I remember Jurlique as the lovely smelling store, in the top floor of a local mall (MidValley Megamall). Whenever I walked past, I’d be sure to pause, take a huge sniff of the lovely smell of essential oils wafting out the front door, and then go on my way feeling that little bit more relaxed. I had a facial there once too. But it was a long time ago.
When I was recently reintroduced to the brand, my first observation was the change in packaging. It used to look a little utilitarian before with a plain white and blue colour scheme, but the new packaging looks much more palatable. The Balancing Foaming Cleanser, for one, sports an opaque pump bottle with a good pump that dispenses just the right amount of gel cleanser each time. You don’t need too much of this one.
Jurlique is an Australian brand that uses primarily botanical ingredients in their products where possible. Their products use extracts of plants and essential oils and here’s the interesting bit. Not everything may smell great. This facial cleanser for example, takes some getting used to.
I don’t mean it smells awful of course. It just does not smell fragranced or floral as what we may have been used to by products from other brands. I will suggest you take a healthy sniff to see if it will suit your nose.
The product pumps out a yellowish clear gel and you do not need very much because as the product name implies, it foams up quite readily. According to the bottle, the gel has calendula, daisy and peppermint and will leave the skin balanced and hydrated.
I have combination-dry skin and I personally found this one a little bit drying. It doesn’t feel like my skin is all pulled back and taut after using, but I did notice a slight tightening. Once I follow up with my regular moisturizing routine thereafter, it is fine. But I may venture a guess that this one may suit those with combination-oily skin better.
As a cleanser, it does its job well enough, and I don’t have much to complain in that regard. The pump is sturdy and dispenses just the right amout each time, and it is very easy to control. One handy thing to note is that the pump can be twisted shut which is helpful if you plan to take this travelling with you. Once twisted shut, the pump cannot be depressed.
In a nutshell
The Jurlique Balancing Foaming Cleanser is a gel cleanser that foams up when lathered to cleanse skin in the morning and evening. I find that the scent takes some getting used to. I also found that for my skintype (combination-dry) it felt a little bit drying after use. I could not use it daily and even if I did it was only in the evening as part of my double cleansing routine. I think it does a fair job as a cleanser but it might suit someone with combination-oily skin better.
Pros: Pump locks shut when not in use, Cleans skin
Cons: Pricey, A bit drying if you have dry skin, Scent takes some getting used to
Who will like this: Someone with combination-oily skin
Here is the ingredient list (darned the curved bottle that made it impossible to photograph!)
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Decyl Polyglucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glycerin, Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula officinalis Flower Extract, Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed) Seed Extract, Camelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Rosa Fallica Flower Extract, Bellis perennis (Daisy) Flower Etract, PRunella vulgaris (Self Heal) Flower Extract, Viola odorata (Violet) Extract, Curcuma longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Spilanthe acmella Flower Extract, Honey, Lactic Acid, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Aloe barbadensis Leaf Extract, Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Totarol, Citral*, Limonene*
* From natural essential oil (Grapefruit – Citrus grandis, Lemon – Citrus medica limonum, Lemon Myrtle-Backhousia citriodora, Peppermint – mentha piperita)
Have you tried anything from Jurlique recently or before this? Was it a brand you had noticed before?
I had a facial, as I said once which I liked (except the hard sell that came after) and I tried their Calendula cream once which I thought was quite nice but I did not repurchase. Might have been the price tag 😛
Jurlique Balancing Foaming Cleanser Price: RM134/200ml Availability: Jurlique stores