Saturday, 24 May 2014

Mel Millis Organic skincare review




Every now and again you discover a line that is so special that you know that you will be buying the products for years to come, that's exactly how I felt when I received a beautiful parcel from Mel Millis. My humble camera couldn't begin to capture how stunning these products are, everything about them from the slick dark miron glass bottles to the intricate attention to detail just absolutely blew me away. Mel Millis has a quintessentially English feel to the branding, it reminds me of beautiful cottage gardens and they are based just a stones throw away from me in the Cotswold's. The brand was founded by Tracey Foy who is experienced in the skincare industry and the philosophy is simple but powerful, skincare that works in harmony with nature and it's science. 

All the skincare is Artisan made in micro-batches and the ingredients themselves are very high quality, Tracey has chosen all of the organic extracts and oils for their different properties such as antioxidants, essential fatty acids and probiotics and put them together to create a line that is honestly quite breath taking, it feels like a true celebration of plants and their benefits. Tracey uses a lot of CO2 extracted oils, these are very good quality and they allow the properties of the plant to remain intact, all ingredients are sustainably harvested. The paper packaging has wild flower seeds sown in to it, so when you open your products you can tear up the cardboard and plant it and wait for your wild flowers to grow, I am looking forward to doing this really soon. 

I have been testing three beautiful products: 

Organic Rose Hydrolate Mist tonic This is a beautiful Rosewater spray with Organic Rosewater and Rosa Damascena, it is beautifully hydrating and prepares the skin for any products that you are going to use. This is a true rose toner, it is a classic rose that has real depth to scent thanks to the rose water and the rose essential oil and it smells wonderful. This is a real treat for the skin, I love these types of sprays and this is up there with the nicest ones I have tried. I would definitely repurchase this as a special treat. 

Organic Rose and Pomegranate Rebalancing face oil This is where I go from just being impressed to being blown away, I am partial to the odd facial oil... by that read that I have something of an addiction, but my skin loved this blend from the first moment I applied it. With Rosehip, Argan, Pomegranate, baobab, geranium, rose, bitter orange and chamomile there are no cheaper carrier oils in this blend, you get such high quality for such a good price and this is well worth investing in if you have dry skin in need of rebalancing and nourishing. I use a few drops in the morning under moisturiser, the scent is gorgeous, difficult to describe but slightly sweet and floral but not at all overpowering. My sensitive skin loved the extra nourishment this provides and it helped to heal some dry patches I had been struggling with. 

The Baobab and Immortelle Age defying serum I have left the best until last... this blend was stunning! I have been using this at nights and most days I haven't needed to add any moisturiser on top, it is deeply nourishing. My skin can't get enough of this product and before I know it has been absorbed and I am just left with nourished glowing skin that is calmed and soothed. Much like the previous blend this is just full to bursting with great ingredients Rosehip, Pomegranate, Baobab, Sea Buckthorn, Jojoba, Carrot oil and finally the prized Immortelle. Immortelle is not an ingredient I had used before although I had heard great things, Immortelle is a beautiful golden flower from the daisy family, the myth goes that the gods graced mere mortals with this flower. The lists of benefits for this essential oil is a long one, but the main ones that caught my eye were anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing which are both things that my skin is grateful of at the moment. Both of the oil bottles has a built in dropper in the lid and were very easy to use, more so that the usual squeezy droppers you get with facial oils, I will be reusing all of the glass packaging as it is simply too nice to waste!

If you are looking for a more niche organic brand with impeccable ingredients then I would highly recommend Mel Millis, Tracey has created a line that really feels like it truly works in harmony with the skin and one which I can't get enough of, artisan skincare at it's best.  

Ana x


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26 comments

  1. I wanted to try the floral mist a while back but was a bit put off by the price, but you make it sound worth it! Both of the blends sound delicious...the ingredients in the age defying serum sound particularly impressive!

    Mayah x

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    1. There's no getting away from the fact that it is expensive for the amount you get but I do think you can really feel the quality, depends on your budget, I thought the oils were very well priced considering the ingredients though, when you compare them some of the high end brand serums which are really expensive Xx

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  2. Fantastic review Ana! The Baobab and Immortelle Age defying serum looks phenomenal, what a great blend of powerful ingredients. This looks definitely worth trying! Xx

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    1. Thanks Liz, the blends are both fabulous and really great ingredients especially as they are so well priced :) Xx

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  3. More things to add to my wishlist. I haven't seen baobab has a skincare ingredient before. I love that the paper has seeds sown into it. What a brilliant idea x

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    1. The plantable packaging is a great detail :) Xx

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  4. I have serious product envy ! ;) I have drooled over Mel Millis for ages but as they are priced at the high end scale, it kind of takes them off my radar for a while. The products sound amazing though. I've heard about this CO2 extraction of oils which is fascinating. Lovely post and good luck growing your seeds :) xx

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    1. Thanks Charlie, the products are beautiful I hope you get to experience them at some point Xx

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  5. These came over my radar recently and sound amazing! Great review Ana x

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    1. You would love them the serums are really special :) Xx

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  6. These look so lovely, Baobab is an awesome ingredient, I can attest- I would love to try these, wonderful review! :0) - Kathryne

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    1. I love Boabab I take it as a supplement too :) Xx

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  7. The serum sounds divine and definitely worth the price tag! I'm all about anti-aging now that I'm turning 30 this year...

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    1. I hear you! I am 31 and all about prevention :) Xx

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  8. Seems like you guys have so many interesting brands across the pond! Every natural cosmetic brand from the UK I want to try!

    Loved your review Ana!

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    1. Thanks Amber! I feel the same way about the states I have such a long US wish list! :) Xx

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  9. The oil and serum sound like something I must try at some point! Great review Ana and what gorgeous packaging- and what's this about wild flower seeds in the paper? What a brilliant idea!

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    1. The seeds are such a cute detail, much better than just putting the packaging in the bin which is what usually happens, I think you would really enjoy the line :) Xx

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  10. Que chulo! siempre tentándome con marcas nuevas, jejejeje. Besitos guapa!

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  11. Lovely reveiew!
    Thank you for the presentation!

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  12. Love the packaging, so chic!

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  13. Wow the serum sounds just perfect! As do the other two products :) xx

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