I only realised the other day that I somehow never got around to reviewing Halcyon and M.E. Skin Fuel, two of my favourite products from the US-based green skincare label Yuli. I’ve talked about both of these products multiple times on social media, but I’ve been busy with so many other projects that I almost forgot to review these gems. Until now, that is! So without wasting any more time, let’s get right into it:
Halcyon Facial Cleanser: I have to admit that I didn’t love the cleanser when I first tried it. It’s a clear, thin, runny liquid cleanser with a calming herbal aroma. It foams, but the foam is very sparse. It doesn’t have much of a slip, either. The first couple of times I tried it, I wasn’t sure it was cleansing well enough. Sure, my skin looked clean, but that’s not always enough, is it? I persisted because the cleanser wasn’t exactly cheap, and I’m glad I did. Halcyon made me realise that a cleanser didn’t need to foam or spread well to deep-cleanse the skin. It leaves my skin clean and breakout-free. Yuli recommends it for all skin types, but I think it would best suit normal-oily skin.
Ingredients: H. italicum/L. angustifolia hydrosol blend*, herbal infusion of (T.pratense*, C. sinensis*, S. media, Z. officinale*, O. fragans), D-aloe barbadensis,vegetable glycerine, sodium cocoyl isethionate (vegetable source), peptides derived from Amaranth protein, jojoba ester*, Rhodophyta (Red Algae) ferment, G.lucidum (Reishi) tincture*, zeolite, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), vitamin C ester, biodynamic fruit enzymes, petitgrain sur fleurs oil*, bergamot (bergaptene-free) oil*, collidal silver * Organic ^ Wildcrafted
M.E. Skin Fuel Facial Serum: This serum/oil, on the other hand, was love at first sniff. This smells absolutely amazing. It has a fresh, dewy jasmine scent with a subtle cumin accent. The amazing part about this oil is that it smells like jasmine without containing any actual jasmine oil. Instead, it contains a jasmine extract, making it suitable for skin sensitive to essential oils. I don’t own any of their other oils/serums to do a side-by-side, but this is supposedly Yuli’s lightest serum. And it is very lightweight; in fact, it’s one of the lightest oils I’ve ever used. The golden-yellow oil absorbs into the skin without any residue or greasiness, and imparts a subtle glow without overloading the skin. Yuli recommends it for blemish-prone skin, and while I would agree that it would be a great option for oily/combination/reactive skin, it should suit most skin types. It is expensive, but like every other Yuli product I’ve tried, the quality is impeccable.
Ingredients: S. chinensis (jojoba) oil*, A. spinosa (argan) oil*, P. armeniaca (apricot kernel) oil*, N. Sativa (black cumin) oil*, P. granatum (pomegranate) oil*, R. idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil*, B. oleracea (broccoli) seed oil*, O. ficus-indica (Indian fig) seed oil*, H. rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) oil*, T. officiale (dandelion) infused in jojoba oil*, Supercritical extracts of H. rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) seed and fruit*, H. italicum (helichrysum)* extract, N. Caerulea (blue lotus) extract^^, J. grandiflorum (jasmine) extract*, C. martini (palmarosa) extract*, C. luzonicum (elemi) extract* * Organic ^^ Wildcrafted
Yuli products are make on-site in small batches, and their products are very hard to find (they are often sold out at the handful of online stores that stock them).
I purchased these products from I Am Natural Store (their sole Australian stockist). They can also be purchased directly via the Yuli website.