You know we’re obsessed with talking about all things sustainable skincare on this blog, sharing our eco-tips, vegan switches, and how to cut down plastic, but have you ever wondered about our actual beauty routine at Mazillo?
Well, in this post we’re giving you a peek into the beauty bag of one of our lovely founders, Mihaela Donska. Alongside her childhood best friend, Yoana Radeva, Mihaela launched Mazillo in December 2021. Inspired by the rich history of their homeland, Bulgaria, as well as their commitment to caring for the earth, the pair created 5 gorgeous products that work together on all skin types.
So, how do they fit into Mihaela’s routine? And, what about our customers’ skincare routines too? Let’s go through Mihaela’s skincare steps along with some of your feedback.
(p.s. keep reading to the end to see how you can meet the Mazillo girls in real life!)
- Cleanse & Tone
Gentle Cleansing Oil
Mihaela starts her routine with double cleansing (the Mazillo way, of course). Double cleansing is the best way to take the surface level of dirt off – whether that’s your makeup, the pollutants you pass through daily, or the pillow you slept on – before getting deep into the skin for a thorough cleanse.
The first step is our Gentle Cleansing Oil. Just like the name suggests, its gentle formula washes away the day’s grime. It’s made with 11 plant oils, including sesame oil to detoxify the skin, hemp seed oil to calm inflammation, and apricot kernel oil to reduce redness. Mihaela finds it’s the best way to prep the skin and create a clean canvas for the rest of her routine.
But what do you think?
I don’t know what I would do without this product. I just LOVE it so much! It helps with my breakouts and keeps my skin amazing. It also removes make-up perfectly without stripping my skin off. 100% recommend! - Elena
Regenerate + Protect Essence Toner
For the second step of double cleansing, Mihaela uses the Regenerate + Protect Essence Toner.
Now you might think a toner doesn’t belong in the cleansing stage of a skincare routine, but Mihaela ensures us that this product effectively gets deep into the pores and removes remaining traces of makeup, oil, and dirt. It’s packed with ingredients with antibacterial properties, for example, Mursalski (or shepard’s) tea, which is rich in natural antioxidants, nicotinic acid, and Vitamin A, E, and C.
For Mihaela, the best part of this product is that it’s the ultimate multitasker: ‘‘It refreshes and prepares the skin for the rest of the products, and is both a toner and an essence, so plays the role of a serum too’’.
And she’s not the only one who loves it…
I love the way this toner makes my skin feel - instantly hydrated and refreshed! It is so much more than a toner and after using it for a month now I can clearly see the rejuvenating effect on my skin. I highly recommend it to absolutely everyone! – Aneta
- Additional Steps
As an additional step, Mihaela uses a complexion correcting serum as she’s trying to reduce the appearance of acne scars and pigmentation. The one she currently uses is Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, which works well in combination with Mazillo’s products and is also natural and vegan, aligning with our values.
Another additional step in Mihaela’s routine is an eye cream, and she’s currently using Pai’s Echium & Argan Eye cream.
The skin under the eyes is more sensitive than the rest of the face and an eye cream may create less irritation than using a moisturiser under the eyes. They can also be effective in reducing puffiness, redness, and dark circles.
- Moisturise & Protect
To perfect her glow, Mihaela uses our Replenishing Moisturiser.
Now, remember the Mazillo girls’ mission to revive ancient skincare remedies? It’s captured in a unique ingredient in this moisturiser: Orpheus Flower Stem Cells. Found exclusively in the Rhodope region of Bulgaria, this plant is believed to have survived for over 20 million years and has a proven skin-lifting effect.
Our customers are seeing the benefits of this magic ingredient too:
‘Suitable for most skin types but I would especially recommend it to drier gals who (like me) struggle to find a face cream that really gets the job done. Feels light but incredibly rich and the texture is truly unique. MAGIC’ - Arianna
No wonder it’s our bestseller!
After she’s cleansed, corrected, and moisturised, Mihaela never leaves the house without her trusted SPF. She’s currently using Supergoop’s Everyday Sunscreen.
You’ve probably heard many times that you should wear sunscreen every day and here are some stats to show you why:
- 90% of ageing is caused by the sun
- People who use sunscreen daily show 24% less skin ageing
- It protects your skin from UV rays and sunburn
- It can reduce your chance of skin cancer by 50%
(Smart move, Mihaela!)
- A weekly treat
Purify+Nourish Face Mask
Once or twice a week, Mihaela treats herself to our Purify+Nourish Face Mask. ‘I use it in the evenings as it helps with acne, brightens the skin, and decreases pigmentation’, she says.
Its rich and nourishing texture, enriched with stem cells from the legendary Bulgarian rose, makes for a perfect pamper night. You’ll even be able to feel a slight tingle as the stem cells work their magic and refresh and revive your skin!
Here’s what you’re saying about it:
‘It feels so soothing, and you can instantly feel how nourishing the formula is on the skin, even with the mild tingle. This is definitely a face mask that you can feel working’ – Alina
Want to talk skincare some more? Then let’s meet up!
Come and meet the Mazillo Girls at the ‘Just V Show’ in London from the 1st to the 3rd of July.
We have a stand all weekend (number V13!) where you can come along and test all our products for yourself.
You can also listen to our expert talk on ‘How to make sure your skincare is sustainable and why is it better for your skin?’, on Friday, July 1st, at 13:00pm. We’ll be diving into the buzz around zero-waste and cruelty-free beauty, and uncovering cosmetics' crazy carbon footprint.
See you there!