June Jacobs is a brand I have seen while browsing through Dermstore. It was always expensive and an unknown name to me, so I usually skipped over it. I received this Brightening Moisturizer in a BeautyDNA subscription box. This is a huge 4 oz jar! This literally took me a year to use it up with daily use.
Per June Jacob’s website: “This unique paraben and preservative free moisturizer illuminates dull and stressed skin with lactic acid to gently remove dead skin cells allowing nourishing sweet almond extract and shea butter to be better absorbed by the skin. Detoxifying lemon peel extract rejuvenates and increases the luster of tired skin, while bearberry root, mulberry root, licorice extract and Gigawhite™*, act as natural lightening agents to help balance overall skin tone. Powerful patent pending anti-oxidant blend of white, red and green tea extracts combined with goji berry, pomegranate and grape seed extracts help to neutralize free radicals, protect skin from environmental toxins and combat the visible signs of premature aging. Leaves the skin nourished and radiant.”
The jar is a large frosted glass jar. The scent of the cream is a light citrus. It’s non offensive. I found various pricing on the web when looking it up for this review. I see $85 for 2 oz and $100 for 4 oz. The majority have $85 for 2 oz and the packaging looks updated. I’m guessing this was recently repackaged with a smaller size and higher price. My BeautyDNA booklet that came with this said retail value of $100 for the 4 oz jar. That was a good deal, even though it was expensive it lasted forever. Not sure on the new price.
White, red and green tea extracts combined with goji berry, pomegranate and grapeseed extracts help to neutralize free radicals, protect skin from environmental toxins and combat the visible signs of premature aging.
Lactic Acid – Derived from the fermentation of milk, it is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that acts as a keratolytic, helping to encourage the shedding of cells in the stratum corneum to encourage new cell growth. Also acts as a hygroscopic substance (humectant), having the ability to attract or absorb water molecules from the surrounding environment.
Lemon Peel Extract – Derived from the peel of the lemon, it contains ascorbic acid, vitamin A and phytochemicals called limonoids. It has antiseptic and astringent properties which counteract acidity on the surface to brighten dull skin.
Bearberry Extract – Derived from the shrub found in the high mountains of Europe, it has anti-oxidant properties because it contains flavonoids and has astringent and antiseptic properties due to the bitter plant polyphenol, tannin. It also contains the glycoside, arbutin, which acts as an anti-inflammatory, helping to inhibit tyrosinase (enzyme responsible for melanin) reducing hyperpigmentaion.
Mulberry Extract – Derived from the white mulberry tree native to northern China, it contains the glycoside, arbutin, which acts as an anti-inflammatory, helping to inhibit tyrosinase (enzyme responsible for melanin) reducing hyperpigmentation.
Licorice Root Extract – Derived from the licorice plant, native to Europe, it has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, contains the glycoside, glycyrrhizin, to inhibit melanin production in human melanocytes by reducing tyrosinase (enzyme) activity.
Gigawhite™ – A skin brightening complex derived from the extracts of mallow, peppermint, cowslip, lady’s mantle, speedwell, lemon balm leaf and yarrow extract which have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, astringent and antiseptic properties to help inhibit the production of sun induced and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
African Palm Oil – Derived from the pulp of the fruit of the tree indigenous to the rainforests of tropicial climates, it is rich in fatty acids – palmitic, oleic and linoleic helping to soften and moisturize skin improving overall hydration.
Sweet Almond Seed Oil – Derived from almonds, it is rich in fatty acids, oleic and linoleic and vitamins A and E helping to soften and moisturize skin improving overall hydration.
Shea Butter – Derived from an African shea-karite tree, this natural fat contains vitamins A and E and is highly compatible with skin to restore suppleness.
The texture is a lightweight cream. It’s not greasy or heavy. It absorbs quickly. I experienced no adverse affects, no breakouts or irritation. This worked as a day moisturizer in the winter and as a night moisturizer this spring when it got warmer. I loved this product. It was moisturizing without being heavy. I love the idea of lactic acid in it for skin renewal and brightening. Plus, it has a long list of great skincare ingredients. My skin felt great while using it. My skin was plumper, more radiant and there was a bit of brightening. I would totally rebuy this for the $100 for 4 oz old size. I’d have to think about it for the current new price and size. It’s had a 70% price markup.
WATER/AQUA/EAU, GLYCERIN, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, TRIHEPTANOIN, STEARIC ACID, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER), 1-METHYLHYDANTOIN-2-IMIDE, CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) PEEL EXTRACT, ARCTOSTAPHYLOS UVA URSI LEAF EXTRACT, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) SEED EXTRACT, GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) EXTRACT, LACTIC ACID, LYCIUM BARBARUM (GOJI BERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT, PUNICA GRANATUM (POMEGRANATE) EXTRACT, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED EXTRACT, ASPALATHUS LINEARIS (RED TEA) LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS (GREEN AND WHITE TEA) LEAF EXTRACT, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, ELAEIS GUINEENSIS (PALM) KERNEL OIL, MALVA SYLVESTRIS (MALLOW) EXTRACT, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) LEAF EXTRACT, PRIMULA VERIS EXTRACT, ALCHEMILLA VULGARIS (LADY’S MANTLE ) EXTRACT, MELISSA OFFICINALIS (BALM MINT) LEAF EXTRACT, VERONICA OFFICINALIS EXTRACT, ACHILLEA MILLEFOLIUM (YARROW) EXTRACT, ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (ROOT) EXTRACT, MORUS NIGRA LEAF EXTRACT, PINUS MARITIMA EXTRACT, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) BRAN EXTRACT, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) GERM EXTRACT, ALLANTOIN, PANTHENOL (PRO VITAMIN B5), HELIANTHUS ANNUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDES, PEG-23M, CITRIC ACID, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, BEESWAX, CARBOMER, CARRAGEENAN, METHYLDIHYDROJASMONATE, AMBRETTOLIDE, BISABOLOL, SODIUM PCA, SODIUM PHYTATE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONE, CITRAL, LIMONENE. *GIGAWHITE™ IS A LICENSED TRADEMARK OF PENTAPHARM.