Skin Lightening Face Cream: An Honest Review |

skin lightening face cream review

Honest Product Review for Claribelskincare's Skin Lightening Face Cream

Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to review Claribel’s skin lightening face cream with arbutin, kojic & niacinamide, designed for use on the face and neck.  There are a gazillion reasons to love this cream.  It’s texture, smell, easy absorption, plant based ingredient list, free shipping.  But before I move on, let me tell you a bit about myself first. 

Personal Skin Care Story

Hi Everyone, I’m Regina Cassidy.  I found Claribel’s skin lightening face cream while searching Etsy, where Jeanette had her store years ago.

I currently work in NYC and have lived here for a couple of decades.  I love living here, love the people, and the hustle and bustle of the city.  The seasons can be harsh in the city, but the comforts that are readily available balance that. 

I was a big sun worshipper when I was very young, always out on the water with my father and family members, without sunscreen.  Back then, using sunscreen was for “woosies” and a boat full of male family members.  We’d fish and enjoy the day without a care in the world.  That eventually took a toll on my skin, leaving me with significant sun damage.  I realized that at some point, these sun spots and pigmentation changes could result in cancer, so I change my tune and started wearing sunscreen every day since. 

At some point after that, I realized that I had a collection of sun spots and discoloration issues that I wanted to resolve.  But unfortunately, almost all of the products on the market contained very hash or damaging ingredients.  So many chemicals.  Most of those products fell far off the chart of even being close to a natural skin care product.  Then I found Claribel.  I was thrilled!  Jeanette was super helpful, and told me that if the product didn’t meet my expectations, she would offer a full refund.

I noticed within a couple of weeks that my skin looked brighter and smoother.  Those sun spots were fading and my skin looked luminous again.

I hope you enjoy my honest review of Claribel’s natural skin lightening cream, and consider giving it a try just like I did.    

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Product Packaging Description

This skin lightening face cream comes in a sturdy glass jar with a pharmaceutical style classic black cap, and a tamper resistant liner.  After peeling back the liner, I was pleasantly greeted by a whiff of the soft, fresh, lemony scent of this cream.  So delightful!  I dipped my finger in, and it felt like smooth, whipped frosting for a cake.  Don’t let the pleasant food related comparisons fool you – this is a heavy duty cream that contains all of the natural skin lightening ingredients you’d want.  All proven to make a difference when fading sun damage and discoloration.  The label is white recycled earth friendly paper and the inks are vegetable derived, so I was really happy to learn that.

Mailed packages from Claribel come in a professional, white mailer box, with recycled paper shred for a quality cushion to prevent breakage.  Each jar and bottle is tape sealed to prevent leaking. 

Last fall I ordered some limited edition items for the season, and the packaging was more fall-like, so they do change it up throughout the year.

Product Texture, Look, Feel, Smell

This skin lightening face cream have a very smooth, silky feel to it.  As I mentioned above, it reminded me of frosting for a cake.  Very smooth and decadent.  I love the subtle lemon scent, due to the lemon derived ingredients to help lighten skin.  As soon as I apply it, I can immediately apply cosmetics because my skin drinks it up.  It’s very quickly absorbed, leaving my skin feeling nicely hydrated.  I also use this at night from time to time, when I feel like I need to step up my skin tone evening game.    

I am EXTREMELY impressed with this skin lightening face cream’s ingredients list.  There isn’t another product on the market where you can find vitamin c, alpha arbutin, kojic acid, lemon peel bioferment, Swiss lightening flowers, niacinamide, and willow bark all in the same product.  Anywhere.  Certainly not for this price.  Yet somehow, with such a long and attractive ingredients list, this is gentle and works magic.

All of Claribel’s products are free of sulfates, parabens, petroleum, synthetics, artificial fragrance, water (which causes spoilage and dilutes a products), and pointless fillers.  I’m told that each order that is placed is made fresh and shipped immediately, never pulled from an inventory shelf.  This is a huge benefit to ordering from them.

As I mentioned that I sometimes also use this in the evening, you can use it in the evening if you prefer, and also use it day and night, if that’s your preference.  It’s gentle enough to do so yet still noticeably effective. 

Results and Opinion

I have been using this skin lightening face cream for 6 months, and as you can see, my skin is completely clear of any discoloration now.  I will continue to use it based on the high quality of product experience I’ve had with all of the products I’ve purchased from  I do love that they now offer smaller “try me” sizes.  It’s especially handy if you’re traveling or like to carry your products in your bag for the day.  The 1.3 ounce size jar is presently priced at $34, and they have the smaller try me size at $17.  This smaller size is also packaged in a sturdy glass jar with black lined lid. 

I’m quite sure that you’ll find this product to be far and above anything else you’ve tried. 


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Original Full Product Page Description

Our skin lightening face cream is highly concentrated with plant based ingredients that are proven to brighten and lighten skin, like alpha arbutin, vitamin c, niacinamide, kojic acid, lemon peel bioferment, Nordic flowers, and willow bark.

Naturally reduce sun spots, aging discoloration, uneven skin tone, discoloration from acne scarring, and pigmentation issues. 

Each product is made fresh the day you order it.

Enjoy free shipping in the US.

Chemical free, synthetic free, paraben free, sulfate free, cruelty free. Organic and earth derived ingredients. Made with love, one order at a time.


  • Significantly reduce sun discoloration.
  • Have more even skin tone.
  • Brighten skin naturally.


Apply to clean, dry skin AM and/or PM.


Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Alpha Arbutin, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Azadirachta Indica (Organic Neem) Seed Oil, Candelilla Wax, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Ginger Extract, Kojic Acid, Glycerin, Lemon Essential Oil, Lemon Peel Bioferment, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Montmorillonite (Green Clay) Extract, Niacinamide, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Organic Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Salix Alba (Organic White Willow) Bark Extract, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vaccinium Corymbosum (Organic Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Organic Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum


This natural skin lightening face cream highlights some key important ingredients, as follows:

Alpha Arbutin:  Alpha Arbutin is derived from the Bearberry plant, and is the natural alternative to skin lightening. While it is natural, it can be faster and safer than chemical alternatives. Arbutin will correct sun spots and discoloration.

Kojic Acid:  Kojic acid has been proven to lighten visible sun damage, age spots, and scars. This can result in an anti-aging effect on the skin. In addition to skin-lightening effects, kojic acid also contains some antimicrobial properties.

Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, and Achillea Millefolium Extract:  Our clinically proven skin lightening and tone evening complex, derived from Alpine plants.

Niacinamide:  Improves skin color, decreases inflammation, improves blotchiness, and can lighten skin per the National Library of Medicine.

Willow Bark:  Naturally derived and contains the natural version of salicylic acid. Promotes cell turnover, exfoliation, acne prevention, and the reduction of wrinkles.


I can highly recommend Claribel’s skin lightening face cream to you, regardless of your pigmentation issues.  This will definitely help you overcome them and you’ll be so happy you tried it.  And again, if you’re not, Claribel offers a full refund guarantee.  😉

Regina Cassidy | NYC Resident and Customer