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MAY LINDSTROM SKIN: A BRAND OVERVIEW



Beauty Chef. Queen of Green. Mother. Human. This is May Lindstrom Skin. This post is as much of a brand overview as it is a love letter. Before I say anything, I have to come out and admit that I adore May Lindstrom, the woman and May Lindstrom Skin, the brand. I'd like to be as objective as possible in providing factual and anecdotal information, but I can't deny that May Lindstrom has produced a number of products that have impacted my life in a way that very few things, skincare or not, have been able to. Point blank, there's never been a skincare collection that has actually shaped the way I feel about myself the way May's has. She has made me a believer in the power of the mind + skin connection, self-love, and truly appreciating the skin I live in. It's powerful stuff we're talking about here!

To describe May Lindstrom Skin is to describe a friend that has supported you through times of difficulty and elevated your happiness in times of vibrancy. My largest challenge with sharing my thoughts on May Lindstrom is simply finding words that are impactful enough to honor the magic I feel she has created. May Lindstrom Skin is a brand that I have not only connected with, but have found extreme success in various facets of my life with. My journey began after I saw Caroline Hirons mention it in her "Best of 2014" video - featured below:


It was blue. It was in a gorgeous glass pot. How could I not be intrigued? I filed it away for a better part of the year, but each month I became more and more interested in the May Lindstrom brand as a whole. I would visit her website at least five times a week, awestruck at the gorgeous layout, stunning product photos, and wealth of information. I was hooked. After that exploration, it become difficult to decide which product I wanted to try first.

I picked up The Blue Cocoon from Shen Beauty in November 2015, and the rest is herstory. A year and some change later, I am the proud owner of the full collection. This has never happened outside of brands that I've worked for. I accredit that to the magic that May creates, the love she puts into her brand, and the impact the products have had on my skin and my life. I felt so strongly in my passion for the brand, in fact, that I made a video discussing the brand as a whole:


It's a line that has an air of allure, mystery, and otherworldly beauty to it. You see the product names and get immediately intrigued. You see the product textures and wonder just what it would feel like on your skin. You read about the ingredients used in the formulas and crave their impact on your skin. In my experience, the nicest thing about all of this intrigue is the products perform even better in real life. The experience leaps off the page and turns and skincare ritual into a spa experience.

As I said in the video, I don't feel the May Lindstrom collection is for everyone. There's absolutely nothing wrong with this either. If everyone liked everything, I'm sure we'd all get a little bored. If you're the kind of person who is really impressed by exfoliating acids, peptide-boosted serums, squishy gel-creams, and foaming cleansers - you may not find that your approach to skincare necessarily aligns with May's products or even her skincare philosophy.

Some people think aromatherapy is a bunch of nonsense, that skincare can't impact your emotional wellbeing, and that a mist can't be that much different than any other mists. I respectfully disagree, and I think May is a perfect example of a skincare collection that makes you feel better as it cares for your skin. She made a believer out of me, that's for damn sure.

Many people are looking for straightforward products. They want a cleansing gel that will quickly cleanse the skin in the morning, an anti-wrinkle serum with retinoids, peptides, and vitamins in the evening, and a lightweight body lotion that is unscented. As I say, there's absolutely nothing wrong with this.

May's products are experience-based, which often means they're quite involved. The Honey Mud benefits from a specific application method to achieve the best results. The Problem Solver is a mask you mix yourself. The Blue Cocoon is in a class of it's own and really doesn't have an direct comparisons. I just like to ensure that everyone has an understanding of what to expect from May's creations before going into it. I want you to feel that you're making a worthwhile investment, regardless of which products you buy.


Photo Courtesy of May Lindstrom Skin

I was reading an interview on Katja Kokko and found this beautiful question and answer:

How do you select your ingredients? Where does your knowledge come from?

"I purchase raw ingredients in their fresh and active state from a very small handful of suppliers who work directly with farms from all over the world. With the plant ingredients especially, this is incredibly important. It is imperative to fill each and every bottle with the most vibrant raw materials possible. That sometimes means a lot of searching and alternating areas of the world I source from for each ingredient as seasons fluctuate and certain crops are more or less abundant. I select only ingredients that are organic, bio-dynamic, wild crafted, cruelty free, sustainable and conscious. I create my own proprietary formulas. No outsourcing – this means I do not purchase base formulas, use labs, generics or shortcuts. I promise to deliver powerful action, uncompromising purity and maximum efficacy without parabens, propylene or butylene glycols, petroleum, sulphates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, phthalates, GMO, silicones, pesticides, artificial dyes, fragrances or carcinogens."

This, to me, is what an ethical brand looks like. Everyone is always talking about fair-trade this, equal-wages that. May talks the talk and walks the walk. Her products feel like they were made with high quality ingredients. Beyond that, everything is handmade. The sense of artisanal craftsmanship is really reflected in the product experience. Everything from the secondary packaging, to the glossy Miron glass, to the scrumptious formulas all feels very intimate. You feel like you're experiencing something that was made specifically for you. There's a lot of power in that feeling if you ask me.


Photo Courtesy of May Lindstrom

On February 22, 2017, a global price increase was put into place. I wasn't aware of this at the time that I filmed this video (February 17, 2017) and the topic has been extremely controversial in the skincare community.

The increase was around 15%, which means all products' prices increased by $10, except for The Youth Dew and The Blue Cocoon which increased by $20. This was done in order to meet increased demand, inflation in cost of raw materials, and continuing to formulate with integrity despite the fact that many ingredients are now four or five times more expensive than they were even a year ago. May Lindstrom had not increased prices prior to this since the brand's launch in 2011.


I addressed my thoughts in an Instagram post because I really wanted to point out a few factors that some may not have considered - especially those who lashed out at May and said some truly disrespectful and degrading things to her. The air is starting to clear, thankfully.

I'll still support May and her brand because of the deep emotional ties I've made with the love and care she has put into the world. My personal relationship with the brand and products has been extremely intimate. I have found incredible success in using some of her skincare treatments to improve situations of anxiety, anger, or pain. I truly feel that her products are as much self-care as they are skincare.

I'd like to discuss the full collection with you below, to provide some testimonials as well as full ingredient lists. Everything is based off my own experience with the products, and the relationship I have with them. Hopefully they help guide you through any curiosities you've had.


Photo Courtesy of May Lindstrom Skin. Photographed by Courtney Dailey

Once the highly-anticipated The Pendulum Potion is released and I have had time to thoroughly test it, I will add it to this post. But you can best believe that I am eagerly anticipating its launch! The products will be listed in the order they appear on the May Lindstrom website, just for continuity's sake 😊


The Honey Mud $90 for 3.38 fl oz, or 100 mL Available from May Lindstrom Skin, Beautylish, and Barneys New York

This is a dream in a pot. It's so aromatic with cacao, pure earth, raw and sticky honey, and a tinge of orangey-vanilla. It's as gourmand as skincare products come. And it transforms your skin in a few short minutes.

Like I said in the video, this product is not only an experience, it's quite unique in its effect. It's both deep cleansing and purifying, and comforting and softening. I find the natural enzymes found in the honey plus the white halloysite clay work together to give a boost of refinement and decongestion. However, honey is also a natural humectant so it keeps this treatment from drying the skin out. That, and the presence of plant and resin oils leave a layer of balmy softness behind.

Personally I've yet to find a product that performs the same way that this does, which is why I consider it irreplaceable in my collection. I don't use it every day because I like to save it for when my skin needs more correction than daily cleansing can provide. I love it, and I can't imagine my wardrobe without it. I'd recommend this to all skin types, but especially those prone to dullness, irritation, or lackluster texture.

Full review here.


Ingredients:

***Raw Honey With Bee Pollen And Propolis, White Halloysite Clay, *Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia Nut Oil), *Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Absolute) Oil, *Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, *Cananga Odorata (Ylang-ylang) Oil, *Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Co2 Total Essential Oil, *Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Oil, **Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil, **Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, Argentum Metallicum (Silver). *Certified Organic **Wild Harvested ***Collected From Unsprayed And Unfertilized Local California Wildflowers


The Clean Dirt $70 for 6.76 oz, or 200 mL Available from May Lindstrom Skin, Beautylish, and Barneys New York

The Clean Dirt is the kind of product that I don't (and really can't simply based on my skin type) use on a frequent basis. I reach for this a couple of times a month as a resurfacing boost to my cleansing ritual. It's a powder that, when mixed with water, transforms into a gritty paste. The texture is noticeably grainy, but I wouldn't say this feels like using an abrasive apricot scrub on the skin. I think this is partly due to the fact that the formula is largely clay based and transforms into a much softer paste in the presence of water. It's definitely exfoliating, but I don't feel like I'm scraping my skin.

As I mentioned in the video, this product has become somewhat of a pastime for me. I smooth it over my skin and then inhale deeply as I let the warm sun shine into my shower in the mornings. The clove in the formula provides comfort and a bit of warmth on the skin, and the fresh sunshine gives my soul a bit of energy. The two work especially well together to start my day off with light and vibrancy.

Due to the way I approach skincare, I would never recommend that someone completely ditch their exfoliating acids in favor of an exfoliating powder cleanser, but sometimes you just crave a bit of texture in your cleanser or can't necessarily use an acid at that particular moment in time. This is a supplement to your exfoliating habits, not a replacement. In my opinion :)

Likewise for the powder-activated Vitamin C in the formula. It does work well to brighten up my complexion after I use it, but I wouldn't depend on The Clean Dirt as my sole source of antioxidant protection.


Ingredients:

White Halloysite Clay, Red Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, Red Alaea Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodium Bicarbonate, *Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root, *Rosa Centifolia (Pink Rose), *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower, *Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon), *Myristica Fragans (Nutmeg), *Syzygium Aromaticum (Clove), *Curcuma Longa (Turmeric), *Zingiber Officinale Ginger), *Vanilla Planifolia Bean, ** Theobroma Cacao (Raw Cacao). *Certified Organic ** Fair Trade Certified

I think most skin types can use this, but frequency would really be determined by the level of oiliness you experience and/or how frequently your skin becomes dull or textured.


The Problem Solver $100 for 8.45 fl oz, or 250 mL Available from May Lindstrom Skin, Beautylish, and Barneys New York

To say that The Problem Solver is a masking experience is to merely scratch the surface. It's potent, involved, and aromatic. It's the mask I reach for when I need a serious improvement in my skin, and when I want to have a mask that's just plain enjoyable to use.

I find the mixing ratio a bit tricky at times. Theoretically, it's one part powder to (almost) one part water. Usually I have better results with adding in a little bit of water at a time, and it often ends up being about half the amount of water that's recommended.

Despite the precision needed to properly concoct this mask, it's totally worth it. It has a blend of spices that really warms up and invigorates the skin. Some of them are naturally antibacterial, others boost circulation. These spices, paired with a base of clay, raw cacao, and activated bamboo charcoal work to improve texture, reduce the appearance of pores, heal inflammation from active breakouts, and give an overall even tone and improved clarity.


In case you've ever wanted to see inside my nose

I think mixing it in a bowl and applying it with a brush is really the only way to go with this mask. It is very difficult to apply with fingers, and trying to mix the powder and water in your hand just doesn't work. I personally love how elevated the Treatment Bowl and Treatment Brush (see below) make the experience of using the mask, but they are still an "extra" in terms of the collection.

This is a really potent mask. There's no denying that, after 30 minutes, your skin shows noticeably improvement. I like to leave it on for as long as possible - sometimes even an hour. I reactivate it as it dries down with a bit of Caudalie Grape Water or hydrating toner. I just like to prevent it from cracking or flaking off. I find that ensuring it stays fairly wet prevents the clay from over drying my skin. If you have extremely oily skin, you might find that letting the mask dry as much as possible helps to give maximum purification benefits. You can also add The Honey Mud, raw honey, rosewater, or any other material you'd like in order to customize this mask based on your needs.


Ingredients:

Fuller’s Earth Clay, Red Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, **Theobroma Cacao (Raw Cacao), Red Alaea Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodium Bicarbonate, Bamboo Carbon Charcoal Powder, *Vanilla Planifolia Bean, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower, *Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root,***Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense), *Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), *Archangelica (Angelica) Root, *Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon), *Myristica Fragans (Nutmeg), *Syzygium Aromaticum (Clove), *Curcuma Longa (Turmeric), *Capsicum Annuum (Cayenne) Pepper. *Certified Organic **Certified Fair Trade ***Wild Harvested

It's very versatile, but at the end of the day, I do find it's the mask I reach for when my skin has active breakouts, enlarged pores, or lackluster texture. It truly is a problem solver.


The Youth Dew $140 for 1 fl oz, or 30 mL Available from May Lindstrom Skin, Beautylish, and Barneys New York

A balancing oil-serum that both softens the skin and enlivens it. Despite the fact that the base of this formula contains richer oils - avocado and olive - the texture is surprisingly light. It almost feels more like it's based around grape seed oil or something that is specifically used for balancing the skin. As a result, many will find it lightweight enough for daytime use - combination and oily skins included.

It's a blend of really high quality organic oils and wildcrafted essential oils. This gives it a kick of omegas that help to strengthen the skin and nourish it. There is CoQ10 in the ingredient list, but it's the last thing listed. As a result, I personally don't rely on it as my sole source of "anti-aging," but it doesn't mean the formula won't improve the appearance of slight damage.

There are citrus oils included in the formula, so some may prefer to use this exclusively at night. It doesn't bother me personally, and I find the lightness of the oil base really lends itself to a balanced finish for the daytime. It's a vibrant orangey yellow that looks like liquid gold. I apply a pump and a half into damp skin and press all over my face and neck.

Not before inhaling into my palms of course. I personally get a very sensual rendition of Jergens' cherry almond scent, but this could just be me. All I can say is theres a slight tanginess paired with an earthy nuttiness that just really lends itself to a feeling of vibrancy. You just can't help but feel brighter and more enlivened.

It sinks in beautifully and quickly - similarly to the way Vintner's Daughter does.

I love this serum, and I'll continue to use it. I'm personally more of a fan of Vintner's Daughter these days, but that doesn't discredit the fact that The Youth Dew is a stunning formula that's wonderful to use. You could have either and be very happy.


Ingredients:

*Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil, *Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, *Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Prunus SPP (Plum Kernel) Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, *Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosehip Seed) Oil, *Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Oil, *Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, *Borago Officinalis (Borage Seed) Oil, Aleurites Moluccans (Kukui Nut) Oil, *Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, *Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Rose) Essential Oil, *Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Essential Oil, *Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil, *Citrus Limon (Lemon) Essential Oil, *Rosa Damascena (Rose Absolute) Essential Oil, *Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Essential Oil, *Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, ***Daucus Carota (Carrot Seed) Essential Oil, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10). *Certified Organic
 **Wild Harvested


I think all skin types could use this, but especially those who want a really soft glow to their skin or a bit more brightness.


The Blue Cocoon $180 for 1.7 fl oz, or 50 mL Available from May Lindstrom Skin, Beautylish, and Barneys New York

My favorite product on the face of this Earth. It has quite literally saved my life in times of anxiety, stress, and depression. A deep inhale is often all I need to feel the tension in my shoulders releasing, my mind untangling, and my heart reset to a normal pace. May has said this is her favorite product that she has created, and I can see why.

It's a waterless solid balm that quite literally melts and liquifies the second it comes in contact with the skin. The fluid oil then easily smooths over the skin and leaves behind a balanced but nourished layer of comfort.

The formula itself is really fantastic at relieving irritation in the skin. If I've used a product that's too harsh for over-exfoliated my skin, this is what I reach for. It's fantastic to 'seal in' all of your other skincare as well. You'd be hard pressed to find an instance where a dollop of Blue Cocoon at the very end of your skincare ritual isn't utterly euphoric.

The scent is not of this world. It's quite literally like a hug for your heart. It combines blue tansy with myrrh, orange, cocoa, and a touch of frankincense to relieve mental and physical tension with a deep inhale. The scent is the chief purpose I use this product. All of the oils within this blue balm release their aroma the second the lid comes off.

If the balm begins to melt in warmer weather, put it in a bowl of hot water and let it turn to a fluid oil. Then carefully transfer it to the fridge and let it sit for a couple of hours. It'll turn back into a solid balm that can be used with a bit more ease. Alternatively, sometimes I'll melt my balm down just to give it a refresh every couple of months, or if needed. I find it returns the balm back to its pliable nature.

The aromatherapy benefits are numerous and all it takes is a quick whiff to realize just how relaxing and comforting this is. I truly cannot explain how much this scent means to me. It's directly associated with a deep breath, a count-to-ten, and a hug from someone you love. It has saved me from multiple panic attacks, gotten me through a difficult breakup, and carried me through life's daily stresses and tribulations.

If something happened to my jar of Blue Cocoon, I would drop everything I was doing and immediately go to pick up another at the closest stockist in New York. This is not just a product for me. This is not just skincare for me. This is quite literally a necessity. It is my favorite skincare product that has ever existed in history, and will be until the day I die. This is Blue Cocoon.

Full review here.


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

I think all skin types can use this, but be aware that the base of this formula contains a large amount of Shea butter. I have heard many success stories from those with breakout prone skin, but everyone will be different. If nothing else, it's stunning smoothed underneath the nose before bedtime purely for its ability to send you off onto a cloud of calm.


The Jasmine Garden $70 for 3.38 fl oz, or 100 mL Available from May Lindstrom Skin, Beautylish, and Barneys New York

A cocoa and jasmine sonnet infused into an airy mist. The Jasmine Garden is poetry in skincare. I have to be honest and say the main reason I use this mist is for the scent and the experience. I don't find it to be the most thirst quenching mist in the world, or the one that provides a boost of clarity of glossy-glow.

I do find that it soothes my skin, relieves a bit of irritation, and elevates my mood while providing a sense of relaxation. It's beautiful when paired with your favorite oil serum, or even when you use it as a midday refresher. It's a lavish way to introduce softening plant oils and extracts into the skin, but at the end of the day I still find it to be more about the experience than a measurably different skincare result some mists can provide.

If I have any complaints, it's that the cap split a couple of months after I purchased my bottle. Not the end of the world, but still something I feel is worth mentioning.

Full review here.


Ingredients:

Pure Water (Aqua), *Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Jasmine (Jasmine) Grandiflorum Absolute, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, *Rosa Damascena (Rose) Oil, *Cananga Odorata (Ylang-ylang) Oil, *Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Co2 Total Essential Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (carrier for Jasmine Extract) ), Argentum Metallicum (Silver). *Certified Organic

I think all skin types would be able to use this, but especially anyone who loves a really great smelling botanical mist and likes a balanced finish on their skin.


The Good Stuff

$120 for 3.38 fl oz, or 100 mL

Available from May Lindstrom Skin, Beautylish, and Barneys New York

When I use The Good Stuff, I feel sexy, There's something so sensual about smoothing a gold-infused oil over damp skin and inhaling the notes of cocoa, ylang-ylang, and rose. It's stunning on the arms and chest and gives an incredibly glow under moonlight or candlelight. There is a bit of iridescence included in the formula, but I don't find it leaves chunks of sparkle behind on the skin. It certainly creates luminosity, but you won't look like you dusted body glitter all over your limbs.

Admittedly, sometimes I have to be careful with this oil. If I don't allow enough water to remain on the skin before massaging the oil in, I can feel a little bit dry and dehydrated. The skin on my body is even more dehydrated than the skin on my face (oh great!) and so I have to be quite precise when it comes to applying oils.

As luxurious and stunning as this is, I find that I crave the facial care products more often. That may be due to the fact that I'm only recently becoming a frequent user of anything other than a plain body lotion, so there's a bit of a learning curve to be had.

What I will say is this: It's not my place to dictate how you spend your money at all. That's a very intimate relationship and I don't want to cross any lines. But if you are planning on investing in a May Lindstrom product, I would be much more inclined to suggest something like The Blue Cocoon, The Honey Mud, or The Problem Solver than I would The Good Stuff. It's an absolutely stunning body oil, but I think it's the kind of product that is more of a side dish than a main course - if that makes sense.


Ingredients:

*Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia Nut) Oil, *Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Prunus SPP (Plum Kernel) Oil, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Absolute) Oil, *Cananga Odorata (Ylang-ylang) Essential Oil, *Rosa Damascena (Rose Absolute) Essential Oil, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide.

*Certified Organic

This is a body oil that would suit all skin types, but dehydrated skins should be extra attentive when applying it.


The Facial Treatment Bowl

$40

Available from May Lindstrom Skin, Beautylish, and Barneys New York

This handmade ceramic bowl elevates any masking experience. It makes you enjoy The Problem Solver even more!

This bowl is absolutely stunning. It's much smaller than I imagined it would be - i.e. I can hold it comfortable with one hand. Admittedly, they're fairly large man-hands, but still. The It's almost like they designed a domed pot with a flat base and then cut off the upper third. This means the opening is smaller than the middle part of the bowl, which truly does help minimize the amount of dust kicked up by the problem solver. It also means you can swirl your brush around the middle of the bowl to ensure you pick up every last bit of mask so there's no waste.

It's a gorgeous piece of artwork as well. I'm often tempted to buy another one to use as a ring bowl, as suggested, because it looks so artisanal and has a very sleek aesthetic design. It's incredibly easy to clean thanks to the nonporous texture on the inside of the bowl. I just add a little water, swirl it around with my fingers, then rinse. It takes a matter of seconds.

The bowl really does help to elevate the experience of not only The Problem Solver, but any mask in general. I used to use a plain glass cereal bowl, but that just felt a little bit boring to me. Plus, I find this bowl easier to clean than any other vessel I've attempted to use in the past. It may be classified as an "extra" from the brand, but I'm personally proud to support an artist like Melissa Brown. Shop small, my friends!


Details:

This limited edition, handmade ceramic bowl is the perfect vessel for bringing your skin treatments to life. Truly a work of art, it can also be used as a wine goblet, tea mug, or catchall for jewelry. Handmade by ceramicist Melissa Brown with natural, food-safe clay. Features May's signature dandelion logo fired in 24k gold. Add your choice of treatment ingredients and blend together with The Facial Treatment Brush.Size: 6.5 oz / 4 inches x 4.25 inches. Natural Clay, 24K Gold


The Facial Treatment Brush

$30

Available from May Lindstrom Skin, Beautylish, and Barneys New York

I think the brush that May included in the collection for use with her mask products is really well executed. The bristles are quite dense, which means the weight of The Problem Solver doesn't cause them to completely overwhelm their ability to apply the product. The angle makes it easy to smooth the mask along the jawline, on the corners of the nose, and in more detailed areas with a bit more precision. The handle feels sturdy and I haven't had any shedding or separation of the handle from the ferrule.

There's no doubt that this is certainly the "whipped cream on top" product from the collection. I occasionally use an e.l.f. Studio Angled Foundation Brush to apply my masks with, but the May Lindstrom brush is, admittedly, better. It's bigger, denser, and covers a larger area at a time.

If the brush didn't work as well as it does, I'd say to skip it entirely. But the fact of the matter is it really does allow The Problem Solver to be mixed and applied in half the time it takes me when I'm using a cereal bowl and my e.l.f. brush.


Details:

This sleek brush is a must-have tool for creating your perfect facial treatment ritual. It's ideal for effortlessly blending The Problem Solver and The Clean Dirt to their perfect texture. Designed for mixing and applying facial masks, treatments, and more Sustainably crafted with vegan-friendly Taklon fibers and a recycled aluminum ferrule.Sturdy, weighted handle is made from natural woodBlend your choice of treatment ingredients in The Facial Treatment Bowl. Apply your treatment to clean skin using gentle strokes.

Additionally, May sells a Wanderlust travel-sized collection that comes with a beautiful vegan leather carrying case. If you love the products and want to be able to take them with you, this is a fabulous way to do so.

Currently, there are not travel / trial sizes available for individual purchase. Based on things I've heard on social media, May is planning to do something to meet that need in the future.

I'm incredibly happy from a customer service standpoint. I've had nothing but good experiences with the timeliness, packaging, or process of shopping from her website. I've also had great experiences with Beautylish as well. I've never purchased May Lindstrom from their site before, but I do buy my Wayne Goss brushes there. They offer a payment program where you can space your purchase ($100 or more) over a period of three months. This is a great way to acquire a product. Props to Beautylish, seriously!

If I were to repurchase the collection, here's the order that I'd acquire it in:

1. The Blue Cocoon

2. The Honey Mud

3. The Jasmine Garden

4. The Problem Solver

5. The Treatment Bowl

6. The Treatment Brush

7. The Clean Dirt

8. The Youth Dew

9. The Good Stuff

This is based on the frequency I use the product, the results they provide my skin and/or my mood, and the strength of the match that that particular product is with my skin.

The reason I list every product in the collection is that I don't necessarily intend to be without the full collection any time soon. After a product is finished, I fully intend to repurchase. I'd prioritize some over others, but in general, I feel complete with having the full collection at the ready.

This isn't feasible for everyone, and I completely understand and respect that. If you've been considering investing in even one product in the collection, go for it. I personally think that May Lindstrom was worth it before the price increase, and is still worth it now. The products feel like they were invested in. I feel like I'm getting all of my money's worth of every single product in the collection. The sensations May has created with her products cannot be replicated. No one does May Lindstrom as good as May Lindstrom.

I hope that, should you choose to invest in one of her products, that it works beautifully for you. I hope you are able to reap the full wellness benefits that each product provides for your heart and mind.

A full list of stockists can be found here.

Thank you to Josh - you have no idea how much you helped kickstart my journey to self-care with the products you passed onto me.

Thank you to Skin Obsessor for helping me to see skincare as selfcare the way you do.

And a final note to May:

Thank you. Your initiative for making skincare equate to selfcare has taught me so much. You have created products that have truly changed my life for the better. The words you have said to me mean so much, and I'm so lucky that we were able to find each other in the ever expanding world of skincare and skincare blogging. Thank you.

PS: Thank you so much for granting permission to my use of your photos on this post. I really appreciate it 💕

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