REVIEW: Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

Product provided for review.

This is a fast-absorbing vitamin C face oil/serum from Klairs called the Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop which helps to brighten your skin tone, reduce the signs of ageing, and fade dark pigmentation.  I've been using it for a few months already and I'm about 75% through the bottle (it comes in a clear, dropper style glass container).



Vitamin C is an essential ingredient in a lot of products aiming to lighten freckles, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (think acne scars), melasma, and general skin unevenness.  Vitamin C comes in many chemical forms, which I won't get into in this review, but Dear Klairs uses ascorbic acid (5%) in this product.

Product Features

According to the manufacturer, the product is non-irritating, transforming, and multi-solutioned - meaning the product has multiple beneficial effects for the skin without causing hyper-sensitivity. Specifically, the product has calming, brightening, anti-aging, and moisturizing benefits from some key ingredients:

  • Ascorbic Acid
  • Centella Asiatic Extract
  • Camellia Sinensis Callus Culture Extract
  • Bacillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment Extract
  • Sodium Hyaluronate

and the list goes on....

Here's the full cosdna list and you will see that the ingredients all rate REALLY well on the irritant/allergy scale. Almost all, except a couple, rate a 1 on safety which is AMAZING.

IngredientFunctionAcneIrritantSafety 
Water
‧Solvent
1
Propylene Glycol
‧Solvent
‧Viscosity Control
‧Moisturizer
00
3
Ascorbic Acid
‧Antioxidant
‧Whitening
00
1
Hydroxyethylcellulose
‧Viscosity Control
1
Centella Asiatica Extract
‧Anti-inflammatory
1
Citrus Junos Fruit Extract
1
Illicium Verum Fruit Extract
‧Fragrance
1
Citrus Paradisi Fruit Extract
2
Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract
Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract
1
Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract
‧Moisturizer
‧Anti-inflammatory
‧Astringent
1
Polysorbate 60
‧Surfactant
‧Emulsifier
3
Brassica Oleracea Italica Extract
‧Astringent
1
Chaenomeles Sinensis Fruit Extract
‧Moisturizer
‧Antioxidant
‧Emollient
‧Astringent
1
Orange
Brazilian Orange Oil
1
Sodium Acrylate/
Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer

‧Viscosity Control
1
Disodium EDTA
1
Lavandula Angustifolia Oil
‧Fragrance
‧Emollient
‧Plant extract
1
Camellia Sinensis Extract
‧Antioxidant
1
Larix Europaea Wood Extract
‧Moisturizer
‧Plant extract
Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract
‧Plant extract
Rheum Palmatum Root Extract
‧Astringent
1
Asarum Sieboldi Root Extract
‧Plant extract
1
Persicaria Hydropiper Extract
Corydalis Turtschaninovii Root Extract
Coptis Chinensis Root Extract
‧Antioxidant
1
Magnolia Obovata Bark Extract
1
Lysine HCL
Proline
‧Antistatic
‧Moisturizer
1
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate
‧Antioxidant
‧Whitening
1
Acetyl methionine
1
Theanine
‧Moisturizer
Lecithin
‧Moisturizer
‧Antioxidant
‧Emollient
‧Emulsifier
1
Acetyl Glutamine
‧Emollient
1
Oligopeptide-1
sh-Oligopeptide-1
1
Oligopeptide-2
sh-Oligopeptide-2
Polypeptide
1, 9, 11
‧Cell regeneration
1
Sodium Hyaluronate
‧Moisturizer00
1
Caprylyl Glycol
‧Moisturizer
‧Emollient
1
Butylene Glycol
‧Solvent
‧Moisturizer
10
1
1,2-Hexanediol
‧Solvent
1
Quercus Mongolia Leaf Extractno matched results
Bacillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment Extractno matched results

This product is jam packed with a lot of extracts and some really good ones as well.

Ingredients
Water, Propylene Glycol, Ascorbic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Centella Asiatica Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, IlliciumVerum(Anise) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polysorbate60, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Chaenomeles Sinensis Fruit Extract, Orange Oil Brazil, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Camellia Sinensis Callus Culture Extract, Larix Europaea Wood Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Rheum Palmatum Root Extract, Asarum Sieboldi Root Extract, Quercus Mongolia Leaf Extract, Persicaria Hydropiper Extract, Corydalis Turtschaninovii Root Extract, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, Magnolia Obovata Bark Extract, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Lecithin, Acetyl Glutamine, SH-Olgopeptide-1, SH-Olgopeptide-2, SH-Polypeptide-1, SH-Polypeptide-9, SH-Polypeptide-11, Bacillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, CaprylylGlycol, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol.

How to use?

I apply this nightly right before bed after I've (double) cleansed my face and applied a pH-adjusting/balancing toner.  Using just 2-3 drops, I apply it all over my face and then gently pat down/press to assist with absorption and to help warm up the skin.  After application, I apply my eye creams and night time moisturizer.  

Verdict?

Other than the clear bottle - it should really be opaque or at least tinted to protect the ingredients (particularly the ascorbic acid) from light degradation - this product has really impressed me in the I-wake-up-with-calm-clear-skin kind of way.  The calming, soothing, and overall skin tone balancing effect is noticeable after a few applications at night.  I wake up with more supple skin and less overall redness and irritation.  As for my PIH or sunspots, those have taken longer to fade.  I only started to notice a difference when I finished about 50% of the bottle which was several weeks in.  I would say that this product is best used in conjunction with other skin brightening and dark spot removal products such as an AHA or BHA based toner.  If you are afraid of over-sensitizing your skin since this product already has 5% ascorbic acid, then I suggest using a well-balanced toner with a pH of 5.5.



Efficacy
Price
Formulation
Design
Total
Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop
4/5
5/5
4/5

5/5

18/20

You can buy this product at the following, trusted e-retailers:
Wishtrend - $23 USD



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