I have dry skin, so I’m a bit fussy about my moisturisers; but, when I started using these MuLondon moisturisers, I was immediately impressed. These organic, vegan, preservative-free, London-made moisturisers are seriously good products which hydrate (and thus plump the skin) incredibly well and leave it velvety soft to the touch. I will (shamefully) admit that my first order of business when I open my eyes in the morning has been to touch the skin on my face and admire how soft it is. I was so impressed that I decided to drop my serum, eye cream, and treatments from my usual skincare regime to see what these MuLondon products could really do. With the moisturiser applied on its own, my skin was still beautifully soft, my under-eye fine lines were reduced, and the texture of my skin was refined. Now, I’m under no illusions as to the capabilites of this moisturiser – all of these things are a result of very good moisturising rather than any magical anti-aging properties, but I’m very happy with that. I have many serums to correct specific issues I have with my skin, but I really just want a moisturiser to moisturise well. And this really does.
If you order the Organic Rose and expect a traditional rose-scented moisturiser, you will be disappointed. Moreover, opening the jar for the first time and plunging your nose in it might lead you to question whether you can correctly identify a Rose fragrance at all. This moisturiser contains Rosemary extract, Rosehip extract, and Rose Otto essential oil, in that order, but to me the real difference is that this moisturiser smells of real roses, like the ones you find in a garden. As a whole, the Rose scent is subdued by the grassiness of the Rosehip extract and the herbal aroma of the Rosemary. I have used this during the day and at night with no problem, adjusting the amount I apply according to my need. I particularly look forward to applying the Organic Rose at night. Makeup neutralises the scent, but when I apply this moisturiser to my face then go to bed, the scent wafting around me makes me feel like I’m falling asleep in a rose garden. It’s aromatherapy while I sleep.
The Rose scent is mixed into a base of Shea Butter, Coconut Butter, and Jojoba Oil, and no water is added at any stage. This is a very concentrated formula indeed, made with entirely natural ingredients. With a bit of experimentation, I’ve found that the best way to apply this cream is to rub a small amount between my fingers and tap onto my face, before rubbing in. I like to do this straight after my shower while my skin is still moist, as the product spreads and absorbs more easily. This is much easier to spread than other moisturising balms I’ve used, and to be honest I was expecting to have to warm the product much more than I actually have to. I find it melts into the skin very easily, and you only need a very small amount for each application.
The Marigold, Frankincense, and Myrrh Moisturiser doesn’t smell as strongly as the Organic Rose Moisturiser, and the scent fades more quickly. It contains the same base ingredients as the Rose Moisturiser, but the scent is comprised of Rosemary Extract, Blue Chamomile Extract, Marigold Extract, Frankincense, and Myrrh, in that order. I went out to smell the Marigolds I’m growing in my garden (I’d never thought to smell them) and I can definitely detect the Marigold fragrance in this moisturiser. The Frankincense and Myrrh are far enough down the list that this is not an overly incense-laden scent, but it’s definitely there, and works very well with the flowers and Rosemary. To me the Marigold, Frankincense, and Myrrh Moisturiser smells like a church garden.
I don’t find the Marigold, Frankincense, and Myrrh Moisturiser quite as moisturising on my dry skin as the Organic Rose Moisturiser. Perhaps this is because the Rosehip extract in the in the Organic Rose Moisturiser makes it richer. As a result, I prefer to use the Marigold, Frankincense, and Myrrh during the day, as I need a richer cream at night.
Even though my skin is dry, I think this would work well on combination skintypes too. Like a pigmented foundation, you can sheer this out according to how much moisture you want for your skin. You could even use this moisturiser as a mask and apply it to completely dry skin. These products are also gentle enough to use on sensitive skin.
The packaging is a simple glass jar with a screw-top lid, but don’t worry about it shattering. I’ve dropped mine a few times without so much as a mark on the jar.
You can purchase 30ml trial sizes of all the moisturises on the MuLondon website. I paid £10 for the Organic Rose Moisturiser and £7 for the Marigold, Frankincense, and Myrrh Moisturiser. Shipping for both was £4.50. You can also buy MuLondon products from their Etsy store. I plan to get the full sizes next time.
Organic Rose Moisturiser contains: Vitellaria Paradoxa (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Rosa Damascena (Rose Otto Essential Oil), Rosa Canina (Rosehip Extract), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Extract).
Marigold, Frankincense, and Myrrh Moisturiser contains: Vitellaria Paradoxa (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Extract), Matricaria Chamomilla (Blue Chamomile Extract), Calendula Officinalis (Marigold Extract), Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense Essential Oil), Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh Essential Oil)