On our trip to Colorado a few months ago, Ian and I drove into the mountains to visit the Roaring Fork Valley, where my parents used to live. It had been more than ten years since I’d been back for a visit, and I still can’t believe how much things have changed. Case in point: there’s a Whole Foods in Basalt now! (Amazing.)
I get pretty excited to check out the beauty department of any Whole Foods store, since they make such a point of including lots of local products on the shelves. That’s how I stumbled upon Julie from Leaf People. She had a booth set up to offer demos of her new product line. Knowing I had to fly back home (and that my luggage was already overflowing), I snapped up the one product I most wanted to try.
What I tried: Peony Green Tea Eye Serum, $45
First impressions: Peonies are my favorite flower of all time (at my wedding, I carried them in my bouquet and wore one in my hair)—but I didn’t expect this eye serum to smell one. Surprise! It totally smells like my favorite flower. I also really like that the serum rolls on, which makes for easy application in your delicate undereye area.
What caught me by surprise: For starters, I like the ingredients list. The primary ingredients are white peony, green tea, and helichrysum. White peony has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps get rid of undereye puffiness. Green tea is an antioxidant, helping to rid dark circles. And helichrysum has antibacterial healing properties. (Check the full ingredients list here.) Aside from pure ingredients, one requirement I have for any eye cream: it has to feel good. This little serum fits the bill. Plus, all of Julie’s serums are cold-pressed and include botanical extracts and therapeutic oils—she calls her product line “a raw food diet for the face.”
Bonus: This little serum lasts a long time. I’ve been using mine every day for almost four months, and I still have plenty of product left.
To celebrate the grand opening of her new website, Julie is offering 20% off her entire line through the end of the year! Just enter the code “celebrate2012” at checkout. And if you spend more than $75, you’ll get free shipping, too. —Aleigh
(Top image via Indigo+Canary, product image via Leaf People)