I was born about a decade too late to have been a hippie and as something of a loner in my teen years, I never quite identified with the desire to be with thousands of other people in a muddy field. So perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised that Mad Hippie’s No More Crows Peptide Eye Cream ($24) suited me like a pair of ill-fitting bell-bottoms.

I feel a bit guilty about spurning Mad Hippie’s. I was tipped off to it by a reader and was impressed by ingredients such as Matrixyl 3000 and the kinds of prices that wouldn’t buy you a tie-dye tank-top. Plus they give 10% of all profits to Conservation International. But there was something about the hokey branding complete with psychedelic VW Kombi bus that grated on me. And then there was the product.

No More Crows did the opposite. Within three weeks, my under eye area was dry and beginning to crinkle. It struck me that the thing about old hippies (with exception of Julie Kay, of course) is that they look old. I was starting to look like Bob Dylan. I was humming along to Grateful Dead. I took myself in hand and went back to Your Best Face Correct.

I didn’t like the texture of Mad Hippie’s No More Crows – too thin, a little greasy and not easily absorbed. The smell made me very glad for the first time in my life that there is a longish distance between my eyes and the tip of my nose. I’m not sure that I can really identify what it is, but my mind keeps going to wet weed, a joint left out in the rain. (OK, I’m taking the hippie thing too far).

Now hippies were, of course, noted for their spiritual pharmacopeia and, while I wasn't expecting LSD, I was surprised to find that No More Crows didn’t have a touch of hemp, the cannabis plant being fairly commonly used in cosmetics. Actually, Mad Hippie’s seems to have rounded up a slew of anti-aging heavy hitters and when you look at the roll-call of niacinamide, Matrixyl 3000, Eyeliss and Regu-Age (a new one to me), it is surprising that I didn’t get any benefits from them. Au contraire, for some reason, the formulation was very drying for me and seemed to be regressive.

It is worth bearing in mind that JustD recently told us that she has been trying Mad Hippie’s products and has seen some improvements. So perhaps it’s just me and my inability to get in touch with my inner hippie.

Ingredients

Water, niacinamide, Regu-Age (hydrolyzed rice bran protein, glycine soybean protein, oxido reductases), Eyeliss (hesperidin methyl chalcone, steareth-20, dipetide-2, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7), Haloxyl (water, glycerin steareth-20, n-hydroxysccinamide, chrysin, palmitoyl), Matrixyl 3000 (glycerin, water, butylene glycol, carbomer, polysorbate 20, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide 7), glycerin, vitamin K, titanium dioxide, tocopheryl acetate, squalane, retinyl palmitate, cholecalciferol, ascorbyl palmitate, hydrolyzed wheat protein, argan oil, potassium sorbate, chamomile extract, vitamin E acetate, ceramide 3, buckwheat wax, white tea extract, pomegranate extract, sorbic acid, natural fragrance.