Yuli is a brand I’ve only recently discovered, and I love everything about it so far. From their founder’s story of developing the brand after suffering from terrible acne to the fact that most of their ingredients are grown on site, they represent everything I’m looking for in an eco-luxe brand. I’d heard wonderful things about their elixirs from a number of bloggers, so I invested in two of their three offerings to see if they lived up to their hype.
I’ll start this review by pointing out that in Yuli’s case, the word ‘elixir’ is used as a synonym for ‘toner’ or ‘mist.’ ‘Elixir’ (which, traditionally, is used to describe a magical or medicinal potion) is a confusing term in skincare because different brands use it to name completely different products. Just to give you a couple of different examples, Kypris uses ‘elixir’ to describe their oils and Julisis uses it for their treatment serums. This is one of those times where I wish the beauty industry was better regulated and there was greater consistency across brands to make things easier for customers.
Now that I’ve got that out of the way, here are my impressions:
Panacea Elixir: Recommended for normal to combination skin, this mist contains clarifying, balancing and hydrating ingredients like aloe, cucumber, watercress, rose and colloidal silver.
The product smells quite medicinal (think Chinese medicine), in my opinion, but I really don’t mind it. It feels cooling on the skin and it sinks in without leaving a film behind. Like all Yuli products, the quality of the packaging is outstanding, and the bottle (and its water resistant label) looks even better in real life than in pictures. Unlike The Jasmine Garden, its high-quality pump delivers an even mist every single time.
So will I repurchase it? Most likely. I really like having it in my routine. I love spritzing it just before I use their M.E. Skin Fuel Serum (which I adore), and I enjoy using it as a setting spray to finish off my skincare routine. Although quite light, it’s more hydrating than most other toners designed for combination skin. I’d say that this would suit all skin types.
Ingredients: D-Aloe barbadenis, R. damascena (rose) hydrolat*, H. italicum (helichrysum) hydrolat*, L. angustifolia(lavender) hydrolat*, H. virginiana (witch hazel) hydrolat^, H. italicum/L. angustifolia (helichrysum/lavender) hydrolat*, frequency enhanced water, vegetable glycerine, C. sativus (cucumber) extract, N. officinale(watercress) extract*, biodynamic fruit enzymes, trace minerals complex, colloidal silver* Organic^^ Wildcrafted
Price and where to buy: US$36/AU$52 (50ml) I Am Natural Store
Metamorphic Elixir: Designed for ageing or dry skin, this contains ‘eternal rose complex,’ hyaluronic acid and carrot extract, along with a number of other anti-ageing actives. I’d expected it to have a similar consistency as an Asian essence, but it’s fairly light and just a tad more hydrating than Panacea Elixir.
The thing that I dislike about this product is its smell. It starts off by smelling (to my nose) like potpourri, and I don’t mind this part. As it settles down, it assumes a sticky, sickly-sweet smell that reminds me of molasses or maple syrup (mixed with potpourri). If you like either of these aromas, you’ll love this. Normally, I am not super sensitive to smells, but this triggers such an intense emotional response in me to wash it off that I’ve just discontinued using this product.
This formula contains both hyaluronic acid and glycerine to boost hydration. These, however, are at the bottom of the ingredient list, so I don’t know how effective they are. If you want an effective hyaluronic acid product where it’s one of the primary ingredients, I’d recommend something like Goldfaden MD’s Radical Difference (second ingredient) or Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Essence (middle ingredient) instead.
Ingredients: D-Aloe barbadensis, R. damascena (Rose) hydrolat*, H. italicum (Helichrysum) hydrolat*, B. carterii (Frankincense) hydrolat*, L. angustifolia (Lavender) hydrolat*, Eternal Rose Complex* (R. damascena (Rose) hydrolat*, P. capitatum (Rose Geranium) hydrolat*, R canina (Rosehip) hydrolat*, R. damascena (Rose) flower petal powder*), C. myrrha (Myrrh) hydrolat*, D. carota (Carrot) hydrolat^^, L-sodium hyaluronate, frequency enhanced water, vegetable glycerine, P. graveolens (rose geranium) extract*, Colloidal silver* Organic^^ Wilcrafted
Price and where to buy: US$48/AU$69 (50ml) I Am Natural Store