Arbonne: The Science Behind the Skincare

Why Arbonne

Key botanicals and natural elements form this vegan range, with no nasties. 

When learning of the benefits of Arbonne I was most shocked at the unregulated ingredients of some of the leading brands in the Beauty world. Household names featured animal by-product ingredients in their products such as tallow and lanolin. 

Tallow is essentially a form of animal fat which is used as a bulking agent and preservative in products. Lanolin is secreted by sheep and forms a greasy film upon their wool. 

It takes 26 seconds to absorb your skincare into your blood stream. That means that the animal fat and wool grease is being absorbed into your system every time you wash your face. Then you’ve got mineral oil, the silent devil. It sounds healthy enough; generally oils are praised for the health benefits, but BEWARE.

Mineral oil has hidden behind its name and found its way into an abundance of health and beauty products worldwide. Mineral oil, however goes by another name: liquid paraffin. That’s right, it’s found in petrol. The petrol industry can sell this for 1p a litre, cheaper than disposing of it any other way, which means those lotions, creams and potions are packed with this harmful stuff. 

Mineral oil sits on the skin and creates a film, blocking pores and preventing any of the good, natural ingredients from accessing your skin. 

All of the above are strictly banned from Arbonne, alongside animal testing. The tagline for the company: pure, safe and beneficial is a strong standpoint in today’s consumer society. 

From organic foods, to the latest fitness trends, the nation is becoming obsessive about creating the healthiest version of itself, so why ruin it with chemical-packed cosmetics? 

Slowly but surely I have amended my skincare and cosmetics to the Arbonne way, and you know what – my skin has never looked better! 

The Business Model

Arbonne is a premium brand without the premium price tag. The whole ethos of the company is to provide top of the range skincare in an affordable way. 

As there are no stores, there are no staffing costs, no overheads and no Marketing fees. The lack of Marketing is why you have probably never heard of it, however the company trade through Network Marketing, essentially ‘word of mouth’. This is where the fabulous products come in. 

All of the money that would have been spent on the above costs, are put back into the very research of it – the Science. This means that you can use these premium products with the same ingredients as others 10x the price.

The Science – FC5

There are a whole variety of different ranges dependent on age range, skin-type and gender, but the range I am exploring today is the FC5 – Fresh Cell 5 Technology. 

This ground-breaking technology uses plant cell ingredients in their pure state to beautify your skin. The cell is extracted from natural ingredients, and each cell retains its essential nutrients. 

These cells become activated upon contact with the skin, where the nutrients are then released. 

Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, the FC5 extracts cells from the below fruits and vegetables. 


  • Kiwi
  • Strawberry
  • Carrot
  • Mango
  • Pumpkin

Each ingredient has its use: purifying, toning, soothing, calming, hydrating and moisturising to give you incredibly healthy skin. The product also contains UVA and UVB protection to hinder the signs of ageing. 

The ingredients remain unscathed, thus ensuring a greater benefit for the consumer.

Arbonne is the premier provider of this cell technology. The best feature of the range is that it comes equipped for two separate skin types: one range for Normal/Dry skin and a second for Oily/Combination. 

Moisture Fresh Complex

This range is set to moisturise and hydrate dull, dry skin using extracts of:

  • Cucumber
  • Birch Leaf
  •  Watercress
  • Clover Blossom

These are used alongside the key 5 to alleviate dryness and restore gorgeous skin.

Key features of normal/dry skin
1)    Fine pores
2)    Rough, flaky patches of dryness
3)    Skin lacking in essential oils
4)    Dull-looking skin 

Matte Fresh Complex

This range concentrates on harmonizing oily skin using:

  • Mallow
  • Melissa
  • Watercress
  • Ivy

Key features of oily/combination skin

1)    Shiny finish
2)    Enlarged pores
3)    Oily T-Zone

I use the Matte Fresh Complex, having been prone to an oily t-zone for as long as I can remember. I converted to Arbonne a couple of months ago and the results have been dramatic. 

After a particularly heavy summer of festival-going and sun-worshipping I suffered from a series of nasty breakouts, uneven skin-tone and generally lack-lustre skin and was beginning to lose hope that I’d ever recover my youthful glow.

After a couple of weeks the appearance of my skin has improved dramatically, with finer pores, a much more even skin tone and a genuinely glowing complexion. I used to really struggle with an oily finish, but even the FC5 moisturiser absorbs excess oils and mattifies skin. 

The FC5 range encompasses the full-works in terms of beauty regime, ensuring that each product harmonizes with the other to gratify the most incredible results.

The Products

FC5 Purifying Cleanser and Toner

This is a gorgeous formula to cleanse and tone the face. Packed with:

  • St John’s Wort
  • Rose Geranium
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Shea Butter

I use this formula twice a day to leave skin feeling fresh, cleansed and moisturised.

FC5 Oil-Absorbing Day Lotion with SPF 20

The top feature of this product is that the formula is oil-free and actually helps to absorb oil, whilst hydrating the skin.

The lotion also contains antioxidants and prevents UV rays from targeting skin, thus preserving younger-looking skin, preventing cancer and ageing.

This is primarily used as a day lotion, however can similarly be used both day and night, after cleansing, to keep skin oil-free and hydrated.

FC5 Deep Cleansing Mask 

This glorious mask is packed with fresh strawberry cell extracts. It features glacial clay which draws out the impurities and oils that are clogging up your complexion, to reveal finer pores and glowing skin. 

This mask is great, especially on days where you feel you need a little extra sheen in your life. I find this works well on any imperfections you want banished. I use this maybe once every 10 days, to give my skin a deep cleanse and boost.

Arbonne Intelligence Genius

This final product is not from the FC5 range, but just couldn’t go without a mention. The Genius is a system to disclose your most healthy skin, using its revolutionary formula. 

It is formed of Nightly Resurfacing Pads and a solution of PBR+ complex, Phytinol, Botanicals and Retinoid.
This solution is poured over the pads which can then be used either nightly or as and when required. 

The pads act as a very light cell renewal treatment, exfoliating away dead skin cells, while the solution works deep to improve complexion, smooth and tone skin and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

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