“Love at first sight” is how I’ll describe the first time I came across Skin Apotheke’s enticingly packaged handmade skin and hair care products on Etsy. Not only are the colorful & vibrant photos a joy to look at, each of the products has a very decent list of ingredients and promising claims. And since I’m constantly on the lookout for something to care for the delicate skin around my peepers, I immediately zoomed in on Skin Apotheke’s Rejuvenating Eye Creme!
My First Ayuverdic Beauty Product
Skin Apotheke offers a range of fresh handmade skin and hair care products based on the Ayuverdic principles from India. For those are not familiar with the term, Ayuverda is a holistic approach to health (and beauty, in this case) that originated from India. Thus, Skin Apotheke products are made with natural ingredients, organic when possible and are free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, artificial fragrances, dyes, petroleum based ingredients or synthetics.
Natural & Organic
According to the product description on its Etsy page, the Skin Apotheke Rejuvenating Eye Creme is 100% Natural, 100% Preservative-Free and 95% Organic. Of course it can’t be without preservatives but it does use natural preservatives like grapeseed oil and rosemary extract. It contains Vit C esters to brighten the skin and help with collagen production. Gotu Kola, a common ingredient in ayuverdic skincare products, has rejuvenating properties. Sweet Almond Oil & Evening Primrose oil both help maintain ample moisture levels while carrot oil and rose essential oil both have anti-aging properties that help prevent and reduce wrinkles.
Light Yet Decadent Texture
This eye cream has a very light, almost gel-like texture than easily absorbs into the skin. It’s very much like Clinique’s All About Eyes so if you’re a fan yet planning to switch to an organic and natural alternative, the the Rejuvenating Eye Creme would be a good bet. Very little of this cream goes a long way. When I first used it, I got over-excited and applied too much so I got myself a millia seed after a couple of days. But lesson learned. Now, I only apply a very small dot under each eye and it keeps the skin under my eyes soft the entire day.
Hydrates & Moisturizes Well
I love how fast this eye cream sinks into the skin. Probably, the hydrating and moisturizing effects appear more dramatic in my case since the skin around my eyes is usually very dry with noticeable fine lines. This is one of the products in my Beijing beauty travel kit and it definitely didn’t disappoint me. My eye area stayed moisturized and well-hydrated even in Beijing’s dry autumn weather.
Brightens The Eye Area But…
Since it helps to instantly soften fine lines, it makes my eyes look brighter and less tired. However, I don’t think it did anything for my dark circles–but it’s probably because my dark circles and generally due to lack of sleep. This might be better for those whose dark circles are caused by sun damage, especially if used in conjunction with Skin Apotheke’s Organic Anti-Aging Eye & Pigmentation serum, and dullness due to dry skin.
Layering With Other Products
I really don’t mind using this as a stand-alone eye cream, especially during hectic days. But I usually use it on top of my other eye serums like the MVO Eye Serum and GoW Cellular Eye Complex which are more potent in addressing individual concerns like sagging skin and blueish dark circles. The SA Rejuvenating Eye Creme to me, is a good cream to seal the goodness of other serums with lighter textures.
Remember to Depot
My only qualm about this eye cream is that it comes in a jar and so I’ll have to dip my finger into it each time. It can be unhygienic especially so that it’s an all-natural product which is more prone to contamination. I suggest to depot smaller amounts into a separate container and refill only when needed. Using a small spatula to scoop out the amount of cream needed for each application will also help prevent bacterial contamination.
Toss Or Keep?
At US$24 for a 1 oz jar, the Skin Apotheke Rejuvenating Eye Creme is definitely a good deal and steal. One tub can last for about a year. I only got the sample size which cost me just US$8 including the shipment to Singapore and since I only need a tiny dot per application, I still have about a quarter in the jar left which should last me for a few more months. Although as of now, it’s still not an all-around eye cream for me, I really love how hydrating and luxurious it feels on my skin. And for someone like me who spends most of her day in front of the computer, a reasonably priced eye cream that’s mild enough yet delivers ample hydration is a rare gem.