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