Summer Must-Have Products! June Jacobs Cucumber Cleanser & Mario Badescu Cucumber Toner

Jenni reviews two refreshingly cooling cucumber beauty products, that will help your skin beat the heat this summer

Summer can be a tricky season when trying to achieve a balanced skincare routine. I believe that’s because your skin can be both dry from the sun and oily from the heat. I suffer from both dryness and oily acne-prone skin in the summer, and so I like to balance the two with the cooling and soothing properties of cucumbers.  My two summer 2012 ‘must-have’ cucumber-based products are June Jacobs Cooling Cucumber Cleanser and Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion.


This Cucumber Cleanser is one of my all-time favorite ‘seasonal products’ for the summer. I first purchased it 3 summers ago for my sensitive skin that also happened to be quite dry from the sun. I instantly loved it, and I’ve repurchased it every summer since then. What I love most about this cleanser, for the hot summer months, is the “Cooling” and calming effects it has on the skin. Additionally, this cleanser smells so lovely and fresh (of cucumbers) and it leaves my skin firm yet smooth. There is nothing better than washing your face with a cool, lightly foaming, soothing and refreshing cleanser after a long hot day in the sun! It is pretty expensive at $44.00 / 3.4 oz tube, but it’s very concentrated and a little goes a very long way. One half of a pea size more than cleans your whole face, so if the price scares you just think of it like being the equivalent of buying 3 less concentrated cleansers.

Product Description: Calming and soothing, this paraben and preservative free cleanser gently sweeps away surface impurities with cucumber extract, a natural astringent. Powerful patent pending anti-oxidant blend of white, red and green tea extracts combined with goji berry, pomegranate and grape seed extracts help to neutralize free radicals, protect skin from environmental toxins and combat the visible signs of premature aging. Allantoin helps regenerate dry, damaged skin, leaving it clean, soft, supple and revitalized.

Available at $44.00, or $35.15


This toner is AMAZING for my summertime oily, acne-prone, but dry around cheeks skin! I love how fresh and clean my face feels with this cleansing toner lotion. It removes oil and residue and prevents bacteria from causing infection. It does so without drying out your skin and risk causing any form of irritation. Excellent product for all skin types, but especially for oily acne-prone skin.  Also, all Mario Badescu products are very affordable for the quality, and this toner is no exception at $27.00 / 16 oz bottle it will last all summer long.

Product Description: T-Zone Shine Control! Your skin will be refreshed and deep cleansed with our 4% alcohol and soothing Cucumber Extract astringent. Removes pore clogging residue and disinfects skin’s surface for thoroughly clean skin to prevent future acne problems.

Available at $27.00 or $15.00

This review is part of a special multi-post feature for the summer, where I will be reviewing each of my summer 2012 “Must-have” Beauty Products. So far my must have product list includes some new products as well as some oldies but goodies, but each one equally fabulous!
Previous summer must-have product reviews include:

  • Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Powder Foundation SPF 20 (here)
  • Supergoop City & Sand Sunscreen travel Beach Tote (here)
  • Sara Happ Green Apple Lip Scrub (here)
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Succulence of Dew Sheer Lipstick “Tongue Tickles” (here)

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