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When asked to test the Mukti Antioxidant Facial Serum ($53), I eagerly accepted as I knew that there would be nothing to dislike. Before agreeing, I did a little research on the Australian company, which was founded in 2000 and certified as organic in 2006. It was created by a beauty therapist named Mukti (hence the name of the company) who has quite impressive guiding principles for her company:
1. We believe in our products
2. We trade in fairness and kindness
3. We think it’s easy being green
4. We educate consumers
5. We are here to be of service
At first, when I received my bottle of serum and tried it for the first time, I was surprised at how quickly it absorbed into my skin. It actually worried me a bit, as I needed two pumps worth to completely cover my face, neck and décolleté, so figured I wouldn’t have a full four-week supply. Silly me, as it is now eight weeks later, and I STILL have product remaining! I’m accustomed to serums taking a bit longer to absorb, but have to say that I quickly learned to enjoy the rapid absorption and to appreciate the benefits.
My second concern, which proved to be silly as well, was that this serum is recommended for all skin types EXCEPT dry and sensitive. My skin is usually sensitive, but after reviewing the ingredients list, I couldn’t really figure out what the problem ingredients were. Okay, well there IS “grain alcohol,” but it’s listed halfway down on the list, so how much could there be, right? Vitamin E can also be problematic for some skin, but neither ingredient caused me any problems.
The Mukti Antioxidant Serum contains liposomes, which help move the ingredients deeper into the dermal layers (vs. sitting on top of the skin). It’s quite light, absolutely nongreasy and full of antioxidants... again, what’s not to like about it?!
The first ingredient on the list is aloe vera leaf juice (a proven anti-inflammatory)... not a drop of “aqua” in sight. The rest of the key ingredients are equally enticing, with kukui nut, borage, hemp seed, carrot seed, rosehip and evening primrose being the main attractions.
Although I still have crow’s feet and a few other wrinkles that didn’t disappear, I didn’t really expect them to go away by using this serum. It doesn’t contain any of the fancy schmancy peptides that build collagen, increase elasticity or otherwise perform small miracles. However, the crow’s feet are definitely not as deep, and my skin feels and looks healthier. Plus, I have the satisfaction of knowing that nothing harmful has been applied to my skin with the use of this serum.
In conclusion, I’ll end with an awesome quote by Mukti:
“We are passionate about organics and living a healthy and long life. Not only are organic products backed by powerful science, they produce results. An organic lifestyle applies to what we eat as well as what we put on our faces and bodies on a daily basis. It is paramount to protect ourselves from the use of harmful chemicals. I feel that is now an environmental responsibility to buy certified organic produce and products. Organic produce is grown by farmers who place emphasis on the conservation of soil and water and are protectors of preserving this precious planet for future generations.”
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