First up, I love Mallow and White’s packaging; popcorn and petals. Secondly, the products live up to the promise of the packaging, so I’m more than happy to share just how much I love Mallow and White.
The first thing that impressed me about Joanna from Mallow and White was her simple philosophy when it comes to skincare. I’m generally drawn to products where I understand the label and know what I’m putting on my skin, so Joanna’s philosophy of using six ingredients or less appealed to my inner lover of a simple label (why all the confusing words people?! Just tell me WHAT’S IN IT!). At the moment, Mallow and White offer a small variety of products with three ranges (Soothe, Revitalise and Restore), each with a facial oil and mask.
I tried the Soothe range for sensitive skin. The mask comes in powder form and then you mix it yourself, which took me a few goes to get the consistency right. I’ve got it down to a fine art now though, so if you need a mask mixing, you just give me a shout. Mallow and White suggest that you can mix the mask with other ingredients depending on what you’re aiming to target. I mix mine with honey for it’s healing, anti blemish properties, but you could mix it with yoghurt, avocado, banana etc if you you have a particular food stuff you like to rub on your face (or add a couple of drops of the facial oil).
The mask contains corn starch, kaolin, marshmallow root powder and lavender oil and the best description I can give to the smell is citrusy lavender. The label suggests that you leave the mask on for two minutes, I usually leave it on for a little longer than that but it dries quite quickly. My skin really likes this mask, it leaves it feeling softer and a little less red (once the initial ‘got to get a dried on clay mask off my face’) debacle is over. I applied the mask right before writing this post and my skin is currently feeling much better for it.
You can also mix this mask with a little less water and use it as an exfoliator. I tried doing that a couple of times but just didn’t get on with it, I didn’t seem able to apply it consistently enough to do a thorough job. Maybe I need to work on my consistency again, but to be honest, I’d far rather use this as a mask and felt a bit like I was wasting the precious powder by using it for anything else.
Next was the face oil. If I had to pick one of the two, I would pick the facial oil (SORRY MASK). I am a little bit smitten with face oils generally, but I loved this one. It’s a pleasure to use, so I massage about five drops into my skin the evening, then just a couple in the morning. I have quite oily skin, so that was a nervy step at first, but now I don’t think twice about it and it really helps to keep my skin calm and hydrated all day. I find I need a little help with redness at times and this has kept that at bay, especially considering I’ve used this as the weather has become colder (read: batters us with rain and gales).
I love them both and I will be replacing them when they are empty. They are on the expensive side, but you get what you pay for so if you’re happy to pay a bit more for high quality, effective products, I’d certainly recommend them; the oil is £36 and the face mask is £20.
Plus, Mallow and White donate 10% of their profits to Kiva, who empower people around the world to alleviate them from poverty so you’re doing a little good at the same time.
Products were sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own honest thoughts.