Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Alcohol*, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Lauryl Laurate, Myristyl Myristate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lactobacillus/ Salix Alba Bark Ferment Filtrate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Xylitylglucoside, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Anhydroxylitol, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tricaprylin, Glucose Glutamate, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lysolecithin, Lecithin, Bisabolol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Silica, Magnesium Silicate, Mica, Xylitol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Algin, Tocopherol, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tin Oxide, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Linalool**, Limonene**, Geraniol**,
Citronellol**, Citral**, Benzyl Benzoate**
* Ingredients from Certified Organic Agriculture
** Natural Essential Oils
You’ve been asking me about this product for quite some time, and I’ve been meaning to post a review sooner. Nonetheless, today I’ll review an obviously quite popular or at least – a source of curiosity among my readers: Lavera Beauty Balm.
Lavera was the first natural brand to launch a BB cream, sometime in 2012, if my memory serves me correct, and as the story goes, it sold out in one day after launching. Curiosity got the best of me as well, and I bought it more or less right away, despite a few ingredients not being on my favorite list, as well as there being only one color and even that one appeared on a rather darker side.
Lavera BB cream, certified by NaTrue, stands for beauty balm: a tinted moisturizer, which gives a natural glow and evens out the skin’s tone while providing hydration to the skin. It comes in a 30ml tube. The scent is somewhat… powdery and a bit fruity due to acai berries; the texture is quite thick. Lavera Beauty Balm comes in only one color and it’s a pretty dark one, with a bit on an orange side, so all those, who have very pale skin – I don’t think this one will be for you. I do have pale to light skin, and Lavera Beauty Balm is too dark for me to use it as a full coverage, especially during winter. I use it mainly during summer and for a quick pick me up, as it does even out the skin tone. The coverage is light; it most certainly won’t cover any bigger skin issues such as redness or acne; a concealer and/or pressed powder would have to be used for that. Given its dark color, I am not able to apply two layers.
Also, it tends to dry out rather quickly, so you have to spread it quickly as well. Spreadability seems to be a question of the spur of the moment for this BB cream. One day it spreads easily, the other not so easily and can streak a bit. Its staying power is quite good; it stays on the skin for a good 7-8 hours, and given I have oily skin, the shinning appears around 6-hour mark. It does work nicely with mineral powder, as a primer. Lavera Beauty Balm does make the skin look glowy and soft to the touch; it even slightly minimizes the pores and gives an overall natural and healthy look and it feels light on the skin. Even with BB and CC (and now DD) creams I usually use a bit of a moisturizer before applying them, but with Lavera Beauty Balm, this is not needed; it works quite OK on its own. For those with dry skin, I’d recommend you use moisturizer before applying Lavera Beauty Balm.
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How about ingredients?
Olive oil is an antioxidant and moisturizer with high content of essential fatty acids; it has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. Jojoba oil is skin identical ingredient and moisturizer which smooths and softens the skin. Shea butter is moisturizer, rich in fatty acids; it’s very nourishing, promotes skin’s elasticity, stimulates skin cell growth and has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. Sunflower oil, an antioxidant, has a high content of unsaturated fatty acids, is rich with Vitamin A, D and E and minerals (calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, zinc). Salix alba (from White willow bark) contains salicin , natural beta hydroxy acid ; promotes skin cell turnover, natural skin exfoliant/peeling, unclogs and clears pores. Safflower Seed Oil is a moisturizer, rich in linoleic acid. Sweet Almond Oil moisturizes and softens the skin and works as an anti-irritant.
Acai Berry extract is a potent antioxidant, rich in fatty acids, and it promotes skin’s firmness by stimulating collagen production. Licorice Root Extract is an emollient and has anti-inflammatory properties. Sodium Hyaluronate is a very potent humectant, hailed for its great water-binding properties. Bisabolol reduces dry flaking and restoring suppleness to the skin; it has anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It stimulates and promotes the skin’s healing process due to its high panthenol concentration.
Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, a lubricant, which gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance. Xylitol and Xylitylglucoside are humectants, which help to absorb and retains moisture.
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Potentially problematic ingredients?
- Alcohol; it can be very drying, especially when in larger amount; in Lavera BB cream, alcohol is 3rd on ingredients list, which means the cream contains quite a lot of it.
- Myristyl Myristate, an emulsifier, can be a potential skin and eye irritant.
- Cetearyl Alcohol, an emulsifier, may be irritating to those with sensitive skin
- Hydrogenated Lecithin and Lysolecithin are natural emulsifying agents and one of the most important components of cells. There are some concerns over its carcinogenic properties and its ability to penetrate the skin.
- Tocopheryl Acetate is a more stable Vitamin E, possible human toxicant and possible carcinogen, a skin sensitizer that can instigate immune system responses such as itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin.
- Tricaprylin, an emollient, potential contamination due to enhanced skin absorption.
- Sodium Lactate, a preservative and buffering agent, sometimes an exfoliant, may be an eye, skin and respiratory irritant, should be used in allowed concentrations only.
- Magnesium Silicate, an absorbent and anti-caking agent, is the primary component of talc, whose main problem can be asbestos contamination. When in liquid formulation, talc poses less harmful effects as opposed to talc in powdered form, as it is not inhaled.
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My final word? Despite a somewhat darker color and a few not so good ingredients, I think Lavera Beauty Balm is an OK beauty product. I contemplated buying a Lavera CC Cream last summer, but instead bought another tube of Lavera Beauty Balm, go figure. Since the color is somewhat darker, I can’t apply it as generously as I’d like, but it nonetheless works nicely during summer time as a quick application of tinted moisturizer, which provides an even skin tone and a natural glowy finish, along with a good hydration. I think if Lavera created this BB Cream in another, lighter shade, it would be even more popular. Would I buy it again? Most probably, somewhere down the line, but this time around, I’d first try Lavera CC Cream.
Price? Depends where you buy it, but it usually goes around 20 – 22€, which I think is pretty affordable. If you’re going to use it daily, during summer, it should last you for about 4 months.
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For more on Lavera, visit their dedicated brand page.
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Have you tried Lavera Beauty Balm? How did you like it? If you’ve tried both, Lavera BB Cream and Lavera CC Cream, how do they compare, which one do you prefer?