I came across the Julisis skincare range a few months ago, and I was fascinated by it. The reason for my fascination was that it was unlike anything else on the natural skincare market. The line uses a patented system to make precious metals (like gold, silver, copper, iron and platinum) and gemstones (like rubies and diamonds) bio-available to skin cells and rejuvenate it from within. These are naturally found in the human body, and Julisis products are designed to work in harmony with the body’s own bio-rhythms and get rid of your skin’s bad karma from within.
Also, all the raw materials used in Julisis are hand-harvested in from a farm near the Italian Alps that has been biodynamic for over a hundred years. I believe that the quality of ingredients makes all the difference to the final product, and that made me keen to try these products.
I have been corresponding with Julius Eulberg, the charming German alchemist behind the line, for the last month or so, and he handpicked three products for me that would serve as an introduction to Julisis.
Just to give you a bit of background, Julius has extensive experience working in the natural skincare industry, and he has worked on projects for a number of cosmetic and perfume companies, including Comme des Garcons. A scholar of natural medicine, he uses his knowledge of Ayurvedic medicine and modern homeopathy to create products based on Paracelsus tradition of alchemy. The description on his website captures his line (and my experience with it) very well:
JULISIS lets your skin breathe naturally. Silicones and paraffins interrupt skin oxygenation. All textures are ultramodern and light – ideal for complete absorption. True “cell food.” Visible results are produced almost instantly.
Julisis, which was founded in Germany in 2002, is distributed to a very exclusive (and loyal) clientele of aestheticians, celebrities and socialites (Julius jestfully remarked that his ‘customer has a developed consciousness AND wears Hermès and Prada’). Luckily, it is now available on Cult Beauty, which means we can all get our hands on it!
Julius picked the following three products for me, and I’ve included his brief notes on these products below:
1) Gold Wash – ‘A core item of the Julisis skincare ritual, it cleanses properly without drying skin out.’
2) Eyemulsion – ‘Some of my customers call it the best eye cream ever – puffy eyes, dark circles and small lines simply disappear.’
3) Face Oil Serum – Julius didn’t really describe this product, but his website describes it as ‘a light facial oil with white diamond essence to help prevent premature skin ageing.’
I’ve been using these products for the last few weeks, and here are my impressions so far:
Gold Wash Day:
The Julisis line has two main categories: Gold and Silver. The ‘Gold’ day products contain liquid gold essence (they work in synergy with the sun) and the ‘Silver’ night products contain liquid silver essence (that support the detoxification process of the skin at night). Since this wash is part of the ‘Gold’ collection, it designed for daytime use.
The first thing I noticed about the cleanser was its uplifting scent – its fresh, aromatic neroli fragrance is a great way to kick-start your day! It’s a pale gold gel that lathers slightly. You only need the tiniest amount to cover the whole face, and it’s got the right amount of ‘slip’ to cleanse effectively.
What I love about this cleanser is how I can use it as a quick one-step cleanse when I’m in a hurry. Although it’s meant to be a day cleanser, I have used it at night (sorry Julius!) a few times when I just couldn’t be bothered to double cleanse. This removes makeup and heavy sunscreen effortlessly, without leaving skin tight and dry. Also, unlike most foaming cleansers I’ve used in the past, it doesn’t irritate the gentle eye area.
This will suit all skin types, especially combination and congestion-prone. The cleanser is the most affordable product in the line, and it would be a great introduction to the brand.
Price and Where to buy: £65.00/150ml, Cult Beauty
Ingredients: Aqua (Spring Water), Lauryl Polyglucose (Sugar Tenside), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Extract) Gylcerin (Herbal Glycerin), Xanthan Gum (Fermented Corn), Glyceryl Caprylate (Herbal Wax),, Lactic Acid (Fermented Kefir), Buxus Chinensis (Gold Jojoba Oil), Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Lecithin, (Soy), Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli/ Bitter Orange-Flower Extract), Daucus Carotta (Carrot Extract), JLGE (Julisis Liquid Gold Essence®)
Julius described his eye cream as probably the best in the world, and I was curious to see what made it so special. I have never had any luck with eye creams, and I normally regard eye creams as a vanity (use your face oils under your eyes, is what I normally tell people), but Eyemulsion has literally opened my eyes to a whole new product category!
What makes Eyemulsion such a great product is its unique texture. It’s a true emulsion, and it’s lighter than a cream but thicker than a serum. It absorbs instantly and cools the under-eye area. As soon as it absorbs into the skin, it seems to ‘lift’ the whole area and brighten it. Even the whites of my eyes look brighter, like I’ve used one of those mentholated Japanese eye drops. It’s a truly spectacular product, and if you are looking to splurge on just one product from this line, this is the one. I am no authority on eye creams, but I highly doubt you’ll find a better eye product than this anywhere (natural or otherwise).
The product uses the essence of white diamond, copper and iron, and the packaging states that it is perfectly suited for contact leans wearers and on post-surgical skin. I have used this product while wearing contacts, and it hasn’t irritated my eyes in any manner.
Although it’s marketed as an eye product, I have been using it on other areas of my face whenever my skin needs extra TLC. After a recent skin-needling session, when my skin was raw and red, I applied this all over my face and it calmed redness down within minutes. I don’t know how Julius comes up with these formulations, but this is one of those rare instances where I feel that the quality of the product truly justifies its hefty price tag.
Price and where to buy: £189/20ml, Cult Beauty
Ingredients: Aqua (Spring Water), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Extract) , Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba Oil) Glyceryl Stearate Citrate (Herbal Wax),Cetearyl Alcohol (Herbal Wax) Glyceryl Caprylate (Herbal Wax) Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive Oil) Glycerine (Herbal Glycerine) Lactobacillus Ferment (Lactic Acid Ferment) Butyrospermum Parki Butter (Shea Butter Nilotica) Hydrolyzed Soyprotein) Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum (Tara Gum) Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil (Wheat Germ Oil) Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Marigold Flower Extract) Sodium Hyaluronete (Bio Hyaluronic Acid) P-Anisic Acid (Anise) Xanthan Gum (Fermented Corn) Alcohol Denat (Grain Alcohol) Echinacea Angustifolia Meristern Cell Culture (Echinacea Stem Cells) Cistus Ladaniferus (Cistus Extract) Sodium Phytate (Natrium Salt) Lactic Acid (Vitamin E) Arginine (Veg. Protein) Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary Leaf Extract) Helanthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower Oil) JLDE(Julisis Liquid Diamond Essence®) JLCE (Julisis Liquid Copper Essence®) JLIE (Julisis Liquid Iron Essence®).
Facial Oil Serum
This serum is not part of the gold or silver range (it falls under ‘diamond’), so it can be mixed with other gold and silver emulsions/creams to intensify their efficacy. I didn’t have any creams from the gold and silver range to test this, but I’ve been using it on its own or with other treatment serums (most often, with African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique), and I love it.
I have a menagerie of serums on my bathroom counter, and I really didn’t expect this newcomer to become my go-to serum. This has, in fact, replaced May Lindstrom’s The Youth Dew as my favourite daytime serum.
Julisis Facial Oil Serum is an exceptionally light, odourless serum/oil that feels really soothing on the skin. Like many Julisis products, this lists ‘bio grain alcohol’ as an ingredient, but Julius clarified with me that while they use alcohol to distil, extract and purify plant material, it’s not actually present in the final end product. Also, glycerine, another common ingredient in Julisis products, is not the cheap and generic glycerine many brands use: it is the result of a ‘plant soup’ made of buds, leaves, flowers and branches, left to develop for a period of 30 days. Impressive, isn’t it?
Like the Eyemulsion, it is marketed as being perfect for post-surgical skincare. I used it (along with Eyemulsion) after my skin-needling session and I found it very healing and soothing.
Price and where to buy: £130, Cult Beauty
Ingredients: Prunus Dulcis ([Sweet Almond Oil) Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Gold Jojoba Seed Oil) Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil (Apricot Kernel Oil) Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil (Macadamia Seed Oil) Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil (Grape Seed Oil) Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oi)] Argania Spinosa Oil (Argan Oil) Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula Oil) Acohol (Bio Grain Alcohol), Tocopheryl Acetate Vitamin E), Caprylic Glycerides (Herbal Emollient) Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) Citric Acid (Lime Extract) Ascorbyl Acetate (Vitamin C) Citrus Clementina Peel Oil (White Satsuma Clementine) JLDE (Julisis Liquid Diamond Essence)
Final thoughts: I’m in love with the line: the products are effective yet gentle, and the packaging is luxe and practical. It’s a dangerous love affair considering how expensive some of these products are. The thing that differentiates Julisis from other natural brands is the finesse of these products. The elegant textures are a pleasure to use, and they are not rough around the edges like many natural brands. They are truly indulgent and luxurious, and I am keen to try more products from the line (the Gold Elixir and Emulsion are calling my name). If you have used these or any other Julisis products, please share your thoughts! I’d love to meet other fans of this truly unique brand.