We put True Botanicals' Renew Pure Radiance Oil to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.
The first time I ever tried True Botanicals' Renew Pure Radiance Oil was last year, shortly after I attended a brunch on behalf of the brand and its celebrity ambassador, Laura Dern. While discussing the importance of clean beauty, ingredient transparency, and other topics, the Big Little Lies actress said something that stopped me mid-sip of cold brew. “A makeup artist used the Radiance Face Oil on me, and I became addicted," Dern said. "I fell in love with it because people told me I looked good. They were like, 'Oh my god, did you get a facelift? You look so glowy and amazing!' I'm like, 'No, I used one face oil.'"
That’s some seriously high praise, so suffice to say, my interest was piqued. I took the small glass bottle full of orange-tinted oil home, and I used it through to the very last drop.
Fast forward to the present day. After a couple of particularly stressful months, I looked in the mirror to see that my skin had become dull, inflamed, and congested. What was once a calm and clear complexion was now anything but that. I knew my skin needed some TLC, so I reached for the Pure Radiance Oil yet again. After using it for two different time periods, I have some thoughts to share. Keep scrolling to read them all.
True Botanicals Renew Pure Radiance Oil
Star Rating: 4 / 5
Best For: Dry and/or aging skin
Uses: Moisturizing, soothing, and softening the skin; reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Key Ingredients: Chia seed, kiwi seed, passion fruit, and papaya seed oils, algae extract, astaxanthin
Byrdie Clean?: Yes
About the Brand: True Botanicals is an all-natural skincare brand committed to producing clean, non-toxic, and sustainable products. Every True Botanicals formula is MADE SAFE-certified, meaning they're free of more than 5,000 ingredients that are known or suspected to harm human health.
About My Skin: Combination and in need of TLC
As a mid-20-something who has a mild case of rosacea, I’m always on the hunt for skincare products that are equal parts effective and gentle—if something aggravates my rosacea, it’s almost immediately axed from my routine. What's more, I have a classic case of combination skin: My T-zone is prone to shine and clogged pores, but the perimeter of my face is dry and tight. For that reason, I look for moisturizers that are deeply hydrating, yet non-comedogenic.
Currently, I kick off my routine with a gel cleanser; I’ve been using Obagi's Nu-Derm Foaming Gel, which keeps clogged pores and texture issues at bay without drying out my skin too much. Once I’ve cleansed my skin, I move on to toner and/or essence for extra clarifying and hydrating powers. Right now, I’m loving Isla Beauty’s Tone Balance Elixir, a unique toner-essence hybrid that controls oil, calms inflammation, and boosts moisture. After that, it’s on to moisturizer. If it’s nighttime, I might apply Youth to The People’s Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask, which is a hydrating and plumping overnight mask. Otherwise, I love Talika’s Hydrating Light Cream, which is the perfect no-fuss moisturizer that protects the skin’s microbiome.
Ever since using the True Botanicals Face Oil, though, I’ve skipped all other moisturizing steps and will go straight from the toner to the oil—it’s hydrating enough that I don’t need any other moisturizers underneath. I simply dispense 3-4 drops of the oil into my palm and press my hands together before gently pressing them onto my face. That’s it! Pro tip: Press the oil onto your skin while it’s still slightly damp to lock in all that moisture.
Ingredients: All-natural anti-aging properties
The key ingredients in this anti-aging oil include chia seed and kiwi extracts, which are both rich in omega-3s and strengthen the skin's natural barrier to keep moisture in and environmental toxins out. There's also passionfruit and papaya extracts, which dissolve excess oil and impurities.
The Feel: Light and silky
Unlike many other face oils I’ve tried, this one doesn’t feel heavy on my skin. The orange-tinted fluid is lightweight and silky. Even though it takes a couple of minutes to sink into the skin, it doesn’t leave that dreaded thick and greasy residue behind. Instead, it has a slight gleam that looks like the skin is naturally highlighted.
The Short-Term Results: Smooth, glowing skin
I love the way my skin looks when I first apply this oil. That gleam I mentioned before, which is subtly shiny—but not in an oil-slick kind of way—really does make my skin look radiant. In fact, I applied it 10 minutes before a friend came over, and when I opened the door, she asked what I was using, because I was “glowing” (her words not mine).
That pretty much sums it up. I mean... that’s the goal, isn’t it? If everyone told me that my skin is glowing every day for the rest of my life, that would be great.
The Long-Term Results: Soft, moisturized skin
Over time, I noticed that my skin became softer and smoother, a quality that would last all day, even under foundation and concealer. The small breakouts that plagued my skin before were still there, yet less numerous and less noticeable.
On that note, since this a face oil and not a traditional cream moisturizer, acne-sufferers might be wary of it (and I totally understand that). Just know that there are two other iterations of this oil—one is formulated specifically for sensitive skin, and the other is formulated specifically for acne-prone skin. The former is the Calm Pure Radiance Face Oil and the latter is the Clear Pure Radiance Oil.
I didn’t notice any sculpting or lifting results, but I did notice that my skin had a new bounce and elasticity, which was a vast improvement from the dull, slack quality it had before. For example, I have fine lines around my eyes that result from squinting at a computer screen for hours at a time, but after a week of using this oil, I saw subtle yet noticeable improvements in their appearance.
The Value: Expensive but long-lasting
Let’s not sugarcoat it—this face oil is on the pricey side. At $110 per 1 fluid-ounce bottle, it seems like an extravagant purchase, and it is, but here’s the thing—it really does last a long time if you’re only using 3-4 drops per application. It will obviously go faster if you use more, but I’ve found that 3-4 drops are all it takes to cover my face. I opened a brand new bottle a week ago, and I’ve barely made a dent.
True Botanicals Renew Pure Radiance Oil vs. Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil
Long before I tried True Botanicals Face Oil, I tried this best-selling face oil from Pai. It’s similar in that it contains effective botanical ingredients to boost the firmness and elasticity of the skin. I liked it because it deeply moisturized my skin without causing any irritation or breakouts. However, I personally prefer the True Botanicals version, because it feels a bit silkier on my skin, boosts radiance so effectively, and it smells divine (like fresh and flowery botanicals).
Our Verdict: It’s worth it
Personally, spending more $100 on a face oil makes me cringe, but it doesn’t turn me away, especially when I see such powerful moisturizing, plumping, and glow-boosting results. If you have some wiggle room in your skincare budget, I think it’s well worth a try.