Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Game-changer
I'm a skin-care junkie, and have a huge collection of cleansers, oils, moisturisers and masks, ranging from pretty standard to reasonably luxury. I'd been using them all to great effect until January, when I suddenly started getting awful spots on my chin and jawline. They were very painful, and it didn't matter what I changed on my face or diet, they weren't budging. I spoke to my doctor who prescribed an antibacterial cream, which although worked slightly in the short term, was incredibly drying, and I was advised not to use it for too long and not once it started getting sunny (as I was at increased risk of burning). I'd just about decided to invest in a consultation with a dermatologist when Carbon Theory popped up on my Instagram. The before and after photos were very convincing, and when I saw how cheap the products were I decided that this would be my last attempt at clearing up my skin before paying out a fortune on professional help. I am SO GLAD that I did. I'm now four weeks into using the cleansing bar and moisturiser. In the first week or so they seemed to have an immediate effect on the redness of existing spots and scarring, and spots seemed to be clearing up more quickly. I then had a quite a few small spots and whiteheads pop up, which panicked me, but when I read reviews they said to persevere as it was the impurities being drawn out. My skin at this point is infinitely better than it was. The pores on my cheeks are non existent, where they'd previously been quite big. I only have a couple of very small and easily covered spots left on my chin, along with slight scarring which I think will fade. My skin is super soft, and seems less oily and much brighter than it has in the last couple of months. I find the moisturiser very refreshing to apply - it rubs in easily and a little goes a long way. I think using it in combination with the bar has given me the results I have experienced, but I do think that the moisturiser alone is what has improved the texture and brightness of my skin. I totally recommend it!! For reference, my skin is classic combination - oily t-zone and fairly dry elsewhere. I also live in London (thanks pollution...) and have been told previously that my skin is dehydrated (MUST up the water intake). I wouldn't want to say how this product works on other skin types, but I have found it very effective on mine. Now if they could just add a bit of anti-ageing to it so I don't need to add anything else to my routine...
Most Helpful Critical Review Nothing yet but staying hopeful
I've been using the Bar & Moisturiser for almost 2 weeks now and no positive change so far (but no harm either). To be fair my acne is currently pretty severe so I wouldn't expect any magic, however I was really counting on the moisturiser to nourish and balance the dryness of my skin caused by acne meds (my skin is otherwise oily) and it does not do the job. Anyway from my experience no skincare products ever really make an immediate difference as the skin needs time adjusting to the new product so will keep with it for now. So the 3 stars are because: - I am also using oral antibiotics and a topical Retinol cream prescribed by the GP and together with the Bar, my skin is getting very dry and breaking in the area where my acne is (around jawline). I hoped the moisturiser will help balance that out, but it only does so very briefly after putting it and does not hold up throughout the day (I am using it and the Bar twice a day, morning and night). - the moisturiser is too thick/heavy to my taste- leaves some white on the skin kind of like putting sunscreen... - I don't love the smell of either product. Not the end if the world but not the nicest feeling. However the way Carbon Theory seem to be doing things is exactly what I am looking for in my skincare products; they are made from natural ingredients that I trust to be good and nourishing for the skin. Considering what seems to be a wonderful formula on both products, I expect them to help bring my skin back to a more balanced complexion and at least reduce blemishes if not the actual acne. Since I don't think they are causing any harm I'll keep using for now and give them a chance. Hope this helps.
Reviewed by 406 customers Heavy cream, not for oily/combo
Jen from Los Angeles
I feel like this cream is for someone who may be more on the dry side with breakouts. It is soooo thick and heavy and it took forever to absorb into my skin. I have oil/combination skin dry on the cheeks and super oily on the Tzone. For that reason I usually go for lightweight creams or gel/water based. It made me breakout even more than before probably because it contains coconut oil, this is not non-comedogenic and it definitely clogged my pores.
Great for Breakout Control
MGS from Ontario, Canada
I use this product after using a cleanser and the Carbon Theory tonic. This product is lightweight, hydrating and goes well with the tonic. I have hormonal acne and has been very helpful in controlling active break outs. Only downside is the Tea Tree scent is quite overpowering (may not be a con for those who like that scent).
Kait from Portland
This moisturizer saved my forehead from the worst breakout i have ever had. My entire forehead was covered and after a week of using this and the ordinaries niacinamide 10%, my face was almost totally clear. I think i had about three zits left out of what felt like a million. It seems thick but it doesnt make you feel greasy or oily at all. It does take a little extra work to rub it in but i will take that over feeling greasy any day! The only downside is that the bottle totally sucks. Its cute and compact but its hard to get product out of if its not stored upside down and i can see it being super difficult when theres not much left.
Tiffany from Michigan
Product isn't earth shattering. Can't say I've noticed much of a difference after using for a few weeks, but the smell is horrible and the package is impossible to work with. Don't think I will reorder.
LNS from Watertown, NY
Would not recommend. I used it for 5 days and broke out with so many pimples. I bought it because it had tea tree in it and have had good experiences with other products using tea tree. I should have looked into the ingredients more before buying because it has coconut oil in it which is a severe comedogenic. Will be returning.
Leah from Pennsylvania
Meh. It's...fine? Other reviews are correct in saying that it's very heavy feeling. It almost feels greasy while applying and requires more time to work into the skin than other products. It didn't make me break out but it didn't solve any current breakouts, either. The packaging is the WORST. The bottle practically unusable.
Love this stuff!
Lydia from ...
I've recently been struggling with dry skin and mild breakouts. This stuff works wonders at combating both of those things! It moisturizes without clogging my pores or leaving a greasy feeling. My breakouts have also calmed down and are beginning to go away. Highly recommend this product!
Dani from Michigan
I could literally feel this on my skin and it felt oily. Hated it but love their other products
Cindy O from Austin
The bottle does not squeeze correctly. I even removed the lid. Maybe I got a bad bottle. Additionally it felt heavy on my skin. Maybe just use it at night. I wanted to like it because the face scrub is great.
Love the moisturiser makes my
Anna T. from Undisclosed
Love the moisturiser makes my skin feel soft and none greasy.
So far so good!
Alex G. from Undisclosed
I had a really horrible breakout on my face recently and I had changed my cleanser. My friend told me about Carbon Theory so I decided to buy the cleanser bar and moisturiser. The products arrived really quickly, I've used them for over a week and have seen a reduction in the amount of large, sore spots on my chin. Hopefully with further use, they'll go away completely. The parts of my face without spots are lovely and soft too!
Part of my routine now
Benjamin S. from Undisclosed
Wasn't prone to big breakouts but did get regular spots in the t zone. Can't remember the last one I got now. Part of my regular routine from now on.
Kathryn M. from Undisclosed
love my moisturiser. My skin feel so lovely and soft. Highly recommended
Sarah C. from Undisclosed
This moisturiser is AMAZING! It's left my skin feeling soft and smooth and I've noticed a huge reduction in clogged pores and breakouts. In the past I've really struggled to find a moisturiser that works without being heavy or greasy... this is definitely the one! I couldn't recommend it enough.
Excellent service and products, will
Sara L. from Undisclosed
Excellent service and products, will definitely buy again.
Rebecca B. from Undisclosed
As someone who suffers from rosacea, my sister has become a carbon theory convert. The product has helped to clear her skin and make it less irritated. I bought these as a gift for her because of the health benefits and high quality ingredients and these will be repeat purchases as they have been a God send when other products haven't worked-holy grail of her beauty regime now!
Oh my! A product that works!
Jenny O. from Undisclosed
Oh my! This is the moisturiser I've been looking for! Not greasy, sticky or heavy. Light and does a great job of feeding my skin and calming it down. I got this as a combination with the soap and the purifying tonic. My skin is the best it's been in years. Just feels healthy and the finish is mattifying. I had a cystic outbreak and it was a real battle but the carbon therapy products joined forces and rather than having week cycles of fighting the, and waiting for them to heal, not empty and going again it was a few days of treating with the Tonic, soap and moisturiser and they had settled to nothing. They didn't scar either! The Level of these products is amazing. Thank you for providing a product that actually works!
Best moisturiser yet!!
Maria L. from Undisclosed
I've been using this moisturiser for about a month now and I can't even explain the confidence it gives me after applying. Usually moisturisers make me super oily and shiny however this one looks so smooth and almost matte. The texture is the perfect mixture of thick and thin therefore not too much or too little. The extra bonus is it's helped control my breakouts!!
ben w. from Undisclosed
Great product, excellent sustainable case too! Love the feel on my skin and texture when washing, thank you.
Smells and feels refreshing
Elly M. from Undisclosed
Smells and feels refreshing
Laura G. from Undisclosed
Brought as part of the breakout set and absolutely loving it. I had a few spots to begin with as my skin got used to the new products but now barley anything and if I do it is gone within a couple of days. I have to wear a mask all day at work as I'm a Nurse but this moistures has helped keep my skin smooth and soft I have already purchased some more. Will not use anything else now!
Outstanding, I always found moisturisers
Nicola D. from Undisclosed
Outstanding, I always found moisturisers left my skin greasier then before so this product was a breath of fresh air
Light mattefying moisturiser, doesn't feel
Michael M. from Undisclosed
Light mattefying moisturiser, doesn't feel greasy at all! Smells great too. Only recently added into skincare routine but looking forward to seeing the long term effects
I love it!
Sarah F. from Undisclosed
Super product, my skin is clear and so smooth! It's really helped with my dry patches! Will definitely buy again! Just wish the bottle was a bit easier to squeeze to get the moisturiser out!
So good even on the
Julia H. from Undisclosed
So good even on the most sensitive of skin! Outbreaks have reduce and my confidence has grown. Great product range.