In the beginning there was Millis…..Marvellous Mel Millis!
I fell in love with Mel Millis’ Rose Hydrolate as soon as I got it, blog review here. I was fairly quick off the mark to get on her website to pick something else to purchase (www.melmillis.co.uk). I knew my skin was feeling a bit….bleugh….and although I liked the sound of the serums and face oils, I could not decide which would be best.
I contacted Mel Millis to get some advise. I explained to them that my cheeks can get dry but I am prone to a congested t-zone……nice. This is one of many points that I give them top marks for, as Tracey Foy (Mel Millis Founder) came back promptly with a remedy. My ears pricked up as soon as she suggested the Rosehip & Pomegranate Serum as is great for fine lines…music to my ears. I loved the personal recommendation and that fact she did not force the whole range on me. With summer in full swing, Tracey recommended a lighter moisturising routine for now with the serum, before introducing a face oil into my routine in the Autumn. At that stage she suggested I try the Frankincense & Camellia or Neroli & Baobab.
Tracey also enquired if I had tried a cleansing oil before. She pointed out that it’s amazing for clarifying the skin without upsetting its natural sebum level…perfect for blocked pores. Contrary to what most people perceive, it doesn’t make skin greasy and by washing away with a muslin cloth you gently exfoliate the skin.
I practically hugged my Postie when my Mel Millis package arrived. Even though I had not long applied my makeup, I was quick to open up the beautiful packaging to try the products out. I am still in awe of the gorgeous, innovative, green and practical packaging that Mel Millis uses. Tracey kindly included a note with instructions of how to use my new products most effectively with the Rose Hydrolate I already have in my possession.
I tried the Daily Cleansing Oil first and liked the way the bottle comes with a screw top and a dispensing pump. Great for if you travel and do not want the precious oil lining the inside of your toiletry bag. Also fab and the dispenser makes it easier to… dispense… without the product falling of your hand. First impressions of the 50ml bottle was that it was dated June 14, given I writing this on 18th June and have been using the product for 2 weeks…it is super fresh. The pump dispenses the right amount of Cleansing Oil and I found that I only required a couple of pumps to cover my face and neck. The key ingredients of apricot and camellia are beautifully apparent in the aroma along with sweet orange, chamomile and lavender oils.
This Cleansing oil is gentle enough to remove eye make up and the muslin acts as a gentle exfoliator on the skin. I massaged the oil on my skin before taking the organic muslin, soaking it in warm water and applying it over my face. The cloth is a good density, not too flimsy and not to large in size. Easily covers the hands as you compress the face with it. It is recommended to compress and gently wipe the skin 2-3 times. I found that 2 times was enough. My skin definitely was cleansed of my previously applied make up. The Cleansing Oil contains apricot, avocado, camellia, vitamins A, B,C, D, E and K, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, sweet orange, chamomile and lavender. This nourishing, detoxifying and soothing mix let my skin feeling awake, refreshed and thoroughly clean. It did not feel dry but felt slightly plump.
I next applied my Rose Hydrolate and took on board Tracey’s advise to pat my skin dry with my fingers, leaving it slightly damp before massaging in a couple of drops of the Serum. The 30ml Rosehip & Pomegranate Serum comes with a screw top and the drop dispenser ensures that you do not dowse your hand in too much Serum. My concern was that the Serum would not soak in and my skin would be greasy or the hair that touches the side of my face would look greasy. I used about 2-3 drops to comfortably cover my face and neck. This Serum is a dream to apply. My skin felt it did not need another application and the Serum was absorbed very quickly into the skin. End result – my skin was left feeling wonderfully nourished…..and nothing was left looking greasy.
I have now been using this routine for a couple of weeks. It has not been a chore, but I have actually really enjoyed it/ looked forward to my cleansing ritual. I have noticed a change in my skin, it is more nourished and almost like it has taken a mini step back in time….woo hoo. A couple of people have commented on how fab my skin has looked and if I have started to use a new foundation or blusher, when the truth is I have found myself not wanting to hide under tinted moisturiser every day as I have been happy to show my skin off.
My love affair with all things Mel Millis is going to continue. These products are to die for. The Phytonutri range that the serum and cleansing oil belong to contain 100% certified organic ingredients. My skin feels like it has had a treat……everyday for the last two weeks. My skin feels the same level of moisture at the end of the day as it does when I first apply the Serum. Wonderful. Two Fifi Friendly 5* product awards to Mel Millis for the Rosehip & Pomegranate Repair Serum and also to the Cleansing Oil.
Halfway through the month, this brand is looking likely to get product of the month for June. No mean feat after getting the Product of the Month for May. I am off to see what is next on their website for my hit list.
Daily Cleansing Oil Ingredients:- (100% Certified Organic) simmondsia chinensis, prunus armeniaca, persea gratissma, rosa catina, punica granatum, camellia oleifera, adansonia digitala, tocopherol, rosemarinus officinalis, lavendula augustifolia, citrus sinensis, pelargonium graveolens, anthemis nobilis. Naturally occurring essential oils citronello, geranio, linalool, citral, limonene.
Rosehip & Pomegrante Serum Ingredients: – (100% Certified Organic) Rosa canina, punica granatum, rosa rubginosa C02 extract, rosemariunus officianalis, tocopherol. Naturally occurring in essential oils, limonene, linalool.