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Good Molecules

Ultra-Hydrating Facial Oil

0.44 fl. oz. for $ 10.00
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Good Molecules’ Ultra-Hydrating Facial Oil is a good and inexpensive mix of two great ingredients – but skin needs so much more than just two oils.

Housed in a dark brown bottle with a dropper dispenser (good news, since this type of packaging protects this oil’s antioxidants from harmful light and air), this lightweight oil is fragrance-free. The texture isn’t overly greasy at all, though since it is an oil, it’s best for those with normal to dry skin.

The two antioxidant-rich oils included are green tea seed oil and sea buckthorn oil (which gives this oil is yellowish-orange color). Green tea has research showing it soothes skin and helps repair signs of sun damage while sea buckthorn contains fatty acids which help restore and preserve skin’s moisture content, plus it’s a good source of antioxidant vitamin E. Together, they’ll work to help improve skin’s overall health.

But your skin deserves more than just two ingredients. There’s a growing number of good, non-fragrant, plant oil blends that offer more robust benefits. We still like this product a lot – we just know that it could be even better!

Pros:
  • Green tea and sea buckthorn oils are rich in antioxidants.
  • Lightweight oil is hydrating without being greasy.
  • Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Formula would be more impressive with additional non-fragrant plant oils.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

A daily facial oil formulated to hydrate, nourish, and protect all skin types.

Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil.

Good Molecules is the house skin care brand of online retailer Beautylish. Beautylish got its start in 2010 in San Francisco and features articles on makeup and skin care topics, community reviews and feedback, and of course sells beauty products from a variety of brands.

Good Molecules launched in 2019 because the team behind Beautylish wanted to create a skin care company that focused on effective ingredients with a bargain price, not unlike the line’s most direct competitor, The Ordinary, which Beautylish also sells.

To that end, Good Molecules focuses on a small core of booster and treatment-like products, some being notably better than others. Just like The Ordinary, some of the formulas are one-note (focusing on a single ingredient or a pair of ingredients, instead of offering a more well-rounded option). This isn’t what research has shown is best for skin any more than eating only one healthy food would be a wise dietary choice; however, at these prices, some of these one-note products can make a nice addition to a great skin care routine.

Another concern is that almost all of the packaging is in bottles that need to be stored out of light to protect their ingredients. And we’re not thrilled that one or two products include citrus ingredients known to be irritating and the drying type of alcohol. Unlike many of the options from The Ordinary, however, the textures of the Good Molecules products are generally quite nice and layer well.

Still, the line’s philosophy is solid and there are some worthy entries, as long as you keep your expectations realistic (a single ingredient isn’t the solution to any skin concern). For more information about Good Molecules, visit https://www.beautylish.com/b/good-molecules.

 

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