A look into beauty, that doesn't harm our furry friends
I swear, I’m so easy to influence! I saw the Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil come up a few times from a couple different beauty bloggers I follow, and the next thing I knew I had it in my Amazon shopping cart. Which is ridiculous of me, as I already have a handful of other oils I’m in the process of going through (Argan Oil Light from Josie Maran, an Olive Oil Serum, Argan Oil, and Rosehip Oil, my goodness!). With so many claims that it’s amazing with acne, how could I look away though?
Sibu Beauty is a newer brand in the beauty community, but is leaving a good impression on everyone. Cruelty Free & Vegan, GMO Free, along with being a Fair Trade company, it just gets better when the product works just as well as the reputation the company has made for itself. The secret to the whole line is the Sea Buckthorn. A “holy grail” item, it grows in the Tibetan Himalayas, prospering even though the weather is harsh and severe (mind you, also 12,000 ft above sea level, yeesh!). Thanks to it’s resilience it’s been able to toughen up significantly compared to other natural products. “With over 190 bioactive compounds, sea buckthorn is an unsurpassed source of Omegas 3, 6, and 9. And it’s a rich source of the elusive essential fatty acid, Omega-7, an essential fatty acid vital to collagen production and healthy skin, hair and nails.“. So, just imagine argan oil on healthy-steroids and pumped up to the max.
I was ready to put this oil to the test, in place of my usual nighttime moisturizer, Josie Maran’s Argan Oil Light. Which, mind you, I flippin’ love! I cracked open the seal, portioned out 2-3 drops over the tips of my fingers, and began applying it over my face. The first thing I immediately noticed was the smell- oh…the smell…. is not soo fantastic. I know true Argan Oil is supposed to have a slight nutty smell, which I’ve noticed and never have been deterred by. But the sea buckthorn seed oil is just… hmm…. ^^; It doesn’t make me sick, but I am not at all pleased by it’s natural fragrance. If anything, I’m glad to know the product hasn’t been filtered and fiddled with too much, or even worse covered up with a synthetic fragrance. Upon getting past the scent, I noticed the absorbancy of the oil. In comparison to Argan Oil, this feels like it sinks in incredibly faster, and leaves no residual moist feeling on top of the skin. I think because of this, those who have more oily/combination skin should turn to this before they attempt a plain Argan oil (unless you get the Argan Oil Light, which was created for oilier skins). When I woke up the next day, I didn’t see any life-changing results. My skin still felt moisturized, and didn’t immediately dry out when I washed my face with my normal morning cleanser.
It might be too early to tell if I prefer this over the Argan Oil Light, but it’s a strong contender. Currently, I a half-to-half ratio of the Josie Maran Argan Oil Light and the Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil as my nighttime moisturizer, and I’ve been happy with the results. Sibu Beauty does make a whole line of skincare products, along with dietary supplements. I have my eyes out for their Clarifying Toner, Purifying Mask, and Face & Body Bar. I’ll be sure to fill you in on my thoughts if I can get my paws on them!
Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil 10ml, $15.95 USD ((I purchased mine off Amazon, but I also saw the line at Bartell Drugs))