Friday, 12 February 2016

January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion

*OK firstly - a quick note (that I will remove in due course) to apologise for the distinct lack of blogging action in recent weeks. My real 'day job' has been really, really busy - in a great way, and I've had to prioritise that over the blog/YouTube/social media etc. In a way it has sent me back to the early days of blogging where I did most of it at the weekends. This weekend I have a clear diary and will be blogging and hanging out in the kitchen like the good old days. Thank you for your patience lovely peeps. I'm genuinely SO excited to talk about all the newness I've discovered in recent weeks.*

So January Labs have been on the blog before, namely the Restorative Face Mist, which I literally use daily. I met with January when I was in L.A. recently and she very kindly gave me this moisturiser, which, as it turns out, is really lovely.

What is it?
'A mild plant-based lotion designed to re-hydrate and restore balance to all skin types.'

Who is it for?

What’s in it?
Water , C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Squalane, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Sunflower Oil, Polysorbate-60, Organic Cranberry Seed Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Evening Primrose Extract, Linseed Seed Oil, Organic Cucumber Fruit Extract, Organic Shea Butter, Starflower Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behenyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palm Oil, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Carbomer, Jojoba Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Shea Butter Fruit, Avocado Oil, Lime Oil, Goji Berry, Chamomile Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Nope. You're good. The shea butter is far enough down the inci to not be a problem for acnaic skins.

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
A mixture of organic and natural - January has more information on her ingredients and formulas here: Our Promise.

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?

What's not in it?
mineral oil
synthetic colouring

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
Apply after serums as per usual, AM and PM.

What’s good about it?
This is just a really good, hydrating, non-sticky, moisturiser that makes the perfect accompaniment to a higher tech serum. It contains some anti-ageing benefits by way of peptides and great oils. It's light yet hydrating, fragrance free for those of you (and I know there is an increasing amount of you) that want to avoid fragrance whether its natural or synthetic.
Whether you've maybe splurged on an expensive serum and want to maximise that, or you're just looking for a good moisturiser that won't break the bank but will work, check this one out.

What’s not so good about it?
Honestly? Nothing. It's a good size, for a good price and it works.

January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion is $28.00 for 60ml and available from


  1. Lovely to hear from you! So happy your work is thriving, more power to you and thanks for all you do for free for us your loyal followers and admirers!!! Have a great weekend xxx

  2. Looks like a lovely blend of oils. I tend to use moisturizers only throughout winter, but there s still time left to try a new one.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  3. Nice to see you back! The January Labs moisturiser sounds great. I like a less complex cream to use with serums.
    The Beauty Bloss

  4. Lots of palm oil... Do you know it is sustainable Palm oil as there isn't anything on the link ?

  5. Can't find anyone stocking January Labs in the Uk,sob.

  6. I'm a first time follower and I thank you for all your hard work on bringing us up-to-date info ,and how to ,on all the latest products on the market . thank you .

  7. Thank you Caroline , I'm a new follower and I appreciate all your hard work on investigating all the latest products.

  8. Do you know when JL will be available in the UK?

  9. Caroline, how do you feel about microdermabrasion? I am 31 and 15 weeks pregnant so I have stopped using all vitamin a products and p50 (was not sure that was safe?) and since I have been using some form of vitaminA since I was 15 I am worried about the wrinkles deepening on my forehead and congestion (which has already started) on my chin. Since microdermabrasion is safe during pregnancy I thought it might be a good treatment but I worry it is too harsh on the skin. Would you recommend it or no? Any other tips for antiaging when pregnant? I'm open to all treatments!