Affordable and healthy Now Solutions facial care


I was so pleased with the Now Solutions European Clay Power that I decided to try a few of their other facial care products. It was a tad difficult to pick the items as the brand carries quite a number of personal care products and it doesn’t help that they all look good, especially when you consider their price points. But in the end, I decided to keep to a few facial oils, a face serum and a lip balm after reading some reviews about these products.

About the brand
Now Solutions is part of Now Foods, a large, US natural foods company started in 1968. The brand has more than a thousand natural products including—vitamins, minerals, herbs, natural foods, and natural personal care products. Their skin care products are formulated without harsh chemicals and synthetic ingredients such as SLS, parabens, synthetic alcohols and unnecessary additives. Some of the items are even gluten free.


Facial oils
Now Solutions carry a number of facial oils. Some of these are certified organic but some are not. I bought argan, avocado and sweet almond. Only the argan oil is organic. However, all their oils appeared to be expeller-pressed and hexane-free. From my understanding, while all cold pressed oils are expeller pressed but not all expeller pressed oils are necessarily cold pressed. I think these are not cold pressed and that’s probably why they cost lower too. So I can’t vouch for the quality of these oils although they’ve worked well for me and I rather like them. If you’re not too fussy that your oils should be cold pressed, then you’ll probably be quite happy with their selection.


CoQ10 Antioxidant Serum
I bought the Now Solution CoQ10 Antioxidant Serum sometime end of last year and have used it consistently over two months or more. This serum contains a concentrated 1% CoQ10 and I kind of like it initially because I noticed some improvement to my skin elasticity. However over time, I couldn’t spot any more improvements. I still use it sometimes in the night now but I doubt I’ll repurchase it again.


Price and availability
As mentioned, the price point for Now Solutions products are rather low. The 100% Pure Argan Oil and the CoQ10 Antioxidant Serum cost around US$12+ and the other oils cost around US$5. I didn’t include a picture of the lip balm but it’s a pomegranate flavor and cost less than US$2. If you’re keen to check them out, iHerb is where I got my supply. Meanwhile, if anyone else has tried the range under Now Solutions and has a favorite, do leave me a comment.


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  1. Angel says

    I LOVE Now Food brand. I tried their Manuka Honey and Vitamin C cleanser and it has been the best cleanser I’ve ever used. It takes off my light make up and in a few months really repaired my acne prone skin and healed my moderately bad acne scars/hyper pigmentation on the side of my cheek. I still get pimples around my period and some issues with blackheads, but the products themselves have never broken me out and never leaves me dry. Although, I always follow up with their Green Tea Pomegranate or Acai berry toners. They are a fabulous, high quality and affordable brand! I haven’t used any other of their products aside from the cleanser and toner, but I trust that they are just as great. My skin has never looked better and I’ve finally found my holy grail products! :)

    • Sesame says

      Oh I was checking out their cleansers but didn’t get any cos the reviews were rather average. Might give it a try the next round since you like it. Like the idea that it can heal scars and pigmentation!

  2. says

    I’ve the Argan Oil. Initially bought to use it for my hair before wash. But I was taken aback by the smell which I think is pretty pungent. But then again, it is my first time using Argan oil so may be it is supposed to smell that way?

    I hardly use it for my hair, and instead use it as cuticle oil every forthnight. Haven’t notice much difference yet. Will use it more regularly.

    How do you use your Argan oil?

  3. Corinna says

    AH!! This post brought me to the NOW European Clay Powder review and I’m just about to shop in iHerb. Not sure if it’s going to be good or bad, cos it means I’m going to spend more! >.<
    I love reading your reviews as I'm also always looking natural products. And as you mentioned previously, it's good for us that you don't review new products daily, else there'll be so much more "to buy" on our lists! :)

  4. Trish says

    I have been using the Rose Absolute from Now for many years around my eyes and neck every night. I have tried a few other brands to compare, and also rosehip oil, but I love the Now brand the best. I also use their almond and apricot oil for skincare.Great company!

  5. Isada says

    I have tried their Hyaluronic Acid Firming Serum, with only natural ingredients, and I’m very glad with it ! I apply it PM with my Hitachi Hada Crie and it works well. I bought it here :

    • Sesame says

      I wanted to try that! But given that I didn’t get much results for HA products in the past, I decided to try their CoQ10 serum instead. Maybe I’ll try this next round. 😉

  6. mangomadness says

    I love NOW brand! I but there jojoba oil, castor oil, tea tree essential oil and peppermint essential oil.

  7. says

    I’ve tried their Green Tea and Pomegranate cleanser as a replacement to my regular cleanser. It was a gift from my aunt along with Cocoa Butter lotion and a bottle of their Organic Orange oil.

    Didn’t really see much of a difference with the cleanser (which is a good thing since the Now brand is more affordable and gives the same results!) The lotion was really hydrating. I was never a fan of fruity aromatherapy oils, but their Organic Orange was less on the fruity side for me, so I didn’t mind.

    I’m looking for reviews on their other products because I really like them and am thinking about buying a whole skincare set.

    Thanks for your posts and hope to see more!

    • Sesame says

      That’s good to know…that you’re good with what you’ve tried from their brand. I hope to test out more of their stuff down the road.

  8. Arie says

    Hello. I have tried Now foods oils and I like them. I have found that Jojoba oil works the best for all my skin and hair care needs. You can also use it for your nails. I switched to Earth Oils 100% Pure Jojoba Oil. I am obsessed with this brand! It is 100% pure as stated and hypoallergenic, anti-inflamitory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and completely non toxic. I use it for me as well as for baby. They sell on Amazon for $7.99 for a 4 oz. bottle. They will soon have 6 Oz. also, and I can’t wait. I simply can’t say enough about this product! I love love love this company and would offer it to anybody. I hope this helps others as much as it has helped me. I had acne, but not anymore since I’ve been using Earth Oils 100% Pure Jojoba oil from Amazon. It has gotten rid of my old acne scars and works the same for stretch marks and wrinkles too!

  9. claire says

    I quite like this brand. I get all my essential oils for my burners to scent my room! Very reasonably priced. I have also been using the acai berry toner which lasts forever transferred in a spray bottle. Been using it for 2 months. I wont say it has significant benefits or results but it does work as a goof toner. I also use the hyaluronic acid serum for now night use. It’s very hydrating and helps to tighten the skin. I find that you have to massage into the skin if not it sometimes doesnt get absorbed into the skin. However, it does not give oil moisture to the skin so best used in addition to the routine moisturizer.

  10. Pauline says


    i dont seem to find NOW skincare products from iherbs?
    Which website has the full range of skincare?


  11. says

    It’s always better to use products with natural ingredients. I’ve used to make peeling and masks at home from different natural ingredients…Where can I find online these products?
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  12. says

    I’ve only ever used oils from Now products, I have jojoba atm for my face and hair. I’ll give some of the other products in the line a try. Thanks :)
    Emmber last post is: Acne Advice

    • Sesame says

      US$4 for normal shipping and purchases over US$40 and under $80. Check details here:

  13. mangolover says

    Hmm yesterday I tried to post a message here but looks like it didn’t go through. So, I’m trying again.

    I want to buy Now foods Manuka Honey and Vitamin C cleanser for my sensitive skin(can be a bit on the dry side sometimes, usually oily). However, there is sodium coco-sulfate which I’m not sure: is it harsh or not?

    I’ve checked up with Cosdna too.

    Ingredeints for Now Foods, Solutions, Gel Cleanser, Vitamin C & Manuka Honey : De-ionized water, aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) leaf gel*, lauryl glucoside, sodium coco-sulfate, vegetable glycerin, carrageenan, glucose/glucose oxidase/lactoperoxidase (natural preservative), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C). Manuka honey, allantoin, d-panthenol, niacinamide (niacin), d-alpha tocopherol (vitamin E), extra virgin olive oil, orange-grapefruit aroma and citric acid.

    • Sesame says

      It’s apparently more gentle than SLS cos it’s uses the fatty acids from coconut oil. But I think it’s a variant.

  14. kahling says


    just a quick update. I have been buying from instead of iherb. price of products are cheaper but shipping is a tad more expensive. so you have to compare, but overall you may be able to get the package cheaper. The range of products are also larger on vitacost. and if you are interested in a green food supplement, try reading up on Pure Synergy, a lot of raw foodists like it.



    • Sesame says

      A few readers recommended me vitacost but I’m still buying at iherb cos I have some rewards that I can use. I may give vitacost a try next time. Will check out Pure Synergy. Thanks for telling me!

  15. saggiorpiio says

    Hello all~

    How would you describe the smell of argan oil? I just purchased a bottle from iHerb after reading this post and it smells funny, kind of like (I’m sorry!).. garbage trucks on a hot day :( I’m wandering if I’ve got a rancid bottle since there’s some dust on it when it’s delivered… sigh.

    I’ve bought the almond oil too and I like it already :)

    • Sesame says

      My argan oil smells nutty…it should not smell so bad. Rancid smell is quite distinct…like an old biscuit or cooking oil.

      • saggiorpiio says

        Ah I see. It doesn’t have that rancid smell but it smells like something fermented with sugar. I’ve searched online and some people say theirs smell like fermented berries or even diarrhea, and there were varied answers on if the oil is still good or not :/

        I’d contact iHerb and see if they can change me a bottle.

        • Sesame says

          Could be a perspective…as in what’s smelling okay to me may be different from you. So yes, good idea to ask them.

  16. saggiorpiio says

    True, I’ve searched around again and found a lot of people say it has a smell they can’t quite describe and it dissipates very fast. Happens to mine too, the smell is gone after a few seconds. So I’ve decided to keep my bottle. I like how it plumps up my skin in just a couple of days, makes my hair soft and nice too~ Thanks for you input Sesame :)

    • Sesame says

      You’re welcome! There is a scent but yes, it does not linger. But not all argan oil smells this way though…I tried one and it has no scent.

  17. choco says

    Hi Sesame,
    methinks NOW foods’ oils are refined oil, judging from the color and scent. UNrefined oil has strong odor and darker color. Well,,nevertheless, I also like their avocado oils and sweet almond oil! Prefer avocado oil though~use it as hair leave in, makes my hair uber soft! Er, I have pretty thick hair tho. I always buy the smaller size one coz I’m scared it will go rancid. How do you store the oil??

    • Sesame says

      You’re probably right about them being refined oil. But the Argan is probably unrefined and that’s why the strong smell. I just leave my oil outside as per normal. No special storage.Certain oils don’t go rancid that fast.

      • choco says

        Talking about Argan, what do you love it for??
        haha…I’m wondering if the hype is true as “liquid gold”. I am now loving avocado oil for the hair. Emu oil and Tamanu oil for face, both are anti inflammatory and can be found in iherb. Tamanu oil does have smell of sour plum (that’s the closest thing I know, and I love it!). You may like to google about it though~people use tamanu for scar healing (loads of rave in QVC forums).
        If you really feel Argan makes a difference, I will purchase it with my emu oil (finishing soon)! I still have 3 bottles (@118ml) Avocado oil, 2 bot Sweet Almond oil, 1 Grapeseed oil, 1 bot Kukui Nut oil, 2 bots (@30ml) tamanu oil, 1 small bot of emu, 1 oz refined coconut oil, and 1 Littre (YES, that much) of extra virgin coconut oil (I eat them raw also). bwahahaha…also, actually I just purchased another oil: Baobab oil 1oz,,should arrive here this weekend. *evilgrin*

        • Sesame says

          That’s a good question. I like it cos I find it works well when I mix it with my other oils and it’s not too thick and so, easy to apply. It does help with some of my fine lines. Beyond that, well, nothing much. It’s okay if it’s not expensive like this one I got from iHerb. I don’t use it for hair though. Never tried Tamanu oil on its own. Where do you get your supply of oil?

          • choco says

            Hi Sesame, I only bought oil if they are readily available on iHerb. XD
            Tamanu oil I use Aura Cacia brand. Now waiting for Tamanu oil from Natural Styles (also from iHerb) to compare the two. Emu oil I use brand EmuGold from iHerb. The avocado, sweet almond are from Now’s Food brand like yours. As for Baobab oil, i’m waiting an order from iHerb (with the tamanu) also is from Aura Cacia brand. I never tried GoW one so I can’t compare…I prefer to order from site that I buy other stuff on (shampoo!) so can save on shipping.

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