Friday, August 7, 2009

Jurlique Product Reviews

Today I have just some short reviews on a couple Jurlique products I tried out awhile back!


First up is the Herbal Recovery Gel. The bottle is 1 oz and costs $67 or you can choose a 3.3 oz version for $134 on the Jurlique website. Jurlique says that it is a "potent anti-aging concentrate" that "firms, hydrates, revitalizes the skin."
The first thing I noticed was that this gel has an intense strange, pungent scent...like musty dried-up wildflowers that have been fermenting in aloe vera. Didn't like the smell, but had high hopes for the product since I've read so many good reviews. The gel feels semi-watery, but has a slightly sticky finish. It reminded me of a serum or the essence from paper facial masks. Smoothed easily over the skin and absorbed immediately. I only used this at night, so I applied a thick cream or facial oil over it right after.
When I first tried it, I didn't think it did anything for my skin. However, I went back to it a couple of weeks later and it seemed to help my skin retain moisture better and slightly brighten and firm up the skin. I like this product and I think it does do what it promises, but the results aren't mind-blowing enough for me to spend $67 on it.

Ingredients from Sephora.com:
Water, Glycerin, Alcohol, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Rosa Gallica Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Viola Odorata (Violet) Extract, Viola Tricolor (Heartease) Extract, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Black Elder) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citronellol*, Eugenol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Limonene.* *From Natural Essential Oil (Chamomile - Chamomilla Recutita, Rose - Rosa Centifolia).



To be used in conjunction with the Herbal Recovery Gel is the Herbal Recovery Eye Gel which you can get at Sephora or on the Jurlique site. This isn't cheap either--the 0.5 oz bottle costs $48. (They used to sell a 1 oz version which cost $85, but that has been discontinued.) Jurlique says that it is an "antiaging concentrate for the eye area" and is "deeply hydrating, easily absorbed, firming, brightening."
This product is pretty much on par with the Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel, except they've exchanged a few products. It doesn't contain licorice extract for brightening, instead it uses eyebright. The other newly added/substituted ingredient is arnica for cooling and soothing.
The texture and consistency and scent felt practically the same as the Herbal Recovery Gel, but the eye gel is slightly more emollient. As for the results, since I basically only used this on my eye area, it was hard for me to tell whether or not this product helped much. I thought it plumped my skin up a bit, but I didn't think it really brightened the eye area. Also, this product stung my eyes a lot. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, I would just use the Herbal Recovery Gel also on the eye area and be careful not to over apply or open my eyes until the product has completely dried, since the two are very similar, and the regular Recovery Gel contains better ingredients.

Ingredients from Sephora.com:
Water, Glycerin, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Alcohol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Extract, Rosa Gallica Flower Extract, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, Viola Tricolor (Heartease) Extract, Viola Odorata (Violet) Extract, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Lactic Acid, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Lecithin, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Allantoin, Citral*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Limonene*.
* From Natural Essential Oil (Chamomile - Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria)).




I'm not really an eye makeup remover user since I like to remove all my makeup with cleansing oil, but I thought I'd try Jurlique's Eye Makeup Remover out anyway. You can get it at Sephora or on the Jurlique site. It comes in a 1.4 oz tube which costs $25. What interested me in this makeup remover was that it's a "moisture based cream," so I thought it might be more nourishing for the eye area.
I was quite surprised this makeup remover only costs $25 when compared with Jurlique's other pricey skincare offerings. Well, I can tell you that this product is cheap for a reason--it is not anywhere as effective as any of the other eye makeup removers out there like Lancome Bifacil or Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover. It did not remove my cream eyeliner or mascara completely, and it wasn't emollient enough on my lids--I felt like my skin absorbed the product too quickly, so the cotton pad I used to wipe off the excess remover and makeup was tugging at my eye area. It even made my eyes (corneas) feel slightly sore and uncomfortable. I ended up using the rest of this product as a base for an aspirin mask (since I'm allergic to honey). Unless you wear extremely little eye makeup, I do not recommend this.

Ingredients from Sephora.com:
Water, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Viola Odorata Extract, Viola Tricolor Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Root, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, Prunella Vulgaris Leaf Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Totarol, Ethylhexylglycerin, SD Alcohol 40-A (Alcohol Denat.), Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.* *From Natural Essential Oil.


Biodynamic Beauty Serum / Purely Age-Defying Facial Serum - 1 oz for $75.

Jurlique's Biodynamic Beauty range is being renamed to Purely Age-Defying, in case of any confusion. From the long winded explanation on the site, I'm gathering that they have to rename the line to make it less confusing for customers which products are for anti-aging, since all of their products are biodynamic anyway (see Wikipedia for definition).
The consistency of this serum is much more emollient than the Herbal Recovery Gel. It also doesn't have much of a scent, which I like better. It smoothes on really nicely and absorbs extremely quickly and feels muh more moisturizing. However, in terms of results, I don't really notice any anti-aging differences between this serum and the Herbal Recovery Gel. In fact, I think the Herbal Recovery Gel might be even more effective in other ways, depending on what results you're looking for. I don't have fine lines yet so I can't make any assessments on wrinkle reduction, but I think that this serum is better suited for people who want their skin to look plump and well-rested, while the Herbal Recovery Gel helps to keep the skin looking bright and clear.
Again, I'm not sure this product produced results worth the $75, but if you're a huge fan of organic/biodynamic skincare, then I'd definitely try this line out.

Ingredients from Sephora.com:
Water, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Coco-Glucoside, Coconut Alcohol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosa Gallica Flower Extract, Viola Odorata Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Faex, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Viola Tricolor Extract, Althea Officinalis Root Extract, Algae Extract, Glucosamine Hcl, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Ectoin, Urea, Totarol, Dextrin, Ethylhexylglycerin, SD Alcohol 40-A (Alcohol Denat.), Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance/Parfum*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Limonene*.
*From Natural Essential Oil.

3 comments:

M said...

HIya! thanks for the great reviews! i was thinking about jurlique prods :D

i didnt get that much time off, i quit my job to travel a bit :)

beautante said...

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beautante said...

Oh! really battle against anti aging is big challenge for diva looks.urlique's calendula cream is best for anti aging
thanks for updating with nice and smart post
thanks for updating with nice and smart post
jurlique calendula cream

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