Good Molecules Skincare Review | Can you get good quality under $20?

Hello everyone! This post has been a long time coming. Back in September Good Molecules at Beautylish contacted me about testing some of their skincare products. I shared everything that was send over in my Good Molecules Brand Spotlight blog post, with a promise of full reviews on all the products.

Well my friends, that day is today! It took me longer than usual to get to all these reviews because as many of you know I traveled a lot in the last quarter of 2019. I wasn’t able to take my full skincare collection with me of the plane. After returning from Hawaii in December I started reincorporated my Good Molecules products into my routine. Now I’m ready to share my thoughts!

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Good Molecules Flash Reviews

About Good Molecules

The idea behind Good Molecules is simple: skincare that works at a fair price. Founded by a team of beauty industry veterans, Good Molecules creates skincare solutions with best-in-class ingredients, backed by research and formulated for effectiveness. By working directly with top labs, Good Molecules offers products that target skin issues—like acne, redness, and hyperpigmentation—without the traditional retail markup. See a difference in your skin, starting at just $6.

I’ve been very impressed with Good Molecules so far. Their price points are affordable and in my experience the products actually work! I’ve had some really negative experiences with skincare brands promising miracles for only a few dollars, but I am happy to report that Good Molecules is the real deal.

The Good Molecules product range includes facial oils, serums, a toner, a silicone free primer and a cleansing balm.

Their website is nice and condensed so you don’t need to spend hours searching through confusing scientific jargon. When I try to choose products from Deciem’s The Ordinary I get absolutely lost trying to figure out what all the products do, so I love that Good Molecules simplifies it for us regular people. 

Cruelty Free: I reached out to Good Molecules about their cruelty free status. They told me that all their products are vegan and not tested on animals but they are still working on obtaining their official cruelty free status.

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The Product Reviews

I have been testing out five different products from Good Molecules: The Instant Cleansing Balm, Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Ultra Hydrating Facial Oil, Squalane Oil and silicone free priming moisturizer. Here’s my take on the products…

Good Molecules Instant Cleansing Balm – $15USD, 2.5oz

Formulated with sea buckthorn oil, camellia oil, and shea butter, this cleansing balm melts on contact with skin to dissolve makeup, dirt, environmental pollutants, and other impurities. Instant Cleansing Balm rinses away with just water, leaving skin comfortably clean—not tight, dry, or stripped.

My thoughts on the Good Molecules Instant Cleansing Balm haven’t changed a bit from my original first impressions. I’m honestly not a fan of cleansing balms in general, I always manage to get them in my eyes and they make my eyesight blurry while I try to flush my eyes out.

I’ve tried a lot of different cleansing balms like the Clinique Take the Day Off balm ($30 for 3.8 oz) and the Farmacy Green Clean ($38 for 3.4 oz) and I have to say that the Good Molecules Cleansing Balm is my favourite. It performs at the very least the same as the other two for a fraction of the price.

Key Ingredients:

  • Sea Buckthorn Oil
  • Camelia Oil
  • Shea Butter

Instant Cleansing Balm

Good Molecules has simplistic, clean packaging. I adore the look of their products! Their instant cleansing balm comes in a cute pink container. It has a plastic insert with a space for the spatula, so it’s easy to store and keep the spatula clean.

Good Molecules Instant Cleansing Balm


The Good Molecules Instant Cleansing Balm performs exactly as promised. You only need a small amount to remove your makeup for the day, and it rinses off easily with water. Some cleansing balms leave my skin with a greasy film afterwards but this one completely rinses away. My skin feels clean and hydrated after each use.

The Instant Cleansing Balm doesn’t always remove all of my eye makeup, for example waterproof eyeliner and mascara need an actual waterproof makeup remover. I usually go in with a little bit of micellar water after using the balm and it takes care of anything that’s left over.

This balm is lovely for dry skin types, especially during the winter. If you struggle to find cleansers that don’t leave your skin tight and dry this cleansing balm is perfect! As I said, I do prefer a liquid or cream cleanser, but this balm performs just as well as the more expensive cleansing balm that I’ve tried.

Good Molecules Hyaluronic Acid

Good Molecules Hyaluronic Acid Serum $6USD, 1oz

Replenish your skin’s moisture content with Hyaluronic Acid Serum from Good Molecules. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, this water-light serum draws moisture to the skin for long-lasting hydration. With just one use, skin appears smooth, supple, and well-hydrated.

Hyaluronic acid is a front-runner in my skincare routine. I always use a moisturizer containing HA, and I quickly notice a difference in the appearance of dry patches on my cheeks if I don’t. I’ve been testing out the Good Molecules Silicone Free Priming Moisturizer this winter, and I’ve really enjoyed the combo of that product with this serum.

Good Molecules Hyaluronic Acid Serum

The Good Molecules Hyaluronic Acid Serum comes in a frosted glass bottle with a dropper. How beautiful is that bottle!? I would expect a plastic bottle for a serum that only costs $6. The glass really elevates the packaging in my opinion!


This HA is on the thicker side, so I like to apply it last in my daily serum cocktail. I’ve paired it products from the Pixi Vitamin C Line, as well as my Glossier Super Pure Niacinamide serum. I’ve had good results with both combinations.

When I wrote my first impressions of these products I mentioned that this HA was pilling when used with my The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension. This seems to be happening only with that specific product, so I no longer consider the pilling issue to be this serum’s fault.

I don’t generally use this HA if I’m wearing my regular daily moisturizer, Neutrogena Hydro Boost, just because it already contains hyaluronic acid. If I’m using something different, like the silicone free moisturizer from Good Molecules, then I make sure to incorporate it into my routine so my skin stays hydrated throughout the day.

Good Molecules Squalane Oil

Good Molecules Squalane Oil $8USD, 0.44oz

Treat dry, dehydrated skin to a boost of weightless moisture. Good Molecules Squalane Oil is made with 100% plant-derived squalane to soften and seal in moisture for a healthy, hydrated complexion.

According to Good Molecules: “Squalane is an emollient found naturally in healthy skin” meaning it should be excellent for keeping your skin nourished & hydrated.

This glass tinted bottle is small, but it usually takes me forever to finish a face oil so I don’t mind the smaller size. I’m guilty of using products way past their expiry date so this size is much more manageable to me. I love that it features a dropper. Face oils without droppers are awful (*cough* Fourth Ray Beauty, *cough*)

Good Molecules Squalane Oil


True to the claims the Good Molecules Squalane Oil is fairly lightweight on the skin. If I’m using a face oil I generally don’t layer a lot of serums underneath. It’s just too much for my skin. Even with this lighter formula I don’t like having too many layers on my face! This oil is very emollient and moisturizing, even with the lighter formula and it sinks in quickly.

I love layering the Good Molecules Squalane Oil with my foundation. It creates a dewy glow which is hard to find in the winter, especially in Alberta!

Thankfully I haven’t discovered any break outs while using this Squalane and it actually absorbs instead of sitting on top of the skin. This is something that I would consider repurchasing from Beautylish in the future.

Ultra Hydrating Face Oil Good Molecules

Ultra-Hydrating Facial Oil $10USD, 0.44oz

Hydrate, nourish, and protect your skin with Ultra-Hydrating Facial Oil from Good Molecules. Formulated for all skin types, this lightweight blend of camellia oil and sea buckthorn oil relieves dryness and dehydration, leaving you with a smooth, dewy glow.

The Ultra-Hydrating Facial Oil from Good Molecules retails for $10USD and contains 0.44fl oz of product. It contains anti-oxidant rich Camelia Oil to protect from free-radicals and Sea Buckthorn Oil to nourish the skin and maintain your skin’s moisture barrier. Sea Buckthorn Oil adds a yellow tint to the product so they recommend to only use this oil at night.

The packaging is similar to the Squalane oil and features a tinted glass dropper bottle. Give me all the glass dropper bottles!

Ultra Hydrating Facial Oil


The Good Molecules Ultra-Hydrating Facial oil feels extra luxurious on my skin. Even though it’s thicker than the squalane oil it still absorbs quickly. My skin always looks plump & glowing the morning after applying!

I noticed the yellow tint on my skin after applying, but if you wear foundation daily you could probably cover it up. It was easier for me to just wear it at night.

With daily use I started to experience break outs, so I scaled back my usage to once or twice a week. Between the Squalane and Ultra-Hydrating oil I recommend the squalane oil. It didn’t cause any blemishes or breakouts. Keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different, and these are just my experiences with the products.

Good Molecules Brand Spotlight

What’s your experience with Good Molecules?

I am happy to report that my initial impressions of these products were spot on. I love everything except for the Ultra-Hydrating oil because I broke out after using it after a few consecutive days. Other than that I give these products an A+! It’s rare to find skincare at a good price that actually works.

Make sure to subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss my review of the Good Molecules Silicone Free Primer! You can also find me on instagram 😉 Thanks for reading x

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  1. January 31, 2020 / 5:26 pm

    Wow, cannot believe how affordable these products are. The cleansing balm sounds nice, I’ve still never tried one but count me in for anything that keeps me hydrated. The packaging really is gorgeous & I’m glad you got your dropper bottles. 😊 I also have a bad habit of using things past the expiry date, too!

    Ah, it’s too bad about the oil causing breakouts but thank you for your honesty! Always enjoy reading your reviews, Cleia! ♡

    • February 8, 2020 / 8:37 pm

      I’ve been needing it lately, my skin is so dry!

      I was pretty sad about that, I think breakouts are even worse just because of how dry my skin is. They take forever to heal. But at least Good Molecules have other oils that worked for me better. Thanks for reading Hunida! x

  2. January 24, 2020 / 8:42 pm

    Will definitely need to be checking out these products then! Who doesn’t love high-performing skincare at insanely affordable prices?!

    • January 30, 2020 / 1:38 am

      Exactly! Now I can’t speak to long term anti ageing (that would take months to years of testing) but in the shorter term I have really enjoyed these products x

      • January 31, 2020 / 9:02 am

        Yea skincare is much harder to gauge than makeup, for sure. It needs so much more time to really consider and see results, if any.

  3. January 24, 2020 / 7:41 am

    After you talked about receiving these products, I was excited to see how you were going to get on with them. I’m really interested in the HA & Squalane serums! I have a HA serum from Fourth Ray, and I’m honestly not impressed. I feel like it doesn’t really hydrate my skin that well! It could be cause I have super dry skin in the winter, but I just know that I’ve tried better things. I’m definitely going to look into these two products, great post! xxx

    Melina |

    • January 30, 2020 / 1:42 am

      I do really like their HA but My favourite HA product is still the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizer. I swear by it! I’ve ran out and have been using some moisturizer minis I’ve accumulated and my skin is just not the same lol. It’s nice to be able to add some Hyaluronic Acid to my routine with a serum/booster like this.
      It’s too bad the fourth ray beauty serum didn’t work for you, I was hoping their HA would be good 🙁 Oh well!

      • February 8, 2020 / 9:42 am

        I’m definitely going to try that out! I recently got sent one and so I’m going to use theirs for a little while, and hope it’s better than the one from Fourth Ray Beauty! After I get rid of both of those, I’m definitely going to look into the Neutrogena one for sure! Thanks for the recommendation Cleia xx

        • February 9, 2020 / 1:51 am

          I hope you like it better!! I got an email notification for your Rainfall serum review so I’m off to read that now x

  4. January 23, 2020 / 7:22 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed these products! It doesn’t hurt that the packaging is cute. I didn’t get the cleansing balm from them, but I think I would like to try it when I run out of my current stash! It’s so interesting that you could see the yellow tint of the ultra-hydrating facial oil. It’s definitely very yellow tinged, but it doesn’t show up on my skin tone. I completely agree with you though, I think I like their lighter oils just a tad more. Those oils look tiny but they last forever!

    • January 30, 2020 / 1:49 am

      It surprised me, I’m glad that I have it especially in an Albertan winter season! It’s nice not feeling that tight and dry feeling after cleansing.
      It’s not the most yellow oil I’ve seen, I tried the rosehip oil from Kosmea a while back and it’s super yellow. In comparison it’s subtle! I might just be noticing it because my skin tone is really fair this time of year. I’ve been hibernating and lost my vacation tan lol
      I’m glad that you’ve been enjoying their products too!

  5. January 23, 2020 / 8:00 am

    I would love to get the cleansing balm. Sounds perfect! And I dont mind that it doesnt remove waterproof mascaras because I dont use those anyway.

    Out of the oils, I think the squalane one would be one I would get as well. Sounds more up my alley.

    Great reviews! xx

  6. January 22, 2020 / 12:34 pm

    I’ve never been a fan of cleansing balms either! I always feel like I’m rubbing Vaseline over my skin and it takes forever to wash away. Pixi had a duo cleansing cream and balm and that ones amazing, I’m not sure if it’s still around though.

    • January 23, 2020 / 1:40 pm

      I haven’t tried the Pixi one, I’ll need to look into it! Thanks for reading 💕

  7. January 22, 2020 / 10:21 am

    I’ve been on the Beautylish site and on the GM page looking at all their products I just haven’t had the opportunity to make a purchase but now I really want too!!

    • January 23, 2020 / 1:39 pm

      I wish there was more from Beautylish that I wanted, it’s really just good molecules 😄 I’ll have to restock some of these soon. I hope you love them if you do end up ordering. Thanks for reading!

  8. January 22, 2020 / 10:08 am

    Lovely review!! their products seem really awesome and I actually really like their packaging

    • January 23, 2020 / 1:38 pm

      The packaging is so nice! I actually don’t mind leaving these out on the counter. Thanks for reading!

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