When I first saw Juice Beauty Organic Facial Moisture ($36 for 1oz in the TIA shop), I was intrigued and a bit confused. The name implied to me that it's a serum – or perhaps a moisturizer? I couldn’t tell. However, the consistency of the product that I could see through the clear pale yellow bottle was very liquid, and reminded me more of toner or perhaps an oil.
The suspense was killing me. I could not keep myself guessing anymore and volunteered to test it.
Once I opened the protective plastic cap and squeezed some product into my palm, I realized that it had the consistency of oil; not thick and greasy, but rather light and emollient. I warmed it in my palms, as directed, and spread the concentrate over my hands to smell it.
Unlike for some other people, smell is an integral part of the product experience for me, and plays a big role in determining whether I'll continue using the product. Juice Beauty Organic Facial Moisture has a very pleasant, light, fruity (not overwhelming) scent to it. If you like essential and fruit oils, and have ever used Aveda products in the past, you will fall in love with this moisturizer's scent. In contains essential oils of jojoba, borage seed, grape seed, cranberry, calendula and evening primrose.
By the time I finished smelling the product and researching the label, I realized that the product completely absorbed into my hands' skin. Which was a big surprise again, as I have fairly oily to combination skin, and oils take a very long time to absorb. It seems like the product was passing all tests so far - lovely packaging, great ingredients, fantastic smell, non-greasy, emollient texture and great absorbency properties. It was time to apply it on my face.
I applied the product in the evening before going to bed and after exfoliating. It absorbed fairly fast, leaving a pleasant dewy feeling and light smell behind, not a greasy film. Because I found the product not too greasy, it could be applied alone or in conjunction with a light gel-like serum (YBF Hydrate B, YBF Antioxidants, or Nutra-Lift Hyaluronic Serum) for a deeper hydrating effect. Perhaps it can even be used as serum itself under a heavier moisturizer, but I have not tried such application, as my skin is on the oilier side and it would be too heavy for me.
Now that winter is finally coming to New York in December, and it's getting noticeably colder outside, I find my skin to be a bit tighter and drier in the mornings. So I think going forward, my plan is to continue using this Juice Beauty product and alternate it with another heavier moisturizer every other night.
I think it also works very well as a hand moisturizer and perhaps even a hair styling/smoothing product, however I have not yet tried it in that capacity. Overall, it's a very pleasant natural moisturizer for someone with a combination skin in their 30s or early 40s. Another great find from Marta that has now officially become a part of my winter skincare routine.
Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus Oil (Sunflower *), Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive *), Simmondsia Chinensis Oil (Jojoba *), Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil (Linseed *), Borage (Borago Officinalis) Seed Oil (Borage *), Oenothera Biennis Oil (Evening Primrose *), Vaccinium Macrocarpon Seed Oil (Cranberry *), Vinis Vitifera Seed Oil (Grape *), Botanical Extracts of Calendula Officinalis Flower (*), Chamomilla Recutita Flower (Matricaria *), Daucus Carota Sativa Seed (Carrot *), Helichrysum Stoechas (Everlasting *), Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm *), Tocopherol, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium *), Citrus Aurantium Essential Oils (Petitgrain *)