Product Reviews: Sprout Skincare (Yes, the Whole Line)

“OMG. Did you get the Sprout?”

A few weeks ago I sent that text message to Alexandra. It was one of those moments, not unlike when we first discovered Stark or Pai or many of the other lesser-known lines we’ve talked about here, where you utterly geek out about a line of…beauty products. Just on sight alone. Lucky for me, the products delivered, too.

But more about the pretty factor. Sprout is made here in Brooklyn, which you can sort of tell just by looking at it. (Well, that or Portland. It totally could have been made in Portland.) I mean that in a good way.

It’s as if the coolest DIY chick you know teamed up with her badass graphic-designer buddy and came up with a cool new line that’s unisex, idiot-proof, pleasant to use and (duh) organic, too.

We talk a lot about DIY here, and while I’ve been known to throw some Fage on my face and call it a mask, the truth is that I’m kind of lazy when it comes to making my own stuff. (Though I’m inspired by all your cool recipes and Rebecca’s recent post How to Make Your Own DIY Beauty Products and I will try something…sometime.) For now, I work fulltime, I do this in my spare time, and when I have evenings or weekends to myself, I prefer to cook, go to yoga, run, play and otherwise amuse myself with the people I like most. But I love the concept of DIY, and I prefer simple products without a lot of fillers.

And that’s sort of why I love Sprout. The line is so simple, so clean and it just works. The cleanser is my favorite. I’ve been using it on a rash I get when it’s hot out, and it helped a lot, thanks to the tea tree oil and rosewater. It’s gentle, and when I use tea tree on my own, I always use too much and end up causing more problems than I solve. I’m also really into the makeup remover, which gets off every lick of makeup, and the toner is refreshing without stripping. Also cool is the fact that they have a vegan lipbalm option (the rest of the line is vegan—save for a lipbalm option with beeswax in it).

Now, I realize some DIY people might look at the ingredient lists below, roll their eyes and say (as we’ve all said about Jackson Pollock—admit it!): “My kid could do that.” But guess what? I don’t have kids, and I don’t want to do it myself.

Have you tried Sprout? Any other super-simple lines out there you’re loving?

Cleanser: Rosewater,* Vegetable glycerin,* Tea tree oil*

Toner: Water, Raw apple cider vinegar,* Witch hazel from Wild Crops Farm, MO, Essential oils of clary sage* and sandalwood*

Cream: Wildcrafted unrefined shea butter,** Extra-virgin coconut oil,* Extra-virgin olive oil*

Exfoliant: Maine sea salt, Oats,* Almonds*

Body scrub: Demerara sugar,* Extra-virgin coconut oil,* Shredded coconut*

Makeup remover: Sweet almond oil,* Extra-virgin olive oil,* Jojoba oil*

Lip balm: Beeswax,* Extra-virgin coconut oil,* Cocoa butter,* ** Essential oils* (in citrus, cinnamon, and peppermint options)

Vegan lip balm: Candelilla wax, Extra-virgin coconut oil,* Cocoa butter,* ** Essential oils* (in citrus, cinnamon, and peppermint options)

(* means it’s organic; ** means fairly traded)

31 Responses to “Product Reviews: Sprout Skincare (Yes, the Whole Line)”
  1. Nicole says:

    I don’t know if this line can be considered super-simple, but I ADORE Suti Skincare! Cleansing Balm, and the Nourish (night) and Rejuvenate (day) Oils are amazing… that’s it, cleanser and oil for morning and night, and my skin has never looked better.

  2. Lolly says:

    Yeah… I’m glad you addressed the whole “my kid could do this” issue with Sprout, but honestly? This line drives me bloody bonkers! I mean, every single one of the DIY recipes posted here has been far more complicated and had more ingredients than the Sprout products. This is not even DIY level, this is “I just chucked some nice oils together and threw them in a cute bottle”. And even the bottles are less cute than they were before the redesign (I used to like the original “home cook meets gothic maiden” packaging, but this is just… meh: a generic version of “artisanal Brooklyn product”). But here is the thing: I wouldn’t mind the simplicity of ingredients, but this stuff? It’s expensive! And this is coming from a girl who doesn’t blink before spending a couple hundred dollars on skincare in one go. Seriosuly, I just ordered a $60 cleanser from Spirit Beauty Lounge. And I have, like, 4 other cleansers already. But that $60 cleanser has a whole bunch of unusual (and not cheap) ingredients that I wouldn’t even know how to begin combining myself. Sprout cost at least as much as the Zoe Organics products, but the Zoe cream, for example, actually has a bunch of healthy and lovely ingredients and EOs that make it both moisturizing and healing in addition to your basic shea/oil combo.

    I’m sorry, ladies, I love ya and I am really glad you are enjoying the products, but I have to call out Sprout for being the utter and shameless rip-off that it is.

  3. Rebecca says:

    I LOOOOVE Sprout cream! I think it was the first body butter-type thing I tried, and I’ve since become a collector of body butters, and it’s a DIY favorite too. But I will always keep some of my first love, Sprout Cream, around. I think I have a jar in at least three rooms right now, plus a tiny size in my work bag. Sprout was how I was introduced to shea butter, which I now will never live without. I do love the simplicity of Sprout, and the fact is, even though you could make this stuff yourself, most of us don’t. How great it is to have someone else source lovely ingredients and put them together.

  4. Rebecca says:

    @Lolly, I also preferred the old packaging – and I agree it is expensive.

  5. Naomi says:

    I think it looks really interesting and am glad to see (on the Sprout website) there are locations near me I can go check out the products\ hopefully speak to a knowledgeable salesperson and maybe play with testers. I love the DIY series and maybe one day I will play crazy chemist at home, but for now I’m not really interested in doing that and prefer to have the myriad of options the awesome NMDL team provide me with via reviews, Friday deals and by soliciting commentary and suggestions from all the site community. I especially love the simplicity of the ingredients list and while I applaud all you seasoned and budding DIY-ers I am grateful there are a variety of options depending on budget, creativity and inclination to be more hands on in how we source our products. As for price, well, imagree that some of the stuff recommended is expensive, but I also would remind you all that \expensive\ is a relative term, both in absolute price ($ amount) and the way we manage our budgets. For example there are things that inwouldnpay top dollar for because they are that important to me and I have so much trouble finding the exact right product, and in other areas I feel there are enough options with similar benefits that I can choose tomscrimpmhere. Whatever, we each have our own way to prioritise our spend.

    Thanks once again, NMDL for putting forward another product line for us to consider!

  6. Courtney says:

    i usually use the simplest products, actually i don’t know if you can really call them products since you can also find them in my kitchen (i use manuka honey on my face, wash my hair with baking soda/acv, and moisturize with coconut oil). although i can make a deodorant with equivalent power to soapwalla i still purchase soapwalla whenever i’m feeling a hankering for it. i haven’t tried sprout but i don’t mind supporting companies or people who get to do what they love and make wholesome, clean, simple, and amazing products. i love evan healy’s products. i currently have the lemon thyme hydrosol and green tea clay mask both of which i could make myself but both of which i purchase because i feel like they are worth it and work better then any diy recipe i can follow. you have to consider other aspects of a product when looking at a price point. while sprout is expensive (and i consider evan healy expensive) you’re getting ethically sourced, handmade products, in glass, some of which support local farms, and even fair-trade with co-ops on the other side of the world. to me, this makes it totally worth the price. not only am i getting a beauty product that makes me feel beautiful on the outside, i’m also getting a beauty product that makes me feel beautiful on the inside because i know that i’m supporting a product/company that has a positive impact on the world. i’ve recently made the switch in doing the same thing with clothing. although i do love the clearance rack at target i also love purchasing clothing from places like fashioningchange, this way what i’m wearing (both clothing and beauty product wise) represents the fact that i support companies who give back, support local farms/companies, and sustainable and ethically produced products.

  7. C says:

    I don’t know about Sprouts line as I haven’t tried it. I really like Grateful Body line and I am absolutely in love with Goe oil from Jao brand. I use it on everything, face, body, hair. The scent is heavenly and addictive, and I am super picky when it comes to scents and usually opt unscented. I typically never wear lotion or body oil ever, but this product is so amazing that after thirty years not wearing any product on my body, I’ve started. The texture is amazing, it’s a super luxe blend of 28 plant oils that your skin just drinks right up and it leaves your skin so smooth and healthy, no greasiness. Yeah, 28 plant oils, definitely not something I’d make myself. Here are the ingredients, it’s kinda spendy but so so worth it!

    Goe Oil Ingredients: Jojoba Butter, Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus), Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinesis), Monoi Tiare (Coconut Oil, Gardenia), Rice Bran Oil (Oryza Sativa), Avocado Butter (Persea Gratissima), Grape Seed Butter (Vitis Vinifera), Grape Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Meadowfoam Seed Oil (Limnanthus Alba), Rose Hip Oil (Rosa Rubiginosa), Soy Lecithin, Pumpkin Seed Butter, (Cucurbita Maxima), Mango Butter, (Mangifera Indica), Cupuacu Butter (Theobroma Grandiflorum) Avocado Oil (Persea Americana), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Hemp Seed Oil (Cannabis Sativa), Kukuinut Oil (Aleurite Moluccans), Chamomile Oil (Matricaria Chamomilla), Beeswax (Cera Alba), Calendula Oil (Calendula Officinalis), Essential Oils Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vitamin E, Acetate, & Rosemary Extract.

  8. Autumn says:

    This is my first time hearing about Sprout but after reading this review I am extremely interested in testing it out. I am in the midst of switching out all my products for organic, all natural ones after finding this blog. However I will be having to save a bit for this since being just out of college and at an entry level job that doesn’t leave a lot of room for splurges. I struggle with extremely sensitive and sometimes acne prone skin as well as a nut allergy (so the exfoliator and makeup remover are a big no) but I’d rather pay for something that is going to work holistically and that I can ethically feel good about purchasing. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping this product works!

  9. Mairin says:

    Hi all! Just chiming in with my two cents. Sprout Vegan Lip Balm is AMAZING. I can’t recommend it enough. In my time I’ve had some gnarly, painful chapped lips and this is the *only* thing I’ve tried that heals them. Every other lip product I’ve tried makes your lips temporarily unchapped (or goopy so you can’t tell they’re chapped) but Sprout pretty much cures them. As in, your lips get to a point where you don’t even need the product. My favorite is the cocoa scent. Plus, the tins make perfect presents for friends. Having spoken with the founder Adina, I know that she puts a lot of care and pride into the final product, making responsible and ethical business choices along the way.

  10. Pauline says:

    I have been using Sprout since last January. I LOVE their products and they last a really long time! So far the full size of the cream (use on my face daily, and on my 3 year old occacionally for a dry nose or soemthing), full size toner and full size cleanser and I am only half way through each. Everythign is pure, and def something you can make at home. But if you check out whole foods for the ingredients it will cost you just as much to combine them yourselves. Plus they offer great promotions (I have a 30% off) waiting for me now as I finish thiese products. Really couldn’t recommend them enough! I am so glad that they are getting the recognition they deserve. And they are not THAT expensive considering how long they last.

  11. Tormarie says:

    I love the look of these, but I have to wonder about the price, too. I have most of these ingredients in my kitchen cupboard, you know? I love seeing homegrown businesses, though, and Sprout seem really polished and professional. I also love that they’ve chosen Fairtrade materials, though I’d rather see more emphasis on Fairtrade than Organic.

  12. Greta says:

    I am crazy for Sprout’s lip balm and cream – and I don’t mind the price because honestly, I wouldn’t WANT to make either of those things by myself. The cream lasts a LONG time, if you only use it on your face. I do plan to create my own moisturizer based off of their makeup remover – since that’s what I use it for now.

  13. Liza says:

    I recently began using some of their products that a friend gave me and then placed my own order. They are super simple ingredients, but they use quality local to them ingredients (which is something I really respect). I have had to contact customer service and the owner, Adina, is so genuine they have a customer for life : )

  14. Looks really cool, nice to hear it’s organic too! Personally, I’m very careful with skin products on my face, and since I found Neostrata I won’t use anything else – but a body scrub wouldn’t hurt ;)

  15. I’m at my friends’ beach house as I read this with my Sprout products strewn all over my makeshift ‘dresser’ (I’m couching it). The Sprout products are exceptional. I’ve even gotten my friend here -a guy – obsessed with their cleanser. Can i make them myself? Eh, being a busy NYer & girl who LOVES green skincare & makeup, I’d rather buy it, truthfully. Like the NMDL girls said above, things like the ratio of tea tree to rosewater has to be just right & they’ve nailed it. I currently use their cleanser, toner, remover & lip balm and everything is pure aces…and I’ve tried A LOT. I also LOVE the fact that they’re a small green, local business and any interactions I’ve had with them have been sweet & pro. Go on witcha bad self, Sprout! Great post as usual, NMDL.

  16. I have nothing but kind words to say of Spout. I appreciate the care that goes into the development of each product and that it supports a small business. It is simple, pure skincare and they work hard to source the best ingredients. I’ve given the products as gifts to friends with sensitive skin and they, too, appreciate the care to detail and attention with the quality.

  17. Alyssa says:

    Something no one else has mentioned with this whole DIY thing – I buy products with simple ingredient lists rather than making them myself because I don’t have the time or the resources to access organic, fair-trade ingredients. This makes a HUGE difference in my opinion. Sure, the ingredient list might be simple, but the way the ingredients are sourced and how the products are formulated is what makes them worth the money!

  18. Michele says:

    C ; a big thanks for the info on Goe oil. It’s scented with Monoi Tiare that isn’t synthetic. I love this scent so much! I used to use Nars Body Glow that has this scent (synthetic ), and I searched high and low for a natural Monoi Tiare replacement.

    I haven’t tried the Sprout line but love to try new products. I was just shopping on IHERB and came across the Mad Hippie skin care line.. It’s not really a simple line, but I was intrigued by the natural ingredients and focus on active ingredients. They have 5 products on their line, and they aren’t super expensive. It gets good reviews, and people comment that it smells great; which is really important to me. The packaging is super cute to.

    I have issues with hyperpigmentation, and the products seem like they will help with this. I placed an order and can’t wait to try them out. There’s more detailed info about their products on their website:

  19. Barb says:

    I’ve been using Sprout since December. I have eczema/sensitive skin, and their Cream is way better than anything I’ve ever used. I even use this on my face. I also use the Exfoliant and lip balms. Haven’t tried the cleanser because it says you need to use cotton balls? I love the simplicity of the ingredients, the glass bottles, and the pretty labels/packaging. For me, it is worth the money. I cook everyday from scratch after work, so I don’t have the energy to also make my own skin care products. I buy Sprout directly at the Elm Health store in NYC, and it’s cheaper.

  20. Genna G says:

    I make all my own home cleaning products, love to simplify and avoid toxins. However, I have to say that I truly see better results with these peptides, and vitamins in my aging skin.
    I love the sevani eye cream you recommended here, never did an eye cream make such a difference.
    Thank you! I think products like these are great if I were younger but not now (unfortunately).

  21. Jessica says:

    I’ve been using a brightening cleanser from Apothederm and it’s been working wonders on my skin this summer!

  22. kim says:

    while I have never tried sprout, I do use total UNO from primia skincare – I have dermatitis prone skin and total uno has been my all around moisturizer and healer. Its made from 9 ingredient like cranberry seed oil etc and is very effective in moisturizing and hydrating my skin. I also use primia’s mineral boost face cleanser – organic and very effective for my sensitive skin. next on my list is their super 9 mask – what i love about it is its customizable – intrigues me!

  23. jenny says:

    oh my. where to begin?

    i am in LOVE with these products. i used to make my own scrubs, lotions, cleansers and even used apple cider vinegar and witch hazel as a toner but we get busy, we can’t find the right ingredients, whatever happens and life takes over.. . it’s just what I want: having a sweetly and perfectly packaged (I reuse the lovely bottles over and over!!) product that lasts a long time (longer than I honestly thought it would) and looks adorable on the bathroom shelf, travels well and is handmade in small batches by local artisans. Yes, I would consider Adina and her crew artisans. We can all make our own products and they may turn out perfectly but sometimes someone else just has that magic touch and gets the ratio and proportions and infuses some sort of fairy dust (??) into it and it works and lasts and is just something I don’t mind paying for.
    The price tag of these kinds of products can seem high at first. Why does it somehow seem easier for us to swallow paying a lot for products that have long lists of unpronounceable ingredients on the label? Backwards thinking, yes? Culturally ingrained in us to believe if it’s full of ingredients we don’t recognize and made in a lab of some kind, it must be worth paying much more. . . when in all honesty we shouldn’t even touch that stuff most of the time!
    Mother Nature knows best and I highly applaud those men and women who are out there honoring her and bringing that wisdom to the masses- in sweet and hip packaging, which somehow makes it more enjoyable to use. . . who doesn’t like a bit of pampering? We’re worth it.

    So yes I could make my own, but I’d rather adjust my priority list and support someone who is making their living doing it REALLY really well. Sourcing fair trade and organic products, creating handmade and full of love batches that make me smile when I see them after a sweaty run or salty ocean swim.

    Thank you Adina, for truly kickass products, an easy to navigate website, a fun blog and overall good energy infused into our world. Much love and thanks, from me and my skin!
    xo Jenny (Clean Wellness Coach)

  24. Emma says:

    Does anyone know how their cleanser and/or makeup remover compare to Karen’s Botanicals soap-free gentle cleansing lotion?
    For my sensitive skin, fewer ingredients is usually better.

  25. Adina says:

    Hi Emma! Not sure how we compare but we’re happy to send you a sample to try out. Feel free to email us hello@sproutskincare. And thanks to everyone in this thread for the amazing feedback/conversation!!

  26. Jaime K says:

    Just tried these the other day, and WOW — they are beautiful and effective!

    Even if I said “I could make these products”…. I’m a busy lady and probably wouldn’t. Happy there is someone to do it for me! Plus, as another reviewer mentioned, the quality and ethics of the ingredients are all commendable — so you aren’t just support Sprout, you support a whole list of other companies doing great work, too. Can’t go wrong with that!

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  29. Elizabeth says:

    How does the SW Basics cream compare to Zoe Organics (Extreme) Cream? What is your preference between the 2? Also, like Jenny was saying with reusing the bottles, it would be nice to see refillable cleanser/toner/etc to buy in a larger quantity and refill what you already have, hopefully in an effort to cut down on cost.

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