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For over thirty years, June Jacobs has been a world-renowned spa visionary and beauty and wellness expert. Growing up steeped in Mediterranean tradition, June was captivated as a child by the uses of the ingredients local to her family’s ancestral home on the coast of the Caspian Sea. She observed the resourceful and beautiful women in her family utilize anti-oxidant rich ingredients for healing and beauty remedies as well as overall well-being.
Along with these passed down, traditions was the influence of physicians, inventors and merchants within her large family. June learned the importance of science, practical application, and technological innovation and began working as a consultant in the offices of several esteemed dermatologists and plastic surgeons.
While putting her daughter, Rochelle, through college, June built and sustained relationships with patients and grew her reputation in New York City among some of the finest cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists. Afterward, it was time to execute her own dreams and visions. She set out with her daughter, now a businesswoman and self-confessed skin care junkie, to launch their own collection of luxury skin care products – June Jacobs Skin Care.
BITB spoke with June about her journey to creating her own skin care line and the products she can’t live without.
1. Tell us about your inspiration behind creating June Jacobs Skin Care. What have been some of the setbacks and greatest achievements along the way?
I grew up watching the women in my family create their own healing and beauty remedies using anti-oxidant rich ingredients sourced from our ancestral home on the coast of the Caspian Sea. I watched the women infuse green tea, white tea, red tea, pomegranate, grape seed and goji berry into daily creams and tonics resulting in youthful, glowing skin. I wanted to leverage the science behind the use of these ingredients and pay homage to the skincare rituals passed down through my family generationally, which lead to the creation of my exclusive patented anti-oxidant blend, featured in every June Jacobs product. This blend of extracts provides protection against free radicals while simultaneously making the active ingredients in the formulas even more effective.
One of my biggest achievements was opening up June Jacobs Labs, our contract manufacturing facility for June Jacobs and Peter Thomas Roth. This enabled us to come to market quickly with new, high-quality products. The investment in the lab was monetarily risky – requiring an investment in a large warehouse, state of the art manufacturing and employees (chemists, formulators, research & developers, supply chain, etc.), but I felt that the opportunity outweighed the risk. My main focus when it comes to my business has always been high quality skincare with superior ingredients. When it comes to working with 3rd party vendors, I could not get the transparency nor was the speed-to-market that I felt needed for my company. Many of my industry counterparts felt the same. I knew that ability to control the full product lifecycle from product ideation with a well-established R&D team, control over sourcing the finest of raw materials and fast & flexible distribution, was what I needed to do to propel the business forward.
2. How is your skincare line unique in terms of ingredients and formulations?
Each June Jacobs product contains our powerful patented blend of six anti-oxidants to combat the visible signs of premature aging. This unique anti-oxidant blend of extracts (white tea, red tea, green tea, goji berry, pomegranate and grape seed) provides protection against free radicals while simultaneously making the active ingredients even more effective. Free radicals are skin cell destroyers, trigger premature aging and cause sagging and wrinkles. Anti-oxidants are youth preservers, prevent cellular damage and are free radical defenders. Our exclusive blend of fruits and teas outperformed anti-oxidant activity against the most widely used ingredients. The collection of our exclusive patented blend provides superior protection as opposed to their individual counterparts. We have a 20-year skin care patent entitled “Anti-oxidant Compositions for the Cleansing and Conditioning of Skin,” Patent #9,126,061.
3. What is in your cosmetic bag and on your bathroom vanity? (be specific and name brands please).
- June Jacobs Anti-Aging Foaming Cleanser – If I’m noticing a spot coming, this cleanser is my anti-acne hero!
- June Jacobs Neroli Hydrating Mist – I can’t get enough of this hydrating mist. It’s my makeup refresher that instantly resets my mood.
- June Jacobs Intensive Age Defying Hand & Foot Cream – A smoothing hand and foot cream with an intoxicating rose scent.
- Laura Geller Spackle Under Makeup Primer – This primer leaves me feeling confident to go out in the heat without worrying about my makeup melting.
- Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair – The miracle serum that leaves me flawless come morning.
- Chanel le Vernis Nail Polish, Ballerina – My go-to shade nude for summer months.