Just as things typically go with beauty products and social media, here I was just a few months ago minding my own business and drinking my water thinking I had all the skincare products I needed. Then I started following @misscandiceb and her beautiful, pristine skincare product shots starting sucking me in. I started to zero in on one product in particular: Pearlessence Coconut Water Hydrating Mist. It looked so chic and although I’m not really into facial mists, I felt like I immediately needed it. I googled the brand and found a number of stories about it being a $7 facial mist found at T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s. It was sold online but at the time it was sold out.
Some time later—I don’t know, maybe a few weeks later—I randomly decided to check for it on tjmaxx.com and they had it! Well, they had the Rose Water Hydrating Facial Mist and not the Coconut Water one. They also wanted $8.95 shipping but I got around that by signing up for their email newsletter. A few days later, my two bottles of Pearlessence Rose Water Hydrating Facial Mist ($6.99 each) arrived neatly packed. I guess maybe hype got me, but I temporarily forgot that I do not always love floral scents. I wasn’t really found of the rose scent. I hadn’t thought much about the brand again until my homey Arnette from Round the World Girl sent me pics of her Pearlessence finds at her local Marshall’s. When I tell you the way my thirst shot all the way up. In a matter of like three days, I visited three Marshall’s and three T.J. Maxx stores AND I also placed an order on tjmaxx.com for four more items (Rose Hip Oil facial oil, Argan + Vitamin E facial oil, and an Aloe + Charcoal face mask). I DIDN’T NEED ANY OF THIS STUFF THOUGH. *face palm* It’s like a mix of the fact that this stuff is relatively inexpensive (items I’ve bought are around $6-8 each) and they’re hard to find which makes this like a big adult Easter egg hunt for skincare…lol.
But I have been curious about the brand’s origins—I mean, I DO almost have a dozen of their products. So I did a very quick Google search and found that Pearlessence is a brand owned by Jocott Brands, a company that started in 2009. When I was googling to see who else sold their products, it looked like Urban Outfitters sold their products at one point. You can also get Pearlessence products directly from the Jocott Brands site, but they’re at their regular price. You can also find them on Amazon from a variety of sellers, but also at regular price (and also a few seem to be above the regular price). I tried to reach out to someone whose LinkedIn profile said they worked for Jocott but got no response before the posting of this email. I also a few days ago tried to email their customer service but the email bounced back to me. I even left a message on their customer service line a few days ago as well, but no one has gotten back to me yet, so it still remains a mystery.
There are any number of reasons as to how products land in retailers like T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s. Sometimes brands make too many of an item that don’t sell so they wind up as discounted gems found at your local stores. Other times there might be a very slight irregularity which can be something as simple (yet not so simple for the brand…lol) like a misprint. And another of the many reasons could be that a brand decided to discontinue a product line and sells off the excess through a TJX brand. I have no idea what the case is with Pearlessence as none of my attempts to contact were answered, but I can speculate that perhaps the company is going through some sort of restructuring. It’s not like I’m some random weirdo poking around their offices after hours or something…lol. I’ve been blogging for almost 11 years, have written for major magazines, and shoot, I even have a verified blue check on both Twitter and Instagram…lol.
If I hear more, I’ll update this post, but if you know anything, leave me a comment.
So now into these products.
To be honest, I mostly bought them because the idea that they were harder to find and my thirst got the best of me. I’ve only really used the Coconut Water Hydrating Mist (which I love but the bottle is made of glass so I only use it in the house) and the Aloe + Charcoal cleanser (pretty good—nothing extremely amazing about it but it definitely wasn’t bad). I LOVE the look of the packaging which is what lured me into this brand in the first place along with the TJX price tags (for comparison the Coconut Water is $20 on the Jocott Brands site and was $6.99 at TJX). As I actually wind up trying things, I’ll be sure to share my thoughts so make sure you subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss it.
If you’re looking to buy some products, your best bet might be to order online at the T.J. Maxx site but if you don’t mind a little hunt, look at several of your local T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s stores, but of course inventory will vary by location.