Yes, this is indeed my first eye cream. And what better way to introduce myself to the world of eye creams than with one from L'Occitane en Provence?
"The Divine Eye Balm is a true multi-tasker. It helps to correct the appearance of the visible signs of ageing around the eye contour, thanks to essential oil from the Immortelle flower, which miraculously never fades or wilts when picked. Immortelle essential oil was traditionally used in the Mediterranean to treat distressed skin and is harvested organically, sustainably and traceably for L’OCCITANE by 8 farmers. The Divine Eye Balm is also enriched with Fair Trade Shea Butter, which helps the skin feel nourished and comforted. Thanks to its creamy and generous texture, it doubles as an eye mask to provide a targeted boost. Finally, it provides an instant enhancement to the eye contour thanks to mineral based powders, which help to diffuse the appearance of imperfections."
The Divine Eye Balm ($94 USD/$98 CAD) is made with organic Immortelle oil and 7 naturally-derived ingredients. The cream is supposed to increase hydration, elasticity and firmness. It is also made with Aescin, a natural-based extract of horse chestnut, helping to diminish puffiness and dark circles. It can be used as a balm or a mask, revealing more luminous and younger-looking skin.
I used applied the eye balm with my finger to my under eye and too the skin next to the inner corner of my eye (the part on either side of the bridge of my nose), each night, before my moisturizer. It only takes a small amount, and it spread out very nicely on my skin. I would consider this product more of a cream, than a balm because of the smooth and light texture - it was creamy, and took about 5-10 minutes to absorb. While waiting for the product to absorb, it didn't make my skin feel oily or excessively sticky. It has a medium floral-y scent...I can't quite put my finger on it....maybe a daisy-like scent?
It is important to note that this is an eye cream, so it doesn't come in a giant tub. The container is about the size of a golf ball. It contains 15 ml of product (shown on my hand, to show an accurate representation of the size).
I have been using it for six weeks, and although it feels very nice when I put it on, I have't seen a big difference in my under eye area. However, in the past few months, my under eye circles haven't been as dark as they have been in the past, so this cream has definitely helped keep the lack of darkness at bay. I'll definitely continue to use it, and see if there is a more noticeable improvement.
You can find the L'Occitane en Provence 'Divine Eye Balm' at L'Occitane stores, and online.
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