Good Molecules Affordable Skincare: Zero Waste Review

My Instagram feed has been giving me plenty to write about this past month, and it also has been causing me to spend a bit more money than I would like to admit. An ad that I got recently that I had never seen before was from a brand called Good Molecules. They boast offering quality skincare at a fraction of the price. After doing some research, I found that Good Molecules isn’t what I would typically deem a “zero waste” brand, but they do work hard to promote fair trade and ethically sources their ingredients, so I thought that they wouldn’t be a bad company to try out. I also found that a lot of their products are packaged in glass dropper bottles, so I thought that they were good enough to elicit a review. I want to preface that I bought everything in this review with my own money and that Good Molecules has no idea that I am making this review and are in no way a sponsor of mine.

If you’ve been around here a while, then you know that I have been trying to find more affordable skincare products that don’t break the bank. I personally cannot afford to buy Osea’s $50+ products, so this brand was a great change of pace for me. I got a total of 5 products for only $39, which I think was a great bargain for me. 

I, of course, had to get their face cleansing bar to test that out, which was only $8. I then bought their Daily Brightening Serum ($9), the Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($6), the Pure Cold-Pressed Rosehip Oil Serum ($10), and the Niacinamide Serum ($6). After purchasing, I found out that the Daily Brightening Serum actually contains hyaluronic acid in it, so I didn’t really need to buy both. All products were recommended to be used twice a day, and the serums all came in 1 oz bottles (the rosehip oil came in a smaller 0.44 oz bottle).

When my package finally arrived and I opened it, I was happily surprised. The only piece of plastic in the packaging for my entire order was plastic around the facial cleansing bar. Everything else was packaged in cardboard boxes and tissue paper. The bottles that the serums came in were in fact glass as I anticipated. Overall I was really happy with the packaging and the fact that there was only one thing in my entire package that had plastic, which may have been required.

I know that I said that Good Molecules wasn’t really a zero waste brand, but it seems to me that they are trying their best to be as low-impact on the environment as possible. They show that through their packaging and also by ethically sources their ingredients, so I honestly think that Good Molecules could be marketed as a zero or low waste brand.

Using the Products

So I of course started out my routine with the Cleansing Bar. Like my Cleen Beauty Bar, it has clay in it and I would say that it works just about the same. It wasn’t overly drying and made my skin feel very clean after using, so I would say it was a good purchase. However, I know that there are other bars out there that are less than this one’s $8 price tag. I know that might seem a little stingy, but there are a ton of other options that I can get easier in store that are less than $5. This bar is huge though, so I’m expecting it to last me a long time. (Honestly I have probably enough facial cleansing bars to last me 10 years with how many I’ve been buying to review, but I expect to use them up completely and not waste them!)

Good Molecules recommends that you wash your face first, and then use their water-based serums before any oils or moisturizers. After a few days I got the routine down to a specific order. First, I use the Niacinamide Serum. Niacinamide is meant to even skin tone and reduce the size of pores, which I desperately need. In my T-zone and on my cheeks I feel as though I have the largest pores. It’s only been a few weeks of using Good Molecules, but I would say that I have seen a tiny reduction in my pore size, which I’m very happy about, but it sure hasn’t been an overnight change. Niacinamide is also great in locking in moisture and keeping skin from drying out. I just put three drops in my palm and then smooth in over my problem areas.

Secondly, I use the Hyaluronic Acid and Daily Brightening Serums together, since like I said, the Daily Brightening Serum has hyaluronic acid in it, so I’m just adding more to it essentially. Hyaluronic acid is amazing at moisturizing and locking in that moisture, and the Daily Brightening Serum is meant to brighten your skin and keep you looking youthful. I put two drops of each in my hand and then smooth the serums all over my face and neck.

Next, I will go in with my normal moisturizer. I’ve been currently using Neutrogena Naturals Daily Multi Vitamin Moisturizer. I’ve found that it doesn’t make me super oily and really helps my skin stay hydrated.

Now only at night do I add in the Rosehip Oil to the moisturizer I use, because I’ve found that the oil itself is just that, oily. Rosehip oil has been shown to have anti-aging properties. I only put one drop into my hand with my moisturizer and then spread that all over my face and neck again.


I think Good Molecules is really great for the price, and it actually makes me feel super fancy without having to spend a bunch of money. They are super transparent on their website on what each product is supposed to do for you and explain how it should do that for you. They also have super clear instructions on their boxes and their website, and let you know how to use the product, when to use it, and in what order for the best results. I really appreciated that feature, because while I do love skincare, I am not the most well versed on what every little product is supposed to do for you. I’m hoping that maybe they expand into haircare in the future, because I would love to see what kind of hair oils and leave-in conditioners that they could come up with.

Good Molecules has some other products that I didn’t even try out. They have a toner (which if you know me, you know that I don’t believe in toners anymore), cleansing balms, priming moisturizer (of which they gave me a free sample of in my order), exfoliating powders, any much more. So if you are maybe looking for a cleaner skincare brand without breaking your budget, then I think that Good Molecules is a great brand for you to check out

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