Minimalist 3% Sepicalm Moisturiser Review

Last updated on 16 August, 2023

I haven’t used any product from the Minimalist brand. I received Minimalist 3% Sepicalm Moisturiser in Nykaa Pink Box and after trying it out I am surprised with the effects of it. Let’s check out the Minimalist Sepicalm Moisturiser review.

Brand Claims

Minimalist Sepicalm 3% + Oat Moisturizer is a lightweight moisturizer that hydrates, soothes and softens skin without oily, shiny or heavy residual feel. A perfect blend of hydrators, emollients and occlusives for all-day moisturization. This hydrating moisturizer is suitable for normal, acne-prone and sensitive skin.


Aqua, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Squalane, Glycerine, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Sarcosine, Potassium Aspartate, Magnesium Aspartate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Panthenol, Pentylene Glycol, Avena Sativa (Oat Kernel) Flour, Sodium Polyglutamate, Undecane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Arginine, Glycine, Alanine, Histidine, Sodium Lactate, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Tridecane, Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Trehalose, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate

Packaging, Texture and Fragrance

The moisturizer is packed in a screw top plastic tube. The tube is travel friendly, leak proof and easy to use as well. While dispensing the moisturizer one needs to control the product since it dispenses as soon as you press the tube. The product has a creamy, lightweight consistency and very well smooth textured. The product is free from fragrance and smells a little like oats.

Price, Shelf life and Availability

349 INR for 50 gms with a shelf life of 18 months from date of manufacturing. Available in Nykaa, Amazon.

My experience with Minimalist Sepicalm Moisturizer

The moisturizer is creamy in texture and yet when you blend it into the skin it feels super lightweight, absorbs quickly and does not feel sticky or oily. This is what I like the most about moisturizer. It is a non-comedogenic moisturizer with soothing and calming ingredients that makes it perfect for oily, acne-prone.

I don’t find much of a plumping effect after using the moisturizer though. This moisturizer is my go-to moisturizer currently after chemical exfoliation. Whenever I use this after a chemical exfoliation routine, it helps calm down and moisturize the skin without being heavy. I have been avoiding using any ceramide moisturizer after chemical exfoliation as it settles down into the pores.

I don’t think this product can be used in skincare layering for oily skin as it has a slightly thick texture and is a perfect blend of humectant, emollient and occlusive. People with dry skin can use another serum before using the moisturizer. However people with normal, combination and oily skin will find this moisturizer sufficient as a standalone product. Moreover, this moisturizer cannot be used beneath a sunscreen as it is immensely hydrating and moisturizing in nature. On some occasions I do sweat a bit after using this moisturizer, especially if the weather is hot.

It contains shea butter which is an excellent occlusive and locks the moisture inside our skin, but it still doesn’t feel heavy at all on the skin. This moisturizer can be a good addition to your skincare routine if you are into chemical exfoliation, double cleansing and are looking for a budget friendly moisturizer for your skin. No matter the skin type, this moisturizer will fit into your skincare routine seamlessly.


  • Creamy yet lightweight moisturizer that is hydrating and moisturizing
  • Gets absorbed easily and doesn’t feel greasy or oily
  • Perfect texture and perfect blend of humectant, emollient and occlusive
  • Non-comedogenic, oil-free and hypoallergenic
  • Formulated at pH 5.0 – 6.0 with high-quality ingredients including Sepicalm sourced from Seppic, France and squalane sourced from Sophim, France
  • Made with polyglutamic acid for skin hydration that can hold 4x more water than hyaluronic acid
  • Reduces transepidermal water loss
  • Contains Sepicalm, oat extract, colloidal oat, squalane, vitamin B5 and amino acid to further nourish and calm skin
  • Free from fragrance, silicones, sulfates, parabens, essential oils and dyes


  • Cannot be used in skincare layering for oily acne prone skin

Minimalist Sepicalm Moisturizer Review

It is a perfect light moisturiser for my oily, acne prone skin. It has a slightly thick, creamy consistency yet gives a non sticky finish, blends easily and doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily. However you do need to watch out for the quantity you use if you have oily skin. A little quantity is enough for hydrating and moisturizing the skin. Due to the consistency I feel it cannot be used for skincare layering or under a sunscreen. It helps calm down the skin and provides a whole day moisturizing effect. Do try it once if you are looking for a change in your moisturizer. I am sure to repurchase this one.


About Sonali

Sonali, is a skincare aficionado who tackles one skin problem at a time. She has been blogging at Skincare Villa since 2016 and is a Certified Formulator for making dry powder based masks and cleansers.