Melaleuca is a company whose products I haven’t really mentioned on the blog before. I’m not a current member, but I’m also not a stranger – I was a member years ago, and my mother has been involved for what’s probably going on 10 years now. I received a handful of their skincare products as a Christmas gift, and I was excited give them a try for the first time. In this post, I’ll be chatting about three of their ‘necessities‘ that are targeted for normal-to-oily skin: the Refining Facial Cleanser, Clarifying Facial Toner, and Daytime Delivery Lotion with SPF 15.
Real quick – are you familiar with Melaleuca? It’s a home and personal care company that focuses on safe ingredients. If I were to say they were best known for anything, it’d probably be their cleaning products and dietary supplements. I know from personal experience that they definitely have some great products in their line, though not all of their products are winners. As a member, they require you to purchase a certain amount of stuff from them every month … their stuff is often quite nice and it’s not actually difficult to meet the requirements, but I’m not into the system, thus I’m not a member.
Sei Bella is Melaleuca’s line of beauty products, which includes a full selection of makeup, skincare, and seasonal collections. To make a generalization, I’d say that they focus on eliminating unsafe ingredients from their beauty products and boast botanicals, but they aren’t (and don’t claim to be) all-natural.
Technically, Melaleuca allows you to purchase products without being a member, but the prices increase substantially in this situation. Honestly, while I guess it’s nice that it’s possibly to buy something if you really need it, I think this mostly serves to make you feel better about the prices you get as a member. I think it’s a joke to say that the higher price that they list is the “real” price, and I don’t suggest paying it (this certainly isn’t unique to Melaleuca, list prices are often deceptive). It looks like the website hides prices if you aren’t logged in, but they do always show you the ingredients on the product pages, which is fantastic. I went ahead and tried my old username and password and was surprised that I remembered it correctly and it still worked, so I can sign in and see all of the price info.
Each product is available on its own, or as part of a 3-pc ‘necessities’ set for $45 (member pricing). Now, on to the products.
Sei Bella Refining Facial Cleanser … $17 for 6.76 fl. oz. (member pricing)
Powered by botanical moisturizers and natural cleansers like aloe vera, green tea, goji berry, and salicylic acid.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this cleanser! Products targeting oily skin can be kind of harsh, and while I have combination skin that definitely gets a little shiny, my skin has also been getting increasingly sensitive over the past few years and is stripped fairly easily. This cleanser is super gentle and wonderful. It’s free of harsh sulfates, lathers a little (but not a lot), and makes my skin feel really soft. I’m honestly not sure if cleansers sit on the skin long enough for acids to do anything, but this one does have salicylic acid to help refine pores. I do also like that they package it sealed up and include a pump to pop on, and the pump twists open and closed. Out of the three products in this set, this one happens to be my favorite. One pump goes a pretty long way and I’m working through the bottle slowly, which is a bonus.
Sei Bella Clarifying Facial Toner … $15.50 for 6.76 fl. oz. (member pricing)
Whisks away blemish-causing oil and rebalances skin’s moisture. Botanical ingredients nurture and refine skin while age-defying tetrapeptides help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin feeling smooth, firm, and soft.
I tend to be picky with my toners, and this one is not for me. Although it’s free of alcohol, it’s heavy in witch hazel which still makes my skin feel dry after swiping it on with a cotton round – my skin is fairly sensitive to this sort of thing. It’s supposed to support skin’s moisture levels, and I will say that it has a fairly substantial texture that doesn’t just disappear on skin once it dries. There’s a bit of a residue. That alone isn’t a deal-breaker for me, but the stripped feeling it leaves me with is, and the texture may bother others more than me. None of the skincare products I have from Melaleuca have much of a noticeable fragrance to them, but I can smell a little bit of fragrance in this one. I can still smell the witch hazel in this, but the added fragrance helps make it smell better than it probably otherwise would (witch hazel isn’t my favorite smell).
Sei Bella Daytime Delivery Lotion SPF 15 … $22.50 for 1.7 fl. oz. (member pricing)
Powered by energizing botanicals like aloe, green tea, and ginseng.
Out of the three, this is the product I’ve been using for the longest and I’ve finished about 80% of the bottle. I use this fairly generously all over my face, neck, and chest in the morning. This one’s interesting, it’s richer than I’d expect for a lotion formulated for oily skin and has shea butter among the top ingredients. Aloe’s also up there, third on the ingredients. It’s very smooth and nourishing, though I wouldn’t say it’s heavy. It does tend to look quite luminous, though. To make a comparison to The Body Shop’s products, I’d say it’s richer than their Seaweed lotion but lighter than their Vitamin C lotion, which I had found to be too heavy for me.
I’ve found this to be a great moisturizer to use under drier foundations like the Sephora Teint Infusion and L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte. It does seem to have a slight soothing effect on my skin, and I enjoy that the texture feels quite thin and spreads really nicely. It’s packaged in a nice, heavy glass bottle and the pump twists open and closed.
I didn’t know what to expect from the products when I first received them as gifts, but I’m generally really enjoying them. I have a total of five products from Melaleuca and will be reviewing the other two next (update: here’s my review of two Sei Bella Luxury products), but I’ll say that out of all of them the toner is the only one I don’t like.
If you’re curious, you can read more about Melaleuca on their website. The individual products range from $15.50-22.50 for members, and the 3-piece ‘necessities’ set is available for $45. They have a cleanser, toner, and cream intended for dry skin, as well, all available for the same prices as the oily skin equivalents.
Have you tried any of these? Would love to hear what you think!