The best beauty discoveries are the ones that plop into your lap, and this is exactly what happened with these peel pads by Naturally Serious.
You know how “natural” is a fun buzzword a lot of companies use in their campaigns but it actually doesn’t mean anything within their products or company? I think we actually have a good egg here with Naturally Serious.
Looking through the ingredients of this product then browsing their about page, I can see they’re about using natural ingredients following their “B.A.D. (“Banned, Ambiguous or Debatable”) ingredients” philosophy.
More impressively, they believe in environmentally-friendly packaging and production; offsetting their carbon print which is something that a lot of other companies don’t acknowledge in their pledges to be more green.
Also noticed that the bottom of their site the name “© 2020 June Jacobs Laboratories, LLC. All Rights Reserved”, so I decided to look into June Jacobs Labs.
First off, they’re not affiliated with the peace activist of the same name.
Second, I don’t think there is a June Jacobs, which I was wondering why I couldn’t find a ‘face’ of the company. Well, from this very recent class-action lawsuit, June Jacobs Labs/Laboratories was founded by Peter Thomas Roth of, well, Peter Thomas Roth!
So JJL is founded and run by PTR as a contact manufacturing facility and were brought up in this class-action as they manufacture, market and do product packaging on 2 PTR products that were the subject of this lawsuit for misleading claims (point 87, page 24).
So in a nutshell, June Jacobs Labs is the facility where both Peter Thomas Roth and Naturally Serious are made, as well as having its own beauty line.
Actually, as you go to the JJL line website, you can see a link right at the top a link to both NS and PTR.
So, does this change what I now know about Naturally Serious after using these peel pads?
No. I’ll tell you why.
While extraordinary claims are NOT GOOD AT ALL, I know that even though there is a parent company and/or manufacturing facility connecting Naturally Serious, I think the NS team believes in the philosophy of good, quality, naturally derived ingredients and upholding environmentally-friendly standards. It has happened before; Origins skincare was birthed at – and still owned by – Estee Lauder, but they do responsibly source (even having their own hives for the beeswax sometimes used) and have a proactive recycling program. It is possible to be owned by another company and do the right thing, and I’d like to believe that what NS is saying on their website is held in the highest belief in their research, produce and marketing.
Now that all that’s out of the way, let’s continue.
Ingredients of note
Naturally Serious does use the cold-pressing technique for the pads, which means it doesn’t use high heat to extract the stuff you’re trying to attain (nutrients, fats, oils, etc.), sometimes using that high heat limits or damages some of that said ‘good stuff’ (e.g., have you ever boiled the shit out of broccoli and it’s a pale, sad, limp mess? It’s also had the nutrients cooked out of it too).
Rooibos: Anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory
Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate: preservative made by fermenting radish roots and leuconostoc bacteria from lactic acid
Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract: fermented pomegranate
Sodium PCA: I’m going to put a link to Naked Chemist because it’s fascinating
Colloidal Oatmeal: moisturiser to treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin and minor skin irritations
Pinus Cembra Wood Extract: from the wood of the Swiss stone pine tree with “resveratrol-like molecule called pinosylvin, which has abilities to:
- Neutralize free radicals
- Block pain receptors present in the skin
- Decrease inflammation through several biological pathways“
Peucedanum Ostruthium Leaf Extract: “traditional Alpine leaf extract used for its wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties have appeared as outstanding options in this field”
Leontopodium Alpinum Extract: AKA Edelweiss, a plant extract providing antioxidant and skin-soothing benefits for skin. Edelweiss contains lignans, one of the constituents that have a natural skin-calming benefit. Strengthens skin’s barrier and helps reduce signs of sensitivity. In doing so, it helps the skin’s surface become more resistant to environmental aggressors, including some types of airborne pollutants.
The fragrance is of natural origin from fruits and herbs.
This unassuming little tub held the key to a personal annoyance. You see, For the first time in my life, I’ve had to deal with milia. What are milia? These annoying little jerks-
they’re not tumours or warts, they don’t hurt or itch, but for me, they’re just small, slightly white cysts of keratin that get trapped under the top layer of skin – and stupidly annoying. When you’re an oily-but-flaky dry skin person like me, this can happen. Mine were popping up under the inner part of my brow, forehead, cheeks (like the first photo) and a RUDE big asshole right at the edge of my nostril. And guess what? You can’t just squeeze these suckers out, you have to do some risky at home slicin’ n’ extractin’ or go to a pro to fish them out.
Thankfully, before I did anything too stupid, I was using these pads. Once in the morning, once at night. What I noticed is that a few of the smaller milium were gone and the bigger ones (including my nose one) were either disappearing or easier to dissolve from the inside via a little prick opening before cleansing with the pads [I know how confusing this might sound but I don’t want to tell you what I did in case you get the urge to do something stupid and bad].
He went, he disappeared surprisingly fast and this was the only thing I changed in my routine. It never stung or felt dry at all, it was just damn great.
What I Didn’t Like
I’ve been trying to think about what I don’t like about this product and really, there isn’t anything. The scent is nice, light and aromatic, but any stronger and it would have deterred me.
I think the only bit of downside is that for $51, I’ll have to save for it and maybe only use it once a day, but I would see this as an investment.
Within a month I had comfy skin with no flakiness and a massive reduction in the milia I had, with only the deeper, stubborn bumps left on my forehead. I feel that with longer use those bumps would have reduced even more.
I was blown away with this little guy that this is the reason I have been so excited to come back because I wanted to share this with you. I hope that if you’re ever in a situation were you can test this product, you give it a go.
Good for: Anyone looking for a more natural or gentle approach to exfoliating.
Prices (at Sephora)
for 60 pads
Unable to find prices for the UK or Canada.