Yet another foray into trial-sized skincare kits in the hope of finding a miracle in a bottle. Or at least something that puts a pause on the spot craziness on the face.
(Seriously, you don’t want to see me without makeup right now. The spots. The scars. Yeesh.)
A few months ago now I ordered the Juice Beauty Organics to Clear Skin kit from Amazon hoping that it would in fact be my miracle. After Claire of Hey Claire fame raved about it in one of her videos (a skincare update? Favourites? I can’t even fathom to remember) Juice Beauty has been stuck in my brain as a brand to try.
This kit retails for around $40 depending on where you order it from and comes with four products and a thin white washcloth. Yeah, I don’t even know. Juice Beauty, if you can take a couple of dollars off of the price tag I really wouldn’t mind if you didn’t include the washcloth. It’s just weird.
As for the actual products that I was excited to try…I was kind of underwhelmed, honestly. The Andalou Naturals skincare kit worked so much better for my skin. But my skin isn’t your skin so onward with the review!
Step 1: Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser (4 oz.)
I’ve recently started caring a little less about cleanser than other skincare products. Not that I don’t care exactly, just…it gets washed off right away! So long as it gets rid of all of the gunk on my face, I’m happy. This did the job well without drying out my skin which can happen with some acne-targeted products. (Boo.) It also didn’t make me more oily which can also happen (double boo) so I was pretty happy with it. It’s one I will continue to use until it’s used up, though I doubt I will repurchase.
Ingredients: Organic lemon juice, organic sweet cherry juice, organic white grape juice, organic aloe juice, decyl glucoside, vegetable glycerin, sodium hydroxide, gluconolactone, sclerotium gum, xanthan gum, lysolecithin, pullulan, sodium benzoate, sodium levulinate, organic sage leaf extract, dandelion leaf extract, lemon balm leaf extract, algae extract, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, lime oil, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, sodium anisate, citric acid, may chang, organic bitter orange and organic ylang ylang pure essential oils.
Step 2: Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum (1 oz.)
I’ll be honest – this is the first serum I’ve ever tried. I certainly want to try all the serums but daaaaang they’re expensive. This one is relatively inexpensive in comparison ($29 for full size) which is so nice to see.
The serum has definitely converted me to serums in general, or at least convinced me to try more. It is the one thing in the kit that worked the best for me. I began by applying it all over my face and I noticed that spots disappeared quicker with this than with anything I’d tried before. Now I only use it as a spot treatment (or all over if my skin is really spotty) but it’s still working really well for me. The only downside to this product is the packaging for this size. The full size comes in a bottle with a dropper, but because this one is little more than a tube it can get quite messy. The product spills right out of it as soon as you take the lid off, which isn’t so fun. But other than some messy hands
Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid 0.75%
Inactive Ingredients: Organic white grape juice, organic apple juice, organic aloe juice, organic lemon juice, vegetable glycerin, sclerotium gum, algin, willow bark extract, allantoin, decyl glucoside, Vitamin B5, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, sage leaf oil, ubiquinone, sugar cane juice, organic white tea leaf extract, organic green tea extract, organic lavender extract, organic chamomile extract, lemon balm leaf extract, algae extract, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, citric acid, lavender and frankincense pure essential oils.
Step 3: Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer (1 oz.)
Isn’t the whole oil-free thing over now? I mean, I use oils to take my makeup off, to hydrate…oil is not your enemy. Even for us oily skin types.
But anyway, I found this moisturizer really difficult to work with. Juice Beauty claims that it’s light-weight but I’d argue that it’s the opposite. It is so heavy and leaves my skin feeling quite tight which honestly is the opposite of what I’d think it’s meant to do? I have to either mix it with my Palmer’s Facial Oil or my Andalou Naturals Toner in order for it to feel comfortable on my face. That being said, when I wear this at night my skin does feel super supple and soft so it does it’s moisturizing thing well. It’s just so uncomfortable…it almost turned me off of the entire kit, to be honest.
Ingredients: Organic apple juice, organic white grape juice, organic pomegranate juice, organic aloe juice, vegetable glycerin, organic jojoba seed, organic sesame seed, cetearyl alcohol, cetearyl glucoside, hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, avocado, lime, caprylyl glycol, capryl hydroxamic acid, ethylhexyl palmitate, xanthan gum, organic cucumber extract, organic sage leaf extract, dandelion leaf extract, lemon balm leaf extract, algae extract, Vitamin B5, Vitamin C, sodium PCA, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, vegetable hyaluronic acid, sodium hydroxide, sweet neroli and ho wood pure essential aromas
Step 1.5: Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Blemish Clearing (0.25 oz.)
I included this at the end and as Step 1.5 because you’re technically meant to use this after the cleanser but only as needed. It’s an exfoliating peel that I desperately wanted to love. I love exfoliating peels that work but this one did absolutely nothing for me. I like seeing immediate results – so either my skin needs to feel smoother or there needs to be some sort of skin rolling off. (Sounds gross, I know, but Peter Thomas Roth has an amazing peel that does just that.) Maybe I didn’t use it enough or maybe I got a dud, but either way I’m glad that this was a “bonus” in the kit because it didn’t work for me.
Ingredients: Organic apple juice, organic lemon juice, organic aloe juice, glycolic acid, vegetable glycerin, hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, sodium hydroxide, capryl hydroxamic acid, sclerotium gum, lysolecithin, pullulan, caprylyl glycol, grape seed extract, Vitamin C, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, magnesium aspartate, zinc gluconate, copper gluconate
So would I repurchase? No. Maybe the serum but I’m so intrigued by the world of serums that I want to try more before repurchasing one.