African Botanics Reviews: Rose Treatment Essence, Cloudburst Micro-emulsion Balancing Moisturizer and Infinité Resurfacing Mask

I think many of you already know that African Botanics is one of my favourite skincare brands. I love the way they combine rare botanical extracts with the latest in biotechnology to create truly unique (and effective) products. They have been busy creating new products, and here are my thoughts on three of their newest creations.

Rose Treatment Essence: This is easily my favourite product of the trio. According to their press release, ‘the powerful combination of bioactive medicinal plants, botanical emollients, peptides, humectants, B vitamins, oligosaccharides, yeast beta-glucan and collagen boosters deliver vitality and nutrients deep into the skin.’ The concentrated formula is designed to tighten pores and restore moisture levels while brightening, refining, hydrating and rebalancing skin’s pH levels.

As the name suggests, this translucent pink gel heroes rose in all its glory. The rose in this formula smells soft and dewy, more rosebud than heady rose in full bloom, in my opinion. I expected this to have a texture similar to Japanese and Korean essences; it doesn’t. Instead, it’s a viscous gel that doesn’t fully liquefy (à la Sunday Riley Martian or Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner). I think it won’t be wrong to think of this as a deeply hydrating treatment serum instead of just a toner/essence. I like to use it on damp skin after I cleanse and mist. It disappears into the skin without a trace, while leaving it soft, plump and hydrated. I usually follow this with an oil/serum/moisturiser, but it’s hydrating enough to be used on its own, if your skin errs on the oily side.

Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Aloe Ferox Leaf* Extract, Yeast Beta-Glucan, Hyaluronic Acid, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Arnica Cordifolia Extract*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elder Tree) Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Anacyclus Pyrethrum (Pellitory) Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein (Di- and tripeptides), Hamamelis Virginia (Witch Hazel) Oil, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Kigelia Africana**Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Bulbinine Frutescens*, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Green Coffee, Caffein, Lamium Album (White Nettle) Flower Extract, Pinus Sylvestris Cone Extract, Burdock Root (Arctium Lappa), Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile)* Flower Extract, Rosa Centifolia (Rose)* Flower Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula)** Seed Oil. *Organic, **Wild-Harvested

Price: US$160. Buy Here.

Cloudburst Micro-emulsion Balancing Moisturizer: Marketed as a next-generation anti-ageing, moisture-replenishing hybrid moisturiser, it boasts an advanced water-in-oil emulsion technology that instantly plumps, calms and hydrates the skin. The ingredient list is equally impressive, and contains laninaria algae, candida saitoana extract, kigelia africana, hyaluronic acid, copper, plant peptides, vitamin c, niacinamide, resveratrol, green coffee, magnesium, zinc, fruit enzymes and peptides, along with a long list of native African botanical extracts.

The texture of this dark green gel is so incredibly light that it instantly disappears into the skin. It feels cooling and soothing, and the scent is equally refreshing. In my opinion, this product is best suited for oily, unbalanced, acne-prone and blemished skin. Dry skin types can use it under an oil/serum.

This product contains a small amount (0.25%) of phenoxyethanol as a preservative. It’s one of the ingredients I try to avoid, but I don’t mind it in small concentrations (anything under 2% is usually considered safe). EWG rates the health concerns of this preservative low to moderate (4), and unlike many other questionable ingredients, there is no evidence that links this ingredient to cancer/reproductive issues. It could potentially trigger allergies/irritation in large quantities, so if you actively avoid this ingredient, this product may not be for you!

When I asked Julia, the co-founder, why they chose to include this ingredient, she told me that they ‘chose to go with phenoxyethanol because of the nature of the formulations for these new products. It was the best and safest way to preserve these formulas. These products are very high-tech and use molecular science, so we had to be extra-careful with everything.’

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Hydrolyzed Rice Protein (Di- and tripeptides), Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed F- Fucoidan (Algae) Extract, Myrothamus Flabellifolius (Resurrection)** Plant, Hydrolyzed Candida Saitoana Extract, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract**, Panicum Miliaceum (Millet) Seed Extract, Tannic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Carbomer, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Hamamelis Virginia (Witch Hazel), Aspalathus Linearis (Green Rooibos)* Tea, D-alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), * Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula)** Seed Oil, Resveratrol Ferment Extract, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Ginko Biloba Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Green Coffee, Caffein, Allantoin, Carica (Papaya) Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Eriocephalus Punctulatus (Cape Chamomile)**, Schinziophyton Rautanenii (Mongongo)** Seed Oil, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab)** Seed Oil, Citrillus Lanatus (Kalahari melon)** Seed Oil, Helichrysum Angustifolium (Everlasting/Immortelle)* Oil, Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vit C), Archillea Millefolium (Yarrow)*, Aloe Ferox* Leaf Extract, Aminomethyl Propanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. *Organic, **Wild-Harvested

Price: US$260 for 50 ml. Buy here.

Infinité Resurfacing Mask: This really unique gel mask is a new generation AHA + BHA treatment that exfoliates, clarifies, decongests and brightens all skin types without causing irritation or dehydration. It contains lactic, glycolic, phytic, white willow (natural source of salicylic acid) and papaya and pineapple enzymes to exfoliate; alpine plants to lighten; antioxidants to prevent free radicals; and a collagen-booster from the leaf sap of South African bulbine frutescens to enhance skin’s firmness, tone and elasticity.

This mask goes on clear and is comparable to Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask. While Tata Harper is almost too gentle to deliver any visible results, Infinite instantly brightens and resurfaces the skin. What I love about Infinité is that it delivers great results without causing any tingling, burning or sensitivity. Also, you only need a very small amount of this product, so a bottle (although expensive) will last you a very long time!

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol (Sugarcane Derived), Glycerin, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Lactic Acid, Mentha Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow)* Extract, Speedwell (Veronica Officinalis) Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Resveratrol, Arctostaphylos (Uva-Ursi) Leaf Extract, Glycolic Acid, Saccharide Isomerate, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya Extract, Bulbine Frutescens*, Xanthan Gum, Hyaluronic Acid, Fucus Vesiculosis (Sea Kelp) Extract, Myrothamus Flabellifolius (Resurrection)** Plant, Sorghum Bicolor Stalk Juice, Panicum Miliaceum (Millet) Seed Extract, Tannic Acid, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein (Di- and tripeptides), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Superoxide Dismutase, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract*, Acetamide MEA, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Phytic Acid, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Linoleic Acid, Sommondsia Chinensis (Jojoba)* Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitol, D-alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hydrocotyl (Centella Asiatica)* Extract, Chamomile Martricaria* Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris (Green Algae) Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Salix Alba (White Willow Bark), Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula)** Seed Oil, Magnesium Sulphate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Citrillus Lanatus (Kalahari Melon)** Seed Oil, Copper Gluconate, Arnica Cordifolia (Arnica) Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Green Rooibos)* Tea Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape)* Seed Oil, Ethanol, Jasmine Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower Oil, Rosa Mosqueta (Rosehip)* Seed Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. *Organic, **Wild-Harvested Ingredients

Final Thoughts: These products really deliver and are possibly the most advanced skincare products on the market, natural or otherwise. They are very expensive, but compared to mainstream luxury brands like La Mer and La Prairie that cost up to twice as much and deliver half the results, these really are worth it!

© 2017 JustAskArjun. All opinions/views are my own. I accept press samples for review consideration, however, all products are treated with the same level of scrutiny.


  1. Mar
    June 4, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    thank you for this honest and detailed review of one of my favourite brand around there.
    I only have used the Mask and it’s really good and looking forward to try the Essence and Cloudburst.
    I really appreciate your comment about Phenoxyethanol but I totally trust Julia and Craig and am sure if they use this ingredient it was because of very important reason plus as you mentioned it’s really small amount.
    It’s a pleasure to read you,

    • askarjun
      June 4, 2017 / 5:44 pm

      Thanks, dear Mar! 💚 I was surprised when I saw it in the ingredient list, but I was happy with Julia’s explanation and the fact that it is only a micro percent.

  2. Kenndi
    June 8, 2017 / 2:52 am

    Hi, I have been reading your blogs for some times now.. Love how u put things into perspective. Would you happen to know if African botanics does international shipping? Would really like to try them out, been to their website but it doesn’t state anywhere.. Thanks 🙂

    • askarjun
      June 21, 2017 / 12:36 am

      Thank you for the kind words! Cult Beauty offers free international shipping for African Botanics. Hope that helps.

      • Kenndi
        June 21, 2017 / 7:33 pm

        Many thanks 🙂 Have a wonderful day ahead.

  3. Stella
    October 5, 2017 / 7:11 am

    Hello, just one question, what would you recommend best against hyperpigmentation: Rose Essence or Cell Recovery Serum?
    Probably the best would be Nutritive Molecule Serum but it is out of my budget 🙁
    Thank you in advance!

    • askarjun
      October 8, 2017 / 4:02 pm

      Cell Recovery Serum, for sure. 🙂 It visibly brightens the skin.

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