Those nice people at Rodial have already enhanced the civilized world with the Rodial Bum Lift and the Rodial Boob Job and now have a new line of bee venom potions and lotions including an eye cream called Rodial Bee Venom Eye ($140). It is no surprise to see Rodial jumping on the bandwagon started by Camilla (Duchess of Cornwall) and her bee venom mask (which, incidentally, we source directly from New Zealand’s Nelson Honey), and I was intrigued to see if the new eye cream was buzzworthy.
Bee venom in cosmetics does not sting (unless you have an allergy) and in Rodial’s case it isn’t likely to do much else either since it is the very last ingredient in a list of over 50. Which is shame, since bee venom has over 19 active components including antioxidants. It deservedly gets pride of place in Nelson Honey’s Royal Nectar Original Face Mask as well as its Moisturizing Face Lift.
Rodial’s Bee Venom Eye is not exactly swarming with great ingredients and those that are here are also vying for last place, including the peptide combo Matrixyl 3000 and beta carotene. Happily, there seems to be a greater concentration of a plant stem cell from capsicum. Rodial has also thrown in the depuffer Halxoyl that is in all self-respecting eye creams these days.
And that, I think is at the nub of the problem for Rodial Bee Venom Eye. It is just a common and garden (and a tad overpriced) eye cream with the only standout being the capsicum stem cell amidst ingredients that you would normally expect to find in an eye cream over $70 and with the usual fillers, silicones, acrylics and harsh preservatives.
No wonder Rodial needed to some bee venom buzz as there is little to hum about otherwise.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Oryza Sativa (Rice Germ) Oil, Ethlhexdodecanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Plysilicone-11, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceral Stearate, PEG-75 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Tribehenin, Steareth-20, Alcohol, Glyceryl Behenate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Ceteth-20, Ectoin, Lecithin, Polyacrylamide, Xanthan Gum, Capsicum Annum Meristem Cell Culture, Parfum (Fragrance) Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Disodium EDTA, Geranylgeranylisopropanol, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Laureth-7, Triethanolamine, Citric Acid, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Hydroxycitronellal, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene, Citronellol, Sodium Benzoate, Beta-Carotene, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Cyclotetrapeptide-24 Aminocyclohexane Carboxylate, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmmitoyl Tetrapeptide, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Bee Venom