I’ve been testing the True Botanicals Basics Collection for a month, and I can unequivocally say, it performs!
Or, as True Botanicals puts it, the Basics Collection “maintains your skin’s health and radiance, while preventing signs of aging before you even start seeing them.”
Just How Basic Is It?
The Basics Collection isn’t a step down from the more expensive products made by True Botanicals. These four products stick to the same high standard.
But True Botanicals isn’t cheap. Worth it, yes. But not attainable for everyone. That’s why I was thrilled when they unveiled their Basics Collection.
For most people, the Basics Collection will likely be the best skin care they’ve ever used. Yes, it’s basic, but it’s not bare bones. It’s full of nutritive, skin-changing, pure ingredients. Ingredients like raspberry seed oil, hemp seed oil, chia seed oil, and sodium hyaluronate.
The biggest difference I’ve seen, when compared with other True Botanicals products, is that the products have a more neutral color. Some of the pricier ingredients True Botanicals uses have a rich red hue. By skipping those ingredients, these products in the Basics Collection generally have a more neutral, golden color.
The packaging is still dark-colored glass bottles, the gold standard for luxury skincare. No need to worry about cheap plastic packaging!
The Hydrating Cleanser ($32)
This natural facial cleanser nourishes and protects skin. It never strips or dries skin out.
This creamy cleanser isn’t fabulous at removing makeup, so I recommend removing makeup before using the Hydrating Cleanser with the Pre Cleanse Oil ($48) or these handy little wipes from RMS. Honestly, if you haven’t switched to a two-step cleansing process already, you’re missing out!
The base isn’t plain water, like most cleansers. Instead, True Botanicals uses green and white tea, which boosts the cleanser’s toning, soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Ingredients: organic green and white tea leaf extract, organic camellia tea seed oil, lactobacillus ferment, water, organic glycerin, sucrose cocoate, organic aloe, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, xanthan gum, lactobacillus, coconut fruit extract, Ecocert phenethyl alcohol, Ecocert ethylhexylglycerin, citric acid, bitter orange leaf/twig extract, ylang ylang flower oil, lavender oil, rose geranium flower oil, frankincense oil, bitter orange flower oil.
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Camellia (Tea) Oil helps refresh skin by breaking down the oil complex that binds dead skin cells together. In skincare, it’s remarkable how well oil combats oil.
The Hydrating Mist ($22)
This is an exceptional natural facial mist, outperforming similarly priced or even more expensive products.
The Hydrating Mist is $22 for a 2oz spray bottle. Find it here.
This Hydrating Mist also uses a nutrient-dense green and white tea base. It plumps and revives skin, and allows the Hydrating Serum and Hydrating Oil to work even better.
Ingredients: organic green and white tea leaf extract, organic aloe, bitter orange leaf/twig extract, ylang ylang flower oil, lavender oil, rose geranium flower oil, frankincense oil, bitter orange flower oil, Ecocert, phenethyl alcohol, Ecocert ethylhexylglycerin, sodium hydroxide.
As a humectant, aloe improves skin’s water retaining abilities and instantly gives tired, withered skin a plumped, hydrated look that lasts even when the mist dries.
Hydrating Oil ($38/$74)
The Hydrating Oil is $38 or $74, depending on the size of your bottle. Find it here.
Here’s why I’m obsessed with this oil:
- It absorbs into the skin like magic.
- It has never, ever broken me out. It actually seems to minimize my tendency towards acne. I even tested it in 112 degree weather in Palm Desert, and I finished the day without any skin congestion.
- It doesn’t enhance pores, even after a full day’s wear.
- I can adjust the amount used based on how dry or oily my skin is.
- The Hydrating Oil works well under my foundations, whether I’m using a liquid foundation or a powder one. It never causes the makeup to slide around or become patchy. And it doesn’t cause the makeup to wear off or transfer easier. Under makeup, this Hydrating Oil is probably superior to the other pricier True Botanicals oils. (But I still love the anti-aging power behind the Pure Radiance Oil, RENEW, especially for nighttime use.)
- A little goes a looooong way. I’ve been using a 1oz bottle for a month, and I’ve hardly used a third of it.
Ingredients: organic camellia tea seed oil, organic jojoba oil, hemp seed oil, organic avocado oil, chia seed oil, organic raspberry seed oil, tocopherol, bitter orange leaf/twig extract, ylang ylang flower oil, lavender oil, rose geranium flower oil, frankincense oil, bitter orange flower oil.
Hydrating Serum ($85)
There’s nothing basic about this serum. It’s simply one of the best daytime serums I’ve ever come across.
The Hydrating Serum creates dewy, smooth skin.
The Hydrating Serum is $85 for a 1oz pump bottle. Find it here.
It’s the product to reach for when you want skin to look its absolute best. It has a visual effect similar to that of a hydrating, collagen-plumping sheet mask.
The magic ingredient is the ultra low weight hyaluronic acid. Sodium hyaluronate holds 1000x its weight in water. It penetrates skin and provides long-lasting hydration.
Ingredients: organic green and white tea leaf extract, organic glycerin, organic tea seed oil, water, algae extract, seaweed, sodium hyaluronate, xanthan gum, citric acid, lavender oil, frankincense oil, phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin.
Sodium alginate is another remarkable ingredient, well-utilized in this serum. Derived from brown algae, it improves skin texture and softens skin.
Buy a Set to Save $$
This is the best way to try the Basics Collection. The savings are so good you’d be crazy to get them any other way!
Here are the three sets:
- Basics Duo, $96. Includes the Hydrating Cleanser and Hydrating Oil. Would normally cost $106 a la carte.
- Basics Trio, $116. Includes the Hydrating Cleanser, Hydrating Oil and Hydrating Mist. Would normally cost $128 individually.
- Basics Set, $192. Includes the full four-step regimen: the Hydrating Cleanser, Hydrating Oil, Hydrating Mist and the Hydrating Serum. These products would cost $213 individually.
These sets are so popular they keep selling out, but keep checking back!
When to Spring for Pricier Products from True Botanicals
- The Resurfacing Moisture Mask ($90)
- The Vitamin C Booster ($90)
- The Topical Marine Treatment ($375) — this price sounds insane, but you’ve got to see the difference it made in my skin in just 30 days.
- The Deep Repair Eye Serum ($90)
I’m pleased with how the Basics Collection affected my skin’s health and beauty.
My skin is calm, free of breakouts, feels soft and has a dewy—not greasy!—glow. These products alone don’t tackle my hyperpigmentation issues, but they’ve performed admirably considering how easily my skin freaks out.
The only change I’d make would be to work in the Vitamin C Booster for additional brightening benefits.
As a green beauty blogger, I have a never-ending list of products to test. It’s a fun chore, like vacuuming the house with roller-skates on.
So a product better be ahhh-mazing for me to continue using it beyond the testing period.
I’ll continue using the Hydrating Mist, Hydrating Serum, and Hydrating Oil. They’re absolutely incredible products that are as good as it gets. The only one I’m moving on from is the Hydrating Cleanser, because I feel like I need a deeper cleaning cleanser in the middle of summer. I’ll circle back to it once my skin gets dry in the winter cold.
The ingredients in all True Botanicals products adhere to a stratospherically high standard. But if you’re pregnant and looking to avoid potentially problematic natural ingredients, True Botanicals has you covered.
The Basics Collection is free of jasmine oil, carrot seed oil, black cumin seed oil and willow bark extract.
These products are part of my popular guide to natural skin care, Natural Skin Care: 99 Amazing Products to Transform Your Skin.
*This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.
**Products get makeovers too. Be sure to check if this product has been recently re-formulated before using it yourself.