Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
1,539 Reviews

Great Barrier Relief

Reparative, skin-soothing serum

$28 (45 ml / 1.52 fl oz)

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A creamy, nourishing serum that calms signs of sensitivity caused by a broken skin barrier. A blend of nourishing oils and rebalancing actives restore damaged skin to clear breakouts and soothe irritation. Skin looks clear, feels calm, and probably sounds amazing.

A Calming Hand

Our skin and the environment don’t always get along. Whether it’s because you’re a city dweller or got too pump-happy with the retinol, your skin needs some back up. Great Barrier Relief is there to lend a hand, no bat symbol required. GBR works by repairing damage in the skin barrier—the skin’s invisible shield. It helps repair tears and strengthen the barrier wall to kick environmental aggressors to the curb. It may be green, but it’s got a black belt in kicking ass.

PETA-certified vegan and cruelty-free.

Tamanu Oil: Soothes irritation and calms redness without greasiness.
Niacinamide: Helps clear spots, fades discoloration, and brightens skin.
Ceramides: Essential to skin health—helps replenish fatty building blocks of the skin barrier.

The color and texture of Great Barrier Relief may naturally vary slightly from batch to batch. No worries! This is a normal occurrence when using naturally-derived ingredients and it does not impact the efficacy of the formula.

NOTE: Great Barrier Relief does contain 10% Tamanu Oil, which is derived from Tamanu nuts. Though most people don’t have issues using this ingredient, people with nut allergies could have a potential reaction. If you think your skin will react, we recommend performing a 24-hour patch test on your wrist and neck first and slowly integrating GBR into your routine thereafter. If you do experience an allergic reaction, stop using the product immediately and seek medical attention if needed.

Pair with Oat So Simple Water Cream
When you’re craving: Extra moisture
Why it works: Water-based cream to hydrate, oil-based serum to seal it in.
How to use: Can be mixed together or applied in any order.
Extra tip: Apply moisturizer liberally but apply serum in layers to prevent greasiness.

Step 1: Clean and separate! Before recycling, make sure your bottle is rinsed and free of product. It is important to separate the pump + cap and silicone insert from the bottle. The pump itself needs to be taken apart into its components: plastic pump, plastic straw, and spring.

Step 2: Investigate! The silicone insert, plastic straw, and spring are not recyclable and need to be thrown away. The remaining pump + cap are made from PP [5] which is accepted by some curbside recycling programs. The bottle is made from 100% PCR (post-consumer recycled) PET [1], which is completely recyclable. We recommend checking with your local recycling to see which materials can be recycled in your area.

Step 3: Recycle! If type 1 and type 5 plastics are both recyclable in your area, we recommend leaving the cap on. The labels or glue can be recycled too, so no need to remove those.

Materials Used
Bottle: 100% PCR PET [1]
Pump, cap: PP [5]
Box: FSC paper and soy based inks

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Mighty Morphing Power Changer

Great Barrier Relief is a natural shapeshifter. You can use it as a daily serum, substitute it for your moisturizer or as an acne treatment to transform a spot into a not.

Mighty Morphing Power Changer

Great Barrier Relief is a natural shapeshifter. You can use it as a daily serum, substitute it for your moisturizer or as an acne treatment to transform a spot into a not.

The Best Things Come in 3's

GBR is loaded with Tamanu Oil, a breakout-clearing, texture-smoothing, manicure-giving (beta) active that replenishes skin. Paired with Safflower and Rosehip oil, this trio visibly calms redness and nourishes dry skin from the first swipe.

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Millennial Parent Vibes

Niacinamide a.k.a. the soccer parent of skincare ingredients is a master multitasker. It helps prevent breakouts and fades the look of dark spots for radiant, even skin. That’s good parenting.

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New Look, Same Old Fave

GBR’s glowed up. Our OG tried-and-true serum is now in an airless pump that pushes out every bit of product, so you don’t need to break it open. Don’t do it, bestie... Just trust us.


How to Use Your Serum

Apply 1-2 pumps on clean, dry skin. Use a little extra for dry skin and a little less for oily skin. Gently massage into the skin until fully absorbed. If using as a sensitive spot treatment, use light pats or apply with a q-tip.

Exhibits A Through You


Skin Concern: dark spots, dryness, irritation

Age: 25-34

“Not only does Great Barrier Relief reinforce my skin barrier, at the same time, it also helps fade dark spots. Its hero ingredient is tamanu oil, which gives it this sage green color and its earthy smell. Thanks to me, this is also my mother's favorite skincare product. She's gone through more bottles than I have.”


Skin Concern: redness & inflammation, sensitivity

Age: 25-34

“Great Barrier Relief is one of my daily essentials in my morning and nighttime skin care routine. She's formulated with a lot of emollients, which work to nourish, soothe, and hydrate the skin. Within two weeks of using Great Barrier Relief, I was able to see an immediate big difference in skin barrier health, hydration levels, and overall skin radiance.”


Skin Concern: dryness, redness & inflammation, sensitivity

Age: 25-34

“When I discovered the Great Barrier Relief, this was the game changer for me. I felt like it really was the comforting and soothing product that I was looking for, that didn't create any irritation or inflammation. It's like a best friend that just never lets you down. It's always there for you and it's reliable.”


Skin Concern: acne, dark spots, dullness

Age: 18-24

“Using Great Barrier Relief, my skin has had significant improvements. My hyperpigmentation has gone away. I noticed that my itchiness has also reduced, especially around my nose area where I tend to get very red and irritated... It just makes your skin feel so dewy and so luscious.”


Skin Concern: dryness, pores, uneven texture

Age: 25-34

“Great Barrier Relief has completely changed my skin... Putting on Great Barrier Relief brings a really cool, soothing rush to my skin. It's drastically reduced my pore size, really helped with redness, and I feel like my scars heal faster than ever before.”

Real Customers, Honest Words

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
Based on 1,539 reviews
88%would recommend this product
Total 5 star reviews: 1.2k Total 4 star reviews: 125 Total 3 star reviews: 56 Total 2 star reviews: 70 Total 1 star reviews: 70
1,539 reviews
  • MN
    Moryann N.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Age Range 25 - 34
    Skin Concern Acne, Dark Spots, Redness & Inflammation
    What is your skin type? Combination
    What did you like about this product? Gentle, Non-sticky, Nourishing, Lightweight, Layers Easily
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    8 hours ago
    Amazing! Love GBR!

    I'm on my second bottle of GBR and it has easily become a staple in my skin care routine. Sometimes when I feel my skin is not at its best (red, dry, or using too many products), I just do a toner and GBR and the next day it my skin feels so soft and smooth. But routinely, I use it twice a week as a part of my skin cycle routine. It's a great product that calms my skin and the light smell is addicting. It does make my skin look oily sometimes though, so that is definitely something to be aware of, but no major issues aside from that.

  • SK
    Stephanie K.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Age Range 25 - 34
    Skin Concern Acne, Redness & Inflammation, Dark Spots, Uneven Texture, Pores
    What is your skin type? Combination
    What did you like about this product? Nourishing, Non-sticky, Hydrating, Lightweight, Noticeable Results
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    14 hours ago
    Part of my everyday skincare routine

    I've been using this since July '19 and it has become a staple in my routine. It is lightweight, soothes the irritation/redness on my skin, prevents my breakouts from getting worse, works great as a moisturizer if you don't have super dry skin (I have combo skin), resolved the random dry patches I had after 3 months of consistent use, and gives my skin a dewy/radiant finish. I think I'm on my 7th or 8th bottle at this point. Also, when my bf remembers to do his skincare (smh), he uses this as a moisturizer and he enjoys it. The scent isn't for everyone since it's a very natural scent, but I don't mind it at all. Highly recommend giving this a try!

  • EF
    Erika F.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Age Range 55 - 64
    Skin Concern Aging, Dark Spots, Sensitivity, Uneven Texture, Pores
    What is your skin type? Normal
    What did you like about this product? Lightweight, Noticeable Results, Hydrating, Nourishing, Works Under Makeup
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    14 hours ago
    most amazing!

    This product relieved my dry peeling skin so quickly and continues to improve my complexion!! I will be a forever customer!!

  • J
    Verified Buyer
    I do not recommend this product
    Age Range 25 - 34
    What is your skin type? Normal
    Rated 1 out of 5 stars
    16 hours ago
    Product has changed and caused me to breakout

    This is my second bottle, the first one I purchased back in 2021 and it was still the old packaging. I LOVED the first bottle and it was a holy grail serum to my routine. However the newer packaging and the bottle I purchased back in November 2022, the formula must have changed. It breaks me out every time I use it (tiny white bumps all over my mouth/eyes/cheek then my skin is super dry and flaky for a few days). The color is darker and the scent is stronger. I reached out to them, and all they could really tell me is “sorry, it’s been over 30 days”. Just wanted everyone aware of this situation, and maybe test it out asap when it arrives, so you don’t end up completely wasting $28 on this if it doesn’t work for you

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    39 seconds ago

    Hi Jamie, thanks for taking the time to share this experience!

    We're sorry to hear that the Great Barrier Relief did not work out for your skin. We can confirm there have been no changes to the formula. As our products use naturally-derived ingredients, the color and texture of the Great Barrier Relief may naturally vary slightly from batch to batch. We would recommend you exercise healthy caution when trying any new product. Given the nature of your reaction to the product, we recommend that you stop using it. We suggest that you focus on properly nourishing and soothing the skin with products that you know to work for your skin.

    Again we apologize for this less-than-ideal experience - Please be on the lookout for an email from our Customer Care Team!

  • CM
    Courtney M.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Age Range 25 - 34
    Skin Concern Dryness, Pores, Sensitivity, Uneven Texture
    What is your skin type? Combination
    What did you like about this product? Hydrating, Gentle, Noticeable Results, Layers Easily, Non-sticky
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    16 hours ago
    Love this serum!

    This serum saved my face two years ago! My face was dry and had a lot of texture and this serum has really helped with calming my skin and keeping the moisture in my skin locked in!

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