Blissoma Skincare Products For You

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I have been using Blissoma Holistic Skincare products exclusively for 2 months now, and I am happy to report that my skin looks great! In fact, I when people meet me in person they often comment on how flawless and radiant my skin looks and ask me what skincare products I use. I hired a photographer to come take my picture, and those are included here. By the way, it was the first time I worked with her, and I really like her: http://www.rachelradcliffephotography.com  I did not wear any makeup with one exception – a tiny bit of an eyeliner, and told her I wanted to document how I really look, with no filters or anything.  You can see small lines on my forehead and some “crows nest” wrinkles in the corners of my eyes when I smile. But I am almost 42 and have never done any cosmetic procedures on my face.

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Blissoma Holistic Skincare is a boutique skin care business located in St. Louis, Missouri. The founder, Julie Longyear, formulates all the products. I interviewed Julie and found her passionate and very knowledgeable about her truly plant-based skin care.

 

It inspires confidence when I see that a business owner lives the lifestyle she/he sells. I noticed that Julie does not dye her hair (which is beautiful by the way). As you might know, permanent hair colors can’t be void of potentially harmful chemicals.

 

Blissoma Holistic Skincare Manufacturing Practices

 

I love the fact that Blissoma Holistic Skincare makes all their products in-house in a commercial facility. Moreover, they produce a lot of ingredients themselves, such as oil infusions and water-based herbal extracts, in-house, which allows them to have better control over the quality of their ingredients that go into their products.

 

Blissoma Holistic Skincare Petroleum-Free Ingredients

 

The Blissoma team believes that plants deliver all the necessary nutrients your skin might need. There are no petroleum-based ingredients or ingredients that may be derived with petroleum chemicals in Blissoma skincare products. Unfortunately, I have seen petroleum ingredients in skincare lines marketed as “natural” and “organic.”

 

Blissoma Holistic Skincare Plant Extracts

 

I am happy to report that Blissoma takes special efforts to avoid solvents, preservatives, and other hidden additives found in plant extracts.

 

Most plant extracts are made in-house where they are extracted with water (herbal teas) or organic grain alcohol or by infusing plants into oils for an extended period of time.

 

Most of the extracts are powders, which allows Blissoma Holistic Skincare to avoid preservatives and unwanted carrier liquids that often come with liquid extracts.

 

Blissoma Holistic Skincare Organic or Natural Ingredients

 

The vast majority of the ingredients are certified organic. with a few exceptions. According to Blissoma, some of the ingredients that are not marked as organic might still be organic, but are not labeled as organic if their supply can’t be guaranteed to be consistently organic.

 

All ingredients are non-GMO (genetically modified organisms). Blissoma makes a point to avoid any ingredients that may be derived from GMO plants.

 

The ingredients that are often not organic are essential oils. They assured me that they buy essential oils from trusted suppliers that make high-quality products and the essential oils are less than 1% of the product recipes. (By the way, the product line for ultra sensitive skin is free of any essential oils.)

 

While this is not ideal, I am willing to overlook it due to the fact that Blissoma skincare has a combination of winning qualities that I was unable to find in any other skin care line. These qualities include a sufficient plant-based preservation system, numerous raw and unrefined ingredients that deliver powerful nutrients to the skin, the variety of products for every skin type, and affordable prices.

 

Blissoma Holistic Skincare Sufficient Preservation System

 

I have refused so many skin care and personal care products because they either use potentially harmful preservatives or don’t disclose preservatives or don’t use sufficient preservation, which means that their products when opened and exposed to sunlight, air, moisture, touch, and temperature may get contaminated with dangerous bacteria. (To read more about the importance of preservatives, head over here.)

 

I was pleased to see that Blissoma Holistic Skincare used the preservation system that I would use if I were to make skin care products. Their preservatives are also plant-based and they include gluconolactone, populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, organic grain alcohol, and leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate. These preservatives are also beneficial for the skin, as I will detail below.

 

Blissoma Holistic Skincare Nutrient-Rich Ingredients

 

The Blissoma Holistic Skincare team is mindful of the fact that with higher temperatures, plants lose beneficial vitamins and healing enzymes. Thus, they do everything possible to preserve them. For example, herbal extracts are infused for one month at room temperatures, all seed oils are cold-pressed (not solvent extracted), and their enzyme-rich vegetable juices are kept cold during the entire manufacturing process. This preserves natural Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, zinc, calcium, magnesium, niacin, Omega fatty acids 3, 6, 5, 9 and more, so that they are ready to be applied to your skin.

 

I love the fact that vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin C (all of which are crucial to the health of the skin) are delivered to the skin as naturally occurring components of plants versus synthetic additives that can irritate the skin. Vitamin A is one of them. While it has beneficial anti-aging properties, it is often too harsh on the skin and may increase the risk of skin cancer when it interacts with sunlight.

 

Blissoma Holistic Skincare Packaging

 

Blissoma uses readily recyclable materials with a minimum amount of plastic used for caps and pumps only.

 

All Blissoma product jars are made of glass.

 

Some bottles are made of aluminum. I believe in this case, the benefit is that aluminum is recyclable and not breakable, and this outweighs the concern over the danger of a small amount of possible aluminum leaching and subsequent skin absorption. According to this study, “very small or undetectable levels of aluminum leached from packaging materials into foodstuffs” Leaching reached significant levels when food was boiled or steamed in aluminum vessels.

 

Blissoma Holistic Skincare Products I Have Been Using

 

When I interviewed Julie Longyear, I asked what products she would recommend for my aging skin, and dealing once in a while with one or two blemishes, but otherwise normal skin. I am almost 42 and this is the time when I am focused on using the best skin care to delay the appearance of deeper wrinkles while keeping my skin clear.

 

She recommended I use the Fresh – Mild Rice Facial Cleanser, Toner – Intense Hydration Tonique, Timeless – Vitamin C Reconstruction Serum.

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I have been using them, and continue to use them, as I love the way my skin looks and feels!

 

By the way, at the bottom of Blissoma skincare website pages, you can find contact information of the esthetician you can ask questions about which products to choose for your skin type. While I recommend all Blissoma skincare products, I wanted to look in detail into 3 products I purchased. Here is what I can report:

 

Fresh – Mild Rice Facial Cleanser

 

Ingredients: Infusion of Althea officinalis* (marshmallow), Stellaria media* (chickweed), Plantago major* (plantain), Rosa damascena*, Arthemis nobilis* (chamomile), Glycerin*, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) Oil*, Oryza sativa* (brown rice), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Cocos nucifera (coconut) Oil*, Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernal Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Salix alba* (willowbark) extract, Cannabis sativa (hemp) Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Gluconolactone, Echinacea purpurea Extract*, Populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, Essential Oils of Lavandula angustifolia, Litsea Cubeba, Cymbopogon martini (palmarosa), Canarium luzonicum (elemi), Boswellia carterii (frankincense), Vetiveria zizandoides (vetiver), Xanthan Gum, Rosemary Oleoresin Extract, Grain Alcohol*+

essential oils in this product contain: linalool**, geraniol**, limonene**, citral**

*from Certified Organic Agriculture

**natural components of essential oils

http://www.blissoma.com/Rice-Facial-Cleanser

 

The ingredients are listed in the order of the amount used, with the largest volume being listed first. Let me now rearrange the ingredients so it is easier for you to understand the product composition.

 

Botanicals: Infusion of Althea officinalis* (marshmallow), Stellaria media* (chickweed), Plantago major* (plantain), Rosa damascena*, Arthemis nobilis* (chamomile), Oryza sativa* (brown rice), Salix alba* (willowbark) extract, Echinacea purpurea Extract*, Rosemary Oleoresin Extract

 

Oils: Helianthus annuus (sunflower) Oil*, Cocos nucifera (coconut) Oil*, Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel Oil*, Cannabis sativa (hemp) Oil*

 

Essential Oils: Lavandula angustifolia, Litsea Cubeba, Cymbopogon martini (palmarosa), Canarium luzonicum (elemi), Boswellia carterii (frankincense), Vetiveria zizandoides (vetiver)

 

Preservatives: Grain Alcohol*, Gluconolactone (rated 1 in the Skin Deep database), Populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract (extracted from the bark of the American Aspen tree without any additives or solvents),

 

Binders: Glyceryl Stearate (rated 1 in the Skin Deep database), Cetearyl Alcohol (rated 1 in the Skin Deep database), Xanthan Gum (rated 1 in the Skin Deep)

 

My Comments: As you can see, the vast majority of ingredients are botanicals that are there to benefit the skin, even the preservatives improve the skin condition. For example, the Populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract preservative is known to impart a smooth feel to the skin and Gluconolactone reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles. There are only three ingredients that are there to bind the ingredients together and make it easy to apply. However, they are not known to be harmful and they are among the safest binders I have seen in skin care products.

 

This is a soap-free cleanser so it does not produce any foam. There is a debate as to whether our face skin needs soap. I have been using this soap-free cleanser for almost two months exclusively, and I do not seem to miss soap.

 

In fact, I like its moisturizing benefits. The cleanser does not produce even a slight drying effect that soap cleansers often do. The skin on my nose does not peel anymore. And the cleanser removes the light makeup I use from time to time. If you wear makeup, make sure after you apply the cleanser to the skin to massage it a little longer than you normally would before you pat your face with a towel or cloth.

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Toner – Intense Hydration Tonique

 

Ingredients: Infusion of Calluna vulgaris* (heather flowers), Avena sativa* (oatstraw), Arctium lappa* (burdock), Equisetum arvense* (horsetail), Plantago major* (plantain), Taraxacum officinale* (dandelion), and Symphytum officinale* (comfrey), Water, Grain Alcohol*, Aloe barbadensis Juice*, Cucumis sativus (cucumber) Infusion*, Glycerin, Essential oils Lavandula angustifolia (lavender), Cymbopogon martinii (palmarosa), Canarium luzonicum (elemi), Boswellia carterii (frankincense), Vetiveria zizandoides (vetiver)

Essential oils in this product contain: linalool**, geraniol**, limonene**

*from Certified Organic Agriculture

**natural components of essential oils

http://www.blissoma.com/Tone–Intense-Hydration-Tonique

 

Botanicals: Infusion of Calluna vulgaris* (heather flowers), Avena sativa* (oatstraw), Arctium lappa* (burdock), Equisetum arvense* (horsetail), Plantago major* (plantain), Taraxacum officinale* (dandelion), and Symphytum officinale* (comfrey), Aloe barbadensis Juice*, Cucumis sativus (cucumber) Infusion*

 

Water: yes

 

Essential oils: Lavandula angustifolia (lavender), Cymbopogon martinii (palmarosa), Canarium luzonicum (elemi), Boswellia carterii (frankincense), Vetiveria zizandoides (vetiver)

 

Preservatives: Grain Alcohol*, Glycerin

 

My Comments: As you can see, with the exception of organic grain alcohol and glycerin, all the ingredients are plants and herbs that deliver vitamins, minerals, and enzymes to the skin. Unlike many toners, this toner is not an astringent. I find this toner to be moisturizing, not drying at all. In fact, it can be used to set in mineral makeup. I spray it directly on my face, wait for 10 seconds or so and apply the serum. I love the smell of fresh herbs and the hydrating feeling it impacts.

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Timeless – Vitamin C Reconstruction Serum

 

Ingredients: Punica granatum (pomegranate) Seed Oil, Salvia hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil, Rubus fruticosus (blackberry) Seed Oil, Adansonia digitata (baobab) Oil*, Oryza sativa (rice bran) Oil*, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Soy Lecithin*, Tocopherol (vitamin E)

*from Certified Organic Agriculture

http://www.blissoma.com/Timeless–Vitamin-C-Reconstruction-Serum

 

Oils: Punica granatum (pomegranate) Seed Oil, Salvia hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil, Rubus fruticosus (blackberry) Seed Oil, Adansonia digitata (baobab) Oil*, Oryza sativa (rice bran) Oil*

 

Vitamins: Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C) and Tocopherol (vitamin E)

 

Viscosity/Skin Softener: Soy Lecithin*

 

My comments: All the ingredients in this Blissoma skincare product have a direct benefit for the skin. The oils contain natural antioxidants and vitamins. In fact, the organic rice bran oil contains ferulic acid. This study found that ferulic acid, used in combination with vitamin C and vitamin E, doubles its protection against oxidative stress in the skin and should be useful for protection against photoaging (aging of the skin caused by repeated exposure to the sun) and skin cancer.

 

I love the fact that the serum is nourishing but not greasy or oily. I noticed that my skin is well hydrated and my complexion is brighter. And I believe the serum does something to keep fine wrinkles from settling in deeper. While my skin is acne-free, I used to occasionally have one or two blemishes. With this skincare regimen, I am happy to report that my skin has been clear.

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Blissoma Holistic Skincare for Blemished Skin

 

What I like about Blissoma Holistic Skincare is that they offer a variety of products for different types skin.

 

If you have blemished skin, you might want to try:

 

Flawless – Equalizing Anti-Blemish Oil Serum

Smooth A+ – Correcting Serum 

 

You can use these products together or individually.

 

You could also consider the Acne Trial Set.

 

Scent-Free Blissoma Holistic Skincare Products

 

The Blissoma Holistic Skincare products I bought have an herbal scent. After I opened them, the smell was on the stronger side, but I did not care too much about how the serum smelled. Later, either I got used to the smell or the products got aired out, and I stopped noticing any smell. So if you are sensitive to a smell of any kind – even the scent of natural plants – you might go for the products in the ultra sensitive skin collection.

Ultra Sensitive Collection

 

The ultra sensitive products are all free of essential oils and if there is any scent it comes from the base products themselves.

 

All in all, I am glad I found this line of truly plant-based skincare products and I believe you can find products for your skin condition. I am looking forward to trying other Blissoma Holistic Skincare products.

 

Where to Buy

Blissoma Holistic Skincare Website

You can access the directory page for different types of skin here.  There are trial sets that you can purchase for each skin condition.

 

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16 Responses

  1. Stephanie E

    I have been using her products for about a year now. I love them too. They have worked really well for my son with cystic acne too. If he uses the products he does not get the cysts. I have also recommended Blissoma to my best friend that has had breast cancer twice and another good friend that has unfortunately been through breast cancer as well. They both love her products and have seen great results with them. My favorite product is her Lavish. I am managing thyroid issues. As I do this I have to deal with dry skin. I use the Lavish as a night moisturizer (it’s listed as a mask). I did this based on assistance I received from the free online esthetician resource. Not sure if she still offers that service. Thanks for the review!

  2. Hi Irina, can you please share how you eat during the day? You are very fit, and that is amazing. How old are you? I am 23 and can not loose extra 15 lbs. It is so frustrating because I eat only organic food and try to stay away from toxins. Please help!

    • Hi, Mariana: thank you so much for your compliment. I will be turning 42 in 2 months. I found that once you eliminate gluten and sugar, the weight management becomes much easier. How are you doing with them? Also, are you avoiding obesogens? ~Irina

  3. Irina, i recently found your post about luminance skin care. Do you still recommend it and use it? If yes, how do you alternate between them and blissoma and if no, what made you stop using luminance. Thank you for your answer.

    • Hi, Valeria, Luminance Skin Care made a lot of changes and I have not been keeping up with them. I do use their wonderful bar soap for washing hands and body. ~Irina

  4. Well, I have really bad sweettooth. Trying to break a habit but is extremely hard. What excatly obsesogens you mean ? Thank you so much!

  5. You look lovely, Irina! I might have to try the sample kit for sensitive skin.

    • Thank you, Tara! 🙂

      • I’ve been looking into buying samples of these products but like you I look at the ingredient lists first.

        I noticed there isn’t much known about Baobab oil – that it is a good moisturizer but that there are anti-nutrients that make it toxic for ingestion. Did you find anything in your research that made you confident it was safe to use? I might be overly paranoid but I figured I’d ask!

        Thank you for all your research!

        • Hi, Tara: I am so glad that you look at the ingredients first. It makes me happy to hear that! Anyway, I believe there is nothing to worry about baobab oil being toxic for the skin. First of all, whatever is not good for our digestion system, does not mean is bad for our skin. Second, the seed and the oil contain different compounds. When the oil is expressed a good deal of what is in the seeds is left behind as pressed seed meal. And third, the content of anti-nutrients can be significantly reduced by simply soaking seeds in water. You can read more about that on page. 31 here. And lastly, I continue loving Blissoma and my skin looks great. If you get to try the products, let us know how you liked them. ~Irina

          • Thanks for the thorough reply! 🙂 I will let you know what I try out!

  6. You look great!!! I wish I looked half as good with no make up on… I’ll be 42 in a few months too… I’m curious how this product line stacks up to By Valenti Organics and BADGER. I’m looking for a product that revitalizes and evens out skin tone. I have a lot of sun spots :-(… Thank you!

    • Hi, Julia: thank you so much for the compliment! I used Badger but decided not to recommend the whole line on my blog. While the ingredients are clean, I found that it is pretty basic and not powerful enough. I do like their cleansing oil though. As for the By Valenti Organics and Blissoma, they are both great, and I think it is more of personal preference. Do you like facial oils or serums and creams? I think you will benefit from the same three products I bought and described in the post. What do you think? ~Irina

  7. Irina,

    I know this is off topic, but I have to say your hair looks incredible in these photos. I know you started using Hairprint. Is that what has given you the beautiful color and highlights (which would be your natural color)? I’m seriously thinking about trying it.

  8. Irina,

    Thank you for recommendation – I’ve purchased the make-remover, the toner, vitamin C Serum and 5 testers (morning and night creams, a mask, exfoliator and a deodorant trial kit). Very happy with all the items, planning to buy more for myself and friends.

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