The Sample: May Lindstrom The Complete Skin Experience (Review & Photos)

9 Dec

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Now I know that by now, most of you have heard of May Lindstrom already. A self-proclaimed “skin chef”, May Lindstrom’s eponymous skincare line features products that are all blended and filled by hand in micro-batches, ensuring the freshest, most high-quality products. As May herself tells me, “it’s an incredibly personal and time-consuming process”—and one that obviously pays off. You can really tell that a lot of love goes into each product–you can just feel it. From the lovely logo to the ornate yet incredibly simplistic glass packaging, the whole line screams understated elegance to me. And that’s just on the outside! Within each bottle is an expertly crafted formula that includes such simple ingredients as raw cacao, sea salt, and cinnamon–it’s no wonder May dubs herself a skin chef! The line almost has a DIY-esque feel to it, but to the n-th degree.

May’s well-edited line includes just 4 products (*edit: 2 new items were recently added to the collection. See here): The Good Stuff (a radiance oil for the body), The Problem Solver (a correcting masque), The Clean Dirt (a cleansing clay), and The Youth Dew (a hydrating facial serum). There are also 2 tools available, also known as The Treatment Duo, a signature treatment brush to apply the mask and a beautiful handmade clay bowl to mix the product in.

–The Good Stuff ingredients–

–The Problem Solver ingredients–

–The Clean Dirt ingredients–

–The Youth Dew ingredients–

I received The Complete Skin Experience to review–a beautifully packaged box containing the complete  May Lindstrom line! It’s going to be really hard trying to fit all this into one post (you guys know how I tend to ramble when I get excited! :P), but I’ll do my best because although I’ve reviewed most of these products separately on my blog before, I really wanted to show you guys the full set in all its glory before Christmas!

First: packaging. All of May’s products come packaged in lovely, thick, violet glass bottles/jars. It’s not only beautiful to look at but it’s also practical; the MIRON glass, as it’s called, protects the precious ingredients inside from the sun’s visible rays—all except the violet spectrum, which supposedly protect and improve the longevity of the products.

–The Good Stuff–

Now on to The Good Stuff (get it? Hehe…). The Good Stuff is a rich, silken body oil that has an amber-gold hue and fine golden mica particles suspended within. The brand describes it as “liquid sunshine” and I have to say, I think that’s the perfect term for this delectable treat. I’ve glossed over the product in this post so please refer there for more information about the texture and absolutely heavenly scent. Other than that, all you need to know is this is hands-down the best, most luxurious body oil you will ever find. Period.

Next, The Problem Solver. It is described as an “”intense treatment masque [that] effectively purifies and tightens pores, extinguishes inflammations, fights and heals blemishes, jump-starts circulation in the epidermis and detoxifies skin with delightful ease and power.” The texture is very fine and looks a bit like powdered hot cocoa mix. It boasts an ingredient list that reads a bit like a dessert recipe too, thanks to the high percentage of raw cacao and a plethora of other really unique, amazing ingredients like cinnamon, vanilla bean, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, and clove. I can’t tell you how amazing the smell is! It really takes everything in my power not to try and mix the whole thing with water and eggs and bake it like a cake! :P

–The Problem Solver–

Once applied, there is a tingling, warming sensation that begins to take root about 5-7 minutes in–this is due to the warming spices (cinnamon, cayenne, clove, etc.). It slowly and steadily increases until it becomes a hot, buzzing sensation all over–it’s not painful but depending on your skin type, it has the potential to be a bit uncomfortable. Once it reaches that point, it slowly recedes a bit. After about 15 minutes, there is only a hint of a warming sensation left. 

This mask is like a cup of coffee for your skin–it really wakes your skin up and gets your circulation going! I love it! But I am warning you again, it can get a little intense. My skin is quite hardy and can handle a lot but when my skin is dry or irritated, the mask can sting just a bit. If you have extremely dry and/or sensitive skin or skin that’s recently been exfoliated /is irritated, I don’t think this is the ideal mask for you. I suggest spot testing before using so you can make sure your skin can handle it. I do feel that the sensation becomes much less intense and noticeable with each additional use. Now when I use the mask, I only notice a slight, pleasant tingling.

–The Clean Dirt–

Like May’s The Problem Solver mask, The Clean Dirt contains a blend of warming spices, as well as cleansing clays and healing salts. You are meant to use this product as a purifying and exfoliating cleanser. It probably won’t remove a face full of makeup and dirt so I recommend using this in the mornings (added bonus is the warming spices will perk you right up!) or on night’s where you aren’t wearing makeup. The warming spices aren’t as intense in The Clean Dirt, part of the reason being that you don’t leave it on the skin for as long. The Clean Dirt does, however, double as a mask. Simply mix with a bit less water, apply all over skin, then rinse after 10-15 minutes, taking care to massage the skin in gentle, circular motions to exfoliate while washing it away.

Finish off your routine with The Youth Dew, a fantastic, has-to-be-felt-to-be-believed silky concoction that leaves your face feeling like velvet. No, suede. No, micro-suede! I am not exaggerating–it’s incredible. I have never tried a face oil that could leave my skin feeling that amazing afterward. I know it’s bad to touch your face a lot but I find that after applying The Youth Dew, I’ll sit for hours petting my cheek over and over again (please don’t judge me!).

–The Youth Dew–

The Youth Dew features an impressive blend of 20 oils–including Avocado, Meadowfoam Seed, Jojoba, Plum Kernel, Sea Buckthorn, Pomegranate, Borage, Kukui Nut, and Borage–and an infusion of CoEnzyme Q10. The oil is extremely rich, though surprisingly not heavy or greasy at all. During the fall and winter months, I’ve been limiting my use to about 3-4 drops once every 4 or 5 days. Any more than that and my acneic skin can’t handle it. But used sparingly, I find that my skin has so far avoided any cold weather-related flaky patches and rawness. My skin is much smoother and even my pores look smaller due to the hydrated skin cells plumping away the appearance of any imperfections. Those with normal or dry skin will love this and can kiss their winter skin woes goodbye!

Before this post turns into a novel, let me touch on The Treatment Duo really fast. The brush is made of 100% synthetic Taklon fibers–super soft and super effective at brushing product evenly across your skin. The work of art that is the clay bowl is hand-crafted by “clay magician” Melissa Brown and features May Lindstrom’s lovely dandelion logo fired into the center of the bowl in 24K gold. Pretty fancy, eh?

–The Treatment Duo–

–mixing up The Problem Solver mask–

I’m aware that $410 is a lot of money so I do recommend you try some of the products before splurging on the whole kit and kaboodle. But trust me, you should start saving now because once you do try one of May’s stellar potions, you’ll fall in love and want to try more and that will eventually lead you to The Complete Skin Experience. You have been warned.

May is a huge proponent of ritual–the ritual of skincare. She believes that one should truly experience their products and her products are a realization of that belief. Each one has been carefully, thoughtfully formulated to provide the user with a true experience. They engage the sight, smell, and touch, stimulating both the skin and senses. I honestly believe in May Lindstrom–I believe in the brand and I believe in her philosophy. This set is a masterpiece and would make for an incomparable Christmas present this year :)

»»Pricing: $410 for 6 items (individual prices–The Good Stuff=$110/3.38 fl. oz., The Problem Solver=$90/8.45 fl. oz., The Clean Dirt=$60/6.76 fl. oz., The Youth Dew=$120/0.68 fl. oz., Signature Treatment Brush=$30, Handmade Clay Bowl=$32)

»»Availability: (where the set appears to be on sale for $349!),

»»Recommended for: skincare lovers who appreciate the finer things in life ;)

»»Overall Rating: A+


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

25 Responses to “The Sample: May Lindstrom The Complete Skin Experience (Review & Photos)”

  1. Rocaille December 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    I’ve heard great things about her line previously, but sadly after reading your review, I’ve realized it’s probably not for me – my skin is quite prone to redness and rather sensitive, so all those warming spices would probably wreak havoc. I do love the idea and design though!

    • becca December 9, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

      Aw that’s too bad :/ Yeah, I really wanted to make a point of that because I know a LOT of people have expressed interest in May’s line but I don’t think that all the products are suited to all skin types. The Clean Dirt and The Problem Solver are really great for hardy, oily, acneic skin but when I imagine those with super sensitive or really dry skin using those products, I cringe a bit :P still, LOVE the line and love May’s aesthetic

  2. Sunny December 10, 2013 at 6:11 am #

    I’m definitely going to try this line soon, and I’ll start with the Clean Dirt! The Youth Dew looks right up my alley as well!

    • becca December 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Ooh exciting! The Clean Dirt is SO fun to use, Sunny! I think you will love it! :D It’s such a special treat when I decide to use The Clean Dirt!

  3. Laura T. December 10, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    This line sounds fantastic! I’ve never heard of her before, but I’m definitely interested. My skin is very dry, but it’s not very sensitive, and I think the warming mask would be amazing. And that Youth Dew looks phenomenal!

    • becca December 10, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

      Hi Laura! I definitely recommend The Youth Dew for you. It works beautifully for all skin types but I think your dry skin in particular would really benefit from it! As for The Clean Dirt, definitely spot test first. It could be really great for clearing away any flaky bits on dry skin but the warming spices can be a bit much the first time around.

      If you do try it out, please let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by, Laura!

  4. Shweta Sarawgi December 10, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    I wish these were available in India. But it is way to expensive for me :P

    • becca December 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

      Hi Shweta! Yeah, May’s products are definitely pricey…however if you can’t splash out on the whole set, I would recommend at least trying one product. The Clean Dirt or The Youth Dew, perhaps? Both are worth their weight in gold, they are SO amazing and so effective! :)

  5. April December 10, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    Wow lovely set! Yah it is really expensive but I bet anyone would be thrilled to see that sitting under their tree on chritsmas morning!

    • becca December 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

      Hi April! I second that notion! I think if I were to wake up on Christmas morning and find THIS sitting under my tree, I’d marry whoever gave it to me. LOL! Better than a ring! :P

      All kidding aside, it really is a beautiful set. Not just on the outside but inside as well. I’ve tried many natural and organic skincare brands but there’s just something about May’s line that stands out. The formulations are SO incredibly well thought out and lovingly crafted. And I swoon every time I open up one of the bottles and take a sniff! :P

  6. Makeup Morsels December 10, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

    Well, I’m guessing you already know how I feel about this line! ;) Love how thorough your reviews are, you’re making me want to pull out The Good Stuff for a pre-bedtime treat tonight. I can only imagine what it would be like to get this under the tree. Fairly certain I’d curl up next to it and continue dreaming!

    • becca December 11, 2013 at 4:43 am #

      Haha, right?? I would seriously consider that the best. gift. EVER and never want for anything else ever again…except maybe replacements when I finish the products, of course :P And don’t you just love using The Good Stuff during the fall/winter season? The warmth from the cocoa is amazing and really gets me feeling all toasty and happy! :D

  7. Lily December 11, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    I’ve been reading lots of her skincare and I’m getting curious. Price is high, but if it really works on the skin, I think it’s priceless. Too bad we don’t have that many brand selections here. This is something on my to try list… and my wishlist is only getting longer!

    • becca December 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

      My thoughts exactly, Lily–I’d definitely rather pay much more for effective skincare (with lovely packaging and only the best organic ingredients) and less on makeup…and clothes…and food. LOL! All kidding aside though, I really think May’s products are well worth the hefty price tag. Hope you get a chance to try it out soon!

      What other products are on your wishlist, Lily? I love skincare and am always curious to hear what’s made other people’s wishlists :)

  8. Liz December 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    These sound incredible! Definitely interested in Youth Dew for future as well as the body oil. The black packaging is so sleek, too.

    • becca December 11, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

      Isn’t it? I’m obsessed with May’s packaging and the gorgeous gold dandelion logo. So chic!! :D Oh God please do try The Good Stuff body oil, wifey–you will swoon!

  9. Toya December 12, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Sadly, what I love most about May’s line is the packaging! I’ve been trying some stand-out oils and other organic products, and hers have just not wowed me above and beyond any of them, yet they cost the most! I really can’t get past the price of them, because some of the ingredients she uses just aren’t that costly (I do my research!). It’s a shame because I really do love the aesthetic of the brand, and I probably will buy the full size of The Clean Dirt one day (I did like it) but The Youth Dew was too heavy for me, and The Problem Solver I find too similar to Osmia’s Detox masque, which I found head and shoulders above May’s offering. I feel bad because I know everyone is all about her stuff, but…I mean, the new Honey Mud is $80+, is that really necessary?! And The Blue Cocoon is $165…I just can justify any of it, and you KNOW I don’t scrimp on my skincare!

    Sorry to rant but it really bugs me, there are SO many amazing organic lines and I’m pretty sure May’s is one of the most expensive :(

    GREAT, thorough review though, as always my dear!!! :D

    • becca December 12, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

      Haha, I <3 you, Toya. Tell it, girl! :P

      May’s face oil is definitely too much for me to use on a daily basis (but of course I have oily, acne-prone skin…) but I find it SO effective as an instant cure for dryness, dehydration, flaky bits, etc. And really am not kidding–have NEVER tried a face oil that left my skin feeling more velvety. Really curious to know which oils you’ve been using and loving so much though! :D

      And WOWZA, for some reason the price tag of The Blue Cocoon escaped me (or maybe I subconsciously blocked it out?? :P) but that really is a LOT of money. I’m going to go look up the ingredients and see what that’s all about!

  10. Joyce (bronzerbunny) December 14, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    i really like the look of the youth dew!! I got a sample of the clean dirt from spirit beauty and i am really liking that too :) also, this kit is SO AMAZING LOOKING!! ahhhhhhhh

    • becca December 15, 2013 at 3:02 am #

      Cool–love to hear that The Clean Dirt works for your skin, Joyce. Isn’t it such a treat?! :) I think you’d really love The Youth Dew. Pricey, but worth the investment for such incredibly velvety skin! It’s such a one-product healing machine for chapped winter skin too! Definitely check it out if you can!

  11. Mademoiselle nature December 15, 2013 at 3:21 am #

    Thanks for a brilliant review! would love trying ML products to see if the price is justified…..
    I agree a bit with Toya regarding prices though :-)…

    • becca December 15, 2013 at 4:30 am #

      Thanks for your comment! I know that some of my blogger friends have gotten decent samples of May’s products from (at least I think that’s where they came from…) so maybe you could try it out that way and see if you like it before purchasing?

      If you are concerned about price (which I don’t blame you for!), I’d splurge on The Youth Dew or The Clean Dirt. The Youth Dew because it’s magical and The Clean Dirt because it’s very similar to The Problem Solver and can be used as a mask as well but is less intense so you can use it more often. If you do end up giving any of these products a try, please stop by again and let me know how it goes! Good luck :)

  12. Gummy December 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Dang $410 is STEEP, but ML makes a really good case for it with her amazing products and equally beautiful packaging. And I’d be totally lying if I didn’t say I love thoughtful and detailed packaging!! I wouldn’t be able to do the youth dew, but the other products look so SO tempting…hmmm…maybe next time beautyhabit has a sale :-)

    • becca December 17, 2013 at 1:51 am #

      Do it–DO IT!!! :P haha! Yeah it’s pretty darned expensive indeed but you HAVE to try The Clean Dirt at least. It’s the most versatile too–you can use it as a cleanser or mask! I think Joyce got a sample with her spiritbeautylounge or BeautyHabit (not sure which) order last time so maybe you could try do that also?

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