Reviewed by Michelle

For the past several years, I’ve been making a point of eliminating preservatives and potentially harmful ingredients in my beauty products. When you read labels closely, it’s surprising to find that many products that claim to be natural or organic still have some questionable things in them, or only have very few organic ingredients.

My jaw dropped when I received the sample of Mukti Antioxidant Facial Serum ($53) as my latest test. Here was a brand I had never encountered – likely because it’s Australian made. What surprised me most? Every single product on the label is certified organic! To top it off, they are cruelty free and proudly not tested on animals.

My skin was already doing well with my regular regimen, so I was excited to see how the serum may rev things up a bit. The Mukti serum is very light, and absorbs into the skin almost immediately. I was pleased that it had no greasy or oily after feel and smelled quite nice too. It made my skin feel very soft and silky the first two days, although other than that, there didn’t seem to be much change.

Alas, Day 3 hit, and I encountered an anticipated problem – I broke out. Itty bitty pimples appeared all over my forehead and just below the skin’s surface on my cheeks. This was certainly not the skin texture I had hoped for. I wasn’t terribly surprised though – my skin tends to be a bit on the oily side and adding too many moisturizing products often make me break out. But all hope was not lost….

I remembered the directions – the serum can also be used alone as a lightweight moisturizer. So I decided to ditch my usual moisturizer (which I had been using over the serum and was heavier) and just go with the serum. Within about a week my skin calmed down and returned to normal and it’s been fine for the remainder of the trial period. I’m finding the Mukti serum to be an ideal lightweight summer moisturizer – it absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave my face shiny. It plays well under my mineral foundation makeup.

Since I didn’t seem to need extra hydration, I wanted to find out what the serum could do for someone with dryer skin. So I enlisted my dear husband as a second product tester. He has chronically dry and severely sensitive skin. For years we have tried product after product to keep his skin hydrated. Unfortunately, very few products don’t cause an allergy, and those that don’t haven’t been hydrating him well enough. As of late, he was using Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream as his daily moisturizer. He was an excellent sport and gave Mukti a two-week trial underneath his moisturizer.

Happily he suffered no allergic reactions to the Mukti Antioxidant Serum and did not experience any breakouts. He reports that he experienced no major changes in his skin – it was just as moisturized as before and looks about the same. However, he noted “It’s summer, so I tend to stay moisturized. I’ll have to see how this might work during the winter.” I agreed. I didn’t see any huge change in my skin’s look or feel, but it was nice to have something a bit lighter and more breathable on my skin during these hot summer days. The serum had a much less oily after-feel than my usual moisturizer.

I would love to have someone with more mature and dry skin try this serum to see if it might offer them a greater benefit. In my mind, however, the biggest benefit of this serum – and all of Mukti’s products – is that they are certified fully organic. Any time I can swap a skincare product that has potentially harmful preservatives in it (i.e. parabens or phenoxyethanol) with a natural one that delivers the same results – that’s a win in my book! I look forward to trying out other items in the line!

Ingredients: Certified Organic Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice; Lecithin (non GMO); Scleroltium Gum; Liposomes (Plant Based); Certified Organic Oils of Rosehip (Rosa Canina), Evening Primrose (Oenothera Biennis), Borage (Borago Officinalis), Kukui Nut (Aleurites Moluccana), Hemp Seed (Cannabis Sativa) & Carrot Seed (Daucus Carota); Vitamin E (Tocopherol); Grain Alcohol; Guar Gum (Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba); Pure Essential Oils of Rose (Rosa Centifolia), Cistus (Cistus Ladaniferus), Sweet Myrtle (Myrtus Ommunis), Frankincense (Boswellia Carterii), Neroli (Citrus Aurantium), Sandalwood (Santalum Album), Patchouli (Pogostemon Cablin), Kakadu Plum (Terminalia Ferdinandiana) Extract; Liposomes; Certified Organic Oils of Pomegranate (Punica Granatum), Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia), Galbanum (Ferula Galbnifelua) & Lemon (Citrus Limonum); Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis); Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Grandis) Extract