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!
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.
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 this one is my favourite. It performs at the very least the same as the other two for a fraction of the price.
- Sea Buckthorn Oil
- Camelia Oil
- Shea Butter
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.
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 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.
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 $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*)
True to the claims this 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 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!
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.
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.
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