As Christmas looms upon the horizon, homes are being decked in their holiday finery of balsam, cedar, magnolia and mistletoe.  But did you know you can also use mistletoe on your face?  Yep.  Sacred to the Druids millennia ago and shrouded in mystery and tradition, the mistletoe leaf is now a cosmetic ingredient used for its anti-inflammatory properties.

3LAB is a relatively new company that has the mistletoe extract mingle with about 23 other botanical extracts and oils in a face cleanser they call PERFECT Cleansing Foam ($40). (The full list of ingredients doesn’t appear on their website, but is found on the actual product.)  Although dubbing anything ‘perfect’ immediately casts a doubtful shadow, this product delivers.  Tiny jojoba beads help gently exfoliate then quickly dissolve, while a host of botanicals work to condition and provide antibacterial, antiseptic, astringent, moisturization and emolliency properties to the skin.  A flip-top tube dispenses a thick, pearlescent cream that will massage into the skin and produce luxuriously rich, dense foam that rinses easily away.  (Only a pea-size amount is needed).

With the first use, I noticed it gave my oily skin a deep down clean without over-stripping my skin or leaving it with an uncomfortable tautness that a majority of cleansers do.  Instead, it left my face feeling soft and conditioned.  Continued use has really kept my pores clear and skin without blemish.  It is not specified for a certain skin type and should be suitable for most everyone.  Although this product performed in a superior manner and I highly recommend it, the one thing keeping it from being ‘perfect’ is it is priced toward the upper stratosphere.  Otherwise, it is great for a splurge or if you are not in the ranks of the budget conscious.


Water (Aqua/Eau), Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Yeast Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Ginko Biloba Leaf Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Sodium PCA, PEG-6, PEG-32, Hydroxypropyl Bis-Hydroxyethyldimonium Chloride, Xylitylgoucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Chlorphene, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum).