Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream Review, Photos

Monday, June 02, 2014

Hello! So, normally I find moisturizers kind of boring -- unless they are reasonably-priced, effective, and have some sort of benefit that goes beyond just keeping skin hydrated. I kind of view them like shampoo in that regards; most shampoos do their jobs fairly well, but they generally aren't worth gushing about unless they offer something beyond the normal scope of just cleaning hair. Sibu Beauty is a company that does offer something different and interesting: its feature ingredient, the sea buckthorn berry.

Note the box's background is white but my lighting affected its appearance!

Sibu Beauty's Nourishing Facial Cream* ($20.95 USD, 1 fl oz) is chock-full of sea buckthorn berry, a fruit found in the Tibetan Himalayas that is full of omega fatty acids, including Omega 7. Omega 7 is apparently super-awesome for your skin, hair, nails, and when taken internally, great at weight management and maintaining gastro-intestinal healthy. Neat! No surprise that Sibu also sells supplements (and Omega 7 chocolates.. drool). But, back to the cream!

Sea buckthorn seed oil is the second ingredient in the Sibu Nourishing Facial Cream, which is awesome to see! Too often I see products touting some awesome ingredient and it's way down the list, rendering it practically useless (the exception being active ingredients like salicylic acid which you don't want in large quantities, as it will burn your skin off.*) Not so with this cream! All of the ingredients are natural, non-GMO, vegan, and cruelty-free.

*as is my not-very-scientific understanding

The Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream is packaged in a lovely, double-walled glass bottle with an airless pump dispenser. I'm not 100% sure if this type of packaging can keep the plant oils from degrading, but from my understanding, it's still better than jar packaging. I do keep the bottle in its box between uses just in case, though.

I usually use 3-4 pumps to cover my entire face and neck. The texture of the cream is thin but not watery, and it has a nice orange scent. I find it has a slight stickiness when first applying, but it doesn't last long. The cream quickly soaks into skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. It plays well with foundations and powders too!

Sibu Beauty claims this cream will rejuvenate sun damaged skin, protect against environmental stress, and preserve healthy skin tone and texture. I think I will have to use the product longer to see any benefits to the first two claims, but I can say my skin does look better after using this -- even toned, and yes, healthier. The cream is also said to be for all skin types, though I think those with very dry skin will benefit with a hydrating serum in conjunction with the cream.

I'm really enjoying this moisturizer, and what makes it even better is that Sibu Beauty is committed to supporting environmental and social initiatives. The sea buckthorn they use is fair trade from local harvesters in Tibet, and the company also gives back! In a sea of  greenwashed, so-called natural beauty products, Sibu Beauty looks to be a breath of fresh air, made by people who are actually invested in the cause with quality products to sell. They have a full line of skincare products, supplements, package deals, and CHOCOLATES! I think you can tell what I want to to try, haha.

You can buy Sibu Beauty products directly from their website, but also carries them (and they don't seem to have a huge markup), which is probably better for Canadians. The Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream retails there for $20.99 CAD, not bad at all! There's also a Store Locator on the Sibu website if you want to try to find them in-store -- I know Whole Foods in the US carries the brand; not sure about Canada (and there isn't a WF here).

Will you be checking out Sibu Beauty products? I do recommend them!

IngredientsWater, Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable), Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Steroyl Lactylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil, Orange Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice powder, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Xanthan Gum, Panthenol, Sodium Phytate

*Product provided for review. No monetary compensation given. All opinions are my own.

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