“We believe that nature has given us all we need to nurture, support and heal us.
It’s from this beauty and purity that we get our inspiration and passion.” – Beyond organic skincare
These words sum up the entire philosophy about Beyond, a company with fabulous organic skincare products that I “casually” discovered recently. And I’m so glad I did, because their products have enchanted me from the first minute I’ve opened and tried them. Behind their metallic blue glass jars lays a world of divine herbal fragrances. Before reviewing their products I will mention some great facts about this British company from Cornwall:
Certified Organic with the BDAA (Biodynamic Agricultural Association) who actually pre-date
the organic movement by many years and take a holistic approach to organic farming.
Certified organic with NATRUE as well.
NOT tested on animals (neither are our ingredients)
Suitable for Vegetarians
Low Carbon Footprint
Recycled and recyclable packaging.
I want to start with my favorite product from the collection I’ve tested. I love it so much that it definitely receives my “Highly recommended” seal! Among organic skincare brands there are several natural oil-based cleansers, which we usually use them in combination with a cotton cloth to cleanse the face. Beyond’s cleanser is this kind of cleansers, too. The main difference (in comparison with other cleansers I’ve tried) is in its formulation. I have dry skin and this winter I was also prone to some sore spots and I have to say this cleanser is really fabulous! It doesn’t just remove the impurities, but while cleansing it also nourishes your skin with organic oils from: Coconut, Gold of Pleasure oil, Sunflower, Macadamia, Sesame and Wheatgerm Oil. They have also infused the sunflower oil with burdock that has amazing healing properties for treating and soothing eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. Because of Rosemary and other essential oils it has a fresh and slightly citrus scent. This cleanser also comes in another version which is based on Geranium and that I’d love to try as well.
I use this cleanser regularly in the evening to clean impurities from my face. I find this cleanser extremely effective for removing the make-up. Because it’s loaded with so many beneficial oils, I need just a small amount in size of a peanut for the entire face. I massage gently the cleanser into my skin and then I follow twice with a damp muslin cloth (soaked in warm water). After, my skin is soft and cleansed. I love this cleanser especially for the evening because it also moisturizes well my skin and so I don’t need any other product after (except lots of toner). It can be used even in the morning, but I personally don’t prefer this type of cleansers before putting my makeup on. In every case, when using this cleanser, you will have additional benefits cause it will gently nourish your skin. According to Beyond, this cleanser promotes tissue repair and reduces inflammation, because of carefully selected plant extracts and oils.
List with Ingredients: Coconut Butter (Cocos Nucifera)*, Gold of Pleasure oil (Camelina Sativa)* and Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus)* infused with: Burdock (Articum Lappa)*, Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium)* and Comfrey. (Symphytum spp.)*, Macadamia Oil (Macadamia Integrifolia)*, Sesame Oil (Sesamum Indicum)*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Wheatgerm Oil (Triticum Vulgare)*,
Rosemary Antioxidant (Rosemarinus Officinalis)*, Essential Oil (containing Citronellol, Limonene and Linalool)* *Organic Ingredients (100%)
No parabens. No chemicals. No nasties. 100% Organic and Natural the ideal fair trade skincare. Don’t forget that we are strictly against testing on animals and use recycled packaging with vegetable dies.
I was very curious to try this eye cream as well. Especially because my skin under the eyes is delicate and I’m prone to dark circles. So discovering new eye creams is always very challenging for me. Beyond’s Firming eye cream comes in a small 7ml glass jar, but it’s so dense and nourishing that a little goes a long way. I mostly like the fact that it’s unscented, without any essential oils. Sometimes the fragrances can irritate the sensitive area around the eyes and so its formulation it’s perfect especially for sensitive and mature skin. There is no claim that this cream would reduce dark circles, but I’ve tried it anyway. I realized that after using it, it leaves the skin nourished with a refreshing feeling. However, it is designed for the purpose to nourish the skin and consequently to prevent wrinkles. The most interesting ingredients in this cream are the queen of flowers: certified organic Rose hydrolat and Rosehip oil, full of all beneficial properties this flower provides. But I was the most curious about what is Eyebright (macerated in sunflower oil). First I thought it’s a blend of herbs, but later after doing a research about it, I found that Eyebright is the name of a flower, in herbalism called Euphrasia, which has many interesting properties, perfect for adding it into an eye cream! Here I’ve found some facts about this gorgeous plant:
“Herbalists use Eyebright as a poultice (with or without concurrent administration of a tea) for the redness, swelling, and visual disturbances caused by blepharitis and conjunctivitis. The herb is also used for eyestrain and to relieve inflammation caused by colds, coughs, sinus infections, sore throats and hay fever.”
For those who want to know more about Euphrasia, here is a nice link to discover more.
Coming back to Beyond’s eye cream, I use it both in the morning and evening and while applying any eye cream, it’s great to massage gently this area with fingers. This way you will stimulate blood and lymph circulation and reduce puffiness. Moreover, the cream will also penetrate better in the skin.
List with ingredients: (certified organic at source) Rose Hydrolat (Rosa damascene)*, Eyebright maceration in Sunflower oil (Euprasia spp in Helianthus annuus)*, Macadamia Nut Oil (Macadamia integrifolia)*, Rosehip Oil (Rosa canina)*, Shea Butter (Vitellaria paradoxa)*, Olive Leaf Emulsifier (Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate), Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil (Hippophae rhamnoides)*, Lecithin (Lyosolecithin)*, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Corn (Propanediol), Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba) *Organic Ingredients (95%)
I’ve also received a 7ml sample (which is very generous for a sample!) of Beyond organic moisturizing day cream. In general, it comes in a 30ml glass jar. I had used his cream for quite a long time to give an objective opinion and it also lasted for quite a long time. The texture of this cream is very silky, nourishing, but not so dense. I’d say a medium texture: not too light and not too dense. A perfect formulation for a day cream which I’d suggest to all skin types. While I was using this cream, the weather was very cold and my skin was very dry, so I knew the cream wasn’t enough. But as I said, the conditions were quite extreme. In general, this cream is great to wear as a make-up base, especially under mineral make-up. It leaves a non greasy healthy glow, some kind of radiance to the skin. I’d define it the perfect day cream for normal to dry skin.
When you look at the list with ingredients you will notice again that the base is Rose hydrolat, many vegetable oils that nourish the skin like: Macadamia, sunflower, Seabuckthorn and others. That means it is great for dry skin (in normal weather conditions:) as well.
Ingredients: Rose Hydrolat (Rosa damascene)*, Gold of Pleasure oil (Camelina sativa)* and Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus)* infused with: Mallow (Althea officinalis)*, Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris)* and Comfrey (Symphytum spp.)*. Macadamia nut oil (Macadamia integrifolia)*, Almond oil (Prunus dulcis)*, Sesame oil (Sesamum indicum)*, Rosehip seed oil (Rosa canina)*, Olive Leaf Emulsifier (Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate), Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Lecithin (Lyosolecithin)*, Sea Buckthorn seed and fruit oil (Hippophae rhamnoides)*, Corn (Propanediol), Aloe extract (Aloe barbadensis)*, Grapefruit seed extract (Citrus paradisi)*, Willow Bark extract (Salix Alba), Coconut fragrance (Cocos Nucifera in alcohol), Essential Oil (containing Limonene, Linalool and Geraniol)* *Organic Ingredients (94.75%)
Have I mentioned that all Beyond products have a fantastic scent, the real organic signature? When you open the jar, your nose “tells” you that the ingredients are with no doubt directly from nature! I really recommend you to discover this lovely brand! I will come back soon with another review of a fantastic product from Beyond 🙂