Lately, I’ve been gravitating to creams for their exceptional hydrating properties, and my latest fantastic discovery has been Om Aroma’s Caviar Eye Cream, aptly called “Repair.”
For $60, this decadent eye cream is too well-priced not to share, especially since it’s brimming with luscious oils, yet absorbs instantly, so it is perfect for all-occasion wear—even under makeup.
This cream imparts a buttery soft melt that perks up the skin around my eyes in seconds. ← Tweet this!
Savor Esthetician Skincare Coach Alexis Sedoruk explains in this post why hydration is so important to treat the eye area: “If you were to relate your skin to paper, the sturdy skin of your body would be construction paper. The skin of your face would be notebook paper, and the skin around your eyes would be thin tissue paper. Plus, it differs because there are no oil-producing sebaceous glands to keep skin naturally hydrated.”
It’s a great analogy and certainly captures why the eye area gets crepey before any other body part. It’s also a primary reason why I’m really selective of my eye products. As much as I want the ingredients to be clean, I also don’t want to give up efficacy.
Om Aroma sent me this cream to try and I honestly wasn’t expecting to be this thrilled with the results. I’m not sure why I’m so surprised as two of their other products are absolute perennial favorites: the purify cleanser + detox manuka mask.
With eye creams, typically they feel nice going on, but I don’t detect much of a difference to the condition of my skin. That was definitely not the case with this cream.
Everything about Om Aroma’s product line evokes an experience, and the experience with the Caviar Eye Cream is high-performance luxury.
As founder Angela Jia Kim says, “Champagne, caviar, and truffles…we wanted to create skincare products that also represented sensory lifestyle experiences. And while these were an important part of our branding, efficacy was always the most important factor when formulating.”
Not being a big caviar fan prior to this article, I discovered some intriguing properties of the golden fish eggs, which is what they are, though “caviar” sounds much less gauche.
To put it bluntly, it stinks. Yes, I basically shot the photos for this post with a clothes-pin on my nose. Even when I eat fish, which I enjoy, I prefer the non-fishy fish. You know what I mean? So the caviar smells like a fish tank that hasn’t been cleaned in a while.
I know this isn’t sounding pretty, but stay with me here.
What I’m getting at is this: Om Aroma’s caviar cream does not smell of caviar, fish, or anything close to an aquarium. This is very good news, and I wanted to put that out there right away.
However, since there’s no odor to the product, I did wonder how much of the good effects that I’m getting from this cream are coming from the caviar (listed about seven ingredients deep), and how effective it is in skin care to begin with.
What Om Aroma experts explain is that the caviar extract they use is “high in amino acids and emollient rich lipids, namely omega 6 and omega 3 (which are so important around the delicate, often dry eye area).
“It also has anti-oxidant properties from the high amounts of vitamins A and E,” they said. “In addition, Caviar is a marine product and so it retains many of the healing remineralization properties inherent in many marine derived ingredients.”
That being said, I am seeing noticeable smoothing effects around my eyes with fine lines diminishing on application. I didn’t believe that would be possible until I saw it for myself.
Based on the ingredients, I’d say that the smoothing properties that I’m experiencing are also coming from a long list of emollients, as well as CoQ10. In the words of Alexis Sedoruk (in the post mentioned earlier): “This ingredient is like a sports bra for your eyes!”
How much do I love that image?! OK. A lot. Hello, lift and tuck for my eyes.
With the delicate eye area being the thinnest skin on the entire body, it could use all the breakthrough ingredients it can get, and this cream doesn’t hold back on loading it with some stellar oils, herbs, and butters, among them evening primrose oil, red raspberry seed oil, carrot root, comfrey leaf, fennel, gingko biloba, cocoa butter, and shea butter. Somehow, these heavy-hitters feel absolutely weightless in this formula.
Usually with a cream like this, I worry that milia (tiny white bumps) will start forming under my eyes, but after a few weeks of use—there are none.
An added bonus is that the cream contains caffeine to increase circulation, so my dark circles get a little boost too. I’m going to give this a little more time (and rest) to see if there’s more improvement. When I use this cream at night and first thing in the morning, my eyes look fresh and awake, so there’s hope that with continued use, I’ll see even more noticeable changes.
I was not familiar with the preservative Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, but both the EWG Skin Deep Database and Stephanie Greenwood’s Chemical of the Day cleared up any concerns. It’s totally a safe preservative with minimal issues. I feel absolutely no irritation whatsoever from using this cream. Naturally, I’m happy to see a good preservative in a water-based product.
Here’s the full ingredients list:
Organic Avena Sativa (Oats) Kernel Meal Infusion. Carrier Oils of Oenothera biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Cucurbita Pepo Seedcake. Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil* (and) Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil* (and) Extracts of Caviar, Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed, Ginkgo Biloba (Ginkgo) Leaf*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender)*, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit*, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower*, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf*, Foeniculum Vulgar (Fennel) Fruit*. Emulsifying Wax NF (veg). Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*. Vegetable Glycerin. Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit*. Stearic Acid (fr.Soybean). Tocopherol (Vit. E). Coenzyme Q10. Polyaminopropyl Biguanide (1% paraben-free/formaldehyde-free preservative). *certified organic
How about you? Are you on the hunt for a quality eye cream that’s budget-friendly and effective? What are your thoughts on caviar? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
You can find the Caviar Eye Cream on the Om Aroma website or I highly recommend that you try it out for yourself at Savor Spa locations in the West Village and in Woodstock, NY, if you’re located nearby.