The Inkey List PR Haul

New year, new skincare. We’re entering 2022 with one of the coldest starts to winter I’ve seen in years here in Alberta. We’ve been in the deep freeze below minus 25 degrees for a few weeks now. Alberta is extremely dry! No matter how much water I drink I am dehydrated and no matter how much moisturizer or facial mist I use my skin looks like it’s having a rough time. All I can do is layer more hydrating toners, essences, serums and moisturizers and hope they help!

I received a brand new skincare routine on Christmas Eve from The Inkey list, and I’m excited to share these products with you! The majority of the products are tailored towards dry skin, like the Hyaluronic Acid treatment and Polyglutamic Acid. They even have haircare products for dry hair, which is desperately needed in this weather. *Note: These products were sent to me complimentary as a PR sample, all thoughts are my own.*

The Inkey List Skincare

About the Brand

The Inkey List is a relatively new brand in the Beauty community. The Brand was founded in 2018 by Colette Laxton and Mark Curry with the mission of dispelling confusion around skincare ingredients. The Inkey List features an ingredient dictionary so you can easily research the ingredients in your skincare! I love ingredient dictionaries, I find it interesting to learn about the products I’m putting on my body. TIL also has dedicated skincare advisors on staff through the #askinkey initiative to answer any questions you may have about your own skincare needs.

According to Cruelty Free Kelly The Inkey List is Cruelty Free, however I can’t find this information on the brand website.

The Inkey List Recipe Builder

When my products were sent out I filled out a form for the Inkey list’s recipe builder. You can build your own recipe on the brand website for your own personalized skincare routine. The Inkey list selected 8 products for me, the Oat Cleansing Balm, Retinol, Bakuchiol, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, 15% Vitamin C & EGF, Polyglutamic Acid, as well as two haircare products: The Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Hair Treatment and the Shea Oil Moisturizing Treatment. Keep in mind this was PR, I believe I was sent a few extra products on top of the recipe selection!

The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm


The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm

I was super excited to try this cleansing balm! This winter I’ve been relying a lot on cleansing balms to remove my makeup in the evening without stripping precious moisture from my skin. I do question the decision to put this balm in a tube instead of a pot, it’s kind of hard to get the product out of the tube with how dense the product is. This balm retails for $9.99USD and contains 5oz of product. It’s is quite a bit more affordable than most of the popular cleansing balms you see on social media (ex. Farmacy Green Clean, Banilla co Clean it Zero, Youth To The People Superberry Dream etc). The only other cleansing balm I’ve seen at a similar price point is the Good Molecules Cleansing balm (reviewed here!).

The Inkey list Oat Cleansing Balm contains Oat Kernel Oil as well as colloidal oatmeal to hydrate and soothe the skin. It’s perfect for dry skin types! So far I have enjoyed this product and will continue using it throughout the winter.

Bakuchiol & Retinol The Inkey List


The Inkey list Bakuchiol

Bakuchiol is touted as a natural alternative to retinol that can reduce fine lines and even skin tone. I didn’t realize at first that this product is meant to be applied as a moisturizer. I’ll have to figure out how to structure my routine with this product. This product contains Omega-3 packed Sacha Inchi Oil and Squalane to hydrate the skin. I’m hoping it will be a good moisturizer for winter! I’ll probably use a different moisturizer when I apply the retinol in the evening, as I’m not sure how well the ingredients will work together yet.

The Inkey List Retinol

I posted a review of this on my insta stories back in November. I really like this retinol. It’s an Allure award winner and I can see why! It’s a great introduction to retinol as it’s gentle and contains a relatively low concentration of the ingredient. I have used other retinols in the past which have caused flaking and irritation, and I am pleased to say I haven’t experiences anything like that with this product. This is the only retinol I will use this winter, as I’m nervous to try anything that might make my already dry skin worse in this weather. It threw me off that the product is yellow at first, but it is definitely meant to be from looking at the texture shots on the brand site.

Niacinamide-Hyaluronic Acid The Inkey List

10% Niacinamide

This 10% concentration of niacinamide also contains 1% hyaluronic acid to help hydrate as this serum works to reduce oiliness and redness. Niacinamide is supposed to be good for reducing the appearance of pores. I will be holding off on trying this one until the summer. My skin is way too dry to need to fight excess oil! Maybe come summer time I’ll need the extra help.

2% Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Hyaluronic Acid. My best friend. My current favourite is the Hyaluronic Acid from Good Molecules, which I’ve repurchased a few times since receiving in PR. I’m curious to see how this one compares since the price points are so similar.

The Inkey List Polyglutamic Acid

3% Polyglutamic Acid

I don’t know if any of you have tried this, but if you have can you tell me if it smelled normal to you? It smells awful! But if it’s really 4x as effective as Hyaluronic acid then I might be willing to let that slide. Maybe. The product absorbs fairly quickly into the skin and thankfully doesn’t smell after applying. According to TIL this product can be used as a makeup primer, so I’m curious to see how well it works with makeup application.

The Inkey List 15% Vitamin C & EGF

15% Vitamin C & EGF Serum

I’ve already seen a few reviews of this product but unfortunately not a lot of them were positive. I’m going to keep an open mind through. I don’t really expect a $14.99 serum to perform the same as a $50 serum, so I will definitely keep price point in mind when I try it. My favourite 15% Vitamin C right now is the C15 Booster from Paula’s choice, so we’ll see how they compare!

Vitamin C can brighten and even skin tone, and the EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) is meant to stimulate skin cell regeneration. We’ll see!

The Inkey List Hair Treatments

Hair Treatments:

The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hair Treatment

I had no idea that TIL did hair treatments until now. I’m super excited to try it, as my hair has been frizzy and dry since the onset of winter. I had no idea that HA could be used in hair treatments, so I’m really curious to see how it works! This is meant to be used after showering before styling the hair to “hydrate, reduce frizz and brittleness to improve shine, whilst helping to protect hair from the impact caused by environmental pollution”.

The Inkey list Shea Oil Nourishing Hair Treatment

I love Shea Butter in body lotions or body butters. I’ve been religiously applying The Body Shop’s Shea Body Butter for the past two months, my elbows are so dry!. The Inkey list formulated this hair treatment to be lightweight while also nourishing and adding shine. Sign me up, I need it! I’ll update if these worked for me or not on my Instagram so make sure you’re following me over there @AlwaysCleia!

Have you tried The Inkey List?

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these or if you have a favourite product from the Inkey List. I’m looking forward to testing these products. It will be interesting to see how they compare to other affordable skincare brands like Good Molecules and The Ordinary. I’m especially excited about the cleansing balm and hair treatments! Thank you so much for reading everyone. Stay warm this winter! And for my Australian friends stay cool. Take care x



  1. Samm
    January 19, 2022 / 7:24 pm

    I have been wondering about this brand since I saw it gaining traction! I might give that cleansing blame a try after I check out the ingredients list!

    • March 7, 2022 / 4:33 pm

      I’ve been seeing them everywhere on social media lately! They don’t do a lot of combo products, so you need to get each thing individually (retinol, vitamin C, peptides etc) but the prices are really good!

  2. January 18, 2022 / 8:49 am

    i’ve always thought this was such a cool brand! i love the minimalist packaging and i love everything they stand for. at first i didn’t know if it was CF so i wasn’t really trying to purchase stuff yet, but now that i know it is, i’m definitely looking into their stuff again! i did once buy a vitamin c serum but i didn’t care for the consistency which was more like a thick cream and i just didn’t like it lol. i’ll give their other products a second chance though 🙂

    thanks for sharing! i definitely see some i would like to buy at some point 🙂

    • March 7, 2022 / 4:32 pm

      omg I haven’t checked my comments in forever I’m sorry for the delay in reply!

      It’s weird that Inkey doesn’t have a CF statement on their website, at least nowhere that is easy to find. But It seems that they are in fact CF and don’t sell to mainland China. Do you remember what the serum you tried was? The 15% vitamin C serum here is a thinner liquid so you might like it better!

      Thanks for reading! Hope you are doing well x

      • April 8, 2022 / 3:03 pm

        No worries I’m very behind as well lol.

        Ah that’s good to know. I’m more inclined to buy this brand now that I know it is for sure lol. And I just remember it being like a cream, thick serum. It almost felt like a moisturizer but I didn’t like how thick it was lol.

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