Yuli Halcyon Facial Cleanser and M.E. Skin Fuel Facial Serum Reviews

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.


  1. Jocelyn
    February 28, 2017 / 6:57 am

    The Halcyon ingredients list is a thing of beauty! I came from brands like Aesop and Jurlique where foamy cleansers were the standard so transitioning to green was tough with all the oil based cleansers. Halcyon is like the green version of all those good cleansers yet I was taken aback at first at the weaker foam action. However like you, I stuck with it and then notice my skin improve, pores smaller, everything a bit brighter and tighter. Then I read on Caroline Hirons about how bad foaming cleansers were so I’m glad I stumbled onto this gem.

  2. George
    March 2, 2017 / 2:04 am

    Love this line. Took a few goes for me to get used to Halcyon but I appreciate how the formula is very high quality and green. Unlike a lot of green lines who just sell you on “oil cleansing” they actually made a viable green cleanser. Caroline Hirons also says foaming cleansers aren’t good for skin so it has made me fall even more in love over time.

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