3 Trader Joe’s beauty products you should definitely not buy

I really love Trader Joe’s. It was so exciting when it first came to my Des Moines, IA and my husband and I had fun trying everything.

You never forget your first Cookie Butter…until you eat too much, and then experience severe gastrointestinal distress. Whoops.

I have waxed poetic about Trader Joe’s beauty products before. So many, are so good.

But damn.

A few Trader Joe’s products I’ve tried have been major fails, some serious do-not-buys, so I’m going to share them with you. Don’t waste your money on these, cuz these ain’t it.

Trader Joe's beauty products. Grapefruit body butter, all in one cleanser and marula facial oil
The All-in-One Cleanser is great. The other 2 shown here? Hard pass.

Trader Joe’s Supreme Hydrating Eye Cream

I love eye cream in general. I use it often and I can always use more.

I had high hopes for the Trader Joe’s eye cream because the ingredients honestly sounded great:

  • Hydrolyzed marine collagen
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Manuka honey
  • Hibiscus extract
  • Almond, Argan, rose hip & marula seed oils
Trader Joe's Supreme Hydrating Eye Cream with swatch
A rotten banana smelling eye cream

I’ll just be real; this smells like rotting bananas and makes my eyes sting. I think it even caused a little redness at the corners of my eyes.

Trader Joe’s Grapefruit Body Butter

I love grapefruit; huge fan. I actually do enjoy eating it, drinking grapefruit juice, preferably in a Paloma, cheers! I thought, why not slather my body in it?

Again guys, the STINK!

I felt like it was a little off, which was confirmed when I sat down next to my husband. He said I smelled like “bad breath” and that was enough for me. I actually returned it. That’s how gross it was.

Trader Joe’s Marula Facial Oil

I was really hoping that this Trader Joe’s beauty product could be the $7 alternative to . It sure wasn’t.

trader joe's marula oil in the sunlight
See the floating chunks?!

It smells gross; 3rd product now that reeks. It also had chunks of I-don’t-know-what floating in it that were very off-putting and untrustworthy.

I returned this as well. Drunk Elephant annoys me as a brand so get instead.


  1. Maura Cohen

    01/03/2022 at 5:08 PM

    how is this a review? Just saying large chunks in the TJ marula oil is not informative.

    1. Ivy Boyd

      01/07/2022 at 9:17 AM

      Hi there. First of all, thank you for taking the time to read and engage. This post is a quick round up of products I did not enjoy, rather than a dedicated product review. I mentioned that the smell was off-putting as well. If you have used this and enjoyed it, I envy you!

      1. Kristina

        03/01/2024 at 6:34 AM

        This is my second bottle of tj marula oil and I see chunks floating on the bottom just like your picture. First bottle was fine and I really liked. The second was not. What the heck is it floating?? I will be returning it and showing this to them. I really like first bottle but your right makes it not trust worthy with the floaters! I would really like to know what the floaters are still as I had used it a few days before noticing them:(

  2. Jessica

    09/03/2023 at 9:56 PM

    Everything smells? Either your buying old product or its you. TJ Maryland oil has zero smell.

  3. Sabrina

    11/27/2023 at 5:54 PM

    Thanks for the reviews. I found informative and real.

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