Royal Nectar Bee Venom Eye Cream ($35 in the shop) is a new product from Nelson Honey of New Zealand. It contains bee venom to gently stimulate “facial muscles for a natural anti-aging effect on fine lines” as well as honey (a natural antioxidant) and other healthy ingredients such as chamomile oil (an anti-inflammatory) and green tea leaf extract (an antioxidant). The list of ingredients intrigued me and I was excited to try it.
My first impressions were mixed. I am not a fan of jar packaging in general as it isn’t particularly hygienic and for the amount used, a tube would be better. However, the cream comes in a nice neat package and the product is easily accessible with or without the miniature spatula that comes with it.
The insert contains information about the product (and about other products produced by the company) and claims “our new soothing age-defying eye treatment contains a unique blend of New Zealand Manuka Honey and Bee Venom (sic). Designed to gently stimulate the facial muscles around your eyes, helping firm and smooth your delicate eye skin.” My interest was piqued as I am a 51-year-old Caucasian woman who is on the lookout for a good eye cream that does what it claims to. I’m lucky that my skin is good, but my eyes have fine lines and wrinkles and I’d like to diminish the appearance of them, if possible.
I used this product according to the directions, gently massaging it into the skin twice per day every day for four weeks, changing nothing else in my skin care routine. The Royal Nectar Bee Venom Eye Cream massaged into my skin nicely, smelled pleasant, and had a nice feel to it, but I did not see a real difference in the skin around my eyes.
This product is priced reasonably, the company conducts no animal testing (they also make sure to let you know that bees were not harmed in the making of the product), and it is a good basic eye cream.
I should also note that I do not care for fragrance in my skin care products as I deem it completely unnecessary and sometimes harmful. The fragrance in this product isn’t overly strong (I get migraines and fragrance is always a concern, even a small amount).
Overall, this is a pleasant, basic eye cream and might be a good product for you even if it wasn’t for me.