Austrian green skincare label Max and Me has been getting a lot of attention lately. A number of bloggers whose opinions I trust have been praising the line for its purity and otherworldly scents. After using Max and Me products for over two months, I am glad to report that every product I’ve tried from Max and Me has not only lived up to my expectations but surpassed them. It’s one of the most unique skincare brands I’ve tried: there is nothing else like it on the market. What I love about their products is that the scents and textures are so unique and decadent that they automatically inspire in me a desire to take care of myself. They take ‘self care’ rituals to a whole new level.
The line’s main point of difference is their use of high vibrational ingredients. What this means is that each ingredient is carefully sourced from the best producers around the world and handpicked for having the highest vibrations. The brand founders Tanja and Max do this by feeling, meditating and using their powers of intuition. Once these ingredients are pre-selected, they work with a renowned naturopath/Chinese doctor/energy healer to make the final selection. According to the Max and Me website, ‘the higher an ingredient vibrates, the purer, the more lit from with in, the gentler yet the more intense it is.’ This, in turn, means that it can communicate better on a cellular level.
To be honest, I was a little sceptical about this: it seemed to me a very esoteric approach to skincare. The proof, however, is in the pudding, and I am a total convert after using their products. Max and Me’s products have a purity to them that is difficult to explain. The smells are so pure yet complex, and they uplift my mood and spirit as they improve the condition of my skin. Also, the textures of their products have an elegance that feels timeless, traditional and modern all at the same time.
Without further ado, here are my impressions of their Purity & Grace Cleansing Oil:
The scent of this product is truly extraordinary. I use so many great-smelling cleansing oils, but none of them inspire me to take a deep breath and let the worries of my day melt away. This does. To me, it smells like an enchanted forest, full of transformative powers and elfin magic.
The carrier oils in this cleansing oil are apricot, marula, tamanu, sesame and seabuckthorn, and these are blended expertly with oils of neroli, wild mountain lavender, hyssop, atlas cedar and mountain juniper. These ingredients work synergistically to balance, rejuvenate, soften and deep-cleanse the skin.
The oil feels silky and melts away impurities and makeup as you massage it into the skin. Since this is a 100% natural non-emulsifying oil, you absolutely need a face cloth to take it off. I’d highly recommend using it with Max & Me’s cleansing cloth (made of organic linen and algae from pristine Icelandic fjords, along with fibers of the eucalyptus tree).
This cleanser leaves skin soft, hydrated, clean and comfortable. Unlike some non-emulsifying cleansing oils, it doesn’t leave a film behind. It does leave behind a whisper of hydration without upsetting or overloading the skin.
What skin type will it suit?
Most skin types from, ranging from oily to dry, including very sensitive.
The matte white and purple packaging with elfin drawings is very unique and reflects Max and Me’s brand ethos well. Like a number of natural brands, they do use sturdy Miron glass bottles to house their products, however, the whimsical drawings and the tactile labelling lends a subtle softness and friendliness to the packaging.
Max and Me really is a line that you need to touch, feel and smell to fully experience it. I’ve tried a number of their products, and this cleansing oil is one of my favourites. Like all their products, Purity & Grace offers more than just skincare benefits. Aromatherapy is one of the best ways to de-stress, and this cleansing oil with its intoxicating scent helps you relax and unwind after a busy day. Highly recommend.
Price And Where to Buy:
$69; Beauty Heroes (15% off for Beauty Heroes members)
Prunus armeniaca Kernel Oil1, Sclerocarya birrea Kernel Oil2, Calophyllum inophyllum Seed Oil1, Apricot Kernel Oil Polyglyceryl6 Esters3, Sesamum indicum Oil1, Hippophae rhamnoides Oil1, Citrus aurantium Flower Extract1, Lavendula angustifolia Herb Oil2, Hyssopus officinalis decumbens4, Cedrus atlantica4, Juniperus communis nana Oil4, Citronellol5, Farnesol5, Geraniol5, Limonene5, Linalool5
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