I adore Juice Beauty. I have been a fan of their skin care products for quite some time-- from their fabulous Green Apple Peel to the line from Alicia Silverstone. When I had a chance to try their new Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream, you can imagine I was super excited!
As someone who has been testing out and reviewing products for several years, I should know that I cannot just assume I am going to love a product because the company's other products have been delightful. This is one of those times.
I was so sure that this would end up being my new go-to CC Cream. The tube, the neat little applicator, the claims--well, how could I not fall in love with this natural beauty product?
The ingredients are really lovely. I just felt this would be a winner. Don't the ingredients look so much better than mainstream CC creams?
Ingredients: Active: Zinc Oxide 20%. Inactive: Juice Beauty Proprietary Blend Of Fruit Stem Cells: Apple Buds, Grape Buds & Lemon Bark. Organic Juices Of Pyrus Malus (Organic Apple Juice)*, Vitis Vinifera (Organic White Grape Juice)*, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Leaf Juice)*, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut Oil)*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbitan Stearate, Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed Oil), Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Magnesium Sulfate, Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower Seed Oil)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba Seed Oil)*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Sodium Hyaluronate (Vegetable Hyaluronic Acid), Malus Sylvestris (Apple Buds), Vitis Vinifera (Grape Buds) & Citrus Limonum (Lemon Bark), Iron Oxides, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin) & Citrus Aurantium (Petitgrain) Pure Essential Oils. * = Certified Organic Ingredient
And then I squeezed out some product and was overwhelmed by the smell. It is strong. It is unpleasant.
I thought I would get over it and that the smell would slowly fade away. It did--eventually. I knew if it faded away that I would be able to enjoy the product. The CC cream does not blend as well as other products, such as the tinted moisturizers from 100% Pure or Jane Iredale or the BB Creams from Jane Iredale and Tarte. You almost have to "tug" to blend it, which should not happen. It didn't leave me with a healthy, youthful glow. It left my skin looking semi-matte and seemed to increase the appearance of the couple of lines that I do have.
Unfortunately, my face itches and feels uncomfortable every single time I put this on. And I know why. Petitgrain and mandarin essential oils are used in this formulation and if you are AT ALL sensitive, you may wish to avoid this. There is also Lemon Bark. This can also be irritating.
While I love the use of essential oils in skin care, some are better omitted from facial products.
Petitgrain is an essential oil used in skin care to treat oily skin. Mandarin is also used most often in skin care to treat oily or congested skin. Both increase your chances of burning in the sun, as they are citrus oils. Neither are recommended for sensitive skin. Lemon bark is also used in the natural movement for more oily and acnetic skin conditions. I really believe that if Juice Beauty had left these ingredients out, that I may have had a much more favorable opinion of this CC cream. It is NOT meant for dry skin or sensitive skin as it is now. I also caution you not to apply this anywhere near the eyes because of the strong scent and citrus oils--they made my eyes water.
Would I purchase this product? No. Like I already mentioned, I adore the skin care products from Juice Beauty and feel that that is where the company truly shines. I personally did not experience the 12 benefits advertised, nor did it improve the appearance of my skin-temporarily or over the course of a few weeks. If your skin is sensitive, dry, or you want to look younger, I cannot recommend it based on my own experience. Do not let my thoughts on this one sway you away from the company as a whole. Their skin care is AMAZING--and I will be back soon with a review of their new serum.
*Disclaimer: I was sent this product for review at no cost. This in no way has influenced my review and all opinions are my own.