Primally Pure Review – what I love & what’s just okay

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Over the past 5 years or so (and maybe even before that), I’ve been learning a lot about the clean beauty industry. I didn’t really intend to become a clean beauty advocate or anything, but I fell in love with a tinted moisturizer from a clean brand, and after that, I started to learn much more about why clean skincare and makeup is important and about the lack of regulations in the beauty industry (and that’s saying something, considering I’m generally not a fan of more regulations in business). And now that I have two kids, I care more than ever about the products we’re using on our bodies in our house. I’m not perfect (and if a product works SUPER well for me and it’s not perfectly clean, I’ll still use it!), but I try to do my best.

Deodorant was one of the first personal care products I switched out and Primally Pure deodorant was the first one I found that actually worked well! I’ve been using it for about 8 years and now it’s one of my favorite brands for skincare and body products. I’ve used multiple items from Primally Pure for Thomas’ skin as well, which is VERY dry and VERY sensitive. Not only are their products clean, but they also feel very high end, and they all smell AMAZING. I’m typically sensitive to strong smells (and we’re talking about natural essentials oils even!), but I love all of the scents from Primally Pure. Since they’re made with 100% clean ingredients, I never get a headache from them.

My Primally Pure Review

Primally Pure was founded by Bethany McDaniel, who grew up in a family who started a beyond organic livestock farm in Southern California called Primal Pastures. Through that family business, she learned how amazing eating real food was her health, and that inspired her to look into starting a beauty and skincare brand that focused on the same thing: real, whole ingredients.

Their motto is “fewer is better”, meaning, the fewer ingredients in a product, the better it is. All of their products are made with real ingredients that come directly from nature. And the most impressive part is that the products deliver legit results. I also love that source many of their ingredients from family-owned farms.

In today’s post, I’m sharing my thoughts about Primally Pure, what the brand is about, what makes it special, and which products I love and want to try next. Let’s jump right in!

The Best Primally Pure Products

Primally Pure Plumping Mist

Let’s start with Primally Pure Plumping Mist. I have incredibly dry skin. And this mist is one of my favorite mid-day hacks for hydration. (I also like the face mist from Dime Beauty!) I find that most of the face mists I’ve used make me feel dryer than before once the mist dries, but not this one. My skin feels rehydrated immediately after I use this and for the rest of the day. The smell is amazing too. I keep this on my office desk for a mid-day spritz! It contains aloe vera, peppermint, glycerin, rose, and witch hazel.

You can use the Plumping Mist to set your makeup, or use it after your cleansing step in your skincare routine, but I prefer it throughout the day since I already have a favorite toner for post-cleansing.

Primally Pure Fancy Face Serum

The Fancy Face Serum is a newer product from Primally Pure. It’s great for all skin types and SO effective at diminishing fine lines, scarring, age spots, discolorations and more. It comes in two versions, one is not made for pregnancy, but they have a specific version of this Fancy Face Serum that was specifically formulated for pregnancy and breast-feeding that is made with out neem oil, thyme essential oil, cypress essential oil, and carrot seed essential oil.

Primally Pure Dry Shampoo

Primally Pure’s dry shampoo is SUPER popular for good reason. They have to versions: one for light locks and one for dark hair (I know brunette girls love to hear that!). This dry shampoo uses kaolin clay and organic arrowroot powder absorb moisture while adding texture and volume, and it also contains organic essential oils of grapefruit (which has natural cleansing properties), lavender (soothes your scalp) and peppermint (stimulates hair growth).

Unlike most dry shampoos you’ve probably used, you do not spray this into your hair, but rather shake it into your scalp, sort of like baby powder. Use a few shakes on your roots, and then blend it in with your fingertips. If you use it before bedtime rather than right before you’re going out, you’ll have even better absorption. This product CAN make a little bit of a mess so use it before you get dressed for the day!

Primally Pure Body Butter

I LOVE the Primally Pure Body Butter. In fact, it’s one of the only body butters I use when Thomas has really dry skin. It’s super thick and hydrating, and it’s smooth to apply (which is nice compared to some grainier ones I’ve tried). The larger 4 oz size lasts a few months for me, and I use a quarter size amount every-time. You can buy it in a set of three to try all the scents, which is what I recommend. They’re all amazing, but my favorites are the lavender and eucalyptus.

Read more about how to use body butter in this post.

Primally Pure Body Butter texture

Primally Pure Review – Body Oil

If you like a long bath or massage, you will LOVE the Primally Pure Body Oil. It makes a great gift because it’s so luxurious, smells amazing, and truly hydrates your skin. The body oil contains a blend of aromatic, nourishing and essentials oils, so your skin is super smooth and soft after using it. However, it’s pretty thick and a bit greasy so I prefer to use it at night rather than during the day, if I use it at all. I would say that this falls into the “just okay” category.

Like the body butter, the body oil also comes in a trio which allows you to try all three scents before committing to a full size. Paired with the body butter, your skin will be SO soft.

Primally Pure Clarifying Serum

This Clarifying Serum is my employee’s favorite product from Primally Pure. She struggles with combination and breakout prone skin, and had never used a facial oil before this (the serum is in oil form). She was concerned about adding more oil to her already breakout prone skin (since we’re all taught oil = acne, which isn’t necessarily the truth), and once she tried it, she was shocked by how well her skin responded. I’ve learned over the years that usually the trick is getting your skin balanced to help prevent breakouts. If you dry your skin out too much with harsh ingredients, you may break out from that too!

The clarifying serum is made for acne-prone skin, so it’s a great option if you struggle with breakouts. The oil contains green tea with EGCG, marula oil and prickly pear seed oil are rich in vitamins C, E and K to treat active breakouts, acne scarring and sun damage. You don’t feel greasy after using it, but your skin does glow.

I’ve found that the best way to apply facial oil to my skin is to add it to my night cream and blend the two, or to apply a dropper of oil to the back of my hands and then use the back of my hands to apply the oil to my face. This helps prevent the oil from absorbing right into my palms, PLUS the back of your hands will appreciate the hydration.

Primally Pure Clarifying Serum

Primally Pure Review – Lip Balm

I’m a big lip gloss/stick/balm girl, and the Primally Pure lip balm is on my list of favorites. they use ingredients like tallow from grass-fed cows, coconut oil and organic cocoa butter. This combination helps hydrate and heal chapped lips. Since each lip balm is only $4, I’d make sure to add something else to your order so that you don’t spend more money on shipping than the gloss actually costs. That, or buy the set and get all 5 scents!

Primally Pure Gua Sha

If you’ve never used a Gua Sha or facial jade roller, you are missing out. Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique from TCM (which stands for traditional Chinese medicine). Using the Gua Sha stone, you lightly pull and lift your skin in massage motions to help promote lymphatic drainage and relieve muscle tension. I wish I was better about using my Gua Sha since I know it requires time and practice to really appreciate the results. Even with just one use though, you’ll notice de-puffing and the softening of fine lines and wrinkles.

Read how to use a Gua Sha tool properly under the “How To Use” section here. The Primally Pure jade roller also helps depuff your skin, but it requires less technique. I keep mine in my car and roll it on my tired face on the way to pilates or early morning appointments! Either would make a great gift paired with one of their serums and a cozy robe. If you need a bathrobe recommendation, try the Cozy Robe from LAKE Pajamas.

Primally Pure Review – Dry Brush

I’m adding the Primally Pure Dry Brush to this list since it’s SUPER popular, but I have to admit that I’m not consistent about using mine!

To use the Body Dry Brush, you’ll want to start at your feet and brush upwards in short, gentle strokes. Brush counterclockwise over your belly to help improve digestion, and then brush from your hands to your heart. You’ll always brush towards your heart. To finish, you’ll brush DOWN towards your armpits to flush out the toxins and promote lymphatic drainage.

For the Facial Dry Brush, you’ll start at your neck, brushing in downward strokes to promote lymphatic drainage. Then, work all over your face, moving from the center of your face towards your hairline. The goal is NOT to scrub your skin, but get your blood and lymphatic fluid moving.

You can order the brushes in a set, and it would be a great gift for a beauty or wellness guru!

For more Primally Pure product reviews, see this post on Primally Pure Deodorant.

Primally Pure Customer Service

I love Primally Pure’s team. They’re friendly, prompt, and helpful. They do a great job of making their customers and audience feel like family, even though the company is growing. I’ve always had great experiences with their customer service.

Primally Pure Shipping

You can get free shipping on every Primally Pure order over $75, which is what I always do. I wait until I need to replace 2-3 products, and order them at once to get free shipping. Since Primally Pure products are not cheap, getting to $75 isn’t too difficult.

They have a great return policy too. They’ll process returns or exchanges within 60 days of your purchase for any reason, so you have plenty of time to try products out. If you have any issues, they’re happy to help make it right.  Orders processed after 60 days, will be given store credit.

You can use this form for any returns or exchange requests.

Is Primally Pure Worth It?

100% yes. I LOVE my Primally Pure products. While they don’t deliver clinical results like some other products I use (like this pricey serum and these peel pads), they are some of the BEST products I’ve tried when my skin is super dry and irritated and nothing soothes it. They are also pregnancy and nursing safe so if that is a concern, this is a GREAT brand. I feel like they are even more natural than Beautycounter (which doesn’t use all natural-products, but does prioritize safety), but I don’t feel like they are quite as effective as anti-aging. But if SUPER clean, natural products are the most important for you or you struggle to get dryness or oiliness under control, the brand is definitely worth trying.

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