After about five minutes into watching my first Jordan Samuel video on Youtube, I already knew I would be trying his skincare. If you haven’t seen them for yourself, go check them out ASAP (click here). Except maybe finish reading this post first. Then go watch. And if you were wondering, this is not a sponsored post. I bought these products on my own and wanted to share my experience with you all.
Jordan Samuel is a retired ballet dancer committed to well-formulated, effective skincare after experiencing the negative side affects of heavy stage makeup during his years as a performer. He is not only highly trained and passionate about his work as an esthetician, but incredibly genuine when discussing his products and brand. He is very active on his Instagram account (where I first discovered JSS) and loves to dish on a variety of skincare topics on his Youtube channel as well.
When I decided to take the plunge with JSS about four months ago, the only products currently released were the Plie Cleanser, Hydrate Serum, and Etoile Oil. Since then Jordan has added an Etoile with retinol oil to the line, which I have not tried (and do not plan to at this stage in my life).
You can buy his three original products bundled for $75, which I did since I was in the market for a new cleanser and almost out of facial serum. While it may seem like a lot of money to shell out at once, I would consider an average of $25 per item a moderate price.
Plie Treatment Cleanser (soon to be re-named the After Show Treatment Cleanser)
This is a gel-to-oil cleanser that has a light and fresh fruity scent. It does not contain added fragrance, but instead the scent is derived from fruit extracts included in the formula. On days that I wear minimal makeup, I will usually first remove makeup with jojoba oil before cleansing my face with Plie. If I am wearing a lot of product during the day, I will opt to use Plie first as a makeup remover, and again as a second cleanse.
This cleanser effortlessly dissolves makeup and also provides a deep, yet non-stripping, cleanse for my skin. It contains olive, grapeseed, and jojoba oils which help keep my skin soft, while apple, sugarcane and willowbark extracts aid in exfoliation. After massaging the cleanser into my face, I sometimes let it set on my face for several minutes before rinsing off to act as a quick mask which gives my skin a slight brightening and smoothing effect. This has definitely been the standout item for me from Jordan Samuel’s line, and I am well into my second tube already. I truly look forward to using it every night.
Hydrate serum is the step between cleansing and applying oil to the face which aptly offers, hydration. As Jordan mentions in one of his videos, skin is made of both oil and water, and so applying oil straight to skin without adding a “water” step can prove less effective. The ingredients in this product include vitamin C, aloe, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and cucumber, tamarind, and passion flower extracts. I notice that my skin feels smoother and somewhat plumper (in the best way!) after using it. Most notably, I find that applying this before my facial oil helps it to sink into my skin better.
This facial oil contains argan and marula oils, as well as a high concentration of cranberry seed oil, which Jordan notes is the only oil to contain a 1:1 ratio of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, as well as all 8 vitamin E groups. After applying Hydrate, I massage about 4-5 drops of Etoile Facial Oil onto my face. For me, this oil helps to keep my skin moisturized and looking healthy. I personally do not find it to be a mind blowing product for my skin, but is a nice face oil that keeps my skin moisturized and free from dry patches. I have not seen dramatic changes in my skin, but I was also not seeking that out.
To note: my skin is not especially problematic, and I have fairly normal skin with just a few oily spots and dry patches. My skin is slightly sensitive however, and I sometimes break out from oils that don’t work for my skin. The texture of my skin has been extremely even and I have experienced no major breakouts since using this.
If you have tried anything from Jordan Samuel, what did you think?