Malaya Organics is a brand I first encountered in the holiday market at Grand Central Station in November when I was shopping for gifts, and I had the privilege of speaking with the brand’s founder at that time. I believe Malaya is based in Brooklyn but their collection is available online, and they offer a fairly small and carefully considered collection of products for the face, hair, and body. I purchased travel sized versions of the Moisturizing Body Oil in the Woods scent and the Rejuvenating Face Serum to give them a try.
One thing that I think is really interesting about the founder, Katya Slepak, is that beyond being educated and focused on herbalism and really beneficial natural product formulations, she’s also educated in natural perfumery and aromatherapy. So, the stuff is made to be enjoyable on multiple levels, and I think the scents come across as sophisticated and beautiful.
The body oils come in two scents, Woods and Citrus & Bloom. I tend to be attracted to woody scents so I bought that one, but the citrus scent is also very nice and I purchased that one for my mother as a Christmas gift and I think it’s perhaps a more universal crowd-pleaser. Woods is kind of a difficult scent for me to describe beyond natural and spa-like, and Malaya says that it includes vetiver, bergamot, sandalwood, and Bulgarian rose. The citrus scent was easier for me to pinpoint as I think it has a noticeable citrus peel fragrance coming from grapefruit oil, as well as some florals which Malaya identifies as neroli, rose, and jasmine.
The body oil itself is quite nice, but I didn’t find it to be life-changing, really. I’d say it’s kind of on the thick side, based on other body oils I’ve tried in the past. My skin really liked it and the scent was top notch, so I had no trouble using it consistently until I finished the bottle. The base of the formula is a blend of jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, argan oil, and avocado oil. I think it’s a high quality product, but I’m not sure I’d spend this much on a body oil in the future.
I ended up being much more enthusiastic about the face serum, which kind of surprised me, to be honest. It’s more expensive than serums and oils I typically purchase for myself, but I’d buy it again. It’s a lightweight oil formulated to smooth, soften, and hydrate skin, and help skin bounce back from acne and sun exposure. I think it was a really harmonious match for my skin’s needs, which means it did in fact help my skin heal and maintain itself better. I used this both at night and during the day under makeup through the cold winter months, and missed it once I ran out and started using another light oil I bought from Sephora. I think this one is something special. It smells great, too.
I was able to buy the travel sizes piecemeal during the holiday market, but year-round on the website you can only get these small bottles in a travel set that includes the body oil, face serum, and a hair oil for $75. Otherwise, the body oil is $45 for 2 oz. or $74 for 4 oz. and the face serum is $65 for 15 ml or $95 for 25 ml.
Do you have face and body oil favorites that you’d recommend?