I had a very disappointing experience at JHB Pro Beauty (I arrived an hour before the expo was due to close, but about half the exhibitors were so busy packing up they didn’t even bother to look up), but I managed to swing by the press office on my way out for some info packs and samples. Some were more than samples, and Mioja, for example, had a very generous press pack with goods to try out.
About the brand: Mioja products are locally manufactured, and are free from any ingredients that they believe to be potentially harmful to the body, including SLS, parabens, propylene glycol, phthlalates, silicone, DEA, EDTA, artificial fragrances and colours. They use certified organic ingredients where available, and are in the process of having the end products certified as well. Furthermore, the range is divided into three colours, and each colour range is also formulated to balance a specific energy. The aim of this is not only to take care of your skin, but to look at your wellbeing holistically. Please note that I am not endorsing any belief system, I’m simply sharing the interesting company ethos with you.
I was first drawn to the Wild Ginger Stimulating Mask (Orange Range). I’ve been looking for a decent mask for ages – I need something that can rejuvenate, moisturise, and balance in one go, and I think I’ve found it. The mask has a silky clay texture with some rough bits (Ginger, I’m presuming) and its surprisingly gentle. I was a bit sceptical – when I read ‘wild + ginger + stimulating’, my first assumption was ‘face + fire’ and I was in ready-mode to rinse it off with cold water if necessary, but there was no need. My skin felt perfectly balanced after removal (no tightness as I often experience with clay masks), and I’ve been using it twice a week ever since.
Next, I used the Frankincense Renewal oil (green range). This is not neat Frankincense oil as the name might suggest (Essential oils need to be diluted for skin safety, and blended for optimum results as they often work synergystically), but a little bottle jam-packed with various plant- and essential oils. The ingredients make it a perfect oil for anti-ageing as well as the prevention of stretch marks and scars, and my only improvement on it would be a dropper cap to preserve the precious oils inside better, and to control the amount of oil dispersed.
To finish things off, I applied the Ginseng and Geranium Radiance Face Cream (violet range). With Ginseng and Ginkgo Biloba to support collagen production, Green Tea to activate cell metabolism and Pumpkin seed oil and Shea to nourish, I’m not even going to go into the essential oils that bring additional benefits. This is pretty much my ideal night cream after a long day – and I wake up with happy, balanced skin. Due to the good quality oils, I also keep misjudging the amount I need and I end up moisturising my shoulders as well..
One (or a combination) of these products most miraculously sorted out a dry, scabby patch of skin I had on my cheek – on the first night of use. Try as I might I couldn’t get it to go away with all the exfoliators, lotions and potions in my arsenal and I felt like a real knob every time I wore makeup, because of course the foundation collected in my reptile scales very nicely. Happy to report I haven’t seen my scaly bits since!