Ketut. You don’t recognize the name? You will in a couple of sentences. In the past two weeks, I’ve had three surreptitious mentions of the now-famed two-toothed soothsayer from Bali through variously random mentions in life and online, but never once thinking this sage’s prophetic intent would lead to some karmic correlation with my obsession – oils. First mention? Holiday re-runs of Eat, Pray, Love on Showtime wildly entertain me while I try to compare & contrast the differences between authentic wiry-haired Indian palm readers (no, I’ve never had mine read) and those who have been unfashionably trumped in Hollywood. For the record, it was an authentic recount in the chick flick. Second mention? A girlfriend just returned from her honeymoon in Bali and decided to seek out the very same Ketut, apparently his real name and profession, and put her faith in some greater force despite the scorn. For the record, he told her to “get a job in computers.” A bit vague, if you ask me.
But, the third time was a charm. A real charm for skin that is. MuBeauty’s founder, Lise Petra, seemed to meet at the nexus of previous mentions. She, too, felt the spark and energy of the best-selling novel and met with the pseudo-savvy sage while vacationing in the cozy corners of Southeast Asia.
"My husband Alexis and I were in Bali for a month with plenty of time to relax and explore. We went to see Ketut first, and just like in the book, we found him to be charming with a youthful disposition that belied his actual age. When he looked into my hand, he said that something big and wonderful was to happen in the next two years. I eagerly asked him what that would be, and he touched his face and said, 'make pretty'."
Uh huh. Another off-the-cuff vague premonition? Perhaps. Or not. After indulging in a fairly stirring session with the quieter, minimalist style of rejuvenation - Jamu (the traditional healing and medicinal practices of Indonesia) - she left hours later left with some pretty radiant and refined skin. And, so the revelatory suggestion clicked. Lise wanted to bring the same low-profile, profoundly potent type of skin care she experienced in Bali to the market. With two years of intense R&D added to her fifteen years of luxury beauty and branding experience, she launched Mu Beauty to bring the radiating aesthetic and essential oil acuity from Bali and created an excitingly new fresh face oil - Face Daily Moisturizing Complex ($45).
It’s these sort of chaotic moments that lend themselves to pretty beauty, indeed. The light bodied face oil is crafted from 13 deliciously nutrient-rich organic oils, plant-based antibacterials, natural anti-inflammatories and botanical antioxidants to replenish dehydrated skin and ward off signs of anti-aging. The fetching serum is made up of certified organic Coconut, Avocado, Jojoba Seed, and Argan carriers along with olive-derived Squalane, which lends a classically polished feel to the oil. It’s tough to measure the viscosity, as when it arrived, the poor bottle was kept in the cool USPS truck, so the oil solidified as expected. A few minutes wrapped in the warmth of microwaved towel, and voila…a lightweight oil poured freely. Squalane is a lipid naturally present in our skin whose levels diminish over time. This olive-derived (stay away from shark extracted ones) botanical lipid is similar in molecular structure and weight to our skin’s lipids and assists with new cell regeneration
while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
While Rose Geranium infuses a seamless floral facet, there are some intriguing essences, which adds perhaps an Eastern, almost spiritual bent to the composition with these:
- Barley Extract: therapeutically appreciated to soothe dry and itchy skin with high amounts of essential fatty acids and phytosterols, which replenish the epidermal lipid barrier
- Bisabolol: a rarely seen essential oil from Chamomile, which helps protect against daily environmental stress thanks to its high concentrations of Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B-5), which aids the skin’s natural healing process
- Neem Seed Oil: a natural moisturizer that aids the healing of such conditions as eczema, psoriasis, rashes, burns and acne
- Turmeric Extract: a potent natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, an anti-ager that promotes general skin health and integrity
It’s a bewitching face oil, unquestionably well-composed as an antidote to skin’s unpleasant signs of aging. The Rose Geranium is flushed though transparent, but satisfying to the nose, leaving a trail of an arresting dewiness onto skin. It’s fresh, lively, and elegant as can be. If the legendary and imaginative ways of Bali are any indication of their unconventional ability to entrance a fleeting tourist and soul-seeker alike, this oil is the continuation of such a journey. Mu Beauty’s fortune does not dissatisfy, but rather glories in the legend of Balinese skin care.
PS to Girlfriend: Re-think your prophecy.