Nourishing Eye Gel was once rated highly due to its antioxidant content and refreshing but non-irritating gel texture for normal to very oily skin. However, the rating has changed because the translucent bottle packaging for this gel means it must be kept away from light if you want the antioxidants to remain effective. We’re also concerned about the lavender in this product, although it is present in its tea form (as opposed to the oil or extract), which reduces its potential for causing problems. This product has its strong points but a few formulary improvements would make it a top pick. By the way, this doesn’t contain anything special for the eye area; those with puffy, irritated eyes may find the gel texture refreshing, but the same ingredients in this eye gel are used in lots of facial moisturizers, too.
Time-release formula combines powerful anti-oxidants, replenishing moisturizers, and pure premium botanicals to help neutralize sun and environmental damage for soft, smooth, youthful skin. Use regularly for best results.
Purified Water, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract (Organic), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Extract (Organic), Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract (Organic), Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) (Organic), Soy Protein, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice (Organic), Hyaluronic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Hydrosol, Sodium Carbomer, Algin, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Retinyl Palmitate, Cholecalciferol, Panthenol, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, 15% Organic Content
Beauty Without Cruelty, established in 1963, is a British import that began by selling makeup. At the time, they had a unique angle, in that they did not test their products on animals, and in 1963, most cosmetics companies did test their products on animals. But today, many companies can (and do) proudly boast that they do not test their products on animals, and, technically, that is true. However, despite the fact that these companies (including Beauty Without Cruelty) don't test their finished products on animals, the formulations they sell are based on ingredient research that was done primarily on animals. Sunscreens, vitamins, myriad plant extracts, and a vast range of other cosmetic ingredients have established their efficacy and safety based on recent or current animal testing. Although it is wonderful that companies like Beauty Without Cruelty do not test their products on animals, many of their formulations, just like those from every other cosmetics company in the industry, include ingredients whose effects are based on the results of animal research. Otherwise, how else would they know if their ingredients worked or if they were safe?
If Beauty Without Cruelty does excel in one area, it is that none of their ingredients are sourced from animals, which is somewhat unique in the industry and definitely a plus for vegans. However, it would be naïve to believe that any company can stay abreast of what is and isn't healthy for skin without the animal testing of the ingredients in their products. The companies may not be doing the testing, but someone is (or did), and this knowledge forms the basis for numerous new discoveries about what various ingredients can and cannot do for our skin.
Much like the rest of the cosmetics industry, Beauty Without Cruelty makes elaborate claims about the benefits of its plant extracts. And, as is also the case for many other cosmetics companies, they use plant extracts and essential oils that are both irritants and anti-irritants. For the most part their products are a mixed bag; there is one good sunscreen and some average cleansers, but many of their products are not recommended due to the presence of irritating fragrant oils. Beauty Without Cruelty is typically sold in health food stores, but also can be found in some drugstores. Their makeup line, once the driving force behind the brand, is difficult to find in the United States, and as such is not reviewed here.
For more information about Beauty Without Cruelty, call 800.824.6396 or visit www.beautywithoutcruelty.com.