Skin Care with Biotique Botanical Extracts Review

by AyeDee on April 17, 2010 · 23 comments

Skin Care with Biotique Botanical Extracts

I have had a love-hate relationship with Biotique products. Either you will love the product or you hate it – Nothing in between.

I was always skeptical when products claim themselves to be totally natural or herbal.

  • One – I never figured out why herbals products are priced a little above the other market products available.
  • Two – are they really herbal?
  • Three – All natural substances are perishable or they tend to expire at some time. If the product is natural/herbal then how does it last that long? There must be something added to increase its shelf life – now is that natural or not?

These are some questions that are always on my mind with respect to herbal products.

I was gifted a skin care set from Biotique some time back. I am sharing my experiences about the products I have used.

I find the description on biotique products vague or misleading at times. It is never clearly mentioned what is the use of the product. For example face wash and cleansing milk are referred as foaming face cleanser and face cleanser respectively. Shampoo is referred as hair cleanser. Toner is referred as Face freshener. Initially I found this quite confusing. Also, it does not clearly specify the skin/hair type.

The products that I have used are:

  • Face wash: HONEY GEL foaming face cleanser
  • Toner: CUCUMBER WATER face Freshener
  • Cleansing Milk: BERBERRY LOTION face cleanser
  • Face Scrub: PAPAYA Scrub
  • Morning nectar
  • Saffron youth dew
  • Oil of wintergreen cream
  • Winter cherry

BiotiqueHONEY GEL foaming face cleanser

Biotique Honey gel Face Cleanser

Price: Rs 135 for 120 ml.

Product Description:

A soap-free cleanser with pure Honey blended with extracts from the bark of the Arjun Tree, Euphorbia plant and Wild Turmeric. The rich lather cleanses leaving the skin refreshed yet silky and soft.

About the ingredients:

  • Honey: Honey has been used as a skin care product since olden times. It is beneficial to us not only for the body when taken as food but also for the skin. Due to its properties, it is used not only for daily skin care but also for curing various skin problems. It has the ability to absorb moisture and retain it – which is why it is used in moisturizers and creams. Honey has natural anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties thereby helping to protect the skin from the damage caused by sun’s rays. Honey due to its medicinal properties is widely used to cure burns, acne and skin allergies.
  • Arjun Tree: The astringent property of Arjuna plant helps to cure acne and open pores.
  • Euphorbia plant: Helps to cure skin infections, wounds and burns.
  • Wild turmeric: It is not only a natural cleanser but also protects the skin from infection.

I didn’t like this face wash. Having a gel type texture many a timee I had to press the bottle real hard to squeeze some face wash out of it. Being a soap-free cleanser its does not lather. After washing I didn’t feel as if I had washed my face at all. It left my face really coarse and dry. My skin looked so flaky.

Will I repurchase it - No, I won’t buy this again.

Rating: 1

Biotique Cucumber Water

Biotique CUCUMBER WATER Face Freshener

Price: Rs 135 for 120 ml.

Product Description: Biotique’s Cucumber Water toner is a very effective cooling antiseptic freshener containing extracts of Coriander, Nutgalls, Cucumber and Berberry. Especially formulated to soothe skin, it also contains Peppermint Oil that helps tighten pores after cleansing.

About the ingredients:

  • Coriander: It has natural anti-bacterial properties that helps cure pimples.
  • Nutgalls: It has natural astringent properties which help to tighten open pores.
  • Cucumber: It is effective for sunburns and puffy eyes. It helps in soothing and softening your skin. It has natural cleansing and nourishing properties.
  • Berberry: Reduces skin infections.

This is my favorite and the best toner I have used till date.

What I like about it:

  • Leaves you feeling fresh. Quite soothing at the end of the day. Non-sticky.
  • I have a problem with visible open pores near the sides of my nose, resulting in pimple breakouts. My skin has becomes less pimple prone ever since I have been using this. Effectively tightens pores, I have very few open pores near my nose now.
  • My skin doesn’t burn while I am using it.
  • I don’t need to use a lot of it.

What I don’t like about it: Nothing.

If you have sensitive skin you, mix the toner with a little water to dilute it and then apply.

Will I repurchase it - Yes, Already bought it twice. This is my HG Toner . :)

Rating: 5

Biotique BERBERRY LOTION face cleanser

Berberry LotionPrice: Rs 135 for 120 ml.

Product Description: A gentle, non-foaming blend of herbal extracts with natural oils that deep cleanses the skin. Contains Berberry, Red Sandalwood, fenugreek, Lodhra Bark & Almond Oil.

About the ingredients:

  • Berberry: It helps to reduce skin infections.
  • Red Sandalwood: It helps to lighten scars caused by pimples. It also imparts a glow to your skin.
  • Fenugreek: It helps in nourishing the skin. Its medicinal properties help to reduces skin infections like burns and boils.
  • Lodhra bark: It has natural astringent properties.
  • Almond oil: It is an excellent moisturizer. It helps to Improves complexion, nourishes the skin leaving it soft and smooth. It helps to cure rashes and burns.

What I like about it:

  • Cleanses dirt easily. I don’t need to keep rubbing my face endlessly.
  • Excellent make up remover especially for eye-make up like mascara and liner. It comes off in a jiffy.
  • The texture is creamy unlike some cleansers which are very oily resulting in break outs.
  • Small quantity required while cleansing. One bottle lasts quite long.

What I don’t like about it:

  • If it gets into your eyes, it burns like anything. This is the only negative point with this product.

Will I repurchase it – Yes.

Rating: 4

Biotique PAPAYA SCRUB

Biotique papya Scrub

Price: Rs 180 for 85 gms

Product Description: 7-Day Facial Scrub: The enzymes contained in the Papaya Fruit remove dead epithelial cells and deep cleanse the skin. The rubbing of Papaya Fruit helps Speed up natural skin fresher and younger looking.

About the ingredients:

  • Papaya contains many natural fruits enzymes which are useful to the skin. The enzyme papain provides it with natural exfoliation properties- removing dead skin. This enzyme also has skin renewal and moisturizing properties. It also contains nutrients which help your skin to remain clear, soft and supple.
  • When I first saw this I found it to be a little expensive for the quantity it had to offer. But after using it, I feel it’s worth every penny.

What I like about it:

  • The scrub particles are pretty fine and gentle on the skin. They don’t hurt you or make your skin feel scratchy. I have used Himalaya walnut scrub earlier. It was good but I found the particles harsh my face.
  • I love the fragrance.
  • I love the soft fresh feeling on my face after scrubbing. My face feels so clean.
  • Though it says 7 day facial scrub, I find it so effective that I don’t need to scrub my face more than twice a week.

What I don’t like about it:

  • I wish it came in a tube than in such a broad mouth container so that I could remove the appropriate amount. With the wide mouth many a times I tend to scoop out more than what I actually need and many a times I have accidently poured a few drops of water into it.

Will I repurchase it – Yes, bought it twice already. My HG scrub. :)

Rating: 5

Biotique Morning Nectar

Biotique Morning Nectar

Price: Rs 135 for 120 ml, Rs 180 for 210 ml.

Product Description: Nourishing Lotion For All Skin Types: A light emulsion enriched with the natural goodness of Honey, Wheatgerm and Seaweed. This lotion is easily absorbed, replacing the natural oils and moisture the skin loses every day.

About the ingredients:

  • Honey: It helps in reducing pimples. It has a natural ability to absorb and retain moisture keeps skin hydrated. Honey’s natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun’s rays, leaving it feeling silky soft and supple.
  • Wheatgerm: Natural antioxidant property help skin from drying or cracking.
  • Seaweed: Seaweed has vitamins, minerals, and acids that are essential for healthy skin. This marine plant helps also slows the aging skin process while protecting it from the harsh environmental elements in the air and water.

I have a normal to dry skin, oily T-zone in summers and dry in winters.

This is the best face lotion I have used so far, especially for the winters when your skin looks dry and flaky. I hate it when face creams make your face appear oily and shiny – I didn’t face this problem with morning nectar. I am yet to figure out if it works the same way in the summers. I wish there was one face cream/lotion for the summers and winters.

What I like about it:

  • Best for winters, leaves my skin soft and moisturized.
  • Leaves your skin non-sticky and doesn’t shine (no oily finish).
  • Small quantity is enough; I don’t need to use loads of it.
  • Good for day & night.

What I don’t like about it:

  • It does not contain SPF.

Will I repurchase it - Yes.

If this works the same way in summers as it does in the winters – this would surely be my HG face lotion.

Rating: 4 (yet to figure out on how it behaves in summer)

Biotique Saffron youth dew

Biotique Safforn youth Dew

Price Rs 180 for 65 gms.

Product Description: Nourishing and Revitalizing Cream: Rich in pure Saffron, Almond and Pistachio oils. Also contains extracts of Turmeric and Wild Turmeric. This cream is a natural source of Vitamins and Minerals for nourishment of the skin.

About the ingredients:

  • Saffron: It has natural skin whitening and nourishing properties imparting glow and soft skin.
  • Almond Oil: It is an excellent moisturizer. It helps to Improves complexion, nourishes the skin leaving it soft and smooth. It helps to cure rashes and burns
  • Pistachio Oil: It nourishes, softens and hydrates the skin.
  • Tumeric: It protects from infection.

What I like about it:

  • My blemishes/spots became lighter, didn’t disappear though.
  • The fragrance.
  • It is a good night cream.

What I don’t like about it:

  • Leaves my faces greasy especially the T- zone area and forehead.
  • If I go out in the sun, after a while my faces gets very oily.
  • Not good for hot day.

Nothing great about it. Not sure if I would buy it again. Don’t like the greasy feeling.

Oil of wintergreen cream:

Biotique oil of Wintergreen

Price: Rs 135 for 16 gms.

Product Description: Spot Application for pimples only: A very useful combination of Wintergreen Oil, Neem Oil and extracts of Berberry and Euphorbia to control acne and skin problems.

About the ingredients:

  • Wintergreen Oil: It possesses natural astringent properties, helps to cure skin infections.
  • Neem Oil: It can lighten scars and pigmentation. It also soothes and moisturizes dry and cracked skin and cures itchy skin.
  • Berberry: Prevents skin infections.
  • Euphorbia: Helps to cure skin infections, wounds and burns.

I apply this on the pimple and leave it overnight. The pimple doesn’t disappear overnight, but I have seen them shrink and dry out. I have applied it on blemishes as well. They have lightened. This is the first pimple cream that has actually worked on me.

What I like about it:

  • Blemishes lightened and gradually disappeared.
  • Dries out the pimple without leaving a scar.
  • Use it only when there is a breakout.
  • Small quantity needs to be applied on the spot.

What I don’t like about it:

  • I wish they increased the quantity for the price.

Will I repurchase it -Yes, because it works well on me. :)

Rating: 4

Biotique Winter cherry

Biotique Winter Cherry

Price: Rs 135 for 120 ml, Rs 180 for 210 ml.

Product Description:

Body Lotion: A light nourishing lotion made of natural oils and plant extracts. It nourishes the skin leaving it soft and youthful. Contains oils of Sunflower, Safflower and Almond. Helps remove skin infections and blemishes.

About the ingredients:

  • Sunflower: It has the ability to help the skin retain moisture and also protect skin from Acne.
  • Safflower: It prevents water from leaving your skin. It helps to soften dry and rough skin.
  • Almond: Improves complexion , nourishes the skin leaving it soft and smooth.

What I like about it:

  • It is Non – greasy.
  • It helps get rid of blemishes.
  • It doesn’t leave your skin oily or itchy.
  • I  love the fragrance.
  • Nice soft feeling after application.

What I don’t like about it:

  • It doesn’t contain SPF.

Will I repurchase it - Yes.

Rating: 4

Biotique travel Kit

Biotique Travel Kit

For those who might want to try out Biotique products instead of buying in full size, you can buy the Biotique Travel kit. It has 7 travel size bottles (35 ml).Good for travel and testing purposes. These small bottles are not sold individually though.

Price: Rs 375 for the entire kit.

  1. Cucumber Water – toner
  2. Berberry lotion – cleansing milk/make up remover
  3. Winter Cherry – Body lotion
  4. Honey gel – face wash
  5. Apricot gel – Body wash
  6. Green Apple – Shampoo
  7. Morning Nectar – face lotion

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

jomol April 17, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Just want I wanted, a complete lowdown on Biotique products, now I can choose from this what I want and what I want to shut out. :-)

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Poornima April 17, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Good post Anoma.

I too share a love-hate relationship with Biotique products.

Love the Saffron Youth Dew and also the Morning nectar. But absolutely don’t like the Honey Cleanser as well as the Apple Shampoo :-(

I bought the coconut milk cream for my mom and it worked wonders on her blemished skin.
.-= Poornima´s last blog ..The Body Shop Haul-My B’day gift from hubby =-.

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priyanka April 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Nice post Anoma..

Through out the post i was thinking that you have written wrong spellings for berberry, and then i realized that you have written the right spellings but i’m mixing it up with Burberry the brand.. lol :doh:

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Palak April 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm

surprisingly , I dont find its papaya scrub effective on me :(
I stopped using this sometimes back , but recently discovered that it wd be great as a Hand scrub :D
Nice review , you are tempting me to try oil of wintergreen “D

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Mrunmayee April 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Wow Anoma… Such a useful post… I totally know what you mean abt love-hate relationship with Biotique… But luckily I have more love and less hate experiences with Biotique… :-))

And I NEVER knew abt this travel kit… Gotta get this ASAP… ;-)

Thank you very much… :-D

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Anoma April 20, 2010 at 1:28 am

Glad you found this post useful. the travel kit is quite handy – you can travel light :)

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Kalpana Doluweeera April 29, 2011 at 10:42 am

I also Having Love Hate relationship with Biotique. But most of the time those products work awesome for me. :heart:
I have used papaya scrub, winter cherry and saffron youth dew among above products and also fruit pack, alovera SPF 75, coconut cream, sandalwood SPF 50 and Almond eye cream. :secret2:
Fruit pack is extremely good product and continues use make your skin fair. Its True. I really Love. And it reduce pimple marks and blemishes too. :bravo:
Coconut cream also good I use it as under eyes and when it apply on cheeks I got pimple because of its creaminess. :pissedoff:
Alovera SPF 75 isn’t work one me. but its good moisturizer.
Sandlewood SFP 50 is really good.
Also almod eye is the worst cream. money wasted. :devil:
I want to try wintergreen cream and redwood cream. also hair care range.
Since I’m from Sri Lanka we got these products very rare and in only few leading stores. also its very expensive in Sri Lankan Rupee Value. :shout:

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Amanda October 16, 2012 at 9:38 am

Hi, where do you buy Biotique products in Sri Lanka. Im looking everywhere but couldn’t find it. Could you please let me know where i can buy them. Thanks

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soujanya May 3, 2011 at 9:37 am

Very very useful post.. I totally loved it. I wanted to read a review like this on Biotique products since a long time.. Biotique products hace really helped my hair immensely though the skin products have not done nay good at all. Since, mine is a combination skin type I rarely find products which suit my skin and i was convinced into buying the skin care set worth about Rs. 1000 by a consultant in “Health and Glow” outlet. I used all the products as per the instructions but soon my skin started getting lot of pimples and turned dark., esp the papaya scrub, I could use it just once as my skin starts burning as soon as i apply it on my face. Now, I really dont know what to do with such an expensive product, all the money I have paid seems wasted :(.

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pink.ladybug May 17, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Great post!!
I’ve used Morning Nectar and it healed my flaky skin perfectly when regular moisturizer failed. (we’d gone to hills for vacation).

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ipsa pradhan July 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Can anybody please suggest me hw to take care of my skin bcoz day by day my skin became dull & dark really.During my working period whn i go out to sun expose my skin became oily (excess).Just reply me which i should use ?

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Pooja August 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Hi,

Just shampooed with the Biotique Green Apple Shampoo…I have an oily scalp. The bottle mentions its a Shampoo & Conditioner. I am a sucker for conditioners and never wash my hair without pre oiling and post conditioning. And I must say that even though I did not use a conditioner for the first time after shampoo…my hair felt soft..and sqeeky clean!

It worked well for me! :)

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Vinu October 16, 2011 at 9:35 am

IS BIOTIQUE Product is really Chemical Free??????

Most of the ppl here aware abt the Chemical called SLS or SLES which is the cancer causing agent which is used in detergents, floor cleaners, Car Wash liquids (in high concentration) & in Shampoos, body/Face Wash, Soaps (in lower Concentration). SLS/SLES produces foam and lather.

Recently i bought Biotique Seaweed Body Gel. I read the ingredients list (in the side of the label) and found that it is ok. And i searched for the Price which is mentioned in a separate label pasted at the bottom of the bottle. I bought the product.
Once i reached home and checked for the price again in the label at the bottom, i got shocked to see that they have mentioned a separate Ingredients list near the price in the small font where they mentioned SLS as one of the ingredient.
Wat a silly idea to sell the product mentioning as Pure Bio product.
Their Green Apple Shampoo is also havin SLS in it.
Is Biotique is really a Ayurvedic product. So plz check while getting Biotique.

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Pooja November 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Himalaya Herbal Protien Shampoo does not contain SLS

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shweta January 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm

i ve used their coconut cream and it hasnt worked on my pigmentation or blemishes a bit,i thot it will give me some relief atleast bt in vain :pissedoff:
whereas morning nectar m loving it ..makes my skin soo smooth.. :inlove:
anyone can please suggest some herbal measur fr same,i’ll b really thankfull :announce:

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shalu February 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm

my skin was normal and fair………but after using Biotique Saffron Dew it turned darker and acne prone……..so eveyone plz beware
:(

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shalu February 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm

nodoubt….morning nector and milk
protein pack are great………..but big no to safforn dew

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Meghna January 3, 2014 at 3:45 am

hi there. Can you please tell me where in mumbai can i find biotique products ? Pls. Thank you

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