Danielle gave me a sample of Arbonne FC5 Hydrating Eye Crème a month or two ago, and I just got around to using it. Here are my thoughts/findings:
Ingredients (provided at arbonnefc5.ca)-Water/Aqua/Eau, Lippia Citriodora Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Glycerin, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Steareth-21, Polyacrylate-13, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Steareth-2, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Betula Alba Leaf Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cellulose Gum, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Nicotinate, Lactic Acid, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Lecithin, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Sodium PCA, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Hexyl Acetate, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Ethyl Acetate, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, 3-Hexenol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Geranyl Acetate, Allyl Caproate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Citral, Limonene, Linalool.
The preliminary report that I created in the Cosmetics Database gives this product a hazard score of 7! Yikes. The ingredients with hazard scores above a 3 are as follows: Retinyl Palmitate, Lippia Citriodora Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Citral, Limonene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Lactic Acid, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, and Linalool.
I guess I should’ve expected a high hazard score when I saw the mile long list of ingredients, but sometimes I am still pretty naive when it comes to companies who claim to use safe and beneficial ingredients.
Some great things about this product:
1. It’s free of animal products/animal by-products, formaldehyde donating preservatives, petroleum based ingredients, benzene, mineral oil, phthalates, toluene, and PABA (according to the website).
Product Description(provided at arbonnefc5.ca)- “Hydrating eye crème minimizes the appearance of dark circles and fine lines to help revitalize skin, promoting a more youthful look.”
Price– around $30 for a 0.5 fl. oz. jar.
Performance– This eye crème does its job as far as minimizing dark circles and leaving my under eye area smooth, but it also tends to make my eyes water. Maybe I’m allergic to one or more of the ingredients? I’ve been limiting my use of this product to just before bed, since watery eyes and mascara are a recipe for disaster. I’m also not too eager to wear anything containing retinyl palmitate during the day/in sunlight.
Scent– No complaints here! The scent is fresh, bright, and delightfully fruity.
Rating– 6/10. I subtracted 3 points for the questionable ingredients and another since it irritates my eyes.
Would I purchase this item again? Mostly because of the questionable ingredients, and partially because of my sensitivity to the product, I will not be buying this item in the future.
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