Naruko Raw Job’s Tears Supercritical CO2 Whitening Night Gelly Is Like My Favourite Sweet Barley Drink

It’s not a surprise that I’m quite a fan of Naruko products. I find most of their products very suitable for my combination skin, and they’re affordable. So when I was in Malaysia at the end of 2011, I stocked up on more Naruko items. One of the items I purchased was from the Raw Job’s Tears range, which I’ve not encountered, and that was the Supercritical C02 Whitening Night Gelly.

Naruko Raw Job's Tears Supercritical CO2 Whitening Night Gelly

Naruko Raw Job's Tears

I had to do a background check on Job’s Tears as I had no clue what it was. I found out that Job’s Tears were coix seeds, which looked like barley (although not the same genus). According to Naruko, Raw Job’s Tears is equivalent to the combination of fine Job’s Tears and Job’s Tears wheat bran. Raw Job’s Tears in the Naruko range are extracted from Nantou, Taiwan, and are apparently effective whitening ingredients that help clear melanin and dark spots on the skin. A more elaborate description of what Naruko’s Raw Job’s Tears does can be found on the Naruko Malaysia website (I did not link the Taiwanese website as I can’t read Chinese :P).

Naruko Raw Job's Tears Supercritical CO2 Whitening Night Gelly

For such a fancy name to the product, let’s take a look at what it did for me, shall we?

Firstly, let’s talk about the packaging. It’s typical Naruko packaging; it comes in a heavy glass jar, and a plastic lid. Jars are not my favourite form of packaging as it’s prone to germs everytime you open and close the lid. Having said that, a few of my really good skincare products come in jars, so I suppose it’s a matter of choosing your battles :). It also comes with a small spatula so that you don’t have to use your fingers to dip into the gelly.

Secondly, the texture is a thick translucent gel, which sort of reminds me of thickened egg white. It goes on the skin really smoothly, and somehow feels a tad silicone-y. I’m afraid I chucked the box before photographing the ingredients (bad beauty blogger!), so I cannot say for sure if there are silicones in the moisturiser, because by feel alone, it does remind me of Olay’s serums. It feels slightly thicker than Clinique’s Moisture Surge.

Naruko Raw Job's Tears Supercritical CO2 Whitening Night Gelly

Next, there’s the scent. This is what made me suspect that raw Job’s tears might be barley (or something close to barley), because it does smell like barley! It reminds me of the iced barley drinks I highly enjoyed in Malaysia.

So, did the night gelly work for me? I’ve been using this for close to 3 months now, and to be honest, I did not notice any whitening of the skin. My skin did not look any lighter than it did before nor reduce the appearance of the freckles on my cheeks. So for whitening purposes, this does not check the description boxes.

However, as a moisturiser, it does a decent job in keeping my skin hydrated throughout the night. As this is called a “night gelly”, I assumed this to be a night cream. For oily/combination skin, this will be sufficient in summer, when the days are warm as this is pretty light on the skin. Try keeping this in the fridge, because it feels fantastic on the skin when it’s stinking hot outside :P.

As I haven’t used this in winter, I cannot vouch for its efficacy then. I would not recommend this for those with dry skin because I don’t think it will be moisturising enough.

Will I repurchase this? Hmmm … at the point, I don’t think so. I still have quite a lot of the moisturiser to complete, and when the season turns and it gets dry and chilly at night, I would prefer something a little richer, even for my combination skin.

Naruko Raw Job’s Tears Supercritical CO2 Whitening Night Gelly retails at RM45 (approximately AU$14) for 60ml and is available at Watsons (Malaysia). It’s also available on Sasa.com for US$13.

What I like about it: Affordable moisturiser, lightweight and oil-free for combination skin

What I do not like about it: Not hydrating enough for other skin types, the sweet barley scent may not suit everyone’s tastes.

You can read more about Job’s tears here.

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  1. LeGeeque

    Job’s tears? Name’s intriguing. STEVE JOBS’ TEARS?! /geek mode over/ Need me to stock up on this for you from Malaysia when I fly over? :)
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    1. Tine

      LeGeeque: Hardy hah hah :P Nah it’s okay, thanks. I have a few tubs of Naruko moisturisers left to use :P

  2. Madam M

    I’ve been really impressed with Naruko products I’ve used so far. I am currently using the Raw Job’s Tear toner. I’ve only been using for a few weeks so i can’t really say if its had any effect but i certainly feels lovely on my skin.
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    1. Tine

      Madam M: Aww drats, I only bought the night gelly and not the toner. I’d like anything that feels lovely on the skin. I think I’ll get this to try the next time I place an order on Sasa. Thanks for the recommendation :)

  3. Eli

    I once got confused Job’s Tears with pearl barley and got a knock on the head from my gran when I brought the soup to the table.

    Was actually tempted to buy this in Malaysia but it didn’t seem moisturising enough. =/ Boo.
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    1. Tine

      Eli: Ouch. That’s better than me. I had no idea what Job’s Tears were and thought it was just another gimmicky name :P
      I don’t think this is moisturising enough for those with dry skin. Even with my combination skin, I think I’ll give it a miss in winter. Lovely to use in summer though. Even better if I have an iced barley drink in one hand :P

  4. Sabine

    I learnt something today! I actually thought Job’s Tears WERE barley all this time… The smell sounds divine actually – I have to google a recipe for chilled barley drinks :) Do you crave them after you’ve put on the moisturiser?
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    1. Tine

      Sabine: Hahaha I’ve been drinking barley drinks ever since I was very young. It’s a Chinese belief that it will counteract one’s “heatiness” in the body. Don’t ask how “heatiness” work, because even my Asian doctor pals can’t explain it :P

      Bowl pearl barley in a pot of water with some knotted pandan leaves and rock sugar. Let it boil down. You can control how you want it; the more water you add, it’s, well, like water, but if you boil it down further, then it becomes a viscous liquid. Either way, with ice, YUMMMMMM!!! :D :D

      1. Sabine

        I must have too much “heatiness” going on because I don’t like summer – and now, I can justify high consumption of barley drinks by saying I need them for “heatiness” ;) Your recipe sounds amazing!!! xx
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  5. Jyoan

    Ooo, so Job’s Tears are barley!

    I also love the Naruko am+pm skincare line Hydrating Moisturizer… the one in a tube.

    I just finished my tube! And I had been contemplating if I should get the Job’s Tears range or not, because it looks like it’s targeted for sensitive dry skin… …
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    1. Tine

      Jyoan: Yeah, I had no idea :P I haven’t tried the am+pm range yet though, so I’m looking forward to that one. It’s interesting that the Job’s Tears range is targeted to sensitive and dry skin, because I didn’t think it would be hydrating enough for dry skin. And I have combination skin :P

  6. Beauty Box

    Appatently Naruko night jellies are meant to be used after your moisturizer to seal in the moisture.

    1. Tine

      Beauty Box: Oooooh really? I had no idea. I’m going to try it out that way and see if it works. Thanks for the tip! :)

  7. elle

    i just finish this ^^ i like it coz its light (i love gel type) but i transfer the whole thing into a pump coz i dont like jars
    xoxo elle
    ps: did u cut out the box and folded them? whats the purpose of that?
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    1. Tine

      Elle: That’s a good idea. I’m not a fan of jars either. I always have this concern that every time I take the lid off, millions of germs are zooming in onto my creams and gels :P

      PS: I did with a few boxes before this. In the end I just chucked them. They didn’t look as good as they ought to be :P

  8. Clara

    I’m falling for supercritical oils lately so I might give this a try. Nice review :)
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