Some skincare can be bold and fragrant, while others can be muted and nearly fragrance-free. In a lot of ways, the scent of skincare can be polarizing and a make or break for users. Texture, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to be as divisive for skincare users. I found the texture and smell of the Lumin skincare products to be agreeable and thus won’t be a turn off to most men.
No-Nonsense Charcoal Cleanser – I love that the charcoal smell is masked by lemon peel oil and rose oil, the first notes I smelled when using the cleanser. Those scent are more pronounced during use and linger for shirt period after use. My daughter asked a few times why I smelled like oranges, which is not an ingredient, but apparently the medley of oils and extracts has a citrus scent to those around you. The color and texture is the most unique I’ve seen in any Men’s Skincare brand I’ve reviewed, with a gray/silver appearance, giving the cleanser and almost metallic look. The “in-hand” texture also has a unique feel, presumably from the charcoal present. It has a clay-like feel, gummy but also viscous.
Moisturizing Balm – The balm and cleanser mirror each other in scent, despite not having overlapping ingredients. I was unable to pinpoint a scent and tie it back to an ingredient. In fact, I asked two other people what they smelled in the balm, and neither was able to find a corresponding scent. The balm goes on smooth, just as I would have expected from any other lotion. It feels ever-so-slightly oily, but not enough to feel concerned about clogged pores.
Dark Circle Defense – Once again, it’s difficult to pinpoint a distinct scent with the dark circle defense. It’s obvious that the scent is from the same family, but it’s not distinct like with the cleanser. The product is thick, almost gelatinous and as a result, a little goes a long way. This was my favorite product in the Lumin skincare review, but more on that later.
Anti-wrinkle Serum – I like the applicator for the Lumin serum. The roll-on metal ball makes applying the serum simple and the construction feels very solid.