Zero waste clean skincare brand Common Heir launched in 2020 with a mission to reimagine clean beauty. While people were more than willing to by sustainable skin care they were less willing to go through the motions of recycling afterwards. The female founders wanted true sustainability to be accessible when big, innovative companies were falling short. To solve this barrier Common Heir decided that the solution was plastic-free, biodegradable packaging that wouldn’t harm the environment whether it was recycled or not. I’ve finished up my entire container of Commin Heir’s Retinol Serum and am sharing my thoughts today.
Each little capsule contains the exact amount of product you need, nothing less and nothing more. Not having used a serum that came packaged in this way it was a little tedious at first to have to break off the top of the capsule and throw it away each time. I eventually became used to it, plus I like the fact that the rest of the unused product in the capsules isn’t exposed to air.
I also use clean retinol products with 0.05% and 0.1% retinol, so this was my first time trying as much as .2% and found that my skin tolerated it well. I do get a sense when using it that it’s stronger than my other retinol products.
Ingredients: Isoamyl Laurate, Coco-caprylate/Caprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Polyglyceryl-6 Oleate, Castor Oil/IPDI Copolymer, Squalane, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Retinyl Linoleate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Spilanthes Acmella Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Astralagus Membranaceus Root Extract, Tocopherol, Ubiquinone, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Water, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ecklonia Cava Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol
There is no fragrance and the consistency feels like a silicone-oil-serum though the product is silicone-free. It’s not quite a serum nor an oil in how it feels.
The capsules might look itty bitty but they actually pack quite a bit of product. I find it easiest to squeeze all the product out in one go then dab it on cheeks, forehead, chin and then spread.
At nearly $90 Common Heir is priced on the luxury end.
The founders make it a point to test their clinically effective products on all skin tones, including darker skin tones. They also give back to a number of organizations and have experienced growing success since they launched not so long ago. I’m excited to see what else the brand has in store for us in the coming years.