From seed to skincare

Iceland is a country of challenging extremes which requires Icelanders to be persistent and adaptable. Iceland’s stunning landscape – glaciers, lava fields and volcanoes – combined with harsh dark winters, make it difficult to grow plants. But luckily it is also extremely geothermally active and that has enabled us to grow plants all year round in greenhouses powered by sustainable geothermal energy.

The hi-tech BIOEFFECT Greenhouse is nestled in the middle of the lava fields of Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark in the southwest of Iceland, only 50 km from our headquarters in Reykjavik. There we can nurture up to 130,000 bioengineered barley plants, producing our remarkable key ingredient Barley EGF. We grow the plants for 30 days in the ecologically-engineered Greenhouse where we nurture the plants in volcanic pumice from the old volcano Hekla and uniquely pure Icelandic water.

Water is one of the purest and most abundant of Iceland’s natural resources. Geologically filtered through layers of inert volcanic lava over time meaning it is as pure as possible, no need for any chemical purification. The Icelandic water is also very soft and less likely to leave a drying or irritating mineral deposit on skin and hair. That same water is used in our products to ensure the purest formulation. The Icelandic water and the EGF from our barley plants is what makes BIOEFFECT unique.

Take the Bioeffect Tour

Watch this video and journey behind the scenes of our high-tech, hydroponic greenhouse where we grow barley plants all year round, thanks to sustainable geothermal energy. You will also discover how BIOEFFECT’s unique ingredient, Barley EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor), becomes a reality through cutting-edge biotechnology. Hear how three scientists on a mission to advance medical research became pioneers in skincare.