Monday, 23 November 2015

Hall of Fame and the first peek into the next Cult Beauty Box - May Lindstrom's Blue Cocoon


I won't lie. When May agreed to be in my third Cult Beauty Box I squealed a little. A lot. I squealed a lot. Every pot of Blue Cocoon is still made by hand and I can't believe that May agreed to GIVEMEALLTHEPOTSOFBEAUTIFULBLUE.

If you are a regular reader/viewer you will have seen this all over my social media and in a few videos - the links to which I will put below under the review.

So. If you're new to the blog or have not seen the videos and are not on social media, what is all the fuss about?

What is it?
A cooling, soothing, replenishing, strengthening and protecting concentrated balm, that happens to be blue.

Who is it for?
All skins, but especially those that show signs of irritation, dehydration, redness - I like the description of 'easily offended' skin types. :)


What’s in it?
Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, *** Butyrospermun Parkii (Shea) Butter, *** Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, *** Sclerocarya Birrea (Virgin Marula) Oil, Calodendrum Capense (Yangu) Oil, * Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Oil, * Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Oil, **Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, * Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, ** Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil, * Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Rose) Oil, * Vanilla Planifolia CO2 Total Essential Oil, Schisandra Sphenanthera CO2 Fruit Extract, * Helichrysum Italicum (Immortelle) Oil, Ravensara Aromatica Oil

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
The second ingredient is shea butter, so traditionally not to be recommended for acneic skins. However, this formulation literally turns to oil upon application and is extremely refined. In this case, I think the cooling and soothing benefits for the spots outweigh the possibility of breaking out. Speaking purely from my experience,  I have to be wary of shea in high doses and this does not break me out. At all.

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan? Fair Trade? Wild Harvested?
Organic. Natural. Vegan. Fair Trade. Wild-Harvested.
Couldn't be purer if it was made by Vestal Virgins eating kale and reading GOOP.

Tested on animals/sold in China?
No/No

What's not in it?
mineral oil
synthetic fragrance
synthetic colour
animal products

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
'Massage a pea sized amount into skin after cleansing'. 
This goes a long way, less is more. Go easy. Start with a small amount, leave for a little while and then add more if necessary.
I tend to use this on evenings (evenings only) when I'm either doing something really active to my skin - such as applying a retinoid, or on evenings that I want my skin to take a chill pill and calm itself down. It is always the first thing that goes on if I have been on an airplane. 
I scrape a little out of the pot - and a little goes a really long way - I am still on my one and only pot - onto my fingertips, massage lightly into the skin and then if it's being used on its own - 'give it some wellie' with the massage. 
If I'm using it on top of retinoids I tend to give my active products 10-15 minutes on their own, and then put this on top.

What’s good about it?
It's just lush. This is easily in my Top 10 products of all time. Possibly Top 5, but then I don't like to pick favourites. It's just too hard. 
May is really, really good at formulating beautiful products that don't compromise for cost purposes. The blue in The Blue Cocoon is blue tansy oil. No artificial colourings, no gimmicks, it's just blue.
All together, the oils in this balm are analgesic, anti-allergenic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antidepressant, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac (oo-er), disinfecting, diuretic - helping puffiness and they are a massive relaxant, which is why I only use it on the evenings. If I have work to do I cannot put this near my face. In the best way.

What's not so good about it?
It's not cheap. It's £128.00 for 50ml. Or $160.00. 

BUT: May Lindstrom's Blue Cocoon is in my third Cult Beauty Box - the Box of Dreams - which is literally what popped out of my mouth* when we decided on the final round-up. So you'll be able to get this and a host of other wondrousness....when it is released.

To sign up for the waiting list for the box click here


Tomorrow: another Hall of Famer and information on my last event of 2015. 








*Quote - 'Bloody hell this is literally my Box of Dreams'


52 comments:

  1. "Vestal Virgins eating kale and reading GOOP..." LMAO!!! This is why I love you.

    I can't put lavender anything anywhere near my face, but I find myself wanting this product, anyway. Somebody slap me!

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  2. oh, flippin' heck! added my name to the mailing list! purely for my own budgeting purposes and given the price of this product is it reasonable to expect that this box is going to cost more than the last one? thank you ❤️

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  3. I do hope I can afford this box. I've told Santa I've been good all year!

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  4. I can attest to the wonder that is Blue Cocoon - it's literally some sort of miracle balm. Dry skin = sorted. Dehydration = sorted. Weird skin freakouts = sorted. Even spotty reactive skin = sorted. It is so incredible.

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  5. I loved every product in the last box and will certainly be re-purchasing most of them. I thought the Cult Beauty service was very good too and I'm sorry I haven't re-bought from them yet but I have too many products (at the moment). That said, I can't wait to try the products in this box too. Yippee
    (ps Thank You Caroline, I've been following you and your routine for nearly a year now and my skin is the best it's ever been. I'm about to have a big birthday and for the first time, I don't have spots. I can't thank you enough).

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  6. You're a superwoman Caroline!!!

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  7. I managed to get a (paid) sample of this from a company in the US (Integrity Botanicals) and even though it's one of those tiny sample pots, it was packed full and it will probably last me a couple of months. This stuff is amazing. I am 45 with combination skin and it just does everything - soothes breakouts and flaky skin, instantly gets rid of redness, smells amazing, skin feels lush but not greasy. It's one of those instant "I will never be without this" items. Same for her Honey Mud. The other products I've sampled were good, but if you're new to May I would start with those! I'd love to sign up for this but I"m in the US and reckon it's not open to us. Good luck everyone!

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    1. This offer IS OPEN to us U.S girls -- I live in New York & have bought all of Caroline's lovely Cult Beauty boxes! I use PayPal & it's so easy, but I've read that the website does the currency conversion. Go for it!

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    2. Oh it's definitely available for purchase by people in the US. I've only had great experiences buying from CultBeauty.

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    3. Definitely open to those of us in the States, and Cult Beauty have excellent customer service. Ordering is easy. Go on, sign up!

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    4. thanks! My wallet is crying, but I'm happy.

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  8. Oh my golly gosh. My finger just hovered over this on Cult Beauty and I decided I couldn't quite justify it. But if it is in a super CHBox I may stop hovering and click. Can't wait to see what is in the rest of the box (and how much it will be...).

    gildedmagpie.com

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  9. My mouth literally hit the floor..... And only bats and dogs could hear my squeal.
    Please please give us a hint at how much this will cost, as pay day is this weekend and present buying etc.

    Thank you!! Xx

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  10. Oh my!! I'm giddy with excitement, must get a cup of tea!!

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  11. Caroline, I'd be so grateful if you could recommend something similar for me that has no shea butter. Every week I watch your vlogs and I'm in awe of your beautiful sheeny, glowy skin - mine is always flat, matte looking. I'm currently using NIOD skincare and my skin is much less dyhydrated now, but I'm still searching for that glow-giver. Shea butter unfortunately clogs my pores on my chin horrendously. I'd love it if you could steer me in the right direction, please, please, please? xx

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    1. I know she has recommended the Darphin ones http://www.escentual.com/darphin/essential-oil-elixirs/darphin072/
      If you wait for the 1/3 off that Escentual runs every 2-3 months, it's not that bad. Pot lasts for ages. Otherwise try the Clarins face-oils. They give a good glow as well. http://www.escentual.com/clarins/clarins-face/face-oils/
      Well formulated oils are always good - sounds like your skin needs it. Avoid mineral oil based ones. Hope that helps.

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    2. Hi Gillian! I have had a few clients share that they experience issues occasionally with cocoa and shea butters, but do not have the same trouble with The Blue Cocoon, which I attribute to using both of these in their entirely raw, unbleached and non-deodorized state, and incorporating into a very intentional blend of symbiotic ingredients.

      The pure and potent blend of plant oils in The Blue Cocoon are non comedogenic, and will not clog pores or cause breakouts. In fact, this blue beauty is incredibly balancing and healing for even acne prone skin (who often find the very best results over time).
      It's beautifully adaptive and has been well liked from various skin types ranging from dry, highly sensitive and reactive (an often perfect match, and the most obvious) to oily, acneic and inflamed types who benefit from the incredibly soothing, balancing and anti-inflammatory action of the blue tansy (and other acne-friendly essentials such as frankincense and myrrh).

      The Blue Cocoon is a concentrate, containing no wax, no water, no aloe or fillers, so you will only need a small amount, always massaged into wet skin (skip your towel entirely) immediately after cleansing. Apply to face, neck & decollete (it also makes the most incredible eye and lip treatment). - May Lindstrom

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  12. I might have to save up. This sounds utterly divine.

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  13. Caroline you are so right about blue cocoon!! It is truly magical! When I read negative reviews I wonder in the name of God Whyyy? So happy i just took the plunge :) my skin loves it!

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  14. Caroline would the price of this box will be similar to the others? I have to prepare myself! :)

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  15. "Couldn't be purer if it was made by Vestal Virgins eating kale and reading GOOP." hahaha, you are hilarious.
    Are you able to give us an idea of the cost of the new beauty box?

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  16. Omg I was going to buy this the other day! Glad I waited. This will be a dream to use alongside all the other treats in your beauty box :)
    .. And it's the first beauty box of yours I'll be buying! So excited :)
    Thanku Caroline, you've made me happy:D
    - Pari

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  17. How about a navy colour for your box this time?))
    I'm in. I assume if the first product is at this price point the box would be a pot of gold, however, this is the only way I can buy something like this.

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    1. Yeah NAVY THEME! Perfect to pop some of SR Luna oil in there as well ;)

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    2. Did you see the next product in the box? It is already going to cost a fortune, SR Luna is going to make it comparable with a bar of platinum))))

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  18. Oh excited! I've wanted to try this for the longest time. Is the next box due before or after Christmas? Might help people plan their $$ to know if it will be released before Chrissie xx
    The Beauty Bloss

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  19. i'm holding my breath about how much this upcoming box will be, but this product has been on my "i wish i could purchase this but it's way out of reach" list and i reallllly would love to get it in your dream box! hoping i'll have enough advanced warning on price to know how much to save! <3 xoxo, megan

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    1. You are not the only one! I love her recommendations on skincare and follow her religiously! Can't wait to find out what else is in the box!

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  20. I want this box!!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ‘Œ

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  21. Ms Caroline, Your comments about leaving the actives on for 10-15 min before applying the lovely blue reminds me I've been wondering about timing of products.. how long to let something go in on its own before going to next layer.. I've read the what and in what order (wonderful, thank you) but haven't seen anything much on this. Am especially curious as i live in Hawaii and with the hot/humid weather I'm sometimes showering 2-3x/day.. and/or feel like i'm sweating out product an hour after its on (is that a thing) .. and is there any benefit to putting serums on again mid-day? over sunscreen? ok.. apologies if this info is already up somewhere.. i have looked :)
    Anyway, would love and very much appreciate any comments on this! Thanks for all the wonderful info and laughs :)

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  22. Blue Cocoon looks so lush! I regret not getting it when she had a special on IG when you spent a certain amount she added it as a bonus (a while ago). The Canadian dollar is so bad now that buying US or UK is just not worth it - but I will take a look at your box...they have all looked so irresistible. Also Canadian Thanksgiving was last month and not this week and we have started Black Friday the last few years, but nothing compared to the US. Hoping our dollar gets better, but economists are saying a couple of years. May Lindstrom is also such a sweetheart, she answers every question - my next splurge may be that honey mask (that I would never use as a cleanser!).

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  23. Holy shit sticks is all I can say πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

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  24. I squealed as well! Time to start saving! <3

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  25. I can't wait for this beauty box -- every box is better than the last! I'm in my 50's & my skin literally looks better than it did in my 20's. I taught my 19 year old granddaughter your routine & she is amazed by the improvement. Her acne cleared up, the pigmentation spots are gone, & she says that her skin feels balanced for the first time in her life. Since bad skin can affect one's self-esteem, you're changing lives... one face at a time! Thank you Caroline. ~Susanne xoxo

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  26. It feels like I've been waiting forever for this next box! Please tell us how much it's going to be and what the other products are.

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  27. This is going to be amazing. I've been obsessing about Blue Cocoon for a while but couldn't break down and purchase it without at least trying a sample. Now sorted (as long as I can get a box before sold out)! If this box also contains Omorovicza thermal cleansing mask, I'm a goner...

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  28. Ohhh how EXCITING! Haven't been able to afford a box previously but may try and save the pennies up for the BOX OF DREAMS!!! x

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  29. Oh dear that sounds SO exciting! I just hope It will come when I have some Cash :(

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  30. Caroliiiine!!! I JUST spent a ton of money at CultBeauty to get the gift bag and now this?! Lucky it's my birthday soon...

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  31. Ahh!! I truly can't wait for this! I've purchased two sample sizes of blue cocoon because I just can't afford to spend $160 in one shot on it although it is TOTALLY worth it. So amazing. I can't wait for this box!! Time to start saving my pennies

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  32. By the way, this will make me 3/3 boxes. Love them :)

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  33. Is it just me, but I can't click on the wait list link?

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    1. I could. How about now https://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/competitions/cult-beauty-box-caroline-hirons?redirect&ref=autocomplete&ranMID=35269&ranEAID=TnL5HPStwNw&ranSiteID=TnL5HPStwNw-QklKVCCv.tKDx840b_SqQw&utm_source=LS&utm_medium=affil&utm_campaign=generic&siteID=TnL5HPStwNw-QklKVCCv.tKDx840b_SqQw

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  34. Wow, this is looking to be a great box, Caroline. I was hoping for a lush holiday box, and here it is. Strangely enough, I was just talking to my sister about this balm--she loves Sunday Riley's Luna for it's calming properties--the blue tansy oil among other wonderful things. I also use Luna. I would love to try out May's Blue Cacoon--probably split it with my sister so we can both enjoy.

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  35. wait what?! Is this going to be full size in the box?! SO FREAKING EXCITED!

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  36. Hi Caroline, not sure if you read comments from old posts, but I'll give it a go...
    Just received the heavenly box of dreams (!!!!!!!!!!!!) and was wondering if you knew how long the blue cocoon lasts? It has a "made on" date, but no best before. Maybe because it doesn't need one? Anyway, thanks for the lovely box!
    Kirsten

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    1. May says a year from opening buy if stored correctly they can be used still time after a year

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  37. I love you! Just bought your cleanser cult box and accidently popped this is the basket too. Put it on IG and one of the skincare beauties explained it has Shea butter in - googled and found this! Hoorah! And you answered the question in my mind on when to use after retinol (also in your cult box) 2 birds - 1 stone. I love you - I now don't have to give my partner this gorgeousness - I may share it with him though. Xx
    just_claire_page

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