Review: Precious Skin Elixirs Sterling Honey Polish (and comparison with May Lindstrom The Honey Mud)

Precious Skin Elixirs Sterling Honey Polish review

I first discovered Precious Skin Elixirs over Instagram where I was really intrigued by its brand philosophy. It was founded in 2014 by Marissa, a botanical alchemist, who uses the finest, sustainable ingredients, harnessing the power of these plant ingredients and the power of gemstones. All products are housed in antioxidant Miron violet glass to maintain its integrity. Marissa kindly sent over a few products from her brand for me to try out. As you know, I am obsessed with honey as a skincare ingredient, and I was really excited to discover that Precious Skin Elixirs has a honey mud mask.

Precious Skin Elixirs Sterling Honey Polish review

Precious Skin Elixirs Sterling Honey Polish (US$90 for 100mL) contains several key ingredients:

  • Raw Honey – A natural humectant, honey draws hydration into the skin while active enzymes in nourish, brighten, and providing gentle exfoliation.
  • Dead Sea Mud – Delivers micro-nutrients not commonly found in other earth clays.
  • Colloidal Silver – Triggers skin to repair itself and increases cellular turnover while discouraging irritating pathogens on skin’s surface.
  • Frankincense – Heals sun-damaged skin, encourages healthy skin function and cellular renewal, and protects against environmental stressors.

The texture of the Honey Polish is a thin, viscous gel, like a thinner version of honey. It’s actually quite hard to pick up too much on the finger because it’s so thin it just falls off. You can use this as both a cleanser and a mask. You know I love my masks, so I’ve been using this mostly as a mask, but it takes me a while to pick up enough product to cover my entire face. I’m not a huge fan of the scent though, or maybe I’m just so spoiled with some of my other more yummy smelling masks. It smells quite herbal, like a blend of different grasses and herbs.

To be honest, it took me a few uses and a few tries before I fell in love with the Sterling Honey Polish. It wasn’t love at first sight as it was with my May Lindstrom products; I found that May’s products are truly an experience that fulfills sight and smell. The Sterling Honey Polish, while it doesn’t smell amazing and was a bit hard to use at first, it is so great at treating  my skin. It’s fantastic at drawing out any impurities in my skin, due to the high dead sea mud content. My skin feels super clean but nourished at the same time, from the honey.

Precious Skin Elixirs Sterling Honey Polish review

One of the products that spurred my love for honey was the May Lindstrom The Honey Mud. I did a whole post about it here, so you can check it out if you want my full review. For those who have tried The Honey Mud, or are interested in any honey-mud blend product, I wanted to do a quick comparison. The Honey Mud is significantly thicker, and May describes it as being pudding-like (which I would not disagree). It can be hard to spread on the skin as a mask so I tend to use up more, compared to the Precious Skin Elixirs Sterling Honey Polish, which is more fluid. I also have issues using Honey Mud as a cleanser because it is so rich and thick, whereas Sterling Honey Polish is a great consistency to use as a cleanser as it just spreads a lot easier over the skin. I have to say that The Honey Mud smells AMAZING though, because it has cocoa in it, it smells like a dessert, whereas Sterling Honey Polish is definitely more of a skincare product with a more herbal scent.

In terms of product efficacy, I can feel the Sterling Honey Polish on my skin, detoxifying my skin and clearing out the pores, while also moisturizing at the same time due to the high honey content. The Honey Mud just kind of sits on my skin, and I can notice an effect after I rinse it off, but not during. If you want something that is more of an aromatherapy product, I’d go with the May Lindstrom The Honey Mud. If you want something that truly works to rejuvenate your skin, try the Precious Skin Elixirs Sterling Honey Polish.

Precious Skin Elixirs Tourmaline Radiance Serum, Rose Quartz Botanical Mist, Sea Pearl Exfoliating Clay, Onyx Purity Mask review

In addition, Marissa sent me some samples of her products. I’ve already covered the 24K Luxe Rejuvenating Balm here.

The Tourmaline Radiance Serum (US$120 for 30mL) is a facial oil that contains prickly pear seed and rosehip oil to boost skin radiance. It smells pretty damn good, like black tea. I really like that it’s hydrating without being heavy, and a little goes a long way, particularly if you emulsify it with a bit of the Rose Quartz Botanical Mist (or any hydrating mist). The price is pretty standard for a high end hydrating oil.

The Rose Quartz Botanical Mist (US$60 for 100mL) is a hydrating mist that contains rose, lemon and neroli hydrosols, among other ingredients. It’s one of the less hydrating facial mists I’ve tried. For $60, it’s not worth it.

The Onyx Purity Mask (US$80 for 200mL) is a deep cleansing clay mask that also contains cacao and activated charcoal. For a clay mask, I found this to be quite gentle on my skin and not overly drying. I love to combine this with the Honey Sterling Mask for some added hydration.

The Sea Pearl Exfoliating Clay (US$70 for 200mL) is a powder clay exfoliator containing chamomile, calendula, and rosehip for calming and hydrating properties. I like that it’s a gentle exfoliator that also deep cleanses. It helps to decongest and normalize my skin. The value is pretty good; it comes in a 200mL bottle and a little bit goes quite a long way.

Precious Skin Elixirs 24K Luxe Rejuvenating Balm review

Precious Skin Elixirs Sterling Honey Polish ingredients: Dead Sea mud, **Raw honey, Kaolin clay, **Argania spinosa (argan) oil, *Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) hydrosol, Argentum metallicum (colloidal silver), Salix alba (white willow bark), **Boswellia carteri (frankincense), *Litsea cubeba (may-chang), Jasminum sambac (jasmine), *Cymbopogon martini (palmarosa). *certified organic / **wildcrafted

May Lindstrom Honey Mud ingredients: ***Raw Honey With Bee Pollen And Propolis, White Halloysite Clay, *Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia Nut Oil), *Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Absolute) Oil, *Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, *Cananga Odorata (Ylang-ylang) Oil, *Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Co2 Total Essential Oil, *Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Oil, **Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil, **Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, Argentum Metallicum (Silver).

Precious Skin Elixirs products received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

The ultimate face balm showdown… May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon // Mahalo The Rare Indigo // Precious Skin Elixirs 24 Karat Gold Restorative Balm

Review of May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon, Mahalo The Rare Indigo and Precious Skin Elixirs 24 Kara Gold Restorative Balm

Face balms are my newest skin addiction. I might love them even more than facial oils because I love the feeling of it melting under the heat of my fingers. Today I have three of the natural skincare world’s most popular face balms to share with you, some of them have reached absolute cult favourite status.

May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon (US$180 for 50mL, or $3.60 per mL) is one of the internet’s most popular skin balms. When May Lindstrom increased her product prices, this was the one that caused the most outrage. I was first introduced to The Blue Cocoon when I made my first May Lindstrom order where I received a very handsomely sized sample of this beautiful blue balm. It contains blue tansy, a prized blue oil that is fantastic at calming sensitivity, irritation, and redness. The Blue Cocoon is known to treat everything from dehydration to acne to congestion and everything in between.

The Blue Cocoon is my number 1 to go skin treatment for when I have any kind of skin irregularity, for example if my skin is feeling extra flakey, or once a few weeks ago when I was trying out a new moisturizer and my skin became completely congested and dry at the same time (how does that work, right?). Just two nights of this magical balm and my skin had returned 90% back to normal. In addition, this product smells AMAZING. It smells like a dream, as in full of beautiful light botanicals that come together to create the most incredible experience ever. I can’t stress how much I love this smell, and one whiff of this smells just calms me down and releases all of my worries and stresses. The scent lasts for at least a few minutes, lingering up for a few hours on the skin, so if you’re not a fan of it, you’ll be in for an unpleasant surprise.

Since the first time trying this, I’ve gone through one sample jar, and also purchased a full size. I keep a sample jar with me on all of my travels because it is so good at calming airplane air.

Mahalo The Rare Indigo (US$110 for 30mL, or 3.67 per mL) is another internet cult favourite. It’s the one that is a purple-ish in colour. I received a generous sample of this from a friend of mine who is also obsessed with artisanal natural skincare brands like May Lindstrom. She was curious to see my thoughts of The Rare Indigo when compared to The Blue Cocoon, as she prefers The Rare Indigo. It uses a base of hemp seed oil, which is rich in protein and omega acids, and of course it also contains indigo extract, which is where the product derives its name and its beautiful purple-blue hue. In addition to the beautiful essential oils, it also contains coenzyme Q10 (which is also present in May Lindstrom’s Youth Dew but not The Blue Cocoon), and vitamin C.

After a few nights of using this, honestly I still prefer The Blue Cocoon. I could tell my skin had an immediate glow effect after using The Blue Cocoon, which was slightly lacking in The Rare Indigo. I also felt that it wasn’t as healing or moisturizing as The Blue Cocoon. In terms of scent, it is a lot less floral compared to The Blue Cocoon, with a light minty hemp smell. If you’re not a fan of florals (like in The Blue Cocoon), you may want to look into this one. It does still have a light aromatherapy effect on me.

Precious Skin Elixirs 24 Kara Gold Restorative Balm review

Precious Skin Elixirs 24 Karat Gold Restorative Balm (US$160 for 50mL or $3.20 per mL) is one of my newest discoveries. I first learned of this brand through Instagram, and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the products are also mixed in small batches with love. The 24 Karat Gold Restorative Balm is one of their most popular products, containing Argan, which is rich in Vitamin E and essential lipids that nourish skin and encourages more resilient skin while healing sun damage; marula, which is high in Vitamin C to help repair skin, brighten age spots, and firm; colloidal gold, which promotes firmness and elasticity whiles improving circulation and carrying nutrients down into the dermal layers of skin for deeper absorption; pomegranate – Improves skin’s elasticity and provides a powerful dose of antioxidants; seabuckthorn, which is high in vitamins and phyto-nutrients for rapid cellular renewal and faster healing of acne, scaring, and hyper-pigmentation; arnica, a potent anti-inflammatory that helps soothe the skin and increases healing; and rose, which soothes troubled skin and stabilizes emotions. The balm is a pretty gold colour, which looks rich and luxurious.

My first impression is that I really do not like the way it smells. I reached out to Marissa, founder of Precious Skin Elixirs to inquire about the scent, and she says it comes from rose essential oil, seakbuckthorn berry and cranberry seed oil. That sounds pretty good but for some reason it translates to smelling like Chinese medicine under my nose, like a very herbal medicinal scent. What I do love about this balm though is that is quickly transforms into a beautiful oil upon my touch, which just melts into the skin. I use half a pea size for my face and neck, and it’s fluid enough to cover that entire area. It absorbs very quickly, and I do feel like my skin is hydrated, calmed, and less sensitive after a few nights of using this. Will it ever replace my beloved The Blue Cocoon though? Unlikely.

Finally, in the order of preference, my loves are definitely May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon, and the Precious Skin Elixirs 24Karat Luxe Restorative Balm. I don’t really understand the hype behind the Mahalo Rare Indigo, but I will keep trying it out to see  if I get an epiphany. Price-wise, the Precious Skin Elixirs is the most affordable – it was actually the same price of The May Lindstrom before she had a big price increase. Mahalo looks like it’s the most affordable, but you get 2/5 less product compared to the others. If I had to recommend just one balm, you need to pick up The Blue Cocoon.

Ingredients

May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon ingredients: *Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, ***Butyrospermun Parkii (Shea) Butter, ***Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, ***Sclerocarya Birrea (Virgin Marula) Oil, Calodendrum Capense (Yangu) Oil, *Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Oil, *Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Oil, **Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, **Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil, *Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Rose) Oil, *Vanilla Planifolia Co2 Total Essential Oil, Schisandra Sphenanthera Co2 Fruit Extract, *Helichrysum Italicum (Immortelle) Oil, Ravensara Aromatica Oil.

* Certified Organic

** Wild Harvested

*** Fair Trade, Raw & Unrefined

Mahalo The Rare Indigo ingredients: cannabis sativa (hemp seed) oil*, astrocaryum murmuru butter*, orbignya oleifera (babassu) butter*, sclerocarya birrea (virgin marula) oil*, vitis vinifera (grape seed) oil*, camellia japonica (thea seed) oil*, aleurites moloccans (kukui) oil*, euterpe oleracea (acai) oil*, in-house biodynamic proprietary infusion (astragalus, chamomile, comfrey, gromwell, hibiscus, indigo)*, polygonum tinctorium (indigo) extract, achillea millefolium (yarrow) oil*, matricaria chamomile (chamomile) oil*, helichrysum italicum (immortelle) oil*, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) oil*, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot fcf) oil*^, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil*, boswellia frereana (frankincense) oil*, rosa damascena (rose) oil*, ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10), daucus carota (carrot seed) CO2 extract*, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (vitamin C ester), non-gmo mixed tocopherols, vanilla planifolia (vanilla) oil, rosmarinus officials (rosemary antioxidant) CO2 extract, iris pallida (orris butter) oil
*clean ingredients: organic + local and/or wild harvested (when available)
^Bergamot fcf is free from bergapten, it has no photosensitizing effects

Precious Skin Elixirs 24 Kara Gold Restorative Balm ingredients: *Vitellaria nilotica (shea butter), **Argania spinosa (argan) oil, **Sclerocarya birrea (marula) oil, *Borago officinalis (borage) oil, *Punica granatum (pomegranate seed) oil, *Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry seed) oil, *Hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn berry), *Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), Colloidal gold, *Calendula officinalis (calendula), *Arnica montana (arnica), *Rosa damascena (rose). *certified organic / **wildcrafted

Review of May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon, Mahalo The Rare Indigo and Precious Skin Elixirs 24 Kara Gold Restorative Balm

I received the Precious Skin Elixirs 24K Restorative Balm for review consideration, May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon was a sample I received with a previous purchase, and the Mahalo Indigo Balm was a sample my friend gave me; all opinions are my own.