Monday, 16 November 2015

Kypris 1000 Roses and Moonlight Catalyst


A few weeks ago I met with Chase, the founder of Kypris, in Selfridges, where the brand have launched exclusively in the UK. 
Kypris is a high-end natural range that would not look out of place sitting next to Tata Harper or May Lindstrom on the shelf, except this is taken to the extreme. Don't be fooled or put off (as the English in particular tend to be) by the airy-fairy appearance. The product is extremely solid. I would go as far to say gorgeous. And it works. Which helps, obviously. :)

More importantly, they offer a night-time alternative to retinols for all you beautiful pregnant/breastfeeding ladies out there.

This is one of those rare brands where I could find a use for every product. I'm not joking. Based solely on the hand applications I did in the meeting, I asked for a bag for Ruth, Lily and Anna (who I was meeting up with afterwards). I wanted to share the love. 
For the sake of getting something up here for you to join the party, I honed in on two products, the Moonlight Catalyst and 1000 Roses, but this will not be the last you hear of Kypris on this blog. 

I thought I'd give an overview of the brand, then mini reviews on these particular products and explain why they were standout for me.

If you like your products vegan, natural and organic, but do not want to compromise on results, this is the brand for you. 

Their claims are extensive:
  • vegan
  • wild-crafted
  • organic
  • local
  • cruelty-free
  • clinically proven
  • co-op grown
  • sustainably sourced
  • from small farms
  • synthetic free
  • women-owned farms
  • no petroleum anything
  • 100% natural & nature derived
  • certified sustainable

There are three serums, three elixirs - which are essentially more oil-based, and a body product. If you saw my original Instagram post, you will know that there was a little confusion over the pricing. By confusion, I mean that the US/UK conversion didn't add up, so I queried it. You can always expect to be punished financially when a brand is made on the other side of the ocean/world - basically outside of your home country. That's just simple economics and it's the way business works.
If however, you saw the original pricing and were put off, as I know a lot of you were, come back to the fold! After I nagged spoke to Selfridges and the brand, they reviewed the situation and they have substantially altered the pricing and it makes much more sense now. I talk more about it in this video:


ANYWAAAYYYYYYY. 

ONTO THE PRODUCT.

Overall:

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Purer than the driven snow

Tested on animals/sold in China?
No/No

What's not in it?
see above list - my favourite part is obviously 'no petroleum anything' 


1000 Roses

Who is it for?
Combination/hormonal or dry/dehydrated (ideally, although in reality anyone could use it)

What’s in it?
Helianthus annuus (Sunflower Seed) Oil, Cocos nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Vitis vinifera (Grape Seed) Oil, Adansonia digitata (Baobab) Oil, Aleurites moloccans (Kukui) Oil, Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Curcubita pepo (Pumpkin Seed) Oil, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Opuntia engelmannii (Prickly Pear Seed) Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Extract, Rosa damascena (Rose) Oil, Hippophae rhamonides (Seabuckthorn Berry) Extract, Punica granatum (Pomegranate Seed) Extract, Rubus occidentalis (Black Raspberry Seed) Oil, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry Seed) Oil, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (From Licorice), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Rosamarinus officinalis (Rosemary Leaf) Extract, Non- GMO Mixed Tocopherols

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
None of the traditional aggravators. No fragrance at all. 

How do you use it?
'Apply 2-3 drops onto the skin' - I tend to do 5 and get it straight on to the face for massage - it's too expensive to mess around with - it can obviously be layered either over or under moisturisers/other products. 

What’s good about it?
Besides the 1000 roses in every bottle, it's loaded with Kaneka CoQ10, a huge antioxidant that also aids discolouration (pigmentation) and contains a vitamin c ester - making it much more stable and effective because it absorbs quicker. It's a beautiful product. The appearance of glowing, healthy skin is immediate. It soothes, hydrates, softens and leaves no sticky residue. If you had to choose between this and a super high-end serum from most department store brands (outside of my usual favourites), I'd look into this one.

What’s not so good about it?
It's £175.00 for 50 ml or £75.00 for 14ml. The price is reflective of the ingredients, but it will obviously price it out of the market for a lot of you, I know. If you're older, maybe try the smaller one and see if you think the results are worth it, before indulging in the larger size.

Where to use in your routine?
Anywhere depending on am or pm. Over serum, under moisturiser. AS your serum, on its own. Any which way you can.

1000 Roses is available from £75.00 at Selfridges.com or from $90.00 from KyprisBeauty.com


Moonlight Catalyst

Who is it for?
Everyone - but especially 'Environmentally stressed, experienced ( a really nice way of saying mature), acneic, or imbalanced complexions'.

What’s in it?
Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Xylitylglucoside, Sclerotium Gum, Algae, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, sh-Oligopeptide-1,  Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Flower Extract, Vigna Aconitifolia Seed Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Extract, Prunus Domestica (Plum) Fruit Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water Extract, Hydrolyzed Fucus Vesiculosus Protein, Sodium Chloride, Trehalose,  Sodium Levulinate, Maltodextrin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Citrate 

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
No

What's not in it?
Vitamin A/Retinols in any form

How do you use it?
In the evening only, straight after toning, as you would a retinol. Anything else can follow. I would use a moisturiser or another Kypris Elixir on top as this is water-based and can take oil on top of it. 

What’s good about it?
I like that it has an original take on an evening product, an area that is so overwhelmed with retinols/vitamin A products. This is a heavy hitting serum. Fermented pumpkin enzymes are more effective but less irritating than AHAs, they're softening and decrease the signs of stress on the skin, including redness.
sh-Oligopeptide-1 is EGF, a powerful protein that binds to cell receptors and activates and accelerates cellular proliferation (speeds them up, airs them out). It also accelerates and promotes skin healing, increases the rate of skin renewal, and slows down skin thinning, which won't bother you if you're 25, but if you're the other side of 40, you'll know what I'm talking about. This is completely plant-derived, it's not the original human-cloned recombinant EGF.
The price. This is 47ml for £56.00. Think about the amount of overnight products that are 15ml, 30ml for a similar price, if not more. For the ingredients involved here, it's absolutely worth you looking into. You don't get ingredients like this in 'corporate' brands. Independent brands don't have to answer to shareholders about cost of goods, they are driven solely by passion for the product, not profits. They invariably add more expensive ingredients. Think Zelens, Lindstrom and Tata for starters.

What’s not so good about it?
If you are wary of EGF, whether it comes from barley or e-coli in a petri dish, you will still want to avoid this. I added EGF to my routine a while ago after BioEffect responded so positively to my post with thinking and research to reassure me of the difference between recombinant (human) EGF and biomimetic (plant) EGF.

Where to use in your routine?
After toning in the evening, underneath anything else.

Moonlight Catalyst is 47ml in size, £56.00 and available in the UK from Selfridges here and in the US for $72.00 from KyprisBeauty.com here - frankly it's a bargain for what it is.

N.B. Selfridges sold out online of Moonlight Catalyst after my Instagram post and it is still not showing as available. Maddening. I tried to warn them but to no avail. Apparently there is 'plenty' on the way. I'll flag up as soon as I hear.

More info on the brand here - it's currently available in Canada and Australia also, but I don't have that pricing.


*Worth mentioning I do not work with Kypris in any way, although I would consider breaking my 'no more skincare brands' rule because the products are the dogs bollocks. And this is not a sponsored post. And Selfridges, get your arse in gear please.








33 comments:

  1. How do you think the Moonlight Catalyst compares to SR Luna? Don't know whether to stick with Luna or switch it up! I do highly recommend the antioxidant dew its lovely (and lush) ;)

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    1. That's what I'd like to know too! Especially for reactive skin!

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  2. Looks like these are going to the top of my wish list!

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  3. Hi Caroline,

    Quick, unrelated question... I was wondering if it's possible to use too much hyaluronic acid? For example, using Hydraluron as a serum and then having a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid in it as well?

    Thanks!

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  4. Hi Caroline,

    You mentioned in your review that the 1000 Roses Elixir is fragrance free, but isn't rose oil a fragrance ingredient? I'm considering buying the elixir, it sounds wonderful, but don't want to risk aggravating my sensitive skin!

    Thanks!

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    1. I would definitely consider getting a sample first, if your skin is sensitive. I love rose and wanted to love this, but it left my skin feeling so sensitized...tingly/burning. When I mixed it with some Antioxidant Dew, it wasn't as bad, but my skin did still feel a bit sensitized. And I would only rank my skin as mildly sensitive; it's normally not a big concern for me. Thus, I knew to go for the Prismatic Array, and that has been wonderful for me. Kypris sells sample kits, and you can also buy samples from seedtoserum.com Or if you are in London, perhaps see if a sample is obtainable from Selfridges.

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    2. Hi Caroline - All of our products are synthetic fragrance free. The rose scent in our 1000 Roses is the organic, biodynamic essential oil of more than 1,000 Bulgarian roses. So it is a completely natural ingredient. The essential oil is in the product for purposes of its softening and toning benefits as well as it's lovely scent. I hope this helps to clarify things. Kindly, Chase

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    3. Hi Robin, I am so sorry to hear you had a less than fun reaction to the 1000 Roses. According to studies listed in Robert Tisserand's Essential Oil Safety Manual, next to no one has a sensitizing reaction to rose essential oil. You must be one of the few. So sorry to hear! I am so happy to see that you've found happiness with our Prismatic Array and Antioxidant Dew. So often naturals are associated with essential oils and the fact is they're not for everyone at all times. In kind, I felt compelled to offer options to my sensitive sisters. I hope you love every drop! xo Chase

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  5. I need the Moonlight Catalyst in my life, I have been staying off retinol so long with being pregnant, breastfeeding and being pregnant again!

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    1. Love it! Thank you! I hope you get to experience its magic sooner than later. It's an honor to be part of your care for yourself as you're growing your family!

      Congratulations on multiplying the love...

      xo

      Chase

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  6. This brand seems very similar to Oz Naturals. I wonder if you've come across them and what your opinion is - thanks X

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  7. Rosehip oil breaks me out terribly unfortunately - think this is the case for a lot of people with sensitive skin from what I have found when looking into it.

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    1. Hi Lauren! When formulating this product, I was very mindful that many people experience eruptions with rosehip seed oil. We do not use rosehip seed oil, but rosehip seed extract. This makes all the difference. Rosehip seed oil is a cold pressed oil where as ours is just the extract of the fat soluble constituents. All the good stuff without the overwhelming lipid profile of the oil. I hope this helps! xo Chase

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  8. Wish they'd give you a discount code for your readers--dying to try these!

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    1. Hi Amylynn! Thank you so much for your eagerness to try the products!

      We very rarely if ever discount due to the highly specialized nature of the ingredients. Plus while the products are pricey they are very concentrated and over time an excellent value.

      I hope this is helpful...

      Kindly,

      Chase

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  9. I've been looking into reviews of this brand and they're so positive that I've decided to introduce kypris into my routine despite my broke af state. I was just wondering..
    1. I just turned 30 , no fine lines or wrinkles yet. Do I need the moonlight catalyst or would you recommend something else?
    2. I have oily-combination skin, with breakouts perhaps once or twice a year, stress induced. If I wanted to go for something skin to a serum, what would you recommend, beauty elixir 1 or 2? I'm praying that you review the elixir 2 healing bouquet soon :-)
    And last but not the least, I love the fact that the owner, Chase Polan takes her time to respond to customers queries personally, absolutely lovely :-)

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    1. Hi Tanzin -

      I must preface this with saying - I really do not want you to make an irresponsible financial decision for yourself. Worry = poor digestion = zits

      With that disclaimer in place... one thing you might also see in reviews is that these products do last an unusually long time. The serums, such as the Moonlight Catalyst, can last 2-3 months. For some even longer. The Beauty Elixirs - the full sized bottles with last a full 6 months if used as directed and the minis around 2 months.

      So while I recognize that these are not inexpensive to purchase initially, over time they're actually quite reasonable.

      These are the sizes of bottle we use in the back bar of spa for treatments. So the serums offer 100 + treatments and the Beauty Elixirs (full size) 200 + treatments. Please also keep in mind that treatments use 2-3 times the product one would use at home. We have to know these things because our spa directors are also on a budget. ;-)

      Also, with your oily-combo skin, I would still recommend starting with a Beauty Elixir of your choice (likely the Beauty Elixir II - good eye :-D) and either the Antioxidant Dew and or Moonlight Catalyst.

      We have many patrons who come to us with unbalanced skin and with good moisture and hydration their skin is happy and no longer imbalanced. Dry skin becomes untroubled. Combination skin becomes happy. Oily skin calms down.

      I hope this is helpful. And! Thank you very much for the sweet compliment.

      Kindly,

      Chase

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    2. Hi Chase, not sure if u will see this. Just got your cleanser today and it left my skin balanced and hydrated... But I am in need of some advice my skin is dehydrated and irritated with redness. Just wondering what to add from your line? I want to be consistent and get my skin balanced. I am stressed lately which I think is the problem but would like to eliminate the guess work of so many product use and par it way down. I hope you can help. I am 35 living in Midwest

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  10. Wow I had no idea you'd answer, live that. Your suggestions will help me make an informed decision. But when I can actually afford a luxury serum, yours would be my first choice, for the product itself and also for the fact that yours is a sustainable, woman owned business. Lots of love

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  11. I have been wanting to try kypris products but have held back . I have oily,acne prone skin . The moonlight catalyst has algae isn't that an irritant to acne prone skin ? As well the clearing serum but I see it has Shea butter and Coconut . Has anyone with my skin type tried those products ?

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    1. Hi Beth!

      The algae extracts in our products are a blend of extracts that were part of non comedogenicity studies and showed to be both deeply hydrating while not overwhelming pores. So in short, our algae extract should not overwhelm your skin. The shea and coconut you mention are in the Clearing Serum at very low concentrations. They are part of an ingredient blend intended to dissolve congestions in skin. Remember that whole adage 'like dissolves like?' That's the wisdom behind this particular decision.

      You mentioned that you are oily / acne prone. If you are actively breaking out and want to try the products, please make sure that your skin is well hydrated and moisturized. I would recommend looking at the Antioxidant Dew in combination with Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet to start. It's amazing how skin can shift when it's well hydrated and moisturized.

      Oiliness can occur because you are genetically gifted with oily skin and it can also happen if you have skin that is dehydrated and doing its best to maintain the integrity of its barrier by naturally lubricating with extra sebum. (This is especially true for people with combination skin - dry and oily - they're actually just dry and parts of their face are overcompensating with oil over production.)

      I digress!

      So, please, if you do decide to reach for the products, please make sure that you are both properly hydrated (Antioxidant Dew) and properly moisturized (Beauty Elixir) before reaching for something more active. I would tell you to go for the Moonlight Catalyst next. And if you're STILL blemish prone and want some regular support (like I need) for oiliness or blemish-prone skin then go for the Clearing Serum. At least then you've given your skin ALL the love and care and attention you possibly can before going a more direct route to balancing it out.

      If you have more questions, please feel free to email us at care@kyprisbeauty.com.

      I hope this is helpful.

      Kindly,

      Chase

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  12. I have recently purchased the elixir iii and clearing serum and have experienced an awful breakout along jawline and neck.....they are red, hard and sore I'm devastated. I'd recommend obtaining sample pack and see how you go as I've just spent a small fortune on full size products.....I should know better! Gutted as reviews are amazing :(

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    1. Hi Jo. I'm sure Chase will contact you to try and help. How annoying! X

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    2. Hi you two! Please see below for reply. xo

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  13. Hi caroline thanks for the reply! Very annoying as at 37 yrs I'm tired of spots and so wanted this to be the product to help them! I contacted kypris before purchasing for advice and must stress they were prompt and very helpful so do not want my unfortunate reaction to reflect badly on them x

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    1. Hi Jo!

      You're so kind to write this despite your unfortunate reaction. I hope my email to you this morning was helpful.

      Here are my thoughts for your benefit as well as to anyone reading. First and foremost, all skin care isn't for everyone. So it really could be that your specific complexion just doesn't love our formulas. It really is rare for us as a brand (thank goddess!), but it happens and I'm completely willing to concede this possibility.

      With that said, when it comes to acne-prone skin, there are myriad factors to consider. Some obvious generalities would be diet, stress, medication, too much time in the cold, too much time in the heat, dehydration both not drinking enough water and not using a water based product to topically replenish hydration, too much alcohol consumption, too much sugar, too much dairy, an undiagnosed food allergy, etc. An aesthetician I really respect even maintains that congestions can hide in skin up to 8 weeks. Meaning if you fall asleep one night and fail to remove your make up, she believes you can see the results of that mistake up to several weeks later.

      All just food for thought as you're exploring why all this is happening.

      As for the products, a few things...

      I offer the following without knowing anything about what you were using before so please keep that in mind. The Clearing Serum on its own is not sufficient hydration for skin that is imbalanced. In short, we did this so the product could be strong enough to be used on it's own as a spot treatment or in combination with our other items all over the place. Second, the Clearing Serum employs botanical AHAs to help your skin to turn over more quickly. As I think (I hope!) I mentioned in my email to you, if you're not accustomed to using chemical exfoliants you can cause an inflammatory bout of pimples. Some people call this a purge reaction but what's happened is your skin has become irritated. Ensuring skin is optimally hydrated is one way to lessen the likelihood of this occurring. For this purpose, we most often recommend the Antioxidant Dew. (This is one reason we frequently recommend customers start with Antioxidant Dew + the right Beauty Elixir.) This combination of hydration and moisture makes sure skin is prepped for anything more aggressive like our Clearing Serum or Moonlight Catalyst which each are created to have an intended cosmetic benefit to skin.

      Another thing to keep in mind, we have many patrons of the line who tend toward acneic complexions, especially hormonally acneic complexions, and they reach for the Antioxidant Dew, Moonlight Catalyst, and Beauty Elixir as a way to help keep pores clear. Some people find this to be enough. Some find that adding the Clearing Serum works best for them. Either way, ensuring that your skin is properly hydrated is really important when you have an inflammatory process (read: zits!) happening.

      Here's a good test... Stop using the products. If your skin clears up immediately, then you know you were having a bad reaction to them. If your reaction persists, it could be something else going on. Will you please email us either way? I'd love for me / us / the team to help you figure this out if I / we can.

      I am so sorry for your trouble. I hope the above is helpful.

      Kindly,

      Chase

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    2. Chase you really are wonderful! Thank you for taking yet more time out of (what I'm certain) is a hectic schedule! I will take all your thoughts on board and will for sure let you know how my (annoying) skin is doing! X

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  14. I can't decide between the moonlight catalyst or Sunday Riley Luna!! Any help at all Caroline? I'm only 19 years old but have extremely dehydrated skin with some texture and a dull complexion/some scarring from previous breakouts

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    1. I'm completely partial: Moonlight Catalyst of course! x chase

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  15. How lovely that Chase has responded to all these questions! A rare thing and has definitely encourage me to buy Kypris products! Here's hoping Selfridges has some Instock as I'm London bound! Thanks for introducing such wonderful products Caroline to all your readers x

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