Let me count the ways…

Founded in 1983 by Dr. Jurgen Klein, a biochemist and naturopath, and his wife Ulrike, a botanist and horticulturalist, the Australian organic and biodynamic skin care company Jurlique has been the country’s number one number one skin care line for nearly twenty-four years now. Responsible for such celebrity complexions as Nicole Kidmen and Cate Blanchett, it is, simply, “the alternative beauty care company that believes beauty comes from beauty.”

Rather than focus on the power of chemicals to deliver results, the Jurlique modus operandi maintains that the elemental living energy found in the carefully sourced plants that make it into Jurlique products makes it that much more concentrated, potent and eventually effective then the chem.-filled competitors.

And everything about Jurlique is truly beautiful.  From the gorgeous packaging (on 80% post-consumer recycled fiber) to the elegant white bottles and apothecary-like tubes to the scent, smell and feel and finally to the results seen in the mirror after just one week, everything has been quite wonderful.

Just last Friday, after only a mere four days of use, my dear friend of over twelve years remarked that I looked simply radiant. And while having a skype video chat with my Australian ex-boyfriend (whom I haven’t seen in person in nearly twenty months), he commented that I was looking “really young…younger than even from when I first met you” four years ago.  Indeed, even Marta commented on my dewy complexion today at work, impressed that my skin is looking so good without makeup.

Here’s what I’ve been using:

The Balancing Cleansing Lotion ($48, 6.7 fl. oz.)
The Biodynamic Beauty Refining Treatment ($35, 1.4 fl. oz.)
The Biodynamic Beauty Serum ($75, 1 fl. oz.)
The Herbal Recovery Neck Serum ($80, 1 fl. oz.)
The Biodynamic Beauty Eye Cream ($45, 0.5 fl. oz.)
The Balancing Day Care Cream ($40-$78, 1.4 fl. oz. - 4.3 fl. oz.)
The Biodynamic Beauty Night Lotion ($55, 1.4 fl. oz.)

At the heart of my new regimen is the Jurlique Biodynamic Beauty Range—their first ever exclusively anti-aging collection—that includes a serum, eye cream, night lotion and refining treatment to support graceful aging and skin renewal. I’ve been supplementing this line with their balancing cleansing cream, day care cream and herbal recovery neck serum. All products in the Jurlique range are completely organic, grown on certified biodynamic and organic farms in South Australia and do not contain parabens, mineral oils, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, synthetic emulsifiers, artificial colors or fragrances.

What the line does contain is a proprietary blend of herbs and flowers--the "biodynamic blend"--combined with potent naturally derived ingredients that make reading the back of the bottle truly a riveting experience. Have you ever known people who claim to read cook books like novels? That devour gourmet foodie magazines with rapturous glee?.. They are those who roll over recipes with their mind's tongue, tasting each concoction fully without ever having to sully the kitchen.

I found that reading over the Jurlique ingredient list to be quite similar. Licorice root, black elder, chamomile, pansy and violet are the core, active ingredients in the biodynamic beauty blend. Tested and proved to get equal and/or better results than other mainstream, traditional competitors (at least according to internal studies), this blend has been designed to soften the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and discolorations all the while helping to renew and strengthen the skin.  And all I can say about this is that I'm definitely sold!  Never in my life has my skin felt so... so... alive.  Really, it's extraordinary--there really must be something, some kind of hidden hocus pocus that is found within this line.

If you are in the US you can buy Jurlique here

If you are in the UK you can buy Jurlique here

Breaking it down a bit:

The antioxidant Black Elder Flower (sambucus nigra) extract helps reduce irritation and soften and lighten the skin, resulting in a brighter complexion

Hydrating and calming Chamomile (chamomilla recutita) extract rebalances dryness and soothes the skin with its anti-redness, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties, and has been used in traditional medicine to treat eczema and other types of skin irritation.

Licorice Root (glycyrrhiza glabra) extract works the same way, offering excellent hydrating properties to help rebalance dryness and enhance skin brightness and overall radiance.  It's an anti-inflammatory with powerful skin lightening properties.

Derived from the pansy flower, Pansy (viola tricolor) extract, with its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and wound-healing properties, is also used for its calming and soothing abilities. In addition, it also works to encourage healthy skin function by improving the skin's elimination process.

Harvested from Jurlique's Heirloom rose gardens, Rose Flower (rosa gallica) extract contains tannins, which have a strong toning effect, along with many other compounds beneficial to the skin that are used here to soften, balance and restore.

Sweet Violet (viola odorata) extract is particularly wonderful to sensitive skin, cleansing, moisturizing and rebalancing without irritation.

Now, in case you are wondering what biodynamic means (I know I was), let me tell you a little about a particularly interesting process that sprang from the founders commitment to a "natural, plant-based alternative using a combination of age-old therapies."

Biodynamicism à la Jurlique means that all ingredients have been grown on the company’s own hand-tended, hand-harvested farms, which have been sustained, harvested and irrigated according to the cycles of the moon without pesticides or herbicides. On top of that, Jurlique uses companion planting methods (i.e. the scientifically confirmed method where certain plant combinations bring out unique benefits in each other) and ancient crop rotation practices to ensure that each ingredient makes its way to your skin in peak form.

"We believe that source is our most important value," says CEO Eli Halliwell who expands further in the video below.  So important, and so much apart of the Jurlique brand that the company is sponsoring a contest to win a trip to Jurlique’s "source of renewal"--their certified organic and biodynamic farms in South Australia.

So far, Jurlique has been the most pleasant of discoveries and a brand that I heartily recommend. Take a few minutes to watch the video below, and I'm sure you'll be impressed.