Review: June Jacobs Brightening Moisturizer

I received this very generously sized June Jacobs moisturizer in a gift with purchase event. It's their travel-sized jar, which sells for a whopping $25 on the June Jacobs website. A normal sized jar sells for $85. After using it for about a month, I've concluded it's a perfectly adequate moisturizer, but it hasn't wowed me and is overpriced.  Here are a few highlights:

  • It has a somewhat greasy feel and doesn't fully absorb into my skin.  I think this is due to the presence of shea butter. If you're sensitive to this ingredient, beware.
  • It has a variety of plant extracts which all claim to do amazing things and I am suspicious of the over the top claims and the likely small concentration of active ingredients that one can achieve with such extracts.
  • The most sensible ingredient in this moisturizer is lactic acid. Lactic acid is a very gentle chemical exfoliant. If you do achieve a brightening effect by using this, it is most likely because of the lactic acid.
Overall, I wouldn't purchase this. I'll use up my small jar, but I haven't seen enough benefit from it to become a customer. There are far better products out there.


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