I’m always on the lookout for new natural skin care products and now that I am a busy (not to mention sleep-deprived!) Mum of two, buying a new facial oil, face mask or body butter is my biggest treat. I’m also at that stage (and age!) in my life when I know I need to put in a bit of extra effort to look after my skin – sadly, life is slowly taking its toll on it! Having been on a quest to move to more natural solutions, it’s really great to see that the natural and organic skin care industry is thriving, with many more people choosing to ditch products laden with synthetic ingredients in favour of more plant-based ingredients. There is a lot of ‘greenwashing’ PR going on though and some advertising can often be very misleading when you discover that the only ‘natural’ ingredient listed on a product label is water!! So whenever I shop around and find a new product/ brand that has caught my eye, the first thing I do before I purchase anything is study their labels, claims they have made about the product or ingredients and, most importantly, the ingredient lists themselves.
Byron Bay Skincare is one of the most recent brands that I came across in my quest to find alternative skincare products. They are an Australian brand that is fairly unknown in the UK – they were for me anyway. They have recently launched distribution here in the UK and thanks to the wonders of social media, I came across them on Instagram and was immediately drawn to the branding – I think it must be the charm of Australian sunshine and beaches 🙂 More importantly though, upon closer inspection of their claims and ingredients, I was pleased to see that ‘natural’ was not a word they use hastily. On top of that, their products are certified vegan and cruelty-free, and additionally they run a programme called One Bottle One Tree whereby they plant a tree for every bottle sold – it sounds very promising then to see a brand with such a strong environmental ethos.
Their product range includes face care, body care as well as hair care – it’s not a huge range but that’s a good thing for me as it’s easy to choose which product is best for you based on your skin type – with some other brands, this can be tricky if, for instance, there is more than one face cream aiming to achieve the same result for your skin. Based on my skin type, I ordered two items: a cleanser – Cream Cleanser with jojoba oil and macadamia oil, and a face cream – Replenishing Cream with avocado oil and cocoa butter.
When the items arrived, I really liked the feel of the bottles and the branding – it is simple and has that apothecary feel to it, which I find pleasing to the eye. The bottles are plastic though (albeit fully recyclable, including caps and pumps) so I think Byron Bay Skincare could go one step further in their quest to be an eco-friendly and sustainable brand by switching to glass bottles. That, in my opinion, would also add to the luxurious feel they aim to achieve with their products.
Key to ingredient lists:
- Ingredients known to have positive benefits
- Ingredients that may cause irritation (especially to sensitive skin)
- Ingredients considered potentially harmful/ toxic
Cream cleanser – with jojoba oil and macadamia oil
“Effortlessly wash away impurities that can leave your skin looking rough, dry and tired. Moisturising Macadamia and nourishing Coconut oil combine to cleanse the skin while enhancing the skin’s natural hydration barrier against dirt and grime. Safe to use morning and night for all day skin suppleness and tone.”
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Macadamia integrifolia (Macadamia) Nut Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerine, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Liquorice) Root Extract, Tocopherol, Callitris glaucophylla (White Cypress) Extract*, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil*, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Bark Oil, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Foeniculum vulgare dulce (Fennel) Oil, Piper nigrum (Black Pepper) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Eugenol, Linalool, Limonene.
First things first – the ingredients list. Those who have read this blog will know I pay very close attention to the ingredients used in our every day skincare products. This list is definitely clean and includes many beneficial (not mention organic) ingredients (although I have spotted with my eagle eye that there is no coconut oil, despite its mention within the product description). I am a particular fan of jojoba oil, aloe vera and calendula, all of which feature highly on the list and have wonderful skin conditioning and healing properties – perfect for my sensitive skin!
As I have combination skin type (dry on the forehead and normal everywhere else), I often find cleansers not truly suitable to my skin type – most of the time, they dry out my forehead even more, leading to more tightness, rather than hydrate it. I have tried so many different types of cleansers and rarely do I go back to the same product as I’m either completely disappointed or not 100% satisfied. With this cleanser though, I will definitely be repurchasing it again.
I have been using for a few weeks and I am really pleased to see that my skin feels supple afterwards, unlike other cleansers which caused tightness after I washed them off. On a couple of nights, I even left my skin ‘bare’ and didn’t use a moisturiser, just to see how my skin would behave the morning after – what I found was that my skin didn’t feel tight which for me was a big achievement. On top of that, I also find the smell of this cleanser divine – a lovely nutty smell owed to macadamia and jojoba oils – and I love how economical it is – you only need a small pump as it distributes very well on your face. It has a quite thick and creamy consistency, living up to its name, but as I said – it distributes really well and washes off equally easily, taking off all impurities. I checked every time I used it on days I wore make-up with a cotton pad and toner/ micellar water and was positively surprised it had removed everything. Previously, I have found that other cleansers can either be too ‘runny’ or leave a thick residue, not actually taking off any make up. Overall then, I am really pleased with this cleanser and if you think that nearly £20 is too much for a cleanser, then be assured that this money is well spent on a good quality product that will last you a long, long while.
REPLENISHING CREAM – with avocado oil and cocoa butter
“Restore your skin’s softness and elasticity naturally with our Avocado Oil and Cocoa Butter formula. Moisturises deep onto every layer of the skin, providing a lasting silkiness that’s irresistibly touchable and richly hydrated.”
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Glycerine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (Chamomile) Flower Extract*, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Tissue Oil, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Squalane, Terminalia ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract*, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Acacia victoriae (Wattle) Seed Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (Chamomile) Flower Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool.
As far as the ingredient list is concerned, there is a lot of goodness for your skin in here – starting with jojoba and avocado oils, and cocoa butter with their highly nourishing properties. There are also a few less common ingredients, namely:
- kakadu plum oil – a superfood native to Northern Australia, packed full of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins; apparently, it is the world’s richest source of Vitamin C!,
- carrot tissue oil – it is incredibly high in Beta-Carotene, anti-oxidants, vitamins A, B, C, D and E, as well as several essential fatty acids; it is deeply nourishing and helps heal and regenerate damaged skin,
- wattleseed extract – again, it is a plant native to Australia, said to contain amino acids and minerals, also with anti-ageing properties.
Despite the presence of oils, the cream doesn’t feel oily at all – it has a nice rich consistency though and distributes really well, leaving a nice silky feeling on your skin. It has a slightly yellowy/ orangey colour, presumably owed to the carrot tissue oil, and a pleasant smell. In terms of how it works on my skin – I have found that it has kept my skin moisturised and the silkiness remained on the surface of my skin for a few hours (on days when I didn’t wear make up). When I did wear make up, it also provided a good base for my foundation. As a night cream though, I don’t feel it is as good for my skin as I would have liked it to be – as I mentioned, my forehead is quite dry and I use it as my barometer for how effective products are for hydrating the skin. When I used this cream in the evening, I found my skin felt ‘normal’ in the morning – not dry, not tight, just not as hydrated as I would like it to feel first thing in the morning. I tend to use facial oils in the evening, to combat the dryness and ensure hydration lasts until the morning so I think I will continue with that particular routine. However, I did notice on the label that the cream is recommended to be used with the serum from their range so perhaps together they are more effective at hydrating the skin. Overall though, this replenishing cream works well for my fussy skin as a daily moisturiser and base for foundation, so that is what I will continue using it for.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and I purchased all the products mentioned within this post. All views and opinions expressed here are all my own and 100% honest.