Your best skin.
Simply + luxuriously.
We strive to demystify the often tedious and tumultuous process of building an effective skincare routine. We like to refer to our potent, streamlined formulas as intelligent alchemy.
Our range focuses on coupling benefits that encompass all skin tones, types, and genders in a powerful way. Elegant, intentional formulations based on forward-thinking cosmetic science and the best of nature’s offerings–all selectively concocted by hand in small batches to assure quality and care. Skincare shouldn’t be a chore. We hope to make your daily ritual just a little bit sweeter.
Want to know more? Keep reading below + head over to our FAQ page.
what is intelligent alchemy?
Transformative, multitasking skincare consciously curated from the best of science and nature. It’s no-nonsense luxury for your skin.
focus on actives
Formulas built to showcase the active ingredients that make an impact. We focus on complex, multi-pathway targeted systems featuring synergistic blends of clinically proven actives. Then, we boost their impact with complementary extracts and oils from nature. What you get? Remarkably transformative, comprehensive, streamlined treatments.
We believe the key to unlocking your best skin is through optimising skin hydration + barrier health. Because of this, you’ll find it’s a prime quality of our formulations. Your skincare should have it all: intelligently crafted, intensely effective, and a complete indulgence to use.
First off, we’re adamant that “chemical” is not a dirty word. Know why? Everything is a chemical! Natural things, synthetic things—all chemicals. Formulating exceptional skincare is about selecting a holistic, functional blend of chemicals to benefit our skin and bodies most (and that’s not always easy).
Ingredients proven to have a gentle, positive impact on skin health are our focus. For this reason, all Cipher products are meticulously formulated to bring the perfect harmony between results-driven actives and nurturing, hydrating, skin barrier supporting ingredients.
Lets not forget about the importance of sustainability. We aim to maximize use of biodegradable, environmentally friendly ingredients and ensure sustainable and responsible sourcing practices. One way we do this is through use of nature-identical synthetics which can be created in-lab without eco or cultural impact. A second option we love is utilizing ingredients and extracts from byproducts of existing manufacturing processes. For pure botanical oils, we research origins to ensure fair trade practices are followed and strive to support our farming communities.
Did you know, the acidity of our skin is near pH 5.5? Applying things to our skin with pH significantly higher or lower than this can sometimes disrupt its precious balance—aka an impaired skin barrier. This impairment can cause flares in skin issues such as acne, sensitivity, eczema and rosacea.
Also, formula pH has an impact on the efficacy and tolerance of its active ingredients. For example, alpha hydroxy acids are classified as medical grade (unsafe for home use) when pH is less than 3.0. On the other hand, they are essentially ineffective above pH 5.5.
We take great care to ensure the pH of every batch is optimally balanced to produce effective, safe, and well-tolerated formulas for all skins—especially sensitive and those prone to development of hyperpigmentation.
transparency + trust
Community is important to us. We want you to feel comfortable and confident in your skincare choices.
We aim to cultivate trust through transparency and honesty and believe a great avenue toward achieving this is through sharing knowledge.
Rather than relying on of-the-moment buzzwords, we try to break down our formulas in an informative and straightforward way. Our ingredients are specifically selected to:
- actively deliver visible skin improvements,
- support healthy, resilient skin,
- help stabilize and boost efficacy of actives, and
- optimise the delivery of actives.
You know what to expect from each sophisticated formula and hopefully learn a bit along the way. Want to know more? You can find full definitions of every intentional ingredient in our products by simply tapping through the ingredient list.