Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream. Good, but Nope.

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This stuff got me through a pretty disastrous winter a little over a year ago, so I’m not about to speak ill of it.  All I am going to do is question if it is actually worth the price.

I suppose this is a product of getting older, but I’ve started to get dry skin around my eyes in the winter.  It can get quite irritating right along the outer edge.  I had never had this problem until that winter, and it is annoying to say the least.  I tried a couple of the anti-aging eye creams I had lying around the apartment, but they only seemed to make things worse.  After that I headed off to Sephora in search of a solution.

I remember that day quite well.  There was a really pushy Philosophy rep there that tried so hard to sell me on the Hope in a Jar eye cream.  I grabbed a bottle and walked away from her just to get away even though I didn’t really want to buy it.  I didn’t feel like spending fifty bucks on something I was almost certain would make the problem worse.  I held onto that stupid, little jar waiting for the Philosophy lady to wander away from the display so that I could put it back while I continued to look for an eye moisturizer.  I despise just dumping things back in random places and am a complete nut about putting things back exactly where I found them.  This extends to every area of my life.  Yeah, I’m neurotic.  I’m also pretty antisocial and was doing my best to avoid having to go back over there and tell her that I never wanted that stuff in the first place and ask her to put it back on the shelf.  I waited and waited for her to move away, agonizing over what I should do about that Philosophy jar, and I found this in the meantime.  It was $41.00 for a half ounce and it appeared to be a moisturizer and only a moisturizer.  I hoped it would be the answer to my prayers and decided to buy it.

I walked around for another few minutes waiting for this lady to move away from the display and then finally ended up dumping the Hope in a Jar by the Boscia products.  That was painful, but not as painful as human interaction at that point.  I was getting sweaty, and I could feel my heart starting to pound.  I headed to the checkout, paid for the Fresh eye cream and fled.

I knew it was going to smell like rose when I bought it so I mentally prepared myself for the offensiveness to my olfactories, and broke open the jar.  The skin around my eyes was red and raw, and if this stuff worked, I’d be willing to deal with smells.  I worked entirely too much product into my eyes until I couldn’t see it anymore.  To my great happiness, it worked, and it worked well.  It was instantly soothing–like a wave of relief.  The skin around my eyes felt great for hours, and within a week, the redness and irritation was gone.  At some point I decided to keep it in the fridge to add to the soothing factor, and that’s where it lived for months.  Jared would occasionally ask why I was keeping eye cream in the refrigerator and go back about his business.

It does smell like roses, but I don’t find it to be a total put-off.  I usually loathe the smell of roses, but I could deal with it in this cream and not just because it’s a total god-send for dry skin around the eyes.  It actually smells decent, and it’s not totally overwhelming.

I kept using it because I actually like it.  It isn’t designed to be an anti-aging product.  There’s nothing in it that irritates my eyes.  It’s just a moisturizer, and it performs wonderfully in that regard.  I got a little over a year out of a half ounce jar, and I used this almost every night.  It was totally worth the upfront cost if you’re worried about how long it will last.  A little bit of product goes a long way.  The smallest bit of product on the tip of a finger will cover my under eye area, and there’s a bit left over, so I just bring it into the socket.

I was ranting about eye creams to a friend of mine back in January when she told me that she finally got sick of looking for one and had just started using coconut oil.  I thought it sounded like an idea with a ton of potential, so I vowed to give it a try once I was out of this little jar.  I kept my promise, and, to be honest, coconut oil works basically as well as this at a fraction of the cost.  When the skin around my eyes gets dry these days, I just reach for the coconut oil.

I’m not going to buy this because coconut oil seems to be working as well as any eye moisturizer for me, but I wouldn’t tell anyone else to pass it up.  This is one product from Fresh that makes a real difference.  I will never forget the relief I felt when I started using this on that crappy winter day.  I have not clue what I would have done without it at the time.

I can’t recommend it enough if you have painfully dry skin around your eyes, but I would also just suggest trying coconut oil first.  You may find you’ll save a ton of money and you’ll have a vat of product that you can use on areas other than your eyes (or you can cook with it, if that’s your kind of thing).

That’s my take on this.  If you want it, buy it.  It’s a great product.  Just be aware that there are more affordable options that perform just as well.

Fresh Rose Hydrating Gel Eye Cream:  Thank you for your service, but I don’t need another one.

–Jackie

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