Now I’ve been getting a lot of requests for me to review Bio Oil. I actually used Bio Oil back when I was working in Singapore and just gave birth to baby Geof. I was looking for an effective product to remove my scars and stretchmarks. Bio Oil was not readily available in the Philippines back in the day but it was in Singapore so I purchased a bottle. A bottle of Bio Oil costs around 25 USD((around 1,000php) for 60ml of the product.
What do I think?
I think Bio Oil is another product of hype and overrated media marketing. It does not work well for me at least.
Bio Oil Ingredients
Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula Oil)
Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender Oil)
Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary Oil)
Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Chamomile Oil)
Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A)
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
Glycine Soja Oil
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil
Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde
Orange: CI 26100 (Red 17)
Bio Oil contains 29 ingredients of which four are plant extracts common every body product on the market, two are vitamins used in every cosmetic formula I have ever reviewed, one is mineral oil (think baby oil), and everything else is slip agents, fillers, fragrance or dyes.
- The botanicals listed in the ingredients list are in no way scientifically proven to lighten or minimize scars or stretchmarks
- The product is overpriced considering it mostly contain fillers like mineral oil and paraffin (see oil base ingredients)
- After 6 months of consistently using the product, I saw no visible improvements on my stretchmarks. Considering I just gave birth to Geof recently that time so the stretchmarks are “fresh”
- It also did not work on my new scars. The product is disappointing that I didn’t take the time to take photos of my scars back then because it looked the same
Bio Oil claims (with a published study):
“. . . is efficacious in improving the appearance of scars. After 8 weeks 92% of subjects showed an improvement.”
What they don’t tell you about the study:
1. There were only 36 subjects tested—not at all a large enough sample to find any true results.
2. They do not state exactly what the improvements were—was it a 5% improvement or a 95% improvement?
3. What was it tested against? Yes there was a placebo but did they test it against other products of similar formula?
|I was not the only one, apparently. Image Src: Google Photos
They dressed up this product as a scientifically proven scar treatment. The studies proving its effectiveness are misleading and incomplete and the formula itself is so basic, a vitamin E capsule would work just as well if not give better results. Check out my post on different scar and stretchmark removers to see what works and what doesn’t (will try to keep it updated) and how to remove acne marks.