I purchased a skincare trial kit from True Botanicals so I could dip my toe in rather than take the full plunge. It is a great way to try out a line without spending a lot of money and the sizes are large enough for you to get a few weeks’ worth of product and get a real feel for them. True Botanicals is a luxury skincare line, so I wanted to try it before making the investment. The hair care line is a staple for me, so I know the quality is top notch. You can read my full review of the shampoo and conditioner here.
I ordered the Renew line because let’s face it, I need to be renewed! When it arrived, my first thought was that the bottles were a little small. My brain immediately went to the expression…”WARNING: items may appear larger than they actually are!” But, as it turns out, they lasted a little over 2 weeks. I felt it was an enough product to get a feel for the line and know if it worked for me.
Let’s start with the brand. True Botanicals was founded by Hillary Peterson. With a story that we hear often, after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, she started looking more closely at the ingredients in her personal care products. She spent eight years studying the effects and healing powers of botanicals and consulted with world leaders in green chemistry and sustainability. She wanted a luxury skincare line that was effective without harming our skin, health, or environment. She later partnered with Christina Mace-Turner, who has used her strong tech background to bring the company to the next level.
One thing that makes the line different from other green beauty brands is that they have conducted Independent Scientific Clinical Studies with their products to show their efficacy. They have tested their Renew, Pure Radiance Oil and Renew, Cellular Repair Serum against the cult favorite, Crème de la Mer. I confess that, at one time, I subscribed to the hype of Crème de la Mer. I am proud to say that I am a more educated consumer now and know that inside that fancy white glass jar is just glorified Vaseline with a hefty price tag.
The randomized, comparative, double blind trials showed that True Botanicals Renew, Pure Radiance Face Oil out performed Crème de la Mer in all categories:
- Reduced fine lines and wrinkles
- Increased facial hydration
- Reduced facial pore size
- Increased facial elasticity
- Increased facial smoothness (when used in combination with the Renew, Cellular Repair Serum)
The True Botanicals Clear Collection was used in an Independent Clinical Study along with Proactiv+ and showed not only a consistent reduction in acne lesions over time, but also significantly reduced skin dryness. The study also proved that the Proactiv+ worked initially, but had a decrease in impact over time. Having spent part of my career as a Clinical Research RN, I love when the claim is backed by scientific studies! You can read about the study here.
True Botanicals is also the first skincare company to have its entire product line MADE SAFE™ certified. MADE SAFE™ is a nonprofit organization that certifies that a product is made with safe, nontoxic ingredients. It is the most comprehensive product safety evaluation available to us. You can check out their website to learn more here.
The packaging is sleek, high tech and beautiful. The products are separated into several collections to tackle a variety of skin conditions. If you have a skin issue, they have a solution!
BASICS is their newest collection aimed at prevention. It is targeted toward those who don’t have any skin issues yet and want to keep it that way. I started my 14-year-old daughter on this line a few months ago. She absolutely loves using it and her skin looks amazing. My husband asked me a few weeks ago, true story, “I thought teenagers were supposed to have acne and bad skin. Why does Emily’s skin look so good?” I am not exaggerating when I tell you, I have found myself looking at her across a room or in the car and thinking how amazing her skin looks. She literally glows. Now for a teenager, that is pretty amazing. She uses the Basics Cleanser, Face Oil and the Clear Toner. I used to be able to give her my green beauty cast offs, but she won’t take them anymore. She doesn’t want to use anything else. I wish I could pass out samples to all her friends, particularly the teenage boys!
RENEW is for the consumer looking to tackle the causes of aging at the cellular level. This is ME! This line contains super concentrated, bio-active ingredients to fight the signs of aging.
CLEAR is formulated for acne-prone skin. It goes against what most people expect from acne treatments. This line destroys acne-inducing bacteria while balancing your skin and keeping it hydrated.
CALM was created for rosacea-prone skin. It also helps over-exfoliated or inflamed skin with potent soothing ingredients.
So, let’s talk about the trial kit. I bought the Renew Trial kit that comes with a Hydrating Cleanser, Nutrient Mist, Pure Radiance Oil, and Cellular Repair Serum.
The Renew line has a clean, fresh scent. The Hydrating Cleanser is gentle and intended to clean, but not strip the skin of moisture. The star ingredients are Green and White Tea, Aloe Vera, and Camelia Oil. Green and White Tea are chosen as the base because they are packed with antioxidants and polyphenols, for toning, soothing, and inhibiting organisms that attack collagen and elastase.
I love the smell of this cleanser, but the whole time I was using it during the trial period I kept thinking it needed the addition of an oil cleanser! For me, this cleanser alone feels a little slimy and my face doesn’t feel completely clean when I am done. This is totally a preference for me. I know the potent ingredients in this cleanser are ridding my face of all dirt, grime, pollution, etc. and the feeling I am getting is just a well-hydrated face, but using this alone didn’t work for me. During the dryer, winter months, it will probably be perfect alone, but not long after I finished this trial kit, they released the True Botanicals PRE CLEANSE OIL. I think they were reading my mind!
Also in the kit is the Nutrient Mist. I love this stuff! Made with Green and White Tea, Algae Extract, and Kombucha, it hydrates, balances, and soothes my skin. This mist is a spritz of cool, refreshing hydration. It is loaded with antioxidants to help decelerate the aging process, plump the skin. It contains polyphenols which protect the skin from oxidative stress. The spray mechanism on this mist is perfection. Sometimes mists spray really hard and fast. You know the ones that make you flinch when you spray them. Sometimes the spray is too wide and they get all in your hair or the spray diameter is too narrow and you end up having to spray about 10 times to cover your whole face. This one sprays a fine mist with the perfect diameter. Maybe I am a total nerd and spend too much time thinking about these things, but I think it is important. The spray mechanism is not a game changer, but definitely a bonus.
The Cellular Repair Serum is a thick bright orange serum packed with Ceramides and some proprietary blends of bio actives that deliver high concentrations of free-radical fighting ingredients. This serum is one of the few that I have used that I feel just soaks into my skin rather than sitting on top of it. I apply it right after the mist and massage it in my skin and it is absorbed quickly. The color is beautiful and the smell is that clean fresh scent. Love this serum!
Last in the trial kit was the Pure Radiance Oil. I love face oils because they nourish the skin and help improve the barrier function that our skin was designed to do. They absorb directly into your skin and work their magic. This antioxidant powerhouse is the combination of many oils and extracts, but some of the star ingredients are Chia, Kiwi and Papaya Seed Oils, Passion Fruit Oil, Algae Extract, and Astaxanthin. I have learned that Astaxanthin helps protect your skin from sun damage, which is a big plus for someone living in the very sunny state of Arizona.
The Pure Radiance Oil also smells clean and fresh. You only need a few drops and it will make your skin feel so nourished and hydrated without feeling greasy. This oil absorbs really well into your skin especially if you apply it while your face is still damp from your face mist.
So, when my trial was done, I was hooked. I knew I would be purchasing more from this brand and it would be one of my favorite green beauty skincare lines. I was in Northern California this summer and was able to stop into the shop located in Mill Valley. I did not repurchase the Pure Radiance Oil because I had made a stop at Gargiulo Vineyards and picked up a new bottle of Vintner’s Daughter a few days before. Once that is gone, I will definitely purchase a bottle of the Pure Radiance Oil. Along with the products for my daughter, I purchased a full-size Cleanser, Mist, Serum, and Pre Cleanse Oil. I also purchased the Vitamin C Booster. This was a new product for me and it is amazing too. It is a very potent formula that comes in powder form. The glass vial has a shaker top so I just sprinkle a little bit into my serum and apply it to my face at night. I love this combination.
Adding the Pre Cleanse Oil prior to using the cleanser has made this regimen exactly what I was looking for in my skincare routine. It gives me that extra feeling of clean by removing the majority of my makeup prior to using the Cleanser.
True Botanicals is a brand I have fallen in love with and my skin is loving it! I feel the founders set out on a mission to create a safe, nontoxic and effective luxury skincare line and they have achieved that goal. I have my eye on a few other products in their line that I hope to purchase soon. They just released the Antioxidant Booster, which is the first skincare product to feature apple peel. I know this will be added to my collection very soon!
I also want to try the Polishing Grains and the Eye and Lip Balm. So many goodies to explore! Have you tried any of the True Botanicals line? Did you know that they have free samples? If you sign up for their newsletter, you get $20 off your first purchase. If you have any favorites, let me know…. I need guidance on what to get next!
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