I love wearing makeup as much as the next person, but I certainly do not love taking it off. The last thing I feel like doing before bed is the seemingly endless scrubbing. And my skin doesn’t like it either. There has to be a better way, and JUNOCO’s Ultimate Cleansing Bundle seems to be it.
*Before we get to the skinny, I’d like to thank JUNOCO. for sending me the products reviewed in this article. Not to worry, though, this is still my honest, REAL DEAL REVIEW.
California-based skincare brand JUNOCO. was founded in response to the need for inclusivity and responsibility in the skincare industry. This innovative brand pushed back against the standard of poreless perfection in favor of celebrating the beauty of healthy skin, no matter how “imperfect.”
JUNOCO. boasts a product lineup that is organic, vegan, and ethically sourced. From the actual formulas to the packaging, Juno & Co. puts the health of our skin and our environment front and center. The brand does not use microplastics that irritate skin and harm marine life. Juno upcycles ingredients, utilizes renewable plant resources, and uses recyclable packaging.
JUNOCO. currently offers 20 products: ten skincare products, a primer cream, and seven sponges (and a sponge cleaner). I tried Clean 10 for a week, as part of the Ultimate Cleanse, and here’s how it went.
Clean 10 Cleansing Balm and the Ultimate Cleansing Bundle
Clean 10 Cleansing Balm is the product that really brought JUNOCO to the forefront recently. Clean 10 recently went viral on TikTok and comes highly recommended by the likes of Vogue, Byrdie, and more! You may have heard of Clean 10 from one of these places, but did you know that this superhero balm had sidekicks? Meet the Ultimate Cleanse Bundle.
The Ultimate Cleanse Bundle comes with the Clean 10 Cleansing Balm, Cleansing Cookie, and Clarifying Cleansing Powder. All three products can be purchased and used separately, but at the time of writing this article, all three products are available together in a bundle for $36.86, a 10% discount. (You can purchase them on the company’s website.) These three products are the perfect setup for a double cleanse when used together.
What is a Double Cleanse?
Double cleansing is a two-step cleansing process for the skin that involves an oil-based agent followed by a water-based agent. The first cleanse harnesses the power of oil to remove the first layer of gunk from your skin, allowing the second water-based product to cleanse the skin more deeply.
Clean 10 Cleansing Balm – 3 oz., $14.95
The first step in the JUNOCO double cleansing regimen is the TikTok viral Clean 10 Cleansing Balm. This balm is formulated to remove water-based makeup and other pollutants of the day without stripping.
It also has a minimal formula with just 10 ingredients. Featured among those ingredients is Japanese pearl barley, which has antioxidant properties and vitamins that help brighten the skin.
Cleansing Cookie – $8.00
The perfect partner to the Clean 10 Cleansing Balm is the Cleansing Cookie. The Cleansing Cookie aids in the Clean 10 process. This gentle cotton pad is a great reusable alternative to makeup wipes, making it better for the skin and the environment. After applying Clean 10, wet your Cleansing Cookie and massage your face until makeup or other residue is removed. Once you’re done, you can just toss it in the washing machine and wash/dry it like a towel.
Clarifying Cleansing Powder – 3.76 oz, $18.00
The second step in JUNOCO’s double cleanse duo is the Clarifying Cleansing Powder. This powder-to foam cleanser follows up the oil-based Clean 10 Cleansing Balm with nourishing moisture and gentle exfoliation.
The Clarifying Cleansing Powder features several power ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, one of the most heralded hydrators on the market today. Also playing a major role in this cleanser are rice lees extract, a source of antioxidants, papain for exfoliation, and rice powder for the revitalization of the skin.
Equally important to note is what isn’t in the Clarifying Cleansing Powder. It is hypoallergenic* and does not contain added chemicals, alcohols, astringents, sulfates, or fragrances. This is a major appeal for people like me who have relatively sensitive skin.
*Note: It is important to always patch test products 24 hours before use, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Used together these three products give a deeper cleanse in a gentler manner.
Did the Ultimate Cleansing Bundle work for me?
I test-drove Clean 10 and its companion products over the course of about a week. Typically, I do not wear makeup every day, but this week, I happened to be attending a conference. I ended up wearing varying degrees of makeup every day for five days.
The Clean 10 Cleansing Balm and Clarifying Cleansing Powder can be used morning and/or night, but given the depth of the cleanse I was expecting, I integrated it into my night routine in place of my normal cleanser and exfoliant. Here are some highlights of my test drive.
My First Impression of the Ultimate Cleansing Bundle
I first used Clean 10 Cleansing Balm and the Clarifying Cleansing Powder together after a day of light makeup. I was expecting Clean 10 to be stiffer in texture, but in actuality, it warms to the consistency of softened butter. How decadent! It has a pleasant natural orange smell, thanks to California tangerines. I found that the balm did a good job removing my makeup without leaving my face feeling greasy.
I followed up with the Clarifying Cleanser Powder, and I must say, it is my unexpected favorite of the duo. Once water is added the powder transforms into a delightfully smooth foam. Applied to the face, it leaves the skin both clean and very soft to the touch. It has all the properties of my current cleanser and my favorite micro-foliant in one product. As a matter of fact, this cleanser sees my daily scrub and raises it a ton of moisture.
When I woke up the next morning, I found my skin to still be soft, vibrant, and free of any irritation. Needless to say, I was quite impressed with the double cleanse system.
Mid-Week Results of JUNOCO Skincare
On day 3 of my test, I got to test the entire Ultimate Cleanse on a full face of makeup – primer, medium coverage foundation, setting spray, powder, the works. The Cleansing Cookie was also added to the mix. I found that removing my makeup required a little more of the Clean 10 product than Day 1. However, it is worth noting that Clean 10 successfully removed my waterproof mascara without much effort.
The Cleansing Cookie is also very smooth to the touch, more like a plush pillow than a towel. My first impression was that it was almost too smooth but still effective. My only complaint is that it did not quite come all the way clean after a hot wash cycle with my towels.
Unlike, normal makeup remover, I was not left with raccoon eyes or mascara flakes to contend with. As with the first day, the Clarifying Cleansing Powder performed stellarly. Full disclosure – no matter how hard I scrub, I have the hardest time removing makeup from my hairline. In doing my final check of the night, I found no remnants, which means all three products did their job.
Would I purchase Clean 10 Cleansing Balm, Cleansing Cookie, and Clarifying Cleansing Powder again?
I had never considered an intentional double cleansing regimen before trying these products. I was under the impression that this method was just for those with oily or acne-prone skin, and that it would be too harsh. The JUNOCO Ultimate Cleansing Bundle has opened my eyes to the concept. All the products were very easy to use, gentle on the skin, and made my night cleansing much more efficient. After a week of use, I can definitely recommend this collection for a comfortable, effective, and relatively affordable clean.
Verdict: Mighty Fine
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Easy to use
Provides lasting softness
Cleansing Balm - Prominent scent may be irritating for some