What are Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Berries? Sibu Beauty Has the Answer!

Sibu Beauty

Sibu Beauty is a skincare company that started in 2003 when creator Bruce McMullin found out about the Sea Buckthorn berry from an Ayurvedic specialist in Chinese plants and herbs in Calcutta, India.

The Sea Buckthorn berry is a holy fruit found high in the Himalayas. It’s a resilient fruit that resists the harsh and cold conditions by producing powerful nutrients. It contains over 190 bioactive compounds and is a source of Omega 3, 6 and 9. It also has Omega-7, which is rich in fatty acids which is conducive to healthy skin, hair and nails. Sea Buckthorn berries are all natural, wild-crafted, sustainable, fair trade and gluten-free.

All of Sibu Beauty’s products contain Sea Buckthorn and I recently had a chance to test them out.

Sibu Beauty is 100% natural, cruelty free and are a sustainable green company. They have some certified organic products as well.

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Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Scrub

Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Scrub is a facial scrub aimed at cleaning pores and removing dead surface cells. The scrub contains Sea Buckthorn and apricots. They call it a gentle scrub but I guess that depends on what you view as gentle.

For me it was medium/gentle. The scrubby bits are larger and feel rougher than say some sugar type scrubs. I was a little worried using this the first time that it would really dry out my skin because I am very prone to dry skin now. But even though it felt a little rough on my skin, it actually didn’t dry it out at all. I scrubbed it around gently for about 30-45 seconds, rinsed and my skin did feel soft. My pores looked better afterwards. I only use scrubs like this 1-2 times per week with my skin since as I mentioned, I get dry patches and am using Renova.

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Daily Facial Lotion

Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Daytime Facial Cream is a lightweight face cream for day. It’s supposed to promote tissue recovery and healing, rejuvinate sun-damaged skin, restore blemished skin, and it works with all skin types.

Love this stuff! This lotion is super light yet feels really moisturizing. It rubs into skin very easily leaving no trace of color behind. It has a very light earthy scent. It really made my skin feel super soft, and I love it. The only thing I wish is…it contained SPF so I didn’t then have to layer that under or over it.

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Cleansing Face and Body Bar

Sea Buckthorn Cleansing Face and Body Bar is a thick soap bar. You can use it on body, but it’s gentle enough for face as well. It has a nice lather and mild scent.

As with most bars of soap, I was worried about using it on my face, lest I wind up with those dreaded dry patches. But I have used it multiple times now with no problem. Leaves my face feeling clean – almost squeaky clean, but not tight or dry. I like it so much for face I haven’t even used it on my body yet!

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Clarifying Toner

Sea Buckthorn Clarifying Toner is used to refresh and hydrate your skin with just a couple spritzes. It’s light and non-sticky and helps firm skin for up to 6 hours (they say).

It definitely feels hydrating and cooling on the skin. I used it on clean skin after a shower and under the Daytime Facial Cream and it was nice. I don’t think it’s the kind of thing I feel the *need* to use, but it felt nice either way.

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil is a topical treatment that comes in a small glass jar. It can be used to help with skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, acne and dermatitis. It comes out yellow and just a dab will do ya. Twice now I have had pimples coming up and I put a dab on it, and the next day they were gone. Good stuff!

Overall: I am really glad I discovered this company because they have some great products. I love that they are cruelty free, sustainable and are natural. As with a lot of natural and/or organic companies though, the prices can be somewhat higher.

Availability: Sibu Beauty.

Pricing: Exfoliating Scrub ($19.95 for 3.3 oz), Facial Lotion ($20.95 for 1 oz), Cleansing Face & Body Bar ($6.95 for one), Clarifying Toner ($24.95 for 3 oz), Seed Oil ($15.95 for 1 ml).

Have you heard of Sibu Beauty? Do you care if your skin products are natural or organic?


Note: Sibu Beauty is cruelty free.

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  • May 31, 2012

    I actually prefer natural/organic products and will pay the higher prices – if they are effective. I have heard of Sibu, I think from a giveaway a magazine was doing. I’ll keep an eye out for them!
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  • May 31, 2012

    I will have to check out the moisturizer when I need to get a new one! I do like natural products, I usually order Vanishing cream or Gorgeous (or both, and mix them together) from LUSH UK.
    Do you know/think if this line (especially the oil) Would be good for facial scars? Thanks!


    • May 31, 2012

      I’m not sure but their website may have more info on each product.

  • May 31, 2012

    Effective sustainable beauty products are awesome! I’d like to try the seed oil!
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  • May 31, 2012

    I love the Sibu cleanse and detox facial bar. I’ve been using it for a couple of months and I feel like it’s really made a difference in my skin–much more of a natural glow rather than feeling stripped of all moisture!

    I think I’m going to try the repair and protect moisturizer too since my current moisturizers aren’t doing it for me anymore!

  • May 31, 2012

    I’mnot a fan of bar soaps as I find them to be more drying than a body wash or shower gel, but the facial cream sounds nice :)
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    • June 14, 2012

      You would think so but I got the bar of soap from Sibu and it is WONDERFUL. Nice to use on the body and not drying at all.

  • June 1, 2012
    Kate & Zena

    I have a condition called hypersensitive skin (which means I break out in hives or rashes quite easily and can react to the smallest ingredient), so I tend to use products that have as few icky stuff in them as possible. My skincare is very expensive because of it! I use Dermalogica’s Ultracalming line. I use the toner, the cleanser. and the barrier repair (which I’m almost out of and I’m panicking because it costs $45!!! Please last another three weeks. PLEASE don’t die!) I also have the serum concentrate and mask, but I don’t use them as much (I have the travel sizes) as these, which I have the full sizes. Dermalogica doesn’t use common irritants (bonus for me), doesn’t do animal testing, is privately owned, only uses the amount of packaging needed and is manufactured in the USA. What I didn’t know was that the company also supports women entrepreneurs or businesses owned by women in 57 countries by supporting joinFITE and they also support everychild, C.A.T.S., sojourn, StuartHouse, step up women’s network….I was floored. I never knew they supported so many women’s and children’s foundations! I’m so glad I buy from a brand that supports foundations like this! I come from a family where one of my parents was abused, so this makes me feel even better I spend the money I do!

    I love the sound of Sibu….but Dermalogica works a little more for me (on a humanitarian level and for my skin.)

  • June 1, 2012

    I am currently using the Seed Oil for a moisturizer and love it. It does come out a orangey color, but that doesn’t translate onto the skin. It hasn’t broken me out, has given me a nice glow and sinks right in. I am quite happy with it, that I want to try out more products from this line.

    If you have a Vitamin Shoppe near you, they have lower prices on this line and worth checking out there.

    • June 2, 2012

      Wow, great tip! I didn’t know Vitamin Shoppe carried this line- thanks!

  • June 1, 2012

    I love natural skincare products! I’ll be sure to check this line out.
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  • June 1, 2012
    Fabulous Fabs

    Greetings from Montreal! I’ve been loving their soap bar, that I use with my Clarisonic and I use daily their daytime facial cream. And I just discovered their serum. Great products altogether.

  • June 1, 2012

    Do you notice that slight herbal fragrance in all of the products?

    • June 2, 2012

      Yes, I believe I mentioned it in the post for most of the products.

  • June 2, 2012

    I’ve heard of Sibu but haven’t tried it yet.I’m intrigued with the bar soap for face and body. I was actually looking for some organic soaps last night so I’ll check this one out

  • June 2, 2012

    I saw this online at Drugstore.com and ordered the oil. I love it! I use it on my cuticles, and it’s great. Thanks for your recommendation regarding blemishes- I’ll try it the next time I get one. Plus, now I want to try the soap with my Clarisonic.
    My hubby has developed a very evil eczema on his hands, so if I can get him to remember to use the oil everyday, we’ll see how it works. So far, nothing has been successful at clearing it up- from prescriptions to natural products. Harumph. But I have high hopes for this oil!!!

  • June 2, 2012

    The seed oil looks very interesting. I’m battling mild rosacea and I appreciate the fact that it’s certified organic. With no additives. Thanks for the review.