August 30, 2012

beauty scoop | just neem neem cure

A few weeks ago, my face exploded.

Because of stress, poor eating and the general timing of my cycle, my face erupted in more than seven breakouts.

A state of panic doesn’t help with calming the skin, so instead, I took to my beauty stash to do everything I could to treat the blemishes I’d acquired and prevent any new ones from forming during that hectic week.

As you all know, my go-to is tea tree and jojoba. I did several of these treatments over the course of two days, but also decided that my skin may want a shot of something different — something it wasn’t used to using — to combat my breakouts.

Enter neem oil.

Neem oil is similar to tea tree oil in that it’s a natural antiseptic and antifungal. It’s popular in India and especially in Ayurvedic medicine because of its healing properties, but one thing that most people can’t get over is it’s smell.

Straight up neem oil does not smell good. It smells like burnt peanuts and onions and garlic.

I have a small sample of neem soap, a neem and jojoba oil face serum and a neem, jojoba and essential blend. Of these three, only one of them, the last one, smells good.

just neem neem cure

{Just Neem sent me a sample of its Neem Cure oil, which retails for $8.50, to review. Photo Courtesy Just Neem}

Just Neem’s Neem Cure combines neem oil, jojoba oil and a mixture of smell-good essential oils to deliver a potent zit-zapping cure in a bottle minus the stank. I used this, in combination with the stinky neem soap, for four days straight to help calm my skin and shrink my pimples.

It worked.

Did it work better than tea tree and jojoba? I’m not totally sure. I think they were about the same.

But I do think that my skin reacted to this antifungal a lot quicker this time because it was something new (does your skin ever get “used to” products?).

All I did with the Just Neem Neem Cure is stick a cotton swab into the bottle and dab the liquid directly onto my breakouts.

Because Neem Cure is formulated with neem essential oil and jojoba oil, there’s no need to dilute — the diluting is done for you! It takes one step out of my beloved tea tree and jojoba oil process, and I don’t worry about overexposing my skin to a raw essential oil.

My only gripe about Just Neem Neem Cure is its lack of full ingredient disclosure on the packaging. I’m not sure what comprises the “essential oil blend,” which smells very good (floral!). The company website does list an ingredients glossary, but it’s not specific to each product.

Just Neem wouldn’t reveal the essential oil blend to me, and while this is perfectly legal and normal in the beauty industry, I appreciate companies that are transparent in their labeling (besides, if you use lots of essential oils, just list them — it’s the percentages and ratios that really matter!).

I think it would be helpful to update this for those of us with allergy concerns and general conscientiousness toward what we put on our bodies. What do you think?

Have you ever tried neem oil? What are your go-to acne busters? I think neem is going to have a permanent space in my vanity…but I’ll definitely have to mix in some smell-good oils with it!

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  • Casey

    I started moisterizing with jojoba oil after reading it on your blog and I LOVE it! So cheap, makes my skin feel so much softer, and I’m hoping (fingers crossed) it’s decreasing the intensity of breakouts. Thanks!!!

  • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @casey that’s great! i’m glad you are loving it. i talk about it all the freakin’ time on the blog and hope it doesn’t fall on deaf ears (eyes?) :) xo

  • http://www.pureinart.com Tina Kraemer

    I’ve been using the tea tree oil/jojoba oil combo (from my favorite store, Trader Joe’s!) after coming across your blog and loving how its working!! I feel like I’m actually treating my skin instead of poisoning it!

  • Susan

    I’m thinking about switching back to jojoba. I’ve been using argan oil on my face at night, and while I like it, I don’t think it’s as balancing as the jojoba was. I’ve never tried neem—probably because I didn’t know it’s benefits.

    Random and slightly related question: do you know if essential oils expire in the way that other beauty products do? I have some tea tree that I’d like to use, but I’ve had it for a few years.

  • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @tina so glad you are liking the jojoba + tea tree combination! sometimes the simpler, the better :)

  • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @susan use the argan oil in your hair! though i do prefer coconut oil in the hair…you can also use argan to mix with another essential oil and apply as a body moisturizer. as for the essential oil expiration dates, im not entirely sure…i think it will lose potency, but not necessarily go bad. but if it smells bad, then throw it out. sounds like i got some researching and blogging to do for you :)

  • http://www.justneem.com/ Leslie

    Hi Kimberly!
    Thanks for your review. I am so glad you liked our Neem Cure! It is wonderful for many skin issues as well as acne.

    A quick difference between Tea Tree & Neem – While both Neem Oil & Tea Tree Oil have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, Tea Tree has a tendency to be harsh on skin & can dry out the skin. But, Neem Oil is very high in Vitamin E and fatty acids that will heal without over drying and keeps skin soft. Try our Neem Soap (it also smells great) along with the Neem Cure.

    BTW, our ingredients are listed under each product and have been approved and used by the buyers of Whole Foods Market.

    Thanks again! We love to spread the word about Neem!

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