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Natural Retinol Alternative Treatment

Botanic-A is a gentle, plant-based retinol alternative designed to rejuvenate skin – without the irritation and sensitivity associated with traditional retinol. Powered by Bakuchiol, a natural retinol alternative derived from the babchi plant and Icelandic Astaxanthin derived from microalgae, one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants, this pure and potent treatment offers correction and prevention the natural way.

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

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What Is It

Botanic-A is a plant-based retinol alternative and antioxidant powerhouse designed to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and improve the look of skin tone, elasticity, and firmness. This gentle treatment features clinically evaluated Bakuchiol, a plant-based retinol alternative. Bakuchiol delivers retinol-like results, visibly improving multiple signs of aging without the irritation and photosensitivity associated with synthetic retinol. Combined with one nature’s most powerful antioxidants, Icelandic Astaxanthin, and time-honored Arctic Oat extract, this pure and potent formula protects skin from environmental damage as it rejuvenates.

Why It’s Different

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


Lightweight dry oil.


8 Active Organic and Natural Ingredients

Skin Concerns

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

Skin Types

Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive.

When To Use

Daily AM or PM.

Root Science Botanic-A Drops

The Experience

Delicate notes of fresh red raspberry unite skin with nature’s purest actives. Serum warms in the palm of your hand and nutrients are gently massaged into skin. Lavish botanicals drench complexion in glow activating vitamins, as moisture rich oils quickly absorb, revealing perfectly primed skin and a new state of health.

How It Works


Bakuchiol Sourced from United States

Clinical studies demonstrate its ability to reduce multiple signs of aging. Significantly reduces the look of fine lines, wrinkles and improves the appearance of skin tone, elasticity, and firmness.


Astaxanthin Sourced From Iceland

One of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. Derived from premium quality algae grown in Iceland using 100% renewable energy. Protects skin from UV and environmental damage while improving the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.


Bisabolol sourced from Brazil

A powerful antioxidant and calming agent with skin brightening benefits due to its ability to inhibit melanin synthesis. Contains antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties along with skin restorative panthenol (provitamin B5).


Biodynamic Jojoba Sourced from Peru

Biocompatible and noncomedogenic. Jojoba’s chemical structure is similar to the sebum (oil) skin produces, making it one of the purest, most effective moisturizers for human skin. Jojoba is naturally antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and contains vitamin E , B complex, fatty acids, and antioxidants.


Arctic Oat CO2 Extract Sourced from Finland

Biocompatible and noncomedogenic. A time-honored and clinically evaluated natural active with potent soothing and skin firming properties. A natural source of skin strengthening ceramides and a rich source of vitamin E and omega-6 linoleic acid.


Red Raspberry Seed Oil Sourced from France

A rich source of vitamin E and omega-6 lineolic acid, this antioxidant rich oil protects skin from UV induced damage, while keeping skin smooth and supple.

The Process

Premium quality oils are sourced raw, organic, unrefined and non-deodorized for maximum nutrient content. Eight active + skin loving ingredients are hand blended in synergistic quantities proprietary to Root Science. Tried and tested by real people to ensure optimal skin benefits.

The Standard

Housed in dark violet glass for the highest standard in freshness and potency. Concentrated, water-free formula eliminates fillers and preservatives. Pumps instead of droppers reduce oxygen induced rancidity. Dark glass instead of clear prevents light degradation. Purest form of organic + wild crafted ingredients are protected for skin safety and efficacy.


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 health benefits. Bakuchiol has been clinically evaluated and considered a true retinol alternative due to its similar effect on cellular activity. However, the benefit of using Bakuchiol is that it does not have the negative side of effects associated with synthetic retinol i.e photosensitivity and irritation. Clinical studies using .5% Bakuchiol demonstrate a similar effect on cellular turnover as retinol, leading to an increase in collagen production and a significant reduction in fine line and wrinkles with improvements in skin tone, elasticity and firmness. Bakuchiol also acts as a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. With its numerous skin beneficial properties, Bakuchiol is a multi-correctional plant-derived cosmetic active that not only addresses signs of aging, but also blemishes and clogged pores. Just like synthetic retinol, Bakuchiol has impressive acne-fighting benefits. Bakuchiol is a safe and natural alternative to retinol, with no adverse side effects to skin or health.

Natural · Organic · Cruelty Free · Vegan · Made in Portland

Ingredients + Routine


Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Squalane (plant-derived), Rubus Idaeus (Raspbery) Seed Oil*, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil*, Bakuchiol**, Bisabolol**, Astaxanthin**, Tocopherol (VitaminE)**.

*Certified Organic
**Naturaly Sourced
Cruelty Free and Vegan
From the Earth, Not a Test Tube.

*Our certified organic, skin compatible plant oils provide the purest, most effective, and healthy form of moisture, eliminating the need for synthetic facial creams. 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 manipulated to remove scent or color – instead we use oils that are in their purest form, to fully preserve their nutrient and antioxidant content – for the benefit of your skin.


Can be used daily AM + 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 and décolleté. Allow several minutes for serum to fully absorb. Additional moisturizer can be used after application of Botanic-A 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.

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5 reviews for Botanic-A

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. ava

    pure magic

  5. 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!