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The BYROE Approach To Clean Skincare

You come first.

BYROE was born out of a motivation to bridge the gap between wellness and skincare and introduce a more holistic approach that nourishes your body on the inside and out. When it came time to formulate, we knew we wanted to create clean, cruelty-free skincare that remained luxurious as it is efficacious. This meant deciding which ingredients made sense to us. We’re not about demonizing ingredients or judging others for using ones we avoid but we do have a strict set of ingredients we prefer to formulate without.

THE BYROE CLEAN LIST

Green Tea

We’re what you would call matcha obsessed. So, when it came to time to formulate this green-powered toner we knew we had to include Green Tea. These fresh tea leaves are enriched with high doses of antioxidants and polyphenols including epigallocatechin gallate aka EGCG — an anti-inflammatory plant compound that protects the skin from UV-photo damage and premature aging. This is why antioxidants are a must-have in any routine!

Besides being an amazing anti-ager — Green Tea is also well-known for it’s antibacterial and astringent properties. This is thanks to another compound called tannins which reduce sebum/oil production further combating acne and skin texture. This is just one of the many green ingredients we including to smooth skin texture and balance the skin. 

Artichoke

Artichoke is chock full of antioxidants and peptides which improve skin texture, combat fine lines and wrinkles, and visibly reduces the appearance of large pores for a soft, radiant glow. This nourishing vegetable is rich in natural vitamin C to boost collagen production and revive dull skin and increase moisture retention. 

Centella Asiatica

We added a healthy dose of Centella Asiatica Water to the toner to soothe irritation and combat skin texture thanks to its ability to inhibit acne-causing bacteria. Centella Asiatica (aka “Cica”) is an ancient medicinal herb known for its powerful soothing properties that has been used in the East for thousands of years. It's jam-packed with antioxidants and soothing amino acids that improve the skin's barrier function increasing hydration levels and visibly calming redness and irritation. In fact, it's alternatively known as "tiger grass" because tigers used to roll around in it to soothe and repair their wounds.

Broccoli

Broccoli is a potent anti-inflammatory source of antioxidants including lutein, a carotenoid that works to protect your skin from oxidative damage. Environmental stressors like pollution and sun exposure encounter free radicals that can damage collagen leading to fine lines and wrinkles, sunspots, and sagging skin. Antioxidants like lutein work to combat that damage leaving you with firmer, more youthful skin. Broccoli is also rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to increase moisture retention and reinforce your skin barrier.

Aloe

Did you know that aloe is made up of 90% water? This incredibly anti-inflammatory ingredient was a necessary addition to the toner for its powerful soothing and healing properties. It’s also loaded with Vitamins A and B, folic acid, enzymes, proteins, amino acids, good fatty acids, and triglycerides to infuse the skin with an amazing dose of hydration leaving skin feeling plump with moisture.

Long Story Short

💚Greens are amazing additions to any skincare routine but especially those looking to soothe inflammation and combat acne-causing bacteria. We combined a powerful blend of 33 different greens to provide a maximum dose of antioxidant power to hydrate, balance, and detoxify your skin. Don’t believe us? Just give it a try.

Which ingredient are you most excited about? Let us know! 

ALWAYS 100% CRUELTY-FREE

This one was a no brainer for us. Without a doubt, you can make clean, beautiful products without hurting animals. We love animals just as much as the next person. In fact, our Founder Amy Roe has three Pomeranians that she is obsessed with, so we would never want to put any animal in harm’s way. We remain dedicated to being a brand that is and will always be cruelty-free.

TRICLOSAN FREE

Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent that is typically used in antibacterial formulations like hand soap or other cleaning products. It was actually banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016 in over-the-counter (OTC) antiseptic products and companies are not able to use it due to the lack of sufficient research on its safety and effectiveness. This ruling came as a result of research that suggested that Triclosan and other ingredients like it could potentially cause hormonal disruption and other adverse health effects.

When it comes to skincare, this ingredient could previously be found in face cleansers especially those that are targeted to prevent and treat acne. We are dedicated to creating incredibly nourishing yet effective skincare formulas so it was important for us to avoid using anything that could be potentially harmful. When it comes to skincare, we like to err on the side of “better safe than sorry.” But, we are always open to new research, new opinions, and new approaches.

PARABEN FREE

Parabens are chemicals that work to artificially preserve cosmetics and other pharmaceuticals. You can typically find parabens in all sorts of products from face cleansers and moisturizers to shampoo, conditioners, and other body products. While they are effective at preserving products and preventing the growth of bad bacteria, EWG suggests research can be linked between parabens and potential endocrine disruption and reproductive harm. While this is incredibly worrying, we would like to point out that most of this research has been on rats and not on human beings so there are always varying points of view on this subject. There are many that suggest that parabens are perfectly safe to use and currently the FDA has not banned their use in products.

As a brand, we decided it wasn’t worth the risk to use a potentially harmful ingredient in our products. Plus, we are able to effectively preserve without these chemicals and keep our formulations as clean as possible. 

BENZOPHENONE FREE

Benzophenone is an organic compound that is typically used in cosmetic and consumer formulations and packaging to protect it from UV-light. More commonly, Oxybenzone is a derivative of Benzophenone and is used in sunscreen formulations as an effective UV filter. This ingredient was recently banned in Hawaii as there is research to suggest that benzophenones can potentially be harmful to coral reef and other marine life.

The issues with this ingredient are two-fold as we are always a cruelty-free first brand, it is important for us to protect all forms of animal life including the coral reef and marine ecosystem. But, there is also research from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health that has suggested this ingredient could be potentially harmful in humans causing endocrine and hormone disruption. We have decided that it wasn’t worth the risk or rather a potential risk it can pose so we have firmly decided to avoid using this ingredient and its derivatives in our products.

PHTHALATE FREE

Believe it or not, phthalates are traditionally used in plastics and vinyl in order to soften them and increase their durability. So, how do they play a role in consumer and cosmetic goods? Well, you can usually find these ingredients in all sorts of cosmetic goods including nail polishes, face moisturizers, and detergents as an additive to lubricate or soften the formula.

The use of phthalates has been researched and suggested to cause endocrine and hormone disruption in women and is particularly hazardous to pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. It’s important to keep in mind that phthalates are referring to a large number of compounds and not all of them have been deemed risky or potentially hazardous. But, we have decided as a brand to be extremely cautious and avoid all forms of phthalates while further research is being conducted.

MINERAL OIL FREE

Mineral oil is a rich, occlusive emollient that is used in tons of cosmetic and pharmaceutical formulas. It’s great for simultaneously locking in moisture, preventing water loss, and improving barrier function. While there are some positive benefits to this ingredient, we don’t find it to be as cosmetically elegant or effective compared to other ingredients which is why we chose to avoid it.

Mineral oil works incredibly well for a large majority of people but like any other ingredient, those with acne-prone skin can have an adverse reaction. In an effort to make our products as customer-friendly as possible, we wanted to avoid anything that could potentially clog pores and cause acne. There are plenty of alternative hydrators that can provide the same amount of moisture along with a slew of other skincare benefits. We like to include ingredients that are multi-functional and can provide a variety of skincare benefits rather than looking towards more one-note, one function ingredients. 

LAYER UP

The weather is getting warmer and the last thing we want to do is layer on heavy, suffocating moisturizers. A great alternative is to double up on your toner for an extra dose of hydration so you can go in with a much lighter weight moisturizer. Don’t go too overboard though! All you need to do is pat in a few drops of toner, let it absorb into the skin, and then go in with another few drops. Avoid adding too many layers as too much of a good thing isn’t always the best.

DIY MASK

Need a quick dose of hydration? You can also mask with the Bitter Green Essence Toner. Just grab a few reusable cotton rounds and soak them in the toner. Apply everywhere or just to the areas that are feeling the most parched and leave on for 5-10 minutes for max hydration. Simple as that!

LONG STORY SHORT

🍃The Bitter Green Essence Toner is a potent treatment for your skin. This hybrid toner/
essence formula effectively hydrates, balances, and clarifies leaving you with clear refreshed skin. 

ALWAYS 100% CRUELTY-FREE

This one was a no brainer for us. Without a doubt, you can make clean, beautiful products without hurting animals. We love animals just as much as the next person. In fact, our Founder Amy Roe has three Pomeranians that she is obsessed with, so we would never want to put any animal in harm’s way. We remain dedicated to being a brand that is and will always be cruelty-free.

TRICLOSAN FREE

Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent that is typically used in antibacterial formulations like hand soap or other cleaning products. It was actually banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016 in over-the-counter (OTC) antiseptic products and companies are not able to use it due to the lack of sufficient research on its safety and effectiveness. This ruling came as a result of research that suggested that Triclosan and other ingredients like it could potentially cause hormonal disruption and other adverse health effects.

When it comes to skincare, this ingredient could previously be found in face cleansers especially those that are targeted to prevent and treat acne. We are dedicated to creating incredibly nourishing yet effective skincare formulas so it was important for us to avoid using anything that could be potentially harmful. When it comes to skincare, we like to err on the side of “better safe than sorry.” But, we are always open to new research, new opinions, and new approaches.

PARABEN FREE

Parabens are chemicals that work to artificially preserve cosmetics and other pharmaceuticals. You can typically find parabens in all sorts of products from face cleansers and moisturizers to shampoo, conditioners, and other body products. While they are effective at preserving products and preventing the growth of bad bacteria, EWG suggests research can be linked between parabens and potential endocrine disruption and reproductive harm. While this is incredibly worrying, we would like to point out that most of this research has been on rats and not on human beings so there are always varying points of view on this subject. There are many that suggest that parabens are perfectly safe to use and currently the FDA has not banned their use in products.

As a brand, we decided it wasn’t worth the risk to use a potentially harmful ingredient in our products. Plus, we are able to effectively preserve without these chemicals and keep our formulations as clean as possible. 

BENZOPHENONE FREE

Benzophenone is an organic compound that is typically used in cosmetic and consumer formulations and packaging to protect it from UV-light. More commonly, Oxybenzone is a derivative of Benzophenone and is used in sunscreen formulations as an effective UV filter. This ingredient was recently banned in Hawaii as there is research to suggest that benzophenones can potentially be harmful to coral reef and other marine life.

The issues with this ingredient are two-fold as we are always a cruelty-free first brand, it is important for us to protect all forms of animal life including the coral reef and marine ecosystem. But, there is also research from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health that has suggested this ingredient could be potentially harmful in humans causing endocrine and hormone disruption. We have decided that it wasn’t worth the risk or rather a potential risk it can pose so we have firmly decided to avoid using this ingredient and its derivatives in our products.

PHTHALATE FREE

Believe it or not, phthalates are traditionally used in plastics and vinyl in order to soften them and increase their durability. So, how do they play a role in consumer and cosmetic goods? Well, you can usually find these ingredients in all sorts of cosmetic goods including nail polishes, face moisturizers, and detergents as an additive to lubricate or soften the formula.

The use of phthalates has been researched and suggested to cause endocrine and hormone disruption in women and is particularly hazardous to pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. It’s important to keep in mind that phthalates are referring to a large number of compounds and not all of them have been deemed risky or potentially hazardous. But, we have decided as a brand to be extremely cautious and avoid all forms of phthalates while further research is being conducted.

MINERAL OIL FREE

Mineral oil is a rich, occlusive emollient that is used in tons of cosmetic and pharmaceutical formulas. It’s great for simultaneously locking in moisture, preventing water loss, and improving barrier function. While there are some positive benefits to this ingredient, we don’t find it to be as cosmetically elegant or effective compared to other ingredients which is why we chose to avoid it.

Mineral oil works incredibly well for a large majority of people but like any other ingredient, those with acne-prone skin can have an adverse reaction. In an effort to make our products as customer-friendly as possible, we wanted to avoid anything that could potentially clog pores and cause acne. There are plenty of alternative hydrators that can provide the same amount of moisture along with a slew of other skincare benefits. We like to include ingredients that are multi-functional and can provide a variety of skincare benefits rather than looking towards more one-note, one function ingredients. 

ALWAYS 100% CRUELTY-FREE

This one was a no brainer for us. Without a doubt, you can make clean, beautiful products without hurting animals. We love animals just as much as the next person. In fact, our Founder Amy Roe has three Pomeranians that she is obsessed with, so we would never want to put any animal in harm’s way. We remain dedicated to being a brand that is and will always be cruelty-free.

TRICLOSAN FREE

Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent that is typically used in antibacterial formulations like hand soap or other cleaning products. It was actually banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016 in over-the-counter (OTC) antiseptic products and companies are not able to use it due to the lack of sufficient research on its safety and effectiveness. This ruling came as a result of research that suggested that Triclosan and other ingredients like it could potentially cause hormonal disruption and other adverse health effects.

When it comes to skincare, this ingredient could previously be found in face cleansers especially those that are targeted to prevent and treat acne. We are dedicated to creating incredibly nourishing yet effective skincare formulas so it was important for us to avoid using anything that could be potentially harmful. When it comes to skincare, we like to err on the side of “better safe than sorry.” But, we are always open to new research, new opinions, and new approaches. 

PARABEN FREE

Parabens are chemicals that work to artificially preserve cosmetics and other pharmaceuticals. You can typically find parabens in all sorts of products from face cleansers and moisturizers to shampoo, conditioners, and other body products. While they are effective at preserving products and preventing the growth of bad bacteria, EWG suggests research can be linked between parabens and potential endocrine disruption and reproductive harm. While this is incredibly worrying, we would like to point out that most of this research has been on rats and not on human beings so there are always varying points of view on this subject. There are many that suggest that parabens are perfectly safe to use and currently the FDA has not banned their use in products.

As a brand, we decided it wasn’t worth the risk to use a potentially harmful ingredient in our products. Plus, we are able to effectively preserve without these chemicals and keep our formulations as clean as possible.  

BENZOPHENONE FREE

Benzophenone is an organic compound that is typically used in cosmetic and consumer formulations and packaging to protect it from UV-light. More commonly, Oxybenzone is a derivative of Benzophenone and is used in sunscreen formulations as an effective UV filter. This ingredient was recently banned in Hawaii as there is research to suggest that benzophenones can potentially be harmful to coral reef and other marine life.

The issues with this ingredient are two-fold as we are always a cruelty-free first brand, it is important for us to protect all forms of animal life including the coral reef and marine ecosystem. But, there is also research from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health that has suggested this ingredient could be potentially harmful in humans causing endocrine and hormone disruption. We have decided that it wasn’t worth the risk or rather a potential risk it can pose so we have firmly decided to avoid using this ingredient and its derivatives in our products.

PHTHALATE FREE

Believe it or not, phthalates are traditionally used in plastics and vinyl in order to soften them and increase their durability. So, how do they play a role in consumer and cosmetic goods? Well, you can usually find these ingredients in all sorts of cosmetic goods including nail polishes, face moisturizers, and detergents as an additive to lubricate or soften the formula.

The use of phthalates has been researched and suggested to cause endocrine and hormone disruption in women and is particularly hazardous to pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. It’s important to keep in mind that phthalates are referring to a large number of compounds and not all of them have been deemed risky or potentially hazardous. But, we have decided as a brand to be extremely cautious and avoid all forms of phthalates while further research is being conducted.

MINERAL OIL FREE

Mineral oil is a rich, occlusive emollient that is used in tons of cosmetic and pharmaceutical formulas. It’s great for simultaneously locking in moisture, preventing water loss, and improving barrier function. While there are some positive benefits to this ingredient, we don’t find it to be as cosmetically elegant or effective compared to other ingredients which is why we chose to avoid it.

Mineral oil works incredibly well for a large majority of people but like any other ingredient, those with acne-prone skin can have an adverse reaction. In an effort to make our products as customer-friendly as possible, we wanted to avoid anything that could potentially clog pores and cause acne. There are plenty of alternative hydrators that can provide the same amount of moisture along with a slew of other skincare benefits. We like to include ingredients that are multi-functional and can provide a variety of skincare benefits rather than looking towards more one-note, one function ingredients.  

LONG STORY SHORT

💡Research is constantly evolving and we remain open-minded to all ingredients. Rather than fear monger, we are dedicated to creating elegant cosmetic formulas that are as clean, effective, and safe as possible.