Recovery Eye Gel Cream is unique in the KORA Organics line because it's one of the few (very few) fragrance-free products—it's also the most expensive moisturizer in their collection. Why leaving out ingredients costs more money is puzzling, but much about this line is nonsensical—we leave it for you to ponder.
While there are a few good ingredients present, they are exceptionally ordinary, and none of them have any special benefit for the eye area (see More Info for details on why eye creams usually aren't necessary).
Recovery Eye Gel Cream would be easier to recommend if it didn't contain a concerning amount of benzyl alcohol. In fact, it contains more alcohol than it does some of the beneficial ingredients that are called out, such as seaweed, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
The ingredients that are helpful for skin are primarily anti-irritants like chamomile and bladderwrack, standard plant-based fatty acids, and skin-identical agents like glycerin. What isn't particularly special is the inclusion of noni juice (the apparent hero of the KORA Organics line), as it has very limited research demonstrating any special benefit for skin beyond its antioxidant capacity, which you can get from hundreds of other non-fragrant plant extracts.
It's a shame that KORA Organics didn't extend the fragrance-free theme found in this product to all of their products. It would have made for a much more interesting, natural skin-care line to choose from.
- Contains a few beneficial antioxidants and moisturizing ingredients.
- Doesn't contain anything special or proven to help specific eye-area concerns.
- Easily replaced by a well-formulated serum or moisturizer.
- Contains a problematic amount of benzyl alcohol (especially for use in the eye area).
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream
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.
KORA Organics Recovery Eye Cream Gel is a high concentration of Organic Seaweeds (known to boost collagen production) combined with Noni Extract, Chamomile, Bladderwrack and Vitamin C & E help protect and rejuvenate the delicate eye area.
Matricaria Chamomilla (Chamomile), Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Glycerin, Morinda Citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida (Wakame) Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Carageenan, Sodium Hyaluronate, D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Soybean Derived Natural Vitamin E), Polyglutamic Acid (Natto Gum), Dehydroacetic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Sodium Chloride (Macrobiotic Sea Salt), Potassium Hydroxide, Aqua (Water).
Our introduction to KORA Organics began with this quote from its founder, Australian Victoria’s Secret lingerie model Miranda Kerr: “All of the water used in our mists has been infused through rose quartz crystals … so that the vibration of love associated with rose quartz flows through each product.”
That’s one way Kerr describes the science behind how her products have been developed. It also succinctly summarizes why, from our perspective, celebrity status of any kind does not make anyone a skin-care expert. We can’t think of a bigger mistake than trusting your skin to a love-infused vat of problematic formulas, at least not when it comes to dealing with concerns like acne and wrinkles.
Kerr created the KORA Organics brand with the belief that only organic ingredients are suitable for skin. The KORA line makes the unsurprising (and unsubstantiated) claims common to many natural brands, which is that “natural = good” for your skin and everything else is terrible for your skin.
Let’s begin by addressing the “organic” claim. First of all, the term initially was used primarily in reference to food products, where “organic” referred only to the raw materials (i.e., the vegetable you pull out of the ground) and/or described food produced without the use of pesticides or artificially created or administered hormones—it didn’t have any bearing on skin-care products. Nowadays, as we’re sure you’re aware, it’s commonly used in marketing for cosmetics and their ingredients. BUT—and this is a big BUT—there is no legitimate, published research that demonstrates organic ingredients have any special benefit for skin. There’s literally zero research—it’s all about the emotional pull of the term “organic.”
It’s important to note that any natural ingredient must be processed to make it safe and usable as a cosmetic ingredient, and that processing modifies the ingredient significantly, leaving it about as natural as polyester!
Many natural ingredients have benefits for skin, but many natural ingredients also are irritating and skin damaging as well. The natural pleasant-scented lavender oil is a notable example, as are most citrus extracts, some of which can cause phototoxic reactions when skin is exposed to sunlight. On the other hand, some of the best ingredients in skin-care products are synthetically derived, such as retinol, salicylic acid, peptides, and others. When it comes to evaluating skin-care ingredients, the critical factor is what the published and peer-reviewed research has demonstrated to be true, especially if your goal is to take great care of your skin.
Among the key natural ingredients present in KORA Organics products, those called out most often are rosehip oil and noni juice. Kerr claims she has been applying noni juice topically for years to treat all her skin-care woes. Unfortunately, noni juice has little research demonstrating any special benefit for skin beyond an antioxidant benefit, which is found in hundreds of other plant extracts as well. Kerr claims that the noni plant contains “more than 170 vitamins and minerals alone,” but that’s inaccurate—the noni plant is a fairly simple mix of about 40 chemical compounds, none of which are unique.
Rosehip oil does contain high amounts of vitamin C, but only when freshly extracted—when rosehip oil is processed and added to the formula of a skin-care product, the majority of its vitamin C content is destroyed. Fortunately, even after the processing, rosehip oil remains a good emollient for dry skin, but it isn’t as magical as Kerr makes it out to be. Pure, stabilized vitamin C is a far better ingredient for skin, but that’s not what these products contain.
What you’re left with in this line is a collection of products that are potently fragranced—the toners could actually double as perfume in a pinch. Almost every product in the line has a formula that’s a blend of ordinary plant-based emollients, such as olive and jojoba oils, aloe, shea butter, and fatty acids (which is nice for dry skin but that’s about it), and a mix of irritating essential oils and fragrant flower extracts. Unfortunately, all of the products are quite expensive considering what you’re getting in return, which is a mostly just a headache for your skin.
If you’re interested in natural products, there are far better options than the disappointing ones from KORA Organics. Check out our reviews of Alba Botanica or Yes To for comparable or superior alternatives for far less money.
For more information about KORA Organics, visit www.koraorganics.com or call +61 2 9979 5672.