qet botanicals | balancing day serum

qet balancing day serum

At $44 an ounce, Qet’s Balancing Day Serum featuring certified organic ingredients is a steal for the beauty on a budget who desires luxury but rejects overpriced facial oils.

qet balancing day serum

{Qet sent me a sample of its Balancing Day Serum to review. It costs $44 for a 1-ounce bottle.}

Organic, cold-pressed oils of safflower, grape and evening primrose make up the base of this featherlight, fast-absorbing daytime oil. Cranberry, broccoli and organic sea buckthorn oils play a supporting role, offering a shot of vitamins and delivering a primer-like texture.

Formulated to both balance and hydrate, Qet’s Balancing Day Serum calms flare-ups and irritation while prepping the skin for an even application of makeup — no oil slicks here!

Qet, a Wisconsin-based brand, developed this serum to help protect and repair the skin daily. Wild raspberry and carrot seed oils add a bit of natural UV protection for light sun exposure (but please be smart about wearing SPF if you’re in direct sunlight for a long time, OK?!).

Sea buckthorn and lavender oils offer a degree of protection against dreaded breakouts, while vitamins A and E encourage cell turnover and nourishment.

qet balancing day serum

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Cold-pressed oils from seeds of carthamus tinctorius (*safflower), vitis vinifera (*grape), oenothera biennis (*evening primrose), glycerine (*vegetable), vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry), brassica oleracea (broccoli), hippophae rhamnoides (*sea buckthorn), essential oils of lavandula angustifolia (*lavender), tocopherol (GMO-free vitamin E), jasminum sambac (jasmine), rubus idaeus (*wild raspberry), daucus carota (*carrot). *Organic Ingredient

My combination/oily skin responded well to this serum from day one. My skin never looked or felt shiny, greasy or heavy, even when using the maximum suggested drops — 5!

I would simply press it into my skin after cleansing and toning. On slightly damp, toned skin, Qet’s Balancing Day Serum easily smooths over the skin and leaves it with that oh-so-coveted glow.

Besides the texture, this face serum has the most gentle, sweet floral scent thanks to an elegant mix of lavender, jasmine sambac and wild raspberry oils. I’d call it more fruity than floral, but the aroma is absolutely addictive.

Think of this serum as a sophisticated sweet tart for your skin!

It’s something I’d easily use every day, and we all know that scent is important when it comes to actually using the good-for-your-skin green beauty products on the market. Clearly, the allure of jasmine sambac got me, but it still a different scent combination than I’ve experienced before — with very few, but very high quality, smartly blended ingredients.

I’d easily repurchase and absolutely recommend Qet to anybody looking for a more budget-friendly beauty oil that performs just as well as the triple-figure oils on the market today. Simple, clean packaging + stellar ingredients + sophisticated scent is always a win — and at $44, it’s a no-brainer!

Have you tried anything from Qet? What budget-friendly face oils do you love and recommend? Tell me in the comments section!

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  • Amy

    This looks interesting. I really like the ingredient list.

    And to be honest, I am getting tired of the marketing of pure ingredients and specialty production and expensive packaging (not only of the container but also the boxes that the products come in) so it’s refreshing to learn about brands that are affordable and offer simplicity. My last expensive purchase was the much touted “face oil to end all face oil” Vintner’s Daughter. Yes, it smelled lovely, and yes the ingredients and special wine-like production process seemed special and unique… but was it really better than Kahina’s Argan Oil ($36 for 1 oz) or Dr. Alkaitis Treatment oil (4 oz for $90) or Acure Organics marula oil ($15.99 for 1 oz) or Josh Rosebrook’s herbal infusion oil ($44 for 2 oz)? No. Does the Vintner’s oil absorb better than any of the oils mentioned above? No. In fact Kahina’s argan and Acure’s marula absorbs much better than Vintner’s. And I didn’t experience anything special while using Vintner’s. No brightening, no extra clearing, no reduction of post pimple hyper pigmentation. And I’ve been using this oil solely at night for 13 weeks! I swear, I don’t have anything against Vintner’s, I just think the hype on some of the new-‘luxe’-release oils and balms are a little ridiculous. So it really makes me weary to try or purchase full-sized products that promise to be ground-breaking.

    The natural green beauty needs to be careful, else all the marketing and promises will turn organic products into the same money-making skincare lines that only deliver empty results in the guise of specially produced organic ingredients.

    All this really makes me appreciate you as a blogger because you review cheap products, simply-packaged products, humble products, and luxe products in the same way. I respect your work and dedication! I’ve been on this organic/wild-crafted skin and body care journey for about 2 years now and I must say that you, GenuineGlow, Nephriticus, and BeautyIdealist remain the most true as a bloggers. Thanks for introducing me to clean and green products of all size and prices!

    • Linda

      So true Amy! And while I know you’re not bashing on Vintner’s Daughter, I wanted to add that it left a bad taste in my mouth when she would use that photoshopped image of her bottle that stretched it out, so it looked bigger than the actual 1 oz bottle it is.

      • I never noticed that! Definitely good to confirm product sizes before buying anything, especially now that many brands offer bigger than 1-ounce sizes (KYPRIS) as well as smaller deluxe travel samples, etc. I’ve done a few posts that mention price per ounce … maybe that would be helpful to have a comparison chart for further reference? Thoughts?

    • I feel ya, Amy! But, one way to look at it is … wow, has green beauty come a LONG way! To have products like Vintner’s Daughter that can command that kind of mainstream attention and pricetag is kinda huge.

      When it comes down to comparison though, I understand your point. While I wouldn’t suggest comparing blends to straight oils, I would say look at comparisons for products with similar ingredients and certifications.

      I think there’s space for everyone in this big beauty market, but because there will be so much competition, brands will have to figure out how to stand out … be it price (high or low); packaging; and the overall promise. The woman who loves Vintner’s may not even think to look at a line like Acure based on presentation or the fact that Acure is sold at Whole Foods. With the same thinking in mind, the next woman would probably scoff at the idea of paying more than X amount of dollars on any skincare product! Like I said … all comes down to that target audience :)

      I’ve had a tiny sample of Vintner’s and loved the texture and hope to do a full review soon. I support all green beauty, but definitely have my preferences for how I spend (I’m kinda a cheapo when it comes to cleansers, for example). My goal for this blog is to be able to provide reviews of any skincare product that has an interesting story and promise, regardless of price! Thank you for the compliments and for recognizing that angle of my blog. xoxo

      • Amy

        You are right. And yes, it’s amazing and wonderful how far green beauty has come. I remember the first time I tried to go green in 2007, the selection available was quite sad. Thank you for such a thoughtful response. And I didn’t intend to bash Vintner’s Daughter though it did come out that way… It was just VD was the most recent expensive buy that didn’t quite live up to its promises. I think after I finish my current selection of skincare oils (this takes so looong) I will go back to my favorite face oil/serum of all time, MUN No.1 for evenings and Kahina’s Argan or true nature botanical face serum for mornings; Josh Rosebrook’s and Mun’s toner. And I did notice that you don’t like to spend a lot of money on cleansers :-) but for me personally, good cleansers and toner have changed my skin so much. For me, learning how to properly clean my face has drastically changed the absorption and effectiveness of my skincare game. I am still looking for a cleanser that is as good and does what it’s supposed to do like Yuli Halcyon…. but cheaper and more readily available. Based on your cleanser recommendation post (which was super helpful btw), I bought Dr. Alkaitis cleanser… which is good, but not quite as nice as Yuli’s.

  • Jen

    When it comes to determining which oils are best suited to me, I always purchase a trial or travel-sized version. I have nothing but positive things to say about Acure’s argan oil, as well as Odacité and Laurel WPO, all of which are sold at different price points. My question is, how does this oil compare to the three I’ve mentioned? I also have combination skin and Laurel’s Balance serum is nothing short of amazing.

    • I don’t think you can compare this to a straight oil (Acure’s argan oil) because this is a blend. I’d say that Qet is just as fantastic as Odacite and Laurel (two lines that I love and repurchase a lot!), but it really depends on what you are looking for. This oil may be a bit lighter than Balance, but it’s been a while since I’ve used Balance. You don’t mention which Odacite oil you are referring to, so I can’t really compare!

      • Jen

        Hi Kimberly :) I love most of the serums from Odacite’s Pure Elements line, but the one I use most to balance out my combo skin is the Peach + Cypress oil. Odacite’s serums smell fantastic too, without making my eyes water. And since you’ve mentioned that Qet also has a great scent, I’m now curious! If it’s as effective as the Peach + Cypress, I’m definitely willing to try.

  • Cee

    Hi Kimberly,

    I love your blog and was wondering if you could recommend a really good day moisturizer? I don’t particularly like oils during the day. It kinda weirds me out with makeup and all…Truthfully I am extremely overwhelmed with trying to find a good clean moisturizer. ( I am in my 30s battling acne and sensitivity ) so any direction would be much appreciated :)

  • Jessie

    I was wondering if Qet would work for my dry and flaky skin. I’ve been using Dr.Alkaikitis oil with good results, but the smell is a bit too intense. I love the blends but the super high prices and big smells are scaring me off many brands.