Miessence is an organic brand that makes just about everything from deodorant, to aftershave, to makeup and skincare. The company's organic credentials are so good that it has the seal of approval of the Biological Farmers of Australia, whose standards are much higher than here in the US. For the last few weeks, I have been trying out the Firming Neck and Eye Serum ($43).

Initially, I was puzzled by a cream that would do double duty on the eyes and the neck. It seems to me that the skin is very different - more delicate around the eye, thicker on the neck. As it happens, Miessence didn't work out for me as a neck cream (but then, my skin has gotten to resembling the underbelly of a reptile). As a firming eye cream, however, Miessence proved to be a great success.

As well as being almost 100% organic, Miessence manages to completely avoid any chemicals or preservatives. I like the inclusion of hops (this is also a feature of Derma Radiant's eye cream) as they come with prenylated flavonoids that are antioxidant.

There is also horsetail, which crops up in shampoos these days. It is rich in potassium, silicon and calcium and has historically been used to strengthen finger nails. Saponins and flavanoids (particularly quercetin) also give it the ability to help heal wounds (as used by the ancient Greeks). The thing about quercetin is that it may be a much more of a powerful antioxidant than was previously thought. Cornell University has a new way of measuring antioxidant potency called ‘cellular antioxidant activity’ (CAA) that tests the antioxidant activities of a compound inside the cell itself. This is an approach that is deemed to be more accurate. Of all the flavenoids, quercetin had the highest CAA value.

I am looking forward to trying some other Miessence products, in particular Ambrosia Essence, which majors on the anti-inflammatory tamanu nut oil.

Ingredients:

Certified organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, xanthan gum, certified organic olea europaea (olive) juice extract, certified organic chamaemelum nobile (roman chamomile) essential oil, certified organic lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil, certified organic humulus lupulus (hops) extract, certified organic equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract, non-gmo lecithin, sclerotium rolfsii gum, certified organic urtica dioica (nettle) extract, aqua, certified organic persea gratissima (avocado) fruit oil, certified organic rosa rubiginosa (rosehip) seed oil, certified organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, certified organic butyrospermum parkii (shea) fruit butter, certified organic ethanol (sugar cane alcohol), citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) fruit extract