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Makana Anti-Aging Cream-reader reviewed and recommended

Is a Solution for:
Age Spots, Dark Circles, Sagging Skin, Puffy Eyes, Dry Skin, Oily Skin
July 14, 2012 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 11 Comments
Reviewed by Valerie

Makana is an anti-aging cream with organic Hawaiian botanicals. This cream claims to be a 4 in 1 product, an all-day moisturizer, advanced eye cream, night treatment, and anti-aging treatment. The product retails for $44/1.35oz. Just this month, the company launched a new formula. In May, I was actually given both versions to test. I love natural and organic products, even more so when they produce results. However, when I received the products from TIA, my wedding date was only eight weeks away. At that point I had decided to go for the heavy hitters like Hydropeptide Hydrostem+6 ($160) in the morning and AQ Skin Solutions ($149 in the shop) in the evening. At any other time, I would have gladly tested the Makana on my face.

As such, I decided to use the original formula on my right hand and the newer version on my left. At the time, the skin on my hands wasn’t looking very good. I kept thinking of that traditional wedding photo of the bride and groom’s hands up close. That would not have been a keeper. I am 40 years old, with fair skin, and my hands were looking more like tissue paper than ever before. In addition, I’d become more aware of the skin damage on my hands and arms, evidenced by an uneven skin tone, which had a mottled look to it with a sprinkling of freckled mole things.

After a month of using the products, I noticed that the skin tone on my hands looked amazing. It was almost as though there was a clear line of demarcation where the product application ended. So, just to be a diligent tester, I decided to extend my test for a couple more weeks. This extra time allowed me to apply the cream about an inch up past that bone on my wrist just to make sure it was this product having such a positive effect. I can now say that Makana really does wonders on skin tone. In fact, if I could afford to use it on my entire arm, I would. It also helped smooth out the texture of my skin’s tissue-paper look.

I will say that my right hand, which was the original formula, might have been a smidge better. I suspect this was the result of the acetal tetrapeptide-5, also known as Eyeseryl. It helps eliminate shadows and puffiness under the eyes. This ingredient was removed from the new formula in favor of fagus sylvatica bud extract, which the company states is a plant-based hydrating and smoothing ingredient that helps minimize fine lines and aging around the eye area.

As stated in the beginning, this is a 4 in 1 product. The anti-aging repair is provided through vitamin E, CoQ10, oat kernel extract, and acmella oleracea, which is touted as a Botox substitute. The moisturizing component is achieved with several organic oils and butters such as tamanu, kukui, macadamia nut, jojoba, shea butter and cocoa seed butter. The night rejuvenation function is provided through algae extract, aloe, grape seed oil, hibiscus flower extract, and green tea.

As for the difference between the two formulas, aside from the one mentioned above, the only other changes seem to be that the new formula is aloe based instead of water based, and that the sweet almond oil in the old formula has been swapped for sunflower seed oil in the new. There are no “nasties” in either version.

This product was very moisturizing. It is an off-white cream that has a fresh scent of oranges, which comes from the orange oil in the formula. I don’t know if it will do a lot for wrinkles, since I didn’t try it on my face, but it is definitely a good moisturizer and works dramatically well on skin tone.

Ingredients in new formula: Certified Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Certified Organic Carya ovata (Hickory) Bark Extract, Cetearyl Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate, Alcohol (and) Acmella Oleracea Extract, Cetyl Palmitate (and) Sorbitan Palmitate (and) Sorbitan Olivate, Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract, Water (and) Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Glycerin (and) Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Squalane (and)  Ubiquinone, ECOCERT Organic Japanese Green Tea Leaf Extract, Certified Organic Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Aleurites Mouccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Certified Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil,Certified Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E),Certified Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Certified Organic Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Oil, Certified Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum

Ingredients in original formula: Purified Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate, Alcohol (and) Water (and) Acmella Oleracea Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Water (and) Oat Kernel Extract, Acetal Tetrapeptide-5, Aloe Vera Gel, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Water (and) Algae Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Glycerin (and) Water (and) Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Squalane (and) Ubiquinone, Organic Japanese Green Tea Extract, Tamanu Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Kukui Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Macadamia Nut Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sweet Orange Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Hydroxyethylcellulose
  • January 7, 2016

    by Tara

    My skin is dry
    What I have read it that it is great for oily skin
    Is this a product that I should or should not use

  • December 23, 2015

    by Marta

    Hi Trudy, this is the company's website:

  • December 22, 2015

    by Trudy

    Please let me know how to purchase the Makana Anti-Aging Cream.
    This product was recommended to me but I am having difficulty
    finding a website to order it from and / or a phone number to call
    in regards to this product.
    Thank you so very much!

  • July 1, 2015

    by Darci

    The alcohol is part of the Gatuline Expression (the acmella oleracea). There is no alcohol by itself included in the product.

  • May 26, 2015

    by Marta

    Hi Mary, this is not a product that we sell.

  • May 25, 2015

    by Mary

    So...I can't buy this product(Makana) from your website? I would like to purchase it today and receive the 20% discount. Also, just wondering why there is no response to the lady that asked about the alcohol? I would like to know the answer to that also. Thank you.

  • February 15, 2015

    by ghe

    it is easy to show young under forty women in humid enviroment,
    come to the northeast we have 0 F tonight and wind chill -10
    create a real product for normal women not some models

  • March 28, 2014

    by valeria

    Hi! I see that this creme contains alcohol among the top ingredients. Isn't this bad for the skin? I would like to try it, but I'm scared of putting alcohol around my eyes... Thank you!

  • July 23, 2012

    by Misha

    Congratulations on your wedding, and thanks for the additional information, Valerie.

  • July 21, 2012

    by Valerie

    Hi Misha,
    It didn't lighten my skin, it just evened out the that spotty, freckly look dramatically. It isn't all gone, but made a significant difference. The line of demarcation that I spoke of was just that you could clearly see where I stopped using it and the splotchy look started again. My fiancé, who thinks I should use all my lotions and potions if it makes me happy, doesn't really think that they do anything. I, of course, insist that they do. He's a pharmacist and very science oriented. When I showed him my hands, his response was "Wow, that looks like a measurable difference." I haven't tried on my face yet. My wedding is next week. :-)

  • July 20, 2012

    by Misha

    Thanks for the great review! Could you elaborate more on the effect the cream had on your skin tone? Do you mean that it removed the freckling on your hands and that your skin in that area is now all one color? When you say you noticed a line of demarcation do you mean that the cream lightened your skin or just that one area was freckly and the other area was all one even tone? Also, have you tried the product on your face yet? Thanks again!

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