Review: Biossance revitalizer oil

I change my skincare routine pretty often. Whether it's a seasonal change or a long flight, I love trying out new skincare products and customizing my regimen according to my dynamic lifestyle.

If you're following my Snapchat (find me on @kohkim!) or Instagram stories, you'll catch a glimpse of what skincare products I'm using. I've discovered the Biossance Revitalizer Oil through Chriselle Lim's blog. She raved about it so much that I decided to test it out. 

Biossance skincare was started by Amyris, a biotech company started by a group of UC Berkeley scientists who sought to use biotechnology for the good of the world. Beauty companies have sought out squalane, an optimized version of our body's natural moisture molecule. Unfortunately, squalane has been harvested from unreliable and unsustainable sources like shark liver and olives. Scientists from Amyris created a version of squalane from sugarcane. Biossance skincare delivers a "no compromise" standard and excludes 2000+ banned ingredients (exceeding US's 11 and EU's 1300+).

The Biossance Revitalizer is a head-to-toe 100% plant-derived moisturizer that's non-toxic, fragrance-free, paraben free, phthalate free, mineral oil-free, non-comedogenic, and hypoallergenic. This all over moisturizer is perfect for your face, your hands, and everything in between. As someone on the go, I try to pack as lightly as possible without compromising on my skincare. I find multi-purpose products like this very compelling for my lifestyle. In addition, I'm very conscious about what I put on and in my body, so I'm always on the lookout for eco-friendly skincare products that can be just as effective. 

Performance: 5/5

After using this for two weeks, there is a definite improvement in how smooth my skin was, especially in rough patches around my elbows and knees. Compared to extra virgin coconut oil,  my usual multi-purpose miracle oil of choice, my skin retained hydration longer with some improvements to my skin texture. This also applied to my hair, since my thick hair tends to dry out very quickly, especially under the summer heat. The Revitalizer is also non-comedogenic, so it won't clog your pores. For those with small pores like me, this is a huge plus.

Ease-of-use: 4/5

This is a true multi-purpose product. I can use this on my face, body and hair. After showers, I use a few pumps to moisturize rough patches on my skin. I use this as a facial moisturizer in the morning and evening. Since it's an oil, I can use this as a makeup remover or for shaving. I found it to be a great hair serum to tame flyaways, reduce frizz and add shine. It doesn't turn into a solid like coconut oil, but my skin absorbs the Revitalizer faster. It doesn't feel as greasy either.

My only gripe is the packaging. Although the 50 ml volume is well below the liquid limits for carry-on baggage, it is packaged in a fat, teardrop-shaped glass bottle. This peculiar shape takes up quite a bit of room in your toiletries bag. The pump is made of plastic, so it can take a little effort to pump the oil without slipping out of your hands. I also have a tendency to lose the small, clear cap that covers the pump. 

Eco-friendly: 5/5 (probably above 5+)

The Revitalizer ruined the curve for most skincare products on the market. The only one I can think of that comes close is Primera (Korean organic/natural skincare brand). The company participates in the Environmental Working Group (EWG) program, and the product is EWG verified. As a plant-based product derived from sugarcane, it is a highly sustainable and effective product.

Value: 4/5

At first, $58 for 50 ml seem a little pricey, especially compared to other non-comedogenic oils like shea butter or argan oil. However, this product is multi-purpose and combines my body moisturizer, facial moisturizer, hair serum, makeup remover, and pre/after-shave. Those 5 products alone probably would've added up to the same price, and it would take a lot more room in my luggage.

Recommendation: Yes

I do recommend this product if you're looking for a high-performance multi-purpose product. My face and body feels hydrated despite long hours on flights and rapidly changing climates. Although I brought other creams and moisturizers on my trip, I found that I never really had to touch them. Even though it's $58, I found its performance to be on par with products prestige and luxury brands like Sunday Riley, Tatcha and RMS Beauty that have much higher price points.