For years I used the Garnier caffeinated roller to combat undereye puffiness and dark circles. It was one of the very first reviews I ever posted on this space (***cue super old blog post with blurry pictures***), but after almost using it up and seeing it discontinued in stores, I decided it was time to find something new. For one, I hardly ever wake up with bags under my eyes anymore as I finally grew up and go to bed on time. But I also found a new product that when I do have that problem in the mornings works just as well as that Garnier roller or dare I say it, even better.
The Body Shop Elderflower Unperfumed eye gel
The product I am talking about is the The Body Shop Elderflower eye gel. I had been on the hunt for a replacement of the Garnier roller for some time, but couldn’t find anything. That was until I went to pick up some TBS goodies and the lady recommended this. She mentioned you can put this in the fridge to make it extra cooling, but I find it already has a very cooling property as is. A jar contains 15 ml and this costs €11.
As you can see this jar has very simple packaging. It is a plastic jar, that is fuss free, closes easily and shows you how much product is in there. The only downside to this would be that it’s a jar which requires you to stick your finger in. Not the best possible packaging, but it will do.
What TBS says:
Fragrance free, wide-awake refreshment to soothe, cool, and refresh those delicate peepers. With gentle elderflower extract and witch hazel.
This product is designed especially to make under eye bags disappear and it should help smooth the under eye area. And it does! I apply this after my day cream, before foundation. It is absorbed quickly by my skin and bags are gone in a jiffy. I find that I can apply this, do my eye primer and my brows and carry on with foundation straight away.
Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel Distillate) (Astringent), Sambucus nigra (Elderflower water) (Natural Additive), Alcohol Denat. (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Triethanolamine (pH Adjuster), Carbomer (Viscosity Modifier), Imidazolidinyl Urea (Preservative), Methylparaben (Preservative), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant).
As you can see this product comes with a very short ingredient list. It does contain drying alcohol and urea which may not be the best for your skin. But this product is fragrance free and not something I use on a daily basis. The US version of this product has an ingredients list 3x the size though, so if you’re in the US or looking to buy the US version of this product, I would recommend you check the ingredient list separately.
The product itself is indeed a gel. The texture is very runny, it doesn’t smell like anything in particular and you only need a little bit because of the watery texture. It is thick enough to pick up, but thin enough for it to spread easily and evenly and be absorbed quickly. You only need a little bit and I find this work best if you tap this gently into the skin.
This is already too much for two eyes I find. So half of this will do. I don’t use this on a daily basis, but just whenever I feel my eye area can use a little extra kick. It is another extra product in my morning routine and so I often forget to use this still. However, come winter time, with less daylight around, my body likes to get a little extra sleep, but with this I can actually fake this. I will report back to you how often I use this then.
In short this is a great under eye gel that will help you fight those bags and make you look more awake instantly. It works great under make up and has not irritated my skin as of yet. Would I recommend this product? Yes sure I would!
What eye cream do you use in the morning?