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1% Bakuchiol Natural Retinol Alternative Treatment

Transform your skin with a powerful blend of science-backed ingredients derived from nature. Botanic-A is a gentle yet effective retinol alternative formulated to visibly rejuvenate skin – without the irritation and sensitivity associated with traditional retinol. Botanic-A is powered by 1% purified Bakuchiol, a plant-derived retinol alternative and Icelandic Astaxanthin, one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. This pure and potent serum helps to smooth and soften skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while delivering a nutrient-rich dose of biocompatible moisture.


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What Is It

Botanic-A is a natural retinol alternative and antioxidant powerhouse strategically formulated to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and improve the look of skin tone, elasticity and firmness. Gentle yet highly effective, Botanic-A features 1% purified Bakuchiol, a clinically evaluated retinol alternative. Bakuchiol has been shown to deliver retinol-like results, improving the appearance of multiple signs of aging, without the redness, irritation and photosensitivity associated with retinol. To amplify the benefits of Bakuchiol, we combined it with Icelandic Astaxanthin and Arctic Oat from Finland, two of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. Biocompatible Squalane and French Raspberry extract replenish moisture and deliver skin smoothing omegas 3, 6 & 9, creating a potent treatment that targets visible signs of aging while promoting healthy-looking skin.

Why It’s Different

A biocompatible, light-weight formula made with organic, cold-pressed oils and clinically evaluated cosmetic ingredients. Does not contain fragrance, essential oils or retinol.


1 fl oz / 30 ml / 3 Month Supply (Approx.)


Lightweight dry oil.


1% Bakuchiol, Astaxanthin, Arctic Oat Extract, Vitamin E, Bisabolol

Skin Concerns

Signs of Aging, Fine Lines, Deep Wrinkles, Uneven Skin Tone, Blemishes

Skin Types

Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive.

When To Use

Daily AM or PM.

Why It Works

Astaxanthin Skin Benefits


One of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. Protects against environmental stressors and improves the appearance of wrinkles and age spots. Learn More Here

Bakuchiol Skin Benefits


Studies using .5% Bakuchiol demonstrate a significant reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots along with visible improvements in skin tone and firmness.

Arctic Oat CO2 Extract Skin Benefits


Biocompatible and noncomedogenic, oat contains skin beneficial properties that help to visibly soothe and strengthen skin’s moisture barrier. A natural source of ceramides, vitamin E and omega-6 linoleic acid.

Botanic-A Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative

The Experience

A faint scent of fresh red raspberry serves as a gentle reminder that mother nature is fully present and caring for your skin. A silky botanical-based delivery system drapes your complexion in rejuvenating antioxidants as feather-light oils instantly plump and soften.

Healthy Ingredients
For Healthy Skin

We trust in nature’s ability to transform, nurture and protect. Powered by fresh botanical oils sourced from organic growers committed to quality, Botanic-A drapes your skin in glow-inducing antioxidants and rejuvenating plant extracts, unveiling a smooth, supple-looking complexion.

Raising The Bar

We believe your skin deserves only the very best, so we ditched the cheap fillers, fragrance, colorants and marketing gimmicks.

Botanic-A Retinol Alternative

Botanic-A Is Raising The Bar

*Bottled in violet glass with pump for maximum protection against light degradation and oxidation.

Traditional Retinol Alternatives

Botanic-A Is Raising The Bar On Our Competitors

*Commonly housed in
clear and/or plastic bottles.

Exceptional Quality
For Glowing Results

We meticulously handcraft our formulas in small batches using top quality ingredients sourced from around the world. We house our formulas in violet glass for optimal protection against light degradation. Our concentrated formulas are made without cheap fillers or water, for unparalleled freshness and efficacy.

Bakuchiol Skin Benefits

Featured Ingredient: Bakuchiol

Bakuchiol is a meroterpene derived from the seeds of the babchi plant, also know as psoralea corylifolia. The babchi plant has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine for its numerous benefits. Bakuchiol has been clinically evaluated and considered a true retinol alternative due to its similar effect on skin. However, the benefit of using bakuchiol is that it does not come with the negative side of effects of traditional retinol i.e photosensitivity and irritation. Clinical studies using .5% bakuchiol demonstrate a similar effect on skin as retinol, leading to significant reduction in the appearance of fine line and wrinkles along with improvements in the appearance of skin tone and firmness.  With its numerous skin beneficial properties, bakuchiol is a multi-correctional, plant-derived cosmetic ingredient that not only addresses visible signs of aging, but also helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes and clogged pores. Similar to retinol, bakuchiol studies also demonstrate positive effects on breakout-prone skin. Bakuchiol is truly an exciting breakthrough in cosmetic science, especially for those seeking a natural retinol alternative.

Natural · Organic · Cruelty Free · Vegan · Made in Portland, OR.

Ingredients + Routine


Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Squalane (plant-derived), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil*, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil*, Bakuchiol**, Bisabolol**, Astaxanthin**, Tocopherol (vitamin E derived from non-GMO sunflower seeds)**

*Certified Organic
**Naturally Sourced
Cruelty Free and Vegan

Our certified organic, skin compatible plant oils provide a balanced and effective form of moisture, oftentimes eliminating the need for creams and lotions. Botanic-A is free from essential oils and the faint fresh raspberry scent is a gentle reminder that Mother Nature is present and working in full force to care for your skin. Our oils are not highly processed or manipulated to remove scent or color – instead we use botanical oils that are in their purest form, which helps to preserve their nutrient and antioxidant content, providing additional benefits to your skin.


Can be used daily AM or PM. We recommend using Botanic-A as an evening treatment to begin with, applying immediately after cleansing and toning. Apply 1-2 pumps of serum to damp face, neck and chest. Allow several minutes for serum to fully absorb. Additional moisturizer can be used after application, if desired. For those with sensitive skin, we recommend applying every second or third day (one or two days rest between application). Your skin is unique, so please experiment to find an application frequency that works best for your individual needs.

We encourage you to use your product within 6 months of opening for optimal freshness and potency. However, when stored under best conditions (away from light, heat and moisture) our products can be safely used for up to a year after opening.

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19 reviews for Botanic-A

  1. Monica Bowman

    I was terrified to use this product on my hyper-sensitive, reactive, damaged skin. After succes with the Bare serum, but wanting to tackle a wrinkle on my forehead and strengthen my skin, I bit the bullet and bought this serum. After about a month and a half of use I am already seeing my skin become firmer, the wrinkle is lessening on my forehead and around my mouth, my skin is plump and has become so so so much stronger. After damage from over cleansing, chemicals, and constant reactions, my skin has almost completely healed. I have experienced no irritation from this serum and love the way my skin feels in the morning. I use this only at night for two days, with a rest day between. Again, I cannot recommend this brand enough. It has improved my self esteem and mental health and done things for my skn no doctor could. Its female owned, made with care and so much research, and if you read through the story of her younger sister, I was pretty much in the same boat. BUY BUY BUY their products.

  2. Abigail S.

    I’m in my 40’s and I have a very extensive skin care routine that I follow 6 days a week. I wanted a gentle yet effective product for the one day that I give my skin a bit of rest from some of the more intensive treatments I use. I’ve been using this at night and I wake up to the most beautiful, soft, calm skin. This product is honestly one of the best gentle treatments I’ve tried in the many years I’ve been a beauty addict.

  3. Loraine S.

    I purchased this treatment along with your vitamin c and I would be remiss not to share the impact these two have had on my skin. When I began using these my skin was a mess from using too many actives, so I eliminated all products from my routine except my sunscreen. After a month or so, my skin was back to normal and better than its ever been. Thank you root science for making products that work wonders!

  4. Paula

    On my 4th bottle and I absolutely love this serum! It keeps my skin healthy, plus it feels luxurious and smells amazing!

  5. Heather

    A luxurious serum that is moisture rich and nourishing. I used this product faithfully for an entire summer morning and evening. My skin was bright, clear and glowing. I did not notice results in terms of combating fine lines and in fact my fine lines became more pronounced by the end of the summer. Perhaps this is due to stress, lack of sleep and age. I am a mom in my late 30’s with 3 young children. Just in the last year or two I have noticed fine lines on my forehead. I was hoping this product would help reduce the wrinkles without using a retinol. For almost 5 years l have been using the top natural skincare products that many call the “holy grail” but wanted something that would work like a retinol. This product is lovely, but unfortunately I did not see major results.

  6. Lydia R.

    I absolutely love this product and the results speak for themselves. I stumble upon your serum after finding out that the product I was using (herbivore botanicals bakuchiol) did not contain any bakuchiol, which was very disappointing to say the least. I’ve used your serum religiously for the past 3 months and my skin looks amazing! Thank you for creating an honest and effective product!

  7. Amber S.

    I’m currently using this and Arctic-C for sun damage and slowly but surely I’m starting to see improvements. I use this at night as my last step and wake up with the best skin ever! You can really feel the quality of this serum, it sinks in quickly and leaves skin feeling super soft. Living on the west coast, the biggest plus is that it doesn’t make my skin sensitive to the sun, which was my main reason for switching over to Bakuchiol in the summertime.

  8. Patrick R.

    I’m on my second bottle now and I really love the results from this product. I have sensitivite skin that easily breaks out and this serum has kept my skin clear and smooth. I highly recommend and will definitely repurchase! Thank you. Patrick

  9. Olivia

    My skin is too sensitive for retinol so when i found this product I was really excited to try it. So far my skin is loving it!

  10. Hannah

    Amazing product! I love the way my skin looks and feels when I apply this. It gives me the glow and softness I was looking for and overall my skin just looks better. I also love using this under makeup as it gives me the perfect dewey look.

  11. thoggarth-2062

    I was concerned about the natural retinol, as I have sensitive skin and rosacea. BOTANIC-A was no more irritating than the RESTORE SERUM. I have now switched to BOTANIC-A for night and BARE SERUM for day use and my skin has reduced breakouts and has never looked better. I also highly recommend the soap, so mild and lasts forever.

  12. Ann Marie Riggs

    Absolutely love this formula. I have seen amazing changes with the dark spots and fine lines.

  13. Patricia V.

    I suffer from chronically dry skin and this has helped to reduce flakiness and smooth out some deep lines on my forehead. I’m very impressed with everything I’ve tried from root science so far!

  14. Michelle S.

    It’s been 3 months since I began this treatment and I’m really impressed with the results. My skin is on the sensitive side but this has not caused any reaction or irritation, like some other active treatments I’ve tried. I have noticed improvements in my skin. it just looks better and feels incredibly soft and smooth. I’m really excited to see the difference another few months will make. Will definitely repurchase.

  15. Sheila

    I’ve been using this for a few months now and wanted to let your team know how incredible this product is. I’ve tried numerous retinol products over the years and unfortunately my sensitive skin is not able to tolerate it. However, at 55 years young my skin is in need of products that do the “heavy lifting” so to speak and this product delivers. My wrinkles are less noticeable and my skin overall has a healthy glow. I’ve had numerous people ask me if I got something done!

  16. Summer

    It is active for an oil, which is nice. Leaves the skin a touch red after application, but it quickly calms. I’ve been using it almost a month and unfortunately I have had break outs (large puss filled type pimples) for the first time in years. I was told it is noncomedogenic, but I’m not so sure.

    Update 11/27/19: This is a follow up review. I continued to use the product and my face actually ended up clearing up nicely and the texture seems to have improved quite a bit. I think it was a case of “purging.” I really do think this is working out for me and I will repurchase.

    • Root Science

      Hi Summer,

      Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us! We’re so sorry your skin didn’t respond well to the formula. It sounds like you may have a sensitivity to one of the ingredients. Our formula is made with gentle ingredients known to be non-pore clogging or noncomedogenic, however, as everyone’s skin is unique, so is the way it responds to a particular formula. We know that no matter how gentle or noncomedogenic our formula is, there is always the chance that there may be a few people whose skin will not agree with it. We’ve gone ahead and sent you an email to learn more about your experience.

  17. Megs

    I have tried a lot of products. Promises of clean beauty that feels like green washing. Everything about your products has impressed me!

    I have sensitive skin and rosacea. I was a little worried about the Botanic-A that it might irritate me. But it’s been fantastic. I used it with the Restore serum last night, and when I woke up this morning I was really impressed at my skin. Your products gave me the skin texture and complexion I have sought from other brands and been disappointed by. Thanks for being the real deal.

  18. ava

    pure magic

  19. Jessica S.

    Finally, a clean retinol alternative that delivers results! Its been a total game-changer for my skin and simplified my routine! Its never looked this good, its clear, smooth and more even-toned than ever before. Plus it feels and smells heavenly, love!