Rich, hydrating texture
Blends easily into skin
Has a calming effect on redness
Gentle on sensitive skin
Can clog pores
High price point
No dramatic improvements over time
Naturopathica Marshmallow & Microalgae Sensitivity Soothing Crème
We put the Naturopathica Marshmallow & Microalgae Sensitive Soothing Crème to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.
As someone with particularly sensitive skin, I’m always keeping my ear to the ground and my eyes on social media for a skincare product that can help with my complexion concerns without irritation. As a result, when I caught wind of Naturopathica’s Marshmallow and Microalgae Sensitive Soothing Crème, which reviewers claim is the be-all, end-all for their sensitive skin, I knew I had to try it. Keep reading to discover my honest review of Naturopathica’s Marshmallow & Microalgae Sensitive Soothing Crème.
Best for: Sensitive skin
Uses: A moisturizer for calming irritation and hydrating the skin.
Potential allergens: This product is free of common allergens, but the addition of lactic acid can be irritating to some.
Active ingredients: Marshmallow, aloe, jojoba, shea butter, avocado oil, and sunflower seed oil.
Byrdie Clean? Yes
Price: $84 for 1.69 oz.
About the brand: Naturopathica is known for its “clean, effective, and botanically based” formulas. The brand has a heavy focus on herbalism paired with cutting-edge science.
About My Skin: Sensitive and combination
I have sensitive, redness-prone, combination skin. My T-zone can become oily throughout the day and, at times, my forehead and the area around my nose can become dry. My biggest complexion concerns are that I have perpetually flushed cheeks (oh yeah, did I mention that I have rosacea?) and visibly enlarged pores close to my nose. Additionally, if I so much as scratch any area of my face, I can guarantee that it will be red for at least 15 to 20 minutes after. So you can imagine how it gets if, say, I get a facial, Botox, or a sunburn.
Typically, I use essence, a hydrating serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen during my morning routine. I swap in a treatment serum and moisturizer at night. However, to fully uncover whether or not this cream does what it claims, I skipped my regular routine for a week and used the Marshmallow Cream, as well as the brand’s corresponding Marshmallow & Ceramide Sensitivity Soothing Serum ($90), morning and night (just as the brand recommends).
The Feel: Rich and quick-absorbing
Naturopathica's Marshmallow and Microalgae Sensitive Soothing Crème has a unique feel to it. It’s thick and rich, but creamy at the same time. Initially, it feels a bit waxy, but surprisingly melts onto skin without leaving any residue in its wake.
I’m writing this roughly seven hours after applying the cream this morning and my skin still feels hydrated. Another thing to note is that a little bit does not go a long way. Every time I used this cream, while satisfied with the outcome, I felt the need to glop it on to feel adequately hydrated. As a result, in just two weeks' time, I’ve managed to down almost half the $84 jar. Yikes. Nevertheless, I am satisfied with it. Unlike many moisturizers, it doesn’t pill under makeup, nor does it lend to ultra-shiny skin mid-day through wear.
The Ingredients: Natural soothing and hydrating agents
This moisturizer is loaded with ingredients that have proven gentle on my complexion, including:
- Marshmallow: Known for its soothing and emollient properties, marshmallow helps to calm and soften skin on contact. This ingredient happens to be the texture inspiration for the product, as well.
- Aloe: Aloe is best known for its soothing properties, but it’s also a stellar acne-fighting and anti-aging ingredient. From an acne perspective, aloe is antibacterial so it helps cut down on blemish-causing grime. From an anti-aging perspective, aloe is incredibly beneficial thanks to its antioxidant properties that help repair the skin and protect it from further UV damage.
- Jojoba Esters: This ultra-hydrating ingredient helps soothe dryness and prevent flakes. Additionally, jojoba esters are said to help diminish the appearance of fine lines.
- Shea Butter: Rich in fatty acids, shea butter is ideal for hydrating and softening the skin. Additionally, since it boasts antiinflammatory properties, it helps heal the skin, too.
The Results: Gentle, calming hydration
From the moment I started using Naturopathica’s Marshmallow and Microalgae Sensitive Soothing Crème, I noticed that my skin felt hydrated immediately after application and almost blurred. In that way, I was impressed with how it almost acted as a light-diffusing filter on my skin. Additionally, I noticed a slight improvement in how red my skin appeared and how large my pores seemed.
That said, after using the cream for two weeks, I haven’t noticed any noticeable changes that are so jaw-dropping that they’d inspire me to forego my favorite skincare products and former routine. (My before and after photos illustrate my point.) Will I use these products every now and again, on super inflamed days? Perhaps. Overall, though, I’m not impressed enough to want to continue testing them solely on their own.
The Value: Pretty expensive, but could be worth it
$84 for 1.69 oz. is steep. Knowing that (and knowing the intrigue that surrounds travel-sized beauty), Naturopathica also sells a 0.5-ounce jar for $31. And while it’s not quite as expensive as some options, you also can find a lot of products that accomplish similar effects at lower price points. So, is it outrageously priced? No. But is it worth spending $84 on? In my opinion, also no. Of course, that’s solely based on my skin and experience—it could be a godsend for your sensitive skin. After all, no two complexions are alike.
Similar Products: You've got options
Tatcha The Indigo Cream Soothing Skin Protectant: Like the marshmallow cream, Tatcha’s Indigo Cream ($85) is designed to deeply soothe skin on contact. It’s made with colloidal oatmeal, Japanese indigo, rice bran wax, coconut oil, and other nourishing ingredients to calm, soften, and strengthen the skin.
Embryolisse Cicalisse Restorative Skin Cream: This French all-purpose calming cream ($15) can be used on the face, lips, and body to address dryness and irritation. It’s formulated with a variety of botanical oils as well as hyaluronic acid, so it also plumps skin and helps it retain moisture.
Does Naturopathica’s Marshmallow and Microalgae Sensitive Soothing Crème soothe skin? Yes. Does it do in a way that’s mind-blowing and incredibly noticeable? No. Perhaps I didn’t test it for long enough, or perhaps it simply isn’t the right fit for my skin. Either way, while it’s not a product that I had overwhelming success with, it remains a well-rated product that might be useful to someone else, so with that in mind, I’ll keep it in my repertoire to recommend to those searching for solutions for their sensitive skin. Because again, just because it wasn’t my favorite, doesn’t mean that it might not be yours.
- Product Name Marshmallow & Microalgae Sensitivity Soothing Crème
- Product Brand Naturopathica
- Price $84
- Weight 1.69 oz.
- Full Ingredient List Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Jojoba Esters, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Aqua/Water/Eau, Sorbitan Oleate, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Glyceryl Caprylate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Sodium Phytate, Tocopherol, Ceramide Np, Sucrose, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Muriella Aurantiaca/Ruttnera Lamellosa Oil, Lecithin, Lactic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate.