Alpyn Beauty Natural Skincare Review [Plant-Based & Sustainable!]

Alpyn Beauty Natural Skincare Review [Plant-Based & Sustainable!]

It’s no secret that I have the pleasure of testing out a LOT of different skincare brands; there are soooooo many in clean beauty these days! But every now and then, I come across one that just seems extra special. You may or may not have heard of Alpyn Beauty before, so today I’m going to share more about the brand and their products with you!


Some products were gifted to me for PR consideration with no obligation to share. This post contains affiliate links and reflects my honest thoughts, as always!


About the Brand: Alpyn Beauty

Alpyn was founded by Kendra Kolb Butler in 2015 and is based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. You pronounce it like “all-pen” and they took inspiration from the region’s renowned alpenglow: the ethereal pink light cast at sunrise and sunset which illuminates the mountaintops, meadows, forests, and valleys where the ingredients for their products grow 🏔

Some quick info about Alpyn for ya:
  • Vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and Leaping Bunny Certified
  • 1% for the Planet member
  • Formulas are non-comedogenic and contain no added synthetic fragrances
  • Use some certified organic ingredients and others are wildcrafted (meaning they’re sustainably sourced and harvested near their headquarters!)
  • Packaged in recyclable glass and FSC-certified paper boxes (with vegetable-based inks)
  • Prices for each product are all between $28-62 which is quite reasonable compared to some other organic skincare brands, especially considering the quality and sourcing

Also, Alpyn incorporates a lot of gentle plant-based alternatives to retinol such as bakuchiol and rambutan. So you can get the benefits such as youthful skin and diminished fine lines/wrinkles but without the harsh side effects of retinol.

Related post: “Your Guide to Clean Retinols & Most Effective Natural Retinol Alternatives

Overall, I appreciate that Alpyn is transparent and conscious about ingredients and sourcing!

Alpyn Products I’ve Tried & My Honest Thoughts!

Over the years, I’ve gotten to try all of Alpyn’s products. It’s an AWESOME skincare line, and I really think they’re worth checking out. Here are my thoughts on each product.

BTW, you can use code ORGANICALLYBECCA15 for a discount on Alpyn products!

Bearberry & Vitamin C Glow Serum

Alpyn Bearberry Vitamin C Glow Serum

This is one of my fave Alpyn products! I first used it years ago (when it was called the PlantGenius Survival Serum) but it still makes its way back into my routine because it’s just SO good. It’s a multitasking serum that also doubles as an illuminating primer because it has responsibly sourced mica in it for a little shimmer. It has a light, fresh scent and a silky texture that sinks into skin immediately (no pilling!).

Alpyn Bearberry & Vitamin C Glow Serum

The serum has a pump dispenser and it’s packed with Vitamin C, bearberry, hyaluronic acid, squalane, and bakuchiol. The primary purpose of the formula is to brighten and address signs of aging; I do feel like this serum makes my skin look vibrant, toned, and plump. My pores seem less obvious too! ✨

Of all the “retinol dupes” I’ve tried, I have personally seen the best results from this one! Highly recommend.

Shop Bearberry & Vitamin C Glow Serum Here

Creamy Bubbling Cleanser

The name of this is kind of deceiving, in my opinion! Because of “bubbling” I expected it to be more frothy and foamy. It does lather and produce mild suds, but it’s more of a milky gel-cream. It smells lovely though!

The cleanser is made with glycolic and lactic acids (AHAs to resurface), enzymes (papaya and pomegranate to decongest pores), Vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid. It does have a clarifying effect but I wonder if this would be too strong for daily use if you have sensitive skin.

Typically, cream cleansers are better for dry skin types because they won’t strip skin or leave it feeling tight! And that’s how I feel about this one too; it’s hydrating and leaves my face feeling comfortable.

This is not one I would use to remove heavy makeup either (I prefer something oil-based or Alpyn’s Juneberry cleanser works better for that). In summary, I like this for no-makeup days or as a quick morning cleanse, but it’s not a product that I would likely purchase again in the future. I just prefer other types of cleansers!

Shop Creamy Cleanser Here

Instant Bright Eye Firming Cream (new!)

This eye cream is GORGEOUS! Both the packaging and the actual color of the cream. It has a peachy-pink hue but blends in clearly. If you’re not familiar with color theory, peach tones can help offset and correct dark circles and blue/purple tones. Such a smart idea for an eye cream!

Alpyn Instant Bright Eye Cream

It has bakuchiol, caffeine, peptides, niacinamide, reneseed (another retinol alternative), and chamomile. So it’s meant to firm, tighten, brighten, and blur lines.

Between Alpyn’s two eye creams, I favor this one! The application is easier because it has a pump, it feels more hydrating, and the consistency is a little thinner and glides on quicker. It’s also $10 cheaper for the same amount of product!

I do think this cream is better for brightening under eyes, and the PlantGenius Balm is more effective for smoothing lines over time. This also makes a lovely base for underneath concealer and makeup!

Shop Instant Bright Eye Here

Juneberry & Collagen Hydrating Cream Cleanser

Move over, Pond’s cold cream! This is a cleaner swap for the cult classic cream cleanser. In all honesty, I was skeptical of this! A lot of cream cleansers I’ve used in the past just never seemed to *actually* cleanse that well or would feel like they left a filmy residue on my skin.

But whoa, I am pleasantly surprised with this one! You apply it to wet or dry skin (I’ve been applying it to dry skin, even with makeup on!), massage it, and then rinse. It emulsifies with water and rinses clean. You can also wipe with a cloth but I don’t totally find that necessary.

Juneberry & Collagen Hydrating Cream Cleanser

It truly feels cool to the touch (it has menthol and eucalyptus in it!) and refreshing on skin. It also has tiny jojoba beads in it for a mild scrub. I’m really amazed at how soft my skin feels after cleansing with this and not stripped dry at all. The cleanser contains bakuchiol, collagen, and wild juneberry and is ideal for hydrating, reviving dullness, fighting blemishes, and softening skin. The scent is very minimal; maybe a bit minty and fresh but hardly noticeable at all!

Since it does have menthol and eucalyptus, it can feel effervescent if you get too much in your eyes. I don’t find that it stings or hurts, but it can make my eyes water a tiny bit if I get too much of the cleanser in my eyes.

Ultimately, I’m a die-hard oil cleansing gal and still feel like those cleanse more effectively, but I DO like this cream cleanser and think it works well! And the concept is super cool.

Shop Juneberry Cream Cleanser Here

PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm

Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line Filling Eye Balm

I can’t resist a good eye balm! This one applies like a cream but behaves more like a balm. It almost has a tacky consistency, but not in a bad way because it has a firming effect. It soaks in nicely and does not feel greasy or oily at all.

The balm is formulated with bakuchiol, caffeine, hyaluronic acid, eyebright, bearberry, and Vitamin C. It even has some mica for extra glowiness. It’s meant to help with fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles. I don’t personally deal with dark circles so I can’t speak to that, but I do feel like it helps moisturize the skin around my eyes, smooth out lines, and make me look more awake in the morning!

It’s kinda pricey, but you only need a tiny dab each time you use it. I like it! 👀

Shop PlantGenius Eye Balm Here

PlantGenius Melt Moisturizer

This is one of Alpyn’s best sellers! It’s a water-based cream with a velvety texture. I love that it has a matte finish and truly melts right into skin. The smell is similar to the Glow serum…light and fresh!

Alpyn PlantGenius Melt Moisturizer

I’m typically one to use facial oils as my moisturizer, but this one does make my skin feel hydrated and moisturized. Not as well as an oil, but it still does a good job. It also works well underneath an oil if you want to layer them; I don’t notice any pilling at all. It uses bakuchiol, hyaluronic acid, squalane, and ceramides.

Overall, this cream is very nice and my skin likes it! I think it would be good if you’re looking for a lightweight (but nourishing) moisturizer to smooth and firm.

Shop Melt Moisturizer Here

Pore Perfecting BHA Liquid Exfoliator

I feel like just calling this one a “toner” isn’t doing it justice, because it’s sooooo much more than that! It’s a leave-on liquid exfoliator (you need to apply it with a cotton round!) that also tones and clarifies. It has a light scent.

The exfoliator is made with borage (soothes), tremella mushroom (hydrates and maintains pH), salicylic acid (BHA to exfoliate and sweep away debris), Vitamin C (brightens and protects), vegetable collagen, and niacinamide.

Alpyn Pore Perfecting Liquid Exfoliator

It’s powerful but Alpyn claims it’s gentle enough to use daily, but I think that might be overkill, especially if you have sensitive skin. I use it a couple of times a week and notice a more even complexion and soft, smooth skin! It’s especially helpful for pores and buildup on my nose.

I would suggest this one if you have dullness, congestion, clogged pores, or are prone to breakouts. I recommend using it at nighttime because you shouldn’t exfoliate then go out in the sun.

Shop Liquid Exfoliator Here

Related post: “The Best Clean & Natural Face Toners for Each Skin Type

Super Peptide & Ghostberry Barrier Repair Cream

Alpyn’s newest moisturizer; it does not disappoint and is another fave of mine. It’s a rich restorative cream that supports the skin barrier and is made with ceramides, ghostberry (known as “nature’s Neosporin” and has calming properties), Tasmanian pepper (targets redness), and peptides. Love!

Alpyn Super Peptide Ghostberry Barrier Repair Cream

I prefer this one over the Melt moisturizer because it’s gentler and my skin has become more sensitive over the years. This is unscented and doesn’t use any essential oils which can be irritating for some! It has also been awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™.

The cream has a natural, semi-matte finish so you get adequate moisture but it won’t feel heavy or greasy at all. Sometimes I like to mix a drop or two of tamanu oil with this cream for extra healing benefits and added moisture. If you have dry skin, I would recommend doing the same!

It really does feel soothing and calms my skin. If you’re looking to target fine lines, wrinkles, redness, or have sensitive skin, then you might enjoy this too!

Shop Ghostberry Moisturizer Here

Related post: “The Top 7 Best Natural & Low Tox Moisturizers for Supple Skin

Wild Huckleberry 8-Acid Polishing Peel

This one is POWERFUL so I would only use it sparingly (no more than once a week but I would even recommend bi-weekly)! It might be too potent if you have sensitive skin. It offers both chemical and mechanical exfoliation; bamboo powder and berry seed paste give a gentle polish effect and eight natural acids (including white willow bark which is considered nature’s salicylic acid) help exfoliate skin. And Alpyn uses wild-harvested huckleberry which protects against free-radical damage and brightens.

You apply a thin layer to clean, dry skin and let it work its magic for about five minutes. I expected it to feel tingly or harsh, but it actually has a cooling sensation on my skin. It doesn’t get dry, itchy, crackly, or tight when you wear it either.

Alpyn Wild Huckleberry 8-Acid Polishing Peel

Then you can just rinse it off or splash with water and gently massage skin before completely removing it. The little scrubbies feel so cool! Heads up, it will likely leave your skin red for a bit! For me, the redness lasts about 15-20 minutes and then subsides. But I never experience any feelings of intense heat or flushing.

But I gotta say, the texture is UNREAL! It looks like a fluffy, whipped yogurt and even smells like berry yogurt. Mmmm! And it leaves my skin soooooooo satiny smooth. I wish it were slightly less potent so I could use it more often but I’m not sure my skin could handle that!

Shop Huckleberry Polishing Peel Here

Wild Huckleberry Radiance Recovery Peel

Alpyn Wild Hucklebery Radiance Recovery Peel

This one is more my speed for SURE! It’s like Alpyn knew exactly what I needed. If you’re like me and the original 8-acid peel was too strong, listen up! This is a sensitive skin version and has single exfoliation instead of double (and no scrubbies). It’s less potent and doesn’t cause any tingling or redness. In fact, it has chamomile to reduce redness and colloidal oatmeal to soothe.

The consistency is similar to the original peel, only a bit denser. Just put a thin layer on your skin for 5 minutes then rinse it off. I love that it gives a mild exfoliation but also targets irritation at the same time!

Shop Radiance Recovery Peel Here 

Wild Nettle & Niacinamide Firming Serum

Alpyn’s other serum option! I like that it has a dropper to dispense the product. The main purpose of this one is to assist with firming and tone skin. It’s made with rambutan, niacinamide, wild nettle, squalane, hyaluronic acid, and bearberry. Like most of Alpyn’s products, the scent is mild.

Alpyn Wild Nettle Firming Serum

I happily finished a bottle of this and thought it was great! It seriously does have a firming effect as the name suggests. It makes my skin feel hydrated and acts as a nice base for a moisturizer or other skincare products, without bunching up. I even feel like it helps control oil production, especially since I have combination-type skin.

This has more of a cool gel texture compared to the Glow serum which is softer to the touch (and they have slightly different purposes). Of the two, I prefer the Glow serum, but this one is still a force to be reckoned with!

Shop Wild Nettle Firming Serum Here

Willow & Sweet Agave Lip Plumping Mask

You may have seen this bad boy go viral on TikTok 👄 It’s a lip treatment that you can just apply like a lip balm or leave on overnight as a mask. It has a slightly waxy consistency so you might need to warm it up for a second between your fingertips before applying on lips. But the finish is not really sticky or anything. The smell isn’t strong but it has a minor castor oil scent with some hints of berry!

Willow & Sweet Agave Lip Plumping Mask

It’s made with sweet blue agave leaf and hyaluronic acid (for hydration), white willow bark (to exfoliate), and wild chokeberry (for antioxidant protection).

I’ll be frank, I don’t notice any intense plumping with this one, maybe a faint tingle. BUT it definitely makes my lips feel SO smooth, soft, and supple. Like, when I wear it I can’t stop rubbing my lips together because they feel so good! It’s great for when my lips are chapped or rough. I also find that it sits nicely underneath lipstick and makes for a better application!

Shop Plumping Lip Mask Here

Conclusion: Rating Each Alpyn Product

⭐️ My faves and top picks:

  • Bearberry & Vitamin C Glow Serum
  • Instant Bright Eye Cream
  • Pore Perfecting Liquid Exfoliator
  • Radiance Recovery Peel
  • Super Peptide Ghostberry Barrier Repair Cream
  • Willow & Sweet Agave Lip Plumping Mask

👍 Alpyn products I like but not necessarily faves:

  • Juneberry & Collagen Hydrating Cream Cleanser
  • PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm
  • PlantGenius Melt Moisturizer
  • Wild Nettle & Niacinamide Firming Serum

🤷‍♀️ Wouldn’t get again:

  • 8-Acid Polishing Peel (too strong)
  • Creamy Bubbling Cleanser (I prefer other types of cleansers)

Where to Buy Alpyn Products

You can use the coupon code ORGANICALLYBECCA15 for a discount at Alpyn’s website!

Other than directly from Alpyn’s website, you can find their products at select retailers (online and in-store):

Shop Alpyn @ Aillea Beauty

Shop Alpyn @ Credo Beauty

Shop Alpyn @ The Detox Market

Shop Alpyn @ Sephora

Shop Alpyn @ Amazon


Have you tried Alpyn or are you interested in any of their products? I’d love to hear in the comments! 💕

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Alpyn Beauty Natural Skincare Review [Plant-Based & Sustainable!]

Written by: Becca

Becca is a blogger, wife, and dog mom living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Having seen firsthand the benefits of switching to a natural lifestyle herself, she's passionate about helping women make the switch to clean beauty products, organic skincare, and a holistic way of life (without the stress of being perfect about it!).

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