This Beauty Brand Sets a New Standard on Clean & Sustainable Beauty

Meet Codex, the game-changing, effective clean beauty brand that takes sustainability to a whole new level.
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Apr. 20
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Though Cherie is a beauty app for beauty lovers, we also truly believe in our responsibility to stand for important causes. We're celebrating Earth Day all week here at Cherie with our sustainability awareness campaign called "A Breath of Fresh Air". This week, we'll be sharing different ways we can be, and provide, a breath of fresh air to ourselves and the earth. Think doing small activities like walking or biking instead of driving, or purchasing from brands that give back to the earth. After all, everything begins with us! Sometimes I feel like I'm on a never-ending hunt to find the best beauty products. Fueled by curiosity more than anything, this mission can sometimes feel moot—what exactly am I looking for and why does it never end? It started simply with looking products products that work for me. Then, I wanted products that work AND have clean ingredients, so that change happens skin deep and not just on the surface (plus, clean formulas are overall better for you!). Next, I wanted skincare that does all of the above AND does right by the earth; from formulation to shipping. While a utopian beauty product may have seemed impossible before, Codex Beauty makes this possible and sets a new standard for the rest of the beauty world when it comes to clean, sustainable beauty from beginning to end. A Little Bit About This Too-Good-To-Be-True (but it is) BrandCodex Beauty is a brand to watch. One quick look at their website and you get that clean, airy feel that already makes you think this brand is up to some good. And truly, they are. Here's what Codex is up to:The FormulasCodex Beauty is a bioscience led company, which means nature and science come together to form incredibly effective organic skincare. Codex brings together scientists, botanists, technologists, cosmetic chemists, and dermatologists to weigh in on every product from start to finish. What Codex does so well is harness the power of nature into their formulas with no synthetics or any unpronounceable ingredients—if it didn't come from a plant, it's not in here.
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The PackagingThis was the most impressive thing for me. Codex's green tubes are made of plants! They use a plant-based polyethylene tube which is a sustainable plastic alternative coming from sugarcane waste. This has allowed their carbon footprint to decrease up to 81%. In addition, all their cartons are made from renewable fresh fiber that comes from sustainably managed forests, making them 100% recyclable. What I thought About The Products Codex was so kind to send me some products to try, and I was so impressed with how well everything worked. For one week, I tried the Bia Exfoliating Wash, Bia Skin Superfood, and Bia Day Cream. Each product delivered a muted floral scent and gentle formula that felt like it was doing its job, even if I applied just a small amount of product. While a week of use didn't yield any tremendous results to my skin, I will say that it was visibly calmer. I used it around the time of my pre-menstrual cycle, and I typically breakout along my chin but this time I didn't! I also used the Skin Superfood on my eczema-ridden hands (all this hand and dishwashing is taking a toll) and saw some amazing results to my inflamed hands. This alone is enough for me to recommend the entire Bia line from Codex Beauty! The only presumably downside is the premium price tag. Though it is expensive, it is absolutely worth it because the care and thoughtfulness of the entire supply chain will make you feel confident that your dollar is going towards a new, better standard in sustainable beauty.
Exfoliating wash; no suds, really gentle
Exfoliating wash; no suds, really gentle formula.
After washing and moisturizing with Bia
After washing and moisturizing with Bia Skin Superfood.
The Bia Line from Codex Beauty, RankedThis cream is amazing. I love how it smells lightly of calendula, and I love this so much on my hands. This has really calmed the eczema on my hands currently; putting a halt to redness and itch! Usually I need hydrocortisone to stop my eczema from itching, but this is my new holy grail.This day cream is incredibly light on the skin but keeps your skin supple all day long. I'm super impressed with how potent it is, mainly because the consistency isn't super thick. I realized after using this day cream that I'm super used to rich moisturizers and thick formulas to feel like things work. Well, Codex has proven me wrong!As exfoliating washes go, this is one of my favorites. I love how gentle and soft it is on my skin while still feeling like it's exfoliating. I prefer chemical exfoliants which is why this is my least favorite of the line, but I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to replace their harsh walnut or apricot face scrubs.
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A sample product was gifted from Codex Beauty. Financial compensation was not received for this post. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.
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MY FACE MAKEUP ROUTINE for when I’m breaking out
MY FACE MAKEUP ROUTINE for when I’m breaking out
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My acne fighting duo for under $20
My acne fighting duo for under $20
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How I Treated My Hormonal Acne
How I Treated My Hormonal Acne
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Ingredient Breakdown: Peptides
Ingredient Breakdown: Peptides
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Battle of the Face Masks
Battle of the Face Masks
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