Tried and Tested Skincare Products
Raw Skin Food’s Mother and Baby (MAB) Fabulous Set
Raw Skin Food specialises in vegan and organic skincare which is free from key food allergens, including soya, tree nuts, peanuts, dairy and wheat.
The Mab Fabulous range is designed for those with oily skin and those irritated, hypersensitive or eczematous skin. Raw Skin Food also recommend it for infants, anyone with hormonal imbalances and on skin which has been exposed to harsher treatments (eg waxing).
There are three products in the range:
Superbly Gentle Facial Cleansing Milk (£10, 100ml)
Superbly Gentle Face & Body Toner (£10, 100ml)
Superbly Gentle Face & Body Balm (£8, 50ml)
One of our regular testers Hazel, along with baby daugher Clem, offered to put the range through its paces and report back – as did first-time tester Mica, who has facial acne and rosacea. Here are their thoughts.
“The balm was oily and slimy to apply and a bit like Vaseline so this put me off a bit but once applied my skin felt and smelt lovely and it was easy. There was the same problem as the tonique in relation to the taste, but not as marked. I seemed to get a few spots in odd places that I wouldn’t normally (end of my nose, side of my nose, and one on my chest!). I’ve no idea if they were related to the products but it was odd. My skin felt fine elsewhere though. The balm seemed to help Clem’s dry cheeks though and I also applied some to her elbow which had a dry patch on and it seemed to ease a bit.”
“I liked the fact that all three products were natural and the ingredients were nice-sounding, like ylang ylang, avocado butter and cherry kernel. For stuff I am putting on the baby I am mega-vigilant so the list of ingredients appealed to me. I did get some spots, but I would recommend and use them again once I was sure that the balm hadn’t caused them. I think they compare favourably to less ethical products. Packaging is nice and simple. I like the way there is a lot of writing on the front so it looks ‘good for you’ like a product from a spa, but cheaper! Am very pleased about the eco-packaging too. Makes me feel good about it.”
“Overall, there were a very small number of ingredients in all three of the products, which I found comforting and I was highly encouraged to read that coconut oil is a main ingredient in all products, since I am aware of the health benefits of eating it! My partner commented that my skin seemed less red almost immediately after using the products. Although my rosacea is not as blatantly red as before, I am still redder-faced than the majority of people and have some spots on my chin. There was a period where I developed a very dry patch over my nose and cheeks, but I persisted as I had a feeling that the products might eventually suit me.
“Now, my skin hasn’t felt this comfortable ever. Although the dryness was a concern, after more use I’m happy at the general more ‘liveliness’ of my skin’s appearance. I also think my wrinkles seem quite reduced. For me, I feel like I have a new face, without going through a chemical peel. I’m really happy. Having had a lifetime of skin problems, tightness, itching and spots, as well as the unsightly look of them, I now have comfortable skin that looks ‘normal’.”
“Despite the bitter taste, I think the tonique is the magic one of the trio. I have no idea how but it seems to have worked a miracle on my skin. The redness hasn’t gone but my skin has not been this radiant or comfortable since I remember. I will be using this product in future and would definitely recommend it.”
Raw Skin Food products are free from alcohol, glycerine, SLS, petroleum, beeswax, parabens, lanolin and all key food allergens.
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