Malin+Goetz' clean, minimalistic aesthetic really draws me in. The uniform white packaging gives the products a professional appeal without appearing too serious or clinical. The Vitamin E Face Moisturizer comes in an opaque white bottle with the product name, a description, and a full ingredient list printed on the front in an easy to read blue font. No frills, all function - and all recyclable.
The Vitamin E Face Moisturizer is a thin, white, easily spreadable lotion that's quickly absorbed into the skin. Initially, in the warmer months, I loved this moisturizer's near weightless consistency, but as seasons changed into fall and eventually winter, I became less and less impressed. The Vitamin E Face Moisturizer isn't exceptionally moisturizing, there have definitely been times where I felt like I needed an extra dose of hydration immediately after application. Though Malin+Goetz' Vitamin E Face Moisturizer may not be the most hydrating, it definitely softens the skin and it actually functions a bit like a primer. This moisturizer's high dimethicone content (a silicone frequently found in primers) creates a smooth surface with just a hint of a slip to it, helping liquid foundations to blend with ease. After three months of sporadic use, and three weeks of dedicated nightly applications, I experienced no ill effects.
Co-creator Matthew Malin suffers from a variety of skin issues and ingredient sensitivities, which prompted him to create this line, but even still this product's formula is staggeringly basic. Essentially, this moisturizer just a blend of water, thickeners, glycerin, and silicones with a touch of Vitamins B and E, and soothing allantoin. Making a minor appearance after phenoxyethanol and a few other preservatives. are acne fighting salicylic acid, soothing chamomile oil, and hyaluronic acid - great ingredients in such a small concentration that they'll likely have no effect at all on your skin. On the upside, this moisturizer is alcohol, fragrance, and paraben free.
Malin+Goetz say that anyone can use their Vitamin E Face Moisturizer, and while I don't disagree, per se, I do think it will benefit some much more than others. This moisturizer is best suited to the needs of combo to oily skins, as it will provide light hydration without feeling heavy or overwhelming the skin with moisture. Drier complexions will certainly need more than Malin+Goetz' Vitamin E Face Moisturizer can offer. Considering that there are very few potential irritants present in this moisturizer's formula, I think it's a safe bet for sensitive skin.
Honestly, I wasn't that impressed by Malin+Goetz' Vitamin E Face Moisturizer. The formula is just so basic that you're better off buying some unfragranced Olay moisturizer and investing in a more active product. I just finished this moisturizer a couple of days ago and I definitely won't be repurchasing. Honestly, I'm even a little turned off of Malin+Goetz now, though I'm sure their products will reel me back in for another try sometime in the future. Unless you have the money to burn on an attractively packaged but plainly formulated product, I don't recommend the Malin+Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer - you can find superior products for a fraction of the price.
Aqua|Water|Eau, 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, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium PCA, Bisabolol, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Salicylic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Benzethonium Chloride, Ormenis Multicaulis Oil, Limonene, Sodium Hyaluronate