Reviewed by Charley

Mukti Rejuvenating Eye Balm ($39) is a well-priced, 100% organic eye moisturizer for dry, mature or sensitive skin.  Nearly every ingredient on its list has an impressive dossier here at TIA. Evening primrose, rosehip and pomegranate oils are rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins that are potent skin healers, cancer cell inhibitors, and protectors of fibroblast. (You can find more about pomegranate’s amazing anti-cancer properties here.)  Calendula and tamanu oils regenerate, heal, soothe and condition. Sea buckthorn is rich in vitamins and sterols that nourish and repair skin injuries and acute dryness. Gotu kola heals, strengthens and improves circulation in the skin. The carrier oils here are apricot and jojoba (jojoba oil is an excellent skin healer and moisture barrier in its own right), which are fairly stable and slow to go rancid. Antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal beeswax, tamanu, carrot seed and Roman chamomile oils are the only preservatives I see here.

It has a gel-like consistency (although the very first squirt came out like runny oil) with a neutral oil odor. Mukti instructs to apply to cleansed skin prior to moisturizer. But I found it better as the moisturizer which I applied after eye serum. I also found that I needed less than a rice grain’s worth of balm to keep my lids moisturized all day. Actually, I used a mustard seed’s worth of product — warmed up and dispersed well on the fingers, then dabbed onto the lids. When over-applied, it seeped into my eyes overnight and I awoke with red, irritated eyes. (Thankfully, the packaging is a needle-nose squeeze tube that’s easy to control.)  The initial tackiness gradually dissipates as the jojoba coaxes all the precious oils into the skin. My eyelids definitely have a sheen to them, but they do not look oily. Just the right amount of beeswax in the formula helps it stay put — my oil-based kohl pencil didn’t turn into panda eyes; sheer eye shimmer didn’t settle into the creases. Above all, my skin is soft, smooth and well-protected from moisture loss throughout the day.  This balm has also been outstanding on acute dryness on my cheeks, blistered hands and cracked heels (but at this price, I’m probably better off using the similarly formulated Mukti Antioxidant Facial Oil for everything but my eyes).

This is supposedly compatible with normal skin. For those of you who are so lucky, I would recommend starting out applying the barest whisper of balm, evaluate, and then adjust as needed, especially if you plan to “winterize” your cheeks, as I did on occasion. I’m happy to report that I did not suffer from breakouts or milia while using this product, but I have a feeling that it would be too heavy in the summer. It’s definitely a welcome addition to my winter skincare arsenal.

With all the extracurricular testing, half a tube lasted four weeks (I had to use a baker’s scale to figure that out!). If used strictly on the eyes, I would expect it to last three to four months.

Ingredients: Certified Organic Oils of Apricot (Prunus Armeniaca) & Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis); Certified Organic Beeswax (Cera Alba); Certified Organic Oils of Evening Primrose (Oenothera Biennis), Rosehip (Rosa Canina), Calendula (Calendula Officinalis), Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides) Berry, Pomegranate (Punica Granatum), Tamanu (Calophyllum Inophyllum), Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica), Carrot Seed (Daucus Carota) & Roman Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis)