This eye cream isn't recommended for multiple reasons, most having to do with the inclusion of too many irritating or potentially irritating natural ingredients. Fragrant flower extracts and arnica have no legitimate business in a product meant for use so close to the eyes, not to mention that all of these can cause irritation that leads to collagen brekadown.
Lastly, know that most eye creams aren't necessary. That's either because they are poorly formulated, contain nothing special for the eye area, or come in packaging that won't keep key ingredients stable. Just because the product is labeled as an eye cream doesn't mean it's good for your eye area; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.
There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes. Any product loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, skin-lightening ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and effective emollients will work wonders and those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream. You would be shocked how many eye creams lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye creams don't contain sunscreen. During the day that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage and this absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse!
Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes! That may mean you need an eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.
Bottom line: If a “face” product is well formulated for dry skin and fighting wrinkles, you can use it anywhere on the face and beyond. That includes the eye area, neck, jaw, or chest. What you get when you buy an eye cream is a small amount of product (often half the size of a face product) that is twice as expensive.
This creamy-yet-lightweight "pick-me-up" for tired eyes reduces the appearance of puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. It moisturizes, revitalizes, cools, and nurtures skin while protecting against free radicals and environmental aggressors.
Water, Glycerin, Cocoglycerides, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Heptyl Undecylenate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Silica, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosa Gallica Flower Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Viola Odorata (Sweet Violet) Flower Extract, Viola Tricolor (Pansy) Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Black Elder) Flower Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Flower Extract, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Grevillea Speciosa (Red Spider) Flower Extract, Banksia Serrata Flower Extract, Anigozanthos Manglesii (Kangaroo Paw) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Fragrance, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Totarol, SD Alcohol 40-A (Alcohol Denat.), Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Geraniol, Linalool, Eugenol, Citronellol, Limonene
Australian-bred Jurlique is supposed to be all about creating beauty from beauty, based on their view that life begets life and energy comes from energy. It's this New-Age-meets-back-to-basics school of thought that forms the core of Jurlique's claims for their expanded selection of products. The husband and wife founders claim to use a unique three-step extraction process said to capture the "life-force" of the plants they use, 95% of which are grown on their own farmland. Of course, if Jurlique's claims of preserving a plant's vital energy are true, it just makes many of the problematic ingredients they include in their products that much more irritating. What they don't mention is that although they can pay the utmost attention to farming in an eco-friendly manner that's in tune with nature's cycles, it doesn't change the fact that a plant's "life energy" is damaged the moment it is pulled, plucked, or cut from the soil that nurtures it. After all a dead plant is a dead plant, the same way in which any other living thing that has its source of life support cut off will die. And that's even before the plant material is processed to go into a product. We grant you that there are nutrients and antioxidants from which you can benefit, but the life energy is long gone by the time you get it on your face.
Along with all their talk of plant potency is the company's statement that they make the "purest" products on earth. (Well, there are a lot of other product lines out there making similar claims, and given that the exact formulas aren't available to the public, it's hard to know how to challenge this assertion.) Nonetheless, despite Jurlique's commitment to organic farming and specialized extraction techniques, which is praiseworthy, it doesn't excuse their overuse of natural ingredients that are nothing more than naturally irritating to skin.
We know that several of the plants in Jurlique products will attract those seeking natural ingredients, and indeed some of those ingredients have strong evidence of their potent antioxidant or anti-irritant properties (such as turmeric, grape, green tea, evening primrose oil, and rose hips oil). The flipside is that just as many of their ingredients also have a large amount of research showing that they are either skin irritants or are seriously problematic for skin. And despite their claims to the contrary, Jurlique products absolutely do contain fragrance. What do the owners of Jurlique think lavender oil and geranium oil are for? You can attribute any miracle to these ingredients you like, but they are skin irritants (largely due to their volatile fragrance chemicals), and there is no research showing them to have any balancing benefit for skin, regardless of the farming or extraction methods employed.
Furthermore, their formulas are astonishingly similar. Product after product contains the same oils and plant combinations, yet the claims and skin type recommendations vary widely. Many of the products are sold in tiny containers, so you may very well use them up in one or two weeks, before they have a chance to become contaminated; of course, that makes your yearly expenditure on skin care rather steep.
There is only one sunscreen in the line, and it contains synthetic sunscreen agents, rather than one of the two natural inorganic options, zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which is surprising considering Jurlique's "natural" angle. Setting all that aside, if you are looking for natural, and you have a sizable budget to boot, Jurlique offers enough natural products to satisfy, but the options are extremely limited if you're at all concerned about preserving the health of your skin and not inducing an irritant response without a benefit (at least a proven benefit, as opposed to the folklore, alchemy-laden claims made for most Jurlique products).
For more information about Jurlique International, call (212) 752-1912 or visit www.jurlique.com.