Review: Juice Beauty - 30 Day Blemish Clearing Solutions Kit

Thursday, September 15, 2016

By: Ariana Palmieri
Acne? No thank you. I've had it since I hit puberty and it is not cute. Being 21 and all, I had high hopes it would dissipate on its own once my teenage years were over. Unfortunately, that didn't really start to happen until I made the switch to green beauty products. From skincare to makeup, I greenified everything that came close to touching my face. While my acne was still present, it wasn't nearly as bad (or as frequent). That being said, I wanted it gone. Completely. So what's a green beauty lover to do?
I'll tell you what: She experiments. I've used a lot of skincare products, but no kits specifically designed to treat acne. It wasn't long before I noticed Juice Beauty's 30 Day Blemish Clearing Solution Kit was getting a lot of rave reviews. I already admired Juice Beauty's ethics, even though the two products I've tried from them haven't worked as good as hoped, so I figured I'd give them another shot. Plus, their 30 day kit was on sale (got to love a good bargain right?). So, here we are. Want to see the results? I must warn you: Some of the later images in this article are pictures of me without makeup on. Please do not pass judgement. I decided to be as candid with you about this as possible, so please be respectful. The review is also formatted differently in order to cover more ground, but I promise you it's not (too) long winded. Now, without further ado, here's my review!

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Juice Beauty
The Basics 


About the company
Juice Beauty specializes in skincare and makeup that's vegan, cruelty-free, natural, and organic. Their products are made with over 70% certified USDA organic ingredients, but there are products that bare the USDA organic seal, meaning they contain over 95% organic ingredients. Either way, Juice Beauty's ethics are impeccable for many reasons: Their product boxes are made with recycled or FSC certified paper, printed with soy ink & sourced in the USA; They use solar powered manufacturing for many of their products; and they have focused donations & partnerships with The Breast Cancer Fund, EWG, and the Representation Project. Plus they're formulated without a bunch of icky ingredients in conventional beauty products. Here's a list of what they never use: Parabens, petroleum, pesticides, propylene or butylene glycols, talc, carbon black, phthalates, sulfates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, GMO, silicones, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. If that doesn't make you happy, maybe this will: Gwyneth Paltrow is Juice Beauty’s Creative Director of Makeup. Nice to see Hollywood get involved in the green beauty movement too, isn't it?

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Duration + Quick Info
I feel it is only fair to let you all know how long this trail lasted. Since I only used these products once (not twice, as advised) on the first day, I figured I'd conclude the same way on the last day. That's why this review is being published the same day I end the routine (plus, I already had most of it written).

Start date: Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Duration: 30 Days
End date: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Cost: $29.99 (originally $55 - currently still on sale)
Brand: Juice Beauty
Items: 4 main items + eco-bamboo washcloth + samples (not included in this review)
For Who: For oily and blemish prone skin
USDA Organic Seal?: No (but products are made with organic ingredients)

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The Products + The Steps

Step 1 - Blemish Clearing Cleanser


Cost: $22

My thoughts: I really liked this cleanser, which is a plus since the last cleanser I used from Juice Beauty really irritated my skin and eyes. This got the job done though, and got rid of all the makeup on my face without being too harsh. It was a little messy when I opened it, but most of the products were because they were watery and lightweight. 

Application: To use I just wet my face a little bit and rubbed it in. In the morning I avoided contact with my eyes, but at night I didn't because I had eye makeup on I needed to get rid of. Then I rinsed and wiped using the bamboo face cloth that came with my purchase (handy eh?). I used this cleanser twice a day (morning and night), every day.

Ingredients: organic juices of citrus medica limonum (organic lemon juice)*, prunus avium (organic sweet cherry juice)*, vitis vinifera (organic white grape juice)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice)*, decyl glucoside, vegetable glycerin, sodium hydroxide, gluconolactone, sclerotium gum, xanthan gum, lysolecithin, pullulan, sodium benzoate, sodium levulinate, organic botanical extracts of salvia officinalis (organic sage leaf extract)*, taraxacum officinale(dandelion leaf extract), melissa officinalis (lemon balm leaf extract), algae extract, tocopherol (vitamin e), retinyl palmitate (vitamin a), citrus aurantifolia (lime oil), tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, sodium anisate, citric acid, litsea cubeba (may chang), citrus aurantium amara (organic bitter orange)* and cananga odorata (organic ylang ylang)*pure essential oils
* = certified organic ingredient

Step 2 - Blemish Clearing Serum



Cost: $29

My thoughts:
I liked this serum because I did notice a difference in the areas I applied it to. Pimples I had one day were gone 1-2 days later. Granted, it could be because I was using this serum with all the other products, but I have a feeling this serum played a big role in it. After all, it's designed to unclog pores, reduce breakouts, and even skin tone. 

Application: To use, I just applied a light layer to my entire face (sometimes just on specific spots) after cleansing with the Blemish Clearing Cleanser. I used this serum twice a day (morning and night), every day. 

Ingredients: organic juices of vitis vinifera (organic white grape juice)*, pyrus malus (organic apple juice)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice)*, citrus medica limonum (organic lemon juice)*, vegetable glycerin, sclerotium gum, algin, salix alba (willow bark extract), allantoin, decyl glucoside, panthenol (vitamin b5), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin c), tocopherol (vitamin e), salvia officinalis (sage leaf oil), ubiquinone (coq10), saccharum officinarum (sugar cane juice), organic botanical extracts of camellia sinensis (organic white tea leaf extract)*, camellia oleifera (organic green tea extract)*, lavandula angustifolia (organic lavender extract)*, chamomilla recutita(organic chamomile extract)*, melissa officinalis (lemon balm leaf extract), algae extract, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, citric acid, lavandula angustifolia (lavender)* and boswellia serrata (frankincense)* pure essential oils.

* = certified organic ingredient

Step 3 - Oil-Free Moisturizer

Cost: $28

My thoughts:
I wasn't too crazy about this moisturizer. It wasn't that it was bad, but compared to other ones I've used in the past, it didn't leave my skin feeling luxurious, hydrated, and smooth. Rather, it left my skin feeling a little cakey. I actually had to be careful and not apply more than a dab the size of a dime, lest my face turn into a grease machine. To be fair, it was easy to forget about if I applied the right amount, and my skin certainly wasn't dry during the full 30-day experience.

Application: To use I just smoothed a dime-sized drop all over my face (and any some on my neck), after applying the Blemish Clearing Serum. I used this moisturizer twice a day (morning and night), every day. 

Ingredients: organic juices of pyrus malus (organic apple juice)*, vitis vinifera (organic white grape juice)*, punica granatum (organic pomegranate juice)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice)*, vegetable glycerin, simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba seed)*, sesamum indicum (organic sesame seed)*, cetearyl alcohol, cetearyl glucoside, hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, persea gratissima (avocado), citrus aurantifolia (lime), caprylyl glycol, capryl hydroxamic acid, ethylhexyl (octyl) palmitate, xanthan gum, organic botanical extracts of cucumis sativus (organic cucumber extract)*, salvia officinalis (organic sage leaf extract)*, taraxacum officinale (dandelion leaf extract), melissa officinalis (lemon balm leaf extract), algae extract, panthenol (vitamin b5), ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin c), sodium pca, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, sodium hyaluronate (vegetable hyaluronic acid), sodium hydroxide, citrus aurantium (sweet neroli) and cinnamomum camphora (ho wood) pure essential aromas.

* = certified organic ingredient

Step 4 - Green Apple Peel Blemish Clearing Peel


Cost: $39

My thoughts:
Out of all the products received, I thought this one was the most effective. On the paper I received along with this kit, it said "88% of participants saw definite to significant enhanced skin tone and texture with the Green Apple Peel treatment immediately", and I'd have to agree with the majority. The first time I used it, I noticed an immediate difference in my pore size, and a reduction in dark spots/redness. It was definitely impressive.

Application: To use I just smoothed the Green Apple Blemish Clearing Peel all over my face - it had the same sort of consistency as the serum, which made it easy to apply, since it was on the watery side. Once I applied a generous layer to my face, I left it on for at least 10 minutes, then rinsed. I used this 2 times a week as a night treatment only.

Ingredients: organic juices of pyrus malus (organic apple juice)*, citrus medica limonum (organic lemon juice)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice)*, glycolic acid, vegetable glycerin, hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, sodium hydroxide, capryl hydroxamic acid, sclerotium gum, lysolecithin, pullulan, caprylyl glycol, vitis vinifera (grape seed extract), ascorbic acid (vitamin c), tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, magnesium aspartate, zinc gluconate, copper gluconate.

*certified organic by a usda approved agency

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The Results

                     Day 1                                                Day 30

























I have no makeup on in both these images. These are shots taken after I followed the step-by-step procedure I explained above. These photos have not been edited in any way. It may be hard to see here (I did only use my phone camera, after all), but in some ways my skin looks a little bit worse after the 30 days are up. What do you think?

Final thoughts: While these products worked pretty good, I feel like my skin has stood relatively the same. During the whole time I used these products I never went a day without a pimple (which I'm used to, but was hoping wouldn't be the case). While I can't complain and say I have the most terrible, unruly skin ever, I was a little disappointed. I was expecting something a little more than what I got. In the two pictures above, it looks like I have more dark spots on day 30 than on day 1. While the skin products were high quality, produced ethically, and non-irritating, it's clear to me they're not necessarily what my skin needs right now. I did see improvement in the pimples I treated with them, but the pimples didn't altogether go away, as I had hoped they would. According to the paper I received with my package, "94% [of people] saw definite improvement to complete clearing within 4 weeks". Unfortunately, I am not one of the majority this time. However, that doesn't mean I despise Juice Beauty, or that it couldn't work for someone else. I just think my skin wants something else right now. To be honest, I had less pimples when I was following my EWG skincare routine, plus my skin felt as smooth as silk. Not to mention I might have to start thinking about internal solutions, not just external ones (after all, acne is linked to hormones, and I have a sneaking suspicion I have a hormone imbalance of some sort). Did you know PMS, what you eat, what you drink, and how often you exercise can all effect acne? It's not just about clogging your pores with makeup (greenified makeup or not). With that said, I think I'll start listening more to my body, looking into hormonal balancing, and going back to my old skincare routine for now. However, if you love Juice Beauty products, have acne, and want to greenify your skincare routine, this is definitely worth looking into. These products do work, but they just didn't work enough for me. If you decide to try them, let me know! I'd love to hear your opinions.

4 comments :

  1. bust about your skin not having much effect. I really love the Juice Beauty Blemish products, esp their serum and the powder, but it's true. There are a lot of other products that have helped me just as much if not more. if you need help, I did a post on my struggles and what I use here > It's Organic September! These are my favorite organic skincare brands (that you'll love)! http://storybookapothecary.com/acne-breakouts

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    1. Yeah, sometimes products are just hit/misses! It stinks - especially when you really want them to work and invest so much time/money in them. Thanks for your feedback and suggestion! I'll definitely check out your site. :)

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