Monday, 13 October 2014

MV Organics Gentle Cream Cleanser and Rose Smoothing and Protecting Moisturiser - review by London Makeup Girl

Long-time blog readers will remember the lovely Lydia from London Makeup Girl. Blogging as Grace London until last year, LMG was one of the first blogs that I read and Lydia was one of the original crowd of people that encouraged me to start blogging. Her blog was intelligent, eloquent and always very well thought out. In the current world of 'press release cut and pasting', LMG left a big gap. I have been trying to get Lydia to write guest posts for me for a while - her specialty/interest is/was organic/all things natural (genuinely natural) - something that I enjoy, but not a prerequisite for me to use/blog about. I know, however, that a large number of you are completely passionate about that area of skincare so I thought you'd appreciate another opinion and slightly more regular postings from that domain. Below is what I hope to be the first of many posts from Lydia. Who knows - maybe we can persuade her to come back to us. (PS: Just in case it needs saying - you can assume that I endorse Lydia's reviews - I'd happily let her go skincare shopping on my behalf)


I’m Lydia and I used to write a blog called London Makeup Girl. Work and life has gotten in the way of regular blogging for me (I hear you - CH), but Caroline has kindly invited me to guest post on her turf about my favourite natural* skincare products.

Sometimes there seems to be a high-tech v natural skincare divide. I think it’s similar to how you might approach nutrition/diet - you can eat scientifically designed supplements and vitamins or a variety of organic produce. In either case, you’ll likely be healthier than if you lived on nothing but junk food. A combination of the two is often no bad thing.
I like natural skincare because I prefer a gentle, long term approach to healthy skin. My skin also tends to react badly to too many silicones, and they are easier to avoid in natural brands. So, that’s enough about me and my tao of skincare. The products I’m reviewing today are from MV Organic Skincare.

The Gentle Cream Cleanser is a thick cream cleanser - a bit thicker than a cold cream, and definitely more cream than lotion. I use one or two pumps on dry skin, but then I wet my fingertips to massage the cleanser over my skin as per the instructions. This makes it much easier to spread; if you don't use damp fingers you'll either drag the skin or need to use (and waste) a load of cleanser. It has a gentle citrus scent (from the mandarin essential oil). I remove with a wet flannel, and then splash with cold water. This cleanser takes off eye makeup efficiently (I don't wear waterproof mascara, but it can remove a Bobbi Brown Gel eyeliner with no problems).
Ingredients:
Water, Camellia (Camellia Oleifera) Oil*, Cetearyl Glucoside, Vegetable Glycerin*, Olive (Olea Europaea) Fruit Oil*, Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Vitamin E non GM (Tocopherol), Xanthan Gum, Honeysuckle (Lonicera Caprifolium & Lonicera Japonica) Extract, With essential oils of: Rose, Chamomile and Mandarin *, Potassium Sorbate, 
* Organically Grown

The Rose Smoothing and Protective Moisturiser is a thick white cream that has a subtle rose fragrance. I use half a pump for my face and the same again for my neck and upper chest. I find it applies best over skin that's slightly damp with toner - I like the MV Organics Rose Hydrating Mist, Live Native Essential Mist MSM Toner or Organic Pharmacy Rose Facial Spritz. It's a good base for makeup and doesn't leave the skin feeling or looking greasy if you use the correct amount. It's also very good mixed with a couple of drops of facial treatment oil for drier skin; the MV Organic Booster oils work well, so does Sunday Riley Juno (review on that coming soon) and the De Mamiel Seasonal Oils.
Ingredients:
Water, Camellia (Camellia Sinensis) Oil*, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerin*, Glyceryl Stearate, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinesis) Seed Oil*, Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Oil, Vitamin E non GM (Tocopherol), Honeysuckle (Lonicera Caprifolium & Lonicera Japonica) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, With essential oil of: Rose Otto and Rose Geranium     
* Organically Grown

These are good, simple products; they are very easy and no-fuss to use, and are particularly good on inherently sensitive skin or skin that has been riled up by a change of climate or harsh skincare. I also like that you can purchase 15ml travel/trial sizes before you invest in full sizes.
I purchased mine from www.beingcontent.com (most of my skincare comes from Content). There's more information on the MV Organic website at www.mvskincare.com.




*I use the term ‘Natural’ as shorthand for skincare based on plant oils/extracts, often organic. I know, not everything that is natural is good for you. 



28 comments:

  1. Love the look of these two a lot, and if it's you two lovely ladies recommending them I surely have something to check! :)
    Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

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  2. Thank you for the post Lydia (and your persistency Caroline in getting Lydia here).
    Quick question - are these quite strong smelling? I know they contain essential oil content and sometimes my nose is more sensitive to that than my skin is!

    Ting | www.thetingthing.com

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    1. I personally don't think they are - Lydia may disagree but I doubt it.

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    2. Hi Ting - I count these as subtle - they're light on the EOs.

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  3. This is a lovely brand that I have yet to try!
    www.mademoisellenature.blogspot.com

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  4. Oh my, this is a match made in heaven! Grace (Lydia) your voice has been so sorely missed, it gives me no end of delight to be able to read your thoughtful posts again.

    Welcome back!

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  5. Lydia, it is fantastic to hear from you again. I missed your blog.

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    1. Thank you :) It's very nice to be back in the saddle again.

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  6. Hi Caroline, I read this" le jour de chanel" review and wanted to run it by you. http://www.paulaschoice.com/beautypedia-skin-care-reviews/by-brand/chanel/_/Le-Jour-De-Chanel
    Please let me know what you think as I have been using it on a daily basis.

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    1. If you are happy with it keep using it. There are a lot of products that contain alcohol. Yes, it can be drying but your face isn't going to fall off. I like this product. x

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  7. I bought the Rose Smoothing and Protecting Moisturizer about a year ago for my rosacea acne prone skin. But for some reason, even with the booster oil from MV organics, it left my skin with this really tight/drying feeling afterwards. Am I doing something wrong here? I don't really have dry skin, perhaps a little dehydrated but I never had this problem with the moisturizer from REN. So sad though because this product is twice as expensive as the REN moisturizer.

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    1. Hi - did you use a toner or floral water underneath? If you still have the products and you want to give them another go, then I'd suggest adding another drop or two of the oil to the moisturiser (I do the pump of moisturiser into my palm, then add a couple of drops of oil and blend). I l prefer them mixed together, rather than layered.

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    2. I tried it with and without toner/water underneath and it didn't help. I was using a drop of the rose plus booster to add with my moisturizer but I always layered them, rather than mixing. Perhaps that's the trick!

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  8. Caroline/Lydia, thank you for this post, as someone whose skin seems to be freakishly sensitive at the moment and badly affected too by the change in weather (UK) I need to compile a list of potential products if this turns out to be a long term thing- gosh I hope not as I have enough cleansers, oils and moisturisers to last me into next Spring.

    I hope that you will be able to "guest" again in the future.

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  9. I have sensitive skin hence organic products with certain type of essential oils aren't for me. These wouldnt work for me.

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  10. Caroline what do you think about OSKIA RENAISSANCE CLEANSING GEL ?

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  11. Caroline, Help! My skin has gone into complete meltdown and what a kid in your class (im a teacher) mentions it you know its got bad! my skin around my chin is just having multiple breakouts upon breakouts. The only thing i can think it might be is the fact my diet has gone a bit wrong (new teacher - not really eating enough/the right things) .... bar sort my diet out, any tips???

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  12. Much I feel in the blogging world is fate - I have so missed Lydia whom I used to converse with on her blog and twitter when she was Grace London Makeup Girl, and I have just bought MV Organics Cleanser and Moisturiser, blind really other than Caroline's mention in an earlier post. It is delightful to have your endorsement too Lydia and I am very happy to read your beautiful prose again. Much love Jan x

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    1. Hi Jan - serendipity :) Good to see you too.

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  13. Hmmmm....interesting. These two seems like great ones to try out. I am eyeing on that moisturizer. Kinda curious on how it works on the skin and how it smells.

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  14. Lydia/Grace London/London Makeup Girl! How wonderful to read your thoughtful words again. As many others have said, I've really missed you blog (though totally understand the need to move on).

    Thanks for highlighting these products. I've tried sunscreen from MVO in the past and quite liked it (I really should get some more, now that I think about it). And the Gentle Cream Cleanser sounds ideal. I've been looking for exactly that, a good cream cleanser, for some time now. I've been using Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser which is inexpensive and innocuous, but I really don't enjoy it. I'll have to give the MVO a try. Thanks again. I can't wait for your next review here! (hint, hint ;)

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    1. Hi Sam - great to 'see' you too! I think you'll like this cleanser. I'm hoping to be back here soon - now I've started I've got another couple of reviews brewing in my head :)

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  15. Sound great

    ♥ themarthalist.blogspot.com ♥

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  16. These sound gorgeous! I'm always looking for natural skincare that works... Speaking of which, Caroline, I was hoping you might be able to review the Australian brand Go-To... I've seen some reviews but they're either cherry picked or possibly paid/biased advertising - but the products themselves sound good. I've only used the lip balm so far. I'm fairly sure they ship OS.

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  17. Lydia set the standard for products to buy and introduced me to so many wonderful brands over the years. I'm pretty sure her blog is still bookmarked. As always...a pleasure to read her reviews <3

    xo
    Sara

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  18. Hi Lydia, I just hope to see you here more often!

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  19. not bad. do you know the ph of the cleanser by chance?

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