MAY LINDSTROM: THE BLUE COCOON
If you haven’t heard of both the brand (and founder), May Lindstrom – where have you been? This is a luxury organic skincare company providing products to patrons with a commitment targeting the highest level of benefit and nutrients relative to raw ingredients. And since the inception of the company, one of the first products to have a major cult following was May Lindstrom’s The Blue Cocoon.
If we quickly peruse the ingredient list to The Blue Cocoon, you quickly notice a lack of preservatives, harsh chemicals, emulsifiers, or surfactants. What remains in this list is chock full of oils, fruit extracts, shea butter, and cacao butter.
Absolutely, with the one caveat of having a very short shelf-life due to lack of preservatives to maintain stability.
But that’s ok!
You see, the folks at May Lindstrom recommend for their products to be used up to one year’s time. Because just like foods we ingest, shouldn’t skincare and beauty products follow the same principle? Since we use it on and over the largest organ of our body, our skin. And so, you see that ethos in their Freshness Promise via the following:
“We advise a shelf life of one year from the time you open each new bottle or jar and we encourage opening within six months of the date your individual treat was made. This reminder is marked on the bottom of every bottle and jar and we’ve been known to set calendar alerts for ourselves too!
Under best conditions, each of our products is stable and will last well beyond the 12-months-from-opening timeline, but we also encourage you to indulge frequently to enjoy the full benefit and highest possible level of nutrients and goodness. Your skin desires to be fed each and every day with love and care.”
Another interesting aspect of the May Lindstrom brand is its eye on the packaging. But not just for the aesthetic purposes, but for its utility. Let me explain, when you look at all of May Lindstrom’s line, we quickly notice one key thing – all of the packaging is black in color.
First, you think that it was purely a “minimal”, “basic”, or “sleek and sophisticated” take on packaging. While that also may be true, the major reason for the black color choice coupled with glass material, was to block UV-light and minimize degradation of the product.
And the folks at May Lindstrom have provided their take on that as well in their Freshness Promise:
“Miron violet glass works like a natural filter, blocking the complete spectrum of visible light while allowing a certain part to be permeable for radiation in the spectral range of UV-A and infrared light. This unique combination offers optimal protection against the aging processes that are initiated by visible light, thus lengthening the stability and potency of our collection, without the use of parabens and preservatives.”
So, in lieu of all this thoughtful practice, it’s no wonder this has become a highly coveted brand. But we shall see if the ingredients meet the claims.
Alright then, let’s look at the ingredients!
Component of Essential Oils
Ok, the claims as detailed in the May Lindstrom website for The Blue Cocoon
“The Blue Cocoon is essentially the most beautiful and transformative facial oil you’ve ever experienced, in a unique waterless and waxless balm form.
Our balmy blue enchantress greets your skin with cool serenity, melting on touch to a fluid potion that tenderly envelopes you in the most decadent azule calm. Mystical blue tansy eases feelings of emotional anxiety while releasing heat and providing nourishing hydration and relief.
Upon contact with skin, this stunning concentrate melts immediately to a gorgeous fluid. This is effective both as your primary moisturizer or as a special treatment for skin that is sensitive, inflamed, damaged, acneic or irritated. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and soothes skin in the most beautiful way, providing the perfect level of hydration and healing, eliminating redness and irritation.
In aromatherapy, blue tansy is used to reduce anxiety, manage anger, heal sleep disorders and soften the feeling of being out of control.”
Ok, let’s parse this baby to its bare bones based on its ingredients:
|Substantiated||Claims||What's the Problem?|
Facial oil that is a waterless and waxless balm form.
|Mystical blue tansy eases feelings of emotional anxiety while releasing heat and providing nourishing hydration and relief. |
No correlative publications linking blue tansy with these claims.
| This is effective both as your primary moisturizer or as a special treatment for skin that is sensitive, inflamed, damaged, has acne, or irritated. ||None|
| Powerful anti-inflammatory||None|
| Soothes skin in the most beautiful way||None|
| Providing the perfect level of hydration and healing, eliminating redness and irritation. ||None|
|In aromatherapy, blue tansy is used to reduce anxiety, manage anger, heal sleep disorders and soften the feeling of being out of control. |
No correlative publications linking blue tansy with these claims.
SKIN TYPE & USE
According to May Lindstrom, a rice grain to a pea-sized amount of The Blue Cocoon should be melted into fully wet skin (morning and night) immediately after cleansing – with focus on areas of sensitivity and the delicate eye contour.
THE GOOD & THE BAD
This is definitely a luxurious balm filled with botanical extracts, oils, and various butters.
Although there are essential oils and extracts, that doesn’t mean everything is all perfect. In fact, since the ingredients list includes a slew of essential oils, skin sensitivities, and allergic responses may be a concern – just something to be aware of.
There were two ingredients that baffled me as to their intentional benefits relative to the product itself: Schisandra Sphenanthera Co2 Fruit Extract and Ravensara Aromatica Oil.
In the end, The Blue Cocoon is marketed as a balm with its key selling ingredient as “blue tansy”. But if we dig deep into what is currently available with respect to research, we quickly realize not much evidence (if at all) is out there to support such claims. And it’s not May Lindstrom’s fault. This is a systemic-wide issue that seems to have engrossed much of the beauty industry! I have a sneaky suspicion that most of the blue tansy target benefits are coming from “fluff” pieces on the internet with unsupportive academic clout.
Sorry to be so blunt!
Don’t get me wrong, anything infused with “blue tansy” does catch my attention. It’s beautiful. It (generally) smells nice. But there were no reputable academic publications which said blue tansy provided any of the stated claims:
- Eases feelings of emotional anxiety while releasing heat and providing nourishing hydration and relief.
- In aromatherapy, blue tansy is used to reduce anxiety, manage anger, heal sleep disorders and soften the feeling of being out of control.
Whether this eventually changes with respect to current research and studies, remains to be seen. Therefore, knowing what I know – and now knowing what YOU know, it’s time to make that decision. The only ingredient included in the formulation that may help with anxiety is geranium rose – but unfortunately, this isn’t what the good folks at May Lindstrom have identified.
So until then, blue tansy only provides antimicrobial benefits.
The good thing is if you are in search of a natural and organic skincare brand whereby the quality was taken to a very elite level – then May Lindstrom might be for you. One thing is clear about their ethos – and that is they are striving to provide customers with luxurious products sourced from natural biomaterials.
THE UGLY (PRICE)
May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon ($180)
DO I NEED THIS?
I usually state that need is all relative with respect to each individual. In the case of May Lindstrom products and The Blue Cocoon, the term “need” deserves certain requirements due to its price point – with products range from $70-$140.
So the choice is yours!
Acure Seriously Soothing Solid Serum 3 in 1
Leahlani Skincare Bless Beauty Balm
Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm
Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil
Nazan Schnapp Celestine Balancing & Calming Azulene Rich Face Oil
Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask (Reviewed here)
Josh Rosebrook Advanced Hydration Mask
ARE THE CLAIMS BACKED BY SCIENCE?
Most of the claims were not overly specific and therefore may be drawn from multiple ingredients – which is often seen time and time again.
As a result, most of the ingredients had multiple benefits that could be applied to each individual claims. However, there were a few ingredients that seemed rather odd with no rhyme or reason as to its benefits relative to May Lindstrom’s The Blue Cocoon effectiveness.
Either way, this is a luxurious product loaded with botanicals and essential oils — and if you are able to splurge and treat yourself to this product, there is no harm in that!
Until my next review!
Hi, I loved your review about the Blue Cocoon of May Lindstrom and I was wondering if you think there is a dye not listed in the ingredients (a part from the blue tansy e. o.) that gives this deep blue?
Hi Carolina – Thank you for the love! As far as I can tell (based on the ingredients list), the Blue Cocoon does not include or list any additional dyes. And none of the ingredients listed would provide this marine like color outside of the tanacetum annuum oil. The level of how bright or the intensity of its blue color is often associated with when the plant is harvested and its steam distillation process (forming chamazulene from the heat). So I know it seems so strange to see something so blue and think natural, but this is primarily linked to chamazulene, a derivative that gives it that blue-marine color.