One of the OG green beauty brands, MUN is a minimalist luxury skincare line that has built a cult following over the years. MUN Skincare was founded by Munemi Imai, a celebrity makeup artist with decades of working with women around the globe. While most brands launch multiple new products a year, MUN has remained the same line for many years with the addition of just a couple new products in the last decade. MUN focuses on botanicals grown under pristine conditions that protect the soil’s complex ecosystem to retain the highest concentration of rich nutrients and potent bioactives. They’re also partnered with women’s co-operatives in Morocco, made up of primarily Berber women, who produce the Argan, Prickly Pear Seed and Olive oils used in MUN products. Read on for my MUN skincare review and use discount code OBL to save 15% at MUN. (Until May 31, 2022 all orders of 1 full sized product will automatically receive a free full size Protect + Revive Moisturizer ($65 value).
MUN Skincare Review
The MUN Skincare line is made of AKNARI Brightening Youth Serum, ANAROSE Hydrating Toner, AKWI Purifying Cleanser, and Protect + Revive Moisturizer.
To honor their partnership with Berber women’s co-ops, each MUN skincare product is named after a Berber word:
- AKNARI = Prickly pear
- ANAROSE = Hope
- AYOUR = Moon
- AKWI = Awakening
The MUN AKNARI Brightening Youth Serum is actually a face oil made of Prickly Pear Seed Oil, also known as Barbary Fig Oil. Prickly Pear Seed Oil is one of my favorite face oils, because it’s one of the stronger anti-aging oils that helps smooth wrinkles, repair sun damage, boost collagen production and lighten dark spots. Prickly Pear Seed oil is extremely rich in Linoleic Acid and super antioxidant Vitamin E. MUN AKNARI also contains Rose Essential Oil refines skin texture and lend the product its gorgeous rose scent. This is a lightweight oil that the skin loves to drink up and my skin looks healthy and brighter in the morning.
A luxury toner packed with beautiful ingredients, the MUN toner comes out as a fine, delicate mist and smells of rose and jasmine. It has a pH of 4.4-4.5 and contains Bulgarian Rosewater to soothe sensitive skin, Hyaluronic acid for hydration, Willow Bark Extract to exfoliate dead cells, Goji Berry Extract helps reduce free radical damage and a blend of Prickly Pear Stem, Rose, Jasmine and Daisy Extracts. ANAROSE is a treat for the skin and if you love a sophisticated rose scent, MUN’s toner is such a beautifully formulated and sleek-looking product.
MUN AKWI cleanser is a hybrid of cream, gel and oil. While it dispenses as a creamy gel, when applied AKWI feels like a silky oil. I love that the scent is of yuzu, an Asian fruit that’s sweet and uplifting in scent. This cleanser is effective at removing grime, sunscreen and makeup thanks to its oil content of castor seed oil, camellia seed oil, rice bran oil and argan oil.
If you’re looking for something other than a full on gel cleanser or oil cleanser, MUN’s AKWI cleanser hits the sweet spot somewhere in between. It’s made of 80% plant oils, but also contains cleansing agents derived from coconut to act as a regular cleanser too. My skin feels moisturized and soft after using AKWI.
MUN’s newest product launch was their Protect + Revive Moisturizer which was back in 2019. You can see just how rare and intentional each MUN product launch is, if there is one!
The MUN Protect + Revive Moisturizer is formulated with Niacinamide, powerful oils pike Prickly Pear Seed Oil and Kalahari Melon Seed Oil, along with Australian desert fruit extracts. This silky lightweight lotion helps improve the skin barrier, increases moisture, brighten, and provide anti-pollution benefits. MUN’s moisturizer also contains postbiotics like Lactobacillus Ferment, Lactobacillus & Coconut Fruit Extract to support a healthy microbiome, which strengthens skin’s ability to defend itself.
I’m surprised that the MUN moisturizer ($65) is priced lower than the ANAROSE Hydrating Toner ($70) and the same price as the AKWI Cleanser ($65). It almost feels like a steal, because I would think the moisturizer should cost a lot more than the line’s cleanser.
The MUN Protect + Revive Moisturizer reminds me of the Odacite Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Creme in terms of consistency and texture – silky, medium weight and effortlessly sinks in. All of MUN’s skincare products work beautifully together if you want an uncomplicated, luxurious skincare regimen from one brand.
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Until May 31, 2022 all orders of 1 full sized product will automatically receive a free full size Protect + Revive Moisturizer ($65 value).