Mellsavon prides itself in its cold-process soaps. While in the hands of an experienced soapmaker, no one process is better than the rest, cold-processed soaps aren’t exposed to outside heat sources, which allows for a wider range of ingredients to be used. More skincare benefits are kept intact.
Of course, a soap is more than its process. So this time around, our editing department purchased Mellsavon’s Face Wash (Floral Herb) and put it to the test. We inspected its ingredients and checked for cleansing power and moisture. This is everything we learned.
Mellsavon Face Wash (Floral Herb)
What Sets Mellsavon Apart from Other Face Washes?
Mellsavon brings to us soap in its purest form. The face wash is 100% soap ingredients and 0% petroleum-based surfactants.
We mentioned this earlier, but Mellsavon produces cold-process soaps. Because ingredients are not exposed to outside heat sources, even the most delicate botanical oils can be preserved. Makes for a very moisturizing soap.
The Floral Herb face wash includes ten naturally derived oils and extracts, meant to nourish. The pH is balanced (just slightly alkaline), which keeps your skin healthy and its moisture barrier functioning.
But perhaps Mellsavon is best known for its fragrances. This face wash smells like a garden in a bottle, and little wonder–Mellsavon collaborated with a French perfumer to design the scent. The top notes are bright–orange, grapefruit, and lavender; the middle notes are a mix of leafy, floral, and woody; the soap then ends on a musky base note.
Putting Mellsavon’s Face Wash (Floral Herb) to the Test
We had a group of editors put Mellsavon’s Face Wash (Floral Herb) to the test. Specially, we were looking for the following three factors.
Test ①: Cleansing Power
Test ②: Hydration
Test ③: Ingredients
We also purchased 52 other face washes for oily skin and tried them all. If you want to see how Mellsavon lines up next to competitors, check out the article below.
Test ①: Cleansing Power
We combined oleic and stearic acid–the main components of human sebum–and applied the mixture onto a glass slide. We then lathered up the face wash and massaged into the oil for 20 seconds, before rinsing off with warm water. Less sebum left over meant higher cleansing power.
Mild Cleanser that Takes Time to Do Its Work
A bit of oil came off, but we were left with plenty of residue. Probably won’t be enough for oily skin or clogged pores.
Also, 20 seconds obviously wasn’t enough. If you do get this face wash, we recommend first lathering it up with a foaming net. Then massage into your face for a minute or longer.
Test ②: Hydration
We used a moisture analyzer, called the Corneometer. We measured water levels in our skin before cleansing and five minutes after cleansing. During cleansing, we lathered up the face wash and massaged into skin for about 20 seconds.
Not Drying nor Particularly Hydrating
Moisture levels pretty much stayed the same. The formula wasn’t drying, but it wasn’t hydrating either. So much for the cold-pressed oils.
You’ll have to moisturize thoroughly afterwards, especially if you have dry skin.
- Before Cleansing: 36
- Five Minutes after Cleansing: 37.6
- Difference: 1.6
Test ③: Ingredients
We asked a former cosmetic researcher to inspect the formula. She checked for possibly rough ingredients, then determined whether the face wash was safe for sensitive skin.
Contains Ingredients that Could Irritate or Dry out Sensitive Skin
Mellsavon takes pride in being 100% soap, but the formula, upon closer inspection, turned out to be slightly rough. It contains fragrances and ethanol, which don’t sit well with dry or sensitive skin.
The Final Verdict: Doesn’t Fail but Doesn’t Excel at Anything. Ranked 39th out of 53 Products
In the end, the only thing we were really satisfied with was the scent. Cleansing power, hydration, and ingredients weren’t bad–but they could have done better.
Basically, if you’re willing to invest in a net or a sponge and spend time cleansing your face, Mellsavon will work. It might not be suited for the most sensitive of skin, but it is extremely appealing if you’re a sucker for smell.
How to Cleanse Using Mellsavon’s Face Wash
To get the most out of this face wash, you’re going to have to use it right.
- Dispense a 2 cm dollop in the palm of your hand or a foaming net.
- Add in a bit of warm water, then lather into a rich foam.
- Apply the foam onto your forehead, cheeks, and chin.
- Massage in circular motions for 2 – 3 minutes.
- Rinse off and check for any residue.
- Follow up with moisturizers.
Usually, you only need to spend about 20 seconds cleansing your face. However, Mellsavon’s soap is mild, so we recommend leaving it on your face for a minute or more.
If You Prefer a Lighter Cleanser, Try Mellsavon’s Grasse Days
Floral Herb is the more moisturizing of Mellsavon’s two face washes. Grasse Days is supposed to feel lighter and more refreshing. However, both formulas contain oleic acid, propolis extract, soapwort leaf extract, tremella fuciformis polysaccharide, quince seed extract, and sesame seed extract.
In addition, Grasse Days includes squid ink, black truffle, black rose, and black cumin. It has a light fruity-floral scent with notes of lime, eucalyptus, almond blossoms, and orange blossoms. The soap suds rinse off cleanly and easily.
We put Mellsavon’s Face Wash (Floral Herb) to the test. While it smelled like Eden, we were not impressed by cleansing power, hydration, or ingredients. Might be worth checking out if you like to inhale face wash while slowly and painstakingly massaging it into skin.
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