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by Beth H.
I used Bottega Organica Eye Contour Serum ($195) twice a day, morning and night. I’ve had pretty normal skin most of my life, although it’s drier now with occasional breakouts. I’m in my forties so I guess that’s to be expected. I have some fine lines around my eyes. I didn’t see any difference in them but I didn’t expect to either.
One of the first things I noticed about it is that it’s very watery for a serum. I’m used to serums being much thicker. It’s also a dark brown color with a faint ammonia-like smell. The smell doesn’t bother me when it’s on my face but I don’t like it on my hands; I always wash them afterward.
The packaging is very nice. It comes in a heavy frosted glass bottle with a smaller vial of the serum inside and a pump on top. Since it has such a thin consistency it’s easy to over pump and waste a lot. I found what works best is to pump it into my palm and then apply it with my finger. I still have a lot left after four weeks; I expect it to last a good two to three months.
Editor's Note: Bottega Organica has updated their packaging and this serum is now housed in a glass bottle with a dropper. The dropper bottle is the version sold in the Truth in Aging shop.
All of the ingredients, except for water, are listed as organic. There are no preservatives, which is just what we’re looking for!
Ingredients include horse chestnut, cucumber, mallow and prawn sage. Horse chestnut has been found to be helpful withblood vessels and circulation as well as swelling and inflammation. I don’t have broken capillaries on my face so there isn’t anything to report in that regard. It may have helped with the bags under my eyes but that could have been the cucumber too. Mallow is a soothing anti-inflammatory.
When I saw prawn sage I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to use it; I have a severe shellfish allergy and I definitely can’t eat prawns. Lucky for me prawn sage is a plant named for it’s shrimp-like shape and that’s as close as it gets to the real thing. You can read Marta’s review of Bottega Organica’s face serum and learn more about the inclusion of prawn sage in their products here.
The directions say to follow it with a facial oil or balm. I use argan oil as a makeup remover so I followed up with my usual eye moisturizer. I really didn’t find the serum hydrating enough, on it’s own, so using something moisturizing, like they suggest, really works best.
Viscosity, color and smell aside, it did affect both the bags and dark circles under my eyes. They were bothering me quite a bit when I started using it. The improvements aren’t exactly dramatic; I still use under eye concealer but less than I used to, however, my bags have especially gone down..