Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40–Broad Spectrum Sun Protection for Sensitive Skin

Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40I had high hopes for trying new sunscreens this year, but I haven’t gotten around to trying very many. That’s partly because I still enjoy the Australian Gold SPF 50 Tinted Face Sunscreen Lotion so much. As someone that reviews products, I still want to keep searching the market for other great sunscreens. I especially wanted to find a good non-tinted face sunscreen since I know that not everyone wants sunscreen that’s tinted. I like a tint to my face sunscreen, but the tints are often too dark for my fair skin. That’s what led me to try Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40.

I struggle to find new sunscreens for a couple of reasons. First, many sunscreen brands aren’t cruelty-free and I exclusively buy cruelty-free beauty and personal care products. Also, a lot of sunscreens are formulated with chemical UV filters which tend to irritate my eyes and in some cases are not reef safe. I go for mineral/physical sunscreens whenever possible. I was excited to discover this sunscreen from Babo Botanicals because it is cruelty-free and contains no chemical UV filters while still providing sufficient sun protection.

Babo Botanicals is a great brand, but not very well-known. I just discovered it this year through YouTube. For those of you that are also not familiar with the brand, I’d like to share some important facts about Babo Botanicals. The company verifies the safety of every ingredient used in its products, as well as the efficacy of all finished products. Babo Botanicals aims to provide natural products for the entire family, including babies. Social and environmental responsibility, accountability, and transparency are also very important to Babo Botanicals. 

I know you’re here for my review of Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40, so let’s get into it!

Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40 product claims directly from BaboBotanicals.com

Babo’s specially formulated broad spectrum Daily Sheer Sunscreen is perfect for extra sensitive faces. This ultra sheer, lightweight and hypoallergenic formula contains organic Aloe Vera, Avocado and Jojoba Oil to soothe and moisturize skin. Powerful antioxidants, Rose Hip and Green Tea, help prevent premature aging. Perfect for use as a daily moisturizer and/or under make-up.

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Other product details

  • Price: $15.65 (this price may vary as prices on Amazon fluctuate often)
  • Net weight: 1.7 oz. | 50 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Babo Botanicals is a certified “B Corp”
  • Made with clean natural ingredients
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Reef-friendly
  • Free of chemical sunscreens, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, fragrances, and dyes
  • Broad spectrum SPF 40 sun protection
  • Shelf life: 12 months
    • Be sure to check the expiration date to verify the efficacy of the sunscreen ingredients
  • Where to buy: BaboBotanicals.com or Amazon.com
    • BaboBotanicals.com ships within the U.S. and U.S. territories, and to APO/FPO addresses that have a U.S. zip code.
    • 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: 7.6/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 6/10
    • Sun protection: 8/10
    • Ingredients: 10/10
    • Team player: 7/10
    • Price: 7/10

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

Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40 comes in a plastic squeeze tube like most sunscreens. This packaging is simple yet effective. The only thing I don’t like about this packaging is the flip-top cap. A lot of sunscreen collects around the opening and dries up, so that excess product has to be tossed. I try to minimize this by wiping the cap clean before closing it after each use.

The sunscreen itself is not the easiest to use, but I had a feeling that would be the case when I ordered it. Untinted mineral sunscreens are notorious for being thick and leaving a strong white cast. Fortunately, the texture is thinner than similar products I’ve used for the body. However, there is definitely a white cast!

Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen freshly appliedThis photo was taken a couple of minutes after I applied Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40. When I first started using this product, I was hopeful that the white cast might subside once the sunscreen sat on my skin for a little while, but that hasn’t been the case for me. The white cast looks extra prominent here because I have self tanner on my body. I have fair skin so it’s not usually quite so obvious. 

I think those with medium to deep skin (maybe even light skin) may struggle to make this sunscreen work. They may prefer the Babo Botanicals tinted mineral sunscreen, which appears to have a light beige tint. On the other hand, those with fair skin like me may prefer this untinted sunscreen over tinted sunscreens because tinted sunscreens are often too deep for fair skin.

As I mentioned before, Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40 has a thin consistency. I was pleasantly surprised by that the first time I used it. This thinness allows the sunscreen to spread easily over the skin. One difficulty this causes, however, is that it does dry down quickly, so it must also be rubbed in quickly. If you allow it to sit in one spot for too long, it will dry to look streaky or caked in that area. 

The other application tip I have for this sunscreen is to be careful not to get it in your hair, as it does not blend in with hair easily (due to the white cast). I try to avoid my eyebrows as well, but that’s not as important since I can apply eyebrow products to return them to their natural color.

You may be wondering if this sunscreen formula balls up on the skin. That’s something I’ve experienced with a couple of other sunscreens I’ve tried in the past. I have occasionally experienced that with this one, but only when I rub it in too thoroughly. It’s best to stop as soon as the sunscreen is applied evenly over the whole face.

If you’ve used mineral sunscreens before, you’re likely not surprised by any of this. Sunscreen formulations are getting better and better, but mineral sunscreens in particular are still tricky to formulate. It makes sense that most of them still need improvement. While I obviously wouldn’t say Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40 is easy to apply, it’s also not the most difficult.

Sun protection

The most important part of every sunscreen, of course, is the level of sun protection provided. First, sunscreen should be labeled as “broad spectrum,” which 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, Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40 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, though SPF 100 is very close with 99% protection. The Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40 has an SPF factor of 40, so it provides 97-98% 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. Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40 is not water-resistant, so it should only be used on days that you won’t be in water or sweating very much.

Ingredients

Babo Botanicals puts a lot of emphasis on the ingredients in its formulations. All ingredients are claimed to be safe, and come together to create effective products. Let’s take a look at the Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40 ingredients:

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 5.9%, Zinc Oxide 3.3% (Non-Nano)

Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Aluminum Hydroxide, Beeswax*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco-Glucoside, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Methyl Dihydroabietate, Myristyl Alcohol, Myristyl Glucoside, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phenethyl Alcohol, Pongamia Pinnata Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Water

*Certified Organic Ingredients

It’s great to see only mineral UV filters in this formula: Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. Both of these ingredients are safe for sensitive skin and also reef safe! But what about the inactive ingredients? Let’s get into that now!

This product’s inactive ingredient list consists of both “good” skin-loving ingredients, and also several “neutral” ingredients. Those “neutral” ingredients are necessary for general effectiveness. I was so happy to see that 11 of the 28 ingredients fall into the “good” category, while the other 17 are “neutral.” There are no “bad” ingredients in this product. In other words, none of the ingredients in this formula are likely to cause any sort of irritation. The first two “good” ingredients are the two mineral UV filters that I already discussed, but I’ll provide brief descriptions of the other nine below:

  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
    • Moisturizer
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Wound healing
  • Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
    • Emollient moisturizer
    • Skin soothing
    • Antioxidant-rich
  • Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract
    • Antioxidant
    • UV protectant
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Loaded with fatty acids
    • Good for all skin types
  • Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil
    • Highly moisturizing
    • Loaded with fatty acids
    • Contains vitamin E
  • Pongamia Pinnata Seed Oil
    • Skin conditioning
    • Wound healing
  • Rosa Canina Fruit Extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Skin conditioning
  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
    • Wax ester that stays on the skin surface to moisturize and make skin soft

These ingredients are excellent for maintaining good skin health! It’s especially good to see a few antioxidant ingredients on the list. Antioxidants are important for neutralizing free-radical damage from the UV rays that get through the sunscreen (remember, SPF 40 only provides 97-98% protection). 

As for the “neutral” ingredients, they aren’t so interesting. These ingredients are safe, but don’t directly benefit the skin. Instead, they support the sunscreen formula. They are emollients, viscosity controllers, preservatives, etc.

I am very pleased with these ingredients! They all appear to be very safe, even for sensitive skin. Perfect 10/10 for ingredients!

Team player

After reading the “Packaging/ease of application” section, you probably aren’t surprised that Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40 didn’t score that well as a team player, either. If you’re wondering what I mean by “team player” here, I’m just referring to how the product layers over skincare products and under makeup. It’s important for all products to work well together to achieve a nice finished look.

This Babo Botanicals sunscreen layers well over my leave-on morning skincare products which usually consist of toner, serum, eye cream, and moisturizer. As long as I work quickly and don’t rub this sunscreen in too thoroughly, I don’t have any problems in this part of my routine. I do experience some minor problems with layering makeup over this sunscreen, however.

I’ve noticed that my foundation is more prone to looking streaky when applied over this sunscreen. I think that may come down to the white cast, as the pigments show up more starkly against the white cast as opposed to my natural skin color. I’m still able to get an even application, it just takes a bit of extra effort. Once I have it blended all over my face, I look back over my skin for spots that need more work.

No matter which kind of foundation I apply, liquid or powder, I’ve found that it looks textured on my skin when applied over this sunscreen. I don’t think it’s obvious from a distance, but it irks me because my skin is not textured. Primer may help prevent that textured appearance, but I generally don’t have good luck with primers.

Another observation in regards to this sunscreen layering under makeup: all of my foundations settle into fine lines, at least a little bit. However, it seems like that settling is made more obvious by this sunscreen. It’s not too bad for me since my fine lines are quite subtle, but on more mature skin, it would likely be more pronounced.

And lastly, one positive comment on this sunscreen when worn under makeup. It doesn’t dry down to a matte finish; instead, it remains slightly tacky and gives the skin a glowy appearance. That glow is still visible with makeup applied over it. For those looking for more glow, you may really enjoy this product as a 2-in-1 sunscreen and primer.

Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen with makeup

In these photos, I was wearing a medium coverage foundation over the Babo Botanicals sunscreen. The foundation is a fair shade, so it makes sense that my face still looked a bit ghostly in contrast with my self-tanned body. It definitely looked even lighter because of the sunscreen though. I’m not sure if the white cast would be completely concealed if I applied a heavier layer of that foundation, but I believe a full coverage foundation would definitely accomplish that goal. Full coverage hasn’t been my thing lately, so I didn’t have a good one to try.

As you can see, I was able to achieve even coverage over my skin. It all came together to look pretty good once I applied the rest of my makeup. Blush and bronzer go a long way in perking up pale skin. 🙂

While Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40 is certainly not the best “team player” sunscreen out there, you can certainly make it work. I tried one foundation last year that was a nightmare to layer with skincare and makeup. That helps me realize this one really isn’t so bad!

Price

Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40 is currently priced at $15.65 on Amazon. A tube contains 1.7 oz. of sunscreen, which is not very much, especially if you apply it more than once a day. I can’t help but compare every sunscreen to my beloved tinted mineral sunscreen from Australian Gold. That one is currently $13.41 on Amazon (for the fair to light shade), and you get 3 oz. of sunscreen per tube. It is a very different formula, but is similar in skincare benefits and actually provides slightly more sun protection (SPF 50) compared to this one from Babo Botanicals.

An important thing to consider here are big-picture differences between Australian Gold and Babo Botanicals. Australian Gold is a huge well-established company with a lot of loyal customers. Babo Botanicals is much smaller and not as well-known. Additionally, Babo Botanicals is doing a lot to make the world a better place, like teaching kids about gardening and nutrition. Programs like that take substantial amounts of money. That’s not to say Australian Gold isn’t doing great things too, but that information isn’t readily available on its website.

I think Babo Botanicals is a good company, and this sunscreen isn’t a bad product. However, I have to be honest here and say that I think Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40 is overpriced. If it performed better, I’d say it’s definitely worth the $15.65 price tag. Unfortunately, it has some shortcomings and I couldn’t justify buying it again at this price even though it’s still within the drugstore price range. In my opinion, the Australian Gold sunscreen I keep mentioning is a better product and a better value.


My feelings on Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40 are very mixed. The company is great and both the product’s sun protection and ingredients are good. I just wish it didn’t leave as much of a white cast, and that it would be easier to apply and wear with makeup. If Babo Botanicals reformulates this sunscreen to address those limitations, I’d be happy to give it another try.

Babo Botanicals made several claims about this sunscreen. I agree with some, while others I definitely do not! First, they state that Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40 is perfect for those with sensitive skin. I agree based on the lovely ingredients list. Next, however, they say the formula is ultra sheer, lightweight, hypoallergenic, soothing, and moisturizing. I’m not sure if the person writing these claims never actually tried this sunscreen, but it is not sheer! It’s more sheer than some other mineral sunscreens, but I think the term “sheer” implies that there is no white cast and that’s simply not the case. On the bright side, it is lightweight, (probably) hypoallergenic, soothing, and moisturizing. 

They specifically call out rose hip and green tea as ingredients that prevent premature aging. These ingredients are certainly helpful in this capacity as they’re both antioxidants, meaning that they prevent free radical damage. The final claim is that this sunscreen is ideal for use as a moisturizer and can be worn under makeup. While this sunscreen is moisturizing, I would feel strange using it as a moisturizer, probably because it isn’t as smooth as a regular moisturizer. I think that may come down to skin type and personal preference. As far as wearing it under makeup, you definitely can do that, but not without affecting the appearance of your makeup.

While this sunscreen isn’t exactly my cup of tea, I recognize that it has some very good qualities. It may be absolutely perfect for some people! I think it’s a great choice for those with sensitive skin especially.

If you decide to try this product, it’s important to understand that this is a purely mineral sunscreen without any tint. If you’ve used similar products, then you probably won’t be surprised by the performance of this one. It’s vastly different from what I’ve been using regularly for a long time now, so it’s been a bit difficult for me to adjust to it.

What are your thoughts on untinted mineral sunscreens? Does this one sound interesting to you? Please let me know in the comments!

Lauren

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Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30–Easily Reapply Sunscreen OVER Makeup

Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30Sunscreen is a vital part of any skincare routine. In fact, applying sunscreen is the best thing you can do to prevent premature aging and skin cancer. Did you know that it’s important to reapply sunscreen, even if you’re wearing makeup? The big question is, how do you apply sunscreen over makeup? The best method I’ve found is to use sunscreen powder. I’m using Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30.

This is the first sunscreen powder I’ve ever tried, but I’m enjoying it so far! I previously tried a couple of setting sprays with SPF, but they were a bit irritating and smelled strongly of sunscreen. I was not a fan, so I knew that wasn’t the best option for refreshing my sunscreen. When it comes to sunscreen, it’s especially important to find products that are enjoyable to use since we’re more likely to use products we like!

I don’t use Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 every day since I haven’t been spending very much time outside. However, it’s been great to have on hand for days that I do need to go out in the afternoon. I’ve used this product enough times now that I’m familiar with its pros and cons. Please continue reading for my full review where I’ll discuss packaging, ease of application, sun protection, ingredients, how it layers over makeup, and price.

Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 product claims directly from DermaE.com

This translucent non-nano mineral powder can be worn on its own or over makeup for a natural, flawless look. Easy to carry to reapply throughout the day for all day sun protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays.

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Other product details

  • Price: $21.95 (or currently only $17.65 from Amazon)
  • Net weight: 0.14 oz. | 4 g
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Reef-friendly
  • Free of gluten, soy, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, petrolatum, sulfates, mineral oil, artificial color, and fragrance
  • Broad spectrum SPF 30 sun protection
  • Where to buy: DermaE.com or Amazon.com 
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    • DermaE.com unfortunately only ships within the United States.
  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 7/10
    • Sun protection: 7/10
    • Ingredients: 10/10
    • Team player: 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

Applying Derma E sunscreen powderThe packaging for Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 is very similar to that of other sunscreen powders I’ve seen, but I still think it’s so innovative! The powder is contained on one end of the product, and the other end is a brush. There’s a plastic piece that comes up over the brush to protect its bristles when the cap is being taken on and off. 

While I think the design is brilliant, I deducted a few points from this category, because of the packaging. First, while the design is convenient, it’s also wasteful. There’s quite a bit of waste with this product once it’s used up because of the built-in brush and piece of plastic that’s only there to protect the brush. I think Derma E should redesign this product to make it refillable. I found a Jane Iredale sunscreen powder that is made to work with refills, so I know it could be done!

There are a couple other flaws with the packaging as well. It feels quite cheap and I’m not sure how well it would hold up in a suitcase if you wanted to travel with it. I think it would be fine in a purse, but I don’t think the plastic could withstand very much weight if it was crushed in a suitcase. Lastly, the brush…it is not a good quality brush at all. I’m honestly not surprised, as Derma E is a skincare brand and doesn’t ordinarily make brushes. However, it’s not very soft and it sheds quite a bit even though I’ve never tried to wash it and have always been gentle when using it.

The poor packaging of this product definitely isn’t a deal breaker. It gets the job done and that’s what matters most. However, I think Derma E should consider making it refillable, a bit sturdier, and improve the quality of the brush.

Until I got this product and tried it for myself, I was pretty confused about how it works. I thought there’d be some kind of button to dispense the powder, but there’s not! It actually flows through the brush automatically. I was skeptical the first time I used it because I didn’t see powder on the brush, but I did see a small cloud of powder as I swirled it over my face. It’s actually a very smart delivery system and quite easy to use!

Sun protection

The most important part of every sunscreen, of course, is the level of sun protection provided. First, sunscreen should be labeled as “broad spectrum,” which 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, though SPF 100 is very close with 99% protection. The Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder has an SPF factor of 30, so it provides 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). 

There are a couple of other things to consider with this sunscreen powder’s sun protection. My biggest concern is that certain parts of the face will be missed, since it’s not easy to see where it’s been applied. It’s important to apply sunscreen to every part of the face to avoid sun damage. 

I also want to note that this sunscreen powder is not water- or sweat-resistant. If you’ll be sweating a lot on your face, definitely reapply more often than recommended. If you’ll be spending time in water…frankly, I’d recommend skipping makeup (gasp!) and using a regular water-resistant face sunscreen and/or a sunscreen stick like the Beauty by Earth Mineral Sunscreen Stick, which is also water-resistant.

Ingredients

Since this is the first sunscreen powder I’ve ever reviewed, I really wasn’t sure what to expect to see on the ingredients list. It’s actually a pretty simple formulation, but a good one! There are often some questionable ingredients in skincare products, but this one doesn’t have anything like that. All of the ingredients are there to provide sun protection or other skincare benefits, or support the overall formula.

A keyword in the name of this product, Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30, is mineral. There are two sunscreen ingredients in this product, and they’re both mineral/physical sunscreens: titanium dioxide (17.29%) and zinc oxide (20%). These ingredients provide sun protection by reflecting UV rays away from the skin. 

Here’s a full list of the inactive ingredients in Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30:

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Capryloyl Glycine, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Mica, Potassium Sorbate, Silica, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Undecylenoyl Glycine

*May contain Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77489)

Are you surprised by how few ingredients are in this product? I was! Looking at these inactive ingredients (not counting the iron oxides), there are four “good” skincare ingredients and six “neutral” supporting ingredients. I’ll provide brief descriptions of the skincare ingredients first:

  • Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Capryloyl Glycine
    • Synthetic amino acid derivative
    • Protects skin from water loss
  • Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Potent skin-soothing property
    • May aggravate skin that is sensitive to plants in the daisy family
  • Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier

These ingredients aren’t likely to make any big changes to the skin, but they are helpful for protecting the skin and keeping it healthy. Really, since this is a sunscreen product, all of these other skincare ingredients are just added bonuses. 🙂

The other inactive ingredients are simple and safe. They perform important functions to support the formula. These ingredients include an emollient that makes skin feel smooth, preservatives, colorant, thickener, and an antimicrobial. The iron oxides that may or may not be included in the formula are additional colorants that are yellow and orange in color.

I was so relieved to see that there aren’t any common irritants in Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30. The other Derma E skincare products I’ve used have been fragranced, and fragrance ingredients have the potential to be sensitizing. This product should be safe for those with sensitive skin (with the exception of people sensitive to plants in the daisy family; see above description for Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract).

Team player

Since Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 is applied over everything else, including makeup, it’s a little easier for it to be a good team player compared to most leave-on skincare products. What do I mean by “team player?” I’m simply reviewing how well this powder interacts with other products on the skin.

I should note that I only use this product on days that I’m wearing makeup, because the other days I can easily reapply my standard sunscreen or use a sunscreen stick for reapplication. I use this sunscreen powder specifically because it doesn’t disturb my makeup. In fact, it sometimes helps my makeup to look better! 

I have combination skin with an oily t-zone and this powder mattifies my skin. In addition to mattifying my skin, it also makes it feel very smooth and has a slight pore-blurring effect. This product really is a 2-in-1 makeup and skincare product. It actually improves the look of my makeup instead of making it look cakey, which I feared. I’ve never needed to use this powder more than once in a day, so it’s possible that it would become cakey after multiple applications. However, I think that would be true for any type of powder.

One last note on this subject: on my skin tone, I don’t feel that this powder affects the color of my foundation. I’ve read some reviews that it’s too dark for some fair-skinned people, while those with darker skin tones find it to be too light. I have fair skin and I don’t have any problems with the shade of this powder. However, it does look like it would be too light for deep skin tones. Derma E claims that this powder is translucent and that seems to be true for me, but not as much for others. It’s possible they are applying it more liberally than I do, as I simply try to coat every part of my face with a thin layer of powder.

Price

When I first saw this product, it was the first of its kind that I’d ever seen. I thought to myself, “wow, that’s brilliant, but it seems so expensive!” Compared to some other products from Derma E, the Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 is kind of expensive at $21.95. 

However, as I found similar products, I learned that $21.95 is actually very affordable by comparison! This Derma E product was the least expensive of all the sunscreen powders I found. I think part of the reason this type of product is pricey could be that there aren’t that many options (compared to other types of sunscreen). 

Some sunscreen powders I found are $60+ and I think that’s crazy! This Derma E product isn’t perfect, but I can’t imagine any sunscreen powder is worth three times the price of this one. I’m so happy I found this affordable option for refreshing my sunscreen.


For the longest time, I applied sunscreen in the morning, applied makeup over it, and crossed my fingers hoping I’d be protected from the sun all day long. Thank goodness I finally have a product I enjoy that allows me to reapply sunscreen no matter how much makeup I’m wearing. I’ll definitely be taking Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 with me on my upcoming vacation to make sure I can look good and also feel good about my sun protection! Tinted lip balm and sunglasses are a must, too!

Derma E’s product claims for this sunscreen powder are quite simple. They state that it is translucent, may be worn alone or over makeup, looks natural, and that it’s easy to carry and reapply. The only claim I might disagree with is that this powder is translucent. While I don’t see any color from this powder when I apply it over my makeup, there is definitely a light tint to it. It’s a tint that will work for a lot of skin tones, but I think it’s entirely possible that some people will find it to be too light or dark. I agree with all of their other claims!

One thing I’d like to note, is that while the directions for this product don’t specifically state that it’s meant for reapplication of sunscreen, I think that is its best use. You’re much more likely to get thorough, even sun protection with a traditional sunscreen applied first (whether you’re wearing makeup or not). Then Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 is perfect for reapplying sunscreen for extended protection from UV rays.

Have you ever used a sunscreen powder to reapply sunscreen over makeup? Or is there another method that you prefer? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject, so please comment below!

Lauren

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e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer–Lightweight Moisturizer for Plumped Hydrated Skin

e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel MoisturizerMost of us want to take good care of our skin, but let’s face it, skincare products can be really expensive! That’s why I’m so happy to see e.l.f. continue to expand its skincare collections. E.l.f. has always been a very affordable makeup brand, and that’s carried through to their skincare products as well! One of e.l.f.’s most popular skincare collections is the Holy Hydration Collection. I believe this collection started with only one or two products, but as it’s grown in popularity, it’s also grown in size. Several new products have been added to this collection since its inception over a year ago. One of the most recent launches in this collection is the e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer.

Since I have combination skin, the Holy Hydration collection didn’t appeal to me for a very long time. I thought it would be too hydrating for my skin. Some of the newer products have tempted me, though! The e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer caught my attention the first time I heard about it because I tend to really enjoy gel or gel-cream moisturizers in my morning skincare routine. I was looking for a new morning moisturizer, and this one from e.l.f. seemed to be exactly what I was looking for.

I’ve been using e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer for close to a month now and I’ve got a lot of opinions to share. Please keep reading for a full product review. I’ll be sharing details on the product packaging, ease of application, hydration, how well it works with other products, ingredients, and price!

e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com

Plump up and moisturize your skin with lightweight, all-day hydration. This gel-based formula is infused with Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides, and Peptides to hydrate skin to the fullest while supporting a bouncy, healthy-looking complexion. Ideal for daily wear on all skin types, the silky gel texture absorbs into skin instantly and wears smoothly under makeup.

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: $12.00
  • Net weight: 1.76 oz. | 50 g
  • Made in China
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Free of phthalates, parabens, nonylphenol ethoxylates, triclosan, triclocarban, hydroquinone, and sulfates
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com 
    • ElfCosmetics.com ships within the USA and internationally to the following locations: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudia Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and UAE
  • Overall rating: 9.0/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team player: 8/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • 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

I don’t care about packaging as much with makeup products, but when it comes to skincare, packaging is important! Skincare ingredients that aren’t exposed to light or air are much more likely to remain effective. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, light and air cause many ingredients to degrade more quickly. For that reason, pumps are my preferred type of packaging for skincare products!

Since lightweight moisturizers often come in squeeze tubes or jars, I was pleasantly surprised to see that e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer comes in a pump. It’s a plastic pump, but it looks nice and is quite effective! It’s very easy to dispense just the right amount of moisturizer. It also comes with a cap that snaps on securely, making this product safe for travel.

One thing I always enjoy about gel or gel-cream moisturizers is the lightweight texture. I would classify this one as a gel-cream moisturizer and it applies similarly to others I’ve tried in the past, like the Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream. The lightweight texture really lends itself to easy application. E.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer smooths quickly and easily over the skin. Also, only a small amount is needed (at least for my combination skin), despite the lightweight texture.

Hydration

For my morning skincare routine, I look for moisturizers that are lightweight, but still provide a good amount of hydration. E.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer provides just the right amount of hydration without making skin feel greasy, or leaving residue behind. It helps my skin to feel lightly hydrated all day long.

In my opinion, this moisturizer is not quite hydrating enough for use at night. That is just my personal preference as someone with combination skin. For someone with oily skin, this may be perfect for use during the day and night. 

After reading several short reviews of this product from people with dry skin, I unfortunately don’t think this moisturizer is quite hydrating enough for dry skin. I think other skin types would be very satisfied with the level of hydration e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer provides. I know I am!

Team player

You might’ve noticed that I took a couple of points away in this category. But what do I even mean by “team player?” This is where I rate how well a product layers with other products. E.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer layers extremely well over my other morning skincare products which usually include a toner, serum, and eye cream.

The problem comes in when I apply sunscreen over this moisturizer. Sometimes when I apply sunscreen after I’ve applied e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer I experience flaking. It’s very strange though, because it doesn’t happen every time. My best guess is that on the days my sunscreen gets flaky, I’ve probably used too much of the moisturizer.

I’m not too bothered by this problem since I don’t experience it every day. Also, it’s not severe pilling like I’ve experienced with some other skincare products. It’s pretty easy for me to take a fluffy brush and sweep away those sunscreen “flakes” before applying makeup.

Ingredients

You might be skeptical of e.l.f. skincare since e.l.f. used to only do makeup, or maybe because e.l.f. is such an affordable brand. Let me put you at ease. E.l.f. did its homework! I don’t think their formulas are revolutionary, but many of their products, including this one, include a lot of ingredients that skin loves. The ingredient list for e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer is quite long, with 40 ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Jojoba Esters, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Ceramide 1, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Lecithin, Xylitol, Tromethamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Saccharide Isomerate, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Phytosphingosine, Polysorbate 20, Cholesterol, Geraniol, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum)

When I research ingredients, I classify them as “good,” “neutral,” or “bad.” Good ingredients provide specific benefits to the skin, neutral ingredients neither benefit or harm the skin, and bad ingredients have the potential to be sensitizing. E.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer contains 17 “good,” 19 “neutral,” and 4 “bad” ingredients. Let’s start with brief descriptions of those “good” ingredients our skin loves!:

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
    • Sodium form of hyaluronic acid (they work the same way)
    • Humectant
  • Ceramide 3 (aka Ceramide NP)
    • Protects skin barrier 
    • Improves the look and feel of dry skin
  • Ceramide 6 II (aka Ceramide AP)
    • Protects skin barrier 
    • Improves the look and feel of dry skin
  • 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
  • Ceramide 1 (aka Ceramide EOP)
    • Protects skin barrier 
    • Improves the look and feel of dry skin
  • Xylitylglucoside
    • Sugar-derived moisturizer
  • Anhydroxylitol
    • Sugar-derived moisturizer
  • Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters
    • Retains moisture in the skin
  • Lecithin
    • Water-binding agent
    • Skin-restoring
  • Xylitol
    • Moisturizing sugar
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier
  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Good for all skin types
  • Saccharide Isomerate
    • Plant-derived moisturizer
    • Binds to the skin longer than other moisturizing ingredients to keep the skin hydrated longer
  • Phytosphingosine
    • Water-binding agent
  • Cholesterol
    • Works with ceramides and fatty acids to maintain a healthy skin barrier and keep skin hydrated

Pretty impressive, right? All of these are excellent skincare ingredients. I’m most excited to see the two peptides since they are helpful for anti-aging, and also saccharide isomerate since it keeps skin hydrated longer than other hydrators. Paired with the humectants and other moisturizing ingredients, it’s no wonder this lightweight moisturizer is able to be so hydrating. 

Next up are the “neutral” ingredients. There are a lot of these, but that’s OK since these ingredients won’t harm the skin. The “neutral” ingredients in this product are emollients, texture enhancers, preservatives, etc.

Lastly, the “bad” ingredients. This is always my least favorite part! The first one may come as a surprise. When I first saw this ingredient name, I thought it would fall into the “good” category! Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate is a molecularly smaller version of sodium hyaluronate; it penetrates skin well and may be able to moisturize deeper layers of skin than hyaluronic acid. However, it has the potential to cause inflammation due to its very small size.

The remaining “bad” ingredients stand out like sore thumbs. Geraniol is a common fragrance ingredient that smells like roses. It may cause sensitivity when applied to skin, but the risk is lower compared to some other fragrance ingredients because it doesn’t penetrate skin easily. Linalool, another fragrance ingredient, is a common skin-sensitizer. Lastly, fragrance (parfum), is an unknown fragrance blend that also has potential to be sensitizing.

Even though all three of the fragrance ingredients are at the bottom of the ingredients list, and therefore their concentrations are low, they make themselves known. The scent of this moisturizer is quite strong! I would advise anyone that is sensitive to fragrance to avoid this product. 

Price

It comes as no surprise at all that e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer is very affordable! It’s priced at $12.00 for 1.76 oz., so it’s only $6.82/ounce! That’s extremely reasonable, even for a drugstore brand. 

There are some moisturizers that can be purchased for less than $12.00, but I believe their formulas are quite simple (many of them also aren’t cruelty-free). This one doesn’t contain groundbreaking ingredients, but it definitely has some that you don’t see in every affordable moisturizer. 

There isn’t much else to say about the price of this product, but I will make one more point. As I mentioned in the “team player” section, I was sometimes using too much of the moisturizer. A little goes a pretty long way with this moisturizer, so it’s a great value. At my current rate, I expect e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer to last me about four months total.


I’m happy to report that e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer has met, or maybe even surpassed, my expectations! I really appreciate how well it hydrates my skin and keeps it hydrated throughout the day. And the fact that e.l.f. used a pump to protect those great skincare ingredients is very exciting!

The primary claims for e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer are that it will plump up and moisturize skin with lightweight hydration that lasts all day. I agree with those claims! E.l.f. also claims that it’s ideal for daily wear on all skin types. That one, I disagree with since I’ve read multiple reviews from people with dry skin stating this product is not hydrating enough. It’s unfortunate that it doesn’t work better for those with dry skin, but it’s rare for individual skincare products to work for all skin types. I would recommend this moisturizer to anyone, except those with dry skin or fragrance sensitivity.

I purchased e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer myself, but e.l.f. did kindly send me some other products from the Holy Hydration collection recently. Once I’ve had a chance to test those, I’ll definitely be reviewing them as well!

Have you tried e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer or any other products from the Holy Hydration collection? I’d love to hear your thoughts, especially since I’ll soon be trying out more products from the collection. Please comment below!

Lauren

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Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm–Wildcrafted Ingredients Address Skin Concerns Naturally

Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye BalmI am not normally a “luxury beauty” consumer, both because I’m on a budget and also because I know affordable products usually work just as well as luxury. There are occasionally exceptions when certain products really catch my eye. Last year, I discovered Alpyn Beauty and everything about the brand and its products stood out to me. The product that intrigued me most, due to its bold claims, was Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm. 

Eye creams aren’t absolutely necessary, but I enjoy that extra step in my morning and night time skincare routines. I have combination skin with an oily t-zone, however, the skin under my eyes can sometimes look dry. I also have some darkness under my eyes, fine lines, and sometimes puffiness. Since I have those skin concerns that are specific to the under-eye area, I feel that it’s beneficial to use products designed to be gentle and improve the appearance of the under-eyes.

This vegan brand is unique and not very well-known, so I’ll tell you a little bit about it. 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. Alpyn Beauty is also a member of 1% for the Planet, which means the company donates 1% of all sales to environmental causes!

Please continue reading for my full review of Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm. I’ll be discussing packaging, ease of application, hydration, how well this product works in tandem with other skincare, ingredients, and price.

Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm product claims directly from AlpynBeauty.com

This ultra-moisturizing, under eye treatment applies like a cream but behaves like a balm—instantly filling in the look of fine lines. Vitamin C, licorice root and bearberry leaf brighten the look of dark circles, while bakuchiol smooths and firms. Caffeine kicks in by reducing the appearance of puffiness for a well-rested look.

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Other product details

  • Price: $62.00
  • Net weight: 0.5 oz. | 14 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Formulated without phenoxyethanol, parabens, formaldehyde donors, MEA/DEA/TEA, palm-derived ingredients, sulfates, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrance, phthalates, petrochemicals, PEGs/PPGs, metallic aluminum, triclosan, talc, mineral oil, petrolatum
  • Fragrance-free
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy: AlpynBeauty.com or Amazon.com
    • AlpynBeauty.com ships to the USA and US protectorates.
    • 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: 8.2/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 7/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team player: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 8/10
    • 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.

Packaging/ease of application

Like many eye creams, Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm is packaged in a jar. More specifically, it comes in a clear glass jar with a plastic lid. The glass is nice because it feels heavy and luxurious, and it’s recyclable, but a jar is not the ideal packaging for this product. 

That’s because there are several active ingredients that are sensitive to light and air. Since this jar is translucent, light is able to reach the product all the time unless it’s stored in a dark area. Additionally, every time the jar is opened, the product is exposed to air! Unfortunately, this means that the ingredients in this product will degrade more quickly than they would if the product was packaged differently.

So why use a jar, then? I assume this eye balm was packaged in a jar because of its thick texture. I think it is definitely too thick for a squeeze tube, which is another common type of packaging for eye creams. A small opaque pump may be the ideal packaging for this product, though that would likely result in more waste, which goes against Alpyn Beauty’s ethos.

You may be wondering why this product is called an “eye balm” instead of an “eye cream.” It’s because of this product’s thick texture. It does feel more like a balm than a standard eye cream when first picked up on the fingers. That concerned me at first, but I quickly learned to enjoy the texture.

While this eye balm feels very heavy at first, it quickly melts into the skin. I think the heat from the skin literally causes it to melt. As it is gently blended into the skin, it also absorbs quickly. I find that this eye balm is very easy to apply as long as I don’t pick up too much. It’s best to start with a very small amount and add more as needed, since the formula is so thick and emollient.

Hydration

I think Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm may just be the most hydrating eye cream I’ve ever used. Granted, many of the “eye creams” I’ve used have been more of a lightweight gel texture. It really is very hydrating though, I have to give it credit! 

It doesn’t feel quite as occlusive as Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask, but overall I believe it provides more hydration to the skin. One of the things I like best about this Alpyn Beauty product is that it feels so hydrating, yet it doesn’t feel greasy once it’s absorbed into the skin. I think this eye balm would work well for all skin types! The skin around my eyes is usually normal, but I believe this eye balm is hydrating enough for dry skin and absorbs enough to work for normal to oily skin!

Team player

A concern with any thick emollient eye cream (or in this case “eye balm”) is that it will cause makeup to move around, or sometimes even pill with other products. I apply Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm right before moisturizer in both my morning and nighttime skincare routines.

In the morning, I find that this eye balm applies well over my other skincare products. After applying the eye balm, my moisturizer, sunscreen, and makeup applies just fine over it! I really was unsure if I’d be able to use it during the day because I thought its thick formula might not work under makeup. I didn’t need to be worried at all, and I enjoy getting that boost of hydration under my eyes before applying makeup.

The experience with this eye balm at night is much the same. It applies smoothly over my other skincare products. I usually will use a heavier moisturizer at night, and those apply well over this eye balm, too! I’m very happy to report that I don’t have any problems using any other products alongside Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm.

Ingredients

Alpyn Beauty is a clean beauty brand that emphasizes ingredients, so I knew their ingredients would be very interesting. Some of them surprised me, and many were very unique ones I’d never seen before! Some clean beauty brands put a limit on the number of ingredients in their formulations, but Alpyn Beauty isn’t one of those. Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm contains 40 ingredients! Here’s the full list:

water, sodium hyaluronate, cetearyl alcohol, squalane, coconut alkanes, glycerin, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, coco-caprylate/caprate, mica, titanium dioxide, bakuchiol, centella asiatica meristem cell culture, xanthan gum, euphrasia officinalis extract, cetearyl glucoside, sorbitan stearate, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, linoleic acid, cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose, caffeine, tripeptide-29, potassium sorbate, hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate, kappaphycus alvarezii extract, caesalpinia spinosa fruit extract, tocopherol, tin oxide, caesalpinia sappan bark extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, arctostaphylos uva ursi (bearberry) leaf extract, ascorbic acid (vitamin c), ceramide ng, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, arnica montana (arnica) flower extract, borago officinalis (borage) flower extract, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract

The breakdown of ingredients for this product is pretty good! I split them into three categories. There are 20 (that’s half!) “good” ingredients that provide skincare benefits. Next, there are 17 “neutral” ingredients that neither benefit or harm the skin. Lastly, there are three “bad” ingredients that have the potential to harm skin. I’ll start with brief descriptions of those good skincare ingredients I mentioned!:

  • Sodium hyaluronate
    • Sodium form of hyaluronic acid (they work the same way)
    • Humectant
  • Squalane
    • Moisturizer found naturally in certain fish, plants, and human skin (in this case, it’s sourced from plants)
  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract
    • Moisturizing and smoothing
    • Acids (like malic and gallic acids) provide mild exfoliation, skin brightening, and antibacterial properties
  • Bakuchiol
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Antioxidant
    • Performs similarly to retinol for anti-aging by promoting collagen production and decreasing a collagen-attacking enzyme in the skin
      • No side effects like retinol sometimes has
      • Can be used with retinol
  • Centella asiatica meristem cell culture
    • Antioxidant
  • Linoleic acid
    • Omega-6 fatty acid
    • Very important for maintaining a healthy skin barrier
    • Lightens hyperpigmentation
  • Tripeptide-29
    • Small peptide that may trick the skin into thinking new collagen is needed, and therefore increasing collagen synthesis
  • Kappaphycus alvarezii extract
    • Red algae extract
    • Contains galactan that limits the shortening of telomeres, which can help to maintain skin cell longevity and delay signs of aging in the skin
  • Caesalpinia spinosa fruit extract
    • Skin-protectant
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier
  • Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Skin-lightener
  • Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Loaded with fatty acids
  • Arctostaphylos uva ursi (bearberry) leaf extract
    • Contains skin-lightening agent, arbutin, which may fade brown spots
    • Antioxidant
  • Ascorbic acid
    • Purest form of vitamin C (aka L-ascorbic acid)
    • Most researched form of vitamin C
    • Potent antioxidant
    • High concentrations are effective at evening out skin tone
  • Ceramide NG
    • Type of ceramide that can be found naturally in the skin
    • Important for a healthy skin barrier and keeping skin hydrated
  • Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil
    • Wax ester that stays on the skin surface to moisturize and make skin soft
  • Borago officinalis (borage) flower extract
    • Rich source of linolenic acid 
    • Lightens hyperpigmentation
  • Calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Antioxidant
    • Skin-soothing
  • Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Potent skin-soothing property
    • May aggravate skin that is sensitive to plants in the daisy family

The first two ingredients (which have the highest concentration) in this eye balm are water and sodium hyaluronate. Sodium hyaluronate is a common skincare ingredient, but not usually in such a high concentration. As a humectant, sodium hyaluronate will hold that water in the skin to improve its hydration. That hydration often has a bonus plumping effect to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Many of the other beneficial skincare ingredients listed here are also quite impressive, but I was most intrigued by bakuchiol. Of all the skincare products I’ve tried, this is the first one that contains this trendy ingredient! There is some disagreement in the skincare community about the efficacy of bakuchiol vs. retinol, but it sounds very promising.

I could go on and on about some of these other great skincare ingredients too, but I don’t want to bore you! Next up are the “neutral” ingredients. These are much simpler ingredients that are important to the efficacy and preservation of the formula, but don’t provide direct benefit to the skin. 

The “neutral” ingredients in this product act as solvents, emollients, thickeners, colorants, preservatives, and more. One ingredient of interest in this category, that’s much different from the others, is caffeine. I labeled it as a “neutral” ingredient because while it may have soothing and antioxidant properties, it can also be sensitizing. The level of risk with this ingredient seems to be reasonably low.

That leaves only three more ingredients, and they’re the “bad” ones I mentioned earlier. The most common ingredients in this category are fragrance ingredients, but fortunately this eye balm is free of both artificial and natural fragrances. 

The first problem ingredient is euphrasia officinalis extract which is a multipurpose ingredient that was included for its antimicrobial, astringent, emollient, and soothing properties. Unfortunately, its tannin content may aggravate skin. Next up is hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate, a molecularly smaller version of sodium hyaluronate. While it penetrates skin well and may be able to moisturize deeply, its small size means it has potential to cause irritation. The final problem ingredient is arnica montana flower extract. Some sources believe it has an anti-inflammatory property, but it can cause skin irritation. Fortunately, the hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate and arnica montana flower extract are in the bottom half of the list, and should therefore have very low concentrations.

Looking at all of the ingredients in Alpyn Beauty eye balm, I’d say the pros definitely outweigh the cons. I’m very impressed by the variety of outstanding ingredients used in this formulation. The three problem ingredients may be problematic for some with very sensitive skin, but I do not experience any irritation myself.

Price

I normally only spend about $20.00 or less on eye creams. When I saw that Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm is $62.00, I admit that I was a bit shocked! This eye balm contains a standard amount of product for an eye cream, 0.5 ounce (14 ml) which means it is $124.00/ounce. This product is definitely not in my normal price range, but I was fortunate to receive it as a Christmas gift from my husband because he knew how much I wanted to try it.

Fortunately, a little goes a long way with this eye balm. I’ve been using it for a month now and it barely looks like I’ve used any. That’s saying something since I use this eye balm both morning and night! At this rate, I estimate that this product will last me at least a few months (would be six months or more if I only used it once a day).

While I think this eye balm is a really beautiful product inside and out, I don’t think I could justify purchasing it on a regular basis. Someone that is comfortable spending $62.00 on individual skincare products would likely feel differently. I’m quite frugal with most of my beauty purchases, so that’s the perspective I’m using to evaluate the price of Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm.


Alpyn Beauty eye balmI’m very skeptical of skincare products in general, but especially ones that are pricey and make bold claims. Like this one! I’ve got to say though, Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm is one of very few products that instantly impressed me upon the very first application. The texture is absolutely perfect, it feels incredible on the skin, and I did think my fine lines looked less noticeable right after application. I don’t really notice a difference in the appearance of my fine lines once I have makeup applied, but on no-makeup days, my under-eyes do look better with this eye balm applied. 

With every product review I write, I like to look back at product claims once I’ve had a chance to thoroughly evaluate every aspect of the product in question. Alpyn Beauty makes several claims about this eye balm. The description states that it is ultra-moisturizing, instantly fills in fine lines, brightens dark circles, smooths, firms, and reduces puffiness. 

I definitely agree that the formula is highly moisturizing and appears to fill in fine lines. It may also brighten dark circles a bit, but I think that has more to do with the mica that adds a slight shimmer, rather than anything lasting. I think it might also help to reduce puffiness. As far as smoothing and firming, I haven’t seen those effects yet. It’s likely that those are more long-term effects that would come from using this product for an extended period of time.

I genuinely think that almost everyone would enjoy Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm. The texture and overall experience of this product are so pleasant, and the hydration it provides would be lovely for most, if not all, skin types. Those with very oily under-eyes are probably the one exception. 

Have you tried this eye balm or any other skincare products from Alpyn Beauty? The brand’s range of products is small, but impressive. Please comment below with any thoughts you have on this product. 🙂

Lauren

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Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion–Get Your Glow on and Moisturize in One Step

Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face LotionI have been going crazy for vitamin C products this last year or so. When Pacifica launched the Glow Baby collection, I knew I’d have to try at least one of the products. That’s because the collection features vitamin C! After looking through each of the products, I decided to try Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion because it was the one with the most impressive ingredients, that I also had a need for in my collection. If you’ve been reading my reviews for a while, you know ingredients are #1 in my eyes!

Vitamin C is best applied in the daytime, so I was hoping this moisturizer would be light enough for use in my morning skincare routine. It was a bit thicker than expected and I have combination skin, so I am now using it at night instead. That doesn’t make it a bad product in any way, however. Pacifica states that this lotion can be used day or night, and I think that will vary by skin type.

Please continue reading for a full review of Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion! I’ll go into detail about packaging, hydration, how this lotion layers with other products, ingredients, and price.

Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion product claims directly from PacificaBeauty.com

Hydrated skin is glowing skin. Powered by our Brightfirm ComplexTM, this formula is packed with multiple forms of Vitamin C, plant extracts and Vitamin E to help visibly brighten, firm, and reduce the appearance of signs of photoaging. Find your glow, no filters needed. Lightweight non-greasy formula.

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: $15.00
  • Net weight: 1.7 oz. | 50 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Appropriate for all skin types
  • Formulated without parabens, phthalates, SLS or mineral oil
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy: PacificaBeauty.com or Amazon.com 
    • PacificaBeauty.com ships to the USA and Canada only.
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  • Overall rating: 8.4/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team player: 5/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • 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

If there’s one thing Pacifica does consistently, it’s beautiful packaging. Every time I pick up Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion I think I make googly eyes at it because it is just so pretty! It comes in a glass bottle which makes it feel luxurious. Not only that, but it’s also frosted glass and the orange color fades out toward the bottom for an ombre effect. 

The pump dispenser is also great! It makes getting the right amount of lotion very easy. I especially appreciate the pump because the sensitive ingredients in the product inside are protected from exposure to the air. The lotion is mostly protected from light as well, though some may still get in through the bottom of the bottle since it’s translucent there. 

I’m not taking any points off for this, but I wouldn’t advise travelling with this product, for a couple of reasons. First, the bottle is glass. While the glass does feel reasonably heavy, it could still shatter if not protected sufficiently. Next, the pump does lock, however, there is no cap to keep it locked. It could easily become unlocked in a bag and leak on your belongings.

Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion looks just like most moisturizers. It’s white and creamy. It’s definitely heavier than I was first expecting. Not in a bad way, but it does take a little extra effort to work into the skin compared to the moisturizers that I normally use in my morning skincare routine. I don’t mind the extra time this lotion takes to apply in my nighttime skincare routine, so that’s one reason I started using this primarily at night.

Overall, this is an easy skincare product to use. I think those with dry skin would probably appreciate the richness of the formula more than I do. With my combination skin, in the mornings I tend to prefer more lightweight moisturizers like Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream that barely take any effort to apply.

Hydration

You can probably already guess how hydrating Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion is based on the previous section where I discussed its texture! It feels quite hydrating on the skin, and it provides just the right amount of moisture for me at night. I think it would probably work best during the daytime for people with dry skin who are seeking more moisture throughout the day. 

I’ll give you a brief preview of some of the ingredients in this lotion. In the top five ingredients, there are three that work to hydrate the skin. They are aloe leaf juice, sunflower seed oil, and glycerin. These ingredients aren’t always included in such a high concentration, but it’s good to see!

I think this section is highly subjective depending on skin type and what time of day you plan to use this product. Those with dry skin would probably enjoy it during the daytime and possibly at night also. On the other hand, people with oily skin may think it’s too hydrating for use during the day, but may still enjoy it at night.

Team player

I mentioned that I switched from using Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion in the morning, to using it at night, because of the texture and level of hydration. That’s not the end of that story, though. Another reason I started using it at night is because it wasn’t getting along with my morning skincare! 

I could usually get it to apply well enough over my first couple of skincare products, but it pilled and flaked every time I applied my sunscreen on top of it! I would do my best to brush all those little bits away, but I’d still sometimes find more later in the day and it looked awful. Applying foundation then was also complicated.

Time for me to go off on a little tangent for a sec. My husband doesn’t pay any attention to my makeup or skincare unless I specifically ask him questions. I was shocked when one day, he said I had something on my face. He thought it was a bit of dried up makeup. I was confused because I wasn’t wearing any makeup that day. I looked in the mirror and sure enough, it was my sunscreen that pilled because of this lotion!

I am frustrated that this product doesn’t work better with other products. Fortunately, I don’t experience that pilling nearly as often when I use this lotion at night. When I do have some pilling, it doesn’t bother me so much if I’m just going to bed!

Ingredients

Vitamin C is definitely the standout ingredient in Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion, but there’s a lot more to it than that! I researched every ingredient in this product to share with you the good, the neutral, and the bad. Here’s the list of all 20 ingredients:

aqua, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, caprylic/capric triglyceride, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycerin, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), boswellia serrata resin extract, terminalia ferdinandiana (kakadu plum) fruit extract, glyceryl stearate, cetyl alcohol, stearic acid, glyceryl stearate citrate, phenoxyethanol, tocopherol (vitamin E), xanthan gum, bisabolol, ethylhexylglycerin, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel extract, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, citrus tangerina (tangerine) peel extract

When I research ingredients, I classify them as “good,” “neutral,” or “bad.” While ingredients in that “bad” category are always disappointing to see, overall this lotion has a healthy balance of all three types of ingredients. Eight of the ingredients (that’s 40%!) are “good” ingredients that benefit the skin. Nine ingredients are neutral, which means they neither benefit or harm the skin. Lastly, there are three ingredients that are “bad,” which simply means they have the potential to be sensitizing.

I’ll provide brief descriptions of the eight good ingredients first (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary):

  • Aloe barbadensis leaf juice
    • Moisturizer
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Loaded with fatty acids
    • Good for all skin types
  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
    • Purest and most researched form of vitamin C (aka L-ascorbic acid)
    • Potent antioxidant
    • High concentrations are effective at evening out skin tone
  • Terminalia ferdinandiana (kakadu plum) fruit extract
    • Antioxidant
    • High vitamin C content
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier
    • Provides some UVB protection
  • Bisabolol
    • Skin-soothing
  • Vanilla planifolia fruit extract
    • Contains antioxidants
    • Skin-soothing

I was absolutely shocked to see ascorbic acid so close to the top of the list! As the purest form of vitamin C, ascorbic acid is also the most potent. Being included at a reasonably high concentration, it’s very likely to make a real difference in the appearance of skin! Vitamin C has many functions, but a couple of the most exciting ones are its brightening effect and its ability to fade dark spots to even out skin tone.

The other “good” ingredients listed are also exciting to see! The moisturizing ingredients are obviously important in this type of product, but the antioxidants provide great protection against free radical damage. The soothing ingredients are a nice addition as well because they can work to calm the skin.

The “neutral” ingredients are common ones found in skincare products. They support the formula’s texture and shelf life. These ingredients are things like solvents, emollients, thickeners, and preservatives.

Moving on to the unpleasant part, the “bad” ingredients. The first is an ingredient I’d never encountered before: boswellia serrata resin extract. This extract is skin-soothing, but it contains fragrant components that could be sensitizing. Next up is citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel extract which is added for its fragrance and could be sensitizing. Noticing a trend? The last “bad” ingredient is another potential skin-sensitizer: citrus tangerina (tangerine) peel extract. This one is an astringent, but it is also used for its fragrance.

It is slightly concerning that the boswellia serrata resin extract is so high up on the list. However, I checked EWG’s Skin Deep database and it gives boswellia serrata extract (may be slightly different from boswellia serrata resin extract) a score of “1” which indicates minimal risk. The two citrus fragrance ingredients are at the bottom of the list, so I don’t think they are likely to be problematic for many people. I’d also like to note here that the citrus scent is very subtle, so if scented skincare products bother you, this one likely won’t.

Price

Pacifica came through for us yet again to make Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion so affordable! It’s hard to believe this product is only $15.00 ($8.82/ounce). Vitamin C has become increasingly popular, and as a result many products featuring vitamin C are quite expensive. Fortunately, Pacifica stayed true to its regular drugstore pricing and kept this lotion reasonably priced!

I looked through some other moisturizers that feature vitamin C and my findings were interesting. First of all, most are $20+. Many of them contain vitamin C derivatives instead of the tried and true ascorbic acid, which is in this Pacifica lotion. Lastly, many of them are not cruelty-free! After looking at these other products, I definitely think Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion is a special product that’s well-worth the price.

Other products in the Glow Baby collection

Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion is a fairly recent launch, but the collection actually began quite a while ago with Pacifica Glow Baby Booster Serum. Now the collection includes four products to help you get your glow on! In addition to the lotion that I’ve just reviewed, the collection includes these products:

If you’re interested in the four skincare products (not including the Glow Baby Body Peel), you can save some money by purchasing all of them in the Glow Baby Bundle for $45.00! This is a great bargain and a good idea if you’re looking to start a whole new skincare regimen, as these products may be even more effective when used together.


Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion isn’t exactly what I expected it to be, but that’s OK! I’ve enjoyed using it every night for the past couple of weeks. I appreciate the hydration and antioxidants it provides, and its affordable price. Even more importantly, I’m thrilled that all of Pacifica’s products, including this one, are cruelty-free and vegan!

In Pacifica’s product claims, they state that the vitamin C, plant extracts, and vitamin E visibly brighten, firm, and reduce the appearance of signs of photoaging. I don’t think I’ve seen any of those visible improvements, but that’s to be expected since skincare takes several weeks or sometimes months to visibly improve skin. My skin is naturally in good condition and pretty bright (maybe from all the other vitamin C products I’ve used during this last year!), but this lotion is probably helping. 

Pacifica also claims that the formula is lightweight and non-greasy. I have to disagree there because I wouldn’t describe the texture as lightweight. Also, it feels slightly greasy on my combination skin (though it doesn’t bother me when used at night).

I think Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion could be a great addition for any skin type. As I mentioned before, it’s likely that not everyone will want to use it the same way, but it’s perfectly fine to use it morning or night!

That’s another Pacifica product review in the books for IntegriBeauty! If you enjoy Pacifica like I do, I encourage you to read some of my other reviews of their products. I’ve written several since I began this blog last year. 🙂

Have you tried any Pacifica moisturizers? What is your favorite Pacifica skincare product so far? Please share with me in the comments below!

Lauren

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Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water–No-Rinse Cleanse with 95% Natural Ingredients

Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing WaterSince I reviewed Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder a couple of months ago, that’s become my primary morning cleansing product. As much as I enjoy that cleanser, it’s not the most efficient for a quick cleanse when I want to speed through my skincare routine. On those mornings that I want to cut down on my time getting ready, micellar water is my go-to product for removing excess oils and residue from nighttime skincare products. The micellar water I’m currently using is Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water.

I always have a micellar water in my skincare collection, but this is the first I’ve tried from Yes To. When I ordered it I was very excited about its hydration, and the packaging! I’ll explain about that and more in my full product review. Please continue reading to learn more about Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water!

Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water product claims from Yes To on Amazon.com (this product isn’t listed on YesTo.com)

Yes to coming clean with coconut extract and micellar water to remove makeup, cleanse and moisturize skin all-in-one, without rinsing. This gentle cleansing water draws out impurities without drying your skin. Specially formulated to help soften and smooth skin while providing needed hydration. The unique, easy-to-use pump dispenses the perfect amount each time, mess free.

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: $7.59 (please note that prices tend to fluctuate often on Amazon)
  • Net weight: 7.77 oz. | 230 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • 95% natural ingredients
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy: Amazon.com
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  • Overall rating: 8.6/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 8/10
    • Cleansing: 8/10
    • Gentleness: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • 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

Finally, a micellar water with a pump dispenser! I reviewed two other micellar waters before this one, and I mentioned in both of those reviews that I wished they had pump dispensers. I just think this type of packaging makes the most sense for a micellar water because of the very watery consistency. The pump on Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water gives me more control over how much product comes out and (usually) keeps me from spilling on the counter.

While I am thrilled about the pump on this product’s packaging, I have a couple of minor complaints about it. First, the pump is made of a pretty lightweight plastic so it feels flimsy. I’m very careful when using it because I don’t want to knock the bottle over. The flip top on the pump is not very effective. It doesn’t close securely, so even though the pump does twist to lock, I wouldn’t ever travel with this micellar water. If you do want to travel with it, I’d recommend pouring some into a travel bottle to prevent leaks.

This micellar water can be used with cotton balls or pads; I prefer to use reusable washable cotton rounds. Yes To recommends two presses of the pump to get the right amount of micellar water, but I don’t find that to be enough. I probably use four pumps most mornings. If I don’t get enough on the cotton round, I don’t feel like I’m able to sufficiently cleanse my skin. 

Once I have the micellar water dispensed on a cotton round, it’s very easy to use. I quickly sweep it over my whole face and I’m ready to move on to the rest of my skincare routine without rinsing. 

Cleansing

I don’t have very high expectations for the cleansing power of micellar waters. I feel like, for the most part, they all perform very similarly. I might feel differently if I used them to remove makeup, but I don’t. I almost exclusively use micellar water in my morning skincare routine to remove excess oil and any remaining skincare from the previous night. This Yes To Coconut micellar water is very effective for that type of light cleanse.

If I really don’t want to wash my face at night, and if I only need to remove sunscreen (no makeup), I will occasionally use this micellar water for that as well. It is effective for removing my water-resistant sunscreen, but I have to tug at my skin a bit to get it all off. That’s the same reason I don’t use it to remove makeup; I don’t want to tug on my skin!

While I don’t use this product to remove makeup from my face, I did use a different method to see if it would remove makeup. I applied some e.l.f. No Budge Shadow Stick (which really is “no budge”), foundation, and concealer to my arm and let it all set. I then wiped over all of it with the micellar water on a cotton round and all of it wiped away quickly! I did have to go over the shadow stick a few times to fully remove it, but no scrubbing was needed. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked!

With all that being said, this micellar water might not be as effective at removing a full face of makeup because that’s a much larger amount of product. Additionally, there are often multiple layers of makeup (primer, foundation, powder, blush, etc.) on some parts of the face.

Gentleness

A problem I’ve had with some micellar waters in the past is eye-irritation. That’s a common complaint I’ve heard from others as well. Whenever I try a new one, I have to wonder if it will be irritating or not. 

I’ve been very happy with the gentleness of Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water. When I use it, I never experience any kind of irritation on my skin, or around my eyes. I’ve definitely gotten it in my eyes by accident before, so I can vouch for how gentle this product is!

There are unfortunately some ingredients that could be irritating for some people, but I’ve been lucky that I haven’t ever reacted badly despite those ingredients. I’ll go into detail about those ingredients in the next section.

Ingredients

While all of my rating categories are important in their own ways, ingredients are #1 in my eyes when forming an opinion on a skincare product. Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water only contains 15 ingredients! Here is the full list:

Water (Aqua), Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate/Sebacate, Polyglyceryl-4 Capylate/Caprate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Hexylene Glycol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Niacinamide, Disodium EDTA, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum)

A lot of those ingredients look pretty intimidating, right? Do not fear! Most of those scientific names are solvents and cleansing agents, which are important in a cleansing water. 

I break down ingredients into three categories: good, neutral, and bad. Good ingredients provide skincare benefits, neutral ingredients don’t directly benefit or harm the skin, while bad ingredients have the potential to irritate skin. In Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water, there are four good ingredients, nine neutral ingredients, and two “bad” ingredients. I’ll start with the good ones (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary):

  • Coconut Fruit Extract
    • Loaded with vitamins and fatty acids
    • Smoothing
    • Hydrating
  • Aloe Leaf Juice
    • Moisturizer
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Helps wound healing
  • Biosaccharide Gum-1
    • S.M.A.R.T. sugar
      • Soothing, moisturizing, anti-aging, resurfacing, and touch properties (provides a soft touch feeling on the skin)
  • Niacinamide
    • Improves appearance of enlarged pores
    • Regulates oil secretion 
    • Evens skin tone
    • Softens fine lines

Since micellar water is a no-rinse cleansing product, it’s great to see these ingredients that hydrate, soothe, and more! I was especially happy to see niacinamide in this product as it’s one of my all-time favorite skincare ingredients. It’s a multitasker that’s very effective for a lot of people!

The “neutral” ingredients in this product are nothing to be concerned about. I already mentioned the solvents and cleansing agents. There are also things like a chelating agent (neutralizes metal ions to keep the formula from changing), antimicrobial, and pH adjuster. While these ingredients don’t directly benefit the skin, without them, the formula couldn’t work.

Now for those naughty “bad” ingredients… The first may surprise you: witch hazel water, which seems to effectively be the same as witch hazel. While witch hazel has antioxidant and soothing properties, there is an antioxidant component called “tannin” that can make it sensitizing. Witch hazel also contains a fragrance called “eugenol” which may be sensitizing for some. 

The other bad ingredient probably isn’t much of a surprise: fragrance! Fragrance blends, both natural and synthetic, are common skin irritants. It’s completely unnecessary and is better left out of skincare products. With that being said, this micellar water does have a lovely coconut scent!

Price

Since I usually go through micellar water pretty quickly, I don’t like to spend very much money on it. When I came across Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water, I was pleasantly surprised by its very affordable price! It is only $7.59 for 7.77 ounces of product, which is a generous amount. That’s less than a dollar per ounce!

I previously reviewed Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water and Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic. While they are good products, they are significantly more expensive than this one from Yes To. I’m not impressed with every product I’ve seen from Yes To, but it’s definitely one of the most affordable skincare brands at the drugstore.


It can be difficult to find cruelty-free micellar waters because a lot of cruelty-free skincare companies simply don’t make them. I’m glad Yes To created this one, and at such an affordable price! I’m very impressed with Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water. The packaging, cleansing, gentleness, most of the ingredients, and of course the price, are excellent! I didn’t touch on this in the review, but this product also feels very nice on the skin. It provides light hydration and feels very much like a hydrating toner.

Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water is a great option for anyone looking for a quick cleansing option. It’s also perfect for those times that you may need to avoid cleansing with water, such as after an eye surgery. I had LASIK surgery a few years ago and micellar water was just what I needed to keep my skin clean while avoiding water around my eyes.

The only people I may advise to avoid this micellar water would be those with very sensitive skin. While they don’t bother my skin, witch hazel water and fragrance do have the potential to cause irritation for some.

Do you ever use micellar water in your skincare routine? Which ones do you find to be most effective? Please let me know in the comments below!

Lauren

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Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask–Bye-Bye Rough Dull Skin, Hello Soft Radiant Skin!

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic MaskI first heard of Andalou Naturals, a natural skincare brand, a long time ago. However, it wasn’t until recently that their products really caught my attention. That’s because I now almost always look at ingredients before anything else when considering new skincare products. Andalou Naturals products are packed with some of the most interesting ingredients I’ve ever seen, like fruit stem cells, pumpkin, and honey! All three of those ingredients can be found in a product I recently purchased, Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask.

I haven’t had the best luck with most masks I’ve tried in the past. Most of them have been purifying or hydrating masks. They don’t usually seem to do anything special, which is a bit frustrating when they add extra time to my skincare routine. This Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask is the first mask I’ve ever tried that’s meant to exfoliate and brighten the skin. Keep reading to find out if this product really is special!

Importance of sun protection with exfoliants

I want to add a quick note about the importance of wearing sun protection when using exfoliants on the face or body. When you have a layer of dead skin cells on top of your fresh new skin, that layer provides some sun protection. Once that layer is exfoliated away, the new outer layer of skin is more sensitive to the sun, and more likely to burn. Make sure you always wear sufficient sun protection, especially when using exfoliating products in your skincare routine.

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask product claims directly from Andalou.com

Fruit stem cells, vitamin C, and glycolic AHA blended with manuka honey and organic pumpkin, rich in beta carotene, gently dissolve and sweep away dull, dry surface cells, exfoliating and resurfacing for even tone, smooth texture, and a luminous complexion.

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: $12.79 (this price fluctuates slightly, so it may be different when you view the product on Amazon)
  • Net weight: 1.7 oz. | 50 g
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegetarian (not vegan due to this product containing honey)
  • Gluten-free
  • 98% natural ingredients
  • Appropriate for normal to combination skin
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy: Amazon.com 
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  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 7/10
    • Exfoliation: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 8/10
    • Ease of removal: 9/10
    • 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

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask is packaged in a transparent orange plastic jar, and that’s one of its very few downfalls! The jar looks nice, don’t get me wrong. Unfortunately, jar packaging allows both air and light to reach the product inside. 

A lot of skincare ingredients will degrade more quickly when exposed to light and air. Plant extracts in particular are quite sensitive and will break down more quickly in this type of packaging. There are several plant extracts in this natural skincare product, so I had to take a few points away for the packaging. I’m not sure if a pump would work with this mask’s texture, but a squeeze tube would’ve been a better choice than a jar for protecting the integrity of many sensitive ingredients.

I know that was a rough start to the review, but don’t despair! I’ve found this mask to be quite enjoyable. The experience begins when you open the jar and the smell of pumpkin pie hits your nose…it literally smells good enough to eat (but please don’t)!

The texture of this product matches the scent, as it looks and feels almost exactly like pure pumpkin puree. The great thing about that, is that it’s very easy to apply and smooths over the skin effortlessly. 

Andalou Naturals warns that once the mask is applied, you will feel a tingle on the skin. Usually you don’t want skincare products to tingle, but they state that it’s normal in this case, as that’s how you know the AHAs are working to dissolve dead skin cells. I don’t find the tingling from this mask to be unpleasant, and it also doesn’t last very long. I wanted to be sure to mention this since I know that sensation can be alarming when you aren’t expecting it!

Exfoliation

The exfoliating power of Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask is undeniable. As I mentioned in the previous section, you can feel it working! Most skincare products don’t provide any instant results, but this one does. As soon as the mask is washed off, skin feels smooth and soft as a baby’s bottom! After using this mask, I feel like my other skincare products penetrate the skin more effectively due to the top layer of skin being swept away.

I’ll go into detail about this mask’s ingredients in the next section, but I’d like to provide a little preview here. The main ingredient, pumpkin, contains enzymes that may work to exfoliate skin. There isn’t research to support that claim, but even if pumpkin doesn’t exfoliate, there are three other ingredients that definitely do!

The exfoliating ingredients in this formula are also largely responsible for the brightening effect this mask provides. Fresh healthy skin always looks brighter and more radiant than dull dry skin!

Ingredients

If you look through the ingredients for several Andalou Naturals skincare products, you’ll find that they all (or at least all the ones I checked) contain fruit stem cells and a BioActive Berry Complex. I was intrigued by these unique ingredients, as I hadn’t ever seen them before. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find much information on those, but there are a lot of other really interesting ingredients that I researched to find out what makes this mask work. 

Andalou Naturals made a minor change to the formulation of the Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask, so you might notice that online it shows Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract which was removed. While that ingredient was eliminated, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract was added. There are 29 total ingredients:

Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Puree, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Purified Water (Aqua), Vegetable Glycerin, Manuka Honey, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Malus Domestica (Heirloom Apple) Fruit Stem Cells, Solar Vitis (Grape) Fruit Stem Cells, BioActive Berry Complex, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Glycolic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Powder, Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark Powder

The breakdown of these ingredients is pretty amazing! By that, I meant the proportion of “good” ingredients (the ones that provide skincare benefits) outweighs the “neutral” and “bad” ingredients. As I mentioned before, there were some ingredients I struggled to find information on, but I have 19 ingredients labeled in that “good” category. Let’s start with those! (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary):

  • Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Puree
    • Rich source of fatty acids and antioxidants
    • Enzymes found in pumpkin may exfoliate skin, but according to Paula’s Choice, there is no substantiated research supporting that claim
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
    • Moisturizer
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Helps wound healing
  • Vegetable Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Manuka Honey
    • One of the oldest skincare ingredients recorded
    • Moisturizing, soothing, and antioxidant properties
    • Potent antibacterial
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier
  • Malus Domestica (Heirloom Apple) Fruit Stem Cells
    • May support longevity of skin cells and reduce depth of wrinkles (per Andalou Naturals)
    • According to Paula’s Choice, fruit stem cells can’t work as stem cells within skin, instead providing an antioxidant property
  • Solar Vitis (Grape) Fruit Stem Cells
    • May protect skin from UV rays and other environmental stress (per Andalou Naturals)
    • According to Paula’s Choice, fruit stem cells can’t work as stem cells within skin, instead providing an antioxidant property
  • BioActive Berry Complex
    • This ingredient seems to be specific to Andalou Naturals, but they didn’t provide any details on its benefits
    • Berries are generally great for antioxidants, so this should be a beneficial ingredient
  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Loaded with fatty acids
  • Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil
    • Antioxidant
    • Loaded with fatty acids
    • Has a strong healing property which can even reduce the appearance of scars
  • Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil
    • Emollient plant oil that absorbs quickly
    • Contains antioxidants
  • Glycolic Acid
    • Popular AHA that gently removes dead skin cells
    • Increases collagen production
    • Fades brown spots caused by sun damage
  • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
    • Stable form of vitamin C
    • Doesn’t absorb as well as ascorbic acid
    • Boosts collagen production and brightens skin
  • Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract
    • Moisturizing and smoothing
    • Acids (like malic and gallic acids) provide mild exfoliation, skin brightening, and antibacterial properties
  • Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract
    • Contains bromelain, a group of enzymes that gently exfoliate skin
    • Also contains fruit sugars and amino acids to soothe and moisturize skin
  • Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract
    • Moisturizing humectant
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
    • Sodium form of hyaluronic acid
    • Humectant
  • Lecithin
    • Water-binding agent
    • Skin-restoring
  • Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract
    • Antioxidant

I know that’s a lot. Ingredients can be overwhelming! I feel like I’d be cheating you out of a full review if I didn’t include this information, since ingredients are what make skincare products effective, after all!

Andalou Naturals sure did pack a lot of wonderful ingredients into this mask. I think it’s brilliant that they included soothing, strengthening, and healing ingredients alongside the exfoliating ingredients. It’s important to keep a good balance in skincare so skin doesn’t become over-exfoliated or irritated in other ways.

The ingredients discussed above make up about 65% of this mask. The other 35% are “neutral” ingredients, as well as a few “bad” ones. The ingredients I’m calling “neutral” here are a solvent, thickeners, preservatives, and safe masking agents (to disguise potentially bad-smelling ingredients). These don’t help or hurt the skin in any way.

Lastly, the “bad” ingredients… There are a lot of controversial natural ingredients that may cause adverse effects on skin. Some natural skincare advocates claim they’re harmless, but there is research showing that there is risk for certain natural ingredients. In this product, those ingredients are: Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, and Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark Powder. Lemon extract is a potential skin-sensitizer because of its high acidity. This ingredient may have been included for its citric acid, which is a mild exfoliant. Clove flower extract and cinnamon bark powder are fragrance ingredients which could aggravate skin.

Overall, I’m very happy with the ingredients in this mask. The first half of the ingredients list is made up of good ones, and that’s wonderful since ingredients are listed in order of highest concentration. The potentially harmful fragrance ingredients are at the bottom, where they belong!

Ease of removal 

With the exception of my Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask which is a leave-on overnight mask, many of the masks I’ve tried have been quite difficult to wash off. Peel-off masks are fun, but they’re the hardest to completely remove. Even the ones that are meant to rinse off with water can take a lot of scrubbing to wash off completely. In fairness, most of the masks I’ve tried are meant for purifying and contain clay, which really dries down on the face.

The Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask does dry slightly on the face, but it doesn’t become completely dry and cracked like a lot of clay-based masks. I’m able to remove about 95% of this mask from my face by splashing with water and wiping it off with my hands without looking. When I check my face afterwards, there will usually be a couple of stubborn spots (like around my nose) where a bit of the mask is still hanging on. I’m able to remove those spots with my hands easily enough, I just scrub over them until they come off.

Price

Usually price is one of the easiest categories for me to rate a product on, because I’ve bought so many products these last few years and usually have an idea of reasonable price range. It’s a little bit more difficult with this mask because I haven’t purchased many masks, and never any similar to this one. 

I looked through quite a few exfoliating masks online and it seems that there aren’t very many affordable options. There is one from Bliss that makes similar claims, but its ingredients don’t impress me as much as this one from Andalou Naturals. Also, it’s more expensive!

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask is $12.79. I don’t mind that price at all! In fact, I think it’s a great value since this type of mask shouldn’t be used very often. Andalou Naturals advises 1-3 times per week, but it would be safest to only use it once per week if using other chemical or physical exfoliants throughout the week.


Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask has some of the best reviews I’ve ever seen for a skincare product. It’s definitely well-loved by many, including me! I appreciate the instant results this mask delivers. 

The product claims for this mask are concise, but also accurate! Andalou Naturals claims that the Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask gently dissolves and sweeps away dull, dry surface cells to even tone, smooth texture, and create a luminous complexion. I’m still a bit baffled about the fruit stem cells and BioActive Berry Complex, but I’m sure they contribute to the product’s benefits. I think this mask is a great choice for anyone looking to gently exfoliate without the need to apply an exfoliant daily. 

Andalou Naturals recommends this product for normal and combination skin types. Honestly, I think almost everyone could benefit from this mask. With that being said, people with very sensitive skin may be unable to use this mask due to the lemon extract and fragrance ingredients.

Ready to indulge in some pumpkiny goodness? Give this mask a try!

If you’ve already tried it, let me know what you think in the comments below. 🙂

Lauren

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Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask–Overnight Face Mask that Won’t Leave You Feeling Greasy

Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful MaskA lot of beauty brands make bold product claims, but usually those claims aren’t right in the product names. Pacifica decided to just go for it with the “Wake Up Beautiful” collection. Each of the products in the collection has that phrase in the name, essentially making the claim that they will perfect skin overnight. The original product from this line was the Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask, which has been a popular Pacifica product for at least a few years now.

While all four products in the Wake Up Beautiful collection are appealing to me to a degree, the Wake Up Beautiful Mask is the one that stood out to me most. I had been interested in hydrating face masks for some time, but I liked the idea of a mask that could be left on overnight to speed up my night time routine. I was also curious if it would provide any special benefits after each use since Pacifica does make such bold claims! Needless to say, one of my recent Pacifica orders included this unique face mask.

Since this is an overnight face mask, I use it a few times a week in place of a moisturizer. I will be reviewing this product in the same way I would if it was actually marketed as a moisturizer instead of a face mask. Also, you might notice in photos that the product looks quite small. That’s because I have the “mini” one ounce size of this product, rather than the full-size version that is two ounces. 

Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask product claims directly from PacificaBeauty.com

Supercharge your bedtime and wake up beautiful every day. Essential lipids, antioxidants and natural extracts help revive and hydrate. A no-rinse, non-greasy, non-sticky mask with aromatherapeutic benefits for relaxation.

  • Age-Defying
  • Antioxidants
  • Calming
  • Redness-Reducing

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: $15.00 (full size) OR $10.00 (mini)
  • Net weight: 2 oz. | 59 ml (full size) OR 1 oz. | 29 ml (mini)
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Appropriate for dry and combination skin types
  • Formulated without parabens, phthalates, SLS, or mineral oil
  • Scent: geranium and rose absolute
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy full size Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask: PacificaBeauty.com or Amazon.com
    • PacificaBeauty.com ships to the USA and Canada only.
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  • Where to buy mini Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask: PacificaBeauty.com
  • Overall rating: 9.0/10
    • Packaging/ease of use: 10/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team player: 6/10
    • Ingredients: 9/10
    • 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 use

Sometimes mini versions of products are packaged differently than full-size, but fortunately that isn’t the case here. I was happy to see that the full-size Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask has the same type of packaging as my mini version because I really like this packaging! It’s a recyclable plastic squeeze tube with a flip-top cap that’s easy to keep clean. 

I appreciate that this mask is packaged in a squeeze tube instead of a jar for a couple of reasons. First, skincare products packaged in squeeze tubes instead of jars are more likely to remain uncontaminated. I apply my skincare products with clean hands, but there’s still always a chance that something will sneak into a jar! Next, jars don’t protect unstable ingredients from light or air. Many ingredients will degrade more quickly when exposed to light and/or air. Since squeeze tubes aren’t airtight, some air will be able to get in. However, that exposure is minimal enough not to be concerning (in my opinion).

The Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask looks just like a moisturizer when it comes out of the tube. It’s white, thick, and creamy. It applies easily to the skin, even more easily than a lot of moisturizers. I think Pacifica must’ve used some kind of sorcery to make this unique texture! Products that are thick and creamy usually take a little effort to work into the skin, but this one is different. It blends over the skin quickly and leaves no feeling of greasiness or tackiness behind. Instead, skin feels soft, smooth, and healthy!

Hydration

To be completely honest, I’m not sure if the Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask provides any more hydration compared to good night creams I’ve used, like Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer. That might sound like a bad thing, but to me it isn’t. I have combination skin, so I don’t need the most hydrating products out there. On the flip side, that might also mean that this mask isn’t quite hydrating enough for those with dry skin, even though Pacifica recommends it for dry and combination skin types.

I find that this mask provides just the right amount of hydration without going over the top and becoming greasy. It feels great on my skin! Also, a little spoiler on the ingredients…this mask contains a lot of ingredients that moisturize the skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid, which is a very effective humectant (this means that it draws in moisture and retains it in the skin).

Team player

You might’ve been surprised to see that I didn’t rate this mask well in this category since earlier I discussed how easy it is to use. Sadly, this product works best on its own or layered only over very light products like toner. 

A product that I frequently like to use in my night time skincare routine is the Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant. I’ve learned that if I layer this Pacifica mask over that exfoliant, or any other products that I wouldn’t classify as “lightweight,” I experience a lot of pilling. In that situation, I get the best results when I use only a very small amount of the mask. Still, even then, I’ll notice some pilling later on if I scratch or rub my face.

If you want to use this mask with a lot of other products, or any heavy ones, you may not care for it. On the other hand, if you like a simpler skincare routine and don’t want to apply other products before this mask, it’s likely that you will enjoy it!

Ingredients

Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask contains some special ingredients that I’ve never researched before, so I was interested to see what I’d find! The product packaging touts floral cells, quinoa, and mushrooms, but there are so many more great ingredients in this formula. Here is the full list of all 26 ingredients:

aqua, caprylic/capric triglyceride, helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil, glycerin, glyceryl stearate, stearic acid, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, xanthan gum, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, rosa centifolia flower extract, jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower water, panthenol (vitamin B), allantoin, tocopherol (vitamin E), hydrolyzed rice protein, oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, hyaluronic acid, ganoderma lucidum (mushroom) stem extract, lentinus edodes (mushroom) extract, chenopodium quinoa seed extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, parfum (natural aromatherapy blend)

When I research ingredients, I classify them as “good,” “neutral,” or “bad.” I was very happy to find that 17 of the ingredients in this mask are “good!” That’s 65%, which is higher than average. 🙂 There are also seven “neutral” ingredients, as well as two that I consider to be “bad” in skincare products.

There are so many “good” ingredients that provide benefits to the skin, I’ll jump right in with brief descriptions of each (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary):

  • Helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Loaded with fatty acids, which smooth, hydrate, calm, and strengthen skin
  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Aloe barbadensis leaf juice
    • Moisturizer
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Helps wound healing
  • Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter
    • Emollient moisturizer
    • Skin-soothing
    • Antioxidant-rich
  • Persea gratissima (avocado) oil
    • Loaded with fatty acids
    • Highly moisturizing
    • Contains vitamin E
  • Rosa centifolia flower extract
    • Skin-conditioner with astringent and antioxidant properties
  • Panthenol (vitamin B)
    • Moisturizer and humectant
  • Allantoin
    • Skin soothing and conditioning agent
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier
  • Hydrolyzed rice protein
    • Moisturizes skin
    • Leaves skin feeling smooth and dry to the touch (this ingredient may be partly responsible for the unique texture of this mask)
  • Oryza sativa (rice) bran oil
    • Nourishing and moisturizing oil
    • Contains fatty acids, vitamin E, and potent antioxidant gamma-oryzanol
  • Hyaluronic acid
    • Humectant; binds up to 1,000x its weight in water
    • Plumps skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles
  • Ganoderma lucidum (mushroom) stem extract
    • May visibly reduce discoloration
    • Reduces signs of irritation
    • Antioxidant
  • Lentinus edodes (mushroom) extract
    • Fades the appearance of sun damage and acne scarring
    • Strengthens skin barrier
    • Boosts skin elasticity
    • Loaded with antioxidants
    • Possible skin sensitizer according to Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary
  • Chenopodium quinoa seed extract
    • Skin conditioner
  • Calendula officinalis flower extract
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Antioxidant
    • Skin soothing with healing properties
  • Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Potent skin-soothing property
    • May aggravate skin that is sensitive to plants in the daisy family

I don’t know about you, but I’m impressed! These ingredients are excellent for hydrating, soothing, repairing, and protecting the skin. 

The “neutral” ingredients obviously aren’t so exciting. They neither cause harm or benefit the skin. Rather, they support the overall formula so the product can be effective. These ingredients include a solvent, emollients, emulsifier, thickener, and preservatives. 

Lastly, for the “bad” ingredients that have the potential to harm skin… Jasmine flower water is used for masking the scent of other ingredients. I’m guessing that some of the natural ingredients (like the mushroom extracts) smell unpleasant, and this masking ingredient is used to disguise them. Why is jasmine flower water bad? Unfortunately, fragrance ingredients always have the potential to irritate skin. That leads to the next “bad” ingredient which is parfum (natural aromatherapy blend). Even though this fragrant blend is made with natural ingredients, it could still be problematic for some by causing skin sensitization.

While lentinus edodes (mushroom) extract and chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract are labeled as “good” ingredients and will benefit most people’s skin, I want to reiterate that they have the potential to be sensitizing. Due to these two ingredients, as well as the fragrance ingredients mentioned above, I think it would be best for those with sensitive skin to avoid this product.

Price

It was more difficult for me to rate the price of the Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask compared to other products I’ve reviewed, because I’ve never had anything in my skincare collection quite like this product. I did a search for “hydrating overnight face masks” and found that most of the results were considerably more expensive than this $15.00 Pacifica mask. I was happy to see that because while Pacifica is definitely in the drugstore price range, their products can sometimes be a bit pricey compared to similar drugstore products.

I think this product is an especially good value for those that don’t use it every single night. I use it a few nights each week and the mini size has lasted me quite a while. I still have about a third of the tube left, which tells me the full-size bottle might last someone like me close to a year!

Other products in the Wake Up Beautiful collection

The Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask is not a new product, but the other products in the collection are fairly recent launches. In addition to the mask, this collection now includes the following products:

I’m curious if these products would work even better together than individually. If you’re interested in trying all four Wake Up Beautiful products, Pacifica also offers a Wake Up Beautiful Bundle for only $64.00. That bundle includes the Wake Up Beautiful products, as well as a bottle of Dream Sleep Beauty Gummies (and for a limited time, a cute sleep mask!). This bundle is an $80.00 value, so definitely the way to go if you’re interested in this collection.


Does Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask actually perfect skin overnight? Unfortunately, I have to say it does not. I don’t think that’s a surprise to anyone, as there are very few products that can make a visible difference in the skin that quickly.

Looking back at Pacifica’s claims for the Wake Up Beautiful Mask, I agree with most of what they say. It does contain all of the types of ingredients mentioned. It also effectively revives and hydrates the skin. The texture is very pleasantly non-greasy and non-sticky. The claim about aromatherapeutic benefits depends on your perspective. If you enjoy floral scents, then I think they got it right! I don’t particularly like this scent, but it doesn’t bother me either. 

As far as the “age-defying” claim goes, I reviewed the ingredients again and I don’t think any of them will help with wrinkles, but some will help with other signs of aging like sun damage. Many of the ingredients will also help to prevent signs of aging. It seems probable that this mask would also help with calming skin and reducing redness, though my skin doesn’t really need those benefits often so I can’t confirm from experience.

While I enjoy this mask, I’m not sure that it does more for my skin than most of the night creams and other moisturizers I’ve used in the last couple of years. It does have some unique ingredients, but I’m skeptical that there is anything differentiating this mask from a moisturizer.

My previous statement doesn’t sound very positive, but that’s just because I’ve used so many good moisturizers. If you’re on the hunt for a hydrating moisturizer or mask that will soothe, repair, and protect, Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask may be a great choice for you! I would only advise those with very dry or sensitive skin to avoid this product.

Have you tried the Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask or any other products from the Wake Up Beautiful Collection? If so, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Lauren

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Paula’s Choice Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner–Soothe and Replenish Skin Naturally

DISCLAIMER: At the time this blog post was written, Paula’s Choice was owned by TA Associates, a private equity firm. Unilever, which is not cruelty-free, announced on June 14, 2021, that it would be acquiring Paula’s Choice. Since I do not support cruelty-free companies owned by parent companies that are not cruelty-free, I will no longer purchase or review Paula’s Choice products.  I am not removing this review since I know many of my readers will still want to support Paula’s Choice.

Paula's Choice Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing TonerPaula’s Choice has been one of my favorite skincare brands for about a year now. It is also one of the brands I trust most because it is well established (founded in 1995), and all products are formulated based on extensive research. If you’ve ever seen an ad for Paula’s Choice, you’ve probably heard the phrase “backed by science.” This is a company that doesn’t follow trends, but instead seeks to create the highest quality products for consumer needs.

While I trust all Paula’s Choice products to be safe and effective, I definitely don’t associate the word “natural” with the brand. A lot of natural skincare products contain irritating ingredients like essential oils. However, skincare can be natural without being irritating. Paula’s Choice proves that with the Earth Sourced collection which includes four products formulated with 95-98% natural ingredients.

For some reason, I overlooked the Earth Sourced collection for a long time. I was recently online looking for a new toner and ordered the Paula’s Choice Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner. It’s 98% natural with an impressive list of ingredients, so I couldn’t pass it up!

Paula’s Choice Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner product claims directly from PaulasChoice.com

Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner is a state-of-the-art formula whose natural ingredients were chosen for their skin-smoothing and -nourishing benefits—all without the risk of aggravating skin with the fragrant or sensitizing ingredients often found in “natural” skincare products. Antioxidants shield & renew the surface of skin. Liquid-gel formula soothes skin.

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: $24.00
  • Net weight: 4 oz. | 118 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • 98% natural ingredients
  • Appropriate for all skin types
  • Fragrance-free
  • 100% recyclable packaging
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy: PaulasChoice.com and Amazon.com 
    • Available through 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: 9.8/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team player: 10/10
    • 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

Paula’s Choice Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner comes in the same type of packaging as the other Paula’s Choice toners. It’s a cute lime green plastic bottle with a twist-off cap. Instead of the bottle having a wide opening, there is a piece of plastic over the opening with a small hole to dispense the product. This prevents too much from coming out at once.

I previously tried the Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner. That one was a bit difficult for me to dispense without making a small mess because it had the consistency of water. The Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner, thankfully, has more of a lightweight gel consistency, so it doesn’t come out so quickly.

The thicker texture of this toner also makes it easier to apply to the face. I think most people prefer to apply toners with cotton pads or other types of applicators, but I use my hands to avoid wasting any of the product. This toner is very easy to spread between my palms and press into my skin. If you prefer to use a cotton pad or something else to apply toner, it would apply just fine that way as well.

Hydration

It’s difficult to describe the hydration factor of this toner. It doesn’t feel like most toners I’ve used in the past. As I mentioned previously, the Paula’s Choice Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner has a lightweight gel texture, rather than a typical liquid toner. That slightly heavier texture makes this toner feel especially hydrating.

When I apply this toner to my skin, it almost feels like aloe vera gel (it actually doesn’t contain any aloe, but I’ll dive into the ingredients later). By that, I mean that it feels like there’s a coating of moisture all over my face. There’s also a tackiness that I’m not used to feeling from my skincare products. Most of that tackiness does fade, however. Once I’ve had this toner on my skin for a minute or so, it absorbs and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and happy.

I feel like this toner provides the perfect hydrated base for the rest of my skincare and makeup. There are a lot of hydrating ingredients in this product, so it’s no surprise that it feels so wonderfully hydrating on the skin.

Team player

Toner is the first leave-on skincare product applied in a typical skincare routine, so it’s important for it to layer well under other products. The most basic skincare routine may consist of only face wash, toner, and moisturizer. In those cases, it’s not as likely that any products won’t “get along.” However, some of us have more extensive skincare regimens. As more products are added, it’s more likely that there will be problems with layering.

While this toner is heavier than most and feels tacky when first applied, it somehow performs beautifully under all other skincare products I’ve paired it with. After this toner, I usually apply a lightweight serum, a treatment cream, eye cream, moisturizer, sunscreen, and it depends on the day whether I’ll wear makeup or not. I’ve never had any problems with this Paula’s Choice toner when I apply those other products on top.

Ingredients

You might expect Paula’s Choice Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner to have a short list of ingredients since it’s a natural skincare product. I know I was quite surprised to find that it contains 37 ingredients! Don’t worry though, because most of those are really good for the skin. Here is a full list of all ingredients (please note that this list is from the product’s packaging, not the website; Paula’s Choice must’ve reformulated this toner at some point):

Water, Glycerin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Xanthan Gum, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Seed Oil, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Tocopherol, PCA, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol

Do you ever read through an ingredients list and try to pronounce them all? I do that with ingredients I’ve never seen before. Some of these ingredient names (at least the scientific names) are quite interesting! Their functions are pretty interesting, too.

The ingredients in this toner are a combination of what I label “good” and “neutral.” Good ingredients have special skincare benefits, while neutral ingredients support the formula without doing anything extra for the skin. It’s common for there to be more “neutral” ingredients than “good,” but that’s not the case with this product. There are only five “neutral” ingredients which are safe solvents, thickeners, and preservatives. The remaining 32 ingredients are very good, providing many benefits to the skin! I’ll provide brief descriptions of those ingredients (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary):

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Good for all skin types
  • Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil
    • Moisturizes and nourishes skin
    • Contains antioxidants
  • Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract
    • Has antioxidant and soothing properties
  • Camellia Oleifera & Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extracts
    • Antioxidants
    • Anti-inflammatories
  • Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Potent skin-soothing property
  • Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Skin-softening
  • Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Improves skin’s resiliency
    • Calms sensitive skin
  • Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract
    • Antioxidant
  • Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Fruit Extract
    • Potent antioxidant
    • Skin-soothing
  • Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract
    • Potent antioxidant
  • Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil
    • Loaded with nourishing fatty acids
    • Contains vitamin E
    • Smooths, softens, and moisturizes
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
    • Humectant
  • Sodium PCA
    • Hydrates and replenishes skin
  • Sodium Lactate
    • Skin moisturizer
    • pH regulator
  • Hydrogenated Lecithin
    • Emollient
    • Humectant
  • Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil
    • Potent antioxidant
    • Skin-restoring
  • Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Seed Oil
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens and calms skin
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier
  • PCA
    • Derived from amino acids
    • Humectant
  • Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, & Phenylalanine
    • These are all amino acids that hydrate the skin
    • Isoleucine also works to repair the skin barrier

Hats off to you if you made it through all those ingredients! I know that’s a lot, especially if you’re not a skincare enthusiast like me. 🙂 

The takeaway here is that Paula’s Choice Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner is packed full of antioxidants and hydrators. Those types of ingredients are essential for every skin type. Hydration is key for keeping skin looking youthful and healthy, while antioxidants protect the skin from environmental damage.

Honestly, the only way I could be more impressed by this toner’s ingredients list is if all the top five ingredients were in that “good” category. Fortunately, two of the top five ingredients are really good (glycerin and sunflower seed oil). I’m really just happy that the majority of the remaining ingredients consist of the goodies listed above!

Price

Paula’s Choice products aren’t high-end, but many are quite a bit more expensive than similar drugstore products. As I’ve reviewed more and more skincare products, though, I’m seeing more drugstore skincare creeping up in price. So it might be safest to say that Paula’s Choice prices are right in the middle between drugstore and high-end.

Paula’s Choice Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner is $24.00, or $6.00/ounce. That is definitely more than I’ve paid for most toners I’ve used. Fortunately, I think it’s well worth that price. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen so many antioxidants and hydrators in a single product. This is really a special toner in so many ways and worth the price tag if it’s within your budget…especially if you’ve been looking for a good natural toner!


Paula’s Choice Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner is one of those skincare products that I’m even more impressed by now that I’ve written a full review on it. It’s really difficult to find any fault with it! This toner is so easy to use, feels amazing on the skin, works nicely with all other skincare products, and of course the ingredients knocked my socks off!

Paula’s Choice claims this toner can be used by all skin types, and I agree completely. That’s unusual! Most skincare products are too lightweight or drying for dry skin, or too heavy/greasy for oily skin, but this one is just right for everyone. I think it would even be a good pick for people with sensitive skin since there are three ingredients with soothing properties and it has an overall non-irritating formula.

Have you tried Paula’s Choice Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner or any other products from the Earth Sourced collection? They all look interesting! Please leave me a comment below. 🙂

Lauren

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Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream–Hydrate and Brighten Aging Under-Eyes

Skin around the eyes is often one of the first places to show signs of aging. That skin is quite thin and delicate compared to the rest of the skin on the face, which means fine lines are likely to appear at a fairly young age. I started to notice fine lines around my eyes in my late twenties. Sometimes I wonder if I could’ve delayed them if I’d started a good skincare routine in my late teens or early twenties, but in reality I don’t think it would’ve made very much difference.

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye CreamTo keep my under-eyes looking as healthy as possible, I always have at least one good eye cream in my skincare routine. I’m currently using Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream as my nighttime eye cream. I was happy to try this eye cream since I enjoyed Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask so much.

I don’t expect any eye cream to perform miracles, like making my fine lines disappear. However, I do expect my eye creams to provide sufficient hydration to keep my under-eyes from looking crepey. With proper hydration, fine lines aren’t nearly as obvious! 

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream is packed with hydrating ingredients, as well as a peptide blend for anti-aging. To learn more about this innovative eye cream, keep reading for a full product review which includes an in-depth look at the ingredients list.

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream product claims directly from VersedSkin.com

Fight back against gravity with a little pot of peach perfection dedicated to the very area that starts to show those signs of aging first: your eyes. Made with line-smoothing algae extract, firming peptides, and deeply moisturizing olive oil, this eye cream applies like butter and works overtime to improve the appearance of crow’s feet. It leaves a soft-focus finish with an illuminating effect (hello, instant brightening), thanks to mica (ethically sourced, of course). 

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Other product details

  • Price: $17.99
  • Net weight: 0.5 oz. | 15 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Best suited for aging skin (but I think it would work for all ages)
  • Free of parabens, silicones, sulfates, formaldehyde, petroleum, mineral oil, fragrance, and dyes
  • Formulated based on the EU’s safe ingredient standards
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy: VersedSkin.com
    • VersedSkin.com ships to the US, Puerto Rico, Canada, the UK, Australia, and partially to the EU (unfortunately there is no further explanation given for shipping to the EU).
  • Overall rating: 8.4/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 7/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team player: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Price: 8/10

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

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream is packaged in a small opaque plastic jar. If you’ve read many of my skincare reviews, you probably already know what I’m going to say next! While this type of packaging feels convenient, it puts the integrity of certain ingredients at risk. That’s because every time the lid is removed, the product is exposed to air and light. Many active ingredients in skincare products will degrade more quickly after being exposed to air and/or light. Thankfully, the jar does protect the product from light while the jar is closed.

The other Versed eye creams are packaged in squeeze tubes which is more effective packaging for protecting ingredients. I’m guessing this one was packaged in a jar instead because the texture is a little too thick for a squeeze tube. I think a small pump would be the ideal packaging for this eye cream, but that would likely result in more waste.

Speaking of packaging waste, there is a bright side to this product’s packaging. According to Versed, this product’s waste is only 0.58 oz., while similar products’ waste is 1.12 oz. I appreciate that Versed values sustainability and makes an effort to reduce waste when possible.

The eye cream itself is easy to apply. It has a bouncy jelly-like texture that has a medium thickness. It’s much more lightweight than the Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask that I mentioned in the intro, but it’s heavier than eye creams that I usually use in my morning routine, like the e.l.f. 50 mg CBD Eye Cream. Once this eye cream is applied to the eye area, it takes on a thinner gel consistency that melts into the skin quickly.

Hydration

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream feels very hydrating around the eyes. It is not as thick as the Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask, but I think that is to be expected since this product is an eye cream instead of an eye mask. I definitely feel like this eye cream is more hydrating than a lot of the lightweight eye creams or eye gels in squeeze tubes.

This eye cream may not be quite hydrating enough for those with very dry skin. It is neither the most or the least hydrating of the eye creams that I’ve tried through the years. This product is meant to be used “PM and/or AM” according to Versed, so it makes sense that it wouldn’t be too light or too heavily moisturizing. For night time, I think I liked the Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask a little bit better. With that being said, if you have normal to oily skin and don’t want separate AM and PM eye creams, I think Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream is a great choice.

Team player

The primary thing I look for in new skincare products is a good list of ingredients. Once I start using a new product, the next priority for me is that it should work together with my other skincare without pilling or flaking. When products pill or flake, I feel like most of what I’ve applied is coming off and therefore my skin is not getting the benefits that it should. 

This eye cream absorbs into the skin quickly without any pilling or flaking when applied over other skincare products. I also have no problem applying moisturizer over it (I like to apply moisturizer around my eyes as well for even more hydration).

The instructions for Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream state that it should be applied after cleanser and serum but before moisturizer. I think it was wise for Versed to specify that since this eye cream contains mica, which leaves a soft sheen on the skin. That sheen looks much more natural once moisturizer has also been applied. I’ve noticed that the illuminating effect from the mica is slightly visible through my tinted sunscreen, but I don’t see it when I apply foundation and/or concealer around my eyes. If the illumination factor is important to you, you may want to skip coverage products when using this eye cream.

Since this eye cream absorbs quickly and doesn’t have a heavy texture, it works really well with makeup (besides the note above) just like it does with skincare. Makeup applies smoothly over this product and again, does not pill or flake!

Ingredients

I have to admit that while I usually check ingredients before selecting new skincare products, I pretty much ignored them in this case! I was sucked in by the product name and description because I’m always excited about skincare that may help with the fine lines around my eyes. I was surprised to find that Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream contains 36 ingredients, including several I’d never heard of. Here’s the full list of ingredients:

Water, C13-15 alkane, Glycerin, PEG-100 stearate, Behenyl alcohol, Butylene glycol, Cetyl ricinoleate, Olive oil, Nannochloropsis oculata extract, Pullulan, Sodium benzoate, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, Tribehenin, Cetyl alcohol, Sodium carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hesperidin methyl chalcone, Steareth-20, Diepeptide-2, Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, Lycium barbarum (goji berry) fruit extract, Arnica montana flower extract, Sodium hyaluronate, Mica, Caprylyl glycol, Hydrogenated lecithin, Chlorhexidine digluconate, Sodium citrate, Potassium sorbate, Citric acid, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Hexylene glycol, Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Iron oxides (CI 77491)

I was a bit disappointed to find that 23 of these ingredients are what I consider to be “neutral.” There are several emollients, thickeners, and preservatives in this product. Those ingredients aren’t harmful, but they’re worth considering. There are also 12 “good” ingredients, and lastly, one that is questionable. I’ll provide descriptions of all the skin-loving ingredients in this product since they are the most important parts of the formula (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary):

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Olive oil
    • Moisturizes and nourishes skin
    • Contains antioxidant polyphenols
  • Nannochloropsis oculata extract
    • Algae extract
    • Moisturizer and humectant
  • Pullulan
    • Antioxidant
    • Humectant
    • Has a skin-tightening effect
  • Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter
    • Emollient moisturizer
    • Skin-soothing
    • Antioxidant-rich
  • Hesperidin methyl chalcone
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Diepeptide-2
    • Increases lymphatic circulation to treat puffy under-eyes
    • Skin conditioner
  • Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7
    • Reduces inflammation, which slows degradation of collagen
  • Lycium barbarum (goji berry) fruit extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Skin-softening agent
  • Sodium hyaluronate
    • Sodium form of hyaluronic acid
    • Humectant
  • Hydrogenated lecithin
    • Emollient
    • Humectant
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier

Of these 12 ingredients, I am most impressed by pullulan and the two peptides, since they actively work to reduce signs of aging around the eyes. The hydrating ingredients also play a big role, but those are more common.

When looking at the list of ingredients as a whole, one thing that really catches my attention is that there is only one “good” ingredient in the top five (ingredients with highest concentrations are listed first). Looking a little further down the list, there are four “good” ingredients in the top ten. That isn’t bad, but I’d like to see more skin-loving ingredients closer to the top since this is an anti-aging product.

The one questionable ingredient I mentioned earlier is the arnica montana flower extract. That ingredient is used as an anti-inflammatory, but it can cause skin irritation. I’ve seen this ingredient in a few products now, so it might not be a very common irritant. Still, I think those with very sensitive skin should avoid this product.

This product definitely doesn’t have one of the most impressive ingredient lists I’ve ever seen, but it’s also not a bad one. It contains several good ingredients, many of which are perfect to address the product’s claims. Hopefully the concentrations of all the “good” ingredients are high enough to be effective. 🙂

Price

All three Versed eye products, including this one, are priced at $17.99. A jar of Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream contains 0.5 oz. of product which means it is $35.98/oz. That may seem high for a drugstore eye cream, but eye creams in general are notorious for being quite expensive on a “per ounce” basis.

Looking through a wide variety of drugstore eye creams, I found that this one is priced higher than many others, but definitely not the highest. Most drugstore eye creams also don’t contain anti-aging ingredients, instead focusing on hydration alone. I like that Versed included a wide variety of good skincare ingredients instead of just hydrators.

The last thing to mention in regards to price is the fact that a little goes a long way with this eye cream. Honestly, that’s true of many eye creams, but it’s still an important factor! I’m not sure when I started using this product, but it feels like it’s been a while and it barely looks like I’ve used any of it.


The claims for Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream are that it moisturizes, smooths lines, and illuminates the eye area. I can confirm that it definitely moisturizes without feeling too heavy. It also effectively illuminates the eye area (as long as makeup isn’t applied over it). I’m not sure if everyone will like that illuminating effect, but I believe the intention is that the reflective property makes dark circles less noticeable. 

I’m not able to confirm or deny the line-smoothing claim since anti-aging ingredients take a long time to work. I think there is definitely potential, but the product would need to be used consistently, probably for several months, to see visible improvement.

While I haven’t noticed a visible difference in my under-eyes while using this eye cream, I have been enjoying it. It feels very nice on my skin and I appreciate all the great ingredients it contains. I may repurchase it at some point, but I’m unsure since there is a lot of good skincare out there and I love trying new things to review!

I think Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream would work very well for a lot of people. The only people that would probably need to avoid it are those with very very sensitive skin (due to the arnica montana flower extract) or dry skin. I may be wrong on the dry skin front since I have combination skin, but I have a feeling this may not be quite hydrating enough for dry skin.

I’ve liked almost every product I’ve tried from Versed so far and I look forward to trying more in the future! Have you tried anything from this young skincare brand yet? If so, which ones are your favorites? Please let me know in the comments!

Lauren

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