We take special care to ensure our beauty products are devoid of harmful ingredients, but we probably don't think twice about what we use to remove the remains from our faces at the end of the day. For women with sensitive skin, it can be maddening to find an eye makeup remover that doesn't require a thorough washing to remove its greasy feel or excessive rubbing to purge smudges of stubborn mascara. Luckily, an organic skincare line called Eminence has developed a wonderfully gentle Herbal Eye Makeup Remover.

Removing eye makeup is an essential measure in the anti-aging quest. At the same time that mascara plumps up eyelashes with a luscious, dark coating, it also leaches moisture and makes them brittle over time, and thus prone to breakage.  If lashes break, creating gaps in the eye's protective barrier, dust and other contaminants can more easily pass through, causing irritation or infection.  Additionally, when makeup is left on for long periods of time, the delicate skin around the eye reveals preexisting fine lines and becomes more prone to wrinkling.

Though I have been guilty of skipping the makeup removal step in my bedtime regimen on particularly late nights out, I have always regretted it after awakening to a raccoon face the next morning.  Once I started using Eminence's eye makeup remover, I have never forgotten or neglected to fully eliminate all products from my face.  Eminence makes the process of removing remnants of mascara, eyeliner, and eye shadow not only effortless but enjoyable.

Its elegant flat-top pump bottle both protects against contamination and dispenses the perfect amount of liquid. You simply press down on the encased lid with a cotton ball, and it becomes doused with a healthy helping of the herbal concoction.  To remove makeup, it only takes a few gentle rubs (perhaps more for waterproof mascara).  Afterward, the eye area feels clean, moisturized, and grease-free.

Eminence's eye makeup remover comprises an organic blend of well-known botanicals that is entirely paraben-free.  Like the ancient remedy of placing cucumber slices over the eyes, cucumber extract imparts a slight cooling sensation and soothes the skin.  Chamomile extract, an anti-inflammatory agent, soothes dry or irritated skin, while calendula extract contributes anti-bacterial and soothing properties.  A well-known eye tonic, cornflower extract packs tannins that refresh the skin, as well as other compounds that offer powerful moisturizing benefits.  Rosehip extract, a potent source of essential fatty acids, improves the elasticity and resilience of skin.

Of course, these botanical extracts are all lovely, but there are a few inclusions that really stand out for their enduring benefits.  Green tea extract, which is a common anti-aging ingredient in skincare preparations, employs its antioxidants towards protecting the skin from free radical damage.  Lending the potion its natural fragrance, lavender extract is one of the most versatile essences, known to rejuvenate skin, balance complexion, and alleviate anxiety.  Finally, comfrey extract protects against aging and repairs the skin by encouraging the growth of new skin cells.

Although I read some reports of stinging eyes, I cannot imagine how this is possible since I wear contacts and have hyper-sensitive eye skin, and not once have I encountered any adverse effects.  At $28, Eminence's herbal eye makeup remover might be a bit pricier than what you are used to paying for something that you use to quickly wipe off the products that prettied your face all day.  But, in my opinion, a youthful-looking eye area is priceless.


Spring Water, Coco Betain (Coconut Derived), Calendula
Flower Extract, Decyl Glycoside (Glucose), Cornflower Extract, Cucumber
Extract, Comfrey Extract, Green Tea Extract, Chamomile Extract, Lavender
Extract, Rosehip Extract, Sodium Benzoate (Cranberry Derived), Postassium
Sorbate (Sorbapple Derived), Lavender Essential Oil, Chamomile Essential Oil