Elemental Herbology Moisture Milk – Rush Review!

It’s very rare indeed that I review skincare after just a week – normally I like to leave at least a month to allow my skin to get used to a product and make sure that there are no weird longer term effects! It would be terrible if I raved about something prematurely and then it somehow turned my face into a pitted, grotesque minefield.

However, I am exceptionally blown away by this light hydrator from Elemental Herbology. Not a brand that I was familiar with until a couple of weeks ago, but I have tested a few products now and all have been very, very impressive. The Moisture Milk Ultra Light Facial Hydrator caught my eye instantly because it contains AHAs to gently exfoliate the skin – you surely know by now how I feel about AHAs! I’m all over them like a rash. (Unfortunate choice of simile, there.)

Not only does this light gel-cream have exfoliating properties, it’s also rich in anti-oxidants and has antibacterial ingredients to keep skin clear and clean. A bit of a one-step wonder! The reason that I have rushed to review this Hydrator is that it’s perfect for hot and humid weather (now) and also for hormonal skin prone to outbreaks (me, now). It’s working an absolute treat on my skin, and it fills a bit of a hole where my night skincare regime is concerned – I was looking for something gentle-yet-effective that I could use between my Liquid Gold nights.

Yes, you might say that it’s overkill on the Glycolic to be using this on my “off” days, but I haven’t had any adverse reactions so far. I might actually stop my Liquid Gold for a couple of weeks and stick to this little beauty! Just for a change. Whilst the weather is so changeable and my skin is threatening rebellion!

I’ve just noticed that the directions say to use this as a morning moisturiser – oops! When will I ever learn to read the bloody instructions? I suppose that makes sense, what with the antioxidants. If you use it in the morning, make sure that you definitely, definitely use an adequate SPF. That can be a simple SPF15 in the UK, but make sure you apply to all of your face in a proper layer!

Elemental Herbology Moisture Milk is £40 with free worldwide delivery from FeelUnique.com

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  1. Hanni
    July 3, 2012 / 9:07 am

    Hello, Ruth!
    I think you are introducing this product to your readers at exactly the right time! The eye cream looks promising as well – do you have any thoughts on it?
    I’m not sure about the sunscreen thing though, since the milk contains so many natural ingredients/antioxidants, which should provide some (low level) protection as well… hmm.
    Finally, I have to pay you a compliment for this dead useful website! It does convey a (strangely?) relaxing attitude towards beauty.

    • Ruth
      July 3, 2012 / 9:11 am

      Thanks Hanni, glad you like it!
      I would use an SPF in my tinted moisturiser or something – you’re right that the antioxidants will provide low-level, but with the glycolic…I’m not sure I’d be happy just relying on the natural protection. xx

  2. July 3, 2012 / 9:17 am

    oooh I like the sound of this! I’ve always been curious about this brand but never took the plunge..definitely have to get my hands on this particular one though. Exfoliating properties AND antioxidants?? Sold! :P

  3. eloise
    July 3, 2012 / 10:14 am

    Hi Ruth, This sounds lovely! Could you recommend a daily moisturiser with spf 15 or so? Something that wouldn’t make my skin shiny and something that would be great under makeup? any ideas? Oh i have combo, dehydrated skin.
    Thanks x

    • Ruth
      July 3, 2012 / 1:56 pm

      Boots No7 do quite a good, basic SPF15 with both UVA and UVB protection – protect and perfect, it’s called. Good matte one but has a weird texture to start is the Murad Mattifier SPF15. You have to get past the glue-like start! The review is on here if you type into the search box! x

  4. Naomi Johnson
    July 3, 2012 / 11:05 am

    Oooo good timing – I received some samples from this brand and used the radiance mask just yesterday and was going to email you about it coz I think you’d love it. Made my skin GLOW and smells lush! I recommend you try it :-)

    • Ruth
      July 3, 2012 / 1:54 pm

      I have it!!!!!!!! It’s amazing! x

  5. Amy
    July 3, 2012 / 12:29 pm

    Ruth pls do share your fav day and night moisturizers!! U talk about your fav cleansers and liquid gold (of course) all the time but don’t seem to mention your moisturizers quite as much! Pls share !! :) pretty plss!

  6. Ida
    July 3, 2012 / 1:16 pm

    Anti-oxidants do not provide any protection at all from the sun. Why would they? They don’t block the harmful rays of the sun, only a proper SPF does that.

    • Ruth
      July 3, 2012 / 1:50 pm

      Antioxidants naturally help to protect the skin from environmental aggressors including sun damage. Of course they don’t block rays, but good formulas could help to boost natural protection. Eating certain foods can boost natural protection, too, apparently.

      • Hanni
        July 3, 2012 / 5:46 pm

        Yes, it is right that antioxidants don’t equal the manmade SPF, but they do protect from UV-rays, and they protect our cells in general, which is why eating a decent amount of them also has a comprehensive protective effect. I just looked them up again for this comment, they are awesome.

        • Ruth
          July 3, 2012 / 11:08 pm

          Yeah, apparently MANGO can do it?! x

  7. July 3, 2012 / 9:20 pm

    Wow… Sounds like the perfect package! It must be UH MAZING for you to consider taking a break from Liquid Gold!!

  8. Maggie
    July 4, 2012 / 1:01 am

    Hi Ruth!
    Do you think this would be a good moisturizer for a teenager? Thank you!

    • Ruth
      July 4, 2012 / 7:18 am

      Yes, it could work well as it’s designed specifically for hormonal skin that’s prone to breakouts.. x

  9. July 4, 2012 / 5:22 am

    This new product as light hydrator from Elemental Herbology looks good for me I found it good from its information given in the article and the positive responses from the users above definitely I am gonna buy this one and suggest my friends as well

  10. MakeUpNaive
    July 4, 2012 / 9:01 am

    I was wondering if you have tried the Illamasque spotlight?

    • Ruth
      July 4, 2012 / 11:59 am

      Nope! x

  11. July 6, 2012 / 2:31 pm

    Hey Ruth,
    Guess you don’t remember me (I’m the aspiring fashion photographer who wrote to you on fb)…however, I’d like to ask you for a little advice. First of all, I’ve got oily and acne-prone skin, NAY ME! I’ve been using the same day moisturizer (Lancome’s Pure Focus Mattifying Fluid) for about 2 years but I’m not completely sure about it. Do you think this moisturizer could be the right one for me? I’m not looking for an ultra-mattifying product (I think that they make my skin get oily quite fast) but I don’t want a super moisturizing one. I just want to stay matte for as long as possible…and clear!

    Do you think this product is better than Caudalie’s Eclat fuid SPF 15?


    • Ruth
      July 6, 2012 / 3:19 pm

      I do remember you, Marco! I haven’t tried either of those mattifiers (naughty me!) but I have just featured a couple in this week’s video – my breakout routine. Have a look and see what you think! xx

      • July 7, 2012 / 11:12 am

        Thank you for getting back to me! I watched your video but the products you mentioned haven’t worked out for me :( Do you think I should try Elemental herbology’s moisture milk out? does it sting upon application?(how much glycolic acid is contained in there?)…

        p.s the caudalie one is not too bad but, maybe, a bit too much for my skin (and if you start sweating and get some product in your eyes, it stings like hell! guess it’s caused by SPF)

        Thank you again :) :)

        • Ruth
          July 7, 2012 / 11:32 am

          Hi Marco,
          That’s a shame! It’s impossible to tell whether one thing or another will work for a particular person! The EH Moisture Milk is beautiful but I’m not positive on HOW much Glycolic is in there. There is no SPF, though, so if you’re looking to replace your Caudalie.. You say you tried the Murad? xx

          • July 9, 2012 / 8:14 am

            Well, I’d have to put an SPF on the top. That’s for sure…

            The Murad is the only one I still have to try (I wanted to but it’s so expensive here in Italy…). I’m afraid it would be too strong for my skin (I don’t want to get the opposite effect because of the product’s strength! I think my skin doesn’t get on well with ultra mattifying products). Oh, and the texture “scares” me a bit aahahha

            HMMMMM So you think the Murad one would suit my skin type better!?

            p.s I know it’s impossible for you to tell whether a product will work or not….

          • Ruth
            July 13, 2012 / 11:54 am

            Ha! Yes, that is the problem. You know that FeelUnique deliver worldwide for free? For the Murad? xx

  12. Jocelyn
    July 8, 2012 / 10:43 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    I just bought this moisturiser a month before this review of yours and I’ve been loving it just as much as you have! A quick question, I’ve been loving the Alpha H stuff and just went and bought the whole line! Currently i’m using just the liquid gold and the glycolic moisturiser on alternate days but have been debating about whether or not to get the Vitamin A 0.5% serum as it’s quite pricey for a 15ml bottle! It would be great if you’ve tried it or heard anything about it? I have acne prone skin so thought I’d get a vitamin A product into my regimen to break down those scars and prevent break outs! Thanks!!

    • Ruth
      July 16, 2012 / 10:48 am

      Hmm. Haven’t tried that, actually! Let me find out how and when you’d incorporate it. x

  13. lizzie
    July 11, 2012 / 5:55 pm

    Hi Ruth, I was wondering if you had any thoughts on this product as an oil controlling product, amongst all it’s other attributes!

    • Ruth
      July 11, 2012 / 9:34 pm

      Not sure it controls oil, per se, as it has a moisturising finish rather than absolutely matte – so you’re not getting a “dry” look… Have you looked at the Neal’s Yard Remedies SPF30 Rose Moisturiser? The driest product EVER! x

  14. jess
    September 5, 2012 / 11:06 am


    Am just wondering if this is suitable for someone who is prone to breakouts but also has a lot of scarring? Do you think this would reduce red marks?

    Thanks :)

    • Ruth
      September 5, 2012 / 2:51 pm

      It wou;dn’t do any harm, that’s for sure! It’s not a targeted treatment for fading marks, though x

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