Finding a good eye cream is tough. There are many issues that eye creams must battle: lines/wrinkles, puffiness AND the dreaded dark circles. There is a reason I have only reviewed one other eye cream in my two years of blogging – because effective eye creams are just hard to find. But now I can add a second one to the list because I have to say – Frangipani’s Hydrating Eye Cream is pretty fabulous.
And besides the eye cream being fabulous, I love the name of the company – Frangipani. It just sounds fun.
So what makes it fabulous? Well, it does two things amazing well: hydrates and de-puffs.
First – the hydrating. The texture of the eye cream is sort of whipped, it’s very light and airy. As soon as you rub it between your fingers though, it instantly melts into a liquid. This makes it super easy to apply. It spreads well, so no tugging or pulling on the delicate eye area.
I find this sinks in pretty quickly too. My foundation goes on very well over it in the morning. If I wait awhile, any powder does too but I have noticed powder can look a bit cakey if I apply it too soon. So if you wear powder concealer, you may want to wait a bit. Cream or liquid though will go right over though.
And this also has helped puffiness, a lot. Since wearing this at night every night for the past month or so, my eyes just aren’t as puffy in the morning like they used to be. I didn’t realize how puffy my eyes were until they stopped being puffy!
So between the hydrating and de-puffing, my eyes just look more awake in the morning. I am relatively young (although I did hit the big 3-0 two months ago) so no major wrinkles, but this has helped smooth the fine lines around my eyes. My skin just looks smoother, I can’t put it any other way.
The other dreaded issue with eyes is the dark circles. I don’t think I have awful dark circles but I do get a little purpliness since I am so fair. I have noticed a small change with using this eye cream. I think it has helped a little regarding the darkness more towards the outer edges of my eye, but the inner part is still there. So I think it has helped some, but not quite as well as the overall smoothness/hydration and de-puffing. My eye darkness is nothing a little concealer or foundation can’t take care of – my bigger concerns are fine lines and puffiness since its much harder to mask those! But I did want to mention the dark circles part since many women have issues with that.
The scent of this is also very nice. I usually don’t want my eye cream with any sort of fragrance – I am after all putting this next to my eyeball! But I really like the light, somewhat floral fragrance. There is no added fragrance to this, it comes from the flower oils (listed below).
It is also very gentle. One problem I have experienced with eye creams is if it gets too close to your eye, it can burn or sting. This has never once burned, stinged or caused any irritation. Yay!
The packaging is in a little dark glass jar. With the texture being what it is, I can’t see having it in any other container, but jars are probably my least favorite of all modes of product containment… I think that makes sense. Anyhoo – I’m always nervous I’m going to contaminate it with all of the scooping. I do like that it’s dark glass though, better to keep the light out to save the natural antioxidants!
The glass jar holds quite a bit too since you only need the smallest amount (1/2 pea size is enough for both eyes). I have been using it for a solid month now most mornings and every night (I’m lazy with skincare in the morning on weekends, I admit it) and am probably only 1/3 the way through it. So one little jar of this stuff will last you a couple months.
Now for the ingredients!
Aloe barbadensis (miller), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, prunus amygdalus (almond sweet) oil, anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower oil, helichrysum italicum flower oil, potassium sorbate, citric acid, xanthan gum, tocopherol (Vitamin E).
Aloe barbadensis is just another name for aloe vera. So two out of the top three ingredients are aloe, known for being soothing and anti-inflammatory.
Coconut oil is a dry oil, but it is combined with sweet almond oil, a nice emollient oil. Coconut oil’s melting point is room temperature, so that is why this starts out as a solid but then instantly melts in your fingers. These combine to make a light eye cream that is moisturizing.
Helichrysum italicum is also known as Immortelle. I’ve actually seen quite a lot come from L’Occitane using this ingredient, they preach it as anti-aging. From what I could find online, this has anti-inflammatory properties, and Frangipani states it helps brighten the eye area. Whatever it does – it seems to help this eye cream be awesome ;o)
Chamomile is also known for being soothing and anti-flammatory. So really, this eye cream is full of soothing, anti-inflammatory goodness. No wonder my eyes are so hydrated and de-puffed! In fact, looking at the ingredients – it would make an excellent face cream too.
So overall, Frangipani’s Hydrating Eye Cream is pretty awesome. It has made my eyes look more smooth, awake and rested, what more can you want in an eye cream?
Disclosure: A sample was provided to me by Frangipani. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.