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9.26.2019

Codex Beauty Sets A New Clean Beauty Standard With The Launch of Their Bia Collection

Codex Beauty is a beauty collective that serves as both a brand and investment firm, founded by scientist and venture capitalist Barbara Paldus who traverses the globe in search of under-the-radar clean beauty brands to invest in. 

The first brand to make the stringent cut is seven-year-old Irish natural skincare line Bia started by herbal scientist Tracey Ryan. Her unique formulations showcases time-honored Irish botanicals that date back to the 8th century, with the aid of cutting-edge science to unlock new applications for present times. Every single ingredient comes from an ethical and audited supply chain and is extensively tested for its performance, and their manufacturing practices abide by international standards and regulations set out in the industry. What's more, most of their packaging is sustainably made from sugarcane-derived bioplastic and recyclable glass. 

I met with the team at the Indie Beauty Expo in August and they sent me the entire collection to review. I have been testing it over the last month as we transition from the dog days of summer to cooler fall weather, so read on for my thoughts!

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Exfoliating Wash ($45.00 for 4.2 oz/125 ml)

This gentle Exfoliating Wash is an infusion of toning Elderflower water with anti-inflammatory Safflower oil and soothing Milk Thistle oil, along with Grapefruit oil for uplifting properties and natural Jojoba grains for light but effective exfoliation. 

With this formula a little goes a long way, and I have been using this daily for my second cleanse after I use an oil cleanser to remove my makeup. Unlike some gritty exfoliators that can be harsh or drying on the skin, this creamy wash actually leaves my face soft and silky smooth. 
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Facial Oil ($90.00 for 1 oz/30 ml)

This luxurious Facial Oil does not skimp on its ingredients, with a nourishing blend of Rosehip, Kiwi Seed, Baobab, Almond, Prickly Pear and Sea Buckthorn oils, along with Bog Myrtle that provides antioxidants and antibacterial benefits and Serrated Wrack that improves skin suppleness and elasticity. It also has a subtly sweet, resinous scent which is very grounding.

I have been applying this to my cleansed face at night and love waking up to a brighter and better hydrated complexion. To steal someone else’s quote, it looks like “my skin on its best possible day” and lets me get away with wearing less makeup on my face!

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Day Cream ($70.00 for 1.7 oz/50 ml)

This light-as-air Day Cream contains skin-softening Almond oil and collagen-stimulating Calendula, together with Serrated Wrack that firms and soothes and 2% Sodium Hyaluronate (the water-soluble salt form of hyaluronic acid) which boosts the skin’s ability to hold moisture. 

It layers really nicely over the Facial Oil but also wears well alone as a moisturizer or primer. It is supposed to work really well on dehydrated skin so I am excited to see how it would work for me in the drying winter months. I would also love to see a tinted version of this with SPF!

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Eye Gel ($65.00 for 0.5 oz/15 ml)

This cooling eye gel sure packs a punch, thanks to a soothing and hydrating base of Aloe Vera and Cucumber and the healing properties of Arnica, along with Immortelle and Bladder Wreck to help protect and moisturize the delicate area around your eyes.

I only need to dab a tiny dot of product into my undereye area with my ring finger for it to work its magic, and what I love about this eye product is how incredibly lightweight and refreshing it is! It almost immediately minimizes the appearance of fine lines and perks up my tired eyes. 
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Skin Superfood ($50.00 for 2.5 oz/75 ml)

This best-selling Skin Superfood was a product that Tracey originally made for her dermatitis, and it proved to be such a success amongst her friends with skin ailments like eczema or psoriasis that she decided to incorporate into her skincare line.

If you are familiar with Weleda’s Skinfood, this is basically a supercharged version that includes Heart’s Ease that retains moisture, Marsh Mellow and Imortelle that soothe and protect and Comfrey as a keratolytic agent to soften and shed the outer layer of skin. It has a light herbaceous scent and absorbs beautifully to hydrate and protect your skin. It is one of those do-it-all products that will be in my bag this winter!

Have you tried The Bia Collection from Codex Beauty? Which product are you most interested to try? Let me know in the comments below!

The products in this post were kindly provided for consideration, however all opinions expressed are my own.

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