Over the last six months or so, I’ve been using a lot of multitasking products (such as the Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid, reviewed here) to combine the toner/essence/ampoule part of my routine. I chose these partially because I am lazy and partially because I wanted to see if they actually worked. Anything that sounds too good to be true usually has me lifting an eyebrow, but so far I’ve been satisfied with the results.
I haven’t used a solo essence since then, so when kbeauty retailers Q-Depot asked me to review the J:Dew Green Moist Essence, I realized I would have to make my routine a bit longer again in order to try it out. But much like hair products, I like to swap out what I use in my skincare routine from time to time, just to make sure I don’t get too complacent.
J:Dew was also an unfamiliar product to me. It’s manufactured by J’ers, a small award-winning company based out of Jeju-si in Jeju-do, and is made with “green tea and aloe vera from the clean soils of Jeju Island,” according to its product page. J:Dew also boasts broccoli as a healing ingredient, which I’ll buy since I know that broccoli contains sulforaphane, a potent antioxidant that has historically helped with poison ivy, eczema, and psoriasis. According to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, it’s also a powerful source of protection from ultraviolet rays — maybe even more so than traditional sunscreen!
First off, what’s in it?
One of J:Dew’s selling factors is that it is an environmentally friendly brand, free from parabens, mineral oil, animal ingredients, artificial color and benzophenone. Since it is such a small company, J:Dew’s ingredients are not yet listed on Cosdna. However, we gotta know what’s in here, right? It’s key ingredients are Jeju Camellia Sinensis Leaf, Jeju Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, and Jeju Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli). Q-Depot also has the ingredient list on their website here if you’d like to have a peek.
This product impressed me immediately as soon as I sniffed the jar. The reason why is that it smells EXACTLY like a meditation oil I burn at night in my bedroom! I thought perhaps the two might share similar ingredients and sure enough, both contain a form of lavender oil. If you enjoy that fragrance, you’ll likely be really into the smell of J:Dew.
Here’s a shot of what the product looks like fresh out of the bottle (left) and massaged in (right). This is a light product and absorbs in very quickly, making me think its actually ideal for a spring essence choice. It leaves a lovely, mild lavender scent behind on the skin for a while after application, which I quite enjoy, but that may not be ideal for very sensitive skin types or those who dislike fragrance.
I put the J:Dew through a two week testing period, along with a double cleanse, toner, serum, eye cream, moisturizer and sunscreen routine. (That’s a lot of other things to interact with, so be mindful of that as you read on!) My experience was that it was an enjoyable product and something I would consider using again it the price was right, although I did not find that it gave me a “Wow!” kind of effect. It was more like a decent workhorse that I’d consider using when I am not going for multitasking products.
I did note that with ultra dry skin seemed to be happy with the J:Dew, but I am not sure if that is because it did the job or my other products worked. However,typically when I switch out something and it is not hydrating enough for me I see the difference in my skin. This did not cause that issue, so I assume it is strong enough to hydrate me. However, since the texture is light I believe oily skin types could likely benefit from it as well as not feel as if they were swimming in grease.
Here’s the no-makeup before and after of my test with the Essence ( I apologize for the yellow bedside lamp in the before pic!):
As I said before, not significantly changed, but skin is still healthy and happy, and I have a glow I’m into. On a 1-5 scale I’d give it a solid 3, but it’s not going into my beloved Holy Grail list (which it’s tough to make it onto in the first place.)
If you’re into giving the J:Dew Green Moist Essence a shot, Q-Depot sells it for $22.99 w/free shipping. They also offer $25 in free coupons (see below) if you sign up on their website, and send you free goodies if your order is over $69, so have a peep and let me know what you think!
[Disclaimer: This item was provided for review by Q-depot and the opinion herein are 100% my own.]