Review of the Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum

Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum

Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum $54.00:

Here’s the quick SCORECARD breakdown. Each question is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, 5being the best:

1. How do the ingredients look? What’s inside?- Very solid. No red flags for me.

2. How's the application? Let's talk texture.- 5: This lightweight, almost jelly-like serum glides on and soaks in without leaving any greasiness or tackiness behind. I hardly know it's there after about a minute!

3. How is the scent?- 5: What scent? I smell almost nothing, which I love.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 5: I haven't had any issues with breakouts and I've been using this for about a month now.

5. Performance: does it do what it promises to do?- 4: See more below!

6. Is this a consciously-created product? 5- Yes! Cruelty-free, vegan, and the packaging is recyclable. Amazing!

7. Would I buy it again? 5- See the pros, cons and final verdict detailed below!



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  • The price is actually pretty great considering what other skincare products can cost. There are still more budget-friendly options that I will try, but for now, I think this price, compared to what else is on the market, is super fair.

  • I mean, it actually works!


  • I suppose price could also go here because budgets can be a very personal thing.

  • I honestly can't think of another con.


  • Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles: tested primarily on my forehead, and while staying hydrated shows the most benefits, this stuff actually smoothed those lines better than anything else I've tried since my toxic skincare days!

  • Hydration: I think the level of hydration, this is also coming from someone who doesn't put an oil on after like they recommend, is what's really helping fill in those fine lines. Similar to what hyaluronic acid has done for me in the past, but without that.

  • Resurfacing: possibly, but I didn't see much of this. I was still using other products to exfoliate a bit more.

  • Overall: yes, I RARELY say this about skincare, but this product followed through on almost all of it’s promises.


  • Would I buy this again? Yes, yes, and YES!


These were the not-so-great ingredients that didn’t pass the Rule of 3. Click below to find out all the details. Keep in mind, the percentage of these ingredients in the products MATTERS! I rarely take ‘scary’ scores on EWG at face value these days, and always ask the brand about to clarify if I’m concerned. Works like a charm! See their response.

  • NONE to report :)

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I pull these directly from the brand’s or reputable retailers’ website. You’d be shocked at how many product pages have misspellings so if you see one, you’ll know why! I didn’t catch it. Neither did the retailer. What’s missing: percentage of ingredient used & the amount of evidence/data backing up each number rating from You can search the EWG SkinDeep database to find the data available behind each rating. You can find out the percentage of the ingredient used by asking the brand. Here we go!

  • Aqua 0

  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water 1 to 3

  • Glycerin 2

  • Bakuchiol 1

  • Amethyst Extract 1

  • Leuconostoc/ Radish Root Ferment Filtrate 1

  • Glycerin 1 to 2

  • Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract 1

  • Populus tremuloides Bark Extract 1

  • Glucono Delta Lactone n/a

  • Sodium Phytate 1

  • Tremella Fuciformis (Silver Ear Mushroom) Extract 1

  • Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Flower Extract 1

  • Eclipta Prostrata Extract 1

  • Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract 1

  • Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil 1

  • Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract 1

  • Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract 1

  • Amino Esters-1 (ex Mimosa Tenuiflora) 1

  • Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract 1

  • Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract 1

  • Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract 1 to 3

  • Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract 1

  • Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract 1

  • Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract 1

  • Corallina Officinalis Extract 1

  • Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract 1

  • Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract 1

  • Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/ Leaf Extract 1

CURIOUS ABOUT WHO IS REVIEWING ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS? Good question. Moi. Check out my skin profile here.



Every product is honestly rated using TheStyleShaker SCORECARD system to keep things as objective as possible. To learn more about my “Rule of 3” CLICK HERE. This post may contain affiliate/referral links, but all views are my own. No one is paying me to say any of this. Read the complete disclosure here. Product information and EWG ratings may change along with the brands and the formulas they use. Click through the applicable links to get the most up to date information :)