As I've been going about my business over the past few weeks, I've been on a mission to track down the best organic skincare brand that you've never heard of. More often that not, the obscure so-called "organic" brands that I come across turn out to be cases of chemical-laden pretense or underwhelming mediocrity. But once in a green moon, I am lucky enough to stumble upon a hands-down, fruits-of-the-earth winner. Nurture My Body Organic Eye Cream has thus far proven to be a champion.

While finishing up my master's degree, I have gotten to experience the portentous rite of passage known as the thesis (the word alone sends a ripple of goosebumps down my arms). My weeks have been filled with heaps of caffeine punctuated with bouts of sleep deprivation. Through all this, my skin has, of course, taken a thrashing, with unsightly blemishes and bumps cropping up in the most innocent areas of my face. But nowhere has evidence of my ordeal been more noticeable than my eyes, which have become not only bloodshot, but puffy and shadowy underneath. Nurture My Body made such a difference that I was able to resume human contact in surprisingly good shape (as far as my eyes were concerned).

After patting Nurture My Body's cream under my weary eyes, I felt a cool tingle followed by an immediate lift in my spirits. A swirl of soothing essential oils, dominated by lavender, enveloped my face. The cream goes on white and blends in easily without any shine, greasiness, or residue. While I normally have to choose my daytime eye cream wisely to avoid a face-off with my under-eye concealer, Nurture My Body creates the perfect base for makeup both under the eyes and over the eyelids. The ultimate victory was when, after two entirely sleepless nights, I half-staggered into work and Marta commented that my eyes looked amazingly awake.

Besides its eye-awakening power, what is especially impressive about this cream is its nearly flawless all-organic formula. The Environmental Working Group gives this product a rating of 0, which, to the uninitiated, is a perfect score (and very difficult to achieve). After specially filtered water (which has been freed of salt and trace chemicals), the formula begins with vegetable emulsifying wax, which is composed of fatty polyglycosides prepared by reacting glucose (or olive wax) and collagen with natural fatty acids. The next two ingredients are skin-friendly emollients in the form of shea butter (high in vitamins A and E) and vegetable glycerin, a sweet oily fluid.

For the most part, the rest of the formula is populated with lovely botanical infusions, extracts, and oils. Like it sounds, eyebright calms irritated eyes and reduces puffiness due to its natural astringent properties. Lavender and red clover have anti-inflammatory actions, while comfrey root has the ability to stimulate cell proliferation by virtue of muco-polysaccharides. Much more than a means of sunburn relief, aloe vera gel is an increasingly common anti-aging agent for its power to regenerate damaged tissue by speeding up skin cell reproduction. Then there's seaweed extract, which interacts with human carotene to help improve the skin's elasticity and hydration.

In spite of the cream's high oil content, its consistency isn't oily at all. My favorite inclusion is olive squalane, a highly nutritious emollient that replaces the loss of skin's natural moisture over time. Avocado oil (high in vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E) is known to reduce age spots and scars, as well as soften skin. Because of jojoba oil's affinity with human skin (it produces liquid wax esters akin to the natural esters produced by human sebaceous glands), it can restore pH balance and help maintain suppleness. Borage seed oil is another excellent emollient that helps regulate skin hydration and nourishment.  Lastly, essential oils from lavender, carrot seed, rosemary, sage, and other plantlife contribute antioxidants.

After a couple of weeks on Nurture My Body's eye cream, the slight creases under my eyes appear to have diminished. The delicate under-eye skin looks fully hydrated and firm, and I feel confident that the cream is keeping premature signs of aging at bay. Considering my satisfaction with this cream, I'm curious to try more of this brand's body-nurturing products plucked from nature.



Purified Water, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)***, Vegetable Glycerin, Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Infusion**, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender Flowers) Infusion**, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey Root) Infusion**, Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover) Infusion**/****, Avena Sativa (Oatstraw) Infusion**, Carthamnus Tinctorius (High Oleic Safflower) Oil**, Olive Squalane Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed) Oil**, Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract**, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel**, Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Hydrosol**, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Alexandrian Laurel) Oil**, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil**, Borago Officinalis (Borage Seed) Oil**, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Oil**, Glycine Soja (Soy Lecithin), Matricaria Recutita (German Chamomile) CO2**, Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Essential Oil***, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Essential Oil**, Carota Sativa (Carrot Seed) Essential Oil***, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) CO2**, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) CO2**, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Extract