Moss Skincare Reviews: Boxwalla ft. Beurre Celeste and Illumina, Halo, Lumi, Potentci and Mende

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that Moss is one of my favourite skincare brands. What I love about the brand is that it has a radically original approach to ‘clean’ or ‘green’ beauty. Since she started the brand, Moss founder Celestyna Higgins, has always pushed the boundaries by experimenting with new ingredients and unexpected textures. She is truly passionate about what she does, and as I mentioned in a previous post, she is a perfectionis who is always tweaking her formulas to make them better than they already are. This can be frustrating when you love a certain version of a product, but I admire Celestyna’s quest for perfection. Another thing I love about about Moss is that all the products are designed especially for acne-prone skin. While I rarely get breakouts anymore, my skin is inherently breakout-prone, and I love that all her products suit my skin type.

Below, I’ll review the Moss products from the recent Boxwalla Beauty Box, along with some others that are new to me. Without further ado, let’s get right into it!

Beurre Celeste Honey-Infused Rinsable Cleansing Balm: I’ve tried at least three versions of this cleansing balm, and while I’ve liked them all, this is the best version yet. The new version is creamier than its predecessors, and it goes on smooth, without any tugging. It has a honey/lemon scent that feels very calming (the previous versions weren’t as citrus-y), and I love spending a few minutes to massage it in to get the full aromatherapy benefits. What makes this cleansing balm truly special is that it rinses clean with water without leaving ANY residue. It leaves my skin soft and hydrated, without drying it out. The only negative about this new version is that while I could use the previous versions of this cleansing balm around the eye area without any issues, the new version irritates it. I have very sensitive eyes, and I haven’t heard anyone else mention this, but avoid the eye area just to be safe! This cleanser can also be left on the skin for a few minutes as a mask. It takes your Beurre Celeste glow to the next level!

Illumina Vitamin C Perfecting Treatment Intensif: This decongesting and brightening treatment serum exfoliates and brightens your skin at the same time. I’d heard a lot about this product from other bloggers, but I’d never tried it until I discovered it in this month’s Boxwalla Beauty Box. What is amazing about this serum is that it works well for people like me who are usually sensitive to exfoliating acids and straight-up Vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Instead of strong AHAs, this serum uses pumpkin enzymes to exfoliate and decongest the skin. Likewise, it uses sodium ascorbyl phosphate, a stable, gentler form of Vitamin C, to brighten and firm the skin. These gentle ingredients work just as well as their harsher cousins, and I see a visible improvement in the texture and brightness of my skin the morning after I use it. Since it is made without any conventional emulsifiers, it takes longer than usual for the serum to sink into the skin. I find that adding a few drops of face oil to the serum helps it absorb into the skin quicker.

Halo Photoprotective Soothing Essence Powder + Lumi Priming Phytosolar Fluid: I’m doing a combined review of these products because they are designed to be used together. Halo is a tinted sunscreen powder (comes in light and dark tones), and Lumi is a face oil designed to disperse this powder. You’re meant to add a spoonful (the tiny one provided, not a teaspoon) of Halo to one/one-and-a-half pumps of Lumi (for approximately SPF 30). In all honesty, I didn’t think the Halo + Lumi combo would work for my skin tone, but it’s just perfect. The ‘dark’ shade is an exact match for my skin, and it works like a tinted moisturiser, covering marks and imperfections, without looking ‘made up.’ It really does the your skin but better look more effectively than any other tinted moisturiser I’ve used. Love it. 

I’ve had people ask me if they can use Halo without Lumi, and the answer is yes. You can add Halo to an existing face oil (or oil-based cream), and it will give you decent results. In saying that, the texture of Lumi is quite different from any other oil I’ve used. This is because it has a unique texture that is both more viscous (possibly due to the addition of murumuru butter) and lighter than many similar oils. Highly recommend this sunscreen duo. Definitely worth checking out if you find most sunscreen products too heavy and goopy for your skin! 

Potentci Intensive Dermal Repair Healing Emulsion: A moisturising product, it is described by Moss as ‘the mother of skin,’ because like a ‘mother, it protects, provides and comforts when nothing else will do.’ This soothing emulsion contains everything from powerful antioxidants to peptides and superfoods, and it is designed to improve the overall health and tone of your skin. I like to think of it as a supercharged moisturiser that I can use over Illumina and other treatment products to soothe and repair the skin. It is light yet substantial, so I prefer to use it as a protective nighttime moisturiser/healing treatment.

Mende Phytorepair Hydroemulsion: This is a light healing moisturiser (I find it lighter than Potenci) in a fun pink hue. It’s rich in B vitamins and collagen-stimulating extracts, and is a great moisturiser for all skin types. It plays well with other products, and can be used on top of other oils and hydrating products. This was released as a limited-edition gift, and I’m not sure if Celestyna is planning to add it to her collection, but it’s a unique product overall.

Final Thoughts: You have to try Moss if you have congestion-prone skin. The brand has some of the most advanced formulations that treat the underlying causes of congestion. Most of their products come in minis, and investing in these are a good way to see if they work for your skin type.

Where To Buy: The April Boxwalla offered fantastic value by making available two full size Moss products for $49, but it is, not surprisingly, sold out. Subscribe to Boxwalla to make sure you don’t miss out on their future boxes. All Moss products are available via the Moss website.

© 2018 JustAskArjun. All opinions/views are my own. I accept press samples for review consideration, however, all products are treated with the same level of scrutiny. The Boxwalla link is an affiliate link, and I earn a small commission if you subscribe using this link.


  1. Corina
    June 20, 2018 / 2:35 am

    How does Potentci compare with the AB Cloudburst moisturizer? I love Potentci but I am interested in the AB moisturizer but I am afraid it might not be moisturizing enough

    • askarjun
      June 20, 2018 / 10:31 am

      Potentci is a LOT richer than Cloudburst. Cloudburst is almost a watery serum, but Potentci is a richer cream that feels very nurturing. Hope that helps.

  2. Nil C
    November 6, 2018 / 2:52 am

    Hi Arjun.. Lovely post.. Reaching out for a personal advice..

    I have oily congested skin which is extremely prone to hormonal breakouts.. I have read rave reviews of the following serums.. Which one do you recommend the most and can some of these be used simultaneously?
    1. Moss illumina vitamin c serum
    2. Eathwise beauty Meadows + Resiliency
    3. Luxe botanics kigelia serum / camu serum
    4. Okoko dragon blood serum

    I am currently using True Botanicals Clear serum + antioxidant boost and Mad Hippie vitamin c with decent impact.

    Also which face oil do you recommend most for my kind of skin? I am currently using the Leahlani Siren Serum


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