If you read my March Hits & Misses here, you’ll know that this serum is one that didn’t work for me. This my third negative review in recent times, and I don’t often have posts like this where it is mostly negative about a particular product, however as a blogger (and a reader of blogs) it is important to me to posts both positive and negative reviews, purely because not every product works for me, agrees with my skin etc. and as a reader of blogs also, I personally love when bloggers post about products that didn’t work for them because it gives me an idea of whether that product might work for me or my skin type etc.
I got this serum a while ago, I can’t remember where from, but the smell of it always put me off, so I didn’t use it until recently, and despite only using it twice, it’s something I won’t ever use again. Unfortunately, this product is one of those that did not work me at all, frankly, it was awful for my skin and caused me to break out in some seriously sore, cystic-like spots, which I would rarely get from any product or reaction.
“Mauli Supreme Skin Face Serum works to promote the production of collagen which can be slowed and lost over time with ageing. The serum hydrates the skin and leaves it looking plumper, firmer and more radiant.” – Space NK
There are a lot of oils in this and while I don’t usually have any issues with essential oils (or oils in general) and negative reactions, I’m wondering if it’s because there are so many in this, that my skin just couldn’t handle them all at once? I can’t pinpoint any one ingredient /oil caused such a reaction so I think it may be a mixture of them all. That’s what I am putting it down to anyway. The ingredients in this serum are listed below, I got the information from the Mauli website here.
- Argania Spinosa (Argan)
- Calendula Officionalis (Calendula)
- Cedrus Deodara (Cedarwood Himalayan)
- Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon)
- Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime)
- Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Blood Orange)
- Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine Sambac)
- Michellia Champaca (Champac)
- Moringa Oleifera (Moringa)
- Nigella Sativa (Blackseed Oil)
- Pelargonium Graveolens (Gernium)
- Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli)
- Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil)
- Rosa Damacena (Rose Absolute)
- Rose Damascena (Rose Otto)
- Santalum Album (Sandalwood Mysore)
Blackseed Oil: Packed with valuable components including Vitamins A, B, C, calcium, potassium, magnesium and zinc and prescribed in Ayurveda for its ability to heal conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and scarring and further help delay the signs of ageing by boosting the production of immune cells.
Calendula: An excellent natural emollient for mature skin; packed with avonoids to help protect against age-related issues such as dull-looking, thinner skin, fine lines and sun damage, while imparting a natural olive glow.
Moringa: Has an impressive oleic acid content of 72%, contains 47 potent antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatory compounds, 18 essential amino acids, 7 x the vitamin C of an orange, 3 times the iron of an almond, 4 x the calcium of milk and twice as much vitamin A as found in a carrot. The incredible rejuvenating properties of this light, luxurious oil penetrate deeply into the skin so depleted minerals and vitamins can repair and revive naturally.
Rose Absolute & Rose Otto: With superb anti-in inflammatory properties to soothe, astringent to tone, protect and repair broken capillaries. Packed with antioxidants to support the skins healing process. Rose absolute also imparts a luminous glow and an intoxicating aroma.
The scent of this is extremely strong. So strong that it was overpowering and it was catching me in the back of my throat. I found myself coughing slightly trying to catch my breath. The strong scent was the Geranium in it. I like the scent of Geranium, but not when it is as strong as this was.
An opulent bouquet of deeply hydrating, whisper-light botanicals with cell reviving rose otto and rose absolute, brightening lime and sweet blood orange, softening jasmine sambac and champaca, soothing Mysore sandalwood and Himalayan cedarwood masterfully anchored in a powerful base of rejuvenating moringa, tissue healing argan and black seed, clarifying watermelon seed and glow-inducing calendula. – Mauli
This irritated my skin and eyes no end, to the point my eyes watered for two days straight, even when I hadn’t applied it. My eyes watered no end, so much so that the second time I applied this, I had to wash it off within five or so minutes because my poor eyes couldn’t cope with it and how strong and overpowering it was. They were streaming.
When I washed it off, my skin felt sore, irritated, tight, dry and extremely uncomfortable. I couldn’t use anything on it except for my La Roche-Posay Toleriane Day, Night and Eye creams until my skin was back to itself and any irritation had cleared up. I’m not sure what it was in this that irritated my skin so badly, so I can only assume it was a mixture of the oils.
This is marketed as being for ‘ideal for All skin types and recommended for acne-prone and ageing skin.’ It claims to target the following areas of concern: anti-aging, dehydration, dullness, brightening, fine lines, flakiness, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, loss of firmness, elasticity, uneven skin texture, uneven skin tone and wrinkles.
Having read the descripion and ingredients on Mauli’s website I was very excited to try this, as it sounded amazing, but unfortunately it’s just not for me.
The serum itself is a very light and runny consistency, however it doesn’t fully absorb and therefore leaves an oily/greasy residue sitting on top of my skin and products I apply over it just slide around and cannot absorb as normal.
I like that the serum is housed in a glass bottle with a pippete dropper. It makes for easy application and helps with ensuring you dispence the right amount of product per use.
It’s quite an expensive serum at £67 for 30ml, it’s definitely on the pricier side so if it was something you were considering, I would definitely get a sample first (if possible) because it would be an expensive mistake if it didn’t work for you.
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Until next time, take care xx
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