M Steves Skin Care Products

It was planned to put these products in the monthlyReject or Repurchase post. However, I felt that these two can stand alone in their own review.

These are two products that I was sent by M Steves. I received them late, last Summer. However, once you read through my review, you’ll see why I never got around to using them up…at least, right away.

I received the Multi-Benefit Moisturizer and the Ultra-Nourishing Boost…


I’ll start with the Ultra-Nourishing Boost. That this the product on the right in the above photo. It is made from rose-hip seed oil. Rose-hip seed oil doesn’t smell like roses, that’s for sure. I knew that even before I received these products. Rose-hip seed oil is the foundation of these products. And, per my conversation with the creator, M Steves, this is what she created to heal her cystic acne when everything else failed.

Granted, I do not have acne but, she said that it was nourishing for all skin types. When I received it, naturally, I tested it out immediately on the back of my hand. Then I smelled it. That’s where the love left me. I found this difficult to put on my face as the smell reminded me of the linseed oil I used to clean my oil paint brushes. Even though I tried to use it several times on my face, the smell didn’t dissipate. I figured that a skincare product would never smell like that and, surely, I got a bad one.

I called Ms. Steves to tell her. She told me that it isn’t supposed to smell like roses and that some folks do find the smell to be on the strong side. But, she said it was possible that I received one that could have sat on a shipping truck in the heat. So, she sent me another one. Unfortunately, it smelled the same as the first one.

I set the Ultra-Nourishing Boost to the side and never used it again. There’s no way I can get past the repugnant odor. And, it didn’t go away after hours of being on my skin.

There is a recommended way of using the Ultra-Nourishing Boost along with the Multi-Benefit Moisturizer. But, I skipped doing that after day 2 and went straight to using the moisturizer.


This product didn’t have quite enough moisturizing elements to make my skin feel hydrated. This would be a product I’d recommend for someone with slightly to mostly oily skin. I have normal to dry skin. Luckily, this product had a pleasant, light orange fragrance.

I wash my face first thing in the morning and then put on a moisturizer. I used the Multi-Benefit Moisturizer because, after I have a cup of tea, I workout. Then I take a shower. After that, that is when I use my complete skin care routine. In other words, I use that first moisturizer of the day to get me through until I shower. It isn’t one that needs to get me through the entire day.

Thus, after several months, I finally did use up the moisturizer…


The Ultra-Nourishing Boost costs $68. The Multi-Benefit Moisturizer sells for $48.

Setting aside the fact that I found the Ultra-Nourishing Boost to smell terrible, these products would be better suited for someone with oily to oily/normal skin. As for my opinion, these two items are not for me and, I can’t recommend the Ultra-Nourishing Boost as I feel most users would be highly put off by the odor.

Have you tried this brand? Have you used rose hip seed oil?

  • I know what you mean about the odor; I tried a few similar serum-oils before, and some of the more natural ones had that earthy fragrance to them, which can be very unpleasant.

    • Kimberly Purcell

      I could stand earthy but, this was beyond a chemical-type smell. Ick.

  • BeautyJudy

    I don’t think I could get past the odor, either. Thank you for sharing your honest review. Glad you were able to use up the moisturizer, though!!

    • Kimberly Purcell

      I was glad to use the moisturizer too. And, I was sad to be disappointed on both of them.

  • I’ve never heard of this! But I wouldn’t probly be annoyed by the odor. I’m big on scent.

    • Kimberly Purcell

      Me too.

  • Yuck that smell sounds terrible

    • Kimberly Purcell

      Certainly not worth the price point.

  • Too bad about the smell. I hate when products are poorly scented.

    • Kimberly Purcell

      It didn’t even dissipate and that’s just as bad.

  • Justina

    Never tried the brand but I couldn’t do a stinky product either!

    • Kimberly Purcell

      I really can’t recommend it.

  • marciaf

    It’s so hard to review a product when you won’t use it again. The first one sounds terrible so I’ll have to remember that about Rose Hip Oil. It’s good you got through the second one.

    • Kimberly Purcell

      Even though the moisturizer wasn’t moisturizing enough for me, it did service as one for my morning get through

  • FabZilla_Kath

    I’m so particular w/ scents so I won’t even bother checking these products. This reminded me of a similar incident (another brand). I informed the owner about the pungent scent and instead of looking at the batches she sent me, she told me that “my nose probably isn’t used to natural-made products”. Yeah right, I shrugged it off, never to interact w/ her again.

    • Kimberly Purcell

      Just wow! I’m sure you have experienced enough products you know what a natural-made product should smell like.

  • I have used Rose hip oil, and some brands are smellier than others – but they all have a very earthy, almost musty smell to me. I mix some in with other oils to make my cuticle/hand oil, and I find that way I get the benefits, without the smell. Maybe if you mixed in some fragrance oils and a little shimmer, you could use it on your legs this summer..(or maybe not!)

    • Kimberly Purcell

      I wish this would have smelled earthy or musky. I love those types of smells. But, this smelled like turpentine!

  • eek the smell sounds horrible 🙁

    • Kimberly Purcell

      It was. I really did give it a try just I was so displaced by the odor I just couldn’t.

  • I use Rose hip oil from Insta Natural and I love it… but the smell is really not as bad as I know others can be. Since I have drier skin than normal, I guess that I will not need these… because the scents would drive me up the wall.

    • Kimberly Purcell

      Ahhh, but here’s the difference: this is rose hip seed oil. It’s a totally different smell.

      • Ah… well, I have learned something new today 😀

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    I don’t know I could deal with the smell. I have oily skin so it may work for me… but scents throw me off

    • I can’t imagine anyone wanting to use something that smells like this. But, every nose is different. Don’t you wish our sites were scratch and sniff? 😉

  • I have oily skin but idk about that smell.. not when other things with no smell work for me.

    • Kimberly Purcell

      That’s exactly how I felt. My Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is an oil and it smells like lavender. That’s hard to turn away; I love that fragrance.

  • I am super picky about scent as well! It’s too bad it smells like that.

    • Kimberly Purcell

      I can put up with a lot of things but, this smell I could not.