Once upon a time, a moisturiser was the only skincare product I owned. Hard to believe these days, but when you’re young and your only skin concern is how good it looks in cheap foundation, even owning moisturiser is somewhat of an achievement and feels slightly adult in nature. Thankfully, nowadays there is a lot more focus on skincare and really learning how to take care of your skin is almost on par with the constant makeup pushing you see around you.
I’m no longer just a moisturiser user. In fact, it’s one of the least exciting steps in my skincare routine. I have to really like a moisturiser to consider buying it again – while they’re important, there aren’t so many fancy functions compared to say, serums, or exfoliants. Luckily for me, there are some great moisturisers out there, such as the Mabel and Meg Aetherial Delicate Day Cream.
I’ll start by saying that I am quite specific with moisturisers. I don’t like a heavy, or oily-feeling product, or one that feels too thick. Heavier moisturisers often break me out as a result of clogged pores. I like them to be lightweight but still have the ability to retain moisture in my skin. So when Mabel and Meg contacted me to see if I would like to try out any of their products, the Aetherial Delicate Day Cream spoke to me. Why?
Their page describes it as a ‘featherweight’ moisturiser which also nourishes and soothes the skin. While the cream appears to be designed more for oily skin than dry (like me), I often choose this type of moisturiser as I find I break out much less with these types of lightweight product. This moisturiser claims to regulate sebum while helping to soothe and smooth the skin, making it an ideal base for makeup.
Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower Seed Oil), Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut Oil), Glyceryl Stearate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Sweet Almond Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, HDI/ Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Pearl, Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Bidens Pilosa Extract, Elaeis Guineensis Oil, Gossypium Herbaceum Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil (Linseed Oil), Tocopherol, Salix Alba Bark Extract, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone, Sodium PCA, Polysilicone-11, Allantoin, Parfum, Propylene Glycol, Isohexadecane, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Polysorbate 80, Maris Sal, Sodium Sulfite, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Decyl Glucoside, Triethanolamine, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Trisodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3- Cyclohexene, Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool.
Reading the ingredients, I’m actually quite surprised that this product hasn’t caused me to break out. Coconut oil is not my greatest friend – however, like many oils, when it’s mixed together with other ingredients, it’s of course in a much lower concentration and therefore is much less likely to have the same effects as the pure oil does. Coconut oil is a common trigger of breakouts – while some absolutely love it, in some of us, the pure stuff is a no go.
Other oils in the product include sweet almond oil, linseed oil, cottonseed oil, sunflower seed oil, and palm oil (worth noting for those who wish to avoid it). Linseed oil is full of fatty acids which help to soothe the skin and protect it, repairing skin cells and helping to plump the skin – meaning it’s a good choice of ingredient for those who have more of an anti-ageing focus. Sweet almond oil is a non-comodogenic oil, which means it is less likely to clog pores. It also contains vitamin E, which can help to protect the skin from sun damage by promoting cell regeneration.
Allantoin is also a notable ingredient in this product, as many moisturisers make use of it. Allantoin is a non-irritating moisturising ingredient, and it is also found naturally in the body. It stimulates cell regeneration, helping to keep skin looking smooth and feeling soft and bouncy.
Packaging and price
One thing that very much appeals to me about the Aetherial Day Cream is the fact that it is a pump bottle. Moisturisers in jars usually annoy me as I have to remember to use a spatula (and while hygiene is super important, laziness usually wins). Pump bottles are both hygienic and convenient, and while it means it’s more difficult to get at the last dregs of the product, I would take pumps and sprays over jars any time.
The bottle is simple, as is the label, and it’s not the most beautiful thing I’ve ever used, but it’s functional and still looks nice on my skincare shelf. The only problem I’ve encountered with the packaging is the lid to the product. I don’t take the product out or use it on my travels, so I was surprised to see that even with light use the clear lid showed cracks in over time. I’ve stopped putting the lid on now as I feel it’s just going to crack further. I think the concept of it is good, but the plastic needs to be made of stronger stuff.
The moisturiser retails for €44, which is a standard price for a decent moisturiser nowadays. Not high end prices, but not cheap either. You get 50ml of the product and only need one pump to cover your face, so it should last a fair while. I’m not even halfway through mine and I’ve used it for about two months now.
Texture and scent
Another appealing thing about the moisturiser is that it isn’t strongly scented, which for many is a big deal when it comes to skincare. It doesn’t smell of anything much, just a very very light generic moisturiser scent, which makes it pleasant to apply, as a strong scent can change your experience of a product. Personally, I don’t mind if a product is scented, but for some it is important, so it’s worth noting.
The cream itself is definitely light in texture, but still has some body to it. It’s not jelly-like, and doesn’t work like a gel cream (which I love as moisturisers), but it’s easily spreadable and doesn’t have an oily, thick feeling. Sometimes I feel moisturisers can leave a very noticeable ‘layer’ behind, staying on the skin and needing time to absorb. A lot of thicker creams pill for me, especially when adding suncream afterwards. This is not the case with the Mabel and Meg, and it quickly absorbs into the skin.
As a lightweight moisturiser for those who wish to avoid breakouts, this definitely hits the spot. My skin doesn’t dry out or flake while using this, and it feels soft and supple. I have been really lazy with my skin recently, and unmotivated, but I’ve always made sure to use this product as it is very easy and convenient to use. One pump and you’re done. This has surprisingly been enough for me in winter along with just toner and a serum on my laziest days.
I’d recommend this cream to people who do not get on well with thicker moisturisers, and I think it would be good for those on the oily side. Drier skin types might need more than this – while my skin is dry, it is a little funny with moisturisers and breaks out easily. However, for dry skin types, in summer or hotter weather, this could be a good light moisturiser option. While this cream won’t perform miracles, I don’t expect that of moisturisers and a good quality one that doesn’t break me out is much appreciated. Overall, I’m pleased with this moisturiser and its performance – it’s a quality product which lives up to many of its claims.