Sunday, 21 February 2016

May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden

What is it?
'A botanical mist.'

Facial spritz/toner.

Who is it for?

What’s in it?
pure water (aqua)
*hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
argentum metallicum (silver)
jasmine (jasmine) grandiflorum absolute
caprylic/capric triglyceride
jasminum officinale (jasmine) extract
*rosa damascena (rose) oil
*cananga odorata (ylang-ylang) oil
*vanilla planifolia (vanilla) CO2 total essential oil
theobroma cacao (cocoa) oil


Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
essential oils

Natural? Organic? Man made? Gluten-free? Vegan?
Organic where possible, then wild-crafted/natural/gluten-free/vegan

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?

What's not in it?
Not really applicable for a spray product, as they don't tend to contain a lot of things that are problematic (although there are some humdingers out there)

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
Either as part of your routine, after acid toning, or as and when you need to refresh or hydrate your skin. OR simply because you want to smell the scent of this beyond-gorgeous product.

What’s good about it?
Everything. Since writing about Blue Cocoon, I have been asked frequently to review the rest of the range. The problem is, there isn't a bad thing to say about it and I don't want it to appear like I'm just fawning, but May, along with brands like Tata, Kate Somerville and Zelens are brands that I would never be without, one way or another.
This mist is on another level. Once you've used it there's no going back. It smells of jasmine and cocoa, with a hint of vanilla, which is, I realise, a bizarre combination. But it works, splendiferously so. 
It is designed to strengthen skin, restore elasticity, stimulate microcirculation and soothe signs of redness, inflammation and irritation. I use after acid toning and throughout the day if I'm feeling dehydrated, which is often in this weather. Layer over and under your other products to lock in moisture. I've been using it underneath the Chanel cream from yesterday and then rubbing Blue Cocoon on areas of redness caused by recent retinoids on my cheeks. Bliss.

What’s not so good about it?
It's £48.00 for 100ml, so if you're on a budget, this is obviously not for you. Also, it's so good that you will want to spray just for the smell, which is a tad indulgent, even for me. Calm down.

Similar products?
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist
Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence
MV Organics Rose Hydrating Mist

May Lindstrom's The Jasmine Garden is £48.00 from Cult and $60.00 from


  1. I love the Blue Cocoon, and I want to buy this just after you describes the scent. Is that wrong!? Has it already launched?

    1. It launched a while back. She has only a few products.

  2. Thanks for this review. Have you tested the honey mud? That's what I would like to try. Also, will you be doing a video on your LA goods (aside from Honest)? I recently viewed your old LA shopping treats/or what you received. Did you have any opinions on the Tarte and IT Cosmetics products you got? Easily available in North America. OR if you don't mention things we can assume they are not favs of yours/too much product? One more thing (if you're reading), any other indeed labs favs aside from hydraluron booster? Thanks for your blog/vlog. I can't use many due to allergies, but still some great finds from your reviews. Looking forward to your next video.

    1. If you use the "labels" in the right side bar---> you can click on the brand you're interested in and see other reviews/product mentions. There are a few of the indeed products.

  3. I use mists like a crazy woman so apart from January Labs being my favorite, I was wondering if you have a suggestion for best value for your money mist?

  4. I can tell I'm going to end up buying this. I got a mini pot of the Honey Mud and am OBSESSED with the fragrance (so I'm sold on ANY May Lindstrom product's smell without having sniffed it myself, because both Honey Mud and Blue Cocoon are OFF THE CHARTS). I have used Honey Mud only as a mask as it seems a bit too indulgent to use something so incredible as a mere cleanser. Suspect I will end up buying myself the entire range soon...

  5. Just FYI..I too became a HUGE fan of The Blue Cocoon when I received it in my Holiday Cult Beauty Box (Mahalo, Caroline! It was awesome!). I've been wanting to try all of the products in her line, particularly the above reviewed The Jasmine Garden, in addition to The Problem Solver. I am always about investing in yourself when it comes to skin care and I don't mind paying more for a great product, however, I always want to at least try a sample of something that expensive, first. After I saw your review on The Jasmine Garden, Caroline, I went on a hunt and found a great site that offers Deluxe Sized Samples (at least 2 weeks worth is what it says) of samples of the May Lindstrom line and went nuts! It is called Seed to Serum. They are samples from the line itself (at least the May Lindstrom one's are) I'm not sure if you've heard of it (or anyone else), but I was able to get free shipping to Kauai, Hawaii, which is really great because other than having NO high end skin care lines available on my tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, shipping is often a deal breaker when ordering things (with the exception of Amazon Prime, which all islanders are thankful for, but I wouldn't order my skin care from Amazon unless it's via the line's direct store there...and there are a few (Suki is one). I just thought I would share the site/store. It's housed in St. Louis, MO and is very unique offering high end (and some medium end) organic skincare lines (natural and organic).

    Mahalo for all of your hard work and dedication to your readers, Caroline! Paradise appreciates you! XO

    1. You actually do have quite a nice luxury skin care line based out of Kauai. It's called Mahalo skin care and it's also on Seed to Serum's site (though the full line isn't there, some of the more popular items are). Anyway, they are worth checking out if ML or other green beauty appeals to you.

    2. Aloha Shanflower! I actually have heard of Mahalo, however, I can't find it at any local retailer's here on island (maybe I haven't looked hard enough), but it's a line that I've definitely been wanting to look into further. I got a deluxe sample of the Balm in a sub box that I never got to try because when I had some friends over and allowed them to go through my abundance of samples and help themselves, I think it was one that went out the door that day..uugghh! I will look into it a little more, though. Thanks for the reminder! :-) Much Aloha!

    3. There is also Leahlani Skincare, based on Kauai. She has a website and an Instagram account, the products look beautiful.

  6. I haven't found a spritz other than the LRP Serozinc one that I felt did anything for my face other than smelling nice, but maybe I have only tried the wrong ones?

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  7. Hi Caroline, I am just wondering about what you've said in the article about these four brands... "May, along with brands like Tata, Kate Somerville and Zelens are brands that I would never be without, one way or another". What about Sunday Riley? Are their products now superseded by the four brands you list? Are they no longer favourites?

    1. I was wondering the same thing. I see Sunday Riley has come out with some new products and I'd love to know your opinion on these. Thanks!

  8. I love jasmin.. It's nearly my birthday too. Best I get hinting x

  9. Hi Caroline

    Living in South Africa we don't have most of the lovely Beauty houses you in the UK and US have. Sad I know! A lot of the website don't deliver to us and if they do our weak Rand makes it ridiculously expensive to buy let alone ship to us. We have the standards like, Lancôme, Elizabeth Arden, Estee Lauder, La Mer, Sisley, Chanel, Cinique, Clarins, Dr. Brandt, Skin Nutrition, Bio Derma, Justine, Environ, Dermalogica, Ren, Dr Hauschka, Eucerin, Vichy and The Body Shop. What are your favourite products from these lines?
    Thank you...

  10. I have been looking at this after loving Blue Cocoon so much! I was also looking at the honey mud and almost added it to my shopping until I read the reviews on Cult Beauty :( If you have time Caroline would you review this as there are divided opinions about using it as a cleanser or a mask. I would have gone for the Problem Solver but it seems to be for blemish prone skin and my skin is too dry for spots :( I don't know if it could be used on dry/dehydrated (fragile) skin.

    I will add Jamsine to my wish list!

  11. The scent in this spray is intoxicating. I could waft I'm it all day lols. But, I'm not that flush, so I only use it a few times a week.
    The Beauty Bloss

  12. I am currently using this, more than half way through it. I honestly prefer this over the Omorovicza one. The scent is hard to describe, not overly jasmine. The scent is very calming. I love this product and 5 stars from me.

  13. Gosh Darn May Lindstrom and her amazing and aspirational priced products! I want to try all of them.

  14. I don't know anything about retinoids. They sound terrifying. Why do you use them they cause red patches on your skin?