Necessaire Review

April 13, 2022

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Prior to discovering Necessaire, I wasn’t big into body care. Skincare? Yes. Religious about my skincare routine. But besides using whatever body wash was in my shower, I wasn’t that into body care products.

Shortly after Necessaire launched in 2018, I started hearing about their body wash non-stop. I was intrigued and sought out the Eucalyptus scent. I was pretty instantly hooked. Since then I have tried out a range of their products and today I am sharing my thoughts on each I have tested.

Necessaire Review

The brand was founded in California by Nick Axelrod and Randi Christiansen who wanted to create a line of clean, high-performance, gender-neutral, personal care products. It launched with three products: The Body Lotion, The Body Wash and The Sex Gel.

Given my pursuit of a cleaner beauty routine with less toxicity and, given the fact that our skin is our biggest organ, I knew I wanted to begin using a better for me body care line. 

Necessaire is both Climate and Plastic Neutral Certified. They use FSC-Certified kraft paper for their shippers, cartons and inserts. I personally love that they adhere to the EU’s care standards so the products are better for you than a lot of the products on store shelves at most U.S. stores.

It is also a luxury line so the prices are certainly higher than what you’d see at your local drugstore. But I have found it to be worth the investment and I like how long the products last despite regular use.

Necessaire Body Wash Review

The Body Wash

This is my favorite Necessaire product. It gets a good lather and I love that it comes in a variety of straightforward scents as well as a fragrance free version if you’re someone who isn’t a fan or has sensitivities to fragrances. The Eucalyptus scent is so intoxicating and so invigorating and I’ve now gone through more bottles of this stuff than I can count. I’ve been using it ever since I first bought a bottle back in 2018 or 2019.

The formula is enriched with Niacinamide and a variety of vitamins. Your skin feels super clean and nourished after use. It is formulated without Sulfates, Silicones, Parabens and PEGs.

The Body Wash is $25.

Necessaire Body Lotion and Body Serum Review

The Body Lotion

This body lotion made me into a body lotion person. It is light, non-greasy and absorbs quickly so it doesn’t have the pain points of a lot of body lotions I had tried in the past. Skin feels smoother and more firm after regular use and I love the Fragrance Free version of this lotion but I do wish you could get out product from the bottle a bit easier. 

The Body Lotion is $25.

The Body Serum

I like this product but I don’t use it super often given it feels like an extra step. It’s designed to be a daily Hyaluronic Acid treatment for the skin and it is a fast-absorbing gel that you can either apply before your body moisturizer or mix it with.  I think this product would be great if you experience extra dry skin – particularly in winter.

The Body Serum is $45.

The Hand Cream

This hand cream made me a hand cream convert and now I keep it on my nightstand to apply before bed every night.  They designed it to be good for skin dryness, skin protection and those with eczema. The formula has Peptides, Niacinamide and Vitamins so skin feels repaired and nourished after use. I love how lightweight it is and that it soaks in right away with no residue.

The Hand Cream is $20.

The Body Exfoliator

This is a great body scrub that I often use in the shower in tandem with The Body Wash. I absolutely love the Eucalyptus scent and that the scrub feels gentle yet effective. I do wish the particles weren’t black though as I do feel it can make a mess of your shower that requires extra rinsing. They recommend use 1-2 times a week. I like the foam you get and find this is a great product to use before you apply self tanner, too. It’s good even for sensitive skin.

The Body Exfoliator is $30.

Necessaire Body Oil Review

The Body Oil

The Body Oil is a nutrient-rich treatment oil that you can apply all over. It’s nice and lightweight and absorbs easily so it doesn’t leave skin feeling greasy or slick. I like it but I also prefer the Osea Body Oil personally.

The Body Oil is $35.

The Deodorant Gel

I didn’t like the first deoderandt that Necessaire released so I was hesitant to try the new one. But after testing it for about a month, I was sold. The Gel one is a clear quick-dry formula that has 5% AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) and Niacinamide so it combats odor, treats discoloration and minimizes bumps. It’s stain-free and mess-free and I found it does live up to the quick dry promise. There’s no aluminum, no Baking Soda, no Parabens, no PEGs and no Synthetic Fragrance so even underarms with sensitive skin should be A-ok to use it.

The Deodorant Gel is $15 and comes in both Fragrance Free and Eucalyptus (which I personally use).

Necessaire Review

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I also love that the Necessaire site lets you shop by ingredient and by skin concern. They also offer a variety of sets and duos which will let you try out several of their products for a small cost savings.

And – not important but worth noting – I do love the minimalist packaging and the fact that the Nécessaire body care line looks chic in my shower. It’s also great for sharing – guys love the shower gel in particular.

In addition to being available on their own site,, the brand is also available at a wide variety of retailers including Sephora, Goop, Nordstrom and Violet Grey.

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  1. Michelle Springer says:

    I was lucky enough to receive a deluxe sample of both the body serum and body lotion through Sephora. I actually quite like them both and have been wanting to try the body wash.

  2. Jessica says:

    I love their body lotion and serum. And the packaging really is the selling point for me, ha!

    xo Jessica
    an indigo day

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