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).
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.
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.