Plant Skincare Amazing Benefits

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Plant Skincare BlissomaIt has been over a month since I published my review of Blissoma plant skincare. Since then, I have tried other plant skincare products in their lines and would love to share my thoughts about two of them.

 

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Restore – Deep Healing Oil Serum

 

Ingredients: Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (grapeseed) Oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) Oil*, Rubus ideaus (red raspberry) Seed Oil*, Rosa rubiginosa (rosehip) Oil*, Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) Seed Oil*, Calophyllum tacamahaca (tamanu) Oil*, Cannabis sativa (hemp) Oil*, Punica granatum (pomegranate) Seed Oil*, Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn berry) CO2 Extract*, Calendula Officinalis CO2 Extract, Essential oils of Cedrus atlantica (atlas cedarwood), Cymbopogon martinii (palmarosa), Citrus aurantium (neroli), Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum)*, Rosemary Oleoresin Extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E)

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

*from Certified Organic Agriculture

**natural components of essential oils

http://www.blissoma.com/Restore–Deep-Healing-Oil-Serum_p_54.html

Let’s regroup these plant skincare ingredients so we can more easily discuss them:

 

Plant oils: Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (grapeseed) Oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) Oil*, Rubus ideaus (red raspberry) Seed Oil*, Rosa rubiginosa (rosehip) Oil*, Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) Seed Oil*, Calophyllum tacamahaca (tamanu) Oil*, Cannabis sativa (hemp) Oil*, Punica granatum (pomegranate) Seed Oil*

 

All these oils are organic and carry lots of benefits for the skin including soothing, nourishing, anti-irritant, and anti-inflammatory properties. One of my favorites that I do not often see in other skin care lines is pomegranate seed oil. It contains vitamin B, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, as well as potent antioxidants such as ellagic acid and omega 5 (M. Varinia Michalun, Joseph C. Dinardo, Milady Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients).

 

CO2 Extracts: Hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn berry) CO2 Extract*, Calendula Officinalis CO2 Extract

 

CO2 extracts are very concentrated like essential oils. Instead of solvents or steam, they are extracted with carbon dioxide. While CO2 is toxic to inhale, it is not known to irritate the skin.

 

My favorite in this group is seabuckthorn. It is not something I see often and if I do, it is used in extremely expensive products. According to the Milady Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients book, it protects the skin against harmful external factors. Its components include vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids, amino acids and flavonols.

 

Essential oils: include oils of Cedrus atlantica (atlas cedarwood), Cymbopogon martinii (palmarosa), Citrus aurantium (neroli), Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum)*

 

Among these essential oils, my favorite is palmarosa oil because while it has cell-regenerating properties and is great for dry skin, it is also good for acne and dermatitis.

 

Herbal extract: Rosemary Oleoresin Extract. This is a potent extract that keeps oils from going rancid.

 

Vitamins: Tocopherol (vitamin E)

 

As you can see, there are only ingredients that directly improve the skin’s condition as opposed to making the product commercial.

 

I love the fact that while it is created with aging in mind, it does not cause any irritation like a lot of anti-aging products may. While my skin is aging, once a month it is prone to breakouts and with the help of this product, I do not have any breakouts anymore.

 

While it is created for dry skin, it is very light, not greasy at all and gets absorbed in a few seconds.

 

And another great thing I noticed that makes me very happy is that the skin pores on my nose for the first time have diminished and are very small now.

 

This is something I’d like to emphasize. Before I started using plant skincare products (not just this skin care line), I used to have peeling skin on my nose, enlarged pores, acne, and combination skin and now I have only a vague memory of how annoying those problems were.

Plant Skincare Amazing Benefits Blissoma

Glow – Good Earth Exfoliant Powder

 

In addition to the Restore, I also tried Blissoma’s exfoliant powder, called Glow.

 

Ingredients: Avena Sativa (oat) Kernal powder*, Cocos nucifera endosperm (coconut water)*, Papain, Ascorbic Acid, Acacia Senegal* (Acacia Gum), Bentonite, Diatomaceous Earth, Oryza sativa* (brown rice), Panax ginseng extract, Coffea Arabica (green coffee) extract, Astragalus membranaceus*, Olea europaea* (olive leaf), Curcuma longa* (turmeric), Maltodextrin

*from Certified Organic Agriculture

http://www.blissoma.com/Glow–Good-Earth-Exfoliant-Powder_p_124.html

 

I highly recommend exfoliating your skin, which I had not done because I did not think I needed it since I did not have any peeling skin. However, I now use Blissoma Glow once or twice a week. With exfoliating, we get rid dead skin cells, which is helpful on two levels. No bacteria get trapped in the dead skin and skin nutrients we attempt to deliver to the skin gets absorbed much better.

 

This exfoliant makes my skin glow. Among other things, it contains my favorite ingredient, papain, an enzyme from papaya that dissolves buildup on the skin and making the skin soft and glow. I used it in other plant skincare products and loved its effect then, too.

 

I mix this exfoliant with my cleanser in my palm before applying. When I tried to apply directly onto the skin, it crumbled and made a mess.

 

Anyway, I can go on and on but I want to hear from you. I know some of you have already bought Blissoma plant skincare products. Please share which products you got and what you think about them!  You are very welcome to share your favorite skincare products as well.

 

Where to Buy

 

Blissoma website

 

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27 Responses

  1. I love Arbonne’s botanically based products! They contain no toxins and are all pure, safe, and beneficial – and they work!! They have skincare and nutrition products that are life changing. <3

  2. Hi Irina, thanks for the info. I haven’t tried Blissoma yet, but it’s on my list!
    I really like that they offer samples for purchase of almost every product they sell, which makes it VERY convenient to try.

    Lately, I’ve been addicted to S.W. Basics Oil Serum. It only has 4 ingredients – avocado oil, geranium oil, turmeric oil and coffee oil. I use it at night and my skin loves it. It’s super moisturizing without being greasy, absorbs well. My skin is well moisturized, super smooth and glowy in the morning. It has a light smell of coffee which I love too.
    https://store.swbasicsofbk.com/products/oil-serum
    As the name states, SW Basic’s products are very basic (5 ingredients or less), and I find them to be very good quality. I use a couple of other products from them, but Oil Serum is my favorite.

    Also, you’ve mentioned seabuckthorn oil, which my family has been using for years and my parents even have it in their garden.
    I really like Aubrey age-defying mask with Seabuckthorn. It’s extremely moisturizing and my skin really enjoys it. It’s rated zero in the “think dirty” app, but let me know what you think of the ingredients.
    AGE-DEFYING THERAPY MASK:Aqua, aloe barbadensis leaf
    juice*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, glycerin*, oryza sa-tiva (rice) bran wax, cetyl alcohol, avena sativa (oat) kernel flour*,
    alcohol denat.* (38b, lavender), cucumis sativus (cucumber)
    seed oil, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil*, vaccinium
    myrtillus fruit extract, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate,
    carrageenan, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane) extract, citrus
    grandis (grapefruit) extract, glycerin, hippophae rhamnoides fruit
    oil, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alcohol, citrus limon (lemon) peel
    oil*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil*, ascorbic acid, glyceryl
    caprylate, stearic acid, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit ex-tract, citrus limon (lemon) fruit extract, sodium cocoyl glutamate,
    acer saccharum (sugar maple) extract, toco

    • Hi, Natalia! I am so glad to hear from you! Thank you so much for sharing with us your favorite products! I do not see any alarming in the age-defying therapy mask; however, it did not jump at me as a product I want to use on me. It has a few ingredients that while not known to be harmful either have little data about them or do not benefit the skin. For example, sodium cocoyl glutamate is a new cleansing agent with little data and in this study it was determined not to be irritating. I am not sure why there is a cleansing agent in the mask. Does it foam? Thank you, Natalia.

      • yes, I noticed that it has some ingredients that have limited info … but it works for me 😉 not driving myself crazy over it

  3. Hi Irina,
    Yes, I am a consultant for Arbonne, but I would not be spreading the word if I didn’t believe 100% in the integrity of the company or their products! Thank you for continuing to read labels and help educate us on safe products and ingredients. Have a great day! 🍀

  4. Stephanie

    I just recently found your blog. Great info and thank you! I’m new to “going natural”, but looking to make the switch. I currently use Paula’s Choice products with no complaints. I would like to try Blissoma products, but many of the ingredients in their products are in Paula’s NO-NO list (http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/natural-skin-care/_/are-natural-and-organic-ingredients-better-for-your-skin), so I’m very hesitant. For example, Blissoma Awake Morning Firming Facial Moisture lists Lemon Balm as it’s 1st ingredient, as well as Horsetail and Witch Hazel which all are on the “bad list”. I would appreciate your take on it if you have the time. Also, do you believe natural skincare products only work with a “natural” diet. In the process of transferring to a healthy eating lifestyle, but still have a ways to go. Thank you!

    • Hi Stephanie, thank you for stopping by. I am glad you are here. I believe it is a matter of opinion. Paula’s Choice makes their own products and created a list of good and bad ingredients that are consistent with what they use in their products. When I recommend a product I rely on independent scientific studies and my personal experience with products. I have been using Blissoma for some time now and my skin loves it. I am not quite sure what you mean by “natural” diet. Are you referring to eating more fruits and vegetables? I believe healthy nutritious diet is the key to our health including the health of our skin. When we have a skin problem, it should be addressed not only with skincare products but also many benefit from looking into why we have this particular problem in the first place. It can be a result of bad food, too. Let me know what you think. Thank you for leaving the comment. ~Irina

      • Stephanie

        I asked the esthetician at Blissoma their thoughts on Paula’s no-no list. I would like to share the response…

        Per your request here is what our company founder Julie Longyear had to say in regards to the Paula’s Choice article:
        We do not see eye to eye with Paula’s Choice on a good few ingredient issues. Paula has done a lot of fine work to provide information to consumers and that we can applaud, but she is not an herbalist and she tends to demonize ingredients that can have beneficial medicinal applications for skin when used properly.

        There are some things on the “no” list that I agree with such as Angelica, Allspice and Cinnamon, though you may see cinnamon pop up in natural recipes from other brands as well and I disagree with that because of how irritating it can be for skin.

        However some of the other things on her no list are just plain scaremongering. She ignores very solid research that has demonstrated benefit from numerous of these ingredients and decides (based on the fact that some people may have allergies) that they should be avoided all together. This is not the route that most people need to take.

        Yes, some people can be allergic to Lavender, and it is possible to sensitize yourself to it over time. However sensitizations generally occur from prolonged, excessive exposure. The people most likely to end up with a sensitization are actually professionals who work with the straight oils every day. Plain Bergamot can be photosensitizing, but we are aware of this and that is why we use a version of Bergamot that is Furo Coumarin Free (FCF) which has the phototoxic compounds removed.

        In a facial skincare product something like Geranium, Lavender, Ylang, or Bergamot would generally be used below 1%. Are there brands out there that are using too high of a percentage of essential oils in their products? Yes. Are we? No. I have over 15 years of experience working with essential oils and safety is always one of my top priorities when designing recipes. We are always also happy to dialogue with clients about if they have ever had a reaction to something, and help them do detective work to figure out if they need to avoid an ingredient in the future.

        Botanical ingredients are medicines and should be treated with respect. When used in the proper amounts they are regenerative and balancing to the skin. When overused they can certainly damage the skin. However any medicine is capable of doing the same thing. Tylenol will relieve pain when used in the proper amount but if you take too much it can be lethal.

        It is my job as a formulator to do that research ahead of time and find out the proper usage rates, allergy potentials and other issues as I design a recipe. I can say confidently that our products respect the integrity of the skin and we have a track record of thousands of happy clients who have experienced their benefits. I cannot say that all skincare lines (natural or not) do the same thing – in fact many do not and that is why we are here is to provide an alternative that is intelligently designed and made through great research and care.

  5. Hi Irina!

    I’m still very indecisive!

    I’ve been considering trying the Josh Rosebrook Moisture Cleanse (I tried a tiny sample and liked it). I’d love your opinion on the ingredient list:

    *Aloe Vera Gel, Water, †African Black Soap, *Honey, *Vegetable Glycerin, *Avocado Oil, *Jojoba Oil, *Argan Oil, *Evening Primrose Oil, *Baobab Oil, *Hemp Seed Oil, *Borage Oil, *Almond Oil, *Sunflower Oil, *Grape Seed Oil, *Sesame Oil, †Broccoli Oil, *Sea Buckthorn Oil, Saponifed Coconut Oil, *Rose Petal, *Eyebright, *Turmeric, *Rosemary, *Sage, *Goji Berry, *Alfalfa, *Beetroot, *Dandelion, *Ashwagandha, *Marshmallow, *Raspberry Leaf, *Chickweed, *Calendula, *Elderberry, *Rose Hips, *Ginkgo, *Milk Thistle, *Black Cohosh, *Licorice, *Ginger, *Bladderwrack, *Fenugreek, *Hawthorn Berry, *Cats Claw, *Lavender Flowers, *St. Johns Wort, *Cinnamon, §Xanthan gum, §Potassium sorbate, *Vanilla extract, †Rosemary Essential Oil, †Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, †Eucalyptus Essential Oil.

    *CERTIFIED ORGANIC

    †ORGANIC

    §NON-GMO PLANT SOURCED

    Another that I’ve been considering is Laurel Whole Plant Organics Cleanser for Normal/Dry skin.

    Rose Hydrosol˚, Calendula Hydrosol˚, Rose Geranium Hydrosol˚; aqueous extracts of Burdock˚, Dandelion˚; Safflower Oil˚, Sunflower Oil˚, Rosehip Seed Oil˚, Coconut Oil˚, Honey˚, Olive Wax (Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate), Vegetable Glycerine˚, Vegetable Lecithin˚, Jojoba Oil˚, Citrus Extract˚; extracts of Licorice˚, Calendula˚, Rosemary˚, Cleaver˚; essential oil blend of Rose Geranium˚, Bergamot˚, Rose˚, Myrrh˚; Proprietary Flower Essence, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate ˚signifies certified organic ingredient

    Thanks for all the work you do!

    Tara

    • Hi, Tara: let me ask you this first. What type of skin do you have? Do you want your cleanser to foam? Do you need your cleanser to remove makeup/foundation? What else are you looking for in a cleanser? What do you currently use? Thank you. ~Irina

      • Hi Irina,

        I have sensitive/ezcema-prone skin that tends to be on the dry side. For a little background, after getting an eczema flare up on my face from an allergic reaction to chemical sunblock some years back, my dermatologist told me to use Cetaphil. So, for a while, I did. Around 2-3 years ago, I started to get concerned about the ingredients in the products I was using. I realized there were multiple parabens in my Cetaphil cleanser. In a panic I searched for something that was paraben-free and recommended for sensitive skin. I found the La Roche Posay Toleriane Line and started using the Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser (creamy, non-foaming cleanser rated 1 on EWG) and Toleriane Fluide moisturizer (also rated 1 on EWG). (In the mornings, I moisturize by wetting my face and putting on some argan oil before putting on Suntegrity tinted sunblock, and makeup over that, so I need something that can remove makeup.)

        I haven’t had any reactions to these products and my skin is clearer than when I started – but I’d like to take the next step and try something natural/plant-based since these are not natural products.

        Thanks!

    • Hi, Tara: thank you for sharing your story with me. Based on what you said, you might go for the Josh Rosebrook Moisture Cleanse. It looks it has soap and will be removing your makeup better than Laurel or Blissoma. Laurel and Blissoma cleansers do not foam and you might have to do cleansing oil first to remove makeup, which I do and like that. However, in the Laurel Cleanser and Josh Rosebrook Cleanser, I do not see antimicrobial preservatives, so I am not sure how safe they are from bacteria contamination standpoint. Let me know what you think. ~Irina

      • Hi Irina!

        Thank you so much for your thorough review. I didn’t realize that Potassium Sorbate required the addition of other preservatives as it wasn’t a broad-spectrum preservative and that its effectiveness was tied to PH level. With this new knowledge I don’t think I feel comfortable with the products I initially asked about.

        Do you have a course or e-book on preservatives? I clearly need an education in this area and I think many others could probably benefit from that, too.

        Thanks again!

        Tara

        • Hi, Tara: I spent a lot of time learning about preservatives. In fact, you can tell a lot about a whole product and even about a company just by looking into their choice of preservatives. It’s a good idea about course or e-book. Which would you prefer? If anybody else is interested in the preservative e-course or e-book, please let me know. ~Irina

          • I’d love an e-book that would give me the information I need to feel confident about evaluating preservatives in products. 🙂

  6. Thanks for all you do Irina!

    For 6 months now, I have been trying to use natural products. When I switched my facial cleanser and facial moisturizer, I started having ridiculous amounts of peeling skin on my nose and some between the eyebrows. Based on your review and recommendation, I ordered samples of the Blissoma Fresh Mild Rice Facial Cleanser, Intense Hydration Tonique, and Pure Sensitive Skin Soothing Complex (facial moisturizer). I have been using them for 1.5 weeks, and cannot tell you the dramatic difference I’m seeing in my skin already. I have combination skin, and my face tends to dry out by the end of the work day. After using these products, there is not a trace of peeling skin on my nose (as Irina mentioned in her review), and my face looks and feels amazing! I am going back to order the full sized stuff 🙂

    I would highly recommend Blissoma! Try the samples if you’re skeptical!

  7. Hi Irina,
    Have you ever looked into Epicuren? http://epicuren.com/Epicuren-info-page-Our-Products.html
    They claim to use mostly organic ingredients but I’m not sure how trustworthy they’re otherwise?

    • Hi, Alina: It looks it is a new company. The botanical ingredients are not organic though. Am I am missing something? ~Irina

  8. I recently came across a line called True Botanicals. I was wondering what you thought if them.

    I’m not sure if the preservatives are robust enough? I see phenethyl alcohol and ethylhexylglycerin in the “calm” cleanser.

    • Hi, Tara: I looked into True Botanicals long time ago. Do not remember the specifics but overall I thought for the price it was not as pure. Yes, phenethyl alcohol and ethylhexylglycerine may cause some irritation in sensitive people. Did you receive my email about shampoos? ~Irina

  9. Hi Irina, thanks for taking a look at it. I was hoping some of their products would be 100% organic, but unfortunately couldn’t find any. I like some of their philosophies (no animal testing, solar powered production, biodegradable or recyclable packaging etc) but was disappointed to see that they don’t guarantee clean organic products. Why is that so hard to find?! I just ordered from Blissoma and I’m excited to try it out! Thanks!

  10. Hi Irina,

    What are your thoughts on applying sea buckthorn oil directly to your face to act as a moisturizer and for ant- aging?

    I have tried Smooth A+ and Flawless from Blisoma, I like them both. However, my skin was dry using a combination of those two only. I recently moved to NYC, I went for them both to help my skin adabt and fight some blemishes that were popping up. I am going to change gears and go for something more hydrating, Glo and Restore sound helpful for dry skin – thanks for the update!

    • Hi, Leah:
      Thank you for sharing your experience. I did try sea buckthorn oil but I don’t see why not as long as it is not an essential oil. Are there other ingredients in the oil? What brand are you considering? You might want to dilute it with water in your palm before applying, it will make easier to spread on your face evenly and use less amount. ~Irina

      • Thank you! The brand is Poppy Austin. The only ingredient (as it says on the bottle) is 100% pure and organic sea buckthorn..

        • Hi, Leah:
          It might be too concentrated and would be better if it were made into a more crafted blend. But everybody’s skin is different. If you try it, please let me know how you like it. ~Irina

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