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kypris beauty elixir II healing bouquet

With its natural essential oil blend of geranium, jasmine, patchouli and lavender, it’s easy, on the surface, to see why Kypris’ Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet has been one of my go-to facial oils since I began testing it in September 2014.

It’s a well-documented fact that floral scents grab my attention, and when they’re blended with stellar carrier oils and skin-saving actives such as CoQ10 and vitamin C, they get used on the regular.

This is because in addition to smelling good and looking pretty, my fussy skin deserves natural products formulated with ingredients that work hard to keep it calm, plump and happy.

kypris beauty elixir II healing bouquet

{KYPRIS sent me a sample of Beauty Elixir II Healing Bouquet to sample and review. It costs $200 for a 1.69-ounce glass dropper bottle.}

Described as “flower power for combination skin,” Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet is packed with antioxidant-rich, American-made, fermented-from-yeast Kaneka CoQ10, which is said to be bio-identical to the CoQ10 produced by the body.

While this little tidbit about Kypris’ ingredients didn’t really speak to me at first (CoQ10 is CoQ10, right?), it became more interesting to me when I learned that many CoQ10 ingredients are processed from bacteria or tobacco derivatives.

Yeast fermentation is said to yield the most effective, biologically active form of CoQ10, and Kaneka CoQ10 is GMO-free, allergen-free and Kosher certified.

The inclusion of this ingredient alone reflects how thoughtful Kypris founder Chase Polan is in her formulations — and we haven’t even gotten to the additional abundantly beautiful, natural ingredients in Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet that make it a standout oil in my beauty cabinet.

Yes, I have a beauty cabinet. In my kitchen. Be jealous of my Midwestern space. Do not judge.

kypris beauty elixir II healing bouquet

Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet also boasts fat-soluble tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, a stable vitamin C ester that, paired with the vitamin E-rich carrier oils in this formulation, encourages collagen production, reduces inflammation and can help fade acne scarring.

(This is the same form of vitamin C used in Odacite’s An Autumn on the World and Yuli’s Liquid Courage.)

As I continue to research the ingredients and results I want from my skincare, it’s become more and more crucial to me to prioritize stable vitamin C, paired with vitamin E, in my oils and serums.

Vitamin C provides potent protection, shielding skin from damaging free radicals. Vitamin E enhances the antioxidant effects of vitamin C when both are applied to the skin.

One additional ingredient that I’d love to see in Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet is ferulic acid, another potent plant antioxidant known for its ability to enhance the effects of both vitamins C and E — as dramatic as doubling the natural UV protection of both vitamins.

UPDATED: See tweet below for Kypris’ response about ferulic acid.

kypris beauty elixir II healing bouquet

Besides these heavy-hitting ingredients, Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet contains stearyl glycyrrhetinate, an isolate from licorice that helps diminish irritation, reduce flakiness and restore suppleness to dry, fussy skin.

This blends well with the ultra-moisturizing carrier oils we know and love, especially vitamin A- and E-rich baobab oil, linoleic-rich kukui nut oil and skin-healing tamanu oil, a favorite for my acne-prone skin.

Grapeseed oil, an oldie but goodie that oily, acneic skin tends to respond well to, forms the base of this oil, along with beta carotene- and linoleic acid-rich sunflower oil.

Another oil high in linoleic acid, pumpkin seed oil, makes an appearance in Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet, Pumpkin seed oil is one of those curious oils that I want to explore more, as it’s also rich in vitamins A and C, zinc, and other trace minerals and vitamins that are extremely beneficial to the skin.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Love, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower Seed) Oil, Cocos nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Vitis vinifera (Grape Seed) Oil, Adansonia digitata (baobab) Oil, Aleurites moloccans (Kukui) Oil, Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Curcubita pepo (Pumpkin Seed) Oil, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Opuntia engelmannii (Prickly Pear Seed) Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Extract, Hippophae rhamonides (Seabuckthorn Berry) Extract, Punica granatum (Pomegranite Seed) Extract, Rubus occidentalis (Black Raspberry Seed) Oil, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry Seed) Oil, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (From Licorice), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Rosamarinus officinalis (Rosemary Leaf) Extract, Non-GMO Mixed Tocopherols, 100% Natural Essential Oil Blend (Geranium, Jasmine, Patchouli, Lavender)

As you can see, virgin coconut oil is the second ingredient in Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet. Many of you have said you are sensitive to coconut oil, sharing stories of horrible breakouts and reserving it instead for use in your hair and on your body.

Personally, I have never had issues with using coconut oil on my face (and I am oily / acne-prone), but could it be because I typically use organic, virgin coconut oil? This interesting post (from a brand, but with sited sources) notes that virgin coconut oil is indeed non-comedogenic and instead highly antiseptic.

The bottom line, though, is to trust and know your skin and when in doubt, sample, sample, sample before buying. Which leads me to the next part of this review: Price.

There’s no way around it, but yes, I agree that Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet is expensive. It’s $200 for a 1.69-ounce glass dropper bottle, which comes out to about $118 per ounce.

When put into that context, though, it’s more in line with the pricing of Yuli and Marie Veronique, and highlights how pricey Odacite’s beautiful “Autumn on the World” serum ($149 for half an ounce!) is.

While a $200 skincare investment is huge, I challenge you to keep in mind quality, sizing and thoughtfulness in formulation.

  • Is certified organic important to you?
  • Do wildcrafted ingredients speak to you?
  • Do packaging and design make your heart sing?
  • Do you want to have an intimate experience with your skincare ritual?

All of the brands mentioned above have one of more of these properties, and it really does come down to personal preference, what your skin needs and what your budget can handle.

I appreciate the bigger sizing of Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet, and I especially adore the rituals involved in the Kypris line.

As mentioned in a previous post, Kypris Antioxidant Dew was a game-changer for me. While it’s become a staple in my skincare ritual, getting mixed with whatever facial oil of the month I’m testing, I especially enjoy mixing it with my Healing Bouquet.

This is because not only do I know for sure that they’ve been formulated to work together in harmony, but I also appreciate that this smart combination helps me stretch my precious bottle of Healing Bouquet.

This oil, after six weeks of testing, kept my skin looking and feeling beautiful, but the biggest draw to me is that after the initial testing phase and moving on to other face oils, I found myself truly missing Healing Bouquet.

Besides knowing that it’s loaded with extremely active and beautiful ingredients, this face oil is one that I constantly wanted to use because my jasmine addiction is real. As superficial as it may sound, if something doesn’t smell good, I’m just not going to use it.

And that’s money wasted, no matter how amazing the ingredients lineup is or how beautifully it’s packaged. It has to smell good. And it has to work.

There’s no question to me that Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet does what it says it will do: “calm, soothe, and inspire radiant, supple skin for those with combination or inflamed, fussy skin due to blemishes or overexposure to the environment.” I’ve never had a breakout or reaction from using this — and it’s been in and out of rotation for five months and drastic weather changes.

And there’s also no question to me that it smells good. If you’re truly a die-hard jasmine fan, at least get a trial size of Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet to experience. You won’t be disappointed.

And if you are, you can send it to me. Surely there’s something in my beauty cabinet I can swap you for it.

Have you tried anything from Kypris? What active ingredients do you look for in your skincare? Where do you save on green beauty, and where do you splurge? Tell me in the comments section! may include affiliate links to featured products. Not all product links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase from an affiliate link, earns a small commission.

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  • I’ve been wanting to try Kypris and the ingredients sound lovely. What did you enjoy using more, this product or the Antioxidant Dew?

    • They’re two entirely different products with different functions. They’re meant to work together. The Dew is a watery base with aloe and algae that gives your skin additional moisture and the ability to absorb the nutrients.

      The elixirs are actual oils that add moisture and nutrients. I always tell people who are interested in this line to try the Dew and Moonlight Catalyst (review to come) because they are more accessible, and then get samples of the beauty elixirs to see how they like them.

      The Dew is easily a repurchase for me and a staple now. The oil has to
      compete with all of my other face oils, but I particularly love using
      this one because of the scent and stellar actives.

      You can use the Dew with any of your face oils — it helps add additional moisture and keeps your skin from feeling too oily. I hope this helps!

  • Nic Gustafsson

    Uh hello, I’m soooo gonna need this in my life once I’m gainfully employed; I ADORE jasmine!! And the effects of this oil don’t sound too shabby either ;) This is definitely high up on my list, just as soon as I can afford it :) Great review Kim! Xx

    • Maybe you can get a sample! Thank you for reading, Nic :)

  • Jacque

    There’s something about this elixir that my skin seems to not be able to work with, it’s completely red and blotchy and inflammed. Maybe it is the essential oils but I will have to abstain from products for a little while sadly (since it smelled so good too!)

    • That’s too bad! Sounds like yes, a product detox is necessary. When my skin gets angry, I abstain from all EOs and scents and keep it simple with a basic oil (like argan or marula) and if I need additional moisture, pure, unrefined, organic shea butter.

      I hope your skin gets better, and yes, if you’re reacting, don’t use it! Perhaps you can resell it, swap it with someone or gift it to someone? There’s an awesome green beauty community online that is surely open to some sort of exchange! Or, what about using it as a body oil or perfume? Or hair oil? So that you can enjoy the scent?

      If you’re sensitive to essential oils, that could be it, as this one is loaded. The Beauty Elixir II is essential oil-free (has everything Beauty Elixir II has, including the vitamin C, beneficial carrier oils and licorice isolate). Or, have you tried the 1,000 Roses Elixir? It’s the same formulation but instead uses rose oils for softening and soothing.

  • Isabella Moon

    Sounds lovely. I might order a sample size to try first. There is nothing worse than ordering something expensive and not being able to use it.
    Right now I’m using Weleda’s almond line as my face is very sensitive and I love it. It’s also not so hard on my bank account. I pair it with Relaxing face oil in Orange at night from Bottega Organica and rose petal hydrosol from Evan Heally.
    Still when the weather gets warmer and my skin not so sensitive I might try this as it sounds lovely.
    Great review. Thanks

    • Agree! So thankful that retailers like Integrity Botanicals have sample size (and kudos to Kypris for making that available to us!). Try before you buy is key, especially when shopping online for something $$$$$!

      I have not tried anything from Bottega Organica, but I do like Weleda and Evan Healy. Her Immortelle Hydrosoul is amazing for acne!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • RebeccaNMDL

    What a wonderfully thorough review! I love the 1000 Roses, and also Prismatic Array (great for those sensitive to EOs!). The C and ferulic acid were key for me, since I’m all about the brightening. Moonlight Catalyst is a holy grail product for me, the best exfoliation for my sensitive skin.

    • Thanks, Rebecca! 1,000 Roses is very lovely, but that jasmine got me swooning :) I have a little vial of the 1,000 Roses that I take over to my boyfriend’s house. It’s very calming and sexy. I havea little vial of Prismatic Array, too, but I just love my scents so that one is reserved for skin freakout days :-)

      I know you love that Moonlight Catalyst. I do too! Will be reviewing soon. I’m struggling to figure out which nighttime treatment I like best. There are some good gentle retinols / vitamin A serums out there!

    • Chels

      Hi Rebecca, Are these to be used in place of my nighttime moisturizer? I currently use Kahina Argan Oil at night so I wasn’t sure if I were to get the 1000 Roses or Prismatic Array if I should just use those instead?

      • RebeccaNMDL

        Sorry I’m just getting around to responding! I mix mine with a water-based product to increase moisturizing properties (Moonlight Catalyst at night and another brand’s during the day). I also mix with other oils sometimes, for additional help with irritable skin issues. So I think you could try different combinations of your products, and see how it works for you. If you are getting good moisturization with argan alone, you may be able to replace it.

    • Thanks lady! Moonlight Catalyst is legit. I am really working on finding the best evening retinol for me, and this one is up there. I’ve tried three different ones so far, and I do like them all! It will end up coming down to all the actives, sizing and of course, price, for me :)

  • Marcella

    Swoon! The trial size is going on my to-try list for sure. I love there are some all-star oils for acne-prone skin in there and I will gladly pay that price for organic and wildcrafted ingredients in my facial products.

    • I love that trial sizes are available! We need more of this from luxury brands. You’re gonna love it, jasmine sister :)

  • Really nice but yet so pricey ….The base oils are not the most expensive on the market either…so a bit unsure about this one. x

    • I really don’t think it’s that pricey when you break it down by cost per ounce (since most oils are sold by the ounce — these bottles are huge!). I will say that yes, sunflower, coconut and grapeseed aren’t crazy expensive oils, but it does contain baobab, kukui, tamanu, pumpkin and US-sourced prickly pear, which *is* expensive. I think you’re paying for those actives I mentioned (CoQ10, vitamin C, the licorice isolate) which are not as common in many face oils on the market. I hope you get a chance to try a sample sometime! It really is a favorite of mine. I wonder if Kypris will consider making a smaller size so it’s not as big of a bite out of the wallet?

      • Hello Kim, hum….sorry, I am still not convinced because even the rest of the oils are not that crazy expensive. Great that they have included some actives, which make it a very interesting blend. Yes, I would def have a go if they would reduce the size of the flacon. So helas for now, I won’t be buying it. :-((. x

        • M

          I have to agree with Mademoiselle – this is awfully
          overpriced for what it is. Don’t get me wrong, I really like the general
          message of Kypris & the things they stand for (sustainability, science
          based actives ect.) But unless they are somehow working specially with the farmers who grow the sunflowers/grapes/coconuts these base oils are some of the least expensive on the market (also, are these oils certified organic/grown organically? I don’t see any indications on their ingredients list for some reason?). Prickly Pear is the only super expensive of the bunch & it is quite far down the list (below the CoQ10). 1.7 oz is not a ton more product, truly. These actives are also not crazy costly considering they are gotten in bulk & then used at a few ml for each bottle.

          I’m sure the Beauty Elixir II is a lovely oil made with the utmost care, but that price point just seems out of place, it’s hard to imagine it costing that much to source these ingredients. That said, many brands are charging way too much for what is actually in their product- I don’t mean to single Kypris out. I’m all for getting the highest quality natural & ethical ingredients. I often feel people are paying for an ‘idea’ rather than a product, which I guess maybe isn’t such a bad thing so long as they are aware.

          • RebeccaNMDL

            My first look at the brand elicited some eye-rolling at the hype and the cost, but now I’m a total believer – after several months of using the brand and noticing differences in my skin I never was able to achieve before. I’ve used so many different products, and this brand really stands out. I think Kim made a smart choice pointing out the cost per ounce. KYPRIS is not out of line with what’s out there. I’ve not tried Elixir II, but Elixirs I and III are totally worth it, in my opinion. If it’s only the cost that’s holding you back, get a sample and you may change your mind! : )

          • I’m SO happy that KYPRIS offers samples. I agree with you that the pricing is intimidating, but the fact that there are small sizes available to test means a lot to me. Plus, it’s nice to have a backup for travel! Thanks, Rebecca! xoxo

          • You can find KYPRIS’ sustainability statement on the “about us” page, but I’m also pasting in a screenshot here. The values and work put into this brand is commendable, and I believe that the American-sourced prickly pear seed oil likely drives the cost up.

            Chase, the founder, is super-responsive, so I bet if you email her she would tell you more. I will also send her a note to see if she can respond in these threads!

            Have you seen the sizes of these bottles? Maybe at glance of the number, 1.7 does not seem huge, but when you actually compare it side by side with a 1-ounce bottle, it is a substantial difference. I’ve barely made a dent in my bottle that I’ve been using regularly for months!

            But, I appreciate what you mean about the plethora of green beauty brands charging luxury prices. I think there’s a lot that goes into the pricing models — marketing, certifications, packaging, etc. It does come down to your personal budget and values system. I definitely splurge more on facial oils with actives and interesting ingredients, and don’t spend much on stuff like shampoo and soap (that literally goes down the drain!).

            Appreciate you stopping by!!! xoxo

          • M

            Thanks for such a thoughtful response. I absolutely agree with the sustainability & ethical goals of Kypris (I run a small organic vegetable farm so this resonates with me incredibly deeply!!). I have recently been on a DIY kick with my beauty products, as much as I admire these luxury green brands it was eating a hole in my budget! My fault entirely – but it is somewhat addictive, right?

            I have been fairly shocked at how effective & affordable my amateur homemade efforts have been (all based on the general formulations of my favorite green brands, so I can’t take much credit). It’s true that the overhead for these companies drives up their prices to some degree & I certainly appreciate the clean high quality ingredients. But it’s a pretty empowering feeling to nearly replicate something yourself for a tiny fraction of the price & know precisely what quality/quantity your ingredients are.

            I think my frugal DIY mindset just has me a little more sensitive to these price tags lately – but I will always be addicted to these fabulous blogs & amazing community :)

          • You are so welcome! I love these dialogues we can create online, and not everyone has to agree with each other. It’s all about the knowledge exchange. That’s why I blog!!!

            I go in waves with DIY. It is so empowering, and it’s really awesome to know that you can create something so soothing and beautiful with your own hands.

            Speaking of, have you read the book Skin Cleanse yet? I posted a review of it yesterday, and it’s all about detoxing from your products (though it is targeted at those who have yet to go green in their routines). I found the message inspiring, because even though I am a green beauty lover, I am a huge product junkie (since it’s kinda part of my thing as a blogger!). I think as we all figure out our regimens and what fits with our skin and budget, we will know where we can be frugal and where we can spend a bit more.

            For me, as many beautiful cleansing oils I try and love, I always go
            back to removing my makeup / oil cleansing with jojoba oil. I can get a
            big container of USDA organic jojoba oil for like $13, and it lasts so
            long! But I’m just using it as a makeup remover. It’s housed in plastic,
            which isn’t as luxurious, but I know that this isn’t really something I
            display and have an intimate experience with. And that’s OK with me! I also love paring down with just shea butter as a moisturizer in this cold winter. It’s simple and it works. If I feel fancy, I’ll cut it with some jojoba oil :)

            Do you have a blog or a Twitter or an IG account? I wanna learn more about your DIYs! I will soon be sharing an excerpt of some fun recipes from a book I just read that has some really neat concoctions. Would love to hear some of your go-tos! Or tell me here?! :)


          • M

            I couldn’t agree with you more! Its so great to have a safe space where everyone can share their thoughts & experiences. The internet can be such a negative place – I love how the green beauty sphere has managed to stay so positive & constructive!

            I have not read the Skin Cleanse yet but I will put it on my to-read list!

            Confession: I don’t have twitter or IG or a blog – I am like an old man when it comes to the social networking superstorm these days, just email & old fashioned FB. Lame, I know. I don’t work at a desk or even own a smartphone (the horror!) so i use that as an excuse to be somewhat off the grid.

            I am no DIY guru by any means – I learn new things every day. Here is a little ramble if its alright:
            Generally I just really enjoy researching ingredients, their appropriate % concentrations (working by ml makes this so doable) & scouring ingredient lists of my favorite brands. I only make non aqueous creations & use them promptly to avoid needing preservatives.

            Fancy cleansing oils are wonderful – I love the ED4OLO cleansing oil so much, but its mostly just sunflower oil, fractionated coconut oil & an emulsifying agent to help it rinse clean. That main emulsifier is Di- PPG – 2 Myreth – 10 Adipate (aka Cromollient SCE) typically used at 10% concentration. So you could use any favorite base oils, add some of the emulsifier to get that rinse away effect (experimenting with the concentration to get the effect you like best). Adding in skin friendly essential oils is great too (or even a plant based pina colada fragrance oil if you want a similar scent, it totally exists). Pumpkin seed oil & Papaya Seed oil are also on the list to make it closer to the real thing.

            I haven’t dabbled with actives like different forms of Vitamin C much yet – I really prefer to use essential oil CO2 extracts of Rosehip total, Seabuckthorn, Calendula & Carrot Seed to get extra doses of vitamins & healing. Essential oils are powerful & must be used with care. I scoured for reputable EO sellers (Aura Cacia & the like are ok, but not quite cutting it for skin care) and so far Ananda Apothecary has been my go to for quality oils & a vast amount of information.

            For summer body oil I like Jojoba oil with plenty of Red Raspberry Seed, Tamanu & Shea Oil scented with lemongrass, geranium, lavender & mint (many bugs dislike these EOs so its double duty as a mild repellent! Red raspberry & Shea oil for the extra skin protection, Tamanu because its amazing at healing.) I never ever use any photosensitizing EOs in the summer – bergamont, lime, lemon, grapefruit ect. – even with physical sunblock on top it makes me nervous. Many companies sell body oils with these EOs and don’t inform customers of the potential risks – argh.

            In winter I love body butters – right now I am loving equal parts Mango & Cocoa butter blended with jojoba, tamanu & pomegranate oils. I added a few drops of chocolate absolute to intensify the lovely cocoa butter scent, and a few of May Chang which is a lovely underutilized EO that is like a subtler lemongrass with soft floral notes.

            Since its so much more affordable to buy these carrier oils/butters in bulk myself I can use higher ratios of the oils I love without having to cut them with tons of Sunflower,
            Sweet almond ect. which are nice but not always as luxurious. I am always researching whatever new organic carrier oil I can get my hands on- always opting for cold pressed & unrefined if possible. Good sellers will often also tell you country of origin.

            Ok sorry for the ramble- but one last note! Save your lux packaging! I save all my violet glass bottles & containers that I have collected over time. This way my DIY creations can be stored in something much more special & protective (violet glass blocking the sunlight). For example – the May Lindstrom Problem Solver jar makes a lovely body butter container.

            I hope this was in some small way helpful or interesting! I really look forward to your upcoming recipe post!!

  • Angela

    I love the review! I’ve been using the Clearing Serum, it’s awesome for acne/oily skin. I’ve noticed it has been healing my skin from previous breakouts and current ones seem to disappear overnight. It has also helped shrink my large pores. Only thing is it tends to be a bit drying, even on oily skin. The Moonlight Catalyst was too harsh for me. I have a sample of the Prismatic Array that I am testing and I love it. It’s really helping my skin in these dry winter months.

    I have no problem spending money on quality products. It really seems like Kypris gives you a lot of product for the price. I think with higher quality ingredients you use less and the results are worth it. I had bad reactions to cheaper green products so I just thought I couldn’t use them, but it’s not the case. i try to save money with body lotions and makeup.

    • Chels

      Hi Angela,
      I have adult onset acne and I was wondering if the Prismatic would work for me? I ordered a sample size of all the Elixirs and wasn’t sure…

      • Angela

        Hi! I’m not sure how good that is with acne, I’ve had the best luck with Kypris’ Clearing Serum. They also recommend the Moonlight Catalyst, but I found it was too much for my skin to handle because of the retinoids. So I only use the Clearing Serum. I have seen awesome results in a day or two. I have seen most improvement with my dry skin using the Prismatic. Hope this helps :)

      • Hey Chels, for you, I would bet either this one or Prismatic Array would be good. This one has a lot of essential oils in it, so if your skin is super-sensitive, it may not be a match. Prismatic Array has all the good active but is EO-free and may be great for your skin, since acneic skin is also usually sensitive. My acne-prone skin doesn’t have a problem with EOs, but we are all different! I hope you find a match, and if not, there are lots of beautiful green beauty options out there. xoxo

    • Thank you! Yes, the clearing serum is so nice. It took a bit to work for me, but once my skin got going with it, it did not disappoint. Review to come :) I’m glad you got to try Moonlight Catalyst, and hey, sometimes stuff just doesn’t work out!

      Do you have another retinol-type product in mind that you want to try for evening / exfoliation? I would check out Marie Veronique or even Mad Hippie — they have an exfoliating serum that is really nice, though it does feel very active. I found it more active-feeling than MC, so maybe not a match? Something to check out!

      Do you use natural beauty makeup products, or do you stick with conventionals? I have a mix of both, and sometimes I just can’t stand to spend too much on mascara and will “cheat” with a conventional $6 mascara. It’s all a balance and how we want to spend our money and time, right?

  • Kelly

    This serum looks nice, I do wish it came in a smaller size because it takes me forever just to use 1 ounce. It’s nice to see more green C serums out there to choose from. Currently I’ve been splurging on Yuli and marie Veronique.

    • I feel ya! I bet KYPRIS is taking notes on these size requests :) Samples and travel sizes are key!

      Which Marie Veronique product are you using? Her line is fabulous. I have tested the Gentle Retinol and the vitamin C serum. It’s so good. Review to come :P

  • Chels

    Hi!! I was wondering how this Elixir (and others if you’ve tried) work with adult acne prone skin? I don’t have cystic breakouts so much as medium to small…so frustrating. Anyway I wasn’t sure if you recommend for all types of skin or mostly for dry. Thanks!

    • Hi! I am an adult with acne-prone skin. I get cysts and just regular, fun red pimples (argh!). I haven’t had any issues with this, but again, if you are sensitive to coconut oil, note that this does contain it. I am not sensitive to coconut oil and have no problems with it causing breakouts! This elixir is designed for combo skin, so it should be appropriate for you if you are oily / acne-prone / combo!

      I would also say, though, that if you have lots of acne issues, it would be smart to pare down on products, only using a great cleansers, toner and moisturizer, and invest in a spot treatment or salve that works. I recommend Osmia Organics, skinnyskinny and Zum Rub in frankincense and myrrh for acne issues. You can find them on my “faves” page >>

      And, of course, evaluate your diet, stress levels, exercise (if I don’t sweat it out at least twice a week, my skin gets very congested) and sleep patterns. Also, keeping the pillowcases clean and keeping the air temperature comfortable so your skin can breathe! So. Many. Factors. :)

  • westingwellness

    I love using facial serums:) I usually splurge on organic natural face creams and skin care items and try and save on body lotions and scrubs (I usually make them myself)

    • Yes! DIY scrubs are so fun to make. Do you use oils on your body too? I can make that stretch as well because sometimes I’ll just use plain jojoba oil or coconut oil to moisturize my body!

  • Incredibly thorough review. Need some Kypris in my routine soon, but the Beauty Elixir II probably isn’t right for me because of the coconut oil.
    I used to use Organic Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil for EVERYTHING (oil cleansing, face moisturizer, cooking, body, etc) but my face hated me for it. I still use coconut oil, just not on my face. Products with organic coconut oil in the ingredients list make me breakout as well.

    However, after reading an article about Cocovit on BeauTea Bar’s blog I’m curious if a more raw version (compared to the “organic virgin cold-pressed” I bought previously) would make a difference. On the other hand, my gut and complexion are telling me its just doesn’t jive with my skin. Might have to test this theory in the future.
    P.S. I like to splurge on all green skincare.. (: Mostly high quality face oils and serums though. I usually like to save with toners/hydrosols opting for pure rosewater.

    • Thank you A! I hate that coconut oil hurts your skin. I would avoid it, too! The Cocovit product is intriguing. I just read the post you mentioned and also found the link on Cocovit’s site that details their process (

      Organic virgin cold pressed is pretty much the gold standard, so I am wondering how Cocovit’s process could make a difference for you…because it seems that their process deletes any heat / dried coconuts from being used for the oil…but I wonder if that would make a difference with how it reacts with your skin? Only one way to find out!!! :-)

      OK, and now toners. Gah I am a toner junkie. I love em. I am the girl who is misting all day long at work. My coworkers thing I’m a nut. I usually save on cleansers and makeup removers, and I also don’t like to spend too much on shampoo (I heart Acure Organics, and it’s so affordable!).

      I hope to see a Cocovit review on your blog soon!!! xoxo

      • Yes, their page is where I read about their process; for some reason I thought I read it on Beautea Bar’s Blog. So curious how it would make a difference!! Working up the courage to subject my skin to more coconut oil! (:

        Haha that is funny. I also mist all day long, but have a home office where my dogs are the only ones watching. Luckily rosewater works so well for me and isn’t incredibly expensive. Every once in a while a toner splurge is nice. I also have a love affair with Jasmine Garden. I just go through sooo so quickly.


      • Ines

        Green derm did some good articles on his blog about coconut oil – he says breakout probe people should stay away as its molecules are larger and it is therefore comedogenic. I would stay away, raw or not. There are so many other beautiful oils out there without these properties.

  • I’ve been really curious abut KYPRIS for a while and have almost pulled the trigger on one of the sample sizes a couple of times. I’m definitely willing to splurge on skincare but have to admit the full price bottle $$$ has definitely been holding me back!

  • Erica Borchiver

    would using beauty elixir ii with Skinceuticals’ CE Ferulic be overkill? How would I use them both?

    • Hi Erica,

      I’ve never tried Skinceuticals’ CE Ferulic, so it’s hard for me to say. What is the texture like? Is it oily or more of a gel? If it’s more of a watery gel, you might try making a small microemulsion of the KYPRIS oil + CE Ferulic to see if you like the texture and of course to see if your skin responds well. I would patch-test first to ensure there are no reactions. Sorry if this wasn’t very much help! You can also of course tweet at KYPRIS to see what they recommend.

  • Ines

    Thanks for the review. I just ordered the no 3 oil as it is essential oil free, which I need as I am pregnant. I normally use yuli. First thoughts: what i do not like so much is the use of sunflower and coconut oils as base, especially for such an expensive product. It contains some sun sensitising ingredients, such as pickly pear; so its use during the day could be tricky. Third, I would also love to see ferulic acid – yuli uses it in an oil base, so I am suprised kypris says it needs to be in a watery base. All in all I still like liquid courage (yuli) better – formula wise and price wise. But kypris will be fine for now.

    • I hope you like it! What made you try this vs. sticking with Yuli? I’m going to try Liquid Courage once I get through my bulk of oils! It looks like a real winner of a product. I like that CE+ Ferulic combo in one product … keeps me from having to layer too much!

      Also, I’ve never heard of prickly pear seed oil referred to as sun sensitizing; can you let me know where that info is from? I’ve always known prickly pear seed oil as one that’s high in vitamin E and fatty acids that can help alleviate oxidative stress and free radical damage…

      • Ines

        Hello, I am using kypris prismatic array at the moment as it is essential oil free – I am pregnant and the recommendation is to avoid eos in the first trimester…..hence why I switched for now. In regards to pickly pear, I think I read it on spiritbeautylounge (face oil/serum section); I think it is also the reason why mun’s oil is a nighttime oil. Rosehip has similar properties and it is also in the kypris oil….I have been using the kypris oil for a few weeks now and my skin is responding fine, though I notice some slight congestion on my dry skin; maybe the coconut oil, maybe the hormones …:). Please try liquid courage, I love it!

        • Glad it’s working for you! I can’t find anything about prickly pear seed oil being photo-sensitizing. I will reach out to some makers to confirm and continue to research! What makes rosehip oil photo-sensitizing is its high vitamin A content.

          Liquid Courage is on the list!!! xoxo

  • Haole Mama

    I have been researching all day (literally) on organic skin care and have narrowed it down to Yuli and Kypris. Not sure which route to go. Has anyone tried both? Insight?

    • Which Yuli product? What’s your skin type? Really depends on what you’re after. I’ve only tried Yuli’s Pure Mask (awesome) and the Cell Perfecto PM (wasn’t quite compatible with my skin). Liquid Courage is one that’s on my to-try list once I get through my oils.