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!

FINAL SCORE:

29/30

You can get 20% off (at the time of this post) when you sign up directly on Herbivore’s site. But if you’re into Sephora points and flash shipping, you can shop HERE.

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PROS:

  • 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!

CONS:

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

  • I honestly can't think of another con.

DID THE PRODUCT FULFILL ON IT’S PROMISES?

  • 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.

FINAL VERDICT:

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

POTENTIALLY ‘IFFY’ INGREDIENTS + EWG RATING:

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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A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS:

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 EWG.org. 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.

 
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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 TheStyleShaker.com 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 :)

Review of the Pacifica Cherry Matte Multi-Mineral Primer | Clean and Green Beauty Guide

 
Review of the Pacifica Cherry Matte Multi-Mineral Primer

Pacifica Cherry Matte Multi-Mineral Primer- $8.99:

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?- Not so hot due to one word: “parfum.” See details below.

2. Does it minimize pores and disappear to create a smooth, hydrated surface?- 2: I didn’t see anything except a bit of luminosity which I found odd for a mattifying primer.

3. Does it last all day?- 3: The luminosity stuck around, yes. But as far as a matte effect, it was pretty non-existent.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 2: After removing my makeup at night, my skin felt very warm and turned pink. This happened twice before I made the correlation between this primer and the irritation.

5. Does it blend well with other products?- 3: It was just OK here. I did see a little streaking when applying products on top.

6. Is this a consciously-created product? 3- Vegan and cruelty-free, yes. Sustainably packaged, no.

7. Did the product do what it promised to do?- 2: No, it really fell short on a few key claims.

FINAL SCORE:

15/30

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PROS:

  • Vegan & cruelty-free

  • Budget-friendly

CONS:

  • I saw no results on the claims that this product is mattifying, controls oil, gives a blurred focus finish, or is smoothing

  • Parfum :(

FINAL VERDICT:

  • Would I buy this again? No, thank you. I’d rather use the 100% Pure Luminous Primer any day. It also comes in a matte version! So if you’re looking for that, which, you probably are if you’re searching for this product, check it out!

POTENTIALLY ‘IFFY’ INGREDIENTS + EWG RATING:

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.

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FROM THE BRAND:

I asked what the ingredient listed as ‘parfum’ consists of-

“We list parfum on our ingredient decks because we follow the global standards for ingredient listings called INCI. Parfum, natural or synthetic, is the legal listing for a blend of fragrance chemicals, natural or otherwise. We use a blend of essential oils, absolutes, fragrant extracts and naturally derived fragrance and flavor materials. All of our fragrances and flavors are phthalate-free and do not contain any ingredients that do not meet our internal ingredient standards or our internal banned list which is about 1500 ingredients. Our fragrances are 100% vegan and are not tested on animals. In addition, all of our fragrances adhere to the following lists and do not contain ingredients banned on these lists: Cradle to Cradle Banned List, FRA Regulations, The EU Endocrine list, California Prop 65 list, Chemicals of high concern to children and the EPA toxic chemical list, The Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (EU), PETA.”

THE BOTTOM LINE FROM BRITT: I didn’t get a clear answer on what their blend of “essential oils, absolutes, fragrant extracts and naturally derived fragrance and flavor materials” contains. Not transparent enough for me.

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS:

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 EWG.org. 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 juice- 1 to 3

  • sucrose stearate- 1

  • isosorbide dicaprylate- 1

  • glycerin- 2

  • bentonite- 2

  • niacinamide- 1

  • panthenol- 1

  • sodium hyaluronate- 1

  • isopropyl palmitate- 1

  • tocopherol (vitamin E)- 1

  • camellia sinensis leaf extract- 1

  • calendula officinalis flower extract- 1

  • cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract- 1

  • rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary leaf extract)- 1

  • xanthan gum- 1

  • mica- 1

  • titanium dioxide- 1 to 3

  • barium sulfate- 2

  • silica- 1 to 2

  • silica silylate- 1

  • parfum (natural)- 8

  • sodium gluconate- 1

  • sodium benzoate- 3

  • prunus serotina (wild cherry) fruit extract- 1

  • potassium sorbate- 3

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

 
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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 TheStyleShaker.com 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 :)

Review of the Mineral Fusion Mattifying Primer | Clean and Green Beauty Guide

 
Review of the Mineral Fusion Mattifying Primer

Mineral Fusion Mattifying Primer- $28.99:

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?- Not so great. See below…

2. How’s coverage?- 2: It didn't fill in lines or even out tone for me. It was super smooth and somewhat lightweight. It felt like a silicone film on top of my skin at first.

3. Does it last all day?- 3: It lasted, yes, but I didn't see enough of an impact in terms of controlling oil or giving me a matte look.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 1: Oh no! After wiping this off at night, my skin became so red and inflamed, warm and not normal. So I tried this one more time and realized after removing the primer from the equation, I no longer had that reaction. Such a bummer!

5. Does it blend well with other products?- 4: It didn't streak or pill when wearing with a foundation.

6. Is this a consciously-created product? 3- It's vegan and cruelty-free which is a start. The packing is not full recyclable. Details below.

7. Did the product do what it promised to do?- 2: It didn't follow through for me unfortunately.

FINAL SCORE:

16/30

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PROS:

  • There were just too many cons to outweigh any small pro here, even price

  • I'd spend $10 more for 100% pure any day of the week

CONS:

  • Ingredients didn’t cut it on the ‘clean’ front for me

  • Performance was lacking

  • Irritating formula for my skin

FINAL VERDICT:

  • Would I buy this again? No, thank you. I’d rather use the 100% Pure Luminous Primer any day. It also comes in a matte version! So if you’re looking for that, which, you probably are if you’re searching for this product, check it out!

POTENTIALLY ‘IFFY’ INGREDIENTS + EWG RATING:

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.

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FROM THE BRAND:

I asked about whether packaging was sustainable and about their mica sourcing-

"-uses a foil that is not recyclable, however the inner component is recyclable. We’re currently launching new packaging for our skincare line that addresses this issue.”

MICA- “Our supplier sources Mica exclusively from the USA (Georgia), and is an active member in the Responsible Mica Initiative (RMI), a group driven to eradicate child labor and support traceable, environmentally friendly processes."

THE BOTTOM LINE FROM BRITT: I do hope they reconsider packaging and formula.

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS:

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 EWG.org. 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

  • Dimethicone- 3

  • Emulsifying Wax- 4

  • Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*- 1 to 3

  • Stearic Acid- 1

  • Olive Squalane- 1

  • Lecithin- 2 to 3

  • Octyl Palmitate- 1

  • Silica- 1 to 2

  • Tocopheryl Acetate- 3

  • L-Ascorbic Acid- 1

  • Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract- 1

  • Sodium Hydroxide- 3 to 4

  • Allantoin- 1

  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide 5- 1

  • Vegetable Glycerin- 1

  • Ginkgo Biloba Extract- 1

  • Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil- 1

  • Rosmarinus Offi­cinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract- 1

  • Kaolin- 1

  • Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract- 1

  • Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract- 1

  • Phenoxyethanol- 4

  • Fragrance- 8

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

 
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FULL TRANSPARENCY, ALWAYS…

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 TheStyleShaker.com 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 :)

Review of the Fitglow Beauty Nights Makeup Palette | Clean and Green Beauty Guide

 
Review of the Fitglow Beauty Nights Makeup Palette

Fitglow Beauty Nights Makeup Palette- $69.00:

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?- Great! See below for any call outs.

2. How is pigment and color payoff?- 5: Wow. The color payoff is amazing, truly.

3. How is application?- 5: This shadow applies like a dream. Very little fallout and blends in well.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 5: No issues here!

5. Does it crease?- 4: I experienced limited to no creasing with this shadow, even without primer. I am so impressed!

6. Does the color last all day? 5- Yes. The full-day wear tests were SO successful!

7. Is this a consciously-created product?- 4: Vegan, cruelty-free, silicone-free, recyclable (EXCEPT for the mirror unfortunately).

FINAL SCORE:

28/30

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PROS:

  • This is a high-quality product! I was SO impressed with the pigment and staying power

  • I rarely say a product is, without hesitation, worth the full price. This is one of those times

  • You can use these shades for day or night, and not just on the eyes! This is a true multi-tasking palette

CONS:

  • Depending on budgets, maybe price, but that said, you can use this so many ways

  • Fitglow Beauty is always one part beauty, one part skincare. This product contains ‘skin transforming ingredients’ with ‘collagen boosting plant extracts’ that will supposedly ‘firm, smooth, and protect skin from aging.’ I didn’t see the impact there, but I still adore this palette for the other reasons mentioned above

FINAL VERDICT:

  • Would I buy this again? 100% yes. No question.

POTENTIALLY ‘IFFY’ INGREDIENTS + EWG RATING:

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.

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A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS:

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 EWG.org. 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!

  • Mica- 1, fair

  • Calcium Carbonate- 1, limited

  • Caprylic Triglyceride- 1, limited

  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil- 1, limited

  • Rubus (Cloudberry) Chamaemorus Seed Oil- 1, none

  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil- 1, fair

  • Camellia Sinensis- 1, fair

  • CI 77492- 2, fair

  • CI 77499- 2, fair

  • Ultramarines- 1 to 4, limited

  • Manganese Violet- 2, limited

  • Titanium Dioxide- 1 to 3, good

  • Lupinus Albus Seed Extract- 1, limited

  • CI 77491- 2, fair

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

 
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FULL TRANSPARENCY, ALWAYS…

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 TheStyleShaker.com 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 :)

Review of the Soma Ayurvedic Under Eye Gel | Clean and Green Skincare Guide

 
Soma Ayurvedic Under Eye Gel

Soma Ayurvedic Under Eye Gel- $98.00:

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?- There’s one iffy ingredient- details below!

2. How's the application? Let's talk texture.- 4: It's a nice gel-like texture. I could feel it cooling and tightening upon application. Quick tip: it doesn’t work well under makeup, or it didn’t for me. I found it pilled a bit.

3. How is the scent?- 4: Totally pleasant and not overwhelming.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 3: It's ok. The first couple of applications I applied a bit more than needed and my skin wasn’t super happy with that. Less is more here.

5. Performance: does it do what it promises to do?- 2: I saw minimal change in wrinkles, circles, bags, etc.

6. Is this a consciously-created product? 5- 100% yes! Vegan, cruelty-free, and so much more. The mission behind the brand is commendable and the packaging is both thoughtful and sustainable.

7. Would I buy it again? 2- Unfortunately, no. I need to have seen better results to invest in this eye gel. I'm just not sold on eye creams having significant impact, yet. If I find one that performs, I’ll shout it from the rooftops! I think they're best as lightweight, preventative moisture, and I have better, less-expensive options for this.

FINAL SCORE:

23/30

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PROS:

  • The mission and ethos of this brand is amazing. “For every purchase, Soma Ayurvedic donates a set of school supplies to deserving children in orphanages and a hygiene kit to women who don’t have access to these necessities.”

  • The fewer/better approach to ingredients

  • Felt amazing going on, there was an instantly cooling effect from the gel

  • I did feel tightening upon application, but…

CONS:

  • While I didn’t dislike this eye gel, I wish I had seen more measurable results

  • You have to watch the application of any concealers on top of this gel. I found it to pill even after giving it time to dry

FINAL VERDICT:

  • Would I buy this again/for the first time (since, again, it was gifted)? No, unfortunately I would not.

POTENTIALLY ‘IFFY’ INGREDIENTS + EWG RATING:

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.

 

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS:

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 EWG.org. 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

  • LAVENDER OIL- 1

  • XANTHAN GUM- 1, limited

  • ALOE VERA- 1 to 3, limited

  • THYME EXTRACT- 1, limited

  • OLIVE OIL- 1, fair

  • WHEATGERM OIL- 1, fair

  • SWEET ALMOND OIL- 1, fair

  • MORINGA EXTRACT- 1, fair

  • AVOCADO OIL- 1, limited

  • ORANGE PEEL EXTRACT- 1, limited

  • FENUGREEK SEED EXTRACT- 1, limited

  • GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT- 3, limited *contamination concerns

  • VITAMIN A- 9, fair

  • VITAMIN E- 1, fair

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

 
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FULL TRANSPARENCY, ALWAYS…

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 TheStyleShaker.com 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 :)

Review of the Soma Ayurvedic Anti Aging Cream | Clean and Green Skincare Guide

 
Soma Ayurvedic Anti Aging Cream

Soma Ayurvedic Anti Aging Cream- $68.00:

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?- Really fantastic, squeaky ‘clean’ based on the research I’ve done. Takes a ‘less is more’ approach for sure!

2. How's the application? Let's talk texture.- 5: This is a very thick, rich cream that soaks in and surprisingly, did not impart any oiliness. I loved how deeply moisturizing this felt!

3. How is the scent?- 3: It’s not subtle :) If you have issues with strong scents, this may not be for you. I adjusted to the strong aloe scent after a few applications.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 5: My skin was not irritated by this after applying once a day for two weeks.

5. Performance: does it do what it promises to do?- 3: It left my skin feeling very hydrated and silky smooth. I’m not so sure about added elasticity and didn't see a big impact on signs of aging like wrinkles.

6. Is this a consciously-created product? 5- 100% yes! Vegan, cruelty-free, and so much more. The mission behind the brand is commendable and the packaging is both thoughtful and sustainable.

7. Would I buy it again? 4- This is a dense and rich cream that I’d consider purchasing (this was a gift, but my review is honest) this cream during harsher, winter months!

FINAL SCORE:

25/30

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PROS:

  • The mission and ethos of this brand is amazing. “For every purchase, Soma Ayurvedic donates a set of school supplies to deserving children in orphanages and a hygiene kit to women who don’t have access to these necessities.”

  • So rich and thick- great for colder months or dry skin. If you have VERY dry skin and are OK with scent, this is one of the richest creams I've used yet.

CONS:

  • The scent can be overpowering

  • It didn't follow through on the anti-aging promises (it won on hydration)

FINAL VERDICT:

  • Would I buy this again/for the first time (since, again, it was gifted)? Yes, I would!

 

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS:

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 EWG.org. 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!

  • WATER- 0

  • VEGETABLE GLYCERIN- 1 limited

  • VITAMIN E- 1 limited

  • ORANGE OIL- 1 limited

  • LAVENDER OIL- 1

  • SAFFRON EXTRACT- 1 fair

  • ALMOND OIL- 1 fair

  • ALOE VERA EXTRACT- 1 to 3 fair

  • SAFFRON OIL- 1 , fair

  • KOKUM (FRUIT) BUTTER - 1, limited

  • GRAPE SEED OIL- 1, limited

  • PAPAYA EXTRACT- 1, limited

  • ROSE OIL- 1, limited

  • OLIVE OIL- 1, fair

  • TURMERIC OIL- 1, fair

  • SHEA BUTTER- 1, limited

  • WHEATGERM OIL- 1, none

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

 
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FULL TRANSPARENCY, ALWAYS…

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 TheStyleShaker.com 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 :)

Review of the Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream

 
Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream review

Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream- $60.00:

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?- They were doing so well until it got to the natural fragrances. More details below. The rating is just the start. The concentrations used really make a difference here!

2. How's the application? Let's talk texture.- 5: And the texture is honestly divine. It's smooth and rich without being overly greasy.

3. How is the scent?- 4: It's definitely there. If you don't like chamomile, you won't like this. But I found this to be very calming.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 4: For me it was fine,. No irritation whatsoever. I do know that some sensitive skin types can’t have ANY essential oils in a product, so even though the percentage is incredibly low (see below), it could potentially be an issue, which is why this didn’t get a ‘5’ on the scorecard.

5. Performance: does it do what it promises to do?- 4: Does it hydrate skin for day? It definitely soothed and moisturized my skin like a champ. Lightweight, check. My skin soaked it up.

6. Is this a consciously-created product? 3- Vegan, cruelty-free. They don’t have the sustainability portion of this down yet however. More on that below.

7. Would I buy it again? 5- Heck to the yes. It's an investment, but for me, it's a favorite without hesitation.

FINAL SCORE:

25/30

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IN A NUTSHELL:

  • Best for: combo skin types.

  • Drier skin types may want something a bit more dense and rich. Your skin may be able to soak up a heavier cream.

  • Oilier skin types may find this to be a little too hydrating/moisturizing.

  • Other day creams that I’ve tried and love:

    Jane Iredale Beauty Prep Moisturizer

    Osea Hydrating Face Oil

POTENTIALLY ‘IFFY’ INGREDIENTS + EWG RATING:

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.

FROM PAI:

“Pai products are 70% recyclable at the moment but we are working on ways to improve this and get us up to 100% eventually. - The packaging isn't made from post-consumer recycled material. The glass bottle is recyclable, the plastic bag that holds the cream is bpa-free and recyclable so can be cut away from the pump. The only thing that isn't recyclable is the pump as it contains a little aluminium ball in the head of the pump. We are working on making this fully recyclable and our packaging designer is researching alternative packaging.- One thing Pai doesn't do is use ingredients that are known to be irritating to the skin. Essential oils can be irritating on the skin in high quantities which is why we use far, far lower than 1% of essential oils which we have researched to find suitable for even the most sensitive of skins. Our products have also been patched tested on real people with sensitive skin and with skin conditions, and it has been approved to be suitable for sensitive skins and skin prone to eczema. Citronellol naturally occurs in essential oils and when you look on EWG it does say restrictions to concentration and in a low concentration, they are suitable for use. As I said above, the concentrations of essential oils is super low so pose no risks when using on the skin unless you have a very high allergy to essential oils.”

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Pai, front and center. IG @thestyleshaker

 

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS + AMOUNT OF EVIDENCE/DATA AVAILABLE:

I pull these directly from the site. 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. Funsies!

  • Aqua- 0, robust

  • Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil- 1, limited

  • Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil- 1, limited

  • Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil- 1, fair

  • Lactobacillus Ferment- 1, none

  • Cetearyl Alcohol- 1, limited

  • Glycerin- 2, good

  • Rosa Canina Seed Extract- 1, limited

  • Butyrospermum Parkii Butter- 1, limited

  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Water- 1, limited

  • Cetearyl Glucoside- 1, limited

  • Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract- 1, limited

  • Leptospermum Scoparium Branch/Leaf Oil- 1, limited

  • Sodium Levulinate- 1, limited

  • Tocopherol- 1, fair

  • Lavandula Angustifolia Oil- 1, limited

  • Sodium Anisate- 1, none

  • Pelargonium Graveolens Oil- 1, limited

  • Lactic Acid- 4, good

  • Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate- 1, limited

  • Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract- 1, limited

  • Citronellol- 5, fair

  • Geraniol- 7, fair

  • Linalool- 5, fair

  • Nut Oil-1, limited

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

 
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FULL TRANSPARENCY, ALWAYS…

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 TheStyleShaker.com 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 :)