Why don’t I start with a little confession & admit that while I have used balms on my face and my body ( I dearly love them, as much as my beautiful friend Sarita Coren does, whose blog post on balms & how to make them work for you I urge you to read when you have a moment ) I never used them on my eye area. Well, not until a few months ago, when I gave Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm a try.
What prompted Indie to create her own skincare products was a life-threatening brain tumour with which she was diagnosed in 2009. She consciously made a lot of lifestyle choices and her brief, when creating Indie Lee skincare was to use natural, non-toxic ingredients that are kind to the skin, as well as the environment, as the two are very closely connected.
Indie’s eye balm is a clever multi-tasker that looks like early morning sunshine rays. It is suitable to use for all types of skin, including the sensitive. The skin around our eyes is thin and delicate, so you need to be mindful when choosing an eye-care product that won’t be too heavy or overwhelming for the skin in the eye area. The balm blends together the following ingredients:
– Calendula Oil ( increases skin’s elasticity )
– Beeswax ( as above )
– Mango Seed Butter ( helps to diminish appearance of dark circles and tiredness around the eyes )
– Lavender Oil ( helps to boost skin’s elasticity & relaxes fine lines )
– Olive derived Squalene ( Squalene is known to have strong anti-cancerogen, anti-oxidant and oxygen generating qualities. Indie also has Squalene face oil but I have to say that after using a third of a bottle I hardly noticed any difference and passed it on to a friend to see if it works better on her skin, but her feedback was the same as my experience )
– Avocado oil ( helps improve moisture levels in the epidermis thus improving skin tone ).
– Vitamin E in the form of Tocopheryl Acetate ( helps protect the skin against environmental aggressors and pollution, has moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties ).
This eye balm has a neutral smell and comes with a little spatula, so instead of dipping your fingers into the pot, you can scoop a tiny bit of the product out, let it warm up for a couple of second on the tip of your finger and then gently tap it around your orbital zone. The eye balm has a very light texture and initially adds some optical radiance to the eye area, while also moisturising it.
Admittedly, I started trialling it in the summer but having used it for a couple of months I will say that it is a worthy to be dotted around your eye area at any time of the year. I noticed an improvement in the dark shadows and the overall tone of the area within three to four weeks of use, twice a day but while I applied it religiously in the evening, at times I skipped it in the morning – without diminishing the efficacy of the balm, might I add. A little bit of this balm does go a long way but do make sure that you use the balm for no longer than six months after the initial opening of the pot ( you have the lot number and expiration date at the bottom of the glass pot as well ).
Indie Lee products are paraben, phthalate, sulfate, artificial fragrance free and the brand doesn’t test their products on animals