In the late 70s, Boscia founder Kenji Ikemori took matters into his own hands after realizing that his wife’s complexion imperfections could be due to adverse reactions from preservatives in commercial skincare lines. His solution: develop his own line after extensive research with the help of a chemist. The Fancl Corporation – and Boscia- were born in 1981. The first Fancl products were packaged in small bottles containing a two-week supply and sold out of Ikemori’s one-man shop. In 2006, the Fancl Corporation became one of the largest cosmetic producers in Japan, with sales in 2006 reaching near $900 million.


The Good:

Based in Yokohama, Japan, Boscia now focuses on providing women with botanically based skincare. The company bills its products as preservative, bactericide, synthetic colorant, synthetic fragrance, mineral oil, animal ingredient, ethanol, and pthalate-free. They also claim to be the only skincare company to utilize a pharmaceutical-grade clean room manufacturing process to ensure freshness.

Boscia products were used as prep on the set of Dancing with the Stars this year. Some of the go-to products: The Amino AG Eye Treatment, Skin perfecting Primer, Willow Bark Blemish control and the Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil.

The Bad:

Some readers didn’t see constant improvement in their skin.

The Truth:

Shyema goes straight to the Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask for it's clarifying power and quick and easy application. Jimmy liked the immediate results he saw with the Green Tea Blotting Linens, which are made out of natural leaf fibers from the Abaca tree plant and infused with green tea. Summar has tried the cleanser complexion kit, but isn't as enthused about her results. While she felt results initially, frequent application stopped having any benefit to her acne-prone skin.  But as a brand that does steer clear of some harmful or questionable ingredients, we do think Boscia has some promise.