BeautycounterLustro Face Oil 1- Calendula
0.67 fl. oz. for $64
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Facial oils are all the rage these days, so it's not surprising that Beautycounter offers an assortment of them in their skincare line. For the most part this oil has a fantastic ingredient lineup—with antioxidant-rich and emollient oils like rosehip, grapeseed, and sea buckthorn. This even contains marula oil, which research has shown can improve hyperpigmentation. Unfortunately, it also contains fragrant "essential" oils, which can cause irritation, making it unsuitable if you're looking to take the best care of your skin.

In fact, this would have easily earned our highest rating were it not for the fact that it also contains rose oil, which gives this product its "warm, floral aroma." While it might smell nice, it isn't nice for your skin—rose oil is a known skin irritant and sensitizer.

Perhaps even worse is that Beautycounter says this is "excellent for sensitive skin," which is absolutely not the case! That's a real shame because this could have been a great product, but the rose oil means this is one we can't recommend. If you're in search of a facial oil to add to your routine, consider the well-formulated alternatives on our list of Face/Body Oils in Beautypedia instead.


  • Contains a good mix of emollient and antioxidant oils.
  • Marula oil has research showing it can improve hyperpigmentation.


  • Contains rose oil, which can be a skin irritant and sensitizer.
Last Updated:02.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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A luxurious blend of seven radiance-boosting oils—including organic argan nut, organic grapeseed, organic marula, meadowfoam seed, rosehip, rose otto and sea buckthorn—deeply nourishes skin with antioxidants and vitamins. This concentrated, yet lightweight elixir is easily absorbed, sinking into skin for lasting moisture (and making it the perfect primer for makeup). Calendula oil provides a warm, floral aroma, plus refreshing moisture that is excellent for sensitive skin.
Rosehip Oil, Virgin Grapeseed Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Virgin Argan Nut Oil, Marula Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Rose Otto Oil, Calendula Oil.
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Beautycounter At-A-Glance

Beautycounter is the brainchild of self-described “serial entrepreneur” Gregg Renfrew, a woman who is perhaps best known for serving on the board of Martha Stewart Living after selling her bridal registry company, The Wedding List, to Stewart’s media empire. Renfrew has worked as a consultant on cosmetics lines from celebrities like Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba.

Renfrew says she decided to start her own cosmetics line after learning that not all the ingredients used in cosmetics were safe, so Beautycounter was launched in 2013. The brand’s primary focus is provide what it calls “safe” skincare to consumers, with its website stating that a rigorous ingredient selection process is used to ensure nothing “harmful” is used.

For all the interest Beautycounter has stirred up, the line is by and large lackluster, and in many cases overpriced for what you get. Many of the formulas start out with potential, but are ultimately derailed by either the inclusion of potential skin irritants or the jar packaging, which will render many of their beneficial ingredients ineffective over time.

Beautycounter products can be purchased through its website or through product consultants who do home sales parties. For more information, visit www.beautycounter.com.

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