Reviewed by Noel

After six weeks of using the Sweet Science Goji Gold 24K Eye Complex ($48), I am seeing some positive results. I have been applying this product not only to the eye area, but also around lips where I was developing fine lines. This cream provides long-lasting moisture – even a tad on the greasy side; it would eventually absorb or get rubbed off onto my pillow case. It has reduced the appearance of my fine lines (both eyes and lips), and improved the texture and firmness of my thinning eye tissue. The downside is that I awaken with some slight puffiness under the eyes – not something I need – but it quickly disappears once I’m up and around. I have not yet noticed any lightening of dark under-eye circles.

The rich cream has a light, clean, soapy scent that verges on being slightly perfume-y. In addition to some peptides (specifically, Matrixyl 3000), it contains both goji berry and gold, which supposedly help to improve circulation and slow collagen depletion, resulting in a firmer appearance of skin and fewer lines and wrinkles. Kojic acid is included to help decrease pigmentation and lighten dark circles. One caution: Appearing low on the ingredients list is retinyl palmitate, which is rated “8” on the EWG site and should not be used without sunscreen. 

One thing sets Sweet Science apart from other skincare products: you have to mix in a couple of the active ingredients yourself, making this customizable! This is easily done as you just unscrew the top of the pump bottle and add in a measured portion of the tiny bottles of vitamin C and kojic acid, using the included dropper and spatula to mix it in. The remainder is to be added later, keeping the actives, well... active. Challenge #1: tapping the bottle to remove air bubbles and getting the pump to dispense the cream without spurting it out with some air. Challenge #2: Trying not to dispense more cream than is needed for the eye area. Rarely possible! Thus the reason I started using this on lip lines, and even then I often felt I still had too much product. Challenge #3: Guessing when the bottle is half empty so you can add the remaining half of the actives. The label wraps fully around the bottle and is not designed to be removed, so there is no way to determine how much product remains apart from opening the bottle and inserting the spatula to guesstimate if the product is half gone. Challenge #4: Mixing in the remaining actives requires, again, removing air bubbles and dealing with some pump-spurting issues.

I like this well enough to finish the bottle, hoping yet to see improvement in my dark under-eye circles.

Ingredients: Aloe Vera Gel, Decyl Oleate, Safflower Oil, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Squalane, Cetyl Alcohol, Glucose And Fructose And Sucrose And Alanine And Glutamic Acid And Aspartic Acid And Hexyl Nicotinate, Wheat Germ Oil, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Goji Berry Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Soluble Marine Collagen, 24k Gold, Hydrolyzed Elastin, D-Panthenol, Ginseng Extract, Micro Silica, Guar Gum, Allantoin, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Corn Extract, Mango Butter, Olive Butter, Glycosaminoglycans, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrant Oil, Chlorophyll, Carrot Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid