There may actually be some POSITIVE things that have come about as a result of the recession of 2008-2009.  I am not making light of the economic situation, but there is a bit of a silver lining. Old and young alike are learning that the money tree doesn’t produce an endless crop, and the newly chic attitude is to live within your means, save a little for a rainy day, and eschew conspicuous consumption purely for the sake of “status” appeal. I support the attitude shift towards personal discipline and admire the “live within your means” sentiment, but when it comes to the Mychelle line of products, you really don’t have to sacrifice!  This extensive skincare line absolutely delivers and at an affordable price… and all of the products are just as gentle to the environment as they are to your wallet. This product line eschews parabens and toxic ingredients, although the products certainly do contain the most powerful synthesized actives currently available without prescription.

Marta did posts on the Mychelle Fruit Enzyme Mist and the Mychelle Vitamin C Serum last spring; the Mychelle Polypeptide Cream last summer; and  the Mychelle Incredible Pumpkin Peel last fall, but I frankly didn’t pay adequate attention to the Mychelle line until I was searching for a good creamy organic cleanser… without sulfates, of course. I was immediately intrigued by both the use of powerful yet largely holistic ingredients and by the positioning of Mychelle. History and marketing approaches are interesting certainly, but only worth talking about when the products actually work and thankfully this line really is terrific.

Without a doubt, the Mychelle Unscented Honeydew Creamy Cleanser is the best facial cleanser of any kind that I have tried, at any price. It even beat out my beloved niacin-based creamy cleanser. It has a fresh natural melon scent and a smooth creamy texture.  It can be used like a typical facial cleanser but it really excels as a daily cleansing mask, which is an easy and quick variation.  I simply rinse my face each morning with cool water, pat dry till just barely moist, then rub a pearl-sized amount of the cleanser all over my face. The difference is that I leave the HoneyDew Cleanser sitting there to work while I brush my teeth… then rinse.  In those 2-3 minutes, the melon fruit extracts have worked to mildly exfoliate while the algae and honeysuckle moisturize and refresh. My face is clean without being dry, and the mild daily exfoliation leaves it looking and feeling fantastic.  All this for less than $10 for the smaller 2.1 oz cleanser (which should last at least 30 days), or less than $18 for the larger 4.4 oz cleanser (a 2-3 month supply).

I plan to also test the Mychelle Creamy Pumpkin Cleanser, and the Apple Brightening Cleanser,and will let you know how they rate.

I also wanted totest the Mychelle NoTox Antiwrinkle Multi-Peptide Serum, after reading Petra’s October14 comment requesting a TIA trial (see the NutraLift Rejuvinating Therapy post). Marta noted in her response that the Mychelle NoTox ingredients list looked good, but because it did not contain “tried and true” Matrixyl 3000 (instead it contains rival Syn-Tacks) she couldn’t recommend it one way or another without an actual trial. Well, 45 days into my test, I am quite pleased to report that the NoTox AntiWrinkle Serum is an amazingly effective and affordable product.

Most people should find that the Mychelle NoTox Antiwrinkle Multi-Peptide Serum produces positive results in skin clarity, tone, and texture within a week, but the improvements will be exponential when used long term (60-90 days). It contains almost every ingredient I currently favor, including the Syn-coll tripeptide and the Syn-tacks peptides (these relax and repair existing wrinkles), additional peptides which restore and smooth skin texture, the powerhouse fruit pomegranate (as a seed oil), and myrtus communis Leaf Extract (which is an antioxidant). A 30 ml bottle ($55) will last 30-45 days when used twice daily, and the serum won’t leave your skin feeling dry OR greasy under makeup or sunscreens. [Editor’s Note: Mychelle NoTox is available for purchase on Marta’s OpenSky page.]

Speaking of sunscreens… On November 7, 2008, TIA reader Nimue suggested that we take a look at the Mychelle physical sunscreen, and while I have promised to harp on subjects other than sunscreens for the remainder of 2009, I must say that I have personally tried this zinc oxide based suncreen (2.3 oz, $19.95) and liked both the coverage and the quality/value.

Earlier I mentioned I was intrigued by the Michelle positioning statement, which is that “MyChelle isn’t just a brand; it is a way of living, a lifestyle.” If that appeals to you, you will be interested in knowing that Mychelle is currently looking for six spokeswomen who will represent the needs of six distinctly different age groups, so if you are a fan of the product line, you can learn more by going http://www.mychelle.com/contest.aspx.  The spokesperson entry deadline has been extended until July 15.

Watch for a review of the Mychelle Pumpkin Cleanser and Mychelle Apple Brightening Cleanser later this fall.

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Mychelle Honeydew Unscented Cleanser ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Glycerin*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behenyl Alcohol, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Dioctyl Ether, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Sucrose Stearate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Honey*, Algae (Blue) Extract, Chlorophyll (L), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate

Mychelle No-Tox AntiWrinkle Serum Ingredients:

*Organic Aqua (water), hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, glycerin, palmitoyl tripeptide-5 (syn-coll tripeptide), pisum sativum (pea) extract (proteasyl TP peptide), thermus thermophilus ferment (venuceane), Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract (antarcticine), dextran, acetyl tetrapetide-2 (thymulen 4 pentapeptide) , hydrolyzed myrtus communis leaf extract, cereus grandiflorus (cactus) flower extract, brassica campestris (rapeseed) seed oil, levisticum officinale