From The Archives: MUN No. 1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum

by Megan Schwarz | January 06, 2015 | 1 Comment

For those of you who miss the original Seed to Serum blog, I’m pulling vintage posts from the archives to introduce you to the lines I now sell in the shop and the reasons that I fell in love with them. Enjoy!

Created by international makeup artist, Munemi Imai, after suffering from an illness, MUN No. 1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum harnesses the power of three precious, exquisite oils – prickly pear (barbary fig), argan, and rose essential oil. My love affair with prickly pear oil is longstanding. The combination of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes creates an instant glow, my very favorite kind of instant gratification.

But what really makes this oil special is the addition of rose essential oil. One of the most recognized scents in the world, rose oil provides powerful aromatherapy benefits. A single whiff has the ability to diminish depression and alleviate anxiety. More importantly, rose oil benefits almost all skin types possessing properties that soothe, calm, and firm the skin. Containing high levels of Vitamin C, rose oil also brightens the skin and reduces the appearance of discoloration caused by sun damage and post-acne marks.

I’ve recently become enamored with everything rose. The scent is heady, romantic, and empowering. It’s the scent I imagine lingering in the air in Edith Wharton novels.     

But on to the face oil – though described as a “nighttime” oil, it is actually very light and highly penetrating. I started using it during the day because it provides a subtle hint of dewiness and looks beautiful under makeup. (Ed. Note – I've stumbled across a few posts that indicate prickly pear oil may cause photosensitivity. However, I have been assured by a very reputable source that prickly pear oil actually destroys free radicals and helps to heal sunburned skin.) Don’t get me wrong, it is a wonderful oil for night as well. Prickly pear has an amazing ability to almost guarantee a good skin morning.

MUN No. 1 is a truly lovely, fragrant facial oil. I highly recommend it, especially for those turned off by the smell of prickly pear.  

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June 06, 2015


You give me hope for prickly pear goodness. I can’t bear the smell. I keep trying but … no. I’m going to order a small size of this to see how it goes. I love all things rose.

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