REVIEW: Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer

The thing with being a product junkie is that, if you’re going to really give something a good try so as to formulate a trustworthy review, it will take you a long time to rotate through your products.  But I’m here now after getting to and through my Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer!  (I also got through the Green Apple Age Defy Serum and the Green Apple Peel Full Strength.  Reviews on those products are in the works.)

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Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer

Cute “AGELESS” packaging

I’ve been keenly interested/obsessed with finding more natural products these days.  The way I figure it, if I can find something that is free of purported or probable toxins while sacrificing little in the effectiveness department, then why not?  So I was very happy to find a brand like Juice Beauty that uses a lot of organic ingredients and fruit-based actives in their products.

The Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer is no exception.  It is packed with organic fruit oils and antioxidants, with vitamin C, resveratrol, and fruit stem cells rounding out the formula.  The moisturizer has a light lemony scent and it comes out from a fantastic airless pump.  I’m a big fan of airless pumps since I do think they keep creams fresher and protect the ingredients from light and air.  The consistency is fairly light and it absorbs nicely without leaving an oily residue.  In fact, with the absence of the usual grease film that are characteristic of many night creams, I was starting to doubt whether this product was being effective at all.

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The Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer (exaggeratedly swatched here) leaves your skin plump and moisturized without the look or feel of an an oil slick.

The Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer (exaggeratedly swatched here) leaves your skin plump and moisturized without the look or feel of an an oil slick.

But, sure enough, my skin was consistently plumper in the morning and looked more refreshed.  And I love that it did so without any silicones in the formulation.  The product is touted to produce other great clinical results, whereby women have allegedly reported:

  • 100% improved hydration
  • 96% improved dark circles and puffiness around eyes
  • 88% reduction in 3D visual analysis of fine lines and wrinkles
  • 88% improved skin tone and luminosity
  • 75% improved elasticity of the skin

To be honest, I think I was a little overeager in purchasing this $65 jar of fruity heavy-hitters.  Fine lines and wrinkles aren’t really my concerns at this point; I was more intrigued by the skin tone and luminosity claims.  With that said, after going through the whole jar, I didn’t really notice much improvement in the skin tone and luminosity department.  My skin did feel plumper every morning, but I didn’t really see much improvement in terms of hyperpigmentation or with my dark circles.  Finally, for a brand that markets itself as green, I did not appreciate the inclusion of sodium benzoate in this moisturizer, especially given the presence of vitamin C in the formulation.

So, the verdict?  For my current needs, I decided to go hunting for something that is more targeted towards my specific concerns (hyperpigmentation and exfoliation).  (Spoiler: I think I might have found something I really really like!  More to come…)  I might give the Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer another try in later years, but definitely not before a tweak in the formulation.

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SNEAK PEEK: Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel, Green Apple Age Defy Serum, and Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer

I’m always on the hunt for great skincare go-to’s.  So, recently, I went on an organic splurge and bought all the Juice Beauty products I could lay my hands on at my local Ulta.  Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration.  It’s just that it sure felt that way to my little wallet.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel, Green Apple Age Defy Serum, and Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer

I’m super excited to give their best-selling Green Apple Peel a try.  And also excited to see how effective their Green Apple Age Defy Serum is at treating hyperpigmentation.  And a night cream made with fruit stem cells?  Too intriguing not to give it a go.  All of these products are certified organic and formulated without parabens, propylene or butylene glycols, petroleum, sulphates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, phthalates, silicones, pesticides, artificial dyes or fragrances.  Kind of a mouthful, but I can summarize all that in three letters: yay!  I’m a fan of minimizing the amount of chemicals in products like serums and night creams since these incubate on your face for hours.

I suspect these will take me quite a while to assess, so stay tuned for a full review in the relatively not-so-distant near future!  A little spoiler: I was given a sample of the Green Apple Peel Sensitive and have been testing it out before easing my way into the full strength peel.   So far, I L-O-V-E.  Juice Beauty wasn’t lying when it poetically said that the peel brightens, lightens, and tightens.  It’s like a 10-minute-spa-treatment-in-a-jar.  Hopefully, this bodes well for the rest of these products!

REVIEW: Origins Starting Over Age-Erasing Moisturizer with Mimosa

No matter how this review was going to go, thumbs up were going to go to Origins and Sephora. For Earth Day 2012, Sephora teamed up with Origins and offered a full-size bottle of either Origins’ Starting Over Age-Erasing Moisturizer with Mimosa or A Perfect World Antioxidant Moisturizer with White Tea just by bringing in an empty cosmetic product container to a Sephora store for recycling. It didn’t even have to be an Origins container or even a container of a product sold by Sephora. These moisturizers retail for $46.00 and $39.50, respectively. So, really, thumbs up all around.

I was on the hunt for a good night time moisturizer so I opted for the SPF-free, Starting Over moisturizer.

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