I was very excited to get the opportunity to try the Royal Nectar Bee Venom Eye Cream ($35 in the shop) as I had previously used the Royal Nectar Moisturizing Face Lift ($55 in the shop) I received in one of Marta's Discover packages awhile back and really liked it. Upon receiving the eye cream, I first did what (I hope) most folks do and that is smell it! I am a sucker for good scents and was not disappointed. While the scent is very faint and you really don't smell it when applied, it is a nice smell. The consistency is as described—a cream. It's not too heavy or too light and is just what you would expect in a cream, however it goes on fairly heavy if you use too much. A little goes a long way and it absorbs quickly—I have had the product for about 6 weeks now, use it morning and night and still have more than half the jar remaining. This makes the price point of around $35 very reasonable as I imagine this will last about 3-4 months.
The majority of the ingredients are clean and appear necessary except for what I imagine provides the nice scent. Parfum? Why? Why is this necessary in this product (or any for that matter)? Not to mention it's about half way down the list and not near the end. I don't see a need for this at all. EWG.org describes parfum as an "undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals" and notes that it is "associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system." It also rates it in the high hazard range. I will never understand why companies, especially skin care companies, continue to use this in their products when there are many alternatives to give a nice scent to a product. Aside from that, the rest of the list seem to offer actual benefits to the skin. Sweet almond oil, shea butter, Manuka honey, avocado and apricot oils, green tea extract and, of course, bee venom, all offer anti-aging benefits. There is also Anthemis Nobilis flower oil which is also known as Roman chamomile. This is a great oil for use around the eyes as it reportedly is anti-inflammatory and moisturizing. The majority of the ingredients actually offer moisturizing properties and I did find the area around my eyes to be more hydrated when using this.
I am in my late 30's and have slight lines around my eyes, as well as dark circles, so I was hopeful this cream would help minimize those. There was no improvement or diminishment of my dark circles, and while I did notice the lines appeared smoother and the area around my eyes was visibly firmer when first applying the cream, I have not noticed any significant minimization of the lines over time. It seems the tightening agents in the cream, specifically the bee venom, offer a firmer skin when the product is on but isn't doing anything to actually permanently minimize the lines. I suppose it's possible that this will occur with more long term use, however, I would think that after 6 weeks I would notice a slight decrease, but alas I have not. Regardless, overall I do like this cream and would recommend it for its moisturizing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and, as mentioned, it does provide an instant tightening of the eye area.