May Lindstrom

Luxury Oils & Balms

P1030287.jpgMy love, admiration and respect for oils and lush balms is known to every shred of living organism on planet earth. Generally the variety and choices of these lush treatments vary between high, mid and low end. Below are my chosen indulgences and absolute treats for my skin. The price points are insane, however the one off feeling they provide is irreplaceable with instant gratification.

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May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon would come as no surprise to absolutely any skincare lover. Before trying this product, I heard umpteen number of rave reviews but always held slight skpeticism. Eventually I folded and indulged and much to my surprise (and secret high expctations) all claims, rave reviews, gushes, & hypes stood true.

The balm is a treat for the skin. It smell insanely divine and melts away all the stresses. It helps calm my skin down from any inflammation, irritation, redness, or dryness ($160 50ml – $3.2 per ml).

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Mahalo The Rare Indigo Balm is my joy ride. As soon as I open the jar I find myself sniffing the pot like K9 unit at the airport. I take forver doing my routine with this bad boy, because I spend more time sticking my snout in the pot than actual application on skin. Very easily carried away, but a little goes a long way. The texture and consistency of this balm is what make it sooooo unique and delectable ($110 30ml – $3.67 per ml).

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Darphin 8 Flower Nectar is a walk in a garden. Slightly different texture to regular oils but good heavens this oil is Flowery Dreaminess… Glorified! Darphin also have individual flower facial elixirs like Chamomile, Rose, Jasmine, Niaouli, Tangerine, and Orange Blossom. Now imagine a congregation of all these lovely florals coming together for an orgasmic union. I reserve this oil for when I truly need a pick me up, when I feel world is crashing down on me (yes hormones I’m referring to you) or when my skin has behaved so darn well it deserves an incredibly euphoric treat ($150 15ml – $10 per ml).

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Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Oil was a complete surprise in a 12ml bottle. Picked up with zero expectations and it surpassed everything else. Ingredient wise, possibly the most unique on this list (refer to my review, you’ll know what I mean) and has a certain richness about it. This brand came at my forefront because of this oil and I can unbashedly admit it was “the discovery” of 2015 for me (INR 1,890 Rs157.50 per ml, USD $53 12ml – $4.4 per ml).

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MV Organic Skincare Rose Plus Booster Oil is an oldie but always a Goodie!! I’m an old lady at heart and soul and I’m obsessed with anything Rose. But we know rose scents are so awfully plagarised in the market and we’ve all come across hideous, synthetic, nauseating, vile versions of rose. All that….until you come across this unsuspecting bottle of rose heaven. Blended with Camellia, Jojoba, Rosehip, Rose Damascena Oil, Geranium, Rosemary, basically a pinnacle of perfection. Top marks for its versatility in use with a cleanser, mask, oils and creams. Skin is calm, stable and “sensible” the following morning (USD$120 $3.42 per ml, AUD$99 $2.8 per ml, GBP £72.00 35ml -£2.05 per ml).

Hope you’ve enjoyed this read, tell me what are fave oil indulgences? I would love to expand this palette.

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May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon

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The Beauty Balm Concentrate – Tranquil, Intoxicating and Deep Calm

May Lindstrom says, Our balmy blue enchantress greets your skin with cool serenity, melting on touch to a fluid potion that tenderly envelops you in the most decadent azure calm. Mystical blue tansy eases feelings of emotional anxiety while releasing heat and providing nourishment and relief to delicate, inflamed and irritable skin conditions.

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Ingredients: 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

* Certified Organic **Wild Harvested  ***Fair Trade, Raw & Unrefined

When I was first intrigued by this product and glanced through the ingredient listing, I saw Shea & Cacao Butter and instantly ruled it out. Then I met May at two separate events and she assured me it wont wreak havoc on my skin. I took a leap of faith, and I’m glad I did!

There is no simple way to explain why Shea & Cacao Butter in this formualtion isnt causing my skin to congest, so I reach out to the Beauty & Brain of this brand, yes May herself. May explains,

The Blue Cocoon’s adaptability to all skin types – including those prone to acne and congestion – has much to do with proper respect to ratios in the blend of beautiful ingredients.  The cult status of Blue Cocoon being skin saviour can be attributed largely to using both of these ingredients in their entirely raw, unbleached and non-deodorized state – rare, even in the natural beauty world. By using ingredients in their raw, unbleached form it ensures the integrity of properties of each ingredient making this balm a potent and effective option on the market without compromising the intended purpose of each ingredient.

Most often, Shea butter is refined, bleached and deodorized. It’s nearly white and practically odorless and incredibly easy to work with. However at May Lindstrom, utmost and gentle care taken is taken in the process of creating each micro batch.

The Blue Cocoon is housed in a heavy black opaque glass pot which can be reused upon completion of product.

In the pot, the aroma exudes the richness of cocoa layered with an edge of distinct sharpness of exotic lands (Myrrh and Frankincense). On my skin upon application, the Lavender and Vanilla note come off stronger in a very good way.

 

 

The texture and consistency is that of a luxurious balm thats melts on contact with skin (due to body heat). Well here, I’ve held the balm on my finger for few seconds and you can see how balm is melting due to my body heat. Plus also give credit to the heater which was on High!

In general, it can be used absolutely any time, however I like to finish my nightly skincare routines with this. Alternatively in the morning, after toner stage and while the skin is still slightly moist I push this balm into the skin (another tip from May). My skin immediately absorbs it with no residue or layer of oil on top of skin.

The Results: Well my skin is left wonderfully hydrated, plump and helps with skin’s resilience. I use this in particular when my skin may have a monthly eruption as it works wonderfully as an anti inflammatory. Calms down angry unsettled skin. On some ruthless winter nights, where the heating takes a toll on my skin I apply double layer of this balm. It almost protects it from any harshness in the environment.

Now, it is no secret, it is prohibitively expensive, and many have complained about why it’s so expensive?! But here’s one lens to this, consider dissecting the ingredients list. The Blue Cocoon has some lush ingredients like Blue Tansy, Frankincense, Myrrh, Immortelle… some of these are by no means cheap ingredients. Now in saying so, these would be bought wholesale, so the cost of these per pot is not as much. Followed by the cost of concocting the product itself, covering any incidentals/ operational overheads, packaging costs, building in shipping costs, and adding a rather generous mark-up for profit.… the final price adds up to $180 (recent price hike from $160). Beyond ridiculous and not justifiable in a market where creative artisans are coming with new formulations which are not only competitively priced but also capable of out performing.

1.69 oz. / 50ml – $180

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May Lindstrom – The Honey Mud

P1010554May says Honey Mud, “An exquisitely distinctive union of raw honey, white halloysite clay and aromatic pure plant oils marry to envelope you in a truly intoxicating and highly addictive cleansing ritual. This silken, pudding-like treat gently frees you of the day’s pollutants, infusing your skin with active enzymes and nourishment while restoring your optimal hydration and individual rhythm.”

Packaged in a classic May Lindstrom black opaque glass jar, with gold embossed labelling this treat smells like sweet pudding heaven. I’m a sweet tooth, so as I took a deep whiff of the product, invariably I was tempted to taste it. I scraped the tiniest bit on the tip of my finger and it was sweet, as honey!. Obviously I wouldn’t take a spoonful like Nutella but my compelling logic said, if my taste buds love it, so would my skin 😉

What’s in it? Ingredients

***Raw Honey, White Halloysite Clay, *Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia Nut Oil), *Hammamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Argentum Metallicum (Colloidal Silver), Theobroma Cacao (Cacoa Absolute) Oil, * Citrus Sinenis (Sweet Orange) Oil, *Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil, *Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) CO2 Total Essential Oil, *Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Oil, **Boswellia Cateri (Frakincense) Oil, ** Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil

(*Certified Organic, **Wild Harvested, ***Collected from unsprayed and unfertilized fields of Michigan Wildflowers)

Presumably, we know most of the ingredients listed here. To some Halloysite clay may be a new term since we’ve primarily seen Kaolin, Bentonite, French Pink, Moroccan Red Clay, Fullers Earth etc. Well Halloysite is a white clay like Kaolin with a smaller ion structure (better penetrability) which makes it fantastic for drawing impurities from skin. May sources the clay from England. This clay is a favorite for sensitive complexions as it is the mildest of all clays. It also helps stimulate circulation to the skin while gently exfoliating and cleansing it. It does not draw oils from the skin, so it can also be used even on dry and highly reactive skin types.

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Let’s talk about how I’ve used it. It’s quite a versatile product ensuring you get value for your money:

Morning cleanse – Scoop some goodness out of the jar and schmear all over the face. It’s not possible to massage this for long (tops a minute), take few drops of water and it starts emulsifying. Perfect ally for winter skin.

Bachelor Mask – At this point, we take it a knotch up. Same step as above, except leave it on till I finish my other chores. However if you’re blessed and don’t have other chores to do, lay back and wander away in your thoughts. Few minutes later wash it off and skin is plump, hydrated and feels clean (like healthy clean….if that makes any sense at all).

Married to The Problem Solver Mask – Match made in Heaven. Spoonful of Honey Mud with a Spoonful of The Problem Solver (TBS). These two were made for each other, they’re perfection personified. Apply the mask with a brush, sit back or do whatever that is therapeutic to your mind while this rockstar couple does magic to your skin. Ideally wash this mask in a shower as it can get messy. One look at my skin and it radiates, it’s firmer, pores appear tighter, overall texture is calmer. TBS mask draws impurities while Honey Mud soothes the skin. It’s a 2in1 effect. Alternatively if you have The Problem Solver mask however don’t want to invest in The Honey Mud, I’d recommend getting some raw honey from supermarket and adding to the mask, voila!

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Of course, as with all May Lindstrom products this doesn’t come cheap at $80 but if you’re willing to invest in hand made artisanal skincare with quality ingredients then she is the one (just saying).

Now if you’re hesitant to spend that much or have a limited budget here is an alternative DIY Mask: any clay powder, 1tbsp raw honey, few drops of witch hazel toner, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder, a drop of any essential oil (optional). To perfect the consistency you can use milk or yoghurt (lactic acid bacteria help with overall radiance).

All these ingredients are easily available and collectively wouldn’t cost as much Honey Mud. Have you tried any May Lindstrom products? How do you use your Honey Mud?

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Comparison between May Lindstrom – The Problem Solver (TBS) and Mahalo Skincare Pele Mask (PM)

Mask Comparison

Both these masks are clay based and claim to correct, detoxify and revitalize the skin. Helps with cleansing and tightening pores, boosts circulation, combats blemishes, fights dullness and leaves skin radiant.

On my analysis of their respective ingredient listings, I noticed they share some ingredients, such as Rhassoul Clay, Raw Cacao, Bamboo Charcoal Powder, Turmeric root, Sodium bicarb, and Cayenne Pepper.

Whilst TPS has more spices such as Frankincense, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Clove, Angelica root, Marshmallow root, Vanilla Bean; PM has a herbal base such as Marigold flower, Noni powder, Basil leaf, Neem powder, Sandalwood, Hibiscus flower, Papaya leaf etc.

Evidently driven by their respective ingredients the fragrance and feel on the skin is slightly different upon application. TPS gradually gives a warming sensation on the skin and has a spicy scent (obvs). Whereas PM has more herbal and earthy scent (which aligns with their company principles). Both the masks can be mixed with water, honey, green tea, yoghurt, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar….up to your creativity and what your skin can handle😉. In terms of efficacy, I feel both masks perform splendidly and live up to each of their claims.

TBS is in an opaque black glass jar ($90 for 250ml) and Pele mask is in a beautiful Bamboo jar which is unique to their brand ($64 for 50ml). Both the jars can be reused and repurposed for anything else you might desire.

Ideally I would absolutely love to see May sell refill packs (cute brown paper bags) of her mask to be more environmentally friendly🌎 and we can certainly reuse the gorgeous jars to store the refills. I’m very happy to add Maryna sells refill packs (at a discount which can be found under cap of each pele jar cap)😘 In saying all of the above, I feel TBS provides more value for money in terms of quantity to dollar spent. They’re both beautiful indulgences that I would equally recommend however it’s upto you whether you enjoy herbal or spicy.

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