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Green Monday math: Botanical Science + Indonesian Tradition = AMAZING!
Many of you were introduced to Juara in a past Green Monday feature and through their generous support of our annual Raffle for the Rescues. For those of you new to the brand, Juara epitomizes the best of the best in luxurious, rich green products.
Founded by four friends who were looking to create a line that combined their Western upbringing with their Asian ancestry, this skincare line truly represents effective skincare at its finest. As for me, I think that best part of Juara is that they combine so many natural and rich ingredients in their products. They’re jam packed with good stuff and free of parabens, sulfates, phthatates and artificial colorants, and they are also 100% vegetarian!
We’ve got two Juara products to examine today. First up, the Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner ($27) was a pleasant surprise. Referred to as the “skin quencher” this toner can be used in place of a moisturizer, to stay completely oil free.
It contains powerful anti-oxidant tea extracts, which also have anti-bacterial properties. Plus the Tamarind seed extract has strong hydrating properties (it’s been used for centuries in Indonesia for medicinal purposes). The rice bran extract helps calm skin and reduce redness. This toner is alcohol free, oil free and fragrance free, so for those of you out there looking for a very gentle product for sensitive skin, this is it!
I used the Tamarind Tea Toner after my cleanser at night and in the morning, without adding any additional moisturizer. I found it to be soothing and calming and it left my skin soft and hydrated. This toner is perfect for use during the hot, sticky summer months when I can’t bear the thought of moisturizer. It’s a very mild gentle toner and a nice break from my routine.
Bonus: Juara also says this toner can be used after micro-dermabrasion applications, waxing and shaving. I did try a little on my legs after shaving, which greatly reduced dryness and chafing… what a great alternate use!
I also had the pleasure of trying out some samples of the Invigorating Coffee Scrub ($37) and I must say, the coffee scrub is one big wake up call in the morning!
Packed with an intense coffee aroma from the ground dark roasted coffee beans, this scrub is as dark as mud and very rich. Caffeine is known to provide antioxidant benefits and will energize and tighten the skin. (On a “Dr. OZ” episode I recently watched, he noted that caffeine also helps with cellulite.) I didn’t have anywhere near enough scrub to cover the surface area of “dimples” on my body but I would definitely like to try this scrub on a more continuous basis to see if it has an effect!
The scrub is also filled with walnut shell grains to provide super-strong exfoliating power. In my limited use of the sample, I noticed a definite smoothing result from it. I really enjoyed this scrub and found it to be a turbo charged form of my normal, milder exfoliators.
All in all the products I tried were natural, rich and filled with amazing beneficial ingredients. On the down side, some could feel these are a little pricey ~ for those on a budget this is always a sacrifice for quality ingredients. In my limited testing time with these samples, I was impressed and would like to try more that Juara has to offer!
we heartsters and testers – have you discovered the green joys of Juara? Share your favorite products!
Erin is a secondary science teacher who adores makeup and fashion. She spends her free time pursuing her other passions which include cooking, antiquing, and decorating.
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