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Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Gel Review

So this is the first of the promised reviews: Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Gel. I gave it a fair try. Three days. My companion gave it almost a whole week. Thus you’ll benefit from two unique experiences.

My companion and I come with different skin care needs. I am just about to step into my thirties. She’s crossed the fifty barrier. I’m looking for prevention and moisturizing. She’s looking for maintenance and wrinkle smoothing. We both have dry skin, but mine is way more sensitive. (In fact, if you know any one with more sensitive skin then mine, I’d like to meet them. That’s why I’m so obsessed with organic skin care and organic makeup — I figure my chances of having reactions are minimized.)

But let’s get to the point. Here is the review:

Product name:
Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Gel (formerly known simply as Eye Gel)

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Gel

What and who is it for:
“Rebalance Oiliness, Dryness & Maintain Balance”. To be applied on the eye area. Day or night.

About the brand:
I already wrote a very extensive overview of Jurlique brand. Jurlique uses biodinamic and organic ingredients, which is why they are in the organic skin care category. Jurlique is a well respected brand. Jurlique is a premium priced brand. More details are in the previous post.

Price:
It is currently at $121 US at amazon.com and most online stores I searched for 30ml bottle. (But judging by how little you need per use — see below — this bottle will last for ages.)

Packaging:
It’s a glass pump bottle.

Reading the ingredients:
The new packaging (since the name change) have shown a few new ingredients such as PG-Hydroxyethylcellulose Cocodimonium Chloride and various PEGs (PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, PEG-18 Glyceryl Oleate/Cocoate, PEG-20 Stearate & Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate). According to Jurlique, the ingredients have not actually changed from the past, but the “global norms” of listing ingredients have required them to lable this way now. Jurlique maintains that pegs are safe, but they are “striving to develop all new products to be free of PEGs”. I hope they strive faster…

Other claims (from the package):
“A potent botanical concentrate, rich in the living energy of arnica and eyebright which help to firm, brighten and renew the delicate eye area vitality”.
“Our herbs and flowers are gently tended and harvested by hand on our certified organic and biodynamic farms.”

Scent:
The scent is pleasant, and not all too strong. I found it reminiscent of field flowers.

Texture:
A very watery gel.

Our opinions/experiences with this eye gel:
My companions is very pleased with the product. She finds that the gel feels really “fresh” and “cool”. It absorbs really fast, so she is able to apply it as she is getting ready to go to work, and put on makeup right after. The makeup does not smudge. She finds the gel comfortable – her eyes are not watering and not swelling. The product is very economical – just a tiny bit is enough. In fact, she has already managed to stretch the trial pack to almost a week. Now, it must be added that she works in a very hot environment, therefore her concern was that a heavy cream would leak. This is not the case with this product. She is very satisfied that despite the heat, nothing is watering. And she sais that the wrinkles are smoothing out. Basically, I think she’s got sold on Jurlique. When I asked her what I should write, she was very adamant that I write something positive. And she is pretty picky, so that’s saying something.

My experience has been a little less euphoric. I agree that it feels “fresh” and “cool” and absorbs really fast. I also agree that it is very economical – I needed the amount equivalent to a nail-tip. But the first time I applied it, my eyes got just a bit irritated towards the end of the day. I couldn’t figure out if it was due to seasonal allergies, or the cream. So I gave it two more chances. The second time my eyelids didn’t get irritated, but neither did they get any “smoother”. The third time I used it I felt ok at the beginning, but then there was some kind of tightness of the lids. The way my skin feels after a shower. So my conclusion is that it does nothing to me at best, and is somehow tightening/drying to my eyes otherwise. I will not be investing in it, cause I don’t see the point. But, as I’ve said before – I am an extremely sensitive case.

Verdict:
If your skin is not overly sensitive, and you are looking for a light eye care solution for a hot summer day – this product is likely for you. Especially if you intend to put makeup on right after application. Of course, provided you can afford it. But if you have very sensitive eyes, try a sample first. No point in taking such an expensive risk. I believe that most stores that carry Jurlique have little sample packages. Whole Foods definitely does. So try it out, and then decide for yourself.

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16 comments

1 Jurlique – Brand Overview — Organic Makeup and Skin Care { 05.08.08 at 10:57 pm }

[...] Update: Jurlique Herbal Recover Eye Cream Review is now posted. [...]

2 alex { 05.09.08 at 5:00 pm }

Hey! Thanks for all the great info. I was browsing through a bunch of green websites and blogs and I came across yours and found it very interesting. There are a bunch of others I like too, like the daily green, ecorazzi and earthlab.com. I especially like EarthLab.com’s carbon calculator (http://www.earthlab.com/signupprofile/). I find it really easy to use (it doesn’t make me feel guilty after I take it). Are there any others you would recommend? Can you drop me a link to your favorites (let me know if they are the same as mine).

3 julena { 05.10.08 at 11:59 pm }

Hi Alex.

I like Treehugger (anyone doesn’t :-) ). There are also tons of great blogs listed at Best Green Blogs…

4 Keung { 05.28.08 at 11:45 pm }

Julena,
Hi, i have seen your reviews about Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Gel in your blog. i just wonder where can i buy it for my friend. Thanks a lot!

5 julena { 05.29.08 at 8:27 am }

I’ve put a link to it at amazon in the “price” section of this article.

I don’t know where you are, so I don’t know what might be near you. If you are in North America, Whole Foods carries Jurlique line. Also many health-stores do.

:)

6 Alex { 08.17.08 at 6:35 pm }

Your blog is interesting!

Keep up the good work!

7 sylvia { 09.09.08 at 11:31 am }

Three days or even a week might be enough time to find out if you are sensitive to anything in the formulation but not even close to being enough time to know how effective the eye gel will be long term.

8 julena { 09.09.08 at 4:36 pm }

sylvia:
It does good a good indication though. If you don’t like it right away, then you know not to buy it for sure. But if it feels good the first trial week, then it’s worth investing in the purchase. While that first bottle lasts you’ll have plenty of time to figure out how it’s working for you… Though in my experience one week is usually enough to assess if something is good for you or not…

PS: beware unrealistic expectations. If you use an anti-wrinkle cream and after a few years get wrinkles anyways — well, that’s just you getting older :) And if you’ve been using something a long time and then suddenly start seeing results, something else is probably responsible. (In my case it’s often a change in diet.)

9 hesther { 10.21.08 at 6:12 am }

I am confused reading the review on the Julique range because although they claim that the ingredients are organic/biodynamic it does not say this on the ingredients label (the only legal bit) it anyone else concerned/confused about these inconsistences?

10 julena { 10.22.08 at 11:18 pm }

Jurlique have been treading a slippery line a bit. They do claim their ingredients are organic and biodynamic, but they have added some synthetics in the past. They are not certified by anyone. And organic claim on it’s own (or “natural” doesn’t mean much).
On the plus side, they do use organic and biodinymic ingredients (does say so on my package…), and their farms are certified organic/biodynamic. They just need to work on not adding synthetics as well…

11 lucy { 06.27.09 at 10:02 am }

hello…
I read your blog all the time, I find it very interesting. I work for Jurlique, and I promise I am not speaking becuse I have an afiliation with the company. I speak also as a life time addict:) At first I was also alittle confused on what the company said and what our boxes read. But there is a reason why our boxes say Alcohol, instead of fremented sugar cane (which is our source), and you stated it above, we have to list the dictionary name for the ingredients. This is because our products aren’t made in the USA. They come straight from our farms. While somethings do carry PEGs, they are completely natural, which all derive from veggy oils and coconut oils!

Thanx!

12 sandrar { 09.10.09 at 8:10 am }

Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

13 ronda { 03.21.10 at 4:10 pm }

I am 43 and have very sensitive skin. Red ,blotchy uneven. Sounds beautiful huh. Well I am looking for something to help with the redness and give my aging skin a boost maybe even a glow. So I went to whole foods and spoke with a Jurlique rep. she didn’t try to sell me a bunch of stuff only a few items she thought I would benefit from. That was refreshing. So I will start my jurilique adventure today and report back.

14 Tina Schroeder { 03.07.11 at 3:04 pm }

I have been using Jurlique products off & on for about 13 years now. I was first introduced to them when I became employed at my first Esthetician job back in 1998. I had to learn the products; as I was working with them on clients. I was hooked from the start. I’m turning 40 next month and people say I look like I’m 28. I also have good genes, so that maybe playing a part as well.
I also use and work with another product called Natural Magic Eco-Herbal products. I love, love, love them as well. Their product line is all Eco-friendly. They use “Chinese Pearl Powder” (Zhen Zhu) that will leave your skin with the healthiest glow! These products are truly amazing and are moderately priced, as well. Take a look at the website http://www.nmecoherbal.com/
You will also see my reviews in several magazines, news blogs if you Google Natural Magic Eco-Herbal products. The Royal Pearl Mask was voted one of the Best Facial Masks for Dull Skin in the April 2010 Eco-Fashion issue. They also had gift bags at the 2010 Golden Globes Awards and have been reviewed by Organic Spa magazine. Check their website under Media & Press for additional media as there is more.
If you decide to order, please use my name (Tina Schroeder) when ordering! Best of luck, with all of your skin care needs.

15 Tina Schroeder { 03.07.11 at 3:07 pm }

I need to correct my post above, they had gift bags at the 2010 Golden Globes Red Carpet Party. Thank you….

16 yhetskie { 05.10.11 at 2:28 am }

Can you recommend any eye cream for the prvention and smoothing coz I am nearly 30? My skin is too sensitive too plus the fact I’m sacrificing into eczema, I would love if u recommend inexpensive and organic. Thanks!

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