Wednesday, 6 July 2016

goop Perfecting Eye Cream

Describe the brand in five words.
Gwyneth. Clean. Toxic (non). Diptyque (packaging). Kale.

That's literally what springs to mind. 

What is it?
'The Perfecting Eye Cream deeply hydrates, soothes and firms the delicate eye area, visibly reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.'

Who is it for?

What’s in it?
Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Juice*, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Juice*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice*, Vegetable Oil, Glycerin*, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-6 Tetraoleate, Jojoba Esters, Coconut Alkanes, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Fusanus Spicatus (Sandalwood) Kernel Oil, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Squalane, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Iris Pallida (Sweet Iris) Leaf Cell Extract, Narcissus Poeticus (Poet’s Daffodil) Flower Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil.
*Certified organic ingredient. This product is formulated with 78% organic content.

What's not in it?
'goop by Juice Beauty products were formulated without any of a long list of ingredients linked to harmful health effects – including, but not limited to parabens, petroleum, pesticides, propylene or butylene glycols, phthalates, sulfates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, GMO, silicones, gluten, artificial dyes or fragrances. 

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
78% organic. Precisely. ;)

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?

How does it smell?
Nice. Very, very faintly of weak cucumber, but not in a bad way, and I hate cucumber. The smell disappears almost as soon as it is applied. 

How does it feel on the skin?/Absorption rate?
It feels beautiful, absorbs slowly (which an organic product should do) but surely. No residue.

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
The usual, before everything else, after you've cleansed and toned, AM and PM.

How long before you should see results?
Depends on the state of your eyes. If they are dry/dehydrated, you'll see an instant fix. If they are lined, it will relieve the immediate 'look' of the wrinkle, but take longer to smooth out.

How long did I test it for?
I've emptied the pot.

How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
$90.00 for 15ml.

What’s good about it?
goop hype be damned, I love this eye cream. It's now up there with Tata Harper in my favourites pile. It hydrates, softens, blurs lines, smells lovely, goes on beautifully, works all day, and doesn't make me puffy. I had major eye surgery over Easter (video and more info coming on that - just haven't had time) and this was one of the creams I chose to use afterwards when they were very delicate and healing.
Love it.

What’s not so good about it?
The price. It's $90.00. Compared to other high end creams, it's in a similar vein, but when most of the other products in the line are only about 20 bucks more, for double the quantity, its a bit hard to swallow. It also means when it does eventually get to the UK, it'll probably be about £75.00, similar to Zelens and Tata Harper.
Let's just ignore the whole 'non-toxic' thing shall we as I fear I will begin to sound like a broken record? 

Works well with?
Anything. Eye creams are good like that. 

What’s the website like?
Great. It's just an extension of the original goop site, so it's black & white, easy to read, and had all the ingredients without having to click on 7 different links etc.

Would I purchase/repurchase?
Yes. I've used mine up, on myself and my facial clients, which means asking friends to buy and ship it to me again from the States. Get your arse in gear Gwynnie, we want it over here.

Similar products?

goop Perfecting Eye Cream is $90.00 for 0.5oz and only available from because they hate the rest of us and don't care about our problems. :)


  1. Sorry for the off-topic but, I'd love to see a routine and recommended products for rosacea for this weekend's videos :)

    1. If you can get your hands on Radical skincare that's great for rosacea! It was developed by 2 sisters, one of whom suffered severe rosacea. It's pricey but fab. Darphin's Intral range is also gorge for rosacea.

  2. Sorry you had an op. Hope no after effects and all well now xxx

    1. All good thank you! Had my lids chopped off but there were complications. All good now though. Will go into detail later this week :) x

  3. I've been using the facial and really love the results. I totally side-eyed the line initially but I'm glad I gave it a try. I also love the minimalist packaging.

  4. My eyes seem to water a lot after using eye cream, even with Tata Harper. Are you aware of what ingredient might be causing this? Do you think I might have better luck with Goop? Thanks!

    1. Kalyna, obviously not Caroline, but I cannot use any products that have essential oils and/or citrus juices or oils on my face/neck/hands, as they irritate my skin and make my eyes burn. You could be sensitive to some of these ingredients. I find I can use essential oils like lavender, rose, etc. in the bath or in a body oil.

  5. Only slightly confuzzed. You put it had no fragrance, and then afterwards said it smells lovely...? (xx Beady Eyed Beagle)

    1. Yep well spotted. I've clarified X there's a light scent, but it's not added-in.m, from what I can read anyway.....

  6. Under:
    Good about it you put "smells lovely" but under How does it smell? You put "It doesn't." Which confuses me, and smeel is what determines what I buy (obviously not alone but it is important)

    1. I was just testing you Laura. Just YOU! :)

      There's a very faint smell of very mild cucumber, but not in a bad way. And it goes quickly, hence my 'it doesn't'. I should have said 'it almost doesn't have a smell'. :)

    2. I hope I passed :)
      It sounds lovely, I might have overcome my Gwyneth aversion if it becomes available in Europe.

    3. Completely of topic I am almost crying because of my skin today for the first time since I was a teenager.

      I went to my dad's bar yesterday, I had two apple juices and vodka in the five hours I was there and drank lots of water, but there was a lot of smoke (I don't smoke myself) the outline of my top lip started to sting while I was there and when I woke up this morning my skin was bumpy, swollen, red and stinging. I was wondering if you could make a post about how to prepare your skin for a night out.

      I even wondered, before I went out yesterday, if I should cleanse my skin and reapply my skincare before going out or if it was actually better to leave the built up layer of oil on your skin to protect it?

      I love to know how to lessen the effects in the future, not that I go out a lot but still it does happen.

  7. I have to say I'm not impressed with the inclusion of hydrogenated oils especially at this price point and with the commitment to organic and "all natural." As usual love love love Caroline ��������

    1. Good point! I'm personally not a fan of Honeysuckle extract, particularly when used as a preservative, which it seems to be here? I just haven't seen convincing data that it works well, and I don't like jar packaging without a broad-based, proven preservative system (several epic mold incidents have put me off "preservative-free" ; )

      And yes, love love love Caroline also!

  8. Hi Caroline and everyone else.
    I was just wondering if someone who knows the technical side of skincare could answer this question for me. Is it true that skin care products that come in jars aren't as effective as ones that come in tubes or pumps?
    I've seen a lot of eye creams and moisturizers that come in jar packaging like this one recently so I have just been curious.

    Thanks. :)

  9. Sounds like a lovely cream. Although I can already hear the Beautypedia team giving total side eye to the citrus oils being so high up in the ingredients, on top of the jar packaging. That's why it's so good to get varied reviews from multiple sources, esp. our Caroline. :)

  10. Hi Daniel
    I'm a formulator. The effectiveness comes from what's inside the recipe, how often you use it, if you're using it before best by/expiry date. Not the jar. The open jar means more risk of contamination (grubby fingers poking into the cream, humid air inflow, lid not being properly sealed etc), so likely more preservatives or non-preservatives extracts to keep the little so-and-so's# at bay... so that's why many products are sold in airless, or tubes etc. (#bacteria, mould, yeasts.. kritters that feast) Hope that helps! Wendy

    1. Thanks Wendy! This definitely clears things up!

  11. Hi-I see it's by Juice Beauty-does that mean Juice beauty which is easier to get hold of internationally is just as good?? Thanks

  12. Because they hate the rest of us and don't care about our problems... Telling it like ti is.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  13. Thank you for the review!


  14. Thank you for the review. I really need a good eye cream (45, thin, dehydrated skin, very dark circles, beginnings of crepiness on lids, none of which is helped by occasional eczema on inner lid and allergies), but I'm put off by the lemon juice as the second ingredient. Any recs highly appreciated. I've been curious about Zelens but read many reviews of irritation or reactions in my research, so scared to splash out without trying. Used Skinceuticals eye balm years ago and it worked well. I wish there was a Sephora of high-end or medical grade skincare where we could try before buying, just for reactions, texture, etc.