GLOW RECIPE – Every Skincare Product Reviewed
hi everyone in this video we’re going to look at the skincare company glow recipe and i’m going to go through every single product that is available through sephora and give you my thoughts on whether it is a good skincare product or not based on the ingredients this is per viewers request so if you have any other brands that you would like me to review please make sure you list them in the comment section below so this is going to be an ingredients review that means that we’re going to go through the ingredients of every single product i’m going to flag for you for the problematic ingredients and the good ingredients and then give you my opinion overall as to whether that is a product that you might want to invest your money in this is something i encourage all my viewers do every time before they invest a dime in any skin care product because you shouldn’t just be going off of these skincare companies claims about what the product does when you have the ingredients right there in front of you that you can analyze first please subscribe by hitting that red subscribe button you can also follow beauty on instagram and if you missed the last video i will link that in the upper right hand corner for you to check out all right let’s dive in to glow recipe i believe this is a korean beauty skincare brand it is available through sephora i will put links in the description box below to where you can find it if you want to buy any of these products after watching this video as well as a link to rakuten because if you’re spending money online you may as well be getting cash back so you may as well sign up for accutane so i’m going to focus on the products that are available through sephora since that practically speaking is where most of you will purchase from but before we go to the products themselves let’s look at what the brand says about itself if you go to glow recipes website it says that they are a natural fruit powered skin care brand now they’re also cruelty free which is great but by now hopefully we know that something being natural does not make it better it doesn’t make it safer it doesn’t make it more effective there are tons of natural ingredients that are horrible for your skin or dangerous to your skin and there are tons of synthetic chemicals even though literally everything is a chemical are non-natural ingredients that are fabulous for your skin if you scroll down under the we believe section it says that they believe skin care should be fun which we can see reflected in the bright coloring of their packaging and their products they also claim that innovative ingredients are their thing we will see that when we go over the products scrolling down further under the r products section they claim that the products are easy to use hybrids which is great it’s always nice to not have just a one note product and it seems like the focus is to get that natural glow and lit from within effect from their products it says that their ingredients are clean we also know similar to the natural claim that that doesn’t really mean anything it doesn’t mean things are good or bad and they’re also cruelty free free of parabens sulfates and phthalates among others parabens have so much misinformation out there about them they are not bad they don’t make a skin care product dangerous or worse but it is something that quote-unquote natural skin care companies latch onto as a positive for their brands all right let’s move on to looking at the ingredients for each product first i’ll say that most of the products look like they are in the 30 to 40 dollar range so this is a mid-range skincare company sort of almost approaching upper range but definitely not the most expensive or luxury level now they do have one lip pop item which i don’t really consider skincare but we’re going to go over the rest starting with their newest product which is the papaya sorbet smoothing enzyme cleansing balm which retails for 32 dollars and for that price you’re going to get 3.
4 ounces and if you see me looking down i’m just looking at my laptop for the information so basically when you look at the ingredients it is full of emollient or oil-based ingredients which makes sense since this is a cleansing balm so in that category you have the very first ingredient you also have the apricot kernel oil papaya seed oil and you also have a lot of fruit extracts which sometimes are really good because many of them are antioxidants but sometimes you can run into problems with them being fragrant and irritating the very first fruit extract we see is papaya fruit extract now this particular extract does have potential to have an exfoliating effect on the skin but it can also be a skin sensitizer since it is a cleansing balm it is not on your skin for as long as say something like a moisturizer but it is in contact with your skin for longer than just a normal cleanser and cleansing balms are things that we tend to not only leave on the skin for longer but also really work into the skin and in particular in the eye area to break up the makeup that is on your eyes so just be aware of the potential sensitizing effect and be cognizant of the fact that it may cause some irritation to you along the same veins the next ingredient is papayan which itself also can be known as a skin sensitizer it is a papaya latex ingredient so again be aware of that conversely the next up fruit extracts like blueberry and strawberry are not known to be sensitizing they are great plant extracts and they are antioxidants they can help the skin eradicate damage or fight damage and strawberry fruit extract is also a source of vitamin c for the skin now again this cuts both ways because a cleansing bomb is not a leave-on product so the beneficial effects of these ingredients don’t have a long time to have an effect on the skin the ingredient that concerns me the most is the capsicum anim fruit extract that may sound like something you may be more familiar with which is capsaicin something that is derived from peppers and is associated with how hot or spicy something is and capsicum is definitely a skin irritant it is not something that we want in contact with our skin now this is the fruit extract so it may be less potent since it’s not the actual or it sounds like it’s not the actual straight form of capsicum but nevertheless that is very concerning to me and i wouldn’t really want to have that rubbed all over my face so at the end of the day do i think this is the worst and most fragrant and irritating cleansing balm on the market no there are tons of very fragrance packed and irritating cleansing balms that are available but at the same time especially for 32 dollars i don’t think that you need to risk it and buy this cleansing balm go with something that doesn’t have any fragrance with it my two favorite ones are from drug elephant and clinique’s cleansing balm on that note if you haven’t checked out my video where i review a ton of different cleansing balms head to head i go over the ingredients i test them to see how well they cleanse etc i will link that video in the upper right hand corner for you to check out the next product i’ve seen around and seems pretty popular so i’m excited to check it out that’s the watermelon glow pha plus bha por tight toner for 34 you get 150 milliliters which is the equivalent of about five fluid ounces now bha are probably familiar with salicylic acid it’s a chemical exfoliant oftentimes used to help reduce the size of pores combat blackheads and whiteheads pha is not as well known but it is a beautiful ingredient and one of my all-time favorite skincare toners is from the inky list that’s their pha toner which i think i mentioned in my favorite skincare products of 2019 video but in any case it is a more mild chemical exfoliant so if you’re someone who has tried out ahas which is the most typically glycolic acid if that is too severe for your skin and you just think it’s too too harsh definitely try pha it doesn’t penetrate as deep down into the layers as ahas but still gives you the benefits of the same kind of chemical exfoliation so right away we see some nice antioxidant type plant extracts for example cactus extract and watermelon fruit extract both of these are beneficial and non-fragrant plant extracts and then we have these nice humectants and hydrating ingredients for example glycerin and hyaluronic acid the next ingredient we have is the pha pha stands for polyhydroxy acid and gluconolactone is a pha so this is the exfoliating ingredient in the product and it’s nice to see it early in the ingredients list so you know that you’re getting a healthy amount of it next is sodium polyglutamate which is a nice humectant and skin conditioning ingredient that’s followed by the bha ingredient bha stands for beta hydroxy acid the ingredient bedine salicylate is abha and is a common alternative to salicylic acid which is the most commonly known bha so once again we have early in the ingredients list and back to back the two chemical exfoliants that are listed in the name of this product which is great and that’s followed by many other great plant extracts that have skin soothing capabilities for example the willow bark extract tea tree extract hibiscus flower extract cucumber fruit extract sugarcane extract and even licorice root extract which can also help with the evenness and brightness of the skin what i will say is that the last ingredient is fragrance or perfume and we all should know by now that fragrance is not good for your skin fragrance is not skin care it will never do something beneficial for your skin so you should always try to avoid fragrance in your skincare if at all possible now what i will say is that it is the very last ingredient in this product so we know that the least amount in terms of all the rest of the ingredients the least present is the fragrance or perfume but it’s really not necessary and this would have been such a good product if they had just left that out at the end of the day i can’t say i fully recommend this product because of the presence of irritating fragrance but is it the worst product out there absolutely not and it does have a bunch of other skin soothing agents it just becomes problematic when you combat the skin soothing agents with an irritating ingredient like fragrance the next product is the avocado melt retinol eye sleeping mask this retails for 42 dollars you get half an ounce now it says in the claims that this is encapsulated retinol now full disclosure i am not super familiar with this encapsulation technology most infamously this came up with naturium’s vitamin c products where the pha of the overall product is way outside of the range to have effective use and penetration of vitamin c but then the company claims that it’s the vitamin c is encapsulated so that it the vitamin c itself has a completely different ph from the overall product which just initially i’m skeptical about but i i can’t say whether that technology is effective and proven to actually work so i’m not going to speak on that part but what i will say otherwise is that you tend to want retinol-based products to not be in jar packaging where it’s exposed to a lot of air and light because that’s unstable so we start out with these hydrators and humectants like glycerin propanetial glycerol sterate you have the other good ingredients like avocado oil avocado fruit extract and great anti-agers like squalene and niacinamide aloe leaf coffee fruit extract hyaluronic acid so so far we’re doing really well in terms of substantiating the claims of this being hydrating and giving you antioxidant rich ingredients a little bit before we get to the halfway point in the ingredient deck you see the retinol by the way if you want to see the top retinol product recommendations that i have for you and i also do a rundown of what retinol is and whether or not it actually can be effective i’ll link that video in the upper right hand corner for you to check out so i’m continuing to go through the ingredients list and i don’t see anything that really concerns me until i get to lavender flower extract this is a plant extract that is fragrant and known to be irritating to the skin that in combination with the very last ingredient which is a flavor or aroma that’s just another word for fragrance or perfume so we have at least two fragrant components in this product once again the lavender is after the halfway point and the fragrance is listed at the very end so it’s not like it’s chock-full of those ingredients but they still can be problematic just even having one listed ingredient being fragrant as a component is not good for your skin that combined with the fact that this comes in a jar as opposed to a tube or a pump bottle i think you can do a lot better with a retinol product that is suitable around the eyes that you could use next up is the watermelon plus aha glow sleeping mask this one is 45 but you would get 2.
7 ounces of product aha like i mentioned before is an alpha hydroxy acid the most common of which is glycolic acid and when you look at the ingredients right away you get those hydrators and humectants for example sodium hyaluronate and glycerin and we have other great antioxidant plant extracts for example seaweed extract watermelon fruit like we saw before and you get the glycolic acid which is the aha pretty early on in the ingredients list in addition to that they’ve also included lactic acid and then we returned to some more good plant extracts for example pumpkin fruit extract pomegranate fruit extract banana fruit extract which i very rarely see in skincare products and looking it up it looks like it technically is an antioxidant but is a much weaker antioxidant compared to other plant extracts now unfortunately i seem to be seeing a pattern here because although it’s front loaded with good ingredients at the end glow recipe throws in problematic ingredients and in this case we not only have fragrance listed at the very end but before that we have alcohol and especially when you put those two in combination with each other alcohol can increase the penetration of the other ingredients in the product so when those other ingredients include problematic irritating ingredients like fragrance it can just be kind of a double whammy so this does pose a problem for your skin and once again given the price point given the fact that there are many other aha based products out on the market i can’t really say that i recommend this one even though it’s not the worst one out there next up is the watermelon pink juice oil free moisturizer this is 39 dollars for two ounces again we’re front loaded with these good plant extracts like watermelon fruit glycerin and olive based ingredients and they’ve also thrown in some licorice root extract the jasmine flower wax concerns me a little bit because jasmine oil the jasmine plant is quite fragrant and therefore irritating for the skin and of course at the very end they’ve also added in that fragrance so pretty much the same comments that i’ve had as before with the other products the next product is the blueberry bounce gentle cleanser this is 34.
for 5.41 ounces it says that this is supposed to be a gentle cleanser and makeup remover and that they’ve packed it full of antioxidant rich blueberries hyaluronic acid and gentle ahas and true to those claims the second ingredient is the cocoa glucoside which is the cleansing agent i don’t know that it’s known to be particularly gentle but at the same time it’s not known to be one of the more harsh and stripping agents so that’s good and we have good plant-based fruit-based antioxidant type ingredients like the seaweed blueberry raspberry and again licorice root extract in terms of the ahas they have included glycolic acid and lactic acid and of course ended the ingredients list with fragrance now this is a cleanse-off product so even less than the cleansing balm it shouldn’t be in contact with your skin for too long that cuts both ways in terms of the good ingredients and the not so good ingredients so the fragrance because it’s listed at the very end and this is a wash off product i’m not too concerned about it posing as much of a risk to your skin and causing an allergic reaction the flip side of that is that the good ingredients in this product like the glycolic acid and all of the antioxidant rich plant-based extracts also don’t have time to really have a noticeable effect on your skin so that like i said cuts both ways but at the end of the day the fragrance that is present in this product is small and concerns me the least given the small amount of time the cleanser will be in contact with your skin next up we have the watermelon glow ultra fine mist for 28 you will get 2.
53 ounces it says this is 84 watermelon hyaluronic acid and hibiscus to help refresh the skin and enhance makeup and we do start out with those watermelon based ingredients in addition the rice germ oil can help hydrate the skin we’ve also included toward the middle of the ingredients list the hyaluronic acid centella asiatica extract now concerns me a little bit that there’s apple cider vinegar in here which can be irritating and drying to your skin it is being diluted with all the other ingredients in the product but i don’t think the benefits of that ingredient outweigh the potential irritation that you can get from putting apple cider vinegar on your skin and say it with me the ingredients list is rounded out by fragrance obviously if you’re spraying this onto your skin before makeup it may pose a greater risk at having closer contact with your skin although i think for the most part ingredients penetrate your skin pretty much equally unless you have like a layer of petroleum jelly protecting your skin but it could pose less maybe potential irritation if you’re spritzing it over makeup but at the end of the day let’s just let’s not spray perfume on our face next up we have the pineapple c brightening serum for 49 you get one ounce of product so this is supposed to contain both the vitamin c and aha in combination with hyaluronic acid the very first ingredient is pineapple fruit extract which can serve as a weaker exfoliant but also has nice antioxidant properties there’s also ascorbic and lactic acid in the product in addition to sodium hyaluronate to help hydrate soothing agents like aloe and nice anti-aging ingredients like squalane but like with everything else that is mitigated by and made problematic by the addition of fragrance at the end of the ingredients list once again it is the least prevalent ingredient in the product but the flip side of that is that for 49 you can get a fantastic vitamin c serum that doesn’t have that potentially irritating ingredient in fact if you want to see my top recommendations for vitamin c skin care uh products the top ones are vastly more affordable than 49 and far superior in terms of the ingredient deck so go check that video out i’ll link in the upper right hand corner if you want to see far better alternatives all right getting down to the last few products next is the banana souffle moisture cream this is 39.
for 1.69 ounces this does come in jar packaging this contains hydrators and soothers for example glycerin jojoba seed oil banana water turmeric root extract some coconut based extracts and in addition it does contain a good amount of squalane which is great now for this product i see some more prevalent problematic ingredients for example the basil flour leaf extract which definitely can be irritating and a fragrant component and i sound like a broken record at this point but of course at the very end they’ve also in addition added fragrance or also known as flavor slash aroma so i definitely wouldn’t recommend this product given the price point the jar packaging which introduces instability to the ingredients in there that are good and in addition to the fragrance that has been added next up we have the avocado melt retinol sleeping face mask this retails for 49 and you get 2.
3 ounces just like with the other retinol product they claim that the retinol is encapsulated to help it kind of time release and be less irritating so we start out with hydrators and nourishers like glycerin avocado oil avocado fruit extract hyaluronic acid they’ve also included ginger root extract and other good skincare ingredients like squalane and camellia sinensis leaf extract the kaolin that you see kind of toward the beginning actually helps to combat like oiliness and in a sense even kind of dry out the skin so i guess that’s what gives this the mask nature of the product although the term and mask for this product is so strange and unnecessary and just a marketing thing because the instructions for this are to apply it before you go to sleep and then remove it in the morning that’s a nighttime moisturizer that’s not a mask in terms of the retinol you do find it but it is after the halfway point in the ingredients list it doesn’t list in terms of percentage how much retinol you’re getting in this product so it’s hard to say whether you’re getting a dose that will have visible results for you and despite the good ingredients you again have fragrant irritating components for example the lavender flower extract and in this case they’ve included flavor slash aroma not at the very end but they in addition to that at the very end have stated that they’ve added quote unquote natural fragrance and on this point i just want to emphasize that something being a natural fragrance versus a synthetic fragrance doesn’t make the fragrant less irritating to your skin or more safe for your skin so in this case we have at least three different fragrant components plus again the jar packaging with the retinol potentially making it just kind of pointless if it creates that instability um so i once again i wouldn’t really recommend this specific product and actually that was the last product in the line that’s available through sephora they do have one kind of set kit that has several products that we’ve already gone over in them and then they have mini versions of several of their products but in terms of full size items that are available at sephora that covers it overall you probably know what my consensus for the brand is that it has so much potential to not only be visually appealing i mean it looks so fun and just appealing to the eye with the bright colors and the packaging but they have eradicated or significantly disrupted the beneficial potential of the ingredients that they’ve included in pretty much every single one of their products by adding on top of it fragrance and in addition other ingredients that aren’t listed as fragrance but are fragrant ingredients so if glow recipes were just eliminate one ingredient from most of their products or maybe a couple ingredients in a couple of their products this would be such a brand that i i would absolutely get behind them but i really can’t give in the problematic nature of the fragrance that they have inserted into their products if you want to try out the cleanser i would say that’s the least problematic of the products in their lion but other than that you just have so many better alternatives and non-fragrant alternatives on the market so those are my thoughts about glow recipe please leave any suggestions or recommendations or requests in the comments below as well as any other thoughts that you may have about glow recipe i know a lot of people will love the brand and they will ignore the fact that it has fragrance it’s your skin it’s your life it’s your face if you want to do that then that’s your choice but at least do it knowing that you’re making a choice about subjecting your skin to irritating ingredients all right i hope you enjoyed please give a thumbs up if it was helpful to you and you enjoyed the video as always i appreciate you taking the time to watch and i’ll see you in the next one