When May Lindstrom first launched, she took green beauty by storm with her sensuous offerings of beautifully created soul-healing chef inspired products that engaged women to reconnect with their deeper heart. Beauty bloggers, green beauty queens and the media alike were smitten by this entire experience built around the May Lindstrom line.
Fast forward a few years and May Lindstrom continues to scintillate but as is all too common in the green beauty world – the growth of emerging lines (Gressa, Laurel, Kypris to name a few) gunning for the same audience who have doubtlessly carefully studied and expounded upon the very flowery exposition employed by May Lindstrom on transforming a skincare product into an all-inclusive experience of spiritual empowerment, has also taken some of the luster and newfangled novelty away. So as the flash subsides, we’re left to wonder how do the products actually perform?
What is it?
May Lindstrom’s The Honey Mud (along with Blue Cocoon & Jasmine Garden) are her newest products which aptly carry on her renown of crafting products that engage the senses. The Honey Mud looks, smells and feels like a dessert and if I felt braver, I’d be able to confirm if it tasted like one too. It’s described as a “cleansing silk” which is such a beautiful imagery and you might have seen it compared in similarity to a pudding, which is pretty accurate.
The Honey Mud is a cleanser/mask depending how you want to use it. As a cleanser you apply it onto damp skin and massage with the tips of your fingers and rinse off. As a mask, we’re instructed to apply more liberally onto cleaned/dry skin and allow 10-20 minutes for the mask to penetrate.
What’s in it?
Raw honey***, white halloysite clay, macadamia integrifolia (macadamia nut oil)*, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)*, argentum metallicum (colloidal silver), theobroma cacao (cocoa absolute) oil, citrus sinensis (sweet orange) oil*, cananga odorata (ylang-ylang) oil*, vanilla planifolia (vanilla) co2 total essential oil*, juniperus virginiana (cedarwood) oil*, boswellia carteri (frankincense) oil**, commiphora myrrha (myrrh) oil**.
*Certified Organic, **Wild harvested, ***Collected from unsprayed and unfertilized fields of Michigan wildflowers. Gluten-free. Not suitable for vegans (contains honey).
This is essentially a mix of honey, clays and plant oils with a dash of anti-bacterial ingredients added in from witch hazel and colloidal silver. Those who have a fear of colloidal silver (not me) would do best to avoid this as it’s listed higher on the ingredients list than I’ve usually seen it used. I do like that the honey is collected from a very clean source of wildflowers.
I know that between the time I purchased this and now, May has changed the source of the honey & clay which as a result has altered the color to be lighter but she assures the performance and results are not changed (source).
My experience – As a Cleanser
Firstly, May Lindstrom is the master at creating exceptional experiences. I can’t deny the feeling of joy I get when I open a new May Lindstrom product to try for the first time and this was no exception. The full jar was filled like a gourmet cupcake frosting which instantly made me squee inside.
I first tried The Honey Mud as a cleanser and this was not successful. I would not describe this as being akin to a ‘cleansing silk’ – instead I found the mix of honey, clays and oils to be quite sticky and heavy in texture which caused me to pull and tag at my skin which is not what you want with a cleanser. The worst part came when I tried to remove the cleanser and found no matter how carefully I rinsed, there was always a residue even though we are instructed that rinsing will clean The Honey Mud off. When the water turned clear and my skin turned slightly red from all the washing I decided to suck it up, dried off with a towel and went about my day. Throughout the day I kept smelling the cleanser on my skin and felt the residue film was still there. For a cleanser, it just never made my skin feel clean. Soon after one day later I broke out with 3 large, painful zits on my otherwise clear skin.
After this, I waited about 2 weeks for the breakouts to go down before making another attempt. I was determined to make this work and ended up in the same boat. I ended up having to use another cleanser TWO times to get this cleanser off my skin. So needing another cleanser to follow-up in order to make skin feel clean is not a good sign right?
The Honey Mud as a cleanser = no go.
At this point I was looking online at how other bloggers were using The Honey Mud – silently throwing a side eye in front of my computer screen at those exclaiming how great this worked in cleansing (AND EXFOLIATING!?!) their skin. I saw a few polite bloggers who did say they ‘preferred’ to use The Honey Mud as a mask rather than a cleanser which in blogger speak means “this doesn’t work as a cleanser.”
My experience – As a Mask
Knowing this would not work as a cleanser made me motivated to make this work as a mask. I applied liberally and found the experience pretty fun. It literally feels like putting chocolate pudding on my skin. I keep it on for 20 minutes when I feel the mask has dried and becomes less sticky.
Used as a mask, I loved how quick and effortless it was to apply this ready-made mask. The size allowed for pretty long-term usage (I think I’ve been using it for over a year and am just now at the last morsels – see pic above) granted I wasn’t exactly reaching for this stuff everyday. I know I’m in the small minority here but I wasn’t crazy for the scent when masking which can give off strong whiffs that become instantly heady. I can only describe it as an old house smell mixed with chocolate.
Learning the lessons I gained from the cleanser experience, I always rinse this mask off using a system: first with an oil cleanser to get all the stubborn oils off my skin, then with a light foaming cleanser to clear everything else off and make sure nothing is stuck in my pores before rinsing. It’s quite an effort but for me – it’s a must in order to prevent breaking out.
I like using this in the morning because of how quick it is to do and you go about your day feeling like you really took time for yourself. I didn’t experience any results and to be honest was mainly just using this to use up the product cause I kind of had to figure out a way to use it up.
I’m always conflicted when it comes to a May Lindstrom product. What do you do when you love and support the woman but the products just never seem to do it for you? I can’t help my experience and as much as I try to be positive to this day when I see some post about how The Honey Mud worked for healing acne, I have a visceral reaction to just write a quick message “BULLSHIT”. But alas that’s just my personal experience and I know I can’t speak for everyone.
This is one of the more disappointing products I’ve purchased and I will not repurchase again. However this does not discourage me from trying other May Lindstrom products and I’ll still have my finger’s ready to click the “bring it home” button when she releases new products. I’m still a fan girl even though The Honey Mud and I are not skin care soul mates.
Any readers have a similar experience or any tips that may help others in the same situation? Share in the comments!