“ Brand: MuLondon / Texture: Cream / Type: Moisturiser / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Moisturizes, „
I am a recent convert to Mu London, having fallen for their deliciously scented white chocolate elbow, knee and heel cream. I love the fact that the company use genuinely natural ingredients and that there is none of the "greenwash" that companies like The Body Shop and Lush use to make us think that their products are natural and healthy.
With Mu London, what you see is what you get. They are certified Organic, contain no preservatives or animal products. All of the jars of wonder are made by a man called Boris,who is very approachable and seems to genuinely enjoy interacting with his customer base. In fact, if you go to the Mu London facebook page, you can chat with him directly. The page is also a very good indicator of customer opinion, and there seem to be a large quantity of people who enthuse about the products. I am joining them...
I think we all know about this wonderful plant in one way or another. Hemp is a superfood, a fantastic skin product, the plant itself can be smoked (!), can be used for rope, textiles and fuel.
This product contains both Hemp oil from the seeds plus the exotic Hemp essential oil which is steam distilled from very low THC strain Cannabis flowers. The medicinal and healing properties of Cannabis are well known and it is fair to say that this plant has some fairly spectacular effects on both the body and skin.
For the uninitiated, you will NOT get wasted by sniffing this pot, neither will you start singing Leonard Cohen songs if you decide to spread it on your toast....
There are miniscule traces of the active chemical THC in cosmetic Hemp products, if any.
Hemp is a oil that is very high in Omega 3 and 6, and in my Veggie/Vegan household we use the cold pressed oil on salads instead of using Fish based oils. Like Shea, the oil is totally edible and can be used in so many ways. In cosmetics, hemp is used for its super moisturising qualities and anti-aging effects.
High in fatty acids, Hemp oil scores very low on the allergy scale and is therefore suitable for sensitive skin. Used regularly, this oil has a very positive effect on problem skin, psoriasis, eczema etc. It is also very good for young children and babies. Hemp is a natural anti-inflammatory and balances moisture in the skin. This beautiful oil is also high in minerals and contains a plethora of vitamins such as vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, and E.
This product comes in two sizes (30ml and 60ml) so you can trial a smaller jar should you wish to. Like most of the products from Mu London, the cream comes in a good quality, heavy glass jar with a silver metal lid. All of the ingredients are listed on the front including four logos (Peta, Vegan society, Vegetarian society and Organic certification).
The product itself has the pale colour of Shea with a very slight green tint, in common with many good quality hemp based products. This stuff melts as soon as you touch it and has the creamy velvet texture of over-ripe avocado. The smell is typically hemp but subtle and natural, so if you are used to any Body Shop type Hemp products (full of artificial ingredients) and dislike the heavy scent, this one will suit you better. The smell is gentle and earthy and will not interact with perfumes etc.
The company state:
"Fresh, woody, smoky and mystical - this Hemp face moisturiser heals and protects with organic Shea Butter, pure Hemp Seed Oil and the exclusive and rare Hemp Essential Oil"
In addition to the Shea and Hemp, this cream contains the water soluble Jojoba, and essential oils of Black Spruce and Vertivert root. This combination of ingredients is well chosen and creates a very special warming subtle aroma. It also shows that the company really understand different ingredients and oils, alongside how to combine them to maximum effect. If that was not enough, the cream has Organic Rosemary Antioxidant added to assist with skin issues such as acne and spots.
Mu London's Hemp face moisturiser contains no mineral oils, parabens, silicones, emulsifiers or other man-made chemicals.
USING THE CREAM:
This powerful cream is designed to be used sparingly and is suitable for the whole body. It feels velvety on the skin and blends easily leaving little residue. I have used mine on my face and hands and have not found it too heavy on my face at all. It feels luxurious and rich and leaves the skin with a silky soft sheen. I do not suffer from any facial skin issues but I do on my hands (patchy psoriasis), and this cream is effective at both moisturising and protecting the sore cracked bits. It does not sting open skin cracks at all and feels very protective and gentle.
I have been hugely impressed with the texture of this product. It literally starts to melt when touched and becomes a silky liquid with a very subtle scent of woody hemp. It leaves my skin incredibly soft to the touch and the effects last a long time.
I am already a big fan of Hemp oil and its qualities and am more than capable of making my own products (and sometimes do), but in my opinion this is worth the money. It has been cleverly balanced from top quality ingredients and is a luxurious item with easy to measure effects on the skin. The fact that so little is used each time means that this little jar of magic will last a long time. I genuinely cannot recommend it enough.
Hemp moisturiser from Mu London comes in two sizes. A 60ml jar will cost £15 and a 30ml jar costs £9. I tested the 30ml jar but will be buying the larger one based on the efficiency of the product. I recommend that you do the same as once tried you will be hooked!
You can buy the product or read more about it here:
Mu London Organic Hemp moisturiser - Face Moisturiser
The World of MuLondon
Prior to being chosen for a trial for a different moisturiser I had not heard of this company but that is not that surprising as it was only started in 2008 by Boris Zatezic. The company is a London based skincare company creating eco friendly products for the skin.
All products are hand made using natural and organic ingredients. All the products are concentrated and "100% vegan, cruelty free, ethically sourced and packed in recycled and recyclable materials, including bio-degradable bubble-wrap." They also contain no artificial preservatives, emulsifiers or fragrance. The scent comes only from natural essential oil, and herbal extracts which not only provide the scent but are also included for their healing, balancing and repairing qualities for skin.
It comes in a small glass pot with a screw top lid and holds a very packed 30ml of product. The RRP is £8 plus P&P from the site. The glass can obviously be recycled as can the lid through the usual schemes.
MU LONDON MOISTURISERS
These moisturisers are 'super concentrated' as they have no added water nor whipped with air so what you get is a really concentrated product. Often products have so much water that the actual active ingredients are only 20% whereas with this you get 100% product.
MY POT OF HEMP
This product is an acquired taste in scent. It smells herby , earthy and slightly smoky to me ; not sweet but certainly not unpleasant to me. I do like vetiver and smoky scents.
This is one that will suit both men and ladies, young and old.
This moisturising product has the benefits of shea butter and jojoba oil to moisturise and certified organic Rosemary Antioxidant which helps to replenish and revive the skin.
Shea Butter is great for treating and helping with the symptoms of dry or sensitive skin, eczema and psoriasis. It is a natural moisturiser and easily absorbed .
Jojoba Oil helps with increasing skin's elasticity and strengthening the epidermis.
Vetiver oil helps to balance oily skin and clear acne. Vetivert also helps with normalising the moisture levels in dry and dehydrated skin types. It is also good at rejuvenating mature skin.
Most of the ingredients are certified organic and the product has a EWG SkinDeep database hazard rating of' 0' which is the best possible rating and means that nothing in there is hazardous to you or the environment.
As this was the fourth of these moisturisers I have bought I was not surprised at how hard this product but if you are used to creams with a lot of water and air in them you will find this very solid. I sort of scrape some off with my nails so that I end up with a small chunk on the top of my nails, not under them. I then rub two fingers together with the product between them to melt it and then I use the fingers to apply this to my face.
Initially I found this and others in the MuLondon range quite greasy and wondered how it would be on my skin but the greasiness went very quickly as the natural oils were absorbed into my skin. I find that this is a great for massaging my face as I apply it. I do a little at a time and gently massage the wrinkliest and most lined areas just as they do when I have a facial. I do this just before I get into bed and it really relaxes me and also feeds my skin with all the goodies so that they can do their magic overnight.
I bought this one specifically for my sore eczematic neck and it does seem to have helped as my neck is eczema free atpresent.
I don't tend to use this as a day cream as I have others I find good for that and this tends to make my make up slip around a bit too much. I do however use it on my neck during the day though sometimes if If I am just staying at home then I just apply this and gently massage then add nothing else.
I have had NO nasty reaction since using this and my skin feels nice and soft and the smell is just gorgeous.
I Keep my jar sin a drawer where it is cool and dry and out of direct sunlight as heat and sunlight will damage the contents. In this heat I am tempted to keep my bottles in the fridge.There is a best before date on the label so make sure you use before the end date in order to get the most benefit from this as it has no preservatives in it.
WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN?
I bought this having really liked a trial bottle of the lavender moisturiser through a beauty website and was so impressed that I bought three other varieties as well. I do like the smell of this, it is not at all sweet but rather earthy, smoky and exotic in my view.
I found it really easy to order from the site and if you are interested in trying this or any of their natural eco friendly Vegan hand made goodies then they take paypal and of course credit cards too. I paid through paypal and there is a £2.50 per order NOT item so it is best to group products together to get the best value from the P&P charge.
Yes this is an unusual smelling very concentrated moisturiser with organic natural, vegan friendly quality ingredients. It is easy to use once you get the hang of getting the stuff out. As it gets further down the pot I know I will have to get something to get the product out.
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