by Aimee 

"Wow! That is one heavy bottle of mist!" was my first thought when I received the Jurlique Intense Rosewater Balancing Mist ($60). And, what a beautiful bottle they have put the mist in! I love the color of the bottle.

My first use of the product itself was very enjoyable. The fresh and somewhat rich, but, not overpowering, fragrance of rose petals is just scrumptious. Immediately, my face glowed. I sprayed it all over my face, neck and even on my collarbone area. Throughout the day, I paid attention to how my skin felt. The first thing I noticed were tiny bumps all over my face! Now, what's with that, I wondered? I also kept touching my skin and I could feel that my skin was definitely not dry, but, moist, even as the day progressed.

This product says it is 'balancing' so I thought maybe the herbs in this product were actively balancing my skin and that is why I had bumps. About the ingredients, marshmallow is an anti-inflammatory, and, calms the skin. Grapefruit seed extract has antimicrobial effects, and, is good for treating acne, which I still fight at age 63. Aloe leaf extract helps heal wounds and improves skin inflammation and rose flower extract, a natural mild antiseptic, is a soothing toner and cleanser, and, it maintains the pH balance of the skin. So, I am thinking that this mist really is an active agent, so, I decided to keep on using it to see what happens.

It is a few weeks later and I am pleased with the results. All of the bumps are gone even the bumpy rough patches I had on the sides of my face under my ears that I have had even before using this product has lessened. Also, my skin feels hydrated and moist, like I have a high quality moisturizer on my skin. I haven't used a face moisturizer at all while using this mist product. I also see that my skin looks better...plumper and the wrinkles are less noticeable.

On another note: I saw on the products packaging that some other ingredients were listed which I was not familiar with. They are eugenol, linalool, citronenol and geronial.

Eugenol is a chemical compound extracted from essential oils and it is 'hepatotoxic' which means that it can cause damage to the liver. Linalool is a naturally occurring chemical found in many flowers and spice plants. It breaks down when it comes into contact with oxygen and forms an 'oxidized' byproduct that can cause allergic reactions. Citronenol (there are two types) is a natural 'acyclic monoterpenoid' and is found in citronella oils and rose oil. It is used in perfumes and insect repellants. It is subject to restrictions in perfumes as some people can be allergic to it. Geronial is a primary part of rose oil, palmarosa, and, citronella oil, and, others. It is also commonly used in perfumes and is an effective plant-based mosquito repellants. People, though, who are allergic to perfumes, should avoid Geraniol.

All of the plants themselves mentioned above are usually safe, but, when the extracts from them are concentrated and used in various products, that is when allergic problems can occur.

So, even though I love this product and what it has done to my skin, I probably will not buy another bottle. I would like to see this product with the herbs mentioned only and without eugenol, linalool, citronellol, and, geraniol.

Ingredients in Jurlique Intense Rosewater Balancing Mist: Aqua (Water), SD Alcohol 40-A (Alcohol Denat.); Glycerin; Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate; Rosa gallica Flower Extract; Rosa canina Fruit Extract; Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Extract; Rosa centifolia Flower Extract; Rosa multiflora Fruit Extract; Fragrance/Parfum*; Althaea officinalis Root Extract; Aloe barbadensis Leaf Extract; Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract; Phenoxyethanol; Ethylhexylglycerin; Geraniol*; Linalool*; Citronellol*; Eugenol*; Benzyl Benzoate*. *From Natural Essential Oil (Rose -Rosa centifolia& Rosa damascena)