Update Sunday, December 22, 2013.
Received 15mL/0.5fl oz. deluxe travel size of this Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel that's literally a miniature of the full size. It comes in a mini frosted glass pump bottle with square base and a clear lid over the pump. So adorable!
Other than the cute factor, I'm happy to report that a year after my first trial, I still have the same good feelings about this serum ^.^ I pulled out the bottle when it got a tad too dry in the apartment, and it's been doing a great job keeping my skin soft a supple. I should have taken it with me on my family visit because it's super duper dry where my folks live. It would have gotten along well with the rest of my dry skin-battling arsenal. Now if only they sell this serum in refill pouches. Why not reuse the nice glass pump bottle?
Original post Sunday, November 4, 2012.
Okay, I'll confess. I went without moisturizer for the first couple of weeks of my arrival in Taipei. It was mid to late September but was still so humid even the Hadanomy AquaPlacenta Concentrated Mist by itself felt heavy and turned me into a grease ball by the morning! So going from layering several skincare the "Japanese" way in Japan and while visiting my folks in a super dry climate, I was down to just sunscreen remover (Pond's Pore White Cleansing Oil, only a couple of uses left!), cleanser (Rosette Cleansing Paste, just emptied and started a new cleanser!), toner (SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion for nights, will review soon, and Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 for mornings), and finishing up with a super light essence (SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, will review soon too) in Taipei.
Thank goodness it finally cooled down just a couple of degrees Celsius starting mid October and I was able to add another super light serum to my routine, the Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel. This is a nice 2.5 mL sample that I've been using daily, every morning and every two nights, for the past 3 weeks.
***Picture from Jurlique USA.
This is my first brush with an Australian skincare brand and it's been great ^.^ The Jurlique USA website calls this Herbal Recovery Gel a serum, which supposedly means it goes on after cleanser and before moisturizer. However, in the Taipei weather I feel it is quite adequate by itself and so I do not follow it up with anything.
So far I feel the name of this product is spot on on two counts. First, it really is a gel, and a watery gel if I may add, as in it congeals and is somewhat jiggly in the jar like a gel but is melty to the touch and goes on pretty much watery. It spreads and absorbs like water too, leaving my skin feeling bare naked afterwards, only with lots of comfort. Because of its thin texture, I only need a dab of my finger to get enough of the gel for my entire face.
Look how much is left after 2 weeks of use!
Secondly, it is very, umm, for lack of better words, herbal. It has a strong herbal rosy scent that you may or may not dig at all. I was a bit put off at first as the scent is on the strong side, however after several days I got used to it and it doesn't bother me anymore. I still don't love it, but I don't hate it either.
The big drawback? The big price tag - a 30mL bottle goes for $50 and a 100mL bottle $140. Absurd, I know. So yeah, I'm going to wait on this one. I still have so so many nice skincare items still lining up waiting for a test run and it make no sense for me to drop that kind of money on a full size. That, and we're talking about me who gets bored of an eye gel sample here (IsQueen Rice High Performance Eye Gel). The full size is a no go for me.
Aqua (Water); Glycerin; Alcohol; Oenothera biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil; Panax ginseng Root Extract; Gingko biloba Leaf Extract; Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) Root Extract; Rosa gallica Flower Extract; Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract; Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract;Echinacea purpurea Extract; Calendula officinalis Flower Extract; Viola odorata (Violet) Extract; Viola tricolor (Heartease) Extract; Spilanthes acmella Flower Extract; Bellis perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract; Stellaria media (Chickweed) Extract; Sambucus nigra (Black Elder) Flower Extract; Xanthan Gum; Rosa canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil; PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate; Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil; Aloe barbadensis Leaf Extract; Fragrance (Parfum)*; Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract; Lactic Acid; Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate;Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C); Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A); Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E); Linalool*; Geraniol*; Citronellol*; Eugenol*; Benzyl Benzoate*;Limonene*.
* From Natural Essential Oil (Chamomile - Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria); Rose - Rosa centifolia)
***List of ingredients from Jurlique USA.