When I first opened this jar of Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm ($42), I thought, “Hmm, this sure looks greasy.” With the inclusion of mostly oils and beeswax, it’s no wonder it appeared this way. The next thing I did was take a look at the ingredients. There are only seven, and all of them are natural and toxin free — a definite plus! Many of the ingredients were also foods I love to eat, so my interest in this balm was even more piqued.
The majority of the ingredients are oils that carry the benefit of hydration and skin softening. Calendula, a skin-conditioning agent, is listed as the first ingredient. The beeswax, mango seed butter, squalane, avocado oil and vitamin E were also noted as being skin conditioners. This happens to be my favorite benefit of this product. While I don’t suffer from dry skin, this balm is extremely moisturizing, and I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for hydration around the eye area. I also used this on my lips, and it works wonders for chapped lips as well!
Avocado oil and vitamin E offer anti-aging benefits in addition to hydration. The inclusion of olive-derived squalane is a major plus. Squalane is something we produce naturally, but production begins to decline in our 20s, therefore, this (especially in plant form and not from shark livers!) is an advantage for those of us in our 30s and beyond. It allows our skin to retain moisture. It also absorbs quickly, which I think is something that causes the initial greasiness of the balm to dissipate quickly.
I thought the greasiness of the balm would cause an issue under make-up. However, I found that this actually helped my concealer go on more smoothly (I use the La Vie Celeste Illumine Under-Eye Concealer ($30), which is thick and creamy). Some may not like the consistency, but I was pleased.
I have normal, acne-prone skin, dark under-eye circles, puffiness, and the fine lines that come with being in your mid-30s. I really enjoyed this balm and found a slight reduction in fine lines and dark circles. I’ve been using this for about four weeks, and I do think that with further use I will see more improvement.
The directions state to use a grain-size amount of the product, and I can attest that a small amount is all that is needed to cover both eyes. The price is reasonable considering the small amount needed. I don’t think I’ve used 1/3 of the jar in the 4 weeks of use, so this will last some time.
Overall, I was very pleased with the Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm and would recommend it for hydration and to combat fine lines and dark circles.