Product Review: Naturopathica Oat Facial Polish with Sample Review of Plant Stem Cell Serum

Naturopathica Oat Facial Polish, 5oz., US$52.00
Naturopathica Oat Facial Polish, 5oz., US$52.00

Awhile ago, I was contacted by Naturopathica to sample their products. I asked for just a few pouches of Oat Facial Polish – facial scrubs being practically instantaneous and don’t require a month to test to review. To my surprise, I received a full size, US$52.00 Oat Facial Polish in the mail, along with a few small samples. It was more than generous of them since they could have given me just packets, or even the 2 oz. tube (US$20.00). Anyway, this is my very first sponsored review. Naturopathic did not ask me to only provide favorable feedback, so I will be as honest as I always have been.

If you have read my reviews, you probably know that I am pretty blunt. Just because I used to have a fondness for Asian brands, it didn’t mean I thought every Asian brand was superior to western brands. Each brand has its own star products; even with some of my favorite brands, I had given negative feedback in order to provide honest reviews. This will be no different.

Naturopathica is a holistic brand from the United States that uses natural (some certified organic) ingredients. I have never heard of them before, so when I was approached by their staff, I didn’t know what to think. Lately I had been approached by a few other ‘natural’ brands I have never heard of either, but this is the only brand that I felt comfortable enough to try out their products. Naturopathica is cruelty-free, nasties-free, and they list all their product ingredients on their website so I found that very refreshing to have this upfront, straightforward approach.

I had used several ‘natural’ brands available at my local grocers, such as Kiss My Face, Jason Naturals, Dessert Essence Organics, Avalon, etc., but while I appreciated having affordable natural products for my basic needs (e.g. shampoo, conditioner, body cream, etc.), I generally find that for my facial care, I needed something with higher concentration of the active ingredients. While I loved Kiss My Face’s shampoos and conditioners, I was disappointed with its body lotions, which take forever to apply because they don’t absorb, and go on very white on the skin. My higher end natural products had been REN, Aromatherapy Associates and John Masters Organics. I was curious how Naturopathica compares to these, or if it is just a more expensive version of Kiss My Face.

I tried out Naturopathica Oat Facial Polish the day I received it in the mail. When I opened it, the scent was very similar to John Masters Organics Green Tea & Rose Hydrating Face Serum, a fresh, natural herbal scent. Naturopathica doesn’t use synthetic fragrances, just like John Masters Organics, so the lovely aroma is from the ingredients.

The Oat Facial Polish is a very creamy but not thick texture, with soft jojoba wax beads. It was just like the Rose Exfoliating Cleanser from Aromatherapy Associates which uses jojoba beads, except this one smells like John Masters Organics Green Tea & Rose Hydrating Face Serum. The beads are very soft, and because it has a soft, non foaming cream base, I find that a pea-sized, as suggested, is enough for a large area. The beads are very soft, so they are not like Benefit Refined Face Polish that I had been using, which are a little more gritty and pumice-y.

After I washed it off, my skin was very hydrated,  more so than after using Benefit. However, if you are looking for more grits, you may not feel as polished as you would with something like Benefit Refined Face Polish.

This is very pleasant to use. The US$52.00 seems very expensive, but given how little you need each time, it will last you at least 6 months which is the recommended shelf life (once opened) of this product. It contains no parabens and other known nasties, and even though my skin is sensitive, I didn’t react to this product adversely at all.

Naturopathica Plant Stem Cell Serum
Naturopathica Plant Stem Cell Serum

I also tested out the Plant Stem Cell Serum (0.5 oz., US$48.00) included with my package. It is part of the Age Defense line and is ECOCERT-certified as an organic product. I was blown away by it – honestly, it’s the first and only product which doesn’t contain silicone that absorbs instantly and gives me a ‘lift’. The product doesn’t even claim to tighten your skin, and though my skin is not sagging, I felt the tightening effect right away! It also absorbs so well and fast, and leaves my skin very hydrated without the slightest bit of stickiness. Afterwards, whatever I put on over it, it absorbs better as well. I woke up with smoother skin the next day!

After testing out two of Naturopathica’s products, I found myself wanting to get a few from their website. This is leaps and bounds above the natural brands at your grocery stores. While Aromatherapy Associates smells great, I find that Naturopathica provides real results.

The Packaging:

I loved the apothecary feel to their classic blue bottles. It looks professional, yet simple. It’s not like the stuff that comes from your kitchen, but carries a zen-like feel to convey to the users. When you open the product, the fresh, natural herbal aroma envelopes you, which somehow goes well with the dark blue bottles. Most of them are glass bottles so they are fully recyclable.

Oat Facial Polish Ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) protein, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Wax Beads, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Populus Tremuloides (Aspen) Bark Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Chitin, Beta-Glutan, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Nardostachys Chinensis (Spikenard) Root Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheatgerm) Grain Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Phenethyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, P-Anisic Acid

Plant Stem Cell Serum Ingredients:

water/aqua/eau, sodium hyaluronate, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycerin, leuconostoc (radish) root ferment filtrate, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, Buddleja davidii meristem cell culture, Echinacea angustrifolia meristem cell culture, Rosa mosqueta (rosehip) seed oil, Aleurites moluccana (kendi) seed oil, Euterpe oleracea (acai) pulp oil, Punica granatum (pomegranate) seed extract, Sambucus canadensis (elder) flower extract, chitin, beta glucan, Citrus aurantium (neroli) flower oil, Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) flower oil, Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) flower/leaf oil, Anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile) flower oil, Tanacetum annuum (tanacetum annuum) flower oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Amorphophallus konjac root powder, pullulan, sclerotium gum, hydrogenated lecithin, p-anisic acid

A very pleasant surprise, I definitely will buy some of their other products, especially the Plant Stem Cell Serum!

Official website: Naturopathica products are made in the U.S.A.

Disclaimer: Though this is a sponsored review in which the company, Naturopathica, sent me products to review, I was under absolutely no obligation to provide positive feedback. Naturopathica did not tell me what to write or pressure me in any way to write good things. 

4 comments on Product Review: Naturopathica Oat Facial Polish with Sample Review of Plant Stem Cell Serum

  1. nami
    November 25, 2011 at 1:19 am (5 years ago)

    so many tempting posts joseibi…now you are making me to try this one coz am looking for a good product to firm my skin not blessed with a tight skin is thin…

    • Joseibi
      December 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm (5 years ago)

      Dear nami,

      If your skin is very thin, be careful with AHA/acidic peels. They will further thin out your skin. If your skin is pressure/friction-sensitive, you may want to try a very gentle soft peeling gel that won’t hurt your skin. This one is very gentle, no acid; but now that I know you are in India I don’t know where you can find this there. You can always get something similar – jojoba beads are very soft and non-abrasive so you can look for that in the scrub.

  2. nami
    January 21, 2012 at 11:29 pm (5 years ago)

    hi joseibi..have you heard of dis stuff called” Epidermix II”
    i have read great reviews about it on essential day spa and makeup alley..alot of success stories about this stuff..need your opinion

    • Joseibi
      February 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm (5 years ago)

      My apologies, I haven’t checked comments for over a month! 😛 I haven’t heard about Epidermix II, a lot of the products sold on essential day spa are spa or cosmoceutical brands, some I have tried but most I haven’t…


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