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For the last few years I've been using eye cream in an effort to protect the delicate skin around my eyes. I'm not loyal to any particular brand, and will happily snap up any reasonably priced product with a good recommendation. The product I've been using for the last few months is The Body Shop's Aloe Eye Defence.
The Body Shop make several skincare ranges, each designed for a particular skin type. The Aloe range is designed for sensitive skin, and contains Community Fair Trade organic aloe vera from Guatemala. The Body Shop website explains how the aloe leaves, grown without the use of harmful pesticides and fertilisers, are hand-harvested to preserve the freshness of the gel, and how trade helps to provide income for local farmers and supply educational materials to local schools.
The product is made with no added preservatives and is free from fragrance, colour and alcohol. It is suitable for contact lens wearers - which I am - another plus. The Body Shop website describes the Eye Defence as "an ophthalmologically tested gel-crème for the delicate skin around the eye."
This Eye Defence comes in the Aloe skincare packaging with a white and green label. The pump bottle is clear plastic, which is hygienic and allows you to see how much product you have left. The lid stays on securely, but is easily removed when you need to and it is simple to pump a little of the product out. Normally, I gently pump a tiny amount onto my little finger and dab it around my eye.
The term 'gel-crème' is appropriate for the product, as it is smooth and white like a cream but lightweight like a gel. It feels wonderfully cooling on the eye area, and does not irritate my skin at all, unsurprising as it is unscented and made with gentle ingredients. It conditions the skin around my eyes very well. I have combination skin, with drier skin around my eyes, and if I ever forget to apply the product I can tell the next morning, as the skin is slightly dry. Using the product is particularly pleasant in summer, as I suffer from hayfever and sometimes get red, itchy eyes.
The one minor negative point I would make about this product is that, while it is moisturising, it is not as moisturising as some other creams I have tried. In some ways this is a good thing, as a lightweight cream is best for the eye area, but someone with dry skin might find they needed more intensive moisturisation. In the winter I think I would need to use a different product, as my skin dries out more in colder weather and I don't think this product would be rich enough.
This Eye Defence is priced at £9.50, which seems a reasonable price for a good product, particularly as The Body Shop often have special offers available. The bottle is very small, but the eye area itself is small, and only a tiny amount of product is needed at once. I have used just over half of my little bottle, and I have been using it for several months already, so I am impressed with the product's longevity.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this Aloe Eye Defence. It is effective, soothing, gentle, and value for money despite the initial high price.
As an ex customer consultant for the body shop, i loved being able to test all of the products and i have to admit, i was absolutely hooked and feel in love with the Aloe Vera range, as i have always suffered from sensitive skin. I had decided to give the Aloe Eye Defense a try as i suffer from very sore and sensitive eyes a lot and hadn't come across an eye product that actually soothed my sensitive peepers.
Now what i love about the Aloe range at the body shop, is it's specifically made for sensitive skin, thats easily irritated,prone to allergies, flaky and itchy, which sums my skin up in one !
What i REALLY love about the aloe range and in particular the Aloe Eye Defense, is that it's a serum, which is very light, not heavy like some eye creams i've tried in the past, and comes in a small easy to use pump top bottle. Thanks to the pump top, it distributes the perfect amount to be used under and around the eyes. It may look like a small bottle (15ml) but a little certainly goes a very long way and even when used daily, i can easily make my little bottle last a good few months.
Not only does this product feel nice under and around my eyes, it instantly soothes my irritated skin, and leaves a somewhat cooling effect which feels amazing.
My favorite benefits of this product are the fact it's 100% colour free, fragrance free, alcohol free and best of all soap free, so it doesn't contain anything that can aggravate my severely sensitive peepers. It works wonders to minimise irritation and not only soothes but also protects my eyes with it's fantastic built in defense system, so i can be rest assured when i go out my eyes are protected from the harsh weather and also air pollution, that not a lot of people think about when looking after there skin.
Overall this is one of the only eye products on the market that i have found that actually controls and soothes my sore eyes and after i apply the serum, i can literally see my eyes sparkle which i know is their way of thanking me for covering them in a light, cooling miracle serum.
I recommend this to anyone who has very sensitive skin as with this product being alcohol and fragrance free, it will not irritate or aggravate your poorly peepers
I have used the Aloe range of products from the Body Shop for a while on my face as I know they are gentle and soothing and do not inflame my sensitive skin. I had previously also been using the Vitamin E eye cream which seemed to help with the delicate eye area, but I saw this product and decided to give it a go when I needed some more.
Full price this 15ml bottle is £9.50, however, I refuse to pay full price for Body Shop products and always wait for discount vouchers and special offers (via Money Saving Expert forums) before stocking up, I therefor had a 50% off code and this only cost me £4.75, still quite a price for such a small size tube of cream but this lasts for ages and is good quality so I do think at this price it is worth it.
The cream comes in a small upright tube with a pump mechanism so it is very easy to get a small amount of cream out and onto your finger. The cream is a milky white colour and is fairly light and thin in consistency, it rubs in very quickly and disappears easily into the skin. There is not really any fragrance to this cream which is deliberate.
I find it quite cooling on the skin when I apply this to the eye area which is normal for products with aloe in, it is one of the reasons that I use the matching day cream on the rest of my face. This does feel very moisturising without being heavy and I really like that about it. I literally only use a small amount to do both eyes in a morning, a blob smaller than a 5 pence piece is plenty and that means that this tube will probably last me a good few months.
My skin after using this product is smooth and feels well moisturised, I like it and believe it to be affective and sensitive on the eye area. I like the packaging too and as the bottle is very small it is handy and ideal to take away and travel with.
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 :)
As I have mentioned in other reviews, my dark under eye circles are the bane of my life and I am always on the look out for a product that will help to reduce them. Recently my search turned to the Body Shop. I had also started to get dry, red patches at the outer corners of my eyes and was desperate to find something to tackle them.
One of my favourite things about the Body Shop is their fabulous consultants, who are always really keen to recommend and demonstrate products to meet your specific requirements. I use moisturiser and face serum from their Vitamin E range, and there is a similar eye serum in that range, but my consultant recommended the Aloe Vera variety because of its renowned soothing properties.
For £8.50 you do only get a small bottle (15ml). The cap and pump are quite large in comparison to the actual bottle which makes the overall product seem quite a reasonable size, but when you actually look at its proportions you may find that you are getting less of the actual serum than you think. When I first purchased it, there was a 3 for 2 offer on most facial products and I needed to top up on my 'regulars' anyway, these offers are fairly frequent so it is worth holding out for one if you buy other products from the Body Shop regularly. Alternatively, the staff are usually happy to give out samples, allowing you to try before you buy. The product information on the websites states that it is suitable for sensitive skin and for contact lens wearers.
The free samples, to my mind, are testament to the fact that, on the whole, the Body Shop's products really do deliver. My sore patches cleared up within 3 - 4 days of use, which I was hugely impressed with. I continued to use my regular moisturiser over the top as the serum is not itself a moisturiser, but having used the latter on its own on the area for a few weeks to no avail, I am definitely giving all credit to the serum.
As you will see from the image, the package design is fairly clean and simple in white and green. There is a pump dispenser, but I have found that you have to be quite delicate with it. I only use a tiny amount of this product each time, and fully depressing the pump gives me for too much, so I tend to just push it down slightly. After all, you can always squeeze a little more out but can't put it back! The product itself is a thick, off-white liquid which is easy to apply and goes on nicely. The other drawback to using too much (other than needing to buy more sooner!) is that I have found it will not then sink in too fully, meaning when I apply my make up on top the product can leave a bit of a residue which then rubs off with the makeup application. As long as I don't over apply though, I don't have any difficulties.
Another plus is that the product doesn't have any strong scent, just a very light, fresh smell of aloe vera which is barely noticeable.
I was really impressed with this product and bought a replacement bottle when mine ran out. I use it every day, and from memory I think my first bottle lasted around 5 months, so to my mind it is excellent value for money, especially if you buy it as part of an offer of have one of the body shops 'Love Your Body' cards which gives you 10% off. As well as the immediate improvement in the condition of the skin around my eyes, I have also noticed a definite reduction in the shadows and puffiness under my eyes. This second effect is less dramatic and took longer to appear, and has by no means resolved the issue, but the effect is good enough to convince me to keep using the product.