Review: Pacifica Cactus & Kale Oil Free Renewal Lotion


Pacifica should be the most affordable and convenient vegan and cruelty-free brand near me. I actually found out it exists in Target 3 months ago, and I ordered a face lotion and few lip tints to try.  I made another order last week to try their face mist and another lotion since I finish the first one which is the Cactus & Kale Oil Free Renewal Lotion. I don’t care if this product is too old for you. I just want to share my thought and introduce one more possibility to you.

Basic Information

This lotion costs $14 USD for 50ml of product on Pacifica website. Sometimes, you may find a good deal on Target, Ulta, or local Whole Foods Market.

The ingredient list: Aqua (purified), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, caprylic/capric triglyceride (derived from coconut), glyceryl stearate, octyl palmitate, glycerin, stearic acid (vegetable), cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, opuntia ficus-indica (cactus) stem extract, brassica oleracea acephala (kale) leaf extract, rosa damascena (damascus rose) leaf cell extract, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, parfum (natural).

This lotion doesn’t contain animal ingredients, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and petroleum. It is recommended to people with combination skin or dehydrated, tired and stressed skin. The formula is designed to promote a firmer appearance.

My Thoughts

I originally picked this one because I thought vegan skincare always use oils and may have a thicker oiler texture. I have a sensitive combination to dry skin. The word “combination” means I still have oily areas so I prefer lighter moisturizer. Also, when I read comments on other moisturizer, people with oily skin mostly complain about the oiliness. I got this “oil-free” lotion in case I have the same issue. I also planned to use it as a day moisturizer before primer and makeup.




The lotion smells like cactus, and it is not a strong scent. It disappears quickly. I like the lotion is not watery. I don’t like lotion that runs down my skin. This is more like a very thin cream. It makes the application easier to control. I am not sure if this is a common issue for vegan lotion, they always have a thin white layer on top of my skin. (like picture 2 above) I have to wait or keep massaging it into my skin. It won’t happen if I exfoliate my skin well. I am curious about the reason. This may be worse if you use a thicker layer of serum and toner before the lotion. I also feel a little tingle sensation the first time I use this lotion. It happens every time I use any skin hydrating product. For example, I still feel the tingling every time I use the Derma.E hydrating mist.

Anyway, it is not a gel moisturizer so I feel some oiliness when spreading on my face and before it gets absorbed into my skin. After it is absorbed, it is almost unnoticeable and doesn’t make my skin oily or greasy. It is suitable as a day moisturizer before primer and makeup. It is a decent night moisturizer for my combination skin. It clears redness and brightens my skin little bit. If I use it at night, I would wake up with a plumper face. In terms of hydration and moisturization, it is perfect for people with combination skin. I think people with dry skin can use this lotion during summer. People with oily skin may like it better during fall and winter. For people with very sensitive skin, I would recommend to give it a try. Although it gives me a tingling sensation at first used, it doesn’t happen anymore and my skin looks healthier and smoother. Also, it calms my skin redness so it calms my skin sensitivity.

Overall, I like this Pacifica lotion. It is affordable and works well. I will switch to a more functional moisturizer since I have more budget and need a moisturizer that can help clear my acne scar. I would recommend this lotion to anyone with a lower budget and wants to start switching to vegan cruelty-free beauty. Even you are not into vegan and cruelty-free beauty, it is still a decent moisturizer I can find in the drugstore.


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