Review: Modern Apothecary – Maison Apothecare Gel Cleanser, Facial Serum, Night Oil & Day Lotion

Hi Everyone

I was delighted a few months back to v kindly receive four products from Modern Apothecary  to try *(PR sample); the Maison Apothecare Gel Cleanser, Brightening Facial Serum, Day Lotion and Brightening Night Facial Oil.    I had never tried anything from  this range before but had admired the packaging online so was delighted to get the opportunity to try – you can find out more details about the range here.  I had tried all products for a short period and took a break then tried again to see if results were the same – they were.

Love the packaging of all, it is sleek, practical but still vintage looking – they look good wherever you store them.

1.  Magical Gel Cleanser (60ml) – £29

Described as from nature and all natural:

  • Gentle gel cleanser used best at night-time to remove make up without any harsh chemicals;
  • Works great with facial cleansing devices;
  • Great for normal to oily skin;
  • Will leave skin feeling soft and hydrated;
  • Purifies pores while protecting the skin’s natural moisture barrier; and
  • Blend of ingredients contains sea buckthorn oil, coconut, green tea extract and vitamin E oil.
This gel cleanser has a light natural  fragrance and a pump applicator which I prefer, when applied, massaged well onto skin, makeup is easily removed by rinsing a few times.  Although skin does feel smooth and pores around the nose area do appear more refined my skin felt a little ‘tight’ after using, have tried  a number of times with a break between as well and each time have had the same results.  My skin does not feel hydrated, need to apply moisturiser immediately afterwards.   I have combination skin so I feel this product would be better for someone with an oilier skin.  Therefore although is a good enough cleanser will not be purchasing as not as good for me personally as my L’Occitane Cleansing Oil- you can see my earlier review here.


Described as:

  • This light and nourishing moisturiser is perfect for morning use and helps to prevent moisture loss throughout the day;
  • Our plant derived lotion is great for all skin types including sensitive and mature skin;
  • Helps improve skin texture and clarity, the natural way; and
  • Our blend of natural ingredients – Vitamin E oil, hemp seed oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower seed oil, shea butter, aloe leaf extract, Japanese green tea extract, Rose essential oil and rosemary essential oil – wow, will enhance any type of skin.
Pump applicator as well.  This creamy lotion again has a slight spa like fragrance and one to two pumps is enough and sinks into skin so easily with no greasy residue, initially skin feels a little sticky but within a few minutes this disappears and skin then feels smooth and looks refreshed  with a slight glow, skin also felt hydrated.   I found this a lovely base for applying a light foundation / tinted moisturiser, but prefer a thicker moisturiser for a medium to heavier foundation.   I do think this moisturiser is suitable for all skin tones, ages but anyone with v dry skin may still prefer a thicker moisturiser – my favourite product out of the four definitely would consider purchasing this moisturiser in the future;

3.  Brightening Facial Serum (30ml) – £38

Described for:

  • Use on both the neck and face;
  • Fast absorbing serum is great for night-time use;
  • Acts as an exfoliator and will help remove dead skin cells and help to resurface your skin; and
  • Improves the appearance of uneven skin tone.
This has a dropper applicator and two drops is enough for the neck and face.  I applied at night after cleansing although initially feels oily on the skin it does absorb quite well into the skin, but would not say is fast absorbing.  It leaves a lovely glow to the skin and in the morning my skin did appear fresher and skin felt smoother as well but still not sure about the exfoliating element as still needed to use my normal exfoliator as well to get the results I wanted.  Although I do think it is a good night-time serum, I did not get any better results with it than my Antipodes Divine Face Oil (RRP £21.99 which I also use on my neck – you can see my earlier review here) and it is cheaper so that is the only reason will not be purchasing in the future.

Described as:

  • Heal, soothe and replenish your skin;
  • This miracle oil won’t leave your face feeling greasy but hydrated and moisturised.  It can be used on all types of skin and helps with texture and uneven skin tone  Wake up and the work will have been done all whilst you were fast asleep; and
  • Blend of jojoba seed oil, sea buckthorn oil, neroli flower oil and Vitamin E oil.
This also has a dropper applicator and found one drop is enough for the face.  I used both by itself and over the brightening serum above and although found it left my skin glowing, looking refreshed and results better when both serums combined.  I found used both ways the serum did not completely absorb left an oily slightly greasy residue.  Once again although a nice serum and results good, I did not get any better results with this serum, or both combined, than with my Antipodes Divine Face Oil so that is only reason will not be purchasing.


Top is the magical day lotion, next brightening facial serum, night brightening facial oil and then last is the gel cleanser.


Although I enjoyed using all the products, results good and would consider purchasing the Magical Day Lotion, overall the products are quite expensive, particularly the Brightening Night Facial Oil compared to similar products I already use and love and achieve the same or slightly better results with (cleanser).    However as they are good products, I did enjoy using them and they are still not as expensive as similar products from other brands, would still recommend checking out the range of products for yourself especially if you have not yet managed to get the results you want from similar products.

You can check out,  see more from the  Modern Apothecary / Maison Apothecare range via the link here.

Look forward to any comments you may have.   Have you tried any products from this range before?

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Thank you – take care and hope you have a great week.

Best Wishes Liz x

*PR Samples

4 thoughts on “Review: Modern Apothecary – Maison Apothecare Gel Cleanser, Facial Serum, Night Oil & Day Lotion

  1. Susie says:

    I have not tried this range but it looks gorgeous and I definitely will look out for it in the future. It’s tricky having combination but dehydrated skin so I know what you mean when describing the cleanser. It looks very appealing as a range, sort of vintage pharmaceutical and I imagine it would look lovely in any bathroom or dressing table. I think it looks like a very good quality product all in all.

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    • kellyklk says:

      Thank you Susie – yes definitely worth checking out and they do look good. Hard to believe Sunday evening again- time is just flying past- hope you have a good week. Liz xx


      • Susie says:

        Yes time is flying and I hope you’re had a nice weekend too. I’m looking forward to Halloween, I’ll be indulging in a few drinks and decorating the house with all sorts of scary stuff, Bye for now.

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