Survey Results Yield near-Perfect Satisfaction Scores among Sibu Users

sea buckthorn skin care

Earlier this week we released the findings of a survey conducted on measuring the effectiveness of the Sibu Beauty product line.

95% of respondents said that the Sibu Beauty products made their skin feel softer/smoother and would definitely recommend the product to a friend. In addition those who tried a combination of the ingestible and topical products reported a clearer, more-toned complexion.

Peter McMullin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Sibu Beauty commented, “We are extremely encouraged with the findings in this initial survey. These outstanding results continue to validate the extraordinary benefits our health and beauty products deliver. We value the quality and effectiveness of our products above anything else. That is the reason for our meticulous process of sourcing Sibu Beauty sea buckthorn berries from high in the Himalayan Mountains and handling them in a way to preserve the utmost freshness and nutrient density for our products.”

The sea buckthorn berry and its benefits are relatively new to the western world and studies are reaffirming that the bright orange berry boasts numerous benefits for beauty and well being. Fortified with over 190 bio-active compounds, sea buckthorn is an unsurpassed source of Omegas 3, 6 and 9 and is also a rich source of the most elusive essential fatty acid, Omega-7, a naturally occurring component that keeps free radicals at bay and a major building-block to healthy skin, and mucus membranes. Numerous scientific studies have concluded that sea buckthorn demonstrates the ability to improve hair, nail and skin tone/texture, digestive wellness and promotes healthy aging.

Sibu Beauty premium sea buckthorn berry products are 100% natural, preservative, paraben and cruelty-free. They contain no dairy, wheat, gluten, sodium, yeast or preservatives and are a naturally-sustainable resource. The Sibu Beauty trade practices promote equal and healthy relationships through a fair trade agreement that includes fair wages and safe working conditions for the indigenous people of the Himalayan mountain communities where Sibu Beauty’s sea buckthorn berries are harvested.

Day 7: What’s In Your Makeup?

by Duong Sheahan | Live Healthier and Happier

Summer SkinDo you know what’s in our makeup? Women love cosmetics; blush, bronzers, lipstick, and eye shadows in an array of colors. But, are all cosmetics created equal and there health concerns that we should be aware of? I’m always amazed at the amount of money that is spent in this industry alone; a multi-billion dollar business that markets to women and teen girls constantly promoting the newest lines. I won’t deny the fact that I love makeup and it’s like eye candy when I walk through the cosmetic department at a department store.

Over the years, I have become more aware of the dangers of some of ingredients that are in certain cosmetics that has caused a great concern. I have since replaced all of my products for those that are more natural and healthier for the skin.
While it’s difficult to avoid everything that is a health risk, we can do a great deal to minimize our exposure in our day to day lives.

We are exposed to toxins everyday just from breathing, so I understand that we just can’t get away from chemicals and toxins, etc. My goal is to educate women to look for ways to reduce as much exposure to chemicals as possible. The more pro-active we are in caring for our health, the more we can decrease the risks of various disease and cancers.

When it comes to makeup, there are several chemicals that we need to stay away from, but the three primary ingredients that we should look to avoid are:

Parabens, preservatives that have been linked to cancer
Phthalates, found in ¾ of beauty products (birth defects, reproductive problems, and more)
Talc known to cause cancer in animals

I have discovered a very resourceful website called The Cosmetics Database and it’s been beneficial in helping me to keep up with the cosmetic industry, especially now that I have a teenage daughter who loves to wear makeup. I am even more cautious about what goes on her face and skin.

There is a recent concern that certain chemicals in makeup alter teen girls hormones. I would encourage mothers with teenage daughters who experimenting with makeup and skin to read this article: Teen Girls’ Body Burden of Hormone-Altering Cosmetics Chemicals.

You can find products that rate between 0-10 (0= low hazard, 10= high hazardous). You would be surprised by some of the multi-million dollar products that rate in the 9-10 categories for harmful chemicals.

Click to see if your make up is listed in the health hazard rating: Makeup
You can also select any of the categories above to find out whether the products you are using are low hazard to high hazard.

The latest marketing campaign seems to be promoting natural makeup. I see all sorts of makeup in the cosmetics isle at retails stores claiming to be “natural”. Beware of the ads that claims that beauty in the bottle or jar has is natural.

Find out what’s in your makeup here.

If you see any of the ingredients listed and the health hazards associated with it, I would encourage you to take the necessary steps to replace it with something that not only enhances your beauty already, but will help you to live healthier and happier in the long run.

**Check for hundreds of makeup and skincare products in The Cosmetics Database that are in the low hazard zone.

Duong Sheahan is a mother to three children living in the Chicago area with passion for healthy living. Duong is an inspirational and health blogger at her site: Live Healthier & Happier to educate, encourage, and power people to achieve optimal health from the inside out. Duong worked for one of the world’s most renowned health experts, Jordan Rubin (NYT bestselling author of Maker’s Diet and Perfect Weight America), coordinating the Perfect Weight America Tour around the country as well as their Women’s Weekend of Wellness. Duong’s priority is her dedication to ensuring that her family receives the best care that will ultimately help them to live healthier and happier.

Day 6: Which Ingredients Should We Look Out For?

by Michele Borboa | SheKnows
Bad IngredientsFrom the foods we eat to the products we put on our skin, our health depends on our vigilance in avoiding dangerous additives, preservatives and other toxic chemicals. Opting for fresh, locally sourced, organic foods is a given, but what about packaged goods or the beauty items we use with the hope they are nourishing our skin? Reading labels is our best defense.

Food ingredients to avoid

High fructose corn syrup: Added to packaged foods, desserts and drinks, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) may be a cheap sweetener, but our waistline and health may pay the price. Though research is riddled with conflicting evidence regarding the impact of HFCS on metabolism and weight gain, there is emerging evidence that this ubiquitous sweetener can lead to heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes. Best to be safe and opt for fresh or homemade foods or products with natural sweeteners.

Trans fat: The real “bad boy” of fat, trans fat has been shown to raise LDL cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease as well as lower good-for-you HDL cholesterol. The American Heart Association warns that our trans fat should be no more than 1% of our total fat intake. Since the beginning of 2006, food manufacturers must list the amount of trans fat on food labels, making it easy for you to steer clear of processed foods made with this heart-harming fat.

Refined grains: We wouldn’t buy a bike or a car stripped of the fundamental components that make it operable, so why would we want to consume grains that are devoid of their healthiest components? Enriched or bleached flour have been stripped of fiber and nutrients beneficial for overall health. Even though many bread products, cereals, pasta, and baked goods are made with refined grains, you can find whole wheat and whole grain products if you read labels. Opt for labels listing 100 percent wheat flour and at least 3 grams of fiber, and avoid “enriched” or “bleached” flour products with minimal fiber per serving.

Artificial colorings: Our kids may beg for the neon blue juice or brightly colored hard candies, but these “colorific” products could be doing them harm. Studies have suggested that artificial colorings – Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 2 to name just a few – may lead to cancer, allergies and other maladies, but aren’t dangerous enough to be banned from use in foods and drinks. Since many products with artificial colorings aren’t necessarily the healthiest in the first place, limit or eliminate their place in the family diet or choose products that are naturally hued.

Sodium nitrite: Used as a preservative in many meats and meat products, nitrites have been suspected of causing cancer. Research is inconclusive but with the availability of nitrite-free products, why run the risk? Fresh, organic meats are preferable, of course, but when you do reach for processed meats, grab the ones with labels indicating the products are nitrite-free.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG): If you frequently experience migraines, nausea, shortness of breath or irregular heart beats, after eating certain processed foods, check the labels. Added as a flavor enhancer, MSG does cause adverse reactions in people who are sensitive to it. Research hasn’t concluded that MSG poses a health risk, but you can avoid it by choosing MSG-free products.

Artificial sweeteners: We’ve committed to comprising our diet with whole foods and minimally processed products, so why counter our efforts by consuming eats and drinks made with artificial sweeteners? Even if these products have fewer calories than traditionally sweetened goods, artificial sweeteners, such as saccharine, aspartame, sucralose, and acelfame, may pose a danger in high quantities.

In addition to following a healthy diet based on whole foods, being vigilant in reading food labels is the best way to avoid potentially health-damaging ingredients added to many of the processed and packaged goods within our grocery shopping reach.

Michele Borboa, the food and health editor for and, is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, and freelance writer specializing in food and fitness in Bozeman, Montana. You can reach her at

Day 5: Harnessing the Beautiful Power of Natural Foods

by Charu Suri | Butterfly Diary

In this age of store bought goods, we often forget we can get some good, wholesome skin nutrition from the soil and from our fridge. Organic fruits and vegetables ensure beauty from the inside and out. Think of organic foods as precious bounty that you can use to also make beauty recipes in your kitchen.  By ensuring that you ingest (and sometimes slather on your face) only the finest of natural foods, you will reap the benefits of a purified way of living and will see a rapid change in your appearance.

Why is picking the right natural foods of vital importance? Our bodies can break down some toxic chemicals, but not others. Some natural advocates believe that when organic substances are applied topically or ingested, they are like an assault to your body. This is why choosing our natural foods is of great importance.

Caring for winter’s Dry Skin, the Natural Way

In the winter, there’s no question that hydration for the skin becomes the main concern. Fine lines appear mysteriously like ghosts. Applying makeup is difficult because your skin’s canvas is parched. This is because of your skin glands slowing down in producing essential oils.

To recharge your skin from within, remember to shop for items that contain good saturated fats such as organic almonds and cashews, taking care not to overindulge in them on a daily basis. Make sure you look for the organic label when you pick out ingredients.

A simple recipe to make that will give you soothing moisture is one with almond milk, coconut oil and olive oil. Almond milk is rich in Vitamin E and therefore has rich moisturizing properties for the skin. Simply create a blend with these ingredients and apply as a daily or weekly hydrating mask (the frequency should vary with the amount of intensive moisture your skin needs.

In a small cup, combine the almond milk and honey, then add the mineral water. The aim behind this recipe is to wash the face and neck with the cleanser at night. Rinse off with warm water.

In the winter, you should not use a toner if you have particularly dry skin.

Other natural foods beneficial for winter’s dry skin

Avocado is beneficial as a standalone mask or a moisturizer because it contains vitamins A,D,E and a bounty of minerals. Coconut oil is also a good skin softener. Blend both together to heal dry skin, along with a dollop of yoghurt.

There is an ingredient that few women would associate with good skin because it’s usually found in bars: cognac. Cognac can help tighten pores and because it is distilled using white wines produced in the Cognac region of France, it is also warming to skin’s arteries and can stimulate the circulation.

If you mix egg yolk and cognac and cottage cheese along with honey you have a rich and effective self-heating mask that you can leave for 20 minutes. Finish by rinsing off with warm water.

Complement Your Beauty Routine with a Natural Spin

Natural beauty recipes take time to do, so you cannot expect to perform them on a daily or even weekly basis. These garden-grown ingredients should find a way into your beauty routine naturally and gracefully, and complement your already existing anti-aging and moisturizing efforts. As we’ve mentioned before, remember to use sunscreen, and drink several glasses of water a day. Beauty is as much from within as it is from the exterior.

Here are some natural food recommendations that address specific beauty concerns:

Pear: Pears contain a cartload of Vitamins C and K, and are great for healing bruises and dark circles. The saying may be “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but eating a pear a day may keep your skin recover faster while staving away the need for Hylexin.

Apple Juice: The juice in apples contains a good and well known exfoliator called malic acid. Drinking organic apple juice is definitely effective in cleansing your system; but using apple juice as a natural exfoliant will leave your skin feeling a little tingly but naturally luminous.

Heavy Cream: While this can certainly clog pores, using some in judicious quantities can be extremely hydrating. Plus, you can whip your house-made latte when you’re done catering to your face.

Dill: Dill has several uses, apart from Italian cooking. It is effective at curing bad breath and when combined with cucumber, it makes a killer face toner. We’re not recommending that you ingest vast quantities of dill, but rather keep it in mind as an herb of choice in preparing your meals.

Yogurt: Live cultures are great for the skin, and it also imparts a cooling effect if you’ve been out in the sun too long.

Cocoa Butter: This is a great emollient and great particularly for the under eye area which is thin and in desperate need of moisture most of the time.

Carrot: Carrots contain an amazing load of vitamins and minerals for the skin. Carrots are not only good for better eyesight, but also make great sources of antioxidants. As for using carrots in a homemade beauty recipe, boil carrot pieces and mix them with plain yoghurt, and you’ll have a delicious moisturizer ripe for the application.

Mint: A fixture in herb gardens, mint is energizing and soothing at the same time. Mint also helps remove excess oiliness and acts as an astringent to skin.

Charu Suri hosts Butterfly Diary, which is described as a beauty blog for social butterflies everywhere, with a touch of lifestyle and culture.

Welcome To the Sibu Beauty Family

Sibu Beauty is happy to announce and introduce three new products into the Sibu Beauty line: Sea Buckthorn Eye Cream, Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil, and Sea Buckthorn Body Cream.  The products were debuted this weekend at Expo West in California, along with the rest of the Sibu Beauty line.  Our new products are a wonderful addition to our, already award-winning portfolio of Omega -and-antioxidant-rich natural products.   The new products continue in the Sibu Beauty mission to renew and replenish the face and body from the inside-out and outside-in.

eye cream tubeSibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Berry Eye Cream – This revolutionary 100 percent natural age-defying eye cream is specifically designed to enrich and replenish the delicate skin around the eye.  A combination of the purest forms of nurturing sea buckthorn and pumpkin seed oils protect and firm the skin.  The easy- to- apply botanical blend visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth with a youthful glow. ($24.95 – .5 fl oz)

body cream tube

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Body Cream – An intensive, hydrating formula that combines the healing attributes of sea buckthorn oil with the luxurious emollient properties of shea butter and meadowfoam.  The quick-absorbing cream rejuvenates, softens and soothes skin plus helps to provide a protective shield from harmful environmental elements.  ($13.95 – 6 fl oz)


Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil – A pure blend of 100 percent sea buckthorn seed oil that naturally relieves dry patches of skin, acne, dermatitis, rosacea, and scars. Skin rapidly absorbs the moisture and the oil is suitable for all ages and skin types. Therapeutic grade, certified organic and all-natural with no additives or preservatives. ($14.95 – 10 ml)


The new line will be available soon on at

Dr. Oz’s Natural Acne Treatment: Sea Buckthorn Oil

The fruit of the sea buckthorn
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On Dr. Oz’s Thursday, January 7 show, he touted Sea Buckthorn Oil as his natural remedy for acne treatment and pimples. View link to transcript of the show here

We couldn’t agree more with Dr. Oz. While companies keep creating new chemicals to fight the problem, most of them make your face feel like it is about to dry up and fall off. The Sibu Beauty system provides a natural alternative and is packed with nutrients, antioxidants and Omega fatty acids that have been fighting acne for centuries and keep your skin soft and healthy. What makes Sibu better and different is its ability to simultaneously fight acne and strengthen the skin.

How does it work?

Sea buckthorn oil and sea buckthorn seed oil work to balance your skin, reduce skin inflammation and irritation, kill acne causing microbes, condition the skin and performs many of the same functions as prescription acne medications by making your skin stronger – naturally.

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How to achieve non-toxic beauty

Paraben FreeLooking good is nothing new. People have been big on being beautiful since we first walked out of a cave. Today that is matched only by the drive for being healthy and living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. We check our reflection in the mirror, but we also check our carbon footprint. Then we look at our cosmetics, glance at the ingredients list and realize that we can’t actually pronounce any of them and wonder if they are toxins we should be aware of. We all like the concept of “green,” but we also want to look great. Somewhere in the back of everyone’s mind is a question of whether both is possible.

Non-toxic beauty is something that is starting to creep into people’s minds. This is the impetus for this first post in an ongoing series about non-toxic beauty. There are some toxins that you should know to avoid that are used both in traditional cosmetics and too many so-called “all natural” products. You shouldn’t need a PhD in chemistry to know that you your moisturizer is safe.

If you have questions about safe cosmetics, check out the information at As usual there is a wealth of information on the Internet, just make sure it comes from a trusted source.


What are they?

Parabens are an inexpensive and generally effective preservative, commonly used in cosmetics and recognized for their anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. They can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, topical pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution and toothpaste to name a few. Common parabens include methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. Less common parabens include isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, benzylparaben.

Why are they considered OK?

Historically, parabens were considered to be generally safe because of their low toxicity and long history of safe use. Currently there is no evidence that any cosmetics containing parabens pose a health risk.

Why should you avoid them?

While there has not yet been significant scientific research against parabens, there is enough anecdotal evidence and red flags to create concern about their estrogenic (mimic estrogen) and carcinogenic nature for Sibu to avoid them in our products. Further, in 2006, the European Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP) stated that the available data on parabens do not enable a decisive response to the question of whether any of them can be safely used in cosmetic products.


What are they?

Phthalates are a grouping of chemicals found in many things because they are so ubiquitous. While they are used in many products they also are added to plastics (primarily PVC) to increase flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity. The phthalates then leach out of the plastics.

Why are they considered OK?

‘If they haven’t killed us yet they must be OK.’ This is the general logic behind groups supporting their use claiming that lack of data and research means phthalates are safe.

Why should you avoid them?

A lot of research, including labs in the US Environmental Protection Agency, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Centers For Disease Control, has been published linking even low doses of phthalates to reproductive disorders and fetal development problems on physical and neurological levels. The CDC has even warned about potential adverse effects to fetuses of pregnant mothers who use cosmetics containing phthalates.

Keep an eye out: Coming soon we will have a 10 day series post where you can hear from industry experts and what they have to say on everything ‘green’.

What exactly is Sea Buckthorn?

“Don’t eat that, you don’ know know where it came from!”

Wise words from Mom and to be truthful, words we all could do better living by. Take a moment and ask yourself how much you really know about what you put in your body. What’s in it? What are those big words that you can’t pronounce? Do the company’s values match your own? Is it a good corporate citizen that makes the world a better place or does it just sell stuff?

Are you scared now or just curious? When you use Sibu Beauty you have nothing to fear and we encourage your curiosity. During the next few weeks we will be talking more about Sibu Beauty, what we stand for as a company, the actions we take across the globe to make the world a better place and helping you better understand what goes into making Sibu Beauty.

To start with, here is a short five-minute video about the sea buckthorn berry — what it is, where it comes from and why you should care as well as Sibu Beauty’s efforts in the Himalayas to get the premium quality, hand-harvested, fair-trade sea buckthorn from a pristine, sustainable source in Tibet.

If you have questions, drop us a note in the comments, on Twitter or Facebook. We will do our best to get back to you because this is not just our business, it is our passion, and it shows in everything we do.

Meet Sibu

Sibu BerriesWhat’s a Sibu?

That is a great question and one that we hear every day here at Sibu Beauty. Sea buckthorns are shrubs that produce orange berries like the ones you see in the picture, and are rich in oils and nutrients. When the berries are pressed, the sea-buckthorn juice separates into three layers: on top is a thick, orange cream; in the middle, a layer containing a high content of saturated and polyunsaturated fats; and the bottom layer is juice.1 It is considered to be the, “Holy Fruit of the Himalayas because of its powerful nutritional benefits.

Tibetan Himalayas

So Sibu is a plant that produces berries, what does this do for me?

Sea buckthorn has been talked about for its health benefits for 13 centuries, and is backed by scores of scientific studies. With more than 190 bioactive compounds, sea buckthorn berries are an unsurpassed source of Omegas 3, 6, and 9, and a rich source of the elusive Omega-7, an essential fatty acid vital to collagen production and healthy skin, hair and nails. Other benefits include prevention of premature aging and obesity.

Sibu berries are widely recognized as the ultimate superfood, not just for the 190 bioactive compounds, but for the what they actually mean for you, including:

  • Sustained energy levels
  • Improved cellular health
  • Cardiovascular support
  • Healthy inflammation response
  • Joint support
  • Moisturizing dry and damaged skin
  • Improved immune health
  • Decrease in wrinkles and fine lines
  • Addressing eczema and rosacea symptoms
  • Improves hair, nail and skin tone and texture
  • Aid Digestion
  • Healthy aging

While it may sound too good to be true, 1,300 years and hundreds of scientific tests say otherwise. And further elevating the Sibu berry is the extremely high amounts of vitamin C 12 times more vitamin C than Oranges!

What else does this Super Fruit have in it?

  • Carotenoids
  • Polyphenolic Acids
  • Amino Acids
  • Dietary Minerals
  • Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, K, P & E
  • Omega 3, 6, 7 & 9 (Essential Fatty Acids or EFAs)
  • 42 Lipids
  • Organic Acids
  • Folic Acid
  • Tocopherols
  • Flavonoids
  • Phenols
  • Terpenes
  • Tannins
  • 20 Mineral Elements

Sibu Beauty: Built on nature’s strongest foundation

All these amazing benefits make the sea buckthorn berry the best possible foundation for Sibu Beauty. Coming up, we will look each of the Sibu Beauty products and show how they enhance your beauty from the inside out and outside in.

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Beauty From the Inside Out

As far back as anyone can remember, Mom’s have been telling their children that beauty comes from the inside. Turns out she’s right and that may have been the best beauty tip she ever gave you. That bit of wisdom, and a 1,300 year old Himalayan treasure, make the Sibu Beauty system different from anything else you have ever seen.

The sea buckthorn berry, or Sibu berry, has been heralded as the ultimate superfood for its ability to deliver more than 190 bio active compounds – including antioxidants, Omega fatty acids and the elusive Omega-7 – in a tiny little berry. Now, Sibu Beauty Revitalize & Renew, and Cellular Support deliver them directly to your hair, skin and nails, truly bringing you beauty from the inside out.

Revitalize & Renew

liquid-supplementWhat does the Sea Buckthorn Liquid Supplement do for me?

  • Improves skin tone and texture*
  • Supports hair and nail growth*
  • Abundant source of Omega fatty acids*
  • Powerful free radical scavenger*
  • Supports sustained energy levels*

What is in the Sea Buckthorn Liquid Supplement?

Serving Size: 1 fl. oz. (30 mL)
Servings Per Container: 25
Amount Per Serving %Daily Value*
Calories 25
Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1 g 4%
Sugars 4 g **
Vitamin A (100% as natural beta carotene) 337 IU 6%
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) 7 mg 10%
Natural Essential Fatty Acids:
Omega 3 63 mg **
Omega 6 76 mg **
Omega 7 134 mg **
Omega 9 123 mg **
Carotenoids 1.2 mg **
Flavonoids 5.3 mg **
*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
**Daily Value not established.

Other Ingredients: Sea buckthorn fruit puree, apple juice from concentrate, white grape juice from concentrate, acerola fruit juice from concentrate, evaporated cane juice, banana puree, seabuckthorn seed oil, natural flavors, pectin, xanthan gum. No dairy, wheat, gluten, sodium, yeast or preservatives.

Cellular Support

cellular-supportWhat does the Sea Buckthorn Softgel Supplement do for me?

  • Super-dose of Omega 7 fatty acids
  • Sea buckthorn oil antioxidant
  • Repairs and rejuvenates damaged cells*
  • Powerful free radical scavenger*
  • Soothes and repairs linings of digestive and uro-genital tracts
  • Increases vitality*

What is in the Sea Buckthorn Softgel Supplement?

80 percent sea buckthorn fruit oil and 20 percent sea buckthorn seed oil in a Kosher certified gel-cap. CERES certified organic.

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