Tula Skincare Review: Is It Worth It?

TULA skincare

TULA is a probiotics and superfood-forward skincare brand founded by Dr. Roshini Raj, a  board-certified, Harvard trained gastroenterologist who has been studying probiotics & their microbiome-balancing benefits for over 20 years. There’s no denying the woman knows her stuff. The brand has become nearly mainstream popular, instantly recognizable by its bright baby blue packaging. While TULA labels itself as a clean beauty brand, it is neither an organic nor green beauty brand — and it is not clean enough for some. They were never 100% natural and have been mixing synthetics with natural ingredients before it became more normalized in clean beauty. After many years, I finally bit the bullet and bought several best seller TULA skincare products. Read on for my honest opinion of TULA.

TULA skincare

While the brand is not suited to my particular taste and not something I would use on my own outside of testing purposes, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the TULA products I tried.

TULA bans 1600 ingredients from their products, but they are not 100% clean as they do include fragrance with no indication of natural origin, artificial coloring and other synthetic ingredients.

Tula skincare

Overall, TULA has the usual moisturizer, toner and serum type products, but they also like to be innovative and have some interesting product types and textures.

I initially thought TULA was priced to be accessible for the younger generation and was disappointed to find that for a brand that doesn’t look at all like luxury, their prices were relatively steep. The TULA Moisturizer costs a whopping $54 while the cleansers are just under $40.

TULA skincare

The TULA cleanser, TULA sunscreen and TULA eye balm stick stood out to me most.

Tula sunscreen
TULA Daily Sunscreen Gel

First of all, TULA’s sunscreen uses 100% chemical filters. When I first saw the gel squeezing out of the tube I wondered if I had received a product that went bad. The bumpy uneven texture of the gel looked like the product had somewhat separated, perhaps from being past expiry. But I think this is just what the products look like as it wasn’t past expiry and applied just fine.
TULA Daily Sunscreen gel

I was also expecting a traditional gel, something more of a dense clear gel. It’s a creamy looking thin serum-gel that goes on applying like a watery serum, The mica adds a pearlescent shimmery glow that you may or may not appreciate. Upon immediate application, skin looks very hydrated and dries down to like you never applied anything at all.

TULA Sunscreen Gel is a non-comedogenic formula with skincare-first ingredients like probiotic extracts, pineapple & papaya. It has absolutely no white cast, but that’s because it uses no mineral UV filters at all and only chemical ones.

Ingredients:

Does not contain live cultures. Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5% Inactive Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Pentylene Glycol, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Silica, Ectoin, Glycerin, Arginine, Hydroxyectoin, l(Pineapple) Fruit Extract,(Papaya) Fruit Extract, Lactic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract, Triethyl Citrate,(Orange) Peel Extract, (Lemon) Peel Extract, (Pear) Fruit Extract, (Apple) Fruit Extract,(Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Pimpinella Anisum Fruit Extract, Mica, Tocopherol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Dibutyl Lauroyl Glutamide, Dibutyl Ethylhexanoyl Glutamide, Propanediol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Phenoxyethanol May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

TULA Moisturizer

TULA Day + Night Moisturizer

TULA’s moisturizer feels and looks almost identical to just about every other mid-market moisturizer I’ve tried. It’s made of anywhere between 70-99% water, butylene glycol and ethylbexyl palmitate and costs $54 — already grossly overpriced in my book. Not sure why it needs to have Dimethicone, when it’s supposed to be skincare.

I can see why it’s TULA’s most popular product because everyone wants a face cream that feels moisturizing, has a pleasant smooth texture and sinks in nicely. It does have some unique ingredients like Yogurt, Chicory Root and fruit extracts. But I still think there are much cleaner and better clean moisturizers that are way more affordable than TULA’s.

Not a fan of the scent.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Squalane, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Lactose, Lactis Proteinum/Milk Protein/Protéine du lait, Yogurt Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Olus/Vegetable Oil/Huile végétale, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Bulnesia Sarmientoi Wood Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Phenethyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnama

TULA Eye Balm

TULA Eye Balm

While this eye product is a completely unnecessary product in a skincare routine, it’s kind of fun to use because of the novelty factor. This is a cooling and brightening undereye balm stick with a baby blue shade (artificial colors). It does have the subtlest brightening effect thanks to the shimmer from Tin Oxide.

It’s a slick and dense balm stick that’s not emollient, so only the slightest bit of product is applied with one swipe.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Stearate, Xylitol, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Oleth-20, Glycerin, Caffeine, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract) Lactic Acid, Tocopherol, Sodium PCA, Diphenyl Succinate, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Menthyl Lactate, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Lactate, Tin Oxide, Sodium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)

TULA Purifying Cleanser

TULA Purifying Cleanser

The TULA Purifying Cleanser is a true jelly cleanser. It feels so much like fluffy jelly, which makes for an interesting cleansing experience. I don’t feel like it’s heavy duty enough to use without doing a double cleanse, but it does feel pleasant on the skin. If you’re looking for a standard gel cleanser, this isn’t it.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Lactose, Lactis Proteinum/Milk Protein/Protéine du lait, Yogurt Powder, Olus Oil/Vegetable Oil/Huile végétale, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Panthenol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Polyquaternium-10, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-7 Caprylate/Caprate, Inulin, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Bulnesia Sarmientoi Wood Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disteareth-75 IPDI, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenethyl Alcohol, Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol

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