…and we’re back! Did everyone have a good Christmas? I know I did! It was really nice being able to spend time with family. My sister is in town with her fiance and it’s been great having the family all back together again.There’s nothing like pigging out for days, hanging out with the fam and watching home videos!
Well, as promised, today we have our first official review-or “sample”-of Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist. The bottle is 1 oz. and is described as a “complexion balancing mist” that’s meant to “restore, tone, and hydrate the skin”. I received this item in the Jurlique Most Wanted Kit ($50), but you can purchase it from Sephora or Jurlique’s website-although in the 3.3 oz. bottle (Jurlique used to sell the 1 oz. bottle for $21 but it seems that they recently discontinued that size). Here are the ingredients:
Water, Alcohol, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Rosa Gallica (Rose) Flower Extract, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Lactic Acid, Polysorbate-20, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Eugenol*, Benzyl Benzoate.* *From Natural Essential Oil (Rose – Rosa Centifolia & Rosa Damascena)
I probably don’t have to tell you guys what a steal of a deal this kit is…but I will anyway. The kit includes full-size versions of Jurlique favorites: a 1 oz. Herbal Recovery Gel (retails for $48 alone), 1 oz. Rosewater Balancing Mist (retail price: $21), 1.4 oz. Rose Hand Cream (retail price: $25), and 1.7 oz. Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer (retail price: $6.50). So if you’re already a fan of the Herbal Recovery Gel and was planning on repurchasing/buying a bottle anyway, why not pay just $2 more and get three full-size products to go along with it? Yay for deals!
Now I don’t know about all of you, but I’m obsessed with toning mists. I think it’s genius to have a multifunctional spray that actually will do something nice for your skin-unlike those Evian mists. With a toning spray, you can use it day or night after cleansing, pat into the skin, then apply your serum or moisturizer. Applying products to damp skin will help them absorb better (stay tuned for an upcoming article that’s all about skincare and getting the most out of your products!). You can also use toning mists to set makeup, refresh your makeup and/or skin throughout the day, and to hydrate your skin. Anyway, I was really excited to try out this mist. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Jurlique and have been trying to switch all my facial products to more natural or organic products for the most part-so this seemed like the perfect product. It is meant for normal-combination skin, which I thought would be perfect for me because I have combination-oily skin that has sensitive tendencies (especially with the cold weather irritation, I didn’t want anything that would be too stripping).
My initial thoughts when I received this item was that I really liked the frosted-glass bottle. It looks so chic and is quite thick and sturdy. But after I sprayed it for the first time, I noticed that the nozzle does not deliver an even, fine mist of product (which is SO important to me in a facial spray!), but instead sprays a concentrated stream onto one area of your face. That was a bit of a letdown and I really wasn’t able to use it to set my makeup for this reason (can you imagine how bad the makeup meltdown would be?). Immediately after spraying, I was a bit overcome with the scent of the mist-which was surprising because I’m not even particularly sensitive to scented products like some other people. But this is strong! It’s like body spray strong! And don’t get me wrong-the scent was very nice. It definitely smells of roses (lovely albeit a little fake), but it’s just a little overwhelming. The good news is the scent does dissipate pretty quickly though-I’d say within a minute or 2. Another thing that might be a deal-breaker for some people is the fact that the second ingredient in this toner is alcohol. What that means is this toner may be a little too drying on some people or may cause irritation for those with incredibly sensitive skin. I personally did not have a problem with this toner and my skin tends to be all over the place and I would say that it’s more sensitive than not. Then again, I also have combination-oily skin. It’s sometimes hard to do reviews on skincare products because I can recommend a multitude of amazing products that have done wonders for my skin-but that doesn’t mean it will work for your skin. That’s why I stress that my skin is combination-oily just so you have the most general idea of what might work for you. It all comes down to trying it out for yourself though.
I used this product for about 2 months. In the end, I would say that this toning mist is a nice option but definitely not one that I couldn’t live without. It didn’t dry out my skin or irritate it, but I also didn’t really feel like it was doing much either. It just was a nice spray to dampen my skin after cleansing to really get the benefits of any serum I applied afterward-I could’ve done the same with water. My philosophy when it comes to skincare products containing alcohol is this: I don’t mind as long as the product undeniably does something amazing for my skin. If not, than why risk the free-radical damage? I’ve heard a lot of people say that alcohol in skincare products causes free-radical damage and a lot of people saying that alcohol is fine on the skin. I’m not sure who is right but like I said, why risk it for an inferior product?
•Pros: very refreshing, natural botanical ingredients, the small size fits easily in my purse, scent is beautiful-though strong
•Cons: strong scent, contains alcohol, nozzle doesn’t spray a fine mist
All in all, this toner was mediocre for me. If you’re interested then definitely still check it out. It may not be my “HG” toner, but it may be yours! I would definitely suggest trying it out in stores if you can. If not, Sephora has a great return policy. If you don’t like it, return it-simple as that!
»»Pricing: Most Wanted Kit=$50; Rosewater Balancing Mist=*edit: this size has been discontinued
»»Availability: Sephora, Jurlique site
»»Recommended for: normal, combination, and oily skin types
»»Overall Rating: B-
So, what did you think of the first sample? Remember, your input is greatly valued! Leave your thoughts and any suggestions in the comment box (just until The Beauty Sample’s email has been set up). Thanks!