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Although a fan of the Body Shop, I am skeptical of 'miracle' potions and lotions that seem to be produced for the sake of it. Those who have read my other reviews know that I am very much a one product, one job kind of girl and won't purchase 101 products to do one thing.
When I was shown this product, my first reaction was 'is that it?'. It is a tiny tub filled with 15ml of produce, a see through gloopy, what looks like glue-type substance (selling it well aren't I?) scentless product. I was convinced to try it, very sparingly under each eye at the start of the morning to make you feel and seem, more awake and get rid of the bags and puffiness brought on by too much hard work (or going out).
The instant relief of the naturally cooling elderflower is wonderful. You do have to use it sparingly, too much and it can be sticky, but I think that is the same with many products. Another tip I was given is use your 'ring finger' (on either hand) to apply any product like this. It is the weakest finger and therefore will do the least amount of damage to the delicate skin underneath the eye and theoretically reduce the amount of wrinkles in the long term.
Having said that, after the initial relief, I didn't find it to be as amazing as I'd hoped. Yes, it reduced the puffiness and made me feel more awake, but I think this is more of an 'instant' satisfaction kind of product rather than one that improves complexion over time as it didn't matter how many times I used it, I would still need to use it in the future.
When I used this, approximately two to three years ago it was priced around £5.50, however it is now £7.00. It is one however which features in sales frequently, and I would say that if you see it priced around £3 - £5, it's worth picking up but I wouldn't necessarily pay much more than that for it.
When we have over worked ourselves or when we have just had a bad nights sleep, our eyes are usually the first thing to give away how tired we are actually feeling. Whether it's due to the puffiness around our eyes or the dark circles underneath them, it's hard to hide these signs when we are feeling fatigued.
The Elderberry Cooling Eye Gel is a product that has been created by The Body Shop to help us combat part of this problem and leave us looking much more wide awake than we actually feel.
It is designed to give an instant lift to the skin around your eyes, soothing and cooling the area in order to reduce the puffiness, while also performing a moisturising action on the delicate skin.
How does it work?
The eye gel contains Elderflower extract which tightens and tones the skin around the eyes. This means the skin will appear less saggy and therefore more youthful. It also revitalises the area while performing a soothing action on the delicate area. The substance has healing properties and it will calm the skin around the eye.
Also present is Witch Hazel whose job it is to reduce the puffiness around your tired eyes and leave the area feeling refreshed. It forms a barrier on the skin allowing it to better retain moisture and as it is also an antioxidant then it will also help to prevent the skin from aging prematurely.
It is the Glycerine which is swirled into the solution in order to perform the moisturising action, meaning that your skin will be left feeling softer and that wrinkles and fine lines will be less likely to develop. By hydrating the area, it enables the skin to retain its elasticity and it also rejuvenates the area.
How do you use the product?
I store mine in the fridge when it is not in my handbag as the colder it is the better that it will perform. When I first wake up, after cleansing my face, I take a small amount onto my finger and apply to the skin above and below my eyes. I apply the gel with a patting action as this seems to reduce the puffiness more quickly. However you chose to apply this, make sure you do it gently as the skin around the eyes is incredibly delicate.
The product comes inside a convenient circular screw top tub that can be transported with you in your handbag for reapplication during the day. This type of packaging ensures that you will be able to use every last bit of the product although if you have long nails it can get a little messy as you get closer to the bottom.
This lovely little gel will cost you around £5 for 15ml of the product and it can be bought from your local Body Shop store and also from their online website.
This product really does soothe my eyes, especially after a bad nights sleep when my eyes are so puffy that I can barely see through them. It feels lovely and refreshing and it does give me an instant improvement.
You can see the puffiness has been reduced and you can feel a slight tightening effect but it is not at all uncomfortable. I also like to reapply it during the day, if I have been looking at the computer screen for too long or if I am attending an incredibly boring meeting.
You only need to use a tiny amount each time and so the product will last you a long time. It has never caught any unpleasant sensations or blemishes to form on my sensitive and spot prone skin. I still apply a moisturiser on top as it is not deeply hydrating but this is totally acceptable and that's not why I bought it.
The product absorbs quickly without leaving any greasy or sticky residue as long as you don't apply more than is necessary. After a few minutes, you can go ahead with applying your normal make up. It is also free from fragrance so it shouldn't irritate your skin or your eyes.
If you're looking for a product to wake you up, to leave you feeling refreshed and to reduce puffy eyes in the morning, then you'll love this. It doesn't claim to reduce dark circles so I still use my Touch Eclat and it doesn't moisturise enough for me so I still use my normal moisturiser. But this gentle gel lives up to all of its promises by soothing, cooling and refreshing the eye area. This is a great little product.
Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel Distillate) (Astringent), Sambucus nigra (Elderflower water) (Natural Additive), Alcohol Denat. (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Triethanolamine (pH Adjuster), Carbomer (Viscosity Modifier), Imidazolidinyl Urea (Preservative), Methylparaben (Preservative), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant).
While browsing trough Body Shop's shelves this eye gel seemed very interesting mainly due to it's ingredient lists, it seemed very light and non irritating. I normally do not bother with eye gels as I have tried many in the past and I never noticed any difference, but at £5.50 I could not say no.
This is an transparent eye gel, resembles a lot like jelly in the pot. It is suppose to have elderflower in it but do not expect to smell it. This gels is suppose to be unperformed but I can easily detect a scent to it, I think is a bit like disinfecting alcohol and an extra strange unknown chemical substance you would find in a chemistry class. When I put this eye get on is not even noticeable, only if I put my nose to the jar really close.
I have been using it for 4 weeks. I apply a small amount around the eye area on the upper and lower area and spread it gently, then it will quickly dry out and fade away. I would say it leaves the eye area a little bit moisturised.
To begin with I used to feel a slight cooling sensation when I first applied it however this does not happened anymore, I think maybe because I got used to it. It says on the Body Shop website to keep it in the fridge for an extra cooling sensation however I simply can not be bothered after cleaning my face in the morning or evening to go to back to the fridge for it. I mean come on, is asking too much!
Until now it has never irritated my eyes at all, and it seems not to make much of a difference if I apply a really thin layer or several trough the day, it's just very light and gentle.
I think is going to last a very long time, 15 ml is a generous size and in 4 weeks I have used 30% out of it.
I personally have not seen any improvement to my eye area while using it, but due to it's non-irritating properties is an favourite in keeping the skin from my eye zone from drying out.
I do not like the fact that it comes in a jar, it seems very unhygienic to pick it up with my fingers. Maybe it should come with it's own spatula or even better it a squeeze type of tube. Also I could do without the Methylparaben in it's ingredients list.
I don't normally really bother with separate eye creams, I just use my normal moisturiser on my eyes as well but due to a combination of bad genes and lack of sleep my eyes do look quite tired most of the time so when I saw this gel for £1 in The Body Shop I thought I'd give it a go. It usually costs £5.50 so I really did get a bargain!
The pot is made of thick strong see-through plastic and has a black screw on lid. The lid is very easy to get on and off but it does fasten nice and tightly so you can carry it around with you no problem.
It's a see-through gel that's quite thin textured and spreads really easily onto the eye area. It feels lovely and cool and refreshing when you put it on and sinks in quickly. It doesn't feel greasy or leave you with a horrible residue, my skin just feels fresh and hydrated. I find I can use as much or as little of this as I want, you only need a very tiny amount really but even if I use loads more than I need to it still sinks in just as quickly and doesn't leave me feeling greasy.
It's meant as a cooling and soothing product rather than a rich intense nourishing one so it doesn't moisturise exceptionally well but it does stop my eye area from feeling dry as well as hydrating it enough to leave it feeling soft and smooth. I don't think it has a dramatic effect on how my eyes look but it does seem to calm down any puffiness so I look that little bit more wide awake than usual.
You get 15ml in the pot which sounds like a tiny amount but I've been using mine once or twice a day for about 2 months now and I haven't even got through the bit that's stuck to the underneath of the lid yet so the pot will last practically forever.