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Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer- reviewed and recommended

Reviewed by Marta May 16, 2011 18 Comments


Innovative packaging, improved skin tone


Doesn't deliver the same results as human derived stem cells
Incredible quality for the price

Stem cell derived growth factors are definitely the IT ingredient of 2011. But if you are a beauty company that is all about organic botanicals, then human derived stem cells are out. The next best thing is stem cells from fruit and Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer ($65) is based on stem cells taken from apple and grape buds, lemon bark, and apple, grape and lemon juices. After testing this anti-aging moisturizer for over a month, I don’t think that fruit stem cells are on a par with powerful human growth factors such as you will find products by ReLuma or E’shee. But that would be comparing apples and pears. Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer is an effective moisturizer with an outstanding price to quality ratio.

What makes plant derived stem cells so enticing is that they live forever. According to Wikipedia, “plant stem cells never undergo aging process but immortally give rise to new specialized and unspecialized cells, and they have the potential to grow into any organ, tissue, or cell in the body”. British scientists found that plant stem cells were much more sensitive to DNA damage than other cells. And once they sense damage, they trigger death of these cells.  (Click here for more on apple and fruit stem cells).

Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer fruit stem cells are not mere tokens; they feature near the top of an ingredients list that is packed full of useful ingredients, many of which are organic. Naturally, the base is Juice Beauty’s signature blend apple, grape, lemon and aloe juices and this comfortable and soothing moisturizer has plenty of shea butter and jojoba. Aging skin will appreciate the essential fatty acids from evening primrose, linseed (flax) and borage. The combination of flax and borage got a thumbs up from German researchers, who found that it smoothed out rough, red skin. I certainly have seen an improvement in skin tone.

Worthy of a shout out is the unusual packaging. Most beauty consumers know that there has been a massive trend towards airless pumps. While great in theory, they aren’t always so good in practice, as anyone who has pumped in vain and then had to exchange the product knows.  Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular comes in a pot with a flat surface that you depress until the cream appears and so far, for me, has worked flawlessly. In fact, later this week you’ll see Karen Behnke, the founder of Juice Beauty demonstrate it in a video interview that we taped with her when she dropped in to New York and told us about why she started Juice Beauty and how the key ingredients work.

Stem Cellular has a distinctive smell that I find refreshing and zesty. The only thing not to love here is sodium benzoate, a controversial preservative.


Organic Juices of Pyrus Malus Juice (Apple*), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) (Grape*), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) (Lemon*), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice (*), Glycerin, Octyl Palmitate, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Malus Sylvestris Buds (Apple), Vitis Vinifera Buds (Grape), Citrus Limonum (Lemon) Bark (Lemon), Organic Plant Oils of Helianthus Annuus Seed (Sunflower), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Shea Butter*), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed (Jojoba*), Organic Essential Fatty Acids of Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose), Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed, Borage (Borago Officinalis) Seed (Borage*), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C) (Vitamin C), Xanthan Gum , Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E) (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin Orange) (Mandarin), Litsea Cubeb (Litsea Cubeba) (May Chang), Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphor) (Pure Essential Oils)(Ho wood) * = organic

  • November 3, 2012

    by Michelle D'Amico

    I love the idea of a USDA certified organic line, so I purchased this product and used it all and noticed absolutely no difference in my eye area whatsoever over those 2 months. Wouldn't recommend.

  • August 11, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    AmyN- Are you still using Juice? Curious how it's going for you. Although I believed I cared for my skin since my 30s, I realize now I really began serious skincare in my 50s- meaning not just an all-over cream once a day, but matching certain areas w different lotions and creams depending on what was lacking and needed. Looking back, I now can say it takes a couple good "Skin Care" years to achieve positive results, and this is if you've found the proper products for your needs. I found TIA and the overwhelming puzzle of this challenge was unveiled, and still is, for me...

    ANYway, really, I truly want to know, How's the Juice? ~jk

  • August 11, 2011

    by NoeyD77

    Would love to try this product as well! I've only tried 2 products from Juice Beauty, the Apple Peel and some acne serum years ago but neither really worked on my resistant skin then.

  • August 11, 2011

    by K Leigh

    Oh Yes Can I get on a list to try this too? I have dry skin and really want to try something organic rather than human stem cells first. A touch of rosacea is also bothersome, so it could help me out 3 ways.... I am very happy to be your guinea pig anytime !

  • August 5, 2011

    by Jeanne Kraus

    I'd love to review this product. My skin has problems retaining moisture, but I've never tried anything with stem cell therapy. Maybe that would do the trick!

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