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Caldera Lab’s The Good Review: I Used It For 30 Days And This Is What Happened

The 100% Botanical Face Serum You Never Knew You Needed

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We love it when we come across companies like Caldera Lab, which is striving to do something different, more progressive, sustainable and all-round GOOD. If you haven’t heard of Caldera Lab, they are the company behind ‘The Good’, which is a face serum for men with a difference. In this Caldera Lab review, I explain more about The Good, what it is, why men may want to use a high-quality face serum, and why The Good is unlike any other men’s facial care product I have encountered.


In this review of Caldera Lab’s The Good, I also share what happened when I had been using this men’s organic face serum for 30 days and why you may want to give it a try, too.

Caldera Lab’s ‘The Good’ Review – Table of Contents

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About Caldera Lab

Caldera Lab (also referred to as Caldera + Lab) is a US company that creates high-performance men’s skincare products. The differentiator for Caldera Lab, however, is that they are entirely focused on combining pharmaceutical-grade science with only using pure, natural ingredients, sourced and manufactured using sustainable methods, to make the highest-calibre men’s skincare you can buy. YES! Thank you for dropping all the crazy chemicals that goes into so many skincare products nowadays!

That’s a big claim, so it helps to get more context on what they are trying to achieve – which also helps explain why everyone is talking about what a special product their ‘The Good’ men’s face serum is.

In summary, the 5 most important things to know about Caldera Lab products are that they are:

  1. Vegan men’s skincare products, cruelty-free certified by PETA and Leaping Bunny.
  2. Made solely with 27 organic and wild-harvested natural ingredients, which are naturally 100% non-toxic ingredients and provide numerous antioxidant properties.
  3. Clinically proven to improve skin health.
  4. Sourced and produced an audited and traceable supply chain .
  5. Made in the USA.

If you’re anything like me then assuming you’ve read the above your curiosity to try Caldera Lab’s The Good on your face has probably already been piqued! If an all-natural men’s face serum can be clinically proven to improve your skin health, and promises that you’re not putting any toxins or parabens on your face (like you would with most regular facial skincare products), then it’s certainly something worth investigating further.

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[Caldera Lab Review]

What you should know about Caldera Lab’s The Good

The Good is, quite simply, a men’s daily face serum made from clean, natural ingredients.

The basic concept is that The Good has 27 botanical ingredients that are either from organic farms, or have been sustainably wild-harvested in the Teton mountains. And that’s it, no chemicals or other additives. So all the ‘active’ ingredients in The Good are natural, including natural antioxidants that come from some of the ingredients such as Apricot Kernel Oil, Fireweed and Elderflower.

As someone who prioritizes keeping exposure to toxins in their home and on their body to a minimum, this non-toxic serum sounded ideal and I was curious to start using it and see how it affected my skin.

What are the ingredients in The Good?

Some of the most notable natural ingredients in The Good vegan face serum are:

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  • Spilanthes – which acts as a natural form of BOTOX, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improving pore appearance and balancing oil levels in the skin
  • Huang Qi (‘Astragalus propinquus’) – helps skin elasticity, tone and texture
  • Prickly Pear – stimulates collagen generation
  • Tocopherol – helps reduce UV damage
  • Fireweed – contains antioxidants that fight environmental stressors

For the full list of all 27 ingredients, head over to Caldera Lab’s website where they are all listed, and clearly explained.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by some of the top ingredients that can actually be found in many of our local outdoor spaces.

How is Caldera Lab’s The Good clinically proven?

In addition to Caldera + Lab’s own tests (including tests for microbial, stability, efficacy, antioxidant studies, and dermatological testing), the company commissioned a third-party clinical trial to study The Good.

According to them, the U.S.-based trial showed that The Good provides statistically significant improvements in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, elasticity, dark spots and skin tone. You can read more about the study here.

Notably, they report that the study showed The Good to deliver results for all skin types, skin tones, and ethnicities.

I was excited to see what results I would experience from trying The Good for a few weeks, because while studies are great, you can’t beat trying something for yourself and seeing if it works for you.

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[Caldera Lab The Good Review]

Stated benefits of The Good face serum for men

As mentioned above, the clinical study referred to by Caldera Labs focused on the visible improvement in skin such as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, elasticity, dark spots and skin tone. The Good is also intended to moisturize and balance out oiliness or dryness.

Another, simpler benefit is also that using The Good instead of a suite of other facial skincare products simplifies your daily routine. And there is definitely a benefit in simplifying aspects of your life that you can control, and feel like you’re doing something good for your body and with a low impact on the environment at the same time.

When and how to use The Good

In an ever-complicated world it’s refreshing to be able to cut back on your personal grooming and skincare products and just have this men’s hydrating face serum as one simple, clean and easy-to-use skin-care product.

The Good is designed to be used at night after cleaning and drying your face, and you shouldn’t need to use any other moisturizers or tonics. To use, you press the button on the lid to fill the oil dropper, squeeze the serum onto the palm of your other hand, and massage into your face.

I like to take the extra time to massage the oil into my face, which means a minute of my time applying the oil until the oily residue is nearly fully soaked into my skin. The oil will then take a minute or so to soak in completely. Once it has soaked in, you won’t notice any oily texture on your face, which I though was remarkable in itself.

While The Good is designed for use as part of your evening routine, you can also use it in the morning under SPF if you choose. However, I personally still use my daily moisturizer in the mornings which has SPF mixed into it, it’s more convenient than using two products, and less expensive than using Caldera Lab ‘The Good’ in the mornings as well as the evenings.

Sleeping through the night which The Good applied, is where you’ll notice this product doing its best work – I have tried both.

How to apply face serum

Caldera Labs offer guidance on their website in terms of how much serum to use on your face each night, as this can vary depending on your skin type, the climate you live in and your personal preference. I have been using the recommended ‘typical’ amount of serum that should suit most men, which is around 1/3 of a dropper. One third of a dropper is what you get from one full press of the button.

It has an oil balancing effect which is why it can be used by men with all skin types, from very dry to oily. If you’re not sure how much serum to use, there is a personalization quiz on the Caldera Lab website which will help you work out a suitable amount.

The bottle that ‘The Good’ comes in is made from chunky glass, with a wood lid (made from sustainable wood sources). The dropper inside is a glass dropper so you do need to be careful using it and not drop it or knock the dropper when it’s out of the bottle. The bottle seals easily and I have no issues storing it in a toiletry bag when traveling, for example when we take adventures in our Sprinter camper van.

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[Caldera Lab The Good Review]

My experience using The Good for 30 Days

First let me explain some stats about myself which should help give you an idea about how my Caldera Lab The Good results may end up being similar to your own potential results.

I have a normal skin type, which means my face never gets overly oily, nor does it dry out excessively. That’s not to say that my skin doesn’t get oily or dry when I adventure in environments that my skin is otherwise not used to on a daily basis. I’m 38 years old, and have a white/light brown skin complexion, as you can see from the photography in this Caldera Lab review.

The Good serum is lightweight, and absorbs into skin fairly quickly – although not as quickly as you may expect from reading the marketing materials. I can see why it’s recommended for use at night (and why I choose to use it at night), because it does leave a moist and slightly oily feeling on your face for a short while afterwards (around 5 minutes for me).

This means it can work on your face while you sleep, and has a hydrating effect – and you don’t need to also moisturize.

Using the dropper is simple, pushing the button fills the dropper to around 1/3, and I place the serum in the palm of my other hand before massaging it into my face using both hands.

I have been intentionally massaging my face rather than just rubbing The Good on, as this helps the serum absorb as well as being something that is enjoyable to do. I like to visualize the massage to actually be rubbing away wrinkles and imperfections! Massaging The Good in for a minute allows you to get into any lines and creases you may have too. I also massage any excess on my neck in the same way.

So, what changes did I notice after 30 days of using Caldera Lab’s The Good?

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  1. My skin tone improved – The first thing that I noticed while using The Good for he first couple of days was an improved balance in my overall skin tone. What I mean by that is any redness or blotches in my skin were pretty disappeared. This gave me a much healthier glow and made my true skin tone show without the redness that can occur due to your body reacting to environmental factors.
  2. A reduction in fine lines and wrinkles – The next thing that I began to notice was the reduction in lines, or wrinkles around my eyes (some may know these lines by the term ‘crows feet’).
  3. A reduction in blemishes / spots – Then I noticed that my skin pores became less clogged, resulting in far less blemishes or spots that can occur due to stress, or warm weather.
  4. Less droopy skin – The last change I notice in my skin’s appearance, after a couple of weeks of using Caldera Lab The Good was that my skin looked tighter somehow, and less droopy.

By the end of my 30 days of using The Good my skin looked more healthy and energized – Helen also made the same observation of how my skin had changed. By the way, I’m still using The Good because of these benefits I experienced, why wouldn’t I!?

As a result of these findings, I am no longer using my night moisturizer, but instead I’m using Caldera Lab’s The Good as my primary skincare product in the evenings.

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Where to Buy The Good

The Good is sold in 1oz bottles, which are designed to last 30 days if used daily each night, like I do.

Because Caldera Lab are so confident you’re going to love using The Good, they offer a no-questions 60-day refund if you didn’t enjoy it within the first 60 days of using it. Now that’s what I call standing behind the quality of your product.

As this is a facial skincare product that you’re probably going to be wanting to use every day, then you can buy it directly from Caldera Lab on a monthly subscription so you never run out – this also has the advantage of giving you significant savings compared to buying one-off bottles… and given that you can cancel the subscription any time, this is definitely the way to go.

You can check current prices of The Good by heading to their site using the button below, and to get 15% off be sure to use our exclusive Caldera Lab The Good discount code at checkout: TRAILANDKALE15

You can also find The Good on Amazon, however the coupon code will not work and you can’t get the same subscription discount, so it’s usually best to buy directly from the company to get the best deal.

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Caldera Lab Review Summary

Caldera Lab review The Good Trail and Kale
'The Good' Review Summary
Ease of use
Value for money
Effectiveness after 30 days of use
It is everything Good - non-toxic, vegan and natural
Simplifies your skin care routine
My visible results included more balanced skin tone & complexion, less visible lines and wrinkles, less droopy skin, reduction in blemishes
Expensive when bought as a one-off - I recommend getting this on subscription to save 20%
Some may find the process of putting oil on their face a little strange at first but if you use the recommended amount, it does absorb in minutes.
I honestly can't think of any others cons - why wouldn't you want healthier looking skin?
Overall Score


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    • You probably can if you’d like to give it a try! I’m not sure what the women’s equivalent would be of a product like this. Love the 100% botanical ingredients in it!

  1. I read about this stuff somewhere a couple of days ago! Definitely curious about trying it after your 30 das findings! Thanks for sharing


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