Moisture Replenishing Day Cream

by Jurlique International   Rebalance Dryness
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$94 - 4.3 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
3/25/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

What’s sad about this emollient moisturizer is that although it contains some very good ingredients to make dry skin look and feel better, some of the plant extracts are potential irritants or have unknown benefits for skin. Plus, the inclusion of several fragrance chemicals isn’t the best, either, nor is the price (but size-wise this could be considered a beauty bargain). All told, this water, oil, and wax concoction isn’t as elegant as several other moisturizers from the drugstore or department store.

A rich moisturizer infused with the living energy of calendula and chamomile and precious plant oils of rosehip and avocado to protect the skin from dryness. Leaves the skin feeling balanced with a healthy-looking glow. Ideal for rebalancing dryness.

Water, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glycerin, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Sorbitan Oleate & Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Oil, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Rosa Gallica Flower Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed) Seed Extract, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Viola Odorata (Violet) Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, Viola Tricolor (Heartease) Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Magnesium Sulfate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Lauroyl Lysine, Honey, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Lactic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Fragrance, Alcohol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Allantoin, Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Eugenol, Coumarin, Citronellol, Hexylcinnamaldehyde, Limonene

Australian-bred Jurlique is supposed to be all about creating beauty from beauty, based on their view that life begets life and energy comes from energy. It's this New-Age-meets-back-to-basics school of thought that forms the core of Jurlique's claims for their expanded selection of products. The husband and wife founders claim to use a unique three-step extraction process said to capture the "life-force" of the plants they use, 95% of which are grown on their own farmland. Of course, if Jurlique's claims of preserving a plant's vital energy are true, it just makes many of the problematic ingredients they include in their products that much more irritating. What they don't mention is that although they can pay the utmost attention to farming in an eco-friendly manner that's in tune with nature's cycles, it doesn't change the fact that a plant's "life energy" is damaged the moment it is pulled, plucked, or cut from the soil that nurtures it. After all a dead plant is a dead plant, the same way in which any other living thing that has its source of life support cut off will die. And that's even before the plant material is processed to go into a product. We grant you that there are nutrients and antioxidants from which you can benefit, but the life energy is long gone by the time you get it on your face.

Along with all their talk of plant potency is the company's statement that they make the "purest" products on earth. (Well, there are a lot of other product lines out there making similar claims, and given that the exact formulas aren't available to the public, it's hard to know how to challenge this assertion.) Nonetheless, despite Jurlique's commitment to organic farming and specialized extraction techniques, which is praiseworthy, it doesn't excuse their overuse of natural ingredients that are nothing more than naturally irritating to skin.

We know that several of the plants in Jurlique products will attract those seeking natural ingredients, and indeed some of those ingredients have strong evidence of their potent antioxidant or anti-irritant properties (such as turmeric, grape, green tea, evening primrose oil, and rose hips oil). The flipside is that just as many of their ingredients also have a large amount of research showing that they are either skin irritants or are seriously problematic for skin. And despite their claims to the contrary, Jurlique products absolutely do contain fragrance. What do the owners of Jurlique think lavender oil and geranium oil are for? You can attribute any miracle to these ingredients you like, but they are skin irritants (largely due to their volatile fragrance chemicals), and there is no research showing them to have any balancing benefit for skin, regardless of the farming or extraction methods employed.

Furthermore, their formulas are astonishingly similar. Product after product contains the same oils and plant combinations, yet the claims and skin type recommendations vary widely. Many of the products are sold in tiny containers, so you may very well use them up in one or two weeks, before they have a chance to become contaminated; of course, that makes your yearly expenditure on skin care rather steep.

There is only one sunscreen in the line, and it contains synthetic sunscreen agents, rather than one of the two natural inorganic options, zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which is surprising considering Jurlique's "natural" angle. Setting all that aside, if you are looking for natural, and you have a sizable budget to boot, Jurlique offers enough natural products to satisfy, but the options are extremely limited if you're at all concerned about preserving the health of your skin and not inducing an irritant response without a benefit (at least a proven benefit, as opposed to the folklore, alchemy-laden claims made for most Jurlique products).

For more information about Jurlique International, call (212) 752-1912 or visit www.jurlique.com.

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  1. Jacquie
    Reviewed on Monday, December 30, 2013
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    Not Bad
    • I have sensitive and dry skin (lucky me!) and I find this moisturiser non-irritating. It's very thick and a little goes a long way. It's quite perfumed which I don't enjoy- I prefer fragrant free products for many reasons. I don't feel like it's doing anything to repair or alter my unfortunate skin, but it does provide relief when applied. Used it for 3 years now, but I'm not sure I'll repurchase- am trialling Paula's selections at the moment to see if I can't do better.

  2. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, December 06, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Miracle product
    • I have highly reactive skin and am sensitive to any kind of fragrance. Technically this product should not work for me but it does. I have been dealing with an especially long period of reactivity lately - intense dryness and redness with bumps. I remembered I used this product way back when and purchased it again. In about three days my skin is once again rehydrated, smooth, glowing and much more even toned. I don't know why these seemingly troublesome ingredients perfom this well, but they do.

    Paula's Choice Research Team Response
    Replied on: Friday, December 06, 2013

    This Jurlique moisturizer contains several ingredients that are good for dry skin, so we're not too surprised it worked so well for you. If only it didn't contain fragrance, too!

    —Admin

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