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A review of Living Libations' Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn

Does this Beauty Editor Favourite Live up to the Hype?

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As a long-time natural beauty addict, I’m always excited to come across a line that brings both fun and effectiveness to the whole organic skincare game (because why not?).

Enter Living Libations, a Canadian-founded skincare company that’s *apparently* a favourite of famed glowy faces Gwyneth Paltrow, Shailene Woodley, and Caroline Hirons (and who’s to argue with their skin?).

And, having been using one of the brand’s cult products, their Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn, for over a year now I thought I’d share my thoughts on this slightly new-age line.

 


 

This is new, up-to-date information. We updated this article in April 2024 to add our further thoughts on this oil, complete with updated prices.

 


The brand

Founded in Ontario Canada by author Nadine Artemis and her partner, yoga advisor Ron Obadia, Living Libations has its focus firmly set on holistic, natural beauty (with a leaning towards wild-harvested and organic ingredients).

Their line-up takes in a slightly unexpected range of products, covering everything from dental care to probiotics, intimate care and even chocolate; all with an emphasis on high-quality, natural ingredients.

 

Living Libations Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn review

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One for those who like their products all natural with a little bit of California hippy chic thrown in (think slightly psychedelic designs and language like ‘love notes’ in place of ‘reviews’), I’m actually quite the fan of a brand which so obviously puts a lot of soul into their line.

I’m an even bigger fan of the fact that sustainability is a pretty big priority of Living Libations, with products housed mostly in glass or cardboard, and even bottle tops made from wood (fairly labour-intensive, I would think).

On a slightly random note, the emails from their PR team come in alternating rainbow-coloured fonts which I have to say the four-year-old in me (so all of me) loves.

 


Living Libations Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn

Filled with antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids (and lauded by the likes of Vogue and New York Magazine), Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn is designed as an all-natural, multi-purpose cleanser/moisturiser.

Generally, what I use to clean when my skin is at its driest, it’s also an impressively nourishing face oil when the weather has done its annual trick of turning my skin into a sensitive mess for a week or so every autumn.

I love the near zero-plastic packaging (even the lid is wooden) and the relaxing smell of lavender and grapefruit.

On the downside though, those with melasma, rosacea, or any other type of chronic skin sensitivity may find the abundance of essential oils here a little tough to take.

 


How to use it

Designed for use as either a cleanser (by massaging over damp or dry skin before removing with a damp face cloth), or as a moisturiser (as you normally would, but I recommend more for nighttime use as this takes a little while to absorb), I also enjoy this mixed in with some liquid foundation for a natural dewy look.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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On the skin

While this doesn’t emulsify (turn milky with water) in quite the same way other cleansing oils do, I can still feel and see it get to work removing oil, dirt and makeup. This one does leave a slight residue, though, so for oilier skin types or those who like a squeaky-clean finish, try using a gel or gentle foaming cleanser afterwards.

Meanwhile, as a moisturiser this Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn feels rich and nourishing, leaving my skin comfortable and glowing (although tread carefully if you know your skin is at all sensitive to essential oils).

 

What other people have to say

An overwhelming majority of customers on the Raw Living website really like this product, however, some have said that their skin is too sensitive to use it, with one saying “this one, I dont think works for my face as I have sensitive skin so, I am going to try the sandalwood one.

“But I think is beautiful anyhow. I am using it for my body and I absolutely love it! Smells soo good!!!”

While another says “I love this versatile oil! I’m 56 years old and have dry skin. I use the oil to cleanse my skin & then to moisturise followed by Rose Glow face cream.

“I feel like I’ve been to a spa! I’ve also discovered that it works wonderfully as a hair serum for dry, fly away hair. I apply one pump to my ends or 2 pumps for an all over treatment.”

 


The takeaway

While this isn’t my all-time favourite cleanser (mostly because I have some rosacea and can’t use the essential oils here all that often), it is one I can honestly say I enjoy using. And I can see that any real natural skincare fans (who don’t mind some essential oils) will probably like this one too.

Eco-conscious types are also likely to be happy to support a brand so openly committed to sustainability.

Acne types may not enjoy the full-on oil feel to this cleanser though, perhaps preferring something that emulsifies a bit more like Ren’s Perfect Canvas Clean Jelly Oil Cleanser (another cruelty-free, sustainability-driven favourite).

Overall, possibly not one I’ll be re-buying (again, the rosacea issue), but absolutely one I’ll happily continue recommending to natural beauty pals.

Living Libations’ Best Ever Skin Seabuckthorn is from £39.99 for 30 ml, Raw Living, UK and from $32.00 for 30 ml, Living Libations, US

 

 

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Sally Underwood is a journalist, *serious* beauty fan, and Editor-in-Chief of Live That Glow. Formerly Editorial Director of one of Europe's largest newspaper groups, Sally has been a beauty obsessive since her teen years spent dragging her long-suffering (but immaculately-groomed) friends around every beauty counter in London. She now leads Live That Glow's editorial operations.

Expertise: Skincare, Body care
Education: University College London
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