I received the Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer in early October inside my Sample Society subscription box, and have been trying it out over the past few weeks. I like the plain little bottle it comes in, though it’s basically impossible to read thanks to the curvature of the bottle. This moisturizer is supposed to be appropriate for all skin types, and is formulated with 0.5% vitamin E and “fatty acid absorption technology”. The website also says that it balances pH, includes natural antioxidants, vitamin B5 (panthenol), soothing chamomile and fatty acids. At $45 for a full-sized bottle of 4 oz., it’s also quite expensive, so I’ve been trying to pay close attention to this one to see if I think it’s worth it.
Something that I think is interesting is that on the Malin + Goetz product page, there are tabs to let you read what this moisturizer can offer for different skin types and uses. I’ll paraphrase:
Dry skin: The moisturizer includes hydrating ingredients panthenol and sodium hyaluronate, plus soothing chamomile and calming vitamin E. For extra dry areas, build an extra layer of moisturizer.
Oily skin: The moisturizer features an oil and residue-free formulation.Use lightly over oily areas.
Combination skin: The product absorbs quickly and leaves no residue. Use as needed, while avoiding using too much product on oily areas.
Shave: The multitasking qualities of the moisturizer eliminate the need for a traditional aftershave. Apply post-shave to soothe irritation and redness as well as condition and hydrate skin.
Primer: The moisturizer makes a great base for foundation due to its quick absorption. Also, it won’t pill or roll under other products.
This is a relatively thick formula that’s pure white and has no smell that I can detect. I myself have combination skin and tend to pursue moisturizers that won’t make me oily throughout the day, and so I was skeptical that a moisturizer this thick would be appropriate for me. I do appreciate that there is no smell, because finding fragrance-free options can be tough and smells, whether natural or artificial, can irritate skin.
I’ve fooled around with using this during the day under makeup and at night, and I have to say that I’m really impressed with how well it absorbs into my skin. It has an instant plumping effect, and makes my skin feel soft and smooth but not the least bit sticky or shiny. As they suggest, I’ll also build additional product onto some of my drier areas, and it really is effective at hydrating skin.
Honestly, I’ve been trying to convince myself that this wouldn’t be worth the $45 for the full size, but the more I use it the harder it is to keep this up. The money situation being what it is, I’m probably not going to be purchasing this all that soon, but I definitely want to keep it in mind for the future because it’s a really, really good product. It also seems to be one that sensitive skin types have good luck with. If you’ve struggled to find a moisturizer that suits your skin, take a look at this one.
Full ingredients list: Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Tapioca Starch, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-1, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Carbomer, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bronidox 1160, Sodium PCA, Bisabolol, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Salicylic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Benzethonium Chloride, Ormenis Multicaulis Oil, Limonene, Sodium Hyaluronate.
Formulated without: Parabens, oil, silicones, synthetic dyes, waxes, harsh detergents, dyes, synthetic perfumes.
Malin + Goetz is family-owned and operated, and is based in Chelsea, New York. The products are manufactured in New York, as well. The website says that Matthew Malin has suffered from rosacea, eczema, seborrhea and fragrance allergies, in addition to dry skin in general. As a result, he and Andrew Goetz have taken great care to ensure that each formula is created to be the most effective and least irritating for sensitive skin. It also states that the company does not test any of their products on animals.
Have you tried this one? What’s your favorite moisturizer?