Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator Review

Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator
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Australian-based Jurlique's philosophy is that "beauty comes from beauty." And what's more beautiful than nature?

That's the idea behind this brand, which seeks to use only the purest and most effective plant ingredients.  To accomplish this, the husband and wife founders grow 95% of their own botanicals on an 153-acre farm in South Australia.  That's dedication!

Jurlique is carried at Sephora, but I haven't noticed the brand receiving much attention through Sephora's press/promotions or the beauty blogosphere.  I received several samples of the Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator, a natural alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) treatment ($45). I am satisfied overall with the product quality and results, but there are some caveats that prospective buyers should consider.

One of Jurlique's major strengths is that they do NOT use jar packaging. Jar packaging renders skin care products basically useless, because the direct contact with air and light deactivates the ingredients.  The Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator is in an opaque bottle with a dispenser, which is the best design for preserving the efficacy of antioxidants and other ingredients.

Preserving the ingredients does not matter if they aren't good for your skin to start with though!  I researched every ingredient in the Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator to make sure that they will do what the product claims without causing any damage.

What I found was a bit of a mixed bag. One of the first active ingredients is sugar cane extract, which is what glycolic acid (a type of AHA) is derived from. There is not enough research to show that sugar cane extract performs in the same way as glycolic acid, but it is possible that it has similar exfoliating properties. The second active ingredient, willow bark extract, has anti-inflammatory properties and may exfoliate skin in a manner similar to salicylic acid.

The Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator includes many other plant extracts, and about six of them have proven antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and/or anti-bacterial qualities. Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (green tea) and Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (chamomile) are particularly good choices. The product also includes glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, which improve skin texture and cell function.

Unfortunately, Jurlique included some irritating ingredients in this product as well.  Lemon, orange, and witch hazel extract can all irritate your skin, which causes damage in the long run. The product also contains denatured alcohol, but it is listed as one of the last ingredients so it probably won't dry your skin out.

Wow, that was a lot of background.  Let's discuss how the product actually worked on my face.

First off, the Exfoliator smells delicious - like sugary citrus!  It has a thin gel consistency and applies easily.  I left it on for five minutes and felt a warming sensation on my face, perhaps due to exfoliation from the sugar cane and willow bark extracts.  After I rinsed it off, I did not notice any irritation - it actually seemed very gentle as far as exfoliators go.  My face was markedly softer and smoother, my pores looked more clear, and some discolorations appeared to be somewhat reduced.  My skin had a renewed, radiant look.  I especially noticed the tactile difference when applying my moisturizer - it glided on more smoothly. I will have to wait and see how long these changes last.

Overall, I am impressed with Jurlique's philosophy, packaging, and many of the plant ingredients that they chose to include in the Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator.  I am also happy with the performance of the product and its effects on my face. Although I did not experience any problems, certain ingredients may cause irritation, particularly in those with sensitive skin.

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