Packed with eight different peptide and vitamin-rich beans, the Blithe Vital Treatment, 8 Nourishing Beans Essence claims to be a bouncy and light liquid that rejuvenates dull skin for a youthful effect. The ‘pulp’ efficiently delivers nourishment, helping to slow signs of aging while invigorating the skin.
Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract (13.17%), Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Fruit Extract (9.66%), Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Fruit Extract (9.66%), Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract (9.66%), Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract (9.66%), Phaseolus Angularis Seed Extract (9.665%), Phaseolus Radiatus Seed Extract (9.66%), Phaseolus Vulgaris (Kidney Bean) Seed Extract (9.66%), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, PEG-32, Water, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Mannitol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Caramel, Adenosine, Potassium Hydroxide, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Disodium EDTA, Polyglutamic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Candida Bombicola/Glucose/Methyl Rapeseedate Ferment, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7
Although quite large in ingredient count, CosDNA returns a safe formulation.
The eight beans that make up around 80% of the essence include Black Soybean, Soybean, Carob Bean, Mung Bean, Kidney Bean, Lentil, Red Bean and Peanut. As well as being natural potent antioxidants which protect the skin from free radical damage, they also soothe, nourish, help eliminate uneven skin tone and encourage collagen synthesis for an anti-aging effect.
Other notable ingredients include Lemon, Peppermint and Orange Oils that contribute a hint of freshness to the scent, antibacterial properties and also add a slight cooling effect to the skin.
Standard hydrators include Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Polyglutamic Acid while Adenosine and Peptides enhance wrinkle care.
The essence is presented in a sturdy plastic frosted bottle with dropper opening and screw top lid. It’s very attractive, practical and hygienic.
Dispense a few drops into palms and pat gently onto clean skin. Follow with serum and moisturiser.
A 150ml bottle of the Blithe Vital Treatment, 8 Nourishing Beans Essence costs around USD$43.
The Blithe Vital Treatment, 8 Nourishing Beans Essence has a 2.5 year shelf life and must be used within 12 months of opening.
Firstly, I love the packaging! The bottle is sleek and sturdy and the dropper is perfect for controlled, clean dispensing. The essence is more viscous than water, and not runny. You can see pulp particles from the bean extract suspended in the liquid. These immediately and seamlessly dissolve upon contact with the skin, releasing Vitamin E derivatives, providing a fresh burst of antioxidants every time. As with many of Blithe’s offerings, it’s quite an innovative product.
There are a few essential oils in the formula that impart a mild and fresh natural scent to the essence, the prominent one being peppermint. It’s not a strong smell at all, rather quite delicate and refreshing. The essence sinks in rapidly and that absorption rate also reflects the time the scent lingers. It dissipates quickly so even if you don’t particularly like it, you don’t have to tolerate it for more than a few seconds. Personally, I like the smell of this product. Of course, if you’re sensitive to essential oils (orange, lemon and peppermint), you might want to patch test before using.
It has a light brown/toffee colour which is the result of the formulation, nothing added to enhance its appearance. I found it very easy to use and it cooperated well with everything I applied prior to and afterwards.
I use this after a watery toner, often twice a day, alternatively, I might use it to satisfy both the toner and essence steps. One layer is probably enough to provide my skin with what it needs, but it is the sort of texture that you can layer for both added hydration and moisturisation. It sinks in effortlessly without any tackiness or stickiness, even though it is medium weight, retaining a serum-like viscosity. This texture is the reason it’s so comfortable to layer and hence makes it suitable for the famous Korean 7-skin method. Personally, I prefer to use a lighter, watery product to fulfil this technique, finding 3-4 layers more than enough to provide me plump skin. For similar reasons, this may prove to be a bit rich for those with oily skin, the other Blithe Vital Treatment essences might be more appropriate.
The added moisture skin holds while using this product is evident. My skin clearly becomes more bouncy. It’s said to also help keep aging at bay although this benefit can only be realised over the longer term and not really noticeable to the eye after only a few months. Nonetheless, my skin visibly feels and looks healthier when I incorporate this essence into my routine. It’s worth noting that the peptides in the formula are at the very end so present at questionable concentrations. I wouldn’t rely on this alone to address anti-aging, rather, I’d couple it with a dedicated serum.
For those that enjoy essence in their routine, this is a must try product. It’s nourishing and a pleasure to use. It sinks in fast, without stickiness or tackiness and has an immediate positive impact on hydration and moisturisation. I’ve really enjoyed this esssence and would definitely recommend it, particularly for those with combo to dry skin.
|Gentle on the skin||Only available online for Australians|
|Absorbs quickly without tackiness/stickiness||May irritate super sensitive skin types due to essential oils|
|Visibly improves hydration and moisture|
|Medium weight texture but lightweight feel|
|Helps skin look healthier and more youthful|
|Suitable for the 7-skin method|
Please read in context with my disclaimer.