We Just Tried The Infamous Better Skin Mirakle Cream

They call it "genius in a jar." Is it all hype? Here's what we think.

BY: Amber
Okay, not sure why it took so long for us to discover this cream because apparently makeup artists have been using it on their models and beauty editors have been swearing by the Better Skin Mirakle Cream for a while now as well.

We all know that we don’t have to suffer from dry skin to need to adequately add moisture to our skin twice daily (hopefully?). If we want a decent woke-up-like-did face and to age gracefully, a quality moisturizer need to be a part of our morning and nighttime routines. There’s just no way around it.

Of course, there are gazillions of cream emollients out there — you can find a good affordable moisturizer in your go-to drugstore or Target. You’ll find nice mid-range ones at Ulta or Sephora. You can certainly find a luxurious jar of moisturizer at the beauty counter of a luxury department store. Basically, you can find a great moisturizer everywhere. That means there’s tons of options. So how do you find the right one? We got you.


The Better Skin Company

We had a feeling we were going to love this little jar of magic before we even tried it because it’s made by a company who feels as passionate as we do about good skin. Makeup is fun, but skin is important.

So The Better Skin Company only has one product: Better Skin Mirakle Cream. Yup, that’s right. One product. Which is totally fine with us. We love that they’ve dedicated so much time and energy on creating one stellar product that can outperform products in the same genre that retail for two, three, some even four times the amount. Oh, yeah and they proudly note (in hot pink text) on their site that the products are all tested on willing humans and never on animals. Score.


The story

Guys, there’s such a touching history behind the cream. In a nutshell, Natalya Rachkova, a gorgeous brunette, emigrated from The Republic of Uzbekistan with her family and secret “Magic cream” recipe in tow. She started her own aesthetician practice, yet kept concocting her home-brewed elixir in her kitchen. Then she met Murphy D. Bishop, II, a tastemaker in the beauty industry, and after he noticed the bowl of cream cooling on her counter he tried it, fell in love, and boom, the inception of the Better Skin Mirakle Cream. We’re sure there were tears.

For the longest, we have been in mad pursuit of a go-to multitasking cream by a cruelty-free brand. Way harder task than it should be. While there are plenty of creams and moisturizers on the market made by companies that don’t test on animals, either they were non-effective or too damn expensive. Like who really has $98 for moisturizer?


The moisturizer

We’re minimalists at heart. The fact that this cream is multitasking – it moisturizes and problem-solves simultaneously – is what made us initially put in the order for a jar to try out. The less steps we have to take, the better. This mirakulous (see what we did there?) cream is suitable for all skin types – oily, dry, or combo. If you have problematic skin, like skin that’s prone to acne, this stuff is worth the try.

We’re passionate about high-performing products. We’ll pretty much pay anything if a product delivers. Sometimes people hear ‘natural’ and think that the product is going to be ineffective. Not true.

Talk about a multi-tasker. Here’s just a few things this cream does: increase hydration of the skin, helps skin retain moisture, protects your skin from free radicals, decreases hyper pigmentation such as sun/age spots, reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, firms, tones, and tightens skin, reduces inflammation. Need we go on?


What’s inside the jar

So like we said, Natalya made this cream for a while in her kitchen. Know what they means, right? All the ingredients can be found in your kitchen a.k.a. they’re all natural. There are no chemicals, no parabens, no alcohol, none of that fake, toxic crap. You can’t have better skin if you’re constantly putting harmful junk on it, duh.

We’re so over those days when we bought beauty products, especially skincare, without reading the ingredients first. Just like with food, the more recognizable the ingredients are, the better they probably are. Some of what’s inside is coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, aloe, and sea buckthorn. Sounds yummy, right? But not so fast. See, the thing is, we have acne-prone skin, and since some of those ingredients rank high on the comedogenic scale, we never went through trying this cream out on our face since we didn’t want to stimulate breakouts/clogged pores. More on that below.

Some more good? It’s also gluten-free and fragrance free, which makes it perfect for layering and great for people who have allergic reactions to fragrances.


How we used it

ICYMI: we’re all about natural beauty, especially skincare. But here’s the thing — since we have sensitive, oily, and acne-prone skin we have to be super cautious when trying new products. Lots of natural products are filled with tons of clean, “good for you” botanically-rich ingredients. This is why we made the attempt to switch over to a completely natural skincare routine. But these formulas tend to be heavier, greasier, and therefore can clog pores, which of course leads to breakouts and blemishes.

Trust us, we learned the hard way. All into the green/natural beauty revolution, we got rid of all our products that contained benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid and replaced them with botanical-rich products…and within two weeks we broke. out. like. crazy. It was like we were suddenly 17 again, getting pimples by the hour. It was horrid.

Needless to say, we went straight back to the cleansers and spot treatments that had kept our skin looking great for 7+ years post Accutane, but it broke our hearts when we realized that we would not being able to transition to a completely natural skincare regimen. So we were super excited to try the Better Skin Mirakle Cream because it promised to improve skin that’s freaking the eff out like our was. However, the shea butter and coconut oil that this cream contains were pretty big red flags, since these ingredients are sort of infamous for clogging pores. So here’s what happened: we didn’t end up using it as a night cream as anticipated, but we did use it to keep other dry areas extra moisturized — hands, neck, elbows. Did we see any miracles happen? Not yet. But hey, consistency is everything, so let’s see where this goes.


The service

Companies who treat their customers well are the only companies we like to buy from. It’s one of the reasons we love NAP. If you missed our luxe beauty haul, you can check it out here.) First of all, there’s free shipping over $34 at The Better Skin Company, which is already a good rate. Pretty easy to spend a little over thirty bucks on skincare, right? But get this, the Mirakle cream, The Better Skin Company’s only product, retails at exactly $34. So that means if you buy at least one jar, you’re set with free shipping. 

There’s a story on their site from a reviewer who was heading on an international trip and panicked at the thought of not being able to travel with the Mirakle cream. Guess what? Hours later a brand new jar was hand-delivered to her place. Hand. Delivered. I mean, come on. What more could a girl ask for? Her anxiety was settle and her trip was off to the best start. Yes, it’s just beauty products and yes, The Better Skin Company is just a beauty company. But when (companies) go out of their way to please their customers, it means something. We feel special, appreciated, and like giving them more of our money. So really, it’s a win-win.

BTW, out of the 67 reviews currently on their site, 61 of them are five stars. That’s got to be unprecedented, no?


Unfortunately, the Better Skin Mirakle Cream was just not a right fit for our acne-prone skin type as an everyday moisturizer. But have you ever tried this cream? What was your experience? Please let us know by dropping a comment below, especially if you have oily or acne-prone skin and you’ve tried it. Curious to know if it actually broke you out, or if it did wonders…

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