Tuesday, 5 January 2016

January Labs - Restorative Skin Mist

January Labs was a brand that originally sent me products in the latter half of last year. I had not heard of them before, but finding new brands is genuinely one of the best parts of what I do. This brand are so off the radar that they are unavailable in the UK (don't worry, I've had words, that's a temporary situation) and only in select spas/specialist retailers in the USA. They do ship, however, from their online store. Details to follow below. After playing with the products, this was easily the one I used the most and those of you on Instagram will have seen this repeatedly.

What is it?
'An alcohol-free toner that minimizes the appearance of pores and prevents breakouts. Designed to tone, rehydrate, and balance all skin types.'

Who is it for?

What’s in it?
Water, Aloe, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Witch Hazel,
Sodium PCA, Rosa Extract,  Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium
Lactate, Polysorbate-20 ,  Pro-Vitamin B5, Lime Oil, Licorice
Extract, Horse Chestnut Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Calendula,
Gotu Kola, Butcher's Broom Root Extract

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
lime oil maybe, but it's fine for me

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
It doesn't specifically say, so I would say at the very least, natural and vegan.

Tested on animals/sold in territories that require testing?

What's not in it?

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
Spritz after acid toning or throughout the day. If you're particularly dehydrated like me, spritz and reapply a little moisturiser on top. Lovely.

What’s good about it?
I just really like this. Spritzs/facial mists are not something you want to spend a lot of money on if you're on a budget, most of them essentially acting as fancy water. For that reason, I do like ones that throw in ingredients that either soften, soothe, are antibacterial (like Serozinc) or help the hydration stick around a little longer etc.
This does all of the above and more.
Lifted from their site for ease!:
Aloe Extract: calms and soothes inflammation
Witch Hazel: aggressively fights acne-causing bacteria
Sodium PCA: a natural humectant responsible for binding moisture to the skin cells
Olive Oil: helps maintain the elasticity and softness of skin
Rosa Centifolia Flower: used to soften, balance, and restore the skin
Licorice: a depigmenting agent that inhibits melanin synthesis; performs as an effective antioxidant that treats blemishes and calms irritated skin
Calendula Extract: an anti-inflammatory antioxidant that contains antiseptic, astringent, circulatory stimulating, healing, and soothing properties

Spritz as and when needed. It's almost a moisturiser on its own. I have used this successfully at the same time as retin-a creams with no bad side effects.

What’s not so good about it?
Not much. The lack of availability in the UK?! :)
It's lush.

Similar products?
Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence
Kate Somerville Nourish Mist
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist

January Labs Restorative Skin Mist is $24.00 for 118ml and available here: www.januarylabs.com/skin-essentials/restorative-tonic-mist - they're a small business so if you contact them, do give them time to get back to you.


  1. Do you spritz before or after Retin-A?

  2. Good afternoon Caroline, May I please ask a quick Q? I follow you advice religiously and have seen a huge improvement in my skin (thanks!) This is about my 7 year old daughter, who keeps has blocked pores /spots (do not come to a head) either side of her nose I cleanse her face with a LRP cream cleanser (off with a clean flannel) and I started to spray a little serzonic recently (after the spots appeared). I struggle with what moisturiser to use, and have previously use infant products from French Pharmacy and a emollient cream from the pharmacy here... I am sure its the moisturisers that are wrong, the one I most recently purchased bought her out red and rashey (Mustela bebe) immediately. I am currently using my Blue Cocoon on her out of desperation, and because I know its super natural/organic/hand made by virgins. But I gotta tell you, I don't like sharing that! I would appreciate any advice as a skin expert, or as a Mum expert. Thanks a million.

  3. Looks very interesting and the ingredients seem great! Thank you, Caroline!

  4. They WERE a small company. Then Mrs Hirons Fearurwd them on her blog... AKA 'The Pixi Glow Tonic Phenomenon'. These guys won't know what hit them!

  5. Hi, I don't understand how this brand can claim this product is alcohol free when witch hazel by definition has to contain alcohol. It is distilled with 14% total alcohol content! what do you think of this?

    1. They're probably using Witch Hazel Distillate. That doesn't contain alcohol.

    2. They're probably using Witch Hazel Distillate. That doesn't contain alcohol.

  6. If only it didn't have that darned lime oil. Oh, well...

  7. I feel the same way nowadays, I think not all the beauty prouducts you use daily has to be on the section splurge. So, we do wanna find still products that has an effect :) I have used lately many bottles of Suki's Clarifying Toner and it is the best I've used by far. The oils seem to absorb so easily with this for example.. BUT the price tag... Or is it affordable and I am just not used to the quality-product-prices? Suggestions anyone or Caroline? Thanks :)

  8. I've only recently started watching your videos on youtube and I have to admit you are quickly becoming one of my favourites, you are so down to earth and straight to the point. Love it!! x


  9. Hi Caroline,

    I was wondering what your thoughts on the brand Farmacy are? I'm really interested in their science/natural ideals but I would love to nknow what you think. Thanks! (You're excellent.)

  10. Will Serozinc ever ship or be available in USA?