It’s not all that often that luxury skincare—particularly all-natural, organic skincare—reflects its price tag when it comes to appearances. But model & momma May Lindstrom‘s well-edited collection is by far the biggest exception I’ve come across recently. The hand-poured, carefully mixed products come packaged in the prettiest Miron glass bottles, stamped with a few lines of gold text and the dandelion logo. I don’t usually put much thought or effort into photographing skincare, but the inky violet bottles caught the light so beautifully I couldn’t resist snapping an extra two (hundred) frames.
Another thing I usually don’t focus on too much is the founder of a brand. But May is so closely involved with her line that it’s impossible to think of them separately. If there is such a thing as the ‘May Lindstrom girl,’ she is the embodiment of it (I know it sounds painfully obvious because hello her name is on the bottle, but simply click through her site and you’ll see what I mean). And if you’ve ordered from her before, you’ll already know the rush of pleasure that comes with opening one of her beribboned boxes, each packed with generous samples and a handwritten note on custom cardstock (I’m dying to know where she gets her stationary).
May’s most popular item is The Clean Dirt ($60), an exfoliant that smells like spice cookies and leaves my skin glowing and unbelievably soft. To apply, I tap a bit into my hand and add a few drops of water, mixing them together for an airy foam with superfine scrubby particles. I’ve heard the potent mixture can sometimes feel hot and tingly on sensitive complexions, but it seems I’ve thrown so much at my skin this summer it no longer feels anything…
For maximum impact, I like to use this twice a week for a light exfoliation session (almost like microderm) that polishes my skin without irritating it. If I had one complaint about this stuff, it would be in the packaging. Gorgeous, yes, but I’m always afraid I’ll tip it a little bit too far and end up frantically scooping powder off the floor. I mean, can you imagine the trauma? I don’t think I’d ever recover from that, which is why I’m always extra careful with the weighty bottle.
While the former product has wedged itself firmly into my essentials list, The Good Stuff ($110) is unquestionably more of a luxury than a must-have. But like the rest of her line, it’s worth the price tag. Dubbed ‘fabric-free lingerie’ by May, it’s one of the most gorgeous body oils I’ve ever used. It smells equal parts sexy and earthy, like a mix of spicy chocolate and heady florals. And then there’s the finish, a swirl of warm shimmer I can never resist mixing with my nightly application of post-shower lotion. While it’s particularly good as a ‘finishing product’ on the legs, it can be applied all over the body (although I have serious difficulties bringing myself to use more than the smallest pump at a time). Let other lightweight oils of its kind, I find it works better as a supplement to my lotion than a standalone moisturizer.
While the products are both generously sized, there’s no denying that they fall firmly into the high-end bracket. I’m not even going to do my usual ‘well if you look at it this way (i.e., with your eyes closed), it’s actually a good deal’ spiel because there’s absolutely nothing about this line that says bargain. But for the luxury lover—or as May puts it, ‘the beauty gourmand’—they’re well worth it. You don’t pay prices like these just to get a good product; you pay them for that extra special experience. And when it comes to the little details transform a skincare routine into a ritual, May Lindstrom knows how to deliver.
Let’s chat! What’s your favorite luxury skincare line? Is your week off to a good start? I just finished settling into my new apartment, and I swear I’m starting to regain some muscle just from walking back and forth with boxes all day long. Ugh, moving.
P.S. Get the scoop on May’s masque, The Problem Solver, over at LifestyleMirror.
Full Disclosure: The products featured in this post were provided by May for editorial consideration and review. For more information on my standard review policy, please refer to my disclaimer.