The clean beauty movement, while hugely popular with many, often times gets a bad rep for the term not really having any regulations or science behind it. Enter True Botanicals, a brand of high-end skincare with natural clean ingredients, free from any toxins or chemicals that are or could be harmful to your health. To back this, True Botanicals is certified by Made Safe, America’s first nontoxic certification with very high standards, ensuring products are made sustainably and ethically without any of the 6500 unsafe ingredients that are known or suspected to harm human health. All of the company’s claims are also grounded in scientific research and clinical trials conducted by third-party labs where True Botanicals regularly outperforms established brands like Crème de la Mer.

If you’re an avid watcher of the Harper’s Bazaar’s YouTube series ‘Go To Bed With Me’ or Vogue’s ‘Beauty Secrets’ where celebrities reveal their skincare and makeup routines, you may have come across Olivia Wilde’s routines on both of these series where she raves about True Botanicals’ products. The actress became the company’s Chief Brand Activist after coming across its range which has healed her adult acne.

As mentioned, True Botanicals’ products are classed as luxury which means they do not come cheap. So doing your research before purchasing is advised. In this in-depth True Botanicals review, we take a deep dive into the brand, its philosophy, ingredients, products and most importantly, existing customer reviews. So read on to find out whether True Botanicals is worth the money.

About True Botanicals

About True Botanicals

True Botanicals is a California-based luxury clean botanical skincare line that is safe, toxin-free and also sustainable. Founded in 2014 by Hillary Peterson after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 32 following the birth of her twins, Hillary describes the experience as a “wake up call” which prompted her to look at how she could support her health in every possible way and what in her life could be harming her. It was through this process that she realized how toxic her beauty products were and when she failed to find any natural unharmful alternatives, she decided to make them herself.

Hillary partnered with leading chemists, sustainability pioneers and anti-ageing scientists to create True Botanicals. The brand’s range offers several collections based on concern – from anti-ageing to blemishes and acne to dryness and sensitive skin. Another result the brand promises to deliver is a healthy glow of the skin.

All of the natural wild-harvested or certified-organic ingredients are guaranteed to be ethically sourced for their known benefits, vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, both with the health of the skin and the environment in mind. No additional fillers and preservatives which the brand believes to be sensitizing to the skin are added to the formulas. Instead, the products are packaged in dark brown glass bottles which protect them from light which is usually the cause of products going off. True Botanicals calls its ingredients and products biocompatible which means they are easily absorbed and utilized by the skin due to their non-irritating and hypoallergenic properties and small molecules.

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True Botanicals is endorsed not only by Olivia Wilde, but also fellow actress Laura Dern and the star of the 13th season of The Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay. You can find all of their skincare routines and favorite products on the brand’s site, including the founder Hillary Peterson’s personal favorites. The brand’s products are equally loved by celebrities, customers (as we will soon see) and magazine editors who often sing True Botanicals’ praises in publications including Vogue, InStyle, Forbes and Elle.

Pros
  • Vegan and cruelty free - Leaping Bunny and PETA certified
  • Uses only natural ingredients
  • Free from any additives, preservatives, chemicals and toxins
  • Made Safe certified
  • Offers a 30-day return guarantee
  • Ships internationally
  • Offers free shipping on US orders over $40 and international orders over $150
  • Membership subscription with 15% off, free gifts, early access to sales and free shipping domestically and internationally
  • Available in select Nordstrom stores across the US
Cons
  • As a luxury brand, the price points are high - prices ranging from $48 up to $140
  • Not available in physical stores internationally
  • No fragrance-free options for those with sensitivities to fragrance in the form of essential oils

True Botanicals Renew Pure Radiance Oil Review

True Botanicals has three main lines, each targeting different skin concerns:

  • Renew for anti-ageing and dry skin
  • Clear for acne, blemishes and oily skin
  • Calm for extremely sensitive skin

Each of these lines has its own Pure Radiance Oil, each with a different blend of ingredients that best work to combat the issues at hand. We are going to have a look at the Renew Pure Radiance Oil which is the brand’s best-selling face oil from the whole range. It is featured in every routine of every one of the aforementioned celebs and it is viewed as a staple and their hero product by the brand.

This face oil targets signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles and gives dull dry skin the moisture it needs to be plump and luminous. It can be used instead of a moisturizer, as the brand recommends, or over your moisturizer for extra moisture, extra benefits and to seal in everything you’ve put on your skin before.

14 different seed oils are employed in this formula, including hemp seed oil, chia seed oil and kiwi seed oil, some of which are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which are overall good for our health but some of the skin-related benefits include reducing aging of the skin, reducing the risk of acne and promoting soft and supple skin. The reason why True Botanicals opted for seed oils over nut oils is because of their smaller molecules which are easier to absorb into skin without clogging pores. Other ingredients include algae extract, which hydrates, revitalizes and improves skin’s elasticity, squalane and astaxanthin extract, derived from algae which reduces wrinkles.

As most of the other products by True Botanicals, the Renew Pure Radiance Oil features results of a clinical trial done with it. This test saw 20 women between the ages 30 and 60 use the oil twice a day and after 45 days of continuous use, all 100% reported that their skin looked more glowy, the appearance of lines and wrinkled reduced and their skin felt less dry.

This product is one of the brand’s most popular but also one of the most expensive as 1 fl. oz. retails for $110.

Pure Radiance Oil Review

True Botanicals Pure Radiance Sugar Exfoliating Body Scrub Review

True Botanicals doesn’t only cater for the face, it takes the whole body into account. Another bestseller of the brand is its Pure Radiance Sugar Exfoliating Body Scrub that both exfoliates the body’s skin, making it smoother, and moisturises it, leaving it glowing.

Unlike other physical scrubs using ingredients such as coffee grounds, walnuts or apricot kernels which can result in micro tearing in the skin due to the unevenness of the scrub, this scrub is safe for the skin barrier as sugar, here also mixed with finely milled sandalwood powder, is evenly sized, has smooth edges and since it gradually dissolves in water, it is gentle. These two exfoliating agents are joined by kaolin clay which draws out any impurities from the skin, along with glycerin and nourishing jojoba, hemp seed and camellia oils for hydration and moisture delivery.

The scrub also offers an aromatherapy experience with a blend of orange peel, sandalwood and cedarwood essential oils reminiscent of a fresh forest in the summer.

This product is much more affordable for most as a jar of 8 oz. sells for $38.

True Botanicals Pure Radiance Sugar Exfoliating Body Scrub Review

True Botanicals Renew Nourishing Cleanser Review

One of the founder’s personal favorite products, as well as Laura Dern’s, is the bestselling Renew Nourishing Cleanser retailing for $48 for a 3.9 fl. oz. bottle. And it is an award-winning at that, named the best cream cleanser of 2021 by Byrdie which organizes yearly Eco Beauty Awards since 2017. Just like with the Pure Radiance Oil, the brand’s Clear line also includes a version of the Nourishing Cleanser but the one from the Renew collection is the most popular.

This gentle cleanser has a cream texture which doesn’t lather as it doesn’t contain any sulphates and is best suited for people with normal to dry skin. It washes away any dirt, excess oil, impurities and makeup and leaves the skin fresh and clean without it feeling tight or stripped of its natural moisture. The cleanser uses nourishing ingredients and antioxidants such as aloe vera, green tea, camellia seed oil and glycerin to achieve this result.

The one downside of this product is that it is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women without explaining why. And since the brand claims it is free from anything that could harm the health of any human, we are slightly baffled by this.

Nourishing Cleanser Review

True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask Review

Powered by lactic acid, this exfoliating mask aims to do in 5 minutes what a facial does in an hour. Lactic acid is an AHA (Alpha-Hydroxy Acid) exfoliant and an anti-ageing agent best suited for people with normal to dry skin. It stimulates cell renewal which helps to smooth lines, fade hyperpigmentation, even out skin tone and texture and unclog pores by removing dead skin cells. After this process, it reveals a renewed smoother and glowing skin.

To nourish the skin, as well as exfoliate, the mask contains rich avocado butter full of fatty acids and vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E. For a more youthful looking skin, astaxanthin is again included to improve skin texture and reduce lines and wrinkles.

Massage the mask into cleansed dry skin and leave for no longer than 5 minutes. Then rinse or remove with a wet cloth. Follow with True Botanicals’ face oil or a moisturizer.

This mask costs $65 for a 1.01 fl. oz. jar.

Moisture Mask

True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster Review

Vitamin C boasts many benefits for the skin including being an antioxidant, fighting free radicals, brightening the skin, evening out skin tone and fading dark spots. However, this miracle ingredient is infamous for its instability. A vitamin C serum in a liquid form can easily and quite quickly go off. It is the skincare formulators worst nightmare.

That is why True Botanicals chose to make its Vitamin C Booster, a favorite of all the aforementioned celebrities including the founder retailing for $90 for a 0.49 oz. bottle, in a powder form which is stable and you activate it only when you’re actually using it. The booster also includes ferulic acid which complements vitamin C and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and spots. The brand recommends to mix 1-2 shakes of the powder with a water-based serum or water-based moisturizer of your choice and spreading it across the whole face and neck.

Vitamin C Booster

True Botanicals Nutrient Toner Review

True Botanicals’ only toner, the Nutrient Toner, is part of the Clear line and is designed for oily and breakout-prone skin, selling for $48 for 4 fl. oz.

The way this product is marketed is that while other toners are drying and stripping, this one will leave the skin hydrated and nourished. But that is not necessarily true. Toner often get a bad rep as very old-fashioned perhaps could have been stripping due to the presence of alcohol in the formulas, however, pretty much all modern toners are formulated without alcohol and their primary goal is to make the skin feel hydrated and refreshed and prepare it to soak up all the moisture from any other following treatments and moisturizer.

This toner does just that while also balancing oily skin with olive leaf and gently exfoliating willow bark extracts and sandalwood hydrosol which is a natural disinfectant and astringent.

This toner too is not recommended for women that are pregnant or breastfeeding without going into detail as to why.

Nutrient Toner

True Botanicals Customers Reviews

When looking at the brand’s website and the hundreds, sometimes thousands, of comments under every product, the customer feedback is mixed. While the majority loves the products, with most scoring a rating of 4.5/5 on average, other customers have experienced bad reactions and sensitivities to the formulas. And while this is normal when it comes to products from any brand, most brands don’t claim their products are hypoallergenic and free from anything that could harm anyone. Those kind of statements are slightly problematic. Another common complaint tends to be focused on the often overwhelmingly strong scents of the products. Some customers don’t like the particular scent, while others just find them too overpowering. And unfortunately, True Botanicals doesn’t offer any fragrance-free options. Here is a taste of some of the customer reviews of True Botanicals skincare:

“I’ve finished my first bottle. Doesn’t do anything. My skin is the same. It also is not moisturizing. After applying, my skin still feels dry. I also feel itchy in some areas after applying (forehead and chin). I never felt itchy with any other product before (commercial or natural/organic). Lastly, if you are sensitive to smell, note that this does have a jasmine scent. I did ask about the scent before buying. They weren’t clear in their response. So I thought I’d give it a try anyway. I wanted to love it. But I just don’t. There are other all natural/organic oils out there for less (that actually hydrate and don’t have a strong scent).”

“This is magic on a bottle! I just LOVE it! My dark spots are disappearing just after a week of using it!!! You can see almost instantly how your pores look smoother!”

“Absolutely love how gentle the cleanser is, no harsh ingredients, my face feels soft and smooth and doesn’t look dry or tight. I really don’t like the scent, I would love and would purchase again if it was unscented. As of now, because of the scent it will be a one time purchase.”

Botanicals Customers Reviews

How to Sign Up for True Botanicals

True Botanicals offers a subscription membership which anyone can subscribe to. By signing up for the subscription, you save 15% on every shipment and you get shipping for free. Members also receive free gifts in the form of deluxe skincare samples and early access to sales. The subscription can be cancelled anytime, delivery scheduling can be changed and one-time products you want to try can be added.

Go to the Subscribe tab on the top of the company’s website or choose the Subscribe option on any product page to repeatedly receive your True Botanicals must-haves. Choose your frequency which is totally up to you but the site gives you suggestions if you’re not sure.

Where to Buy True Botanicals

True Botanicals is available through the brand’s website and at Nordstrom, both on its website and selected physical stores across the US. Use the Store Locator tool on the True Botanicals site to find your nearest store.

Where to Buy True Botanicals

True Botanicals Shipping and Return Policy

True Botanicals ships across the US and internationally to several (not all) countries across Europe, Middle East, Asia, South America and Africa, as well as Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The brand offers free shipping on all domestic orders over $40 and on international orders if it is a subscription or over $150. All subscription shipping is free of charge.

Returns

True Botanicals operates under a 30-day return policy which includes international orders, guaranteeing a return in the form of a store credit or a full refund if you’re not happy with your product.

True Botanicals Promotions & Discounts

True Botanicals often offers discounts and promotions on its products. At the moment, anyone that places an order over $100 will receive a free mini Clear Nutrient Toner.

Contact True Botanicals

If you have any additional questions which were not answered in this thorough True Botanicals skincare review, feel free to contact the brand directly via:

  • Contact form on the company’s website
  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
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Where to Buy True Botanicals

True Botanicals: Editors Verdict

Now to the one million dollar question – is this brand worth it? In many ways, we are torn. On one hand, the brand sounds super pure with its sustainable ethically-sourced natural ingredients of the highest quality, toxin-free formulas, vegan and cruelty-free certifications and backing by independent research and clinical trials. On the other hand, we have high price points – however, we can excuse those as the brand is very forward in labeling itself luxury and due to the high quality of the ingredients – with overpowering fragrance and the absence of fragrance-free options (yet fragrance and essential oils are known skin irritants), some problematic claims like labeling itself as ‘hypoallergenic’ and then customers breaking out in rashes and hives, or ‘safe’ and ‘toxin-free’, yet some products are for some reason not suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women. In conclusion, weighing everything out, we believe that if you are into the clean beauty movement, can afford the brand, don’t have sensitivity to fragrance and essential oils and you enjoy strong scents, this brand might just work super well for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are True Botanicals products cruelty-free?

Yes, True Botanicals is vegan and cruelty-free, certified by Leaping Bunny and PETA.

Does True Botanicals work for acne?

Yes, True Botanicals has a whole line called Clear dedicated acne-prone and oily skin.

What True Botanicals products are recommended for use during pregnancy?

Yes, the brand has a category in its shop section dedicated to pregnancy skincare.