REVIEW: Sibu Buckthorn Cleanse & Detox

The Sibu Buckthorn Cleanse & Detox facial soap is something to think about if you have oil to oily-combination skin. I first heard about this brand/soap from Michele1218 on YouTube, but never purchased it online until I stumbled across it at Whole Foods. Recently, Sandra, from 15 Steps, Then a Beauty Blog, also known as ttsandra on YouTube mentioned it in her skincare routine post.

Commonly, it is known to avoid using a bar soap to wash your face because soap tends to be drying. However, it seems that various brands have continued to embrace the “facial bar soap” concept – such as Cetaphil, Neutrogena, and even Dove. For me, I tried the Sibu Buckthorn Cleanse & Detox facial soap cautiously because of these initial speculations; but, I’d have to say that I’m quite surprised with the results.


The Sibu Buckthorn Cleanse & Detox facial soap contains the brand’s signature ingredient: sea buckthorn oil. According to the website, sea buckthorn oil is “a rich source of the elusive essential fatty acid, Omega-7, an essential fatty acid vital to collagen production and healthy skin, hair and nails.” The “sea buckthorn berry fortifies itself against the elements by producing an array of powerful nutrients. With over 190 bioactive compounds, sea buckthorn is an unsurpassed source of Omegas 3, 6, and 9.”

It seems that sea buckthorn oil, much like Moroccan oil, is another popular oil that “is a natural product with 1300 years of traditional uses with the modern scientific research to back it up.” The recent trend of using natural oils to help skin and hair is one that I’m liking, because I know that it’s going to be gentle and calming – since chemicals and man-made elements won’t be present.


This facial soap claims to “awaken your skin and wash away a day of stress and pollutants with pure, simple and effective Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn.” It “lathers thick and rich to cleanse, detox, moisturize, repair, and protect skin from cell damaging free radicals.” Not only does it cleanse and condition, but the soap’s ingredients acts as a “natural astringent,” which helps all skin types feel toned and revitalized. “Sea buckthorn is known as nature’s most balanced fruit,” and is also known as the “Holy Fruit of the Himalayas.” It “has been cherished by native Tibetans for centuries for its incredible nutritive qualities.”

For me, this soap is awesome but it can be drying. I tried using it every morning, but needed to switch it to every other morning. Oil-controlling abilities is amazing; and, it keeps my skin in check during the day wonderfully. It’s so wonderful that even the next day, my skin is still balanced and behaving (hence, the every other day use of the soap). I can’t say that my skin has drastically improved, but my skin is calmed and soothed; and, in conjunction with this soap and other skincare products previously mentioned, they all seem to work well together for now. I think this soap will be super during the summer here in Texas.

Detailed Product Description:
*It is paraben-free and cruelty-free, and contains NO dairy, wheat, gluten, sodium, yeast or preservatives.
*3.5 ounce bars
*100% natural

Coconut oil, palm oil, safflower oil, glycerin, purified water, oatmeal, sodium hydroxide, sea buckthorn puree, sorbitol, sorbitan oleate, fragrance orange/lemon, soybean protein, sea buckthorn leaves, titanium dioxide.

** Sibu’s sea buckthorn is sourced through fair trade agreements with local harvesters in Tibet.

** All quotes were extracted from Sibu’s website: