May Lindstrom The Clean Dirt Review
I feel like I've been meaning to get this post up for months, when in reality it's only been a few weeks. I always insist on trialling skincare for at least 4-6wks - a full skin renewal cycle - because this not only gives me a better idea on results and how the product performs on my skin throughout the month and over a longer term, but is also better for the skin itself. Your skin doesn't need to have a tonne of new products assailing it every week - even if they are all-natural and well crafted. Even the most placid of skin will probably start to complain or freak-out if switching from one product to the next every fortnight is a regular occurrence.
It's been a few months of consistent use of May Lindstrom's The Clean Dirt now. I've been using since December; it was a Christmas gift. If you aren't familiar with the line, let me fill you in.
May Lindstrom is one of those brands that exudes a beauty, luxury and there is something innately mysterious and alluring about it. From the brand messaging (May herself is always on Instagram answering questions and talking about her products) to the beautiful products themselves - the entire line feels not only luxurious but so filled with love and care.
The indulgent collection is handcrafted using only the finest exotic and nutrient-rich ingredients that are sourced and harvested in a mindful and sustainable manner. Everything is 100% natural, and many of the ingredients are Certified Organic, wild harvested or Certified Fair Trade.
All of the products are also extremely generously sized.
Most of the products are at least twice, if not three times the size of other comparable products. May Lindstrom's The Clean Dirt is 200ml, whereas another powder-to-mousse exfoliant I'm also using is 100ml and about three quarters of the price (which actually makes it more expensive on a cost-per-use basis.
The Clean Dirt is a warm, spicy powder-to-mousse exfoliant. It is a gentle exfoliant that efficiently removes dirt, build up and dead skin cells, enhances circulation and clears congestion. Housed in beautiful Violet Miron Glass, embossed with gold lettering, the packaging of all May Lindstrom's products is exquisite. I love using it just because of the bottle!
Using The Clean Dirt
I use this 2-3 times per week. It is recommended to pour the required amount of The Clean Dirt into the palm of your hand then mix with water, but I prefer to use a bowl. I am seriously not coordinated enough (and my hands aren't big enough!) to manage that feat without either spilling half the bottle, the product, or my worst nightmare - dropping the bottle and shattering it on the tiles. Congratulations to anyone who manages it - I'm just going to stay over here with my bowl.
I activate the Clean Dirt with water - adding a few drops at a time. The correct consistency is a frothing, foaming mousse.
Whilst I do have a favourite ready-from-the-jar exfoliant, there is something about the ritual of mixing and applying a powdered exfoliant that I find slightly addicting. It is a part of my cleansing routine I thoroughly look forward to.
Notes on sensitivity
When I first discovered May Lindstrom, I was a little concerned that my skin wouldn't be able to tolerate The Clean Dirt because of the warming spices. I can't tolerate any heat in my food, so I did wonder if this would translate to the skin - especially because I can at times be sensitive to some products.
While it does have a warming sensation, I don't find it at all uncomfortable or irritating. After massaging in, I leave it on my skin for 2-3mins before rinsing off to let all of those ingredients do their work.
If your skin is super sensitive, you may prefer a more gentle exfoliant or chemical exfoliant that doesn't require that scrubbing action. Whilst I did mention using it 2-3 times per week, I do also use it based on what my skin feels like for the week. Sometimes I might skip it altogether because it just doesn't feel like it needs it. Listen to your skin.
My skin is always immediately silky soft and smooth after use. Consistent use of The Clean Dirt has really helped clear some stubborn congestion, post-blemish pigmentation and really gets the circulation going — putting that healthy radiance back into my skin!
I've also been mixing a small amount of this with my weekly mask. It doesn't give any of the warming sensation when mixed with a mask (probably because of the small amount) but I find it's a great way to give my skin and circulation an extra boost.
Would I buy it again? Yes, yes yes. Because of the massive size, it will last MONTHS (I've got at least half a bottle left) and the results are so worth it. I'm in love with this product and can't wait to try more from the May Lindstrom range.