Holy Grail – Sample Pack (amazing)

Holy Grail - Sample Pack 


I was going away for a short break was travelling with hand baggage only. I needed something to maintain a compact skincare routine. Step in Holy Grail, I was reading about their retinol product and added it to my list of things to try. While I was looking on their website, I noticed the serum and retinol sample pack – problem solved!

I hate hand baggage only, picking products for a capsule routine is a bit like deciding which child should be left behind. Ok, a bit dramatic but you know what I mean!

This can be a bit of a risky strategy, using entirely new products while going abroad but I think it paid off without a sign of a breakout. Given that you get about 5-7 days worth of product, this will be a mini-review as that is not long enough (in my opinion) to get a clear view on effectiveness, etc.

In this pack, you get a 5ml bottle of the Holy Grail 5-in-1 Rejuvenating Facial Serum and 5ml of Retinol Repair Skin Creme.

Holy Grail product claims and ingredients

5-in-1 Rejuvenating Facial Serum

This serum comes with a 70% organic rating and has many claims. As I said before, I can’t vouch for them as I have not tried them for long enough. Both products are suitable for all skin types, and the five central claims are:

  • Fades dark spots and hyperpigmentation 
  • Refine skin texture 
  • Brighten a dull skin tone 
  • Smooth fine lines & wrinkles 
  • Treat and prevent the formation of spots and pimples 

This product contains a range of key ingredients, including:

  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate – this stable form of water-soluble vitamin C. This is an antioxidant and can help with pigmentation issues and sun damage. 
  • Hyaluronic Acid – helps to boost moisture and hydrates the skin. A molecule of hyaluronic acid is said to be able to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. 
  • Matrixyl & Matrixyl Synthe 6 & Argireline – I am not familiar with these chemicals, but I’m led to believe they are peptides. These are supposed to stimulate collagen and elastin in the skin aka great for lines and wrinkles (plumping effect). 
  • Green Tea Extract – antioxidant and protects against free radicals. 
  • Olive Leaf Extract – this is supposed to encourage blood flow to the skin and help with moisture. 

 Retinol Repair Skin Creme

This retinol contains 1% retinol and is described as suitable for beginners or sensitive skin. The product can also be worn during the day. The product has the usual retinol claims:

  • Restore suppleness and tone 
  • Smooth away fine line and wrinkles 
  • Even and brighten the skin tone 
  • Lighten dark spots and sun damage 
  • Minimise pores 
  • Hydrate and plump 

This product contains a range of key ingredients, including:

  • Retinol – a form of vitamin A, that works it’s magic but encouraging cell turnover. Well, known to help with anti-ageing, controlling acne and pigmentation issues. 
  • Hyaluronic Acid 
  • Green Tea Extract 
  • Aloe Vera Leaf Juice – promotes new skin cell growth and moisturises. 

At the time of writing, you can buy the sample pack for £9.98 (with a lovely handwritten note) from the Holy Grail website. The full-sized serum is £29.99 for 30ml, and the retinol is £23.99 for 50ml. 

My final thoughts

I like these two products, and they complement each other perfectly. The retinol is definitely on the milder side and didn’t deliver instant results as I experienced from A313 (French retinol, which I think is fantastic!) However, both products have a lovely texture and give a decent amount of moisturisation. 

Working together, they do leave your skin smooth, and I would be very interested in trying this for at least 1-3 months to see if the benefits come to light.


Five star rating

As a travel kit, I will repurchase and would like to try these products for a longer time!

To read more reviews on serums, click here and to read more about retinol products, click here.

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