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Mad Hippie’s No More Crows- reviewed and rejected

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin
February 9, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 6 Comments

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.


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.

  • September 30, 2013

    by Marta

    No More Crows has been discontinued Deborah. The new Mad Hippie Eye Serum does not have retinyl palmitate.

  • September 29, 2013

    by deborah

    Mad hippie is based out of Austin, TX, not Portland, Maine. Did they move? Also I see this item in the shop as an eye cream, was it reformulated or is this the same product?

  • February 15, 2011

    by Gini Smith

    I personally have used their products for about 6 months and love them. I guess to each their own :)

  • February 14, 2011

    by JustD

    I guess I'm so used to having comesticians tell me use this, it does this and you'll see this, that when you ladies and gentlemen get all educational on me here, I get so lost.

    Arandjel, what do you mean by 'induce an actives overload'? Too much of a good thing gone bad?

    I'm trying to put together a few good concoctions, but I'm not sure that I know how to do that, based upon all the ingredients that shout out at me from these au naturel products. How does one go about knowing that if you use this with that, you should get/see these types of results?

    Can someone give me a clue?


  • February 14, 2011

    by Arandjel

    Considering the list of (fairly impressive) ingredients, could it be that Mad Hippie might have mislabeled this product as a cream instead of a serum/treatment, because it doesn't appear to be very emollient - like at all. So perhaps this should be used under a neutral cream or oil, since something like YBF Correct would probably induce an actives overload.

  • February 10, 2011

    by JustD

    Thanks Marta, for your honest take on this product. I don't know, the saying is one man's trash is another man's treasure, perhaps in the world of health & beauty products, this may be applicable. We all have different compositions, chemically and genetically, so what may be used on a dozen people may work for eleven of them, but have no effect whatsoever for one.

    As I stated in another post Marta, I'm doubling up on products, adding the YBF Antioxidant and Replenish along with everything else I am now trying with Mad Hippie. The No More Crows may be exactly as you say it is, I've only tried it with the Antioxidant after applying the MH serum & Replenish, so perhaps what I'm seeing is dependant upon my usage of the additional products, moreso than using NMC alone.

    I may have to use the product by itself to see if it's really working for me or as you experienced it. I ask again, how do we really know if something reviewed and recommended by someone will actually work for one of us? I guess we don't until we try it and see for ourselves. That's why I prefer product testers, it gives us slight edge, rather than investing in these products without being able to return them if they don't hold up. :-)

    I'm still learning, and this site is very educational. It helps that I've been blessed with some great genes, and I'm trying to accommodate them more with healthier products, but it's hard to know which ones work and which ones don't without making investments that can be costly.

    That said, I'll use this bundle up I bought and move on to the next product that falls within my realm of reach, more than likely that someone here gives a thumbs up to...not because I believe it may work for me as well, but because I simply hope it will.

    Thanks for all you do Marta, and everyone else here who is finding their way as well. Julie Kay, I want to get a regimen that works for me just like you LOL!

    Until then, I'll keep listening, learning and trying until I find what works for me.

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