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The products: MIYU Beauty Hydrate Mi Beauty Essence and De-Stress Mi Beauty Essence

A lot of blogs work on deadlines; SEO; what’s-new-now. But on theNotice, as you may have (heh) noticed, I work on a different metric: the product itself.

When I received these Beauty Essences (and their tea pairings), just hammering out a review on them didn’t feel right. So, even though I had waited long months for their launch, I kept waiting: an entire year past their initial release. But, finally, I feel like I know exactly what I want to say about these delicate, one-of-a-kind serum mists, and I’m beyond excited to finally be able to share my thoughts with all of you!

MIYU Beauty Hydrate Mi Beauty Tea

MIYU Hydrate Mi Beauty Tea

What exactly is a beauty essence? The long and short of it is simple: beauty essences are a cross between a facial mist and a serum. They were formulated by Connie Tai, cosmetic chemist and founder of MIYU Beauty, who has both the extensive industry background and approachable-but-no-nonsense chicness that make you want to trust her products… and buy everything she tells you to.

I had a chance to meet with Connie while she was still developing these beauty essences, and even in rudimentary sample packaging, these mists and teas still made me go, “oh.”

A misting tip from Connie: if you’re going to do it, do it. The packaging she chose for the MIYU Essences works beautifully, delivering an unusually full, diffuse mist — but only if it’s sprayed with conviction. Half-depressing a mister won’t just deliver half the product, it’ll make the spray weak and uneven!

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The beauty essence formula

As someone who loves only the idea of facial mists, I was surprised to find that these beauty essences didn’t ever irritate my skin or break me out, even with repeated use. Instead, they have consistently helped to add hydration both under my moisturizer and overtop my makeup, and they do so with packaging that’s both luxurious and lightweight.

The magic, I think, lies in the formula: these alcohol, paraben, and silicone-free mists are comprised not only of water and glycerine, but also include large amounts of pentylene glycol (a humectant with anti-microbial properties) and sodium hyaluronate (think of this one as a more effective hyaluronic acid). As a result, the formula of MIYU’s mists is just as hydrating as other facial mists–if not more hydrating,–but leaves behind a smooth, silky finish with no stickiness at all.

MIYU Beauty Hydrate Mi Beauty Essence review spray serum

Hydrate Mi Beauty Essence & Tea ($42 CAD/$42 USD for both)

I reach for Hydrate Mi most often, which uses extracts of wild pansy, goji berries, and mangosteen to boost water transport and retention in the epidermis. It smells sweetly floral, like a rosewater facial mist, and is optimized for dehydrated skin, frequent travellers, and dry climates.

I wasn’t crazy about the Hydrate Mi tea, but then again, I don’t like sweet teas! It’s definitely one of the prettiest teas I’ve ever seen, however, and contains green rooibos, goji berries, white pear essence, and candied pearls. (My mom keeps trying to get me to eat goji berries; we have some in our garden. I hate them.)

MIYU Beauty Hydrate Mi Beauty Essence ingredients:

Water, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Pearl Protein, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Lycium Chinese Fruit Extract, Garcinia Mangostana Peel Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Proline, Serine, Glycine, Glutamic Acid, Lysine, Alanine, Arginine, Threonine, Sorbitol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Betaine, Polysorbate 20, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin.

MIYU Beauty De-Stress Mi Beauty Essence review serum mist

De-Stress Mi Beauty Essence & Tea ($42 CAD/$45 USD pairing)

I reach for the minty De-Stress Mi Beauty Essence less often, but I do still really enjoy using it — the peppermint extract can be quite refreshing, especially in the summer.

De-Stress Mi is packed full of good stuff (even more so than the Hydrate Mi essence), including peppermint leaf, licorice, ginger, honeysuckle, and dandelion root extracts, as well as skin-conditioning aloe vera and a number of newfangled yeast/iron ferments that are said to have antioxidant properties. All in all, De-Stress Mi targets strained skin and targets inflammation, and would be great if you’re worried about pollutants in the air.

Like the Hydrate Mi tea, the De-Stress Mi blend is a little bit sweet, too — so skip it if you’re a peppermint-spearmint purist like myself. It contains organic peppermint, licorice root, chamomile blossoms, and candied pearls.

MIYU Beauty De-Stress Mi Beauty Essence ingredients:

Water, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Pearl Protein, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Licorice Root Extract, Ginger Root Extract, Honeysuckle Flower Extract, Dandelion Rhizome/Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Proline, Serine, Glycine, Glutamic Acid, Lysine, Alanine, Arginine, Threonine, Sorbitol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Betaine, Polysorbate 20, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin.

MIYU Beauty De-Strees Mi Beauty Tea

MIYU De-Stress Mi Beauty Tea

The verdict?

I waited an entire year until I could tell you this with utmost confidence in what I was saying, but at long last: if you’re looking for gentle, effective hydration, the MIYU Beauty Essences are my No. 1 recommendation for a facial mist or serum. They’re beautifully formulated, wonderfully packaged, and a great way to buy Canadian.

I am usually loathe to recommend a facial mist for more than $20 (after all, they’re usually sticky messes of glycerine and water), but at $34 CAD, I think you’ll find these to be worth each and every penny.

Availability: The MIYU Beauty Essences are available for $34 CAD; the teas are $16 CAD. Get them at MIYU Beauty, Birchbox, Gloss48, and Anthropologie.

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MIYU Beauty Hydrate Mi, De-Stress Mi Beauty Essences

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  • mostlysunnybunny

    This concept is interesting! I looked into the brand a little, and I'm still waiting for them to be available outside of North America. I seldom use facial mists anymore, but if you say they're hydrating, I'm in :)
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    • I'll definitely post or tweet if/when they do open up to international markets! I rarely mist either, but with these two, I find myself doing it more and more.

  • Peppermint oil/menthol is in no way good for your skin, since it is an irritant, so the fact that that is in there is mind boggling to me. The packaging is so cute though. I like that.
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    • Hi Rikki! Actually, we are not using peppermint oil/menthol in our de-stress mi beauty essence. My skin is sensitive too and because I initially created this product to treat my own skin issues, I would definitely not put in something that would irritate (in fact, all of our skincare is non-irritating, clinically tested and allergy tested)! The peppermint we have in our formulas is actually a peppermint extract. Peppermint extract is 4x less potent that peppermint oil. Hope that helps clarify things :).
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    • I find that as long as someone doesn't have an allergy, it doesn't usually pose a problem, Rikki! (And in this spray, it's quite dilute — you get all of the anti-inflammatory properties of mint oil without the watering eyes that stronger concentrations will give you cough CAUDALIE cough)

  • I like your metric, Rae! :)
    I myself sometimes wonder if I'm missing a beauty blogger gene or two since I have this habit of buying things that are not hot nor new and blabber about them.
    This whole line looks beautiful and I'm so tempted after reading about them. Hope they make their ways into the States in the future.
    (You take best pics!)
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    • :D

      I like the way you work too, Lena! It's nice to see what products you're loving, whether or not they're "trendy" at the time. (It was your blog that gave me a crazy Revlon gloss hankering, so NO THANK YOU AT ALL for that :p)

      I took these photos when it was waaayy too cloudy to be taking photos, so it means a lot to me that you think that! All of my hours correcting lightness and tone in Photoshop have paid off. :P <3

  • hmmmmm you've sold me on the fact that she actually knows what she's selling!

    • Yes!! It's such a huge leap from most brands, where the founders have some weird artistic/hippie/pseudo-earth-friendly idea and then an army of unnamed chemists do all of the work to make the product a reality.

  • sylirael

    Initially, I rolled my eyes at anything facial mist related. However, in Dubai recently I actually quite liked the little sample of the Clinique one I had with me, and the Hydrate Mi one here sounds AMAZING (especially as hydration is basically my number one skin demand). Do want. I have no idea right now where I would get it from, but DO WANT.

    I am a fan of tea, generally, and quite the connoisseur myself, but I have to agree that intrinsic tea sweetness level is a tricky thing for me too. Sometimes, in the right combination, I like it. Other times, I'm left wondering if they actually put sugar granules in the tea mixture…

    If my tea gets overly sweet, it will be because I basically dissolved the biscuit I was dunking in it, OK? I don't need excess sweetness to start with! ;-)
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    • Syl, oh my god, that is EXACTLY how I feel about teas. The only sweet teas I will drink are a passionfruit-infused rooibos that has gone out of production (cry) and this one blend of oolong and osmanthus that M makes. Too much sweetness (and ANY sugar at all) turns me off a tea entirely.

      If MIYU start shipping internationally, you will be the first person I tell!!! Summer skin just isn't complete without a bit of Hydrate Mi.

  • Angela

    Gorgeous photos, as always! I do have to agree with another comment in that I hesitate to use anything with menthol or peppermint on my face, but the Hydrate Mi Mist sounds lovely.

    PS Eat your goji berries! They're good for you! (I grew up knowing them as wolfberries, but I see goji berry more often now–I guess that sounds more exotic and mysterious.)
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    • Thank you, Angela! <3 As I mentioned to Rikki, this peppermint is way more tame than it is in most minty products — but I think I remember you having a sensitivity to it, no?

      If my mom had introduced me to goji berries as "wolfberries," I would have eaten ALL of them!!!! :D :D :D *happy wolf-related noises*

  • Lily @ChloeAsh

    I'll be watching for this brand :-) I've read pretty good things about it, so I'm itching to try!
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    • It's amazing, Lily! I hope they'll be opening up to international markets soon :)

  • Paige Mckinnon

    I have never seen such precious and pretty teas before! ^ ___ ^

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