Product Type: The Body Shop body care
Newest Review: ... months already, so I am impressed with the product's longevity. In conclusion, I highly recommend this Aloe Eye Defence. It is effective, ... more
You can't hide those Aloe Eyes
The Body Shop Aloe Eye Defence
Member Name: StampedingTurtes
The Body Shop Aloe Eye Defence
Advantages: Very cooling, works well for the skin around tired eyes, puffy eyes etc
Disadvantages: Expensive, goes bobbly if you use too much
The Body Shop is one of my favourite shops for all things...well... body! I have constant dark shadows under my eyes as the result of an illness and I really hate them. It's something that I am so hyper aware of. They're not particularly noticeable sometimes, and then other times I look like I'm 96 instead of 26! Seriously, some days I have bags under my eyes that you could put your shopping in!
I wanted something to moisturise and care for this very delicate skin around my eyes. Enter the Body Shop's Aloe Eye Defence.
~~~ The Bottle ~~~
Aloe Eye Defence comes in a little milky/clear plastic bottle with a white pump top and a clear plastic cap lid. The bottle is small - around 6cm including the lid - and light so perfect for keeping in a handbag or make-up bag (we all know how crowded make-up bags can get!)
The Bottle gives all of the relevant information about the product. It states that it is suitable for sensitive skin and under the peel back label it elaborates further, saying that the gel will reduce signs of sensitivity or irritation and protect the eye area.
Aloe eye gel is ophthalmologist tested and is not tested on animals (no Body Shop products are). The bottle contains 15ml of eye gel and the peel back label describes which ingredients are used to make up the product.
As with many body shop products, the peel back label tells the customer about a fairly traded item which is included in the product. In this case, it is community trade Aloe Vera. The bottle also states that the product is colour and fragrance free.
~~~ The Ingredients ~~~
As this goes around the eye area, I feel that a list of ingredients is important to potential buyers.
The product has two key ingredients which the Body Shop store will be able to tell you about. These are usually the two most useful ingredients and/or the fair trade ones. These are Community fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel and Community Fair Trade Sesame Oil.
The Aloe Vera is the main ingredient of the gel, followed by water.
Here is a list of ingredients to allow you to make sure you will be able to use the product safely.
Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Water, Cyclomethicone, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Betaine, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Panthenol, Glycerin, Myristamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Allantoin, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, p-Anisic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Bisabolol, Sodium Hydroxide, Polygonum Fagopyrum (Buckwheat) Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract
~~~ Using Aloe Eye Defence ~~~
It's very simple to use this lovely wee eye gel. Simply press down the pump and you will get a small blob of milky white gel on your finger. Dot the gel along under your eye and then blend in lightly. You can follow it with your usual moisturiser and foundation.
When I first pressed the pump I expected a cream, but it is very much a gel like consistency. It is milky white and feels cold instantly - that'll be the aloe then! It is very rich and think and you really don't need very much for under your eyes, infact, if you do put too much on, it kind of rubs off in little bobbles which isn't very nice! Less is more with this.
Although it is fragrance free, that just means that the Body Shop have not added any fragrance to it. It does seem to have a slight smell of the aloe which is not the loveliest of smells but it is very faint and does not seem to linger very long.
~~~ The Effects ~~~
I do feel that the gel makes my under eye area look a little better. It feels wonderful when I put it on, so cooling and soothing and then my make up glides over it very easily.
Aloe is nature's soothing product to it stands to reason that this gel will cool and soothe the eye area. I originally bought it for my dark circles and although it's not really a product which is supposed to lighten them or anything, it does seem to moisturise that area fully and kind of plump them out a little bit which improves the appearance of them!
I have also used this as a DIY after sun on my face after getting a tiny bit of sunburn on my cheeks. It worked wonders and I wouldn't hesitate to use it for this again!
I would recommend the Body Shop's Aloe Eye Defence for anyone with dark shadows or puffiness under the eyes. I would also recommend it for those who get irritated or sensitive skin around the eyes as it instantly cools this and helps to take away redness. It would probably even make your eyes look better after an all nighter!
Highly recommended little product!
Price: £9.50 (expensive but lasts so long that it's worth it in the long run)
http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk and search for Aloe Eye Defence for more info (I can't put a direct link to the product as the link is too long!)
Thank you for reading my review :)
Summary: A soothing and cooling eye gel which lasts ages