All About Necessaire: Is it really worth the hype?

For a long time, body care wasn’t a particularly sexy part of your skincare experience. They were just considered daily necessities.

But that’s quickly changed. We’re in an era focused on self-care and using clean, sustainable products. So, it’s no wonder that body care is becoming a more important part of skincare routines. It’s also why Necessaire has become one of the hottest body care brands on the market.

Whether you’ve seen Necessaire’s products in your social media feed or they’re currently on your nightstand, you can’t help but be drawn to their luxurious yet minimalistic packaging. And the idea of skin-care-level ingredients without alcohol, silicone, and fragrance-free options is highly alluring to me.

I mean, look at this photo! Who wouldn’t want to include a few Necessaire products in their body care routine?

The fragrance-free products of Necessaire line.

ABOUT THE BRAND

The line was founded in November 2018 by Into the Gloss co-founder, Nick Axelrod, and former Esteé Lauder executive, Randi Christiansen. The brand uses recycled boxes and paper for its packaging and mailers. They also only work with FSC-certified companies, which means Necessaire only works with companies that are eco-friendly and protect the forest. 

The line currently offers 5 products:

So, here’s my comprehensive review of the Necessaire line. This review is based on my personal experience and my analysis of the ingredients.

AND…Let me preface this review by saying that this NYC winter has been ruining my skin. As you know, I’ve had eczema since I was a teenager and ever since I could remember I’ve had the driest legs in the world.

THE BODY WASH

When I lather myself in Nécessaire, it’s a TRUE experience. I use the fragrance-free body wash, but the body wash is also available in Eucalyptus and Sandlewood.

The formula doesn’t contain any sulfates, parabens, or synthetic dyes. And this body wash uses gentle plant-derived surfactants instead of harsher, frothier alternatives.

Personally, would describe this body wash as invigorating, in every sense of the word. I love the gel-oil hybrid texture, how much it lathers, and how soft it feels on the skin. And a little goes a long way!

I also love the bottle! And there is no loose cap or hard-to-open flip top. I just turn and squeeze the bottle, which helps me not over pour or waste any product.

Now, this body wash is $22, which is pretty hefty to me for a 8.4 oz. bottle. And I never thought I’d be investing in a body wash since I have a lot of “body” to cover. But, these body washes worth every cent. From the ingredients, packaging, shower experience and how my skin feels afterward, I can only describe this as self-care when I use this.

I don’t use this shower gel every day, though. I use this body wash when I want to treat myself in the morning before work, after a good workout, or when I’m taking a long, hot shower thinking about my future LOL.

KEY INGREDIENTS: Niacinamide, Vitamin A, Vitamin B3, Vitamin C, Vitamin E. Omega-6, Omega-9

FORMULA PH-LEVEL: 5.5-6.5
This is formulated to support the natural pH & barrier function of the skin

FULL INGREDIENT LIST:  Water (Purified Deionized Water), Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate (Derived from Coconut and Corn), Coco-Glucoside (Derived from Coconut and Sugar Cane), Disodium, Cocamphodiacetate (Derived from Coconut), Glycerin (Derived from sustainable Palm), Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (Derived from Coconut), Saccharum Officinarum Extract (Derived from Sugar Cane), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Derived from Green Tea), Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract (Derived from Apple), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract (Derived from Orange), Citrus Limon Fruit Extract (Derived from Lemon), Caryodendron Orinocense Seed Oil (Cacay Oil), Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil (Meadowfoam Oil), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (Marula Oil), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Tocopherol (Synthetic Vitamin E), Caprylhydroxamic Acid (Derived from Coconut Oil), Citric Acid (Derived from Corn), Sodium Phytate (Derived from Rice), Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin

THE BODY EXFOLIATOR

When I started using this set, I thought the body exfoliator would be a fun scrub, but I didn’t think it would provide any significant results.

This body exfoliator is both a physical and chemical exfoliator. It comes in a tube (which I prefer because there is less mess). It has a gritty consistency yet also contains chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and lactic acid to gently exfoliate the skin.

I like it! I have keratosis pilaris on my arms (non-acne bumps under the skin) for years. When I started using The Body Exfoliator, I noticed the KP became less bumpy and red. And the rest of my body feels incredibly soft after using it too.

It is pricey, though ($30). And because I tend to use a lot of the product on my body one routine, I prefer not to pay a lot of money on body care.

KEY INGREDIENTS: Bamboo Charcoal, Pumice, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid

FORMULA PH-LEVEL:  5.0-6.0
This is formulated to support the natural pH & barrier function of the skin

FULL INGREDIENT LIST: Water (Aqua), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Pumice, Glycerin, Propanediol, Acrylates Crosspolymer-4, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Tocopherol, Niacinamide, Gluconolactone, Charcoal Powder, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Mannitol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Amylopectin, Dextrin, Polydextrose, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium PCA

THE BODY SERUM

Now, this is my first body serum. I mean, you don’t find many serums for your body.

The Body Serum is a non-greasy, fast-absorbing hydrator for your body. It has a thick, silky gel texture, and it’s made with a blend of great ingredients you might already use on your face, including hyaluronic acid, ceramides, vitamin B3, and vitamin B5. There’s no fragrance or silicone in here.

I feel the most benefit from it when I layer it with the body lotion.

I can’t rave about it, though. But, I honestly haven’t used it consistently enough to tell you it makes a difference. And because I didn’t see overnight results, I can’t justify the $45 price.

KEY INGREDIENTS: Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Ceramides

FORMULA PH-LEVEL:  4.5 – 5.5
This is formulated to support the natural pH & barrier function of the skin

FULL INGREDIENT LIST: Water (Aqua), Propanediol, Coconut Alkanes, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Ceramide NP, Pentylene Glycol, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Sucrose Stearate, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate

THE BODY LOTION

Since I have dry skin and I live in a cold, dry climate, I tend to stick to body butters instead of lotions, especially in the winter. And since this isn’t a thick cream, I honestly expected my skin to dry out. Sorry, Necessaire.

This body lotion uses ingredients like Vitamin A, Vitamin B3, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Omega 6, Omega 9, and Niacinamide to keep the skin healthy. The texture has a bouncy, full texture, but it absorbs very quickly and doesn’t have a greasy lotion feel. I mean, we all hate that texture!

And I feel like it makes a difference on my skin. It’s not the type of moisturizer that leaves you still feeling dry after you wash it off. But, in the winter, I apply body oil afterward.

My first tube lasted me about a month when I used consistently (again, I have a lot of “body” to cover!). And it retails for $25.

KEY INGREDIENTS:  Niacinamide, Vitamin A, Vitamin B3, Vitamin C, Vitamin E. Omega-6, Omega-9, Antioxidants

FORMULA PH-LEVEL:  4.75-5.75
This is formulated to support the natural pH & barrier function of the skin

FULL INGREDIENT LIST:  Water (purified deionized water), Caprylic/capric trigylceride (derived from sustainable palm), dicaprylyl carbonate (derived from coconut and sustainable palm), glycerin (derived from sustainable palm) shea butter glycerides (shea), Simmondsia Chinensis seed oil (jojoba oil), niacinamide (vitamin b3), Cetearyl olivate (derived from olive), Cetearyl alchohol (derived from coconut and sustainable palm), glyceryl stearate (derived from coconut and sustainable palm), sorbitan olivate (derived from olive), palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminobutyroyl hydroxythreonine, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminonhydroxybutyrate, sclerocarya birrea seed oil (marula oil), caryodendron orinocense seed oil (cacay oil), limnanthes alba seed oil (meadowfoam oil), Saccharum officinarum extract (derived from sugar cane), camellia sinensis leaf extract (derived from green tea), Pyrus Malus fruit extract (derived from apple), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis fruit extract (derived from orange), citrus lemon fruit extract (derived from lemon), tocopherol (synthetic vitamin e), linoleic acid (derived from safflower)linolenic acid (derived from safflower), propanediol (derived from corn)polyacrylate crosspolymer-6, caprylhydroxamic acid (derived from coconut)caprylyl glycol

ROUND-UP & RANKING

WOULD I REPURCHASE?

I think Necessaire has an excellent body care line. I love how the brand is actually treating body care like we do face care. And having a fragrance-free option makes it a great brand option for me. I would repurchase this! But, given the price and how much product I use in one body care routine, this wouldn’t be my daily cleansing option.

WHERE CAN I PURCHASE?

Necessaire can be purchased at bigger stores like Nordstrom and Blue Mercury. You can also get this line at boutique skincare stores like Shen Beauty and, of course, on the Necessaire website.

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Shop These Necessaire Body Care Products:

Necessaire – The Sex Gel – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Body Exfoliator – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Body Lotion – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Body Wash – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Sex Gel – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Body Exfoliator – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Body Lotion – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Body Wash – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Sex Gel – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Body Exfoliator – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Body Lotion – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Body Wash – Fragrance Free
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