I'M A FIRM BELIEVER IN THE PRACTICE OF PAMPERING oneself. I think it positively impacts overall wellbeing—a philosophy that I applied to the creation of my line. The June Jacobs Spa Collection is an oasis from the chaos of the outside world, soothing to both the senses and the skin. Each product is formulated to offer a luxurious, pampering, and effective spa experience, whether enjoyed in one of the world's finest spas or in the comfort of one's home.
Rochelle Jacobs-Silpe and June Jacobs
The June Jacobs Spa Collection is truly a fusion of my life experiences—both my professional life, which is dedicated to skincare, and my passion for travel. In my travels, I've visited spas around the globe and experienced fabulous treatments and delicious products, but I always felt there was something missing from the spa market. There wasn't a great line that covered everything. Sure, you could find separate pieces from a variety of lines, but there wasn't a single brand that had it all, and I found there was often a trade-off between beauty and functionality. The pretty products looked, smelled, and felt wonderful but did little to improve the overall appearance of the skin. Conversely, the efficacious products lacked an element of desirability and, for lack of a better word, beauty.
A Passion for the Industry
I entered the world of beauty and skincare right out of college, serving as creative director and managing the offices of several prominent plastic surgeons and dermatologists in New York City. While I expanded their practices into thriving businesses, I spearheaded and managed the creation of two nationally distributed skincare lines. I quickly gained a following within the industry and was hired to consult and create products for many skincare brands. While I enjoyed consulting, I was ready to use my experience and knowledge to create my own products and build my own business. I partnered with my good friend, Peter Thomas Roth, who shared my same passion for skincare and an interest in creating the best, most effective products, and together we introduced Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Skin Care. In 1993, the first products of this joint venture were offered in dermatologists' offices, and before long, word spread and demand skyrocketed.
Products from the June Jacobs Spa Collection incorporate natural ingredients such as peppermint (top) and tropical fruit (above).
Beyond the conceptualization and development of the products, I also wanted to have a hand in the formulation. In 1999, we opened our own laboratory and manufacturing facility, June Jacobs Labs. In addition to allowing me total control over the production process, having a facility dedicated to the creation of the line allowed me to bring more innovation to the products and introduce them to market much faster.
That same year, my daughter, Rochelle Jacobs-Silpe, joined Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Skin Care at my request. With a background in finance and management, she was initially responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and assisting with the growing pains that come with any rapid expansion. She would later become instrumental in the introduction and development of the June Jacobs Spa Collection, which started to take shape soon thereafter.
In 2002, I felt I was ready to make my vision a reality. The June Jacobs Spa Collection was created to be a wholly comprehensive, encompassing line of luxurious products. I collaborated with my team of skincare experts, chemists, and physicians, and together we set about to make a difference. My goal was to blend the best ingredients on earth with today's most technologically advanced formulations and create something that brought beauty and function together in one line.
The collection is based on high concentrations of botanical ingredients from around the world, each carefully selected for its ability to deliver superior results and recognized for its soothing, restorative powers, and cutting-edge hydrosol technology. Extracting the essential waters, instead of the oils, which can be occlusive, brings the same benefits without the heaviness. It's a delicate, difficult, and costly process, but it's what makes our line stand apart from others.
Building the Business
We introduced the products through five- and six-star spas, so they could be experienced and enjoyed during treatments. We also made them available to consumers who could then continue the regimen and mirror the spa experience at home. Since the launch, I've expanded the line globally, most recently to Hong Kong and the Middle East. Today, the June Jacobs Spa Collection offers more than 70 products to meet the needs of any skin type or condition and deliver unparalleled results.
Clockwise from top right: Vibrant markets like this one in France inspire June Jacobs to experiment with ingredients; new formulations are tried in a test treatment room, and may eventually become part of product lines; the Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Skin Care line, co-founded by June Jacobs
I've always been inspired by my travels and love discovering indigenous ingredients and local spa techniques. For me, it's about escapism and creating a calming retreat. You must always make time for yourself, spoil yourself, and care for yourself—body and soul. My all-time favorite destination is the Mediterranean, and I absolutely adore France. I could spend hours wandering the outdoor markets, getting lost in the intoxicating scents of the fresh herbs, fruits, and flowers. I've incorporated fennel seeds and antioxidants into my products using extracts of pomegranate, lemon, orange, and rosemary. I've also blended the benefits of cucumber, tomato, and, of course, grapeseed extract. I also find the most incredible ingredients in Asia. I love not only the antioxidants I find in the extracts of green and white tea but also the tried-and-true basics that really work, like brown rice, ginger extract, and soy.
My vision for June Jacobs Spa Collection is to continue to create the finest high-quality products and superb treatments for the customer who, quite simply, wants the very best. I've never tried to be trendy, and the line has never aimed to follow fads. My mission is to provide customers with luxurious, pampering products that work as beautifully as they look and feel, and I think we've achieved that. —June Jacobs
June Jacobs is a member of the board of directors of Esthetic Manufacturers and Distributors Alliance (EMDA), a division of the American Beauty Association, and has been active on the board for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund since 1997. Visit www.junejacobs.com for more information.