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A few years ago on a trip to the USA, I lost all control of my normal sense of moderation in an outlet store in Colorado which was selling heavily discounted products from - amongst others - Clinique and Origins. One of my Origins bargains - and boy it really was a bargain - was a set of ten of their top selling products. Most of them I recognised, but the set included two products from the Dr Andrew Weil range. I’ve recently finished the Dr Weil serum which was amazing and moved on to the Dr Andrew Weil Plantidote Mega-Mushroom Eye Serum.
Dr Andrew Weil is a white haired, white bearded ‘Santa in training’ with a lovely smile and twinkly eyes. He wasn’t what I expected at all. I wanted to adopt him or marry him off to my mother. According to Wikipedia he’s “ an American medical doctor, teacher, and best-selling author on holistic health. He is founder, professor, and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona”. Not at all the man I was expecting.
Would I have bought Dr Weil if it hadn’t been in my box? No, almost certainly not, and I am unlikely to buy him again but I had some fun with the products none the less.
The reason why I wouldn’t buy again is that this range is designed for people with problem skin, particularly focusing on those with extreme sensitivity, redness, and even scarring from acne and similar conditions. I don’t have any of those problems.
The eye serum contains Dr Weil’s special ‘mega-mushroom’ blend of three types of exotic mushroom as well as extracts of ginger, turmeric and holy basil. Put together these create a rather ‘mushroom’ coloured product that's an unattractive sludgy beige brown.
My product is in a 15 ml green tube which stands on its cap to ensure that the product comes out easily when I squeeze the tube. Checking the Origins website, I think they’ve now moved this to a pump dispenser. I squeeze the tiniest possible blob onto a finger and dot it around my eye area - underneath first and then across the top. I don’t put it directly on my eye lids.
I won’t buy this eye serum again and I wouldn’t have bought it if it weren’t part of a 10-product ‘deal’. That’s not to suggest it’s not a good product, but it’s designed for problems I don’t have and priced to solve issues I don’t need solving. A small 15 ml bottle of this will cost you around GBP40 from the Origins website or 46 dollars if you can get to the USA and for that sort of sum, I’d need it to work miracles.
I'm 35, and find that my eye area is my main concern in terms of skincare - i'm prone to dark circles and some puffiness under my eyes if i've had anything other than a wonderful night's sleep, and find people often ask me if i'm tired even when i'm not! I am also seeing some fine lines appearing at the outside of my eyes, where they crinkle up when i smile.
I bought the Mega-Mushroom Eye Serum along with the Face Serum, a little over a year ago and have been using both fairly consistently ever since.
~ The Product ~
The serum contains extracts from three types of mushroom ( Hypsizygus ulmarius, Cordyceps and Reishi, for the technically minded!!) plus Ginger, Turmeric, Holy Basil, and Grape Seed Extract. The Origins blurb says these will "quell over-reactive skin and reduce the appearance of under eye puffiness" and that Yeast Extract also helps relieve dark circles.
The serum comes in a very smart dark green glass bottle, with a pump action top which you twist to switch on and off. You can also unscrew the whole top also to get to those last bits of product, which is a nice touch. The dark glass also helps protect the product from sunlight. Overall, it looks high quality and expensive (just as well really because it is - but more on that later!).
In use, the serum is quite thick - actually thicker than the Face version - but more of a light creamy texture than a serum, it doesn't have the slightly greasy feel that some serums do. It smells very nice, fresh and slightly herbal. I find that the serum feels slightly heavy on my skin after application, and because of that i tend to use it just overnight rather than during the daytime. That way it has time to absorb overnight, and i don't end up with nice shiny looking eye bags during the day, which wouldn't really help the situation!
~ Does it work?! ~
I always have to start these sections by saying, of course you never know how much worse things would have been, if you weren't using the product! However, I'm not hugely impressed overall with the performance of this one. I wouldn't say that the puffiness under my eyes has improved that much, and have ended up supplementing this with other products which do make more difference - Origins' own "No Puffery", for example. And the small lines around my eyes seem to be pretty much as visible as ever.
Overall, i'd have to say that this is a lovely product to use, but doesn't really deliver that much in terms of results. It's also pricey - retail is £35, although so far one bottle has lasted me over a year.
Helps reduce the appearance of under eye puffiness /