The United Nations of Green Beauty Products: Spain

 

Hola!
With the snow coming full force and the lack of light, I’ve been craving some sunshine. So to compensate, I thought I’d talk about this eco-luxe brand, all the way from the Mediterranean (dodgy transition, I know 😉

Hadn’t I started blogging, I’d have never opened an Instagram account, and subsequently never come across this fascinating brand called Ami Iyök. Established in Barcelona, this Spanish company sources its ingredients worldwide. According to their bio, Ami Iyök means “Mother Earth” in the language of a tribe from Central America. Unlike the other brands featured in my previous editions, I haven’t tried Ami Iyök yet, as I’m taking part in the #greensurvivor challenge which is running until mid-February. Until then no new purchases for me. However, this spending ban gives me plenty of time to decide which product I’d like to try first.

 

GMO/paraben/petroleum/phenol/phthalate – free, Ami Iyök’s ingredients are natural and organically grown, controlled by EcoControl BDI. Ami Iyök is actually the first brand in Spain to obtain NaTrue certification. Eco from head to toe, with an environmental-friendlypackaging, which features a wooded patented foldable and reusable design. The violet glass jars ooze luxury, and are reminiscent of May Lindstrom’s or Gressa’s line. As you know, it’s not (just) for design purposes: violet glass jars block light exposure, allowing the passage of a small amount of UV-A and infrared radiation, thus prolonging the shelf-life and effectiveness of the products. Ami Iyök’s philosophy revolves around slow ageing, as opposed to anti-aging, which is a term I prefer as well, since the latter is rather a unrealistic vision. They stress the benefits of having a skin ritual in the long-term and define the 4 key steps in order to achieve glowy and healthy skin, which are similar to concept of “layering”.
1. Deep cleansing/purifying
(daily cleansing + weekly mask)
2. Skin stimulation/massage
(skin is stimulated by a toner application and massage, which prepares the skin before applying serums) and treatments)
3. Treatment Application
(potent serum/treatment according to the skin woe you’re dealing with)
4. Hydration and nutrition
(sealing the treatment by applying a face cream or oil. Creams/oils hydrate and shield the skin from environmental aggressions.)They
are currently showcasing a cohesive skin and body care line*, with 44
active ingredients distributed accross the entire range of products.
Defining itself as “advanced organic cosmeceuticals”, Ami Iyök combines science and nature in one, hence why certain products contain biocompounds such as Argilerine, Hyaluronic Acid, and plant-based retinols. Those elements are solely used in their line targeted for mature skin. I’m more interested in their use of exotic plants. One of their star ingredients is the Peruvian Sacha inchi oil. Growing in popularity,  Sacha Inchi Oil has rejuvenating properties and softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Other promising ingredients that I’ve found in their line are Bamboo, Ginseng, Gingko Biloba, and Gotu Kola.
(*note: there’s also one product available for our furry friends! A dog soap enriched with Lavender oil and Lemon balm. John Masters Organics also has a line for our pet companions).
Picture source: Ami Iyök

The products I’m personally eyeing according to my skin type (i.e. oily) are, Oceanik mask, (a blend of sea mud, clay, Hamamélis and citrus oils) Hibistonic (a hydrating and soothing toner with Gingko biloba, Hamamélis) Stop Spots (a roll-on with Manuka, Willow Bark, and Tea tree to name a few). I’m also very interested in the Photoshop-oil. Beside the intriguing name, it’s a bronzing oil, which also conceals small skin blemishes.
With products ranging from 40-105 Euros, Ami Iyök cultivates the image of an exclusive, upscale line. But with a high price comes high expectations.
Ami Iyök is currently distributed in Spain, and in several spas/shops accross Europe (France) and Asia (Hong Kong, Macau). You can also order via their website.

Have you heard of or tried this brand?

Take care,
Liz

Liz

Green hunter, wellness junkie and pun maker on the website, I'm on a journey towards a kinder and healthier life. @lizthegreenspirit on Instagram.

9 Comments
  1. I love the whole slow-aging approach as anti-aging just sounds ridiculous and full of empty promises! The ingredients look great as well!

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  2. I've never heard of them but the products look lovely. How come we know all these American brands but never heard of the ones of our European neighbours?

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