Mokosh Skincare – Part I
Mokosh is an Australian skincare brand based in Fremantle, WA. In creating natural products for face and body, it aims to remove the non-essential elements from traditional skincare, bringing together natural, potent, healing botanicals in a simple, multipurpose range. Their award winning formulas are designed to deliver pure, concentrated nutrition to skin, restore balance and promote a return to natural, radiant state.
Mokosh was founded by former medical scientist, veterinarian and pathologist Marion O’Leary. All ingredients are vetted for ethics and effectiveness before being packaged in refillable and recyclable glass.
“Nature is where the wisdom lies, and our society has lost touch with that. We are at a point in time when we need to strengthen our connection with nature, rather than move away from it. We definitely do not need synthetics in our food or our skincare.” — Marion O’Leary
I’ve been using the brand’s first and second step cleansers plus body oil recently and here’s what I think:
Facial Cleanser, Exfoliator and Mask
The Mokosh Facial Cleanser, Exfoliator and Mask is a 3-in-1 product that claims to keep skin fresh, smooth and free of superficial cellular debris. The 100% organic, vegan formula comes in a powdered form and comprises nothing more than a blend of 10 herbal extracts.
Avena sativa (oat) flour, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) gel powder, Camellia sinensis (Matcha green tea) powder, Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet) leaf/flower powder, Cocos nucifera (Coconut fruit) powder⁺, Rosa damascena (Rose) flower powder, Calendula officinalis flower powder, Ocimum sanctum (Tulsi) leaf powder, Punica granatum (Pomegranate) fruit juice powder, Triticum aestivum (Wheatgrass) leaf powder
Ingredients 100% certified organic. ⁺Fair trade. Vegan. Palm oil free.
CosDNA returns an all green results for the formula, confirming product safety.
Ingredients are led by Oat Flour which contains β-glucan to help moisturise, protect and calm. Soothing Aloe Vera and Meadowsweet contribute anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities while antioxidant rich Matcha helps with breakout and sun damage recovery. Remaining powders from Coconut, Rose, Tulsi Leaf, Pomegranate and Wheatgrass collectively help to keep skin hydrated, bright and blemish free.
Looking after the planet, the brand sells this product in a recyclable, buy only once jar, with refills available in compostable bags.
There are no cleansing agents in the formula, reinforcing the brand’s motive to “Ditch the detergent and replace it with true skin food”. Instead it relies on the natural detoxifying properties of botanicals.
The powder forms a nice paste when mixed with a little water which can be applied to the skin and massaged to cleanse and gently exfoliate. Alternatively it can remain on for around 20 minutes for a deeper masking effect. It works great both ways but personally, I prefer the latter. The mask hardens but is never tight or uncomfortable. Unlike clays, it doesn’t suck out the natural moisture and oil from the skin if left on past dry. It rinses well with warm water, best done with a wash cloth or in the shower, to give the mixture the best opportunity to soften and come away from the skin without irritation. After rinsing, my skin clearly appears fresher, calm and more even. There is no dryness, skin feeling soft and hydrated.
The experience is unique and appealing, particularly suited to those that can’t tolerate or don’t like traditional cleansers that foam and often strip the moisture barrier. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties also make it an ideal choice for acne sufferers. Mine is normal, slightly combo skin and I love what this product does for my face.
Makeup Remover and Cleansing Oil
The Mokosh Makeup Remover and Cleansing Oil is a dual purpose product that harnesses the powerful yet gentle cleansing properties of certain botanical oils.
Cucurbita pepo (Pumpkin) seed oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) oill, Adansonia digitata (Baobab) oil, Sesamum indicum (Sesame) seed oil, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) and Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract.
Ingredients 100% certified organic. Vegan. Essential oil free. Palm oil free.
CosDNA returns an all green results for the formula, confirming product safety.
Sure to satisfy every skincare lover, this cleansing oil is 100% organic, vegan plus essential and palm oil free. A short ingredient list boasts Pumpkin, Jojoba, Baobab, Sesame and Sunflower Oils plus Rosemary Leaf Extract.
Ideal for cleansing, these omega-6 fatty acid rich oils are able to deeply penetrate pores for effective removal of excess oil, makeup, sunscreen and general impurities. Additionally, they’re great for balancing and reinforcing the skin barrier. Check out the brand website for details on reasoning behind the blend choice.
I’m very prone to blackheads and whiteheads and for a long time have been using cleansing oils as part of my defense to help keep them to a minimum. I massage them in for 10+ minutes nightly as a first step in my routine and have had good results doing that. HOWEVER, the amount of gunk this cleanser can lift in a single application is UNBELIEVABLE! Each time I apply it, I feel all sorts of little particles pilling on my fingertips, one night counting up to 16 tiny, extracted blackheads! I kid you not. Given I do a thorough cleanse nightly and have relatively healthy skin, it’s incredible what this product achieves and how much it stands out from the rest. It’s like using a standard vacuum cleaner on your carpet then going over it with a Dyson. The difference is amazing! After a month of continuous use, my skin looks a lot clearer with better texture. The massage process is satisfying, the oil retaining a lovely silky finish that slides on the skin effortlessly. It doesn’t emulsify like most cleansing oils but washes off completely under warm water, made easier with a wet cloth.
It also achieves good makeup removal when used with a cotton pad as directed. I have swatched some of my most stubborn makeup in the image below including long stay lipsticks, liners, brow pomade and mascara. Clockwise top to bottom indicates the progress made. The second image is the result of massaging the cleansing oil with just my fingers (the pomade responsible for the dark blended colour) and the results of a single cotton pad swipe at the right. Rubbing the cotton pad over the back of my hand effectively removes everything (stage 3), while the last image is the result of a clean cotton swipe. You can see a bit of makeup pushed into the pores of my skin as a result of the rubbing process. However, rinsing with water dislodges any residue of sunscreen, dirt or remaining makeup to leave the skin beautifully clean and fresh. It’s become my favourite cleansing oil!
Sesame and Frankincense Body Oil
The Sesame and Frankincense Body Oil claims to be a superfood body oil that sinks rapidly into the skin, leaving it revitalised, silky smooth and beautifully fragrant.
Sesamum indicum (Sesame) seed oil, Persea gratissima (Avocado) oil, Macadamia ternifolia oil, Cannabis sativa (Hemp) seed oil, Adansonia digitata (Baobab) oil, Nigella sativa (Black cumin) seed oil, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) and Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract, Pelargonium graveolens (Rose geranium) oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil. Linalool, citronellol, geraniol, limonene from essential oils.
Ingredients 100% certified organic. Vegan. Palm oil free.
CosDNA returns favourable results for the formula, excluding essential oils which may irritate the sensitive.
You only need around 6-10 drops for your entire body to get good coverage with this oil, so the 30ml mini bottle lasted a surprisingly long time, making it a great way to trial the product before committing to the full size. Having said that, I’m very happy to now have the generous 200ml bottle in my routine. Rich in Omega-6 fatty acids and antioxidants, this delightfully fragrant oil blend gives skin the love it deserves, reinforcing the moisture barrier, returning softness and making you smell like a goddess.
Dominating a super moisturising formula is Sesame Seed Oil, accompanied by a good amount of Avocado, Macadamia, Hemp, Boabab, Black Cumin and Sunflower Oils. Quick absorption is a must for me when it comes to body products and this oil ticks that box too.
I know many dislike essential oils in skincare, but I adore them in body products in particular. The smells they impart are delicious and this one employs frankincense and rose geranium with a hint of citrus and rosemary to produce a most intoxicating aroma. They also promote calmness and relaxation which makes this the perfect option for use after a shower, before bed. Versatility is another strength as this oil can be used in the bath or for massage too. Add to all that it’s 100% certified organic, vegan, palm oil free and presented in recyclable glass, and this award winning body oil is simply perfect!
I love high benefit, cruelty free skincare that’s abundant in quality ingredients without fillers, fragrance, stripping alcohols and harsh preservatives. This is definitely what Mokosh produces while also employing a sustainable model, sourcing fair trade ingredients and donating a portion of their profits to worthy causes. Their formulas are brief, pure yet potent. I’ve been super impressed with this home grown brand and hope to try a lot more of their beautiful range. Their ethical approach and award winning, quality formulations are a credit to the Australian cosmetic industry.
Please read in context with my disclaimer.
These products were provided to me free of charge by Mokosh without obligation for review. This post only includes my honest opinion and experience of this brand and is in no way influenced by Mokosh or any of their representatives.