Did you know the diary industry wastes 870.000 tonnes of whey, a by-product of cheese and milk production, every single year?
What a waste! But, wait, Gio, what has this got to do with skincare?
Meet Byre. It’s a new range of British body washes that rescues whey powder and uses it as their key ingredient. Like this weren’t enough, they also donate part of the proceeds to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution to help support farming family in needs.
Using their body washes definitely makes you feel good. But are they good for your skin, too? Let’s find out:
Key Ingredients In Byre Body Washes
Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Cocamidopropyl Betaine are the cleansing agents that make these body washes work. Their job is to help water mix with oil and dirt, so they can be easily rinsed away.
While they’re at it, they also make the cleanser foam. The higher their concentration, the more lather they make.
Despite their incomprehensible chemical names, these two babies are gentle on the skin. They remove dirt and impurities without drying out skin or irritating it.
Related: Are Sulfates In Skincare Products Bad For Skin?
Whey is a by-product of cheese production. It’s the liquid that’s left over after the cheese has been curdled and strained.
In skincare, whey protein is a moisturiser. It helps strengthens the skin’s protective barrier and keep skin soft and supple for hours.
Doesn’t matter how gently you cleanse, the process is always a bit traumatic for your skin. Whey makes sure that it stays soft and hydrated even as the surfactants remove oil and dirt.
Let’s Put Them To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
Byre Body Washes come in three “milk” variants: Full, Semi-Skimmed, and Skimmed. How cool is that?
They all use the same active ingredients (explained above) and have similar formulas. What makes each one stand out is its unique scent and texture:
- Full Cream: Milky white, it has the richest texture that feels more like a lotion. It’s the most hydrating of the lot, but doesn’t lather. That makes it perfect for sensitive or very dry skin. The scent? Sweet and soapy vanilla.
- Semi-Skimmed: Pearly white, its texture is neither thick nor runny. I dig this one the most. It applies like a dream, is hydrating and barely lathers. The fruity floral scent is heavenly, too.
- Skimmed: Translucent white, it has a thin, almost runny texture that lathers a little. It’s the least hydrating, making it perfect for oilier skin types. Or for the men in your life. The earthy, woody scent veers more towards the masculine.
All three body washes do an excellent job at cleansing my dry skin without leaving it tight and parched. They remove all dirt and impurities from my body, leaving it both clean and soft – and me feeling good. Win win.
Available at: £5.00 at Byre and Sainsbury’s
Have you tried Byre Body Washes? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Full Cream Body Wash Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Whey Protein, Laureth-4, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Coco-Glucoside, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Citric Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Benzyl Salicylate, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Courmarin, Papaver Somniferum Seed Oil, Polyquaternium-7, Benzoic Acid, Avena Satova (Oat) Meal Extracts, Potassium Sorbate.
Semi-Skimmed Body Wash Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Whey Protein, Laureth-4, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Coco-Glucoside, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Courmarin, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Papaver Somniferum Seed Oil, Polyquaternium-7, Niacinamide, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Benzoic Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Maltodextrin, Sodium Ascorbic Phosphate, Pyridoxine Hcl, Tocopheryl Acetate, Silica.
Skimmed Body Wash Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Whey Protein, Laureth-4, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Coco-Glucoside, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Papaver Somniferum Seed Oil, Polyquaternium-7, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Melissa Officials Leaf Extract, Passiflora Edulis Flower Extract, Benzoic Acid, Potassium Sorbate.