StriVectinLabs High Performance Booster Oil
0.5 fl. oz. for $62
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This facial oil contains a very good mix of non-fragrant plant oils that are a rich source of skin-repairing fatty acids, not to mention each plant oil is also a rich source of antioxidants, as are the plant extracts this product contains. All told, this is definitely one of the better facial oils out there, and as it's a concentrated formula, the price isn't as stinging as it seems.

Facial oils like this are great for improving the look and feel of dry skin anywhere on the face, whether used alone or mixed with your regular facial moisturizer for times when skin looks and feels drier than usual. It can, in a sense, "accelerate the performance of any skincare routine", yet facial oils are best for those with dry skin. Those with oily skin or oily areas will find facial oils simply make their skin feel too slick or greasy, though if you don't mind that feel they can be an OK option for nighttime use (again, we're talking about oily skin here).

This oil's only drawback is the small amount of fragrance it contains. Most facial oils overdo the fragrance or are loaded with fragrant oils, so we're thrilled that StriVectin didn't follow suit. Now, those who wish to avoid a lot of fragrance (which can be irritating) have a facial oil to consider—and along with the good oils it also contains cell-communicating ingredients and vitamin-based antioxidants. Well done!

One more comment: This oil is beautifully packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients it contains stable during use.

  • Contains a very good mix of non-fragrant, fatty acid-rich plant oils.
  • All of the plant oils and extracts provide antioxidant benefit.
  • Excellent for improving the look, feel, and comfort of dry skin.
  • Packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients it contains stable.
  • Minimally fragranced.
  • None.

High Performance Booster Oil is a nourishing face oil with patented, skin strengthening NIA-114 technology that is proven to accelerate the performance of any skincare routine for superior results, including a clinically significant improvement in luminosity, firmness and the number of fine lines and wrinkles.


Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Myristyl Nicotinate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Bisabolol, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Strobile, Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea Seed Oil, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oxycoccus Palustris (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Seed Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Propylmethylmethoxybenzofuran

Brand Overview

StriVectin At-A-Glance

Strengths: A good cleanser and a couple of worthwhile moisturizers.

Weaknesses: Expensive; The original (and now the "improved" StriVectin-SD product (and every other product sold under this brand name) is absolutely not better than Botox; some of the products contain irritant peppermint oil; the Deep Wrinkle serum is terrible.

We had previously written about the original StriVectin-SD, when a reader asked about its ability to repair stretch marks. That was StriVectin's initial claim to fame, though the fame was all self-promoted, as there is not a single independent, peer-reviewed study to prove that StriVectin is an effective option for repairing stretch marks. The studies that do exist about StriVectin's benefits for stretch marks were paid for by Klein-Becker, the company that distributes StriVectin (and is associated with Bremenn Research Labs, which has a growing history of trouble with the FDA and various watchdog advertising organizations).

According to the company's ads, they were surprised to find that not only was StriVectin-SD getting rid of women's stretch marks, but also that somehow their facial wrinkles were going away, too. This discovery lead to the astounding "antiwrinkle breakthrough of the decade." What followed were the now-famous magazine ads that posed the question of whether StriVectin was "Better Than Botox?" Not surprisingly, this ad captured the attention of millions of people concerned with mitigating signs of aging "without painful injections".

Regrettably, no supportive research needs to be available to sell this kind of hyperbole. All it takes is to promise women that a product will get rid of their wrinkles and they will buy it in droves, no matter how many other product lines, infomercials, advertisements, or cosmetics salespeople pledge the exact same thing. StriVectin isn't and was never "better than Botox"!

Of course, now the original, lauded StriVectin-SD product has been replaced by what the company describes as a "super-charged comprehensive skin repair cream for stretch marks, wrinkles, and aging skin". It seems there's no aging skin concern this product cannot address, but as it turns out, the updated formula presents the same drawbacks as the original, although it is arguably a better formulation (just not for stretch marks).

As for the rest of the StriVectin line, it contains proportionately more misses than hits. It isn't the anti-wrinkle answer and in fact some of their products contain the type of irritating ingredients that hurt your skin's ability to look and function in a younger manner.

For more information about StriVectin, call 1-800-430-0227 or visit www.strivectin.com.

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Interesting product!

I've been using this after doing a mask treatment on my face on parts where I feel it was a bit drying (combination skin here). I feel it does a great job soothing those areas! The one con (other than animal testing) is the smell, I do find the smell to be a bit strong but otherwise this is a great product!

Reviewed by
Nicky L.
Love Booster Oil

This oil goes a long way, has no perfume, and works wonders on my semi-oily 53 year old face. I love it!!!

Reviewed by
Janet B.
Animal Testing considered a con.

Well I am glad that they have done such a good job on formulating this product, but I would consider animal testing a con. There are equally good or better products out there that do not use animal testing. So I would never buy a StriVectin product because of the animal testing which is not necessary.

Reviewed by
Cherie D
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