Thursday, July 21st, 2011


Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist

Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist

Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist ($31.00 for 3.3 fl. oz.) is described as “a daily replenishing mist with the calming scent of lavender that tones and soothes the complexion. Ideal for dry skin types.” To use, shake the bottle and then gently mist the face (and closing eyes and month) “to fresh and tone.”

The real downside to this product without having even tried it? Alcohol is listed as the second ingredient, and alcohol-based toners often do more harm than good, as alcohol can be drying. I looked through the ingredient lists for some of Jurlique’s other Toning Mists and found alcohol listed in those, too — and it’s unfortunate, because this particular formulation is touted as hydrating.

Admittedly, I didn’t read the ingredient list before initially testing (lesson: don’t assume anything, no matter the brand), and after a week or so of using this before bed, I was wondering why the current skincare regimen I was using suddenly seemed less effective. This was the only product I changed-up, and my skin felt a little drier.  It could be weather-related, too — I don’t think this product did all that much for me either way. Since my skin was feeling tighter and less hydrated, I stopped using it after that point.

The spray concept is interesting, but it doesn’t distribute evenly.  If you spray from too far away, the air around you gets most of product, while if you spray too close to your face, then you end up with a lot of product in a small area.  It feels refreshing when sprayed, particularly after a walk outdoors and the like, but a spray of cool or room temperature water will do the same. The lavender scent is very earthy and herbal, pleasant without being synthetic or sweetened.

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Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist


Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist


Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist

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23 thoughts on “Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist Review & Photos

  1. Ingredient wise this is similar to FIX+ and price wise I say go for FIX+. I know one girl that using her FIX+ daily with her skincare retinue have slightly dry skin and loves it.

    • I was going to say the same thing!

      • John

        Actually this iproduct is significantly worse than MAC Fix+. First of all, let’s look at this formulation alone before we make any comparisons.

        All the readers are right that alcohol is a terrible ingredient for any skin type. Not only can it cause intense drying, but can also stimulate nerve endings, which leads to irritation, which of course leads to premature aging. Also, alcohol can trigger even more oil production at the base of the pores. Anyways, considering alcohol is the second ingredient, there is way too much of it in this “hydrating” mist.

        Now toners should provide immediate moisture and a dose of beneficial ingredients like antioxidants, peptides and/or emollients. This Jurlique product only has one “good” ingredient which is the marshmallow extract, which can have anti-inflammatory properties. However, the amount present is likely not enough to provide a measurable difference in the skin, and that’s if it were alone, without the inclusion of alcohol. There are also a ton of fragrant chemicals (fragrance, linalool, and limonene), that can trigger intense skin irritation and sensitivity. Finally, the last aspect to address is the inclusion of lactic acid, which is a chemical exfoliant; an alpha hydroxy acid to be specific. However, again the amount present is too low to allow for meaningful exfoliation, not to mention the pH is too high to allow for dissociation. Overall, this Jurlique Mist is a very, very poor formulation that unfortunately does not warrant anyone’s hard-earned dollars, especially not at this price.

        Now we can compare the Jurlique product with MAC Fix+. Fix+ has no alcohol, Cucumber extract (an anti-inflammatory), Matricaria extract (an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant), Green Tea extract (an antioxidant), Vitamin E (an antioxidant), Vitamin B5 (a hydrator), and Caffeine (a theoretical antioxidant and anti-inflammatory). There is also the inclusion of fragrance. So, as you can all see, MAC Fix+ is a much better formulation than this product from Jurlique. And Fix+ isn’t even amongst the best toners out there, which just speaks to how bad the Jurlique product is, honestly. Not to mention FIx+ is cheaper per ounce than the Jurlique product.

        I know this post is sponsored, but I strongly recommend that this post is approved and for people to seriously consider the points brought up in (hopefully) objective review.

        • This post is not sponsored. Temptalia does not participate in paid reviews.

          I did not recommend this product and spoke on alcohol as being a drying ingredient – so I’m not sure why you feel like this review is somehow biased.

  2. Jincy

    Hydrating with alcohol. Hmmmm….

  3. Ashley

    I’m surprised they used so much alcohol! Fatty alcohols like cetyl alcohol are actually moisturizing, but straight alcohol like what they are using is horrific for most skin types…

  4. jenni

    i really enjoyed this post, yay for natural skincare, and thanks now i now not to try this one

  5. Mariella

    My experiences with Jurlique are not happy ones. A friend gave me a gift basked of jasmine scented products (hand cream, body lotion and body wash) and I cannot abide the smell of these items. It also included sample packets of quite a few face products…they at least didn’t reek of “faux jasmine” but they were nothing special. I’ll stick with the Body Shop Vit E spray..it’s lovely and a lot cheaper.

    • KT

      Their masks are absolutely lovely. I agree about the jasmine smell of some of their products, but jasmine’s a horrible smell in any case. The only other product I’ve tried was a facewash, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. But the masks, yes!

  6. Alcohol second in the ingredients list, just after water? No way it can be hydrating for any skin type!

  7. meme

    I will try it next time I am in a Sephora that has it. I love hydrating mists, but this is way too pricy for me unless it were something beyond special with super long lasting effects and a fab scent.

  8. meme

    Being a clinical chemist, I can clarify the use of alcohol in some beauty products. While this one lists it 2nd to water in the % of ingredients, it still might be something that is not particular any more drying than what salts and chlorine you get in normal water. It can be put in only to help with a fast air dry time so your makeup does not end up streaking down your face. Not all alcohol in products is always to be considered bad. I personally as a chemist would like to see witch hazel used over alcohol – it works often with similar properties – but it can cause sensitives, change essential oil scents and other less than workable issues in the product compounding.

    • John

      Yeah I understand where you’re coming from. I can deifnitely see why alcohol is sometimes used in formulations, whether for their fast-drying actions and/or oil-controlling properties. Alcohol can also be suitable solvents and mediums. However, considering the plethora of available substances out there, I still can’t justify the inclusion of this much alcohol. It just seems… lazy on the part of the formulation chemists.

      And while I agree that not all alcohols in products are to be considered bad, they certainly aren’t considered good; they are mostly included out of necessity.

      As to the witch hazel… it certainly is a better alternative to alcohol, but I still avoid it because there’s no point of using it. Salicylic acid works significantly better for me, and it has a lot more substantiated research behind it than witch hazel.

      This doesn’t change the fact that this Jurlique mist is not recommended.

  9. MostlyM3

    My recent obsession is SIRCUIT Cosmeceuticals Molecular Mist. It has “heavy water” in it and the fragrance is divine. I’d be interested in what people think of the ingredients and benefits of it. I love he way it smells — a bonus would be if it did something. :) Any thoughts?

    • John

      Sure I’ll try and help you out. Here’s the ingredient list from the website.

      Aqua (Water), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Arginine (L), Deuterium Oxide (Heavy Water), Commiphor Myrrha (Myrrh) Resin Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Phenyl Butyl Nitrone (Spin Trap).

      Witch Hazel functions similarly as alcohol, which I discussed in the posts above. Please refer above. Arginine, an essential amino acid, works as a water-binding agent, or hydrator, when applied topically. The Heavy Water is a little controversial. Heavy water, or deuterium oxide, is just water with the hydrogen atoms replaced with one of its isotopes, deuterium. This results in a heavier density and different oxygen-hydrogen bond interactions, which can interfere with many biochemical reactions. In massive amounts, like if heavy water were to replace 50% of the water mass in humans, would have serious consequences, like stopping cell division, or mitosis. However, the amount present in this product allows the heavy water to function similarly as normal water. However, because it does have some negative aspects in larger concentrations, why bother at all? Furthermore, heavy water has no substantiated and/or published researched to prove the claims the company states. Myrrh is a potent irritant. Coconut is an emollient, but not enough is present to benefit the skin. Cucumber is an anti-inflammatory. Finally, spin trap has absolutely no research saying that it’s an antioxidant. And even if it was the “best” one like the company claims, there’s less than a dusting of it in this product. Spin Trap, and similar compounds, have been used to identify free radicals, which is the harmful compounds that antioxidants neutralize. However again, there is no research or indiciation that it can function as an antioxidant.

      Overall, this molecular mist, while sounding impressive, is nothing short of terrible. Not to mention that it is even more expensive than the Jurlique mist featured in this post. I hope I helped. One more note, remember toners don’t exist to smell good.

  10. Anum

    If ur looking for alcohol free toners try lush they even have a lavender and rose water one :)

  11. Stefani

    This seems so stupid to me! Anybody who has used alcohol on their skin knows how dumb this is… Im not sure how this product came to be without someone saying anything. Even if they would have just taken out the alcohol it would be 10 times better.

  12. tricia c

    so would this be great for oily skin, being that it made yours dry

  13. I doubt I’ll be picking this up. It doesn’t really jump out at me. Thanks for the review!!!

  14. G

    I have been using this & the Rosewater for years – living in Florida I am always misting my face w/various sprays. My skin in normally dry but I’m 60 so you have to expect some dryness. I emailed Jurlique and this was their answer:

    In Rosewater Balancing Mist and Lavender Hydrating Mist, alcohol functions as an anti-foaming agent to ensure that a fine mist is produced and does not foam when sprayed according to the directions of use. It also functions as a solvent to ensure that the herbal extracts in the Mist products remain in solution.

    The amount of alcohol in Rosewater Balancing Mist and Lavender Hydrating Mist is not enough to dry the skin.

    So that’s their answer