Organic skincare

  1. We're back - The New Look of MuLondon

    We're back - The New Look of MuLondon

    Hello!

    We are tremendously excited to show you what we’ve been up to at MuLondon during the past couple of months. After 8 years of whipping up delectable moisturisers and cleansers, it was time to update a few things. This is our new look: fresh, clean & contemporary.

    WHAT’S NEW

    • Brand identity and product labels designed by Marcos Dos Santos Lisboa, an award-winning international designer.
    • New certifications: Soil Association, Certified B Corporation, 1% For the Planet.
    • New luxurious, heavy duty glass jars with white lids.
    • New water resistant labels that won’t smudge.
    • Lifestyle product and ingredients images by Cristina Colli, a visual storytelling artist from Oxfordshire, UK. Cristina's images beautifully represent our story, values and our energy.

    We're still using the same high-quality formulas and pure, natural ingredients as before. Our dedication to organic, cruelty-free and sustainable skin care is stronger than ever.

    CERTIFICATIONS

    Soil Association Organic: We are incredibly proud that our entire range is now certified by The Soil Association, UK’s leading organic certifier.

    1% For the Planet: We’re joyously giving 1% of our sales to environmental non-profits.

    Certified B Corporation: MuLondon is the first UK skin care company to be certified, and joins other companies who all use business as a force for good, with a triple bottom line: people, planet and profit.


    MuLondon Organic Rose, Rosehip & Rosemary Moisturiser



    NEW PRICES

    We’ve needed to adjust our prices due to increased raw material costs, global market shortage of ingredients like vanilla and the UK pound devaluation.

    This is the first price increase for us in 5 years. We know that paying more for the products you’ve learned to love is not always welcome, so this was not an easy decision to make. However, it was necessary in order to keep MuLondon sustainable and competitive, while continuing to provide first class environmentally sound and effective skin care products. By choosing our products, you are contributing to a more compassionate and green world.

    SHIPPING CHARGES

    We’ve been able to lower our shipping costs, especially for international orders. Yay! For example, to ship one jar of moisturiser to anywhere in the world is now only £3.50 down from £4.50, and one bottle of cleanser £4, down from £7.

    PAYMENTS

    Many of you have requested this, so we can now accept direct card payments. Test our new & improved checkout!

    For your convenience, you can now choose to view our catalogue prices in US Dollars and Euros. Read more here.

    If you are based outside of the EU, we will automatically deduct VAT from your order. Our customers in the USA, Canada and the rest of the world save 20% on our listed prices. Read more here.


    MuLondon - Our Ingredients


    PRODUCT UPDATES

    Hemp moisturiser is now 100% organic, with certified organic black spruce essential oil.

    White Chocolate Truffle moisturiser: Due to the highly unstable vanilla market and the unavailability of organic vanilla extract, we are temporarily using Vanilla tahitensis (conventional) instead of Vanilla planifolia (organic). This is the best material currently available that's comparable to our regular material. We'll revert to organic Vanilla planifolia as soon as it's available again and the fragrance profile is of expected high quality.

    Fragrance Free moisturiser is now a part of our core range.


    MuLondon Organic Hemp Moisturiser



    This is just the beginning, and there are many more interesting things in the pipeline. As you can see, we also have a brand new website: It’s clean, simple, modern and easy to navigate on desktops, tablets and mobiles, with sections for our ingredients, certifications and more to come!

    I’d love to hear from you. What do you like? What can we do better? How can we make your life and your shopping easier and more convenient? I'm eager to hear your thoughts. Get in touch here.

    Thank you for your patience during this time, and for your continued support! I am happy to answer any questions you may have.

    Warmest wishes from London,
    Boris - Founder & CEO
    www.MuLondon.com

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  2. Caring For Your Skin: Inside & Out

    We all want to take better care of our skin. Choosing mild and effective products is important, but when it comes to thinking ahead, there are some long-term factors to consider. Let's look at how best to care for your skin, inside and out.



    Caring For Your Skin: Inside & Out



    1. Genes:
    Sometimes we're born with the skin we've inherited from our forefathers. We may be blessed with easy, no-fuss soft and smooth skin, or we struggle with sensitivity, eczema or psoriasis, for no apparent reason apart from the DNA lottery. However, recently it's been scientifically proven that changes in our thinking and our environment can re-write our genes. Our DNA is not static, as we once believed. Thus, your genes can be re-programmed. Nature and nurture are not mutually exclusive, separate forces - they work together and mould our gene expression. Just as we can change, so can our genes. We have a much bigger influence on them than we previously thought. To use modern analogy, you can choose to upgrade your operating system. Our health and well-being can be our own choice if we decide so. You have the power. To make your journey easier, check out our 10 Things To Avoid When You Have Sensitive Skin, Rosacea, Eczema or Psoriasis.


    2. Stress:
    Stress can impact our overall well-being and it's been shown that the stress hormone cortisol can cause premature ageing of the skin. Because of this, relaxation is very beneficial to our inner and outer self. Some people enjoy a sunny holiday, while others meditate daily. You can take a walk in the park or the woods, listen to soothing music or play with your pet - whatever it is, if it relaxes you, it's good for you. Here are 10 Simple Tips To Help Fight Depression and bring some peace and calm to your everyday life.


    3. Healthy living:
    Smoking, heavy drinking and processed foods full of additives can affect our digestive system and our liver, having a direct impact of the appearance of the skin. Choose fresh, living, vibrant foods that your body will benefit from. Where possible, buy organic fruits and vegetables and learn to avoid foods that contain unnecessary additives. Maybe try a fresh smoothie in the morning, or add sprouts or fermented foods to your diet. Start with small changes towards healthier choices, and they will stick. See also: Three Simple Steps To Revitalise Your Skin.


    Caring For Your Skin: Healthy Living


    4. Hydration
    : Drink plenty of clean, fresh water every day to allow your body to flush out any toxins and to rejuvenate and hydrate your cells. Start and end your day with a big glass of water to get that engine running on the purest fuel possible.


    Caring For Your Skin: Hydrate


    5. Steam & Scrub:
    A gentle weekly steam & scrub routine will help get rid of dead skin cells, allowing your skin to breathe, look cleaner, smoother and more even. This will also allow it to better absorb any skin products you use, and will prevent blackheads and clogged pores.


    6. Cleanse:
    Use a mild cleanser that will gently pull out any impurities, without stripping the skin of its natural oils. This is even more important if you live near a big city or in a polluted environment. Here's how to Make The Most Of Your Cleanser.


    7. Moisturise
    : If you're here, I know you're doing this right! Use a natural moisturiser suitable for your skin type to hydrate, heal and protect. The Hemp Moisturiser is great for mixed or acne-prone skin and can be used daily. For sensitive and dehydrated skin, try the Rose, Rosehip & Rosemary Moisturiser. If your skin requires something healing, calming and soothing, check out the Marigold, Frankincense & Myrrh moisturiser. You can also use any pure vegetable oil, preferably organic: olive, coconut, sunflower or jojoba all work great!



    Caring For Your Skin: Moisturise


    8. Treat yourself:
    A nice professional facial or a massage is a lovely way for you to treat yourself and be pampered, while your skin and body get that well-deserved MOT. Or, get your partner of your friend to treat you to a DIY Home Beauty Spa experience. You need it and you deserve it!


    These are just some of the things that affect the look and feel of the skin. Each of them separately is very powerful, but combined, they make even more sense and work better together.

    We do not need a plethora of bottles and jars to take care of our appearance. I am a big fan of multi-purpose products. For example, MuLondon moisturisers can be used as day or night creams, face serums and oils, eye creams, lips balms, hand creams and even as hair pomade. Our cleansers are great for washing the face or the hands and even for shaving. Having a selected few products that are gentle and effective in your bathroom cabinet should do the trick. When it comes to our skin, which products we use is definitely an important, but not the only factor that will affect its appearance.

    I hope these tips help. Please let me know in your comments what it is that you do to take care of your skin and your overall well-being!

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  3. 5 Quick Winter Skin Care Tips

    During the winter your skin requires more protection than usual. Here are a few simple tips that you can follow to make sure that you get through the winter looking and feeling your best.


    5 Quick Winter Skincare Tips

    1. PROTECT: Use a heavy-duty balm like the Organic Marigold, Frankincense & Myrrh Moisturiser applied more liberally during the day to protect your skin. At night, indulge in the yummy Organic White Chocolate Truffle Moisturiser for sweet dreams! Oil-based moisturisers are not only more concentrated, but they also provide a more robust physical barrier that additionally protects the skin.

    2. HYDRATE: Drink plenty of water throughout the day. This will replenish your cells from within and combat the drying effects of central heating. It can be easy to forget to hydrate - but if you make a habit of having a small bottle of water nearby, your body will be naturally drawn to have frequent sips as you go about your day.

    3. EAT RAW: Even though we associate summertime with eating salads, it's important that we remember to consume fresh fruits, veggies, seeds and nuts during the winter. Raw foods are packed with enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients which are needed even more at this time of the year. Try a delicious fresh fruit and nut smoothie for an instant energy blast!

    4. GET SUN: Moderate sun exposure can do wonders for your skin. Even a daily 15 minute walk in the park during seemingly cloudy and grey winter days will infuse your body with enough sunlight to help produce vitamin D. This vitamin is essential for a strong immune system and our skin health.

    5. HAVE FUN: Enjoy the winter! Even though short, cold and dark days can be a drag, there's lots of fun to be had. If you get snow where you live, go out and play in it during the day, and maybe even make a snowman. Winter allows you to cosy up to a good book, catch up on your favourite TV show or enjoy a candle-lit dinner in the evening. Take a bath and allow your body to relax. Nurturing a positive outlook during the winter will have a direct effect on your overall well-being, and in turn - your skin health.


    BONUS TIP: Rosacea, eczema and psoriasis tend to flare up during the winter season. For tips on how to deal with them, see 10 Things To Avoid When You Have Sensitive Skin, Rosacea, Eczema or Psoriasis.


    What do you do during the winter to keep your skin looking healthy? Let me know in your comments!

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  4. 10 Things To Avoid When You Have Sensitive Skin, Rosacea, Eczema or Psoriasis

    A lot of us suffer from sensitive and problem skin these days. It could be because of our environment, the food we eat, the products we use, or our genes. It is probably a combination of all these factors that causes our skin to become reactive to even the mildest changes. This can be frustrating for anyone that has experienced rosacea, eczema or psoriasis, and those with generally sensitive or dry skin.

    The good news is that a lot of skin problems can be managed and brought under control with a combination of lifestyle changes, where you try to identify and eliminate any possible triggers one by one. Here are some of the most common things to avoid when you have problem skin.


    10 Things To Avoid When You Have Sensitive Skin, Rosacea, Eczema or Psoriasis


    1. Harsh skincare products: These can irritate the skin with strong perfumes, artificial colours, preservatives and petrochemicals. Look for simple formulas with few ingredients, which are less likely to cause problems - or learn how to make your own skincare products. When your skin is sensitive, the less it has to deal with, the better. Remember to be gentle with your skin - don't rub it vigorously, pinch or pull on it. Thoroughly rinse off any traces of your cleanser. Use a mild moisturiser, and indulge in a gentle facial massage, which will benefit your skin health.


    2. Hot showers: While it may feel relaxing and soothing on sore muscles, a hot shower will open up your pores and cause the thinner, more delicate facial skin to flush. This, in turn, makes it even more sensitive and reactive. Try turning down the temperature on your tap, and finish your shower with a slightly cooler stream of water.


    3. Frequent showers: Tend to disrupt your skin's acid mantle and strip it of protective oils. If your skin is sensitive, and especially if you have rosacea, eczema or psoriasis, try to limit your showers to not more than two a day.


    4. Hard water (limescale): Hard water contains a higher than normal amount of limescale, or calcium carbonate (CaCO3). If you live in the UK, and particularly around London, where we get hard water, you will be well aware of the white, scaly deposits in your kettle and on your shower screen - that's limescale. Limescale has the ability to disrupt the skin's protective barrier, causing redness, irritation and dry skin. You can find out your water hardness from your water company - here is a handy list of UK suppliers. If you notice that your skin reacts to it, you can reduce limescale by using a water softener. UK's Drinking Water Inspectorate has an interesting PDF on water hardness here.


    5. Spicy food: Who doesn't like a good, hot chilli curry? The problem is, spicy food often triggers or aggravates rosacea, according to a survey by the National Rosacea Society. See if avoiding chilli, horseradish or MSG helps, and if so, try cutting down on those ingredients in your diet.


    Eat More Fresh Fruit



    6. Processed foods, meat, dairy, additives: What we eat has a big impact on our overall well-being, and that includes the skin. Avoid heavily processed fast foods, often rife with additives; and cut down on meat and dairy. Making a shift towards a plant-based diet, rich in organic produce such as fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and beans, will infuse your body with beneficial vitamins, minerals and nutrients, designed to support your health and revitalise your skin. Try an organic soya or coconut yoghurt, which are packed with probiotics - good for your digestive system and your skin.


    7. Infrequent or excessive sun exposure: Moderation is the key here. While too much sun without a sunscreen can definitely aggravate rosacea, too little sun can do as much harm to sufferers of eczema and psoriasis. Vitamin D is crucial not only for the balance of the immune system and healthy bones, but it also affects our skin. The best way to get enough vitamin D is through moderate exposure to sun.


    8. Alcohol and cigarettes: Can cause dehydration, skin spots and permanent changes in the quality and elasticity of your skin, further aggravating problems like rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. Try giving up smoking and consuming alcohol in moderation - there are many other uses for your left-over booze. To help your liver recover, consider doing a liver cleanse, or including milk thistle, a traditional liver tonic, in your diet.


    9. Stress and anxiety: These known triggers for a number of mental and physical ailments also affect the skin. Try a simple mindfulness meditation for 5 minutes a day, where you simply sit with your eyes closed and focus on your breathing. It's that easy, and is proven to work! If meditation is not your thing, relax in a way that suits you - listen to music that makes you feel good, take a bath or paint or dance.


    10. Dehydration: Being properly hydrated is vital to our health. Drink at least 1.5 litres of pure, clean water a day to ensure your body and your skin are supplied with enough H2O to function optimally and flush out toxins from your system.

     

    Living with problem skin can be tricky and discouraging. I started MuLondon because of my own issues with dry, sensitive skin, eczema and psoriasis. I set out to create a range of mild, effective products based on natural and organic ingredients to help soothe irritated skin. With a combination of the right products for you, and making small but beneficial lifestyle changes, your skin can regain its glow.

    Some of the triggers mentioned above may cause no symptoms, while you may notice that something not on this list aggravates your condition. Let me know what works for you, and what doesn't. What makes your skin react, and what soothes it? Please share!

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  5. Keep It Cool: How To Store Your MuLondon Organic Skincare Products During Hot Weather

    In the heatwave that's hitting Europe right now, we're experienced very high temperatures. It was 36.7C (98F) in London today, the hottest day in ten years, and the warmest July day since records began! In addition to keeping yourself hydrated, remember to take care of your MuLondon skincare products to ensure that they perform at their best.

    • Always keep your MuLondon moisturisers away from heat, sun and moisture.

    • If you live in a very hot climate or are experiencing a heatwave and do not have air-conditioning, you may want to consider temporarily keeping your moisturiser in the fridge.

    • Make sure that the lid is tightly screwed on, to prevent humidity entering the product, which may negatively affect the shelf life.

    • If your moisturiser has already melted, simply shake it vigorously a few times, put in the fridge with the lid tightly screwed on, and you should have restored it to its previous glory in 24 hours.

    • Once temperatures have returned to normal and are under 20C, it's best to keep your moisturiser at room temperature and out of the fridge. Because MuLondon products do not contain any added stabilisers or emulsifiers and are hand-whipped, prolonged stay in the fridge may affect the texture of the product. Your cream will be still fine to use - but we want it to be perfectly smooth and soft!

    • You will also find that as the weather gets warmer, the consistency of the cream is just a tad softer. This means that it will be even easier to apply sparingly, to accommodate for your skin's need for lighter coverage and protection during the summer months.

     

    Follow the tips above and you'll have a very happy MuLondon moisturiser that will serve you for a long time! What do you do to keep yourself cool during the hot summer months? Please share in the comments below - I really need to know!


    Beauty Tip: Keep It Cool

    Image: Summer skies over London from MuLondon on Instagram

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