After what can only be described as a flurry of new brands touting their revolutionary new ranges appearing in my inbox, that frankly left me feeling a little luke warm, before Christmas time I discovered the lovely Joanna of Mallow and White. At the time the brand was in the middle of changing it's packaging and ranges and now has a capsule collection of skincare each created with six ingredients or less.
What I liked about Mallow and White was that there were no outrageous claims, no blinding us with science, just a very honest and well thought out range of products with minimal but high quality ingredients that would be good for sensitive skins. Add to that recyclable packaging, using 100% natural and a high percentage of organic ingredients and that the entire range is vegan and cruelty free it soon became clear that this was one I should be testing out.
Joanna is clearly passionate about natural and authentic beauty, so much so that she left a career with the BBC to pursue her dream of creating the line. With a Free From skincare award under her belt for her Rose Serum (Brand was known then as White Wash Soaps) and a Janey Lee Grace Platinum award I have a good feeling the honesty and quality of this brand will go a long way.
There are three ranges to choose from, each with it's individual face mask and serum:
Soothe - For sensitive skin, the serum includes Kukui oil, lavender and chamomile and a mask using gentle white clay.
Restore - For normal to dry skin, the serum includes Rosehip, apricot kernel and rose geranium oil an the mask dead sea clay.
Revitalise - For mature skin, the serum has camellia seed oil, macadamia oil and mandarin and frankincense essential oils and the mask is made with Pink and red French clay and hibiscus flower.
I tested the Restore Facial oil (£38 for 30 mls) and Dead sea clay mask (£24 for a 60 ml jar) and developed a weekly masking ritual that I thoroughly looked forward to. The Dead sea mask comes in a dry powder form and you have to mix it yourself, I found that I needed one and a half to two small teaspoons per application and I am just coming to end of my jar. After placing the powder in to a masking bowl, I add flower water to the mask, you can use regular water but I always find the flower water adds something extra. I add it with a pipette, a few drops at a time, thanks to the corn-starch the mask can feel a little solid half way through the mixing process but if you keep stirring and adding liquid slowly it becomes a smooth paste. I like to add a couple of drops of the serum to the to mask, for added moisture and benefits. I then apply all over the face with a foundation brush.
The mask feels very cooling and soothing and doesn't dry too hard, unlike other clay masks I have tried. The addition of the serum does help with this. It is also easy to remove, I leave for about ten minutes and remove with a warm flannel. After removing the mask I then take about four drops of the serum and apply to the skin, it feels light but nourishing and works quickly to calm any redness I may have from the removal of the mask. The mask itself is gentle but does draw out impurities, if you have any blemishes don't be surprised if they are not drawn to the surface, I was pleasantly surprised by this as the mask feels so gentle it was unexpected. Afterwards your skin looks clearer, brighter and feels much softer.
The serum can also be added in to your everyday skincare routine and doesn't just have to be used in conjunction with the mask, I have enjoyed adding a few drops to my moisturiser during the day or using it as a treatment at night. I think due to the lightness of the serum and the drawing abilities of the mask these would also be suited to combination skin, but do check the ingredients list for yourself to check if your skin is fussy.
You can find Mallow and White at www.mallowandwhite.co.uk, Love Lula and Naturisimo. The mask and serum also come as part of a kit which works out a little cheaper, which would be perfect for gifting as well. It's hard to find fault with such a well thought out and ethical brand. Have you tried Mallow and White? Do you love simple skincare?