04.06.2015
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Lotus Eye Gel
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0.5 fl. oz. for $48
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products
Last Updated:04.06.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Although this has a lightweight lotion texture suitable for slightly dry skin anywhere on the face, the inclusion of irritating lemon peel oil is a big problem, especially if you intend to use this in the eye area. This product is not recommended.

Claims

A revitalizing fluid formula that alleviates puffiness, dark circles and signs of fatigue with a unique combination of highly-developed and preventive botanicals.

Ingredients

Sea Water (Maris Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sodium Polyacrylate, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Extract, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Chlorphenesin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate-20, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Limonene, Isobutylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben

Brand Overview

fresh At-A-Glance

Strengths: fresh provides complete product ingredient lists on their Web site; some good facial cleansers and a handful of praiseworthy makeup items.

Weaknesses: Very expensive; very fragrant; several products contain potent plant irritants; limited sunscreens; boring below-standard toners and masks; no viable exfoliant options (at least if you're aiming to avoid extraneous irritation); no products to manage acne or reliably lighten skin discolorations; the lip balm with sunscreen does not provide sufficient UVA protection.

The story of how Boston-bred "fresh" came into existence is full of compelling adjectives and phrases like "dynamic," "passions," "inspiration," and "destined to create." It seems that back in 1991, two happy newlyweds, both with artistic backgrounds, felt there was a void in the world of luxury bath soaps. They searched far and wide, but could not find a soap that met their criteria. Of course, they began experimenting, gained a following for what they developed, and yet another clone of The Body Shop was born.

Their success has led them from a single boutique in Boston to a series of shops in New York City and a presence in upscale department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. In 2000, fresh was purchased by luxury good purveyor (and owner of Sephora) LVMH, which is not surprising given fresh's price point and positioning.

Naturally, given all of this attention, fresh quickly expanded beyond soaps. They now also offer "future of beauty" products that capitalize on such innocuous-sounding, good-for-you ingredients as black tea, rice, and soy, coupled with the latest scientific advances. In other words, according to fresh, they're giving you the best of nature and science, with a heavy accent on natural (even though in most cases it's the synthetic ingredients that are responsible for their product's texture and functionality).

In the marketing copy each fresh product includes a history of how it came to be. It's pleasant to read about products inspired by stories passed down from one generation to the next, and about cultural secrets that have been discovered, incorporated into cosmetic potions, and adorably packaged for your "fresh lifestyle" experience. However, we wouldn't encourage anyone to rely on fables and anecdotal information when it comes to making serious decisions about how to care for your skin, any more than you would do so to make dietary or health-care decisions. What your grandmother ate or what your great-grandmother put on her skin is no more relevant than basing your computer needs on what they were using back then. (Oh, that's right, there weren't computers back then—my point exactly.) We now know a lot more about skin care than ever before in history. Going back to the old ways may sound idealistic, but that doesn't take the best care of you.

Almost the entire fresh premise revolves around their products' fragrance content. For all their talk of cutting-edge technology and the wisdom of traditional remedies, what you will notice most about all of these products is the almost overpowering fragrance. Compared with countless other skin-care and hair-care lines, including Aveda, Bath & Body Works, and Origins, fresh is far more perfumed—and that spells trouble for all skin types. Perfume and eau de cologne, natural or otherwise, are serious problems for skin. The irony is that fresh's signature scents are what put them on the map, and what continue to enthrall consumers. (Women find it hard to give up fragrance in their skin-care products, just like lots of women can't eschew sun tanning, smoking, or using overly expensive skin-care products.) In contrast, many of the natural ingredients in fresh products are present only for show, not effect, and the effects from the beneficial plants are impeded by irritating plant extracts.

From facial skin care to body and hair care, fresh products are a collection of relatively standard to below-average formulations counting on the romanticized stories behind them to help them make the leap from store shelf to your home, and that seems to be happening quite a lot. However, very few of fresh's facial-care products have anything that approaches the current state of the art, especially in regard to interesting skin-identical ingredients, anti-irritants, or antioxidants. And for all the fancy posturing, their soaps are just that, soap, and the fragrance is the only unique aspect of each. None of this makes for superior skin care.

For more information about fresh, call (800) 373-7420 or visit www.fresh.com.

Fresh Makeup

Fresh's makeup offers very little to get excited about. Those who adore a lot of shimmer in their cosmetics will fare best with this line. The company's lineup includes very few matte options, and given the overwhelming prevalence of shimmer products, those over 40 should approach cautiously. This much shine works best on younger, unlined skin because shine makes wrinkles more apparent, not less. The packaging has a youth-oriented appeal, so clearly the marketing department knew who their customers were most likely to be.

Doubtless many shoppers of all ages have been lured to try Fresh cosmetics due to the beautiful packaging, but beautiful exteriors don't have anything to do with the quality of the product inside. If you shop carefully, there are a handful of products you'll probably be satisfied with, but be prepared to pay dearly; just as Fresh didn't skimp on the shimmer, it certainly didn't skimp on its retail pricing.

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12.09.2013
best eye cream ever

This is the best eye cream I have ever used. I am 51 with very sensitive, rosacea combination skin. Paula says that the lemon oil in this would be irritating. Wrong. This eye cream is so soothing, I wish I could put it all over my face. It gets rid of puffy eyes and over time, it has actually improved my wrinkles (about 6 weeks) It is light, not greasy, but very hydrating. I don't know why Paula is so against "natural" products or products with essential oils. Essential oils are healing

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