Metta is a natural skincare company based in Melbourne, Australia (they are, in fact, made next door to my work). The line is named after an ancient style of meditation that encourages loving kindness with yourself and the world around you.
The Metta website quotes an ancient Pali verse as their inspiration:
By wishing strong happiness for others, “one sleeps easily, wakes easily and dreams no evil dreams. One’s mind gains concentration quickly. One’s complexion is bright.”
True to this philosophy, Metta donates 50% of their profits to various not-for-profit organisations. I’ve never seen any company donate such a large portion of their profits to charity, and I’m truly impressed by their generosity!
I’ve been using the following three products from their line for at least a month, and here are my impressions so far:
Hand Balm: I opened this balm at work, and all my colleagues wanted to try it because of its smell. The golden yellow balm has a pronounced chamomile-lavender scent that smells like calm in a jar. It has a unique texture that’s different from other balms that I’ve tried. Most balms are hard and leave a waxy coating on the skin. Not this. It has a soft, whipped consistency. It turns into an oil as soon as it touches the skin and absorbs fully after a minute or two without any residue. The ingredient list is deceptively simple, but it’s a fantastic product for dry, hardworking hands. It works best as a nighttime treatment, in my opinion, and its calming scent helps me sleep.
Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Beeswax*, Calendula Flowers*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil* (contains linalyl acetate, linalool and limonene as naturally occurring components of lavender essential oil) * denotes certified organic ingredient
Price & Where to Buy: A$22 for 60g, Metta Website.
Body Butter: The texture of this butter is unique and very different from standard body butters. It has a soft, fluffy, cloud-like texture that reminds me of cake frosting. It melts instantly in to the skin and provides long-lasting relief from dryness. Its lavender scent is creamier and smoother than that of the hand balm, and it’s a great product to use before bed. It works best on warm, freshly showered skin. I find it perfect for the colder months.
Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil* (contains linalyl acetate, linalool and limonene as naturally occurring components of lavender essential oil) * denotes certified organic ingredient
Price & Where to Buy: A$47 for 135g, Metta Website.
Face Balm: I have congestion-prone skin. Normally, I feel my skin can’t breathe when I use face balms, and this includes premium picks like Mahalo’s Rare Indigo and May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon. I didn’t expect Metta to be any different, but I absolutely love it. The texture of this balm is soft and non-waxy, and the apricot-coloured balm sinks instantly into the skin. The smell is more complex (and a tad more savoury) than the body products (because of all the nourishing ingredients), but it doesn’t linger. I warm a small amount between my palms and press it into the skin. I don’t know how, but this product magically airbrushes the lines on my forehead as soon as I use it. The effect wears off after a few hours, but I’ve never had such an experience with any other product. This product provides a velvety finish, and I use this at night, as the final step in my skincare routine. Highly recommend.
Ingredients: Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Beeswax*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil*, Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil*, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil* (contains linalyl acetate, linalool and limonene as naturally occurring components of lavender essential oil), Tocopherol (natural Vitamin E), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract* *denotes certified organic ingredient
Price & Where to Buy: A$49 for 60g, Metta Website.
Final thoughts: I can’t believe how effective and reasonably priced these products are. And the textures are brilliant. Do give these products a try, there’s nothing else like these on the market.
PS: I’m friends with Anca, Metta’s founder, on Instagram. We live close to each other, and we’re finally catching up for coffee next week! Can’t wait to meet her in person! Will keep you posted about the catch up.