Root Science BARE Serum

Oh hey Dana‘s back to tell us about a fancy face thing she got at that fancy store! Wooooo!

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Hello there follow-up post! The last time I referenced this purchase was in my Take Care shop highlight, and it has turned out not only to be a “like” but a “love” so I’m very excited to share the details with you today!

I knew when wandering around the shop that I would be hard pressed not to buy SOMETHING, as skin care is a love / hobby / necessity all rolled into one, and I am just not that strong. I smelled oils and face masks, sampled serums and mists, but ultimately — with the help of a very knowledgeable shop manager — I managed to decide on just one product to take home: Root Science’s BARE Serum.

Ingredients list from their website:

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Oil*, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil*, Psidium Guajava (Guava) Seed Oil*, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil*, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) CO2 Total Extract*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil*, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil*, Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil) Nut Oil*, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil*, Caryocar Braziliensis (Pequi) Fruit Oil*, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil*, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Nut Oil*, Calendula Officinalis CO2 Total Extract*, Amaranthus Caudatus (Amaranth) Seed Oil*, Non-GMO Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

*Certified Organic
**Naturally Sourced
Cruelty Free and Vegan

As a serum in oil, this product takes the place of two steps in my evening routine, replacing both my regular serum and the moisturizer that I had been using (I’ve found it’s a bit too heavy for my skin during the day). After letting my prescription retinol settle for a few minutes, I take 1-2 pumps from the opaque glass bottle, swipe it across the palms of both hands, and press it into the skin on my face and neck/décolletage.

There’s no added fragrance so I think the closest I can come to describing the smell of this light orange-colored oil is “earthy”? It’s not quite grass, wood, or dirt, but there’s something in there that just comes across as “deep” to me. It’s a thicker consistency, though from the picture you can see that it does have some movement to it, and after application it takes at least 5-10 minutes for it to be considered even partially absorbed. This leaves a nicely moisturized and almost “sealed in” feeling behind, but since I don’t wake up to any grease marks on my pillow it doesn’t bother me at all.

THE VERDICT : GOOD! Over the past few months of arctic tundra, it’s been a joy to use. I don’t wake up greasy but I feel like my skin — completely subjectively of course — just looks nice. I’m not going to say that $120 is affordable, but as it replaces two products in my routine I also don’t consider it completely ridiculously priced either. As I told a couple of friends recently, if you consider skincare a hobby/interest and would spend upwards of $50 on a serum alone, then I think this, or any of Root Science’s serum in oils, might be worth the investment. My biggest problem right now is forcing myself to stop using it enough to finish the things I already had in my bathroom!

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