Sundari Chamomile Eye Oil

Holism. Wellness. Spiritual.

Precious words that come to mind when thinking of Ayurveda - a holistic science and philosophy of life, health, and longevity. The definition of well being in Ayurveda is derived from a world view of a harmonious working of the three components of being - body, mind and soul. Devotees of oils will argue ‘til ‘death to us part’ on how nature’s essences help keep the holy triumvirate of health in check. Hardly pretentious, Sundari is that one niche brand that sticks to true Ayurvedic principles when creating a line of skin care with almost medicinal-like qualities.

Chamomile Eye Oil ($45) is like that time-honored serum - always religiously used - for the eyes. Light in texture, heavy on ingredients (Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Sweet Almond Oil, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Oil, Retinol, Vitamin C and E), this eye oil conveys a maturity in structure. If you weren’t swooning over the delicate chamomile for its ability improve the appearance of skin, the anti-aging hero (retinol) should make you drop a dime on this elixir of life.

Behind the Brand

Rahul Koul (CEO of Sundari) says that when the company started in 1999, its biggest challenge was convincing women that using oil wouldn't cause breakouts. "We've had to explain the difference between essential oils, which nourish the skin, and carrier oils, in which the essential oils need to be diluted because they're so potent," says Koul. (It's your allergies and/or cheap carrier oils which cause breakouts.) Using the right proportion is key, continues Koul. "A drop or two is enough because it spreads easily. If you don't use oils properly, you won't reap the benefits."

Science Says.

According to a study by L. Bauman, published in the "Journal of Drugs in Dermatology" in November, 2007, research supports that chamomile can improve skin's texture and elasticity, as well as reduce signs of photodamage. Some allergic reaction cases have been noted in regards to chamomile. If you have an allergy to either chamomile, discontinue use.

Behold, the retinol.
In 1985, when it was first used as an acne treatment, patients reported decrease in the appearance of wrinkles and smoother skin, in addition, to a reduction in poppy field zits. Today, the active ingredient in Retin-A (tretinoin) is the only chemical to date to receive FDA approval for anti-aging and anti-sun damage properties. Science says retinoids (the active form or its OTC derivative, retinol) are extraordinarily effective in preventing and treating the collagen loss caused by photodamage. A double whammy by a singular sensation.

With a signature roster of exotic essences, Sundari’s eye  oil is a sensory delight invoking a divine fresh skin incarnate.