My few forays into organic skincare has been a bit of a touch and go. Many were not easily available in Malaysia and I only found so-so results from using them. It must be because I don’t have very very sensitive skin. In fact my skin can be pretty hardy considering the torture I put it through sometimes, in my mad scientist experiments and product testing. Not tested on animals but on me! That should be my tagline eh? haha…
Anyway, I purchased a travel set of Mukti’s skincare from Bodybar Natural Skincare to test to see if I liked them enough to switch over. The set consisted of a gentle facial cleanser, mist toner and a balancing cream. Having been using the Mukti skincare range exclusively at night for a month or so, I think I’m ready with my view on the products.
Mukti Botanicals Organic Skincare
Mukti Botanicals is a line of organic skincare from Australia that uses ingredients that are certified organic by the Australian Government. According to the pledge at Mukti’s website, they state that they “only utilise the purest & highest grade certified organic and natural ingredients, therefore, a little of our product goes a long way.”
I cannot vouch for their organic certification, but I can vouch for a little going a long way. I really like the Mukti Rosehip Eye gel (product not packaging) and I can safely say that a little goes a long way.
Mukti Gentle Foaming cleanser – Link
I’ve only used one other organic facial wash – the Sukin Organics Facial Cleanser. Being organic, both brands do not contain sodium laureth sulfate (SLS) and thus, any foaming is very minimal. I do find that the Mukti facial wash foams up more than the Sukin one does and it smells amazing! There is a strong citrus note which is very refreshing in the morning and relaxing at night. I love just breathing it in as I wash my face.
The Mukti gentle foaming cleanser cleans without drying but those who aren’t used to it might feel like there’s a layer on your face. There’s nothing to be concerned about. Just apply your skincare as normal after that and you are good to go. I don’t know the retail price of the cleanser because mine is a travel sized bottle.
Ingredients: Certified Organic Aqueous Extracts of Bladderwrack (Fucus Vesiculosus), Calendula (Calendula Officinalis), Chamomile (Chamomilla Recutita), Ginkgo Biloba Leaf, Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense), Nettle (Urtica Dioica), Red Clover (Trifolium Pratense), Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Sage (Salvia Officinalis) & Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium); Guar Gum (Cyamopsis Gonoloba); Cocobetaine (Coconut derived); Salt (Sodium Chloride); Vitamin B5 (Panthenol); Vitamin E (Tocopherol); Certified Organic Essential Oils of Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia), Petitgrain (Citrus Amara), Geranium (Geranium Maculatum) & Peppermint (Mentha Piperita); Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Grandis) Extract; Citric Acid.
Mukti Floral Hydrating Mist Toner (link)
I used this toner day and night. I like the scent, which has hints of citrus and the spritz bottle makes it very easy to use. It is also a nice handy size that fits into your handbag if you want a quick refreshing spritz during the day. I don’t carry it around but I could if I wanted.
This toner is suitable for all skin types and I find that yes, it does help hydrate. On purpose, I spritzed this hydrating toner on my skin without following up with moisturizer in the day and I didn’t feel like a dried out husk. Good! I also find that applying moisturiser on damp skin helps with absorption so this mist toner helped keep the skin hydrated after cleansing.
A 50ml bottle retails for RM48. Due to the bottle being solid, I can’t tell how much is left which is irritating for me. I like to know when my products are nearing their last legs so I can replenish. I understand that organic products need to be protected from the sunlight but it doesn’t stop me being a wee bit irritated. However, after a month’s use twice a day, I think there’s still quite a lot more product in the bottle, so I reckon a bottle will last at least 1.5-2 months.
Certified Organic Rose (Rosa Centifolia) Hydrosol; Certified Organic Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice; Glycerin (Vegetarian); Rose (Rosa Centifolia) Oil; Certified Organic Essential Oils of Geranium (Geranium Maculatum), Petitgrain (Citrus Amara), Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) & Orange (Citrus Sinensis); Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Grandis) Extract.
Mukti Balancing Facial Creme (link)
I’ve been using the Balancing Facial Creme for a month with no problems whatsoever. I only use it at night however. I tried using it in the day, but I found it was too thick to layer my Eucerin sunscreen on top of this so I ditched the cream and stuck to just my sunscreen.
The Mukti Balancing Facial Creme comes in a pump bottle and pumps out rather thick. Like the eye cream, there are problems with air bubbles. I’m told that the reason for putting the products in pump bottles is to preserve the products from oxidization as they are all organic.
The smell of the creme is quite strong but it smells of essential oils in particular geranium and is very relaxing. I squirt out a pump each to dab on my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and then, I use a pressing/dabbing motion to spread and pat the cream into the skin. It sinks in very quickly and leaves no oily residue at all. I think it would be good for those who have combination/oily skins.
I did however, feel that the Balancing Facial Creme was not quite moisturizing enough for me at night. I don’t wake up with my skin feeling tight, nor am I developing lines, but I just did not feel it was enough. I might try the Hydrating cream the next time – I’ll see. In the meantime, I’m using Yes to Carrots and I’m loving it!
A 30ml bottle of the facial creme retails for RM88. A little on the pricey side, but again, only very little is needed so a bottle can last you at least 2.5 months if you use it twice a day and maybe even more if used only once a day like I do.
Certified Organic Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice; Certified Organic Macadamia (Macadamia Ternifolia) Oil; Certified Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii); Cetearyl Glucoside (Vegetarian); Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Extract; Certified Organic Oils of Rosehip (Rosa Canina), Evening Primrose (Oenothera Biennis), Hazelnut (Corylus Americana), Avocado (Persea Gratissima), Apricot (Prunus Armeniaca); Sclerotium Gum; Glycerin (Vegetarian); Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Grandis) Extract; Certified Organic Essential Oils of Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia), Sandalwood (Santalum Album), Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata) & Geranium (Geranium Maculatum); Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis).
Is Mukti Botanicals skincare good?
This is the first time I’ve stuck to one brand of organic skincare and I like the smell of it. Its relaxing and its quite economical due to the concentration of the product. You don’t use much every time which means that the product can last a while.
I have found that my skin seems to be looking more even toned – less blotchy when its hot and smoother. Can I attribute it to the Mukti skincare? I cannot say, because I’m not using this line nor organic skincare exclusively. It might be helping or it might just be a combination of factors.
Will I switch over to organic skincare? I’m not sure. I have a lot of skincare left to go through so if I do switch it won’t be any time soon. If you have very sensitive skin or skin that reacts with the commercial skincare available, you might want to give organic skincare a try. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
The Mukti Botanical Organic skincare line is now available in Malaysia at Bodybar Natural Skincare.
Update: I discovered I was allergic to an ingredient in the Mukti skincare line that caused the skin on my hands to go crazy with contact dermatitis.
Have you tried organic skincare? Do you like it? Share your thoughts below!