Naturopathica: nature & science for holistic skincare


I was rather excited to try the Naturopathica skin care products because they sound rather promising. Another reason is because the brand reminds me of Neal’s Yard Remedies, which I’ve wanted to try but haven’t had the chance. Well, similar or not, I’ve been trying some products from Naturopathica for more than two months and I’m now ready to share my review on them.

About Naturopathica
Naturopathica is based in US and is created by clinical esthetician, aromatherapist and herbalist, Barbara Close. Inspired by the insight that chronic inflammation and irritation are at the heart of aging and weakened skin, Barbara formulated a line of high performance skin care made with using natural and active ingredients that are proven effective, non-irritating and 100% good for the skin. All products contain no petroleum based ingredients, harsh surfactants or paraben preservatives and are never tested on animals. In addition, products are said to be allergy tested to ensure that they are free of ingredients that could harm sensitive skin. The range is also natural cosmetic certified by Ecocert Greenlife.


I managed to try four of their products and these two, which I’ve been using daily in the evening, are my favorite.

Naturopathica Aloe Cleansing Gel | 150ml, US$28
This is a foaming sulfate-free cleanser with a refreshing blend of Aloe Vera and Lavender that lathers pretty well but does not leave the skin drying. I particularly like the soothing lavender scent.

Naturopathica Sweet Lupine Cleansing Cream | 150ml, US$38
Although this is described as an ultra-rich make up remover and cleansing cream, I find the consistency rather thin. But nonetheless, it is able to remove my makeup and works well together with the Aloe Cleansing Gel.


Naturopathica Plant Stem Cell Serum | 15ml, US$48
I was looking forward to trying this serum because of the hype surrounding plant stell cells that are discovered to be able to improve collagen synthesis and skin elasticity. The texture of this serum feels more like a lotion and applies very well. I was supposed to apply this for 30 days to see some results but at the end of it, I was rather disappointed as I couldn’t see any difference. So much for plant stem cells!


Naturopathica Cassis Ultra Replenishing Cream | 50ml, US$85
I only received a sample size of this cream, which I found to be rather rich. I wasn’t able to use this with the serum as it was too much for my skin. So I can’t say too much about its effectiveness. However, on paper, this is described as a concentrated cream combining Black Currant Oil and Hyaluronic Acid to improve elasticity and promote vibrant looking skin. I think it might just work well alone especially if your skin is dry.

Overall summary and availability
I think the Naturopathica range of products are worth a try but it’s quite hard to say for sure what products will work for your skin and what won’t. The ingredients look fairly agreeable to me but the price point is on the high side but I do like the idea that they use active ingredients in their formulations. Too bad the range is not available in Singapore and you can only get it in the US. I received mine from The Nature Of Beauty on a complimentary basis. The online shop carries a number of natural and organic brands and do ship internationally. Anyway, if I get the chance, I might want to give their vitamin C complex and vitamin K eye serum a try next time.

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  1. claire says

    If you’re into the plant stem cell thing, you might want to check out Acure Organics. Can be purchased on iHerb. I have had very good results with their products. Shampoos are really good. I’ve also used their Cell Stimulating Mask and it leaves your skin super smooth and soft. Their Gotu Kola Day Cream is the first cream moisturizer which I have been able to use on my skin without me having a whitehead breakout and it moisturizes well. I also have used their Gel Cleanser and I’m just in awe of this brand and its results on my somewhat sensitive combi skin 😉

    • Sesame says

      Alrighty! I did spot that brand and was thinking about it. Will definitely give it a try next time. :)

  2. says

    Cool review! I think I ‘m gonna give it shot and let you know if it worked for me.
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  3. says

    Thanks for the thorough review. I guess this line is not something I’d be running to pick up anytime soon. I might try claire’s recommendation Gotu Kola Day Cream.
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  4. says

    Good honest review of the Naturopathica range. Seems to be a good enough product without actually being a standout.

    I like the organic components but the price seems a little hefty for me!
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    • Sesame says

      Overall, they seem okay. I don’t mind trying out other stuff from the range if the price is not a major consideration.

  5. says

    Been on the edge regarding this brand. Not sure if I mentioned this before on any of my comments but am really tempted to try the Vit K eye serum. The price is a bit steep so am really procrastinating.
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  6. says

    Great review. I tend to suffer from dry skin especially in the winter months. The Vitamin C complex is intriguing as well.
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  7. says

    Thanks for your honest review, Sesame! A couple of comments I wanted to add, if I may, both in response to your review, and to the comments following. Naturopathica is our top-selling line in the spa, and our estheticians chose it after trying a whole host of professional skin care lines (like Ilike, Eminence, etc). They unanimously preferred Naturopathica, both for its visible results, and because it accomplishes those results without irritating the skin. So while your initial response may have been somewhat neutral, I would strongly encourage you to try other products in the line. We all have our favorites at the store, and rarely are they the same!

    With the plant stem cell serum, keep it mind that whether a serum meets your expectations has a lot to do with what you’re expecting! For most people, the plant stem cell serum shows the best results when it comes to clarifying and brightening the skin, as well as firming up fine lines. The Vitamin C serum also helps with this, and we sell much more of this product than we do of the stem cell serum. Intelligent Nutrients also makes a plant stem cell serum. We have found that people tend to get results from one but not the other, with little agreement as to which one works best overall!

    The Vitamin K eye serum is our top-seller from this line. I personally am allergic to it, but most of our customers can’t get enough of it. It’s very rich, and extremely concentrated, so while it is pricier to be sure, it will also last you at least 6 months if you use the right amount (often people put on too much, and then not only do you go through it too quickly, but it’s also kind of greasy and overly shiny under the eyes). People love that it has immediate brightening effects, due to the mica in it, and long-term brightening from the Vit K and other actives. Vitamin K causes blood vessels to contract, decreasing the look of dark circles over time. Every esthetician who has worked for me has loved loved loved it. But here’s a great example of personal preferences: I’m not only allergic to it (I get little red bumps), but I didn’t really love it when I used it. And yet, we are always running out of it, with an almost constant waiting list from people who can’t get enough!

    Other favorites are the Oat Facial Polish – a very gentle but effective exfoliant – and the Lavender Moisturizer with SPF 17. The scent it heavenly and super addictive, and it strikes a nice balance between moisturizing enough but not greasy.

    Finally, a few quick comments about Acure. We have sold Acure in the past, and while it’s a lovely brand, it is no where near as active as the Naturopathica, so if you did not see results from the plant stem cells in Naturopathica’s serum, you most certainly won’t see more results from Acure. Again, it’s a lovely line, and I do not want to come across as putting it down at all, because for the price it’s pretty good stuff. But I would compare it more to, say, Neutrogena, or Burt’s Bees, Yes to Carrots, etc., than to Naturopathica, which is far more comparable to Eminence, SkinCeuticals, Arcona, and Pevoine.

    I hope that’s helpful information!

    • Sesame says

      Thanks Teri, for your comments. I was actually hoping that the plant stem cell serum would firm up fine lines but it hasn’t done anything for me. My skin is already quite fair so maybe that’s why I don’t see any brightening. Well, if I get to try the vitamin C serum, I hope that’ll work better. Anyway, I usually get results from vitamin C serum.

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