Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Marble and Milkweed



When I first heard about the brand Marble and Milkweed I immediately knew based on the name that it was a line I wanted to know more about. The brand of green skincare, body care and fragrances is delicately made by hand in the Brooklyn based studio of founder Briar Winters. The formulas and ingredients are unlike any other line out there, and I've been thrilled with everything that I've tried.

First up is the Rose and Chamomile Cleansing Nectar* pictured above, which is a gently cleansing mixture of local honey, organic vegetable glycerine, German Chamomile and Bulgarian Rose Otto. The stunning formula aside, can we just talk about how adorable the blue glass bottle is? Seriously, seeing it on my vanity just makes me happy (which might, in turn, make me a bit strange). That being said the formula truly is fantastic, and leaves my skin simply glowing. Honey is just a purely magical ingredient in my opinion, and its brilliantly used here for its anti-microbial and anti-oxidant properties. It's soothing, smells incredible and leaves my skin completely purified without stripping it of oils. All in all a great all around cleanser for any skin type.

I was also lucky enough to try two fragrances from the line, which offers the most unique scents on the market. The two I've been trying out are Moon Snail* and No. 2*, both of which are offered in oil and balm form. In fact, you can buy fragrance balms from the shop in little vintage cases that are unlike anything I've ever seen - they're amazing, and I'm dying to get one for myself! Fragrance No. 2 is a mixture of wild sweet orange, ginger, neroli, vanilla and sandalwood, a complex mixture that is both rich and exotic. It uses a base of jojoba oil that not only nourishes the skin but allows the scent to last all day (one big reason that I prefer oil scents over regular perfume sprays).

Then there's Moon Snail, which is easily the most unique and innovative scent I've ever smelled. With notes that include jasmine, mimosa, seaweed, tonka bean, roasted seashells and sandalwood, I'll admit it's a little hard to describe this one. According to the store, the scent is "inspired by warm days and walks along the shore" and I find this to be pretty accurate. It's fresh and has a vaguely beach-y scent to it, though nothing overwhelming. It immediately makes me think of summer when smelling it, and beach vacations. Suffice it to say I've never smelled anything like it before, and when I wear this I always get asked about it. It's as beautiful as it is interesting, and one I'd definitely recommend for those that don't want just any ordinary perfume.

Have you tried out anything from Marble and Milkweed yet? Check them out on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and keep up to date with all of Briar's latest creations!
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