Review of St. Botanica Retinol 2.5% + Vitamin E and Hyaluronic acid professional facial serum

I have been using this product since 2 years now. I have repurchased it twice already so you can trust this review because I have a very long term experience with this product πŸ€—

st Botanica retinol and hyaluronic acid professional facial serum
  • Packaging: The packaging is good. It is a sturdy glass bottle with a pump at the top. They provide a protective case for the pump so there is no accidental spillage and wastage. It is a small travel-friendly bottle.
protective cover to ensure no accidental spills
  • Quantity : You get 20ml which is a fairly decent quantity for a serum considering you will not need too much. Mine lasted around 6months while I used it almost every alternate day on average.
  • Expiry: This product has a shelf life of 2 years as claimed by the manufacturer
  • Fragrance : I find it difficult to describe the fragrance. It is rather mild and is neither unpleasant nor ambrosial.
  • Texture and Consistency : It had a thin watery consistency and spreads well so use it sparingly. Remember you will require just 1-2 pumps, no more. Although it is almost as thin as water, it feels like there are minutely coarse particles within it. The liquid is light yellowish in colour. It gets absorbed in an instant and feels very lightweight.
  • Pricing : The MRP is INR1799 at present. But, you know me – I love a good deal. I bought it for 1199 the first time and then I paid 899 for the second one. The one I recently purchased cost me 999. So now you know the approximate range of discounts.
price of st Botanica retinol face serum
  • Ingredients : I love products with active ingredients like vitamin A. I understand the dangers associated with synthetic forms of vitamin A. But, over -the-counter available products do not usually come in harmful doses. This ingredient works like a charm for everything. Be it acne, wrinkles, pores shrinking – vitamin A has been the answer to all my woes since decades. This serum boasts of 2.5% retinol (a form of vitamin A), vitamin E which is a good antioxidant and vitamin C which helps with the elasticity and collagen in the skin. Another lovely ingredient here is Hyaluronic acid which is great for keeping skin hydrated. These are just the ingredients that convinced me to purchase this product.
ingredients in st Botanica face serum
  • Usage: Pump a tiny amount on your finger and spread all over your face and neck. It is a good idea to follow up with a moisturizer as the skin can feel a bit dry with this serum at times.
  • Claims : The manufacturer claims this face serum will eliminate skin dryness and damage caused from sun exposure and pollution, maintains elasticity while promoting collagen synthesis and exfoliating dead skin. This product does not contain mineral oil and toxic chemicals such as paraben, phthalate, and sulfates. It has not been tested on animals. St.Botanica is a PETA-certified cruelty-free brand.
  • Efficacy: While st. Botanica’s serum definitely does not hydrate, it helps with wrinkles, pore-reduction and evening out one’s skintone.
  • Negatives : You will need to invest in a seperate moisturizer. The price is also on the higher side.

I hope my review helps you to make an informed decision. Please note I am not a dermatologist and do not hold any certificate in the topics posted. I certainly hope my review helps you in some way, but please exercise caution keep your specific skin conditions in mind before using any new products.

Stay Beautiful Always,
Inside out,


    1. Yes of course….I absolutely love coconut oil. I live in south India. The place is filled with coconut trees. We use coconut oil, paste, gratings, shavings, milk in everything….almost. πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ƒπŸŒˆπŸ˜ŠπŸ₯₯πŸ₯₯πŸ₯₯πŸ₯₯🏝🏝🏝🏝


              1. Virgin olive oil or oil produced under cold compressing of olives is more expensive because it requires more labor and less mass production is used …
                But olives are not that expensive and the kilogram that is ready made for consumption is no more than 2 or 3 dollars or like now 6000 Lebanese Liras …This is the ready made
                Those that are still raw cost even less than that price …We prepare them for lunch after they are opened and put in water for a few days for their bitter taste to go away …They become yummy …


                1. Wow….I didn’t know olives start out bitter…
                  I’m sure the cold pressed varieties are pricey….just like our cold pressed coconut/sesame/groundnut oils cost a little more.
                  2 or 3 dollars for an entire kg……
                  Out here we get olives in brine for minimum 3 dollars. That’s for 450gms…so a little less than a kg. This is one of the best things about blogging….being able to connect with people from around the globe and learning about their culture and food habits and traditions etc….learning things you’d never know sitting at home. Thank you for sharing Wael.


                    1. That’s very true Wael….that is definitely way better than virtual connections. In fact I feel people drift away from real human connections and just stare at their phones all day long since WhatsApp and social media entered our age. People ignore real people to connect with strangers, most of whom aren’t revealing their real side anyway….
                      I really dislike social media platforms like fb etc. I dont have these apps on my phone. I open them on my laptop or so once in a blue moon. They’re good in a way too….but I guess it depends on the user, dont you think….
                      Maybe I should take some paper and pen and sit in a cave…lol….that would be the perfect life…amidst God and nature, no technology, no money, struggling to survive….πŸ€ͺπŸ˜…πŸŒˆπŸ™ƒ I sound like some cranky old cave woman nah?


                    2. No life is perfect …I am not saying that technology is all pros but I think technology has offered us ways to choose to see variety of cultures and facilitate our lives …
                      I could learn new things and have an idea about things before trying them …
                      I used to think that life in the past was like heaven in nature but at the old times, communication was slower on far distances and there were more poverty as older people told me …
                      I read that in India , there is green agricultural revolution and promoting renewable energy resources…Agriculture progressing has reduced famine and reduced poverty in India from almost 80 % to 40 % and in china to 18 percent …
                      Let us focus on more the good side of things …


                    3. True true Wael….technology comes with good and bad….it depends on the user….and it depends mainly on our perception and focus I guessπŸ˜ƒπŸ”


                    4. Oh I totally agree….but in reality there are not many right people or friends who truly care….everyone is there to get you….its how much you can ignore / forgive. Cant hold it against them…..its a fallen world πŸ™ƒπŸ˜ŠπŸŒˆ


                    5. I learned to keep healthy distances and I found from experience that you may have conversations with people from time to time but keeping boundaries while loving others is better usually …

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                    6. I’m so glad you found a formula that works for you and it seems like a great idea….but is there such a thing as a true friend? A good person? A genuine human being? Everyone is just out to get you…..
                      With God, He makes it easier for me to ignore, forgive and forget. But some days, I’m just a whiney old cranky lady who wants to spit fire on everyone ….like a dragon🀣😝πŸ€ͺπŸ‰πŸ².


                    7. Hahaha …
                      You seem cute and you like to joke …
                      I once was joking with 2 German girls …The driver of the bus was speaking in a loud voice and one of the complained . I told her jokingly that he was Hitler. This girl smiled from ear to ear but her friend yelled that it was not funny …I got upset and surprised …I apologized but did not talk to her anymore …


                    1. The unit we use to weigh things in India is a kilogram too…we don’t use pounds out here. Everything is sold by the kg and in litres. What do you’ll use lts or oz?


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