mullein & sparrow | rosemary & clary sage facial serum

mullein & sparrow rosemary & clary sage facial serum

A light, refreshing face oil, Mullein & Sparrow’s Rosemary & Sage Facial Serum offers a potent blend of pore-minimizing ingredients to those of us with combination/oily skin.

mullein & sparrow rosemary & clary sage face oil

{Mullein & Sparrow sent me a sample of its Rosemary & Clary Sage Facial Serum to review. it costs $48 for a 0.5-ounce dropper bottle.}

Mullein & Sparrow brings together some of my favorite natural acne-fighting ingredients into this half-ounce dropper bottle.

Black cumin seed oil combines with clary sage to give this treatment a truly antiseptic punch thanks to each ingredient’s astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. Black cumin seed oil is also high in zinc, which can tremendously help those of us with acneic skin.

Ingredient No. 3, evening primrose oil, is another old favorite of mine. It’s high in essential fatty acids and has been touted for helping alleviate hormonal acne and inflammation. (You can take it internally, too, or find it laced in with your daily fish oil supplements.)

What I like most about this face oil is how potent it really is — and how little you need to use. Mullein & Sparrow recommends just 2-3 drops, and that’s truly all it takes, applied atop your favorite hydrosol, to gently treat and nourish your skin.

As someone who regularly deals with hormonal acne, angry red spots and other odd skin issues, I appreciate seeing makers put together smart formulas that don’t encourage large dosages to get down to work.

As someone who is also naturally very heavy-handed, I need a reminder that 2-3 drops will do — not my typical 6-7.

mullein & sparrow rosemary & clary sage facial serum

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Squalane (olive), Nigella sativa (black cumin seed) oil*, Oenothera (evening primrose) oil*, Prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel), essential oils of: Lavandula angustifolia (lavender)*, Matricaria Chamomilla (german chamomile)*, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary)*, Salvia sclarea (clary sage)*, Santalum spicatum (sandalwood)*    *Organic

This face oil offers that bit of calming, herbaceous delight that doesn’t always sit well with many noses. Lavender, chamomile, rosemary, clary sage and sandalwood come together beautifully for a grounded yet uplifting scent that has a tint of sweetness.

I’m also getting sweet on streamlined ingredients lists, like the one above. There’s something about that sweet spot of more than three but less than 13 that gets my attention. (This formula has 9.) Tightly edited brand collections make a lot of us swoon; do tightly edited ingredients list do the same for you?

All in all, Mullein & Sparrow’s Rosemary & Clary Sage Facial Serum is a lovely blend to try if you have combination / oily skin that’s not sensitive to essential oils. The carrier oils are light yet soothe the skin, and the antiseptic properties of the blend are a match for acneic skin.

What are your favorite antiseptic, anti-inflammatory facial oils? Have you tried anything from Mullein & Sparrow? What’s your take on ingredients list — the more the merrier, or tightly edited? Tell me in the comments section!


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  • Peony

    I really enjoy your reviews. We have very different skin so I don’t often buy what works for you but the reviews are fun to read and I appreciate how detail-oriented they are. Thanks.

  • Alaysia Butler

    Thank you for sharing this post. Serum is a one of the good products of all time for skin, So I am using Total Renew & Reshape Anti-aging Serum from a brand of Annimateo. Which is working good for my skin.

  • Fentriss

    Lumeria Body Care Skin and Scalp Serum is my “go to” for any imbalances on my face and in my scalp. Carrot seed essential oil is what makes the difference for me in this product.

    I have not tried a serum from Mullein & Sparrow but have seen their name in this vertical before.

    Labeling depends. If every ingredient has a positive effect on the consumers skin, then by all means list them. The consumer deserves to know that every ingredient listed has a cumulative/holistic benefit.

    I tend to lead toward the “tight editing” camp. When a consumer can read the ingredients, recall the benefits while reading, and it doesn’t feel like reading a pamphlet, customers feel more comfortable that you are not feeding them a line of bull. They already get that from mainstream cosmetics and we in this vertical are looking to simplify staying beautiful.