Friday, 7 May 2010

MuLondon: Organic Rose Moisturiser Review


You’ve read my introduction on MuLondon which included a review of the Organic Hemp Moisturiser. Now, let’s take a closer look at its Organic Rose Moisturiser. I will also share with you here other bits of information about MuLondon that I couldn’t squeeze into that previous article.

Image courtesy of MuLondon

Product
Volume and Price: 60ml / 2oz for £19 (30ml versions will be available soon)
Contents: Thick, beige/yellow-coloured cream housed in a glass jar. If you’re one into rose scents, you would love this.

This sample jar was sent along with my purchase of the full-size Organic Hemp Moisturiser.


According to MuLondon
Luxury 100% organic face moisturiser with Rose otto oil, Rosehip Extract and Rosemary. This amazing trio will pamper, balance and nourish dry, irritated and sensitive skin.....Great for everyday, all-over face, hands and body use. Ideal for dry and sensitive skin.

Ingredients
Shea Butter, Coconut Butter, Jojoba Oil, Rose Otto Essential Oil, Rosehip Extract, Rosemary Extract.
All are Certified Organic Ingredients.

About some of the ingredients:

Coconut Butter
When absorbed into the skin and connective tissues, it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by helping to keep connective tissues strong and supple.

Rose Otto
Recommended for healing severe skin problems. It moisturises, firms and soothes the skin without irritation. Balancing for all skin types - including oily, dry, mature and sensitive skin.

Rosehip
Proven to reduce scars and wrinkles. It repairs damaged skin cells and rehydrates dry skin.


This Organic Rose Moisturiser is the newest of the five moisturisers currently available at MuLondon. Boris, whom you’ve read about before, added this variant to his product range because rose oil is an amazing healing and balancing oil. The rose otto essential oil that he uses is certified organic. Rose otto oil is extracted through steam distillation, a process through which a single drop of rose otto is yielded from thirty roses and that is why it is one of the most expensive essential oils in the world.

By the way, rose otto is not to be confused with rose absolute which is obtained through solvent extraction. Solvent extraction involves use of petrochemicals and as we all know, that goes against the ethos of MuLondon.


Application
Again, extracting the thick cream from the jar and directly applying on the skin would not work – you’ll end up with uneven patches of moisturiser on your skin. Trying to dilute the cream by applying it on wet skin is not the answer either (been there, done that, didn’t work). Remember, Boris has deliberately left out water from the formula. It is simply a thick cream with 100% active ingredients, so why would you want to go against the grain by diluting it?

So, the best thing to do is to first melt by rubbing the thick cream in the palm of your hand, then massage on moist (not wet!) skin just after a bath or shower. Your skin pores are open and will absorb the moisturiser more easily.

Uses
As with all the other variants, this one is an all-over moisturiser too. It may by 100% concentrated but it’s actually very mild. I had rashes (could have been eczema) on my skin a few weeks ago. I had hoped that this Rose Moisturiser would get rid of the rashes but because it was so mild, it didn’t. What it did do was calm the skin.

With the mildness in mind and seeing that it was a small sample jar anyway, I decided to use it for other purposes.

• Face – I know some of you might think it may be too rich for facial skin. I have acne-prone skin and I was sceptical too. However, I gave it a go anyway with first a patch test in my jaw area. Over the course of ten days, I did several patch tests on different parts of my face and there were no adverse reactions. Presently, I still use my regular facial moisturiser (also one without parabens and mineral oils, but not organic) and once every three-four days, I use this MuLondon Organic Rose Moisturiser. I apply very thinly and the skin will just suck in all that nourishment. I haven’t experienced any greasiness on the face from using this cream and it's lovely have the rose scent lingering near the nose for a little while.

• Lips – As it wasn’t stated on the label, I asked Boris if this moisturiser could be used on lips. He said yes. In fact, he and some of his friends do use the MuLondon creams on the lips. I have too many lipbalms to last me several lifetimes but I did apply this on my lips, just to try. Just a tiny bit and it kept my lips moisturised for a couple of hours.

• Nails and cuticles – This moisturiser works great for my nails and cuticles. Just rub a very teeny tiny amount on your nails and cuticles and let the cream get absorbed. I find using this cream much easier than using nail and cuticle oils which are so oily and messy.

Remember to always do a patch test first. I always advocate that and Boris also includes this reminder on the jar label.

Other Information
Storage
There is a “best before” date on the label and it is recommended that the cream be used up within six months from the time it was made. I think six months is an achievable time period. The cream may be highly concentrated and you wouldn’t need to use much each time but I won’t tell you that it will last forever. If used diligently on the body daily, a jar of 60ml could last about three to four months. That was my experience anyway with the Organic Hemp Moisturiser. I reached the bottom of my jar in about three months.

Whatever it is, it is best to store the jar in a cool, dry and dark place. According to Boris, if necessary, the cream may be kept for longer than six months (when stored properly).

Where To Buy
Here’s some additional information. Besides its own online store on the MuLondon website and on Etsy, MuLondon products are available at health food stores: Greenlands in London and Cocoya in Denmark, and in several stores in Latvia.

Final Words
Boris is currently busy working to expand the product range of MuLondon. Cleansers, massage oils and a facial scrub are in the works. I read on his blog that one of the items is an all-natural detergent-free cleanser. By the way, he shares skincare tips and tricks there too.

I found out that he also makes custom blends, so if anyone has any special requests for a certain cream, you could get in touch with him through his website.

21 comments:

jellynat said...

Thank you for the great review. I didn't know this product! :) This kind of things is right in my alley - I have banned mineral oils and such a long while ago and only use totally natural stuff on my face now - my eczema has significantly calmed down ever since, so did the general aspect and comfort of my skin! Yay for natural things. :)

London's-beauty said...

Thanks for the detailed review. :) I think I might need it because I've got fine lines and possibly building wrinkles. I hope not though! The cream looks lovely. I prefer thick creams over thin creams because it feels better over the skin.
Did it actually get rid of your scars? [as it contained rosehip]
Can it only last 6 months? I don't think I'll be able to finish it. Personally, I'd prefer a product that can last for at least a year. :P :) Thanks for taking time to write your review :)

Witoxicity said...

@jellynat
My pleasure! Good for you for having gone natural for a while now. As for me, I'm still in the process of weaning myself off mineral oils and such, but I'm glad that I've taken my first few steps down this path. :)

@London's-beauty
You're welcome. I think I would need to use it for a longer period of time to be able to assess its effectivenes in scar reduction. At the moment, I'm only using it every three to four days on the face, and it's only been about a month.

On your other question, yes, Boris did say that it is possible to keep the cream for longer than six months (it's not an expiry date, it's just a "best before"), provided that it is kept in a cool, dark and dry place. :)

Get Gawjus! said...

lovely review hun! thanks :)

Witoxicity said...

@Get Gawjus!
You're welcome! :)

Mugene said...

Hi! That's a great article. What is your daily moisturizer? I'm always in search for paraben-free ones. Thx

MuLondon said...

@London's-beauty: The creams will last at LEAST a year, especially if kept cool and dry. However, as they contain natural oils and extracts, I suggest to use them up within 6 months after the jar has been opened and before the "best before" date. The oils and extract are most potent when fresh. Let me know if you have any other questions!
Boris/MuLondon

The Beautifier said...

Sounds good to me! I love the natural scent of roses! Its sensual and calming to the senses.
Looking forward to the launch of new product range of MuLondon. Custom blending sounds great to me!
great review btw!
xoxo

Miss K. You said...

Hi girl, I love that you introduce natural products to us! Do you know if mulondon is an international brand? Wow I missed out on so many of your posts.. with the pretty green nails to your gorgeous pink/bronze eye looks to milky lips. And if you love paella maybe you should relive it's delicious! ;)

Ceecile ~Priscilla Clara~ ^^ said...

Ooooohhh... I think it's a great product! Love your review! ^^
I've been eyeing for something with rosehip oil in it, it's good for acne scar.. :) I'm heading to her blog right away!! hahaha.. ^^

Witoxicity said...

@Mugene
Hi! It's nice of you to drop by. The daily moisturiser that I'm using is from the brand Kneipp. It's called Hydro Balance Aloe Vera. :)

@MuLondon
Thanks for your input, Boris. It's always good to hear from the expert himself! :)

@The Beautifier
I'm glad you enjoyed reading about this lovely moisturiser. :)

@Miss K. You
Hi there! It's lovely to see you here. A brand like MuLondon is certainly perfect for you and your lifestyle as its products are not only natural and organic, but also cruelty-free and vegan.

MuLondon is based in the UK. It ships worldwide too at reasonable rates, in my opinion.

@Ceecile
Well, I think it's a fantastic moisturiser too!

The Diva's Polish said...

Fantastic review, I've officially had my credit card taken from me ;) I think my joyful oh my I want this, made hubby do some digging ;) I AM chacking out the etsy store ;) thanks Witoxicity, this moisturizer sounds delightful!! Xx

Witoxicity said...

@The Diva's Polish
The pleasure's all mine! You really should give this divine moisturiser (or any of its other moisturisers) a try. Good luck with locating your 'seized' credit card. ;D

Lavender said...

Great review! Such a multi purpose moisturiser. I like it when u say it can be applied on the lips.Is it suitable for very oily skin?

Emilie Delance said...

Uh sounds great! I love organic products <3 And cool he also makes custom blends :D

Cynthia Z said...

I love your detailed reviews. The ingredients of this sound sooo nice! N ur right why dilute it with water?!

♥xx♥

MuLondon said...

@Lavender - Yes, the Rose cream is great for all skin types, as it will naturally balance the skin. The natural Shea butter and Jojoba are non-comedogenic, ie they will not clog you pores and will allow the skin to breathe. Rose Oil and Rosehip seed oil are amazingly nutritious and caring ingredients, too. In your case, you'd need to use even less than usual. And you know what they say - oily skin wrinkles less and ages better!

Boris/MuLondon.com

Witoxicity said...

@Lavender
Thanks! I think it's really handy that it can be used for both the body and the face. Boris has answered your question, btw. :)

@Emilie
Well, I think MuLondon's creams are fabulous and it's even more charming that they're hand-whipped. :)

@Cynthia
I'm very pleased that you enjoyed reading this. :D

Shop N' Chomp said...

Gosh, I wish I didn't have such sensitive skin. =\ (Essential oils tend to break me out) I love though that this sounds like a product I can use on my hands/body.

Witoxicity said...

@Shop N' Chomp
What a pity! But I'm pretty sure this mild moisturiser would work well for you, as long as it's not for your face. :)

Lavender said...

Thanks dear for the and thanks to Boris for the explanation.