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Muni Muni Skin Care is a Canadian company, based in Toronto, that produces handcrafted natural skincare. The owner, Kendra Ruebsam, wanted to create products that restore the health and vitality of the skin, but also stimulate senses and improve the overall well-being. They use only natural, non-toxic, sustainable ingredients and ethical processes. Their packaging is purposefully minimal and 100% recyclable. Muni Muni (Tagalog phrase, meaning to think deeply) Skin Care is a cruelty-free company.
You all already know that I prefer natural skincare, although I am open to trying (almost) anything. I was thrilled when I was contacted by Muni Muni Skin Care to join their influencer team. As soon as I saw their product ingredients I knew I had to try them. Knowing that the company is Canadian only made me want to work with them more. It was so easy to communicate with the owner, Kendra, who was responding quickly and on point, which makes me believe her whole business is organized equally well.
I received two face masks, two toners and two body scrubs, and after 4 weeks of testing I am ready to share my views.
Green Sea Calming Clay Mask is a dry mask formulated as a mixture of three clays, that gently exfoliates, restore and heals skin to improve texture and elasticity.Dry masks are becoming more and more popular, since there is usually no need to use preservatives in such formulations. They require an additional step of mixing the mask, but this allows for customization – you can mix the mask with water, oils, serums, honey, yogurt, or whatever else you feel would work well, depending on your current skin needs.
Ingredients: Montmorillonite (French Green Clay), Kaolin, Sea Silt (Dead Sea Clay)
This mask is particularly great for dry, mature and sensitive skin. I love using clay masks, but they often dry out the skin on my cheeks, so I usually use them just on my T-zone, but since this mask is so gentle, I decided to use it all over my face.
To use the mask, mix it with water (or other desired product), to form a thick paste. Apply and leave on for 10-15 minutes, until it’s completely dry, then rinse. The mask is a fine powder that is easy to mix, and I found that it dries really fast on my face. What surprised me is how easy it was to wash it off. I usually need to rub well to remove clay masks, but this one washes off easily.
Muni Muni Skin Care recommends to use the mask once a week. I used it three times in 2 weeks and found that it pulls out dirt really well. It is a bit drying, but less than some other clay masks I tried, and I didn’t experience any irritation or dry patches as a result.
Charcoal & Cocoa Purifying Mask is a more standard mask in terms of consistency. It’s made with a blend of purifying charcoal, which draws out and absorbs all the toxins and dirt from the skin, and antioxidant rich cocoa powder, to repair skin and neutralize free radicals. This mask is formulated to improve skin texture and elasticity for a flawlessly smooth complexion.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cacao Powder, Kaolin, Activated Charcoal, Bentonite, Ceteareth-6 Olivate, Benzyl Alcohol & Salicylic Acid & Glycerin & Sorbic Acid, Xanthan Gum
The instructions say to apply a thick layer of the mask, leave on for 10-15 minutes, but not to let it dry completely, then rinse off. However, the mask has a very thin consistency, so I can only apply a thinner, but non transparent layer. I usually keep it on for 10 minutes, because after that the thin layer starts getting dry. The mask is quite easy to wash off, although not as easy as the Green Sea one.
I only used this mask on my T-zone, twice a week for 2 weeks. The first time I used it it cleared out my pores somewhat, but with consistent use I could notice a definite improvement in my pores. They didn’t shrink, but they are more clear in general.
One more thing I loved is the scent. The mixture of charcoal, cocoa and clays smells like earthy dark hot chocolate, and I dig it. It’s quite a grownup scent, so not straight up chocolate, but it makes the masking experience even more enjoyable.
Toners are an important part of my skincare routine, because they help tighten pores and add an additional layer of hydration and nourishment, while removing any traces of makeup and dirt left after cleansing. I haven’t always been using them, and I’ve noticed a big improvement in my skin since I started adding toners to my routine.
Sea Hydrating Toner is formulated to bind water to the outer layer of the skin, preserving moisture, while your skin absorbs the healthy minerals from the Himalayan Pink Salt, leaving your skin toned, refreshed and hydrated.
Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sea Salt, Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, Propanediol, Magnesium Sulphate, Benzyl Alcohol & Salicylic Acid & Glycerin & Sorbic Acid, Essential Oil Blend
This hydrating toner really does help fight dehydration that comes with cold weather and heated spaces. I shake it well and spray on face, then gently tap all over to help it absorb. The toner has a relaxing lavender scent, but I was surprised by the addition of the salt, since salt doesn’t always work well with my dry cheeks. I didn’t have any problems with the salt, except some light stinging if I use the toner after exfoliation. Also, I’ve noticed that it leaves a salty taste on my lips.
I’ve been using the toner during the day, every time I felt my skin getting dry and tight, and it does help prolong the effect of my morning skincare. I also used it after masking, before my other skincare, and I’ve noticed it helps add more hydration to my skin. It’s an all-around good toner for any skin type.
Rose Balancing Toner is formulated to tone, hydrate and revitalize skin. It balances skin’s natural pH, leaving you looking youthful and refreshed. The first ingredient is rose, so the tones has a strong rose scent that I love, but it may not be for everyone.
Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Hamamelis Virginiana Leaf Water, Benzyl Alcohol & Salicylic Acid & Glycerin & Sorbic Acid, Essential Oil Blend
I decided to use this toner in the mornings, because I’ve noticed that my skin likes it and my T-zone doesn’t get as greasy during the day. This tones also doesn’t contain salt, so it feels more calming and soothing on my skin. It’s not as hydrating as the Sea toner, but it’s still quite hydrating. I love how it works for my combination skin, hydrating my cheeks and controlling the T-zone shine, and it’s definitely my favorite among the two.
Both toners come in glass bottle, with a spray pump. The pump provides a nice mist, which is ideal for me (have you ever tried a mist that “hits” you in the face? I have!). The spray is quite wide, so there is some product waste, but less than there would be when using cotton pads for application. I recommend you to keep your eyes closed for a few seconds until the fine mist settles down, because there can be a little bit of stinging if you open the too quickly, especially with the Sea toner. I have to say I prefer this spray application over cotton pads, because it reduces waste and it’s easier and faster to use.
So Smooth Exfoliating Body Scrub is formulated with natural exfoliants, conditioning oils and fragrant botanical extracts to gently exfoliate, nourish and tone your skin. The scrub is shaped in cubes, portioned for one use each, and comes in two varieties, the Rosehip and the Lavender+Shea scrub.
Ingredients (Rosehip): Sucrose, Sea Salt, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Rosa Canina Seed Powder, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil
Ingredients (Lavender+Shea): Sucrose, Sea Salt, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil
These are wonderful scrubs. The Rosehip scrub has a fresh fruity scent, while the Lavender+Shea one has an earthy scent of lavender. Scent aside, the ingredients and everything else is the same with these two scrubs. They provide light to medium level of exfoliation, making it perfect for a more frequent use. I need about 2 cubes for my whole body, but that may be because I’m a fan of rougher body scrubs. These scrubs are gentle, and may be good for sensitive skin (I can’t promise that for sure).
The cubes are soft and crumble easily, and the scrub makes a bit of a mess in my shower. Be careful not to rub too fast if you use it in a tub, it may fly around. I enjoy how smooth and hydrated my skin is after using these scrubs – I could almost go without moisturizing. They are easy to wash off, and there is usually no need to rinse off with a body wash. Even when I use a body wash afterwards, my skin still feels hydrated.
I don’t think the packaging is perfect. Please only bring what you need with you to the shower, the outer packaging cannot withstand getting wet, which is not a problem considering the scrubs are pre-portioned. I understand that the company wanted to make the packaging easily recyclable, but since the cubes are a bit soft, a sturdier box would be better, so that they don’t crumble as much, which is my only complaint. Other than that, I love these scrubs.
Here is one cube in hand to give you a sense of scale:
I really love every single Muni Muni Skin Care product I’ve tried. If I had to choose favorites, which is really hard, I’d say I prefer the Green Sea Mask, the Rose Toner and the Rosehip Scrub, but I only like them a little bit better than the rest. This line really shows how natural products can deliver great results.
You can order these and other Muni Muni Skin Care products directly from their website, and they are prices as follows:
- Green Sea Calming Clay Mask – $30 / 50 g/ 1.7 oz
- Charcoal & Cocoa Purifying Mask – $30/ 57 g/ 2 oz
- Sea Hydrating Toner – $28/ 60 ml/ 2 oz
- Rose Balancing Toner – $28/ 60 ml/ 2 oz
- So Smooth Exfoliating Body Scrub – $17/ 260 g/ 9 oz
Do you use natural products? Do you mask and exfoliate regularly? Have you ever tried adding a toner to your facial routine?