help. I’ve been using this hand cream for a long time and I can tell you that it’s not nearly as greasy as most hand creams I’ve tried, but it’s still very nourishing. It’s great to keep on hand for reapplication after hand washings.

Where to buy: Amazon.com ($5.99)

Pacifica Sheet Masks

I never buy sheet masks for myself, but I think they’re a lot of fun to receive as gifts. My mom usually puts one in my stocking and it’s always a fun and special treat! Pacifica offers several types of sheet masks. I haven’t tried these specific products, but I have used a lot of Pacifica skincare over the years and I think it’s all very good quality. No matter who you’re buying for, one of these sheet masks will probably be appropriate for his or her skin’s needs. All of these can be purchased for $4.00 each:

Mane Club Hair Masks

Along the same vein as sheet masks, I think hair mask packets also make great stocking stuffers! They’re compact and inexpensive, but provide enough product for a few uses. Mane Club makes six unique hair masks for a variety of hair concerns. They also have fun names and cute packaging, which are great for gifts! These hair masks can be purchased directly from Mane Club or Ulta.com, but they are more expensive from Ulta. I have not personally used these hair masks yet, but they all received high ratings. All of these can be purchased for $3.00 each:

E.l.f. Cruelty-Free Pins

If you have someone in your life that is passionate about “going cruelty-free,” they might enjoy one of e.l.f.’s cruelty-free pins! These pins are so cute and would be perfect on a backpack or jacket. There are five options and each one features a different animal. The options are:

  • Bunny
  • Cat
  • Hedgehog
  • Sloth
  • Dog

Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com ($5.00)

E.l.f. Retro Paradise Makeup Case

If you like these gift ideas, but you don’t want to use them as stocking stuffers, a good alternative is to gift them in a makeup bag! You can find makeup bags everywhere, but I think this one from e.l.f. is especially cute. It’s big enough to hold several small items without being too bulky. This would also be perfect for small school supplies if you’re shopping for a student!

Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com ($12.00)

Shipping from all online stores mentioned

All of these stores ship within the USA, but some do not ship internationally.

  • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • BeautybyEarth.com ships internationally for a flat fee of $28.00.
  • MilaniCosmetics.com ships internationally, but they currently don’t ship to Mexico, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Iraq, or Turkey.
  • ElfCosmetics.com ships to the USA and Canada only.
  • Ulta.com ships to the USA and U.S. territories, but does not ship internationally.
  • PacificaBeauty.com ships to the USA and Canada only.
  • ManeClubNYC.com ships internationally.

I hope this list has been helpful! I tried to provide a lot of good affordable options for stocking stuffers or small gifts.

There is so much more out there than what I was able to discuss in this post! If there is anything you’re interested in buying as a gift, but you aren’t certain that it’s cruelty-free, please reach out to me and I’d be happy to help. 🙂

Looking for gift sets or luxury cruelty-free gifts? Stay tuned because that will be “Part 2″ coming on Wednesday!

Lauren

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Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner–Make Your First Layer of Skincare Count

Niacinamide is by far my favorite skincare ingredient. I make sure to always have at least one product in my skincare routine that includes niacinamide. But really, the more niacinamide I can work in, the better. 

A lot of serums and moisturizers contain niacinamide, but it’s also the third ingredient in my morning toner, Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner. I treat toner like primer for the rest of my skincare steps, and I enjoy that with this product I can treat my skin to some extra niacinamide when my skin is fresh and ready to drink up.

I will do a thorough review of the ingredients in this toner later on, but know that niacinamide is a superstar ingredient that works well for almost everyone and provides several benefits to the skin. I always get excited when I find a new product that contains niacinamide. 🙂

This is the first Good Molecules product I’ve reviewed, but I’ve been using some of their products for about four months now. If you aren’t familiar with Good Molecules, it’s a no-frills skincare company that uses high-quality effective ingredients. Good Molecules products are also very affordable, which I appreciate greatly!

Product claims directly from GetGoodMolecules.com

Promote bright, even skin and less visible pores with this alcohol-free toner from Good Molecules. Niacinamide Brightening Toner is formulated with a soothing blend of brightening ingredients that work to reduce the appearance of dullness, uneven skin tone, and enlarged pores.

Other product details

  • Price: $14.00
  • Net weight: 4 oz.
  • Made in Korea
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Alcohol-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy: GetGoodMolecules.com or Beautylish.com
    • GetGoodMolecules.com ships internationally.
    • Beautylish.com ships to 56 countries (see the list here)
  • Overall rating: 10/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team player: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 10/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging & ease of application

While it doesn’t exactly look like luxury packaging, Good Molecules chose very effective packaging for this toner. It comes in an amber glass bottle. Amber glass provides UV protection, so the ingredients are protected from light. Some air can get in through the small opening, but that is very minimal. This type of packaging is ideal to protect the ingredients in this toner.

Not only does the bottle protect the product, but it’s also easy to use. This toner can be applied with a cotton pad or directly from your palms. I apply it with my hands to avoid wasting any of the product. I flip the bottle upside down, let just a drop or two of the toner come out, and then gently pat that into my skin. You might think that flipping the bottle upside down would cause far too much product to come out, but this toner has more viscosity than most other toners, which makes it easy to control how much comes out. This toner is very easy to use!

Hydration

“Brightening” is the property that this toner is known for, but it is also very hydrating. I think it’s important for toners to be hydrating since proper hydration is essential for healthy youthful skin, and I want my skin to already be hydrated before I start applying the rest of my skincare. This toner never lets me down. It feels very hydrating going on my skin. I think part of that comes from the slightly heavier texture this toner has. The texture feels somewhere between water and aloe vera gel. That might sound strange, but my skin drinks it right up!

Team player

When I first tried this toner and noticed the viscous texture, I was concerned that my other skincare products might not layer well on top. I needn’t have worried, because this product absorbs very quickly. I don’t think it even takes a minute to fully sink into my skin. My other skincare products layer perfectly on top of this toner with no pilling or flaking. Excellent team player; easy 10/10. 🙂

Ingredients

Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner contains a conservative 20 ingredients. Even though this is the first Good Molecules product I’ve reviewed, I get the impression that they don’t include anything that isn’t necessary in their products. Here is the full ingredient list for this toner:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Betaine, Arbutin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Dextrin

Of the 20 ingredients in this toner, 11 of them provide direct benefit to the skin. That’s just over half which doesn’t sound impressive, but most of them are in the top half of the list which means their concentrations are high enough to do a lot of good for the skin. I’ll list all 11 of the skin-loving ingredients as well as descriptions:

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Niacinamide
    • Improves appearance of enlarged pores
    • Regulates oil production
    • Evens skin tone
    • Softens fine lines
  • 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid
    • Very stable form of vitamin C
    • Antioxidant
  • Betaine
    • Gentle hydrating ingredient
    • Known as an osmolyte, which means it helps skin adapt to moisture losses and gains, balancing the skin’s level of hydration
  • Arbutin
    • Fades brown spots by hindering the melanin-forming property of the tyrosinase enzyme
  • Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract
    • Antioxidant
  • Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate
    • Moisturizes and soothes skin
    • Rich in essential minerals, amino acids, beta-glucan, and vitamins
  • Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Skin-lightener
  • Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract
    • Medicinal Chinese herb
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract
    • Medicinal Chinese herb
    • Skin conditioner
    • May help to heal eczema
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
    • Humectant
    • Sodium form of hyaluronic acid

Pretty impressive, especially for a toner! I feel like this toner is packed full of so many good ingredients, it’s more like a serum than a toner.

If you’re curious about the other nine ingredients, they are things like thickeners and gentle preservatives. None of them are harmful in any way. 

Price

For a toner from a brand that falls in the “drugstore price range,” $14.00 might seem high for only four ounces of toner. However, when you take into account the glass packaging and stellar ingredient list, I think $14.00 is very reasonable! It’s important to note also, that a little goes a long way with this product. I’ve been using it one or two times a day for a few months and have only used half the bottle, so it will last me at least six months! Most toners would not last that long.


This is the first time since I started reviewing products that I’ve given an overall rating of 10/10! I can always find something that could be improved upon, but not this time. Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner is an all-around good product. 

This toner would be an excellent addition to any skincare routine. It provides the hydration and antioxidants that we all need, with the added benefits from niacinamide like improving the appearance of pores and evening skin tone. 

Good Molecules claims that this toner will promote bright, even skin and make pores less visible, but I avoid discussing specific skincare claims in my product reviews because it usually takes several months to see those types of results. My skin is also already in pretty good condition since I’ve been using good skincare regularly for a few years now. I don’t usually see very much difference in my skin depending on which specific products I use. I hope that makes sense!

I feel like Good Molecules is such an underrated skincare company. Have you tried any of their products? If you have, please comment below and tell me about your experience!

Lauren

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Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream–Preserve Youthfulness with Multi-Peptides

I prefer gel or lightweight cream moisturizers for daytime because they wear well under makeup and I like that thin consistency. At night though, I reach for a heavier nourishing moisturizer instead. Even though I have combination skin, I want to make sure I’m keeping my skin sufficiently hydrated and one good way of doing that is by using a heavier moisturizer at night. 

I’ve tried many night creams through the years, at various price points. I’m very impressed by the one I’m using now, and it’s very affordable. I first heard about Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream on YouTube. It was mentioned as a dupe for the very expensive Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream. I bought that one once before and enjoyed it, but can’t justify paying $68.00 for it again (plus, Drunk Elephant was acquired by Shiseido, which is not cruelty-free). I will discuss this more later on, but I will tell you now that I definitely think Acure’s Night Cream is a much better value compared to Drunk Elephant’s “Protini.”

Product claims directly from Acure.com

Multi-peptides, ferulic acid & vitamin C, age performance.

Lightweight whipped superfood cream with multi-peptides, vitamin C, ferulic acid, glacial glycoproteins to soothe and hydrate.

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Other product details

  • Price: $19.99
  • Net weight: 1.7 oz.
  • Made in USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Formulated without parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, petrolatum, and formaldehyde
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Where to buy: Acure.com or Amazon.com
    • Acure.com only ships within the U.S.
    • Amazon ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • Overall rating: 9/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 9/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team player: 7/10
    • Ingredients: 10/10
    • Price: 9/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

Acure made a very wise choice in packaging for this night cream. It is packaged in an opaque squeeze tube. This packaging doesn’t allow any light to reach the product, and only very little air can get to it when it is being dispensed. This is important for preserving the active ingredients to make sure they remain effective while you’re using the product. The squeeze tube also makes it easy to dispense the correct amount, with minimized risk of contamination since there is no need to dip fingers into the product.

This night cream is quite a thick moisturizer. That isn’t a bad thing, but it does mean that this product isn’t the easiest to blend into the skin. It does blend in completely, but requires more effort than a lightweight moisturizer.

Hydration

Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream is one of the most hydrating moisturizers I’ve ever used. It was an easy decision giving this category 10/10! Since this night cream is thick, it feels like it really locks in the moisture. That hydration lasts all night. My skin still feels soft and hydrated when I wake up every morning after applying this product.

Team player

The main drawback about the thick texture of this night cream is the fact that it isn’t easy to layer immediately over other skincare products. Before night cream, my night time skincare regimen after cleansing includes toner, (sometimes) BHA exfoliant, serum, and eye cream. I prefer to get all of my skincare applied as quickly as I can so I can snuggle up in bed with my Kindle early enough to read a few chapters before going to sleep. Unfortunately, this product applies much more easily if I wait 5-10 minutes between the other steps of my routine and applying this night cream.

One way to thin this product and make it easier to apply over other products, would be to mix a serum or oil with it. I haven’t tried that myself since I prefer applying each of my skincare steps individually, but I wanted to suggest this tip for anyone interested in trying this product.

Ingredients

Up to this point, you might be thinking “this night cream just sounds OK…what makes it special?” The answer is found in the ingredient list!

WATER/AQUA/EAU, GLYCERIN, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CETEARYL OLIVATE, SORBITAN OLIVATE, SCLEROCARYA BIRREA (MARULA) SEED OIL, NYMPHAEA ALBA ROOT EXTRACT, SH-OLIGOPEPTIDE-1, SH-OLIGOPEPTIDE-2, SH-POLYPEPTIDE-1, SH-POLYPEPTIDE-9, SH-POLYPEPTIDE-11, COPPER PALMITOYL HEPTAPEPTIDE-14, HEPTAPEPTIDE-15 PALMITATE, PALMITOYL TETRAPEPTIDE-7, PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-1 (PEPTIDE BLEND), FERULIC ACID, ASCORBIC GLUCOSIDE (VITAMIN C), COCONUT ALKANES, PSEUDOALTEROMONAS FERMENT EXTRACT (GLACIAL GLYCOPROTEINS), SALICYLIC ACID COCO-CAPRYLATE/CAPRATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, ASPARTIC ACID, LINOLEIC ACID, LINOLENIC ACID, LECITHIN, SODIUM PCA, PCA, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, LACTIC ACID/GLYCOLIC ACID COPOLYMER, CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT, SYMPHYTUM OFFICINALE CALLUS CULTURE EXTRACT.

This is a long list (33 ingredients to be exact) that looks pretty intimidating. Honestly, some of these ingredients are very sophisticated and difficult for me to understand since science has never been my strength. I will do my best to describe this product’s formula anyway!

First of all, it’s important to note that 27 of the 33 ingredients provide direct benefits to the skin. That’s 81.8%, which is much higher than average! I doubt that many of you want to read about all 27 of those ingredients, so I’ll pare it down slightly by combining the peptides:

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Cetearyl olivate & sorbitan olivate
    • Paired together, these ingredients generate liquid crystal structures that are similar to the outer layer of the skin
    • Moisturizing
    • Barrier-repairing
  • Marula seed oil
    • Improves skin hydration and smoothness
    • Reduces redness
    • Rich in fatty acids (oleic, palmitic, linoleic)
    • Contains antioxidants including vitamin E
  • Nymphaea alba root extract
    • Skin conditioner
    • Calms irritated skin
  • Peptides (there are nine unique peptide ingredients, but many of them share properties)
    • Improve elasticity and reduce wrinkles by synthesising collagen and elastin
    • Stimulate skin regeneration and healing
  • Ferulic acid
    • Antioxidant
    • Stabilizes vitamin C
  • Ascorbic glucoside
    • Stable form of vitamin C combined with glucose (breaks down to pure vitamin C)
    • Antioxidant
  • Pseudoalteromonas ferment extract
    • Protects skin from dryness and redness
    • Promotes skin regeneration and smoothness by stimulating collagen and elastin synthesis
    • Regulates oil production and reduces pore size
  • Salicylic acid
    • BHA
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Sodium hyaluronate
    • Humectant (sodium form of hyaluronic acid)
  • Aspartic acid
    • Amino acid that hydrates the skin
  • Linoleic acid
    • Omega-6 fatty acid
    • Very important for maintaining a healthy skin barrier
    • Lightens hyperpigmentation
  • Linolenic acid
    • Omega-3 fatty acid
    • Modulates the immune response of the epidermis
    • Lightens hyperpigmentation
  • Lecithin
    • Water-binding agent
    • Has skin-restoring property
  • Sodium PCA
    • Hydrates and replenishes skin
  • PCA
    • Derived from amino acids
    • Humectant
  • Lactic acid/glycolic acid copolymer
    • Skin conditioner
  • Turmeric root extract
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Antimicrobial
    • Potent antioxidant
    • Brightens skin

* Salicylic acid and coco-caprylate/caprate are listed together as one ingredient on the ingredient list, but I was unable to find any information on “Salicylic acid coco-caprylate/caprate” in my research, so I split it into two separate ingredients. I think Acure may have made a typo with these two ingredients.

I am very impressed by the number of beneficial ingredients in this night cream. It seems to have it all, except for my favorite ingredient (niacinamide), but I can forgive that since there are so many other rockstar ingredients in this formula!

There are five ingredients in this formula that support the formula but don’t directly benefit the skin. They are water (solvent), cetearyl alcohol (thickener), coconut alkanes (emollient), coco-caprylate/caprate (emollient), and sorbitan isostearate (emulsifier).

Lastly, there is one ingredient that could be harmful to the skin: symphytum officinale callus culture extract. I had a hard time finding detailed information on this ingredient, but it is a skin-soothing ingredient that is meant to be used short-term in small concentrations. If too much is used, it could irritate skin. Fortunately, this is the very last ingredient on the list, which means there is a very low concentration (probably not enough to be harmful for anyone).

Price

I consider Acure to be a “high-end drugstore brand” meaning that their prices are still comparatively affordable compared to a lot of actual high-end brands, but their products tend to be more expensive than a lot of similar products available in the “drugstore” price range. Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream is $19.99. I don’t mind paying that price since this is such a good quality product. I expect to pay a little more when a product has an ingredient list as impressive as this one.

While I don’t mind paying $19.99 for this product, I do wish it was slightly less expensive because I have to use more of this product than I do other moisturizers (due to the thick texture). I’m definitely going through this more quickly than I have other moisturizers recently.

Dupe for Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream?

What is a dupe? A dupe is a more affordable alternative to an expensive product. Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream of course is not an exact dupe for Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream, but these two formulas are very similar. Most notably, they contain the same nine peptide ingredients and they’re even in the same order! There are several other ingredients that are also found in both products, but frankly there are too many to list. 

One thing I like better about the Acure night cream vs. DE’s “Protini” is that it contains vitamin C and ferulic acid (Protini doesn’t contain either of these ingredients). To be fair, the more expensive DE product contains several beneficial ingredients that the Acure dupe does not have, but they are all below the peptides and therefore those ingredients likely are at quite low concentrations.

As far as texture goes, Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream is much thicker than Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream which has a light gel-cream texture. For that reason, I think the Acure night cream is a much better choice for anyone with dry skin or looking for a more hydrating product to use at night.

Then you must take into consideration the vast difference in price; Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream is less than a third of the price of Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream!

In my opinion, there is no contest: Acure wins! And of course, Acure is 100% cruelty-free! 😉


Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream doesn’t look like a glamorous product, but it really is! It was named so well, because the ingredients (especially the peptides) used in this formula truly do have a rejuvenating effect on the skin.

I would recommend this product to absolutely anyone looking for a new night cream. I think it would work so well for any skin type, especially during these cooler months when we’re exposed to a lot of dry air.

This is the first skincare product I’ve ever used from Acure. Do you have any experience with this brand? If you have, please share your experience below!

Lauren

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