Hello, Aloe – Why This Is My Favourite Ingredient

 

I am obsessed with Aloe Vera. I’ve had a pot of it sitting outside my house in Queensland, Australia for years. Every person that visits leaves with a leaf. The things this incredible plant can do are phenomenal! Which is why I love to include it in so many of our products.

 

It’s so important to be aware of the ingredients in your products. Especially the first and last ingredients – the screaming warriors and hidden demons. In Australia, product ingredients are listed from highest content to lowest content, so what comes first MATTERS! In most mainstream beauty, you’ll find the first ingredient is ‘Aqua’ (just a fancy name for water) and the last ingredient is usually some sort of synthetic preservative. We will NEVER use synthetics in our products!

 

In most of our products, our first ingredient is certified organic Aloe Vera Juice.

  

I’ve always said Aloe Vera is a gift from mother nature, which is why we use base so many of our products around it! It’s anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-aging, improves skin hydration, soothes a multitude of skin irritations, is non-comedogenic so it won’t block your pores, and is absolutely brimming with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins and antioxidants. The list goes on – this plant is a life changer!

 

Even our last ingredients are still amazing, natural plant-based actives – we include things for a reason! We’ll never use unnecessary water filler or toxic preservatives – just pure, organic goodness straight from the earth.

 

My biggest tip to you is to never look just at what they tell you on the front of the packaging. ALWAYS read the fine print! The ingredients will always tell you the truth.

 

High Expectations Of Your Tan?

 

It’s Friday, which means one thing –  it’s time to pour a glass, relax and enjoy some terrible rom-coms, or as I prefer Handmaids Tale. If you missed Thursday self tan night (like I sometimes do!), it’s also the last chance to self-tan for the weekend. But nothing puts a damper on your Friday like leaving fake tan stains all over your furniture, clothes or sheets. If this is you, you’ve come to the right place.

Cult favourite and award-winning body tanning water, Hempitan™, contains absolutely no synthetic orange or green dyes, no artificial fragrance and absolutely no nasty chemicals (just like all of our certified organic tans).

 

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Hempitan™, which recently won Best Fake Tan in the 2019 Natural Health International Beauty Awards, has a distinctive and convenient spray on formula. It dries in seconds! All you’ve got to do is spray it on, rub it in and wash it off an hour later – or for those that like to sleep in their tan, go for it.  The more you apply, the darker the tan; try two good coats.

Over the next 24 hours, it’ll develop into a deep, beautiful and long-lasting, stunning glow.

 

  

 

Truth be told, there’s one special ingredient in Hempitan™, which gives it the x-factor (if the name hasn’t already given it away!). It’s certified organic Hemp Seed Extract. It has phenomenal moisturising and hydrating benefits to lock in moisture and give you your longest lasting tan yet. Some of our eco tribe says it lasts them up to 12 days! It’s calming and soothing properties can also help to relieve skin irritations and as it is non-comedogenic, it won’t block your pores. Finally!

In a nutshell you get…

  • A great believable bronze tan
  • No toxic smell
  • No staining mess
  • Super long lasting

Your perfect partner is of course our multi-award-winning Face Tan Water™. It will give you a natural glow and even your complexion. The ingredients are created to clear skin and it has the phenomenal anti-ageing ingredient Hyaluronic acid to give your face the ultimate advantage.

 

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Let’s Talk About Toxins

 

“The truth is always visible” is one of my favourite sayings for a reason… because it’s the truth! Whether it’s people or products, all it takes is a closer look and their true nature or agenda will reveal themselves.

I always tell my friends and family to read the labels of the products they buy and to research everything! We lather so many chemicals onto our bodies daily without thinking. It becomes second nature – most don’t even glance at the ingredients! Soaps, cleansers, moisturisers, serums, oils, body wash, make up, antiperspirant, perfume – the list goes on! But all it takes is to skim over the ingredients of some of the products you use every day and the truth becomes very clear.

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There are so many nasty chemicals, some of which have been linked to hormone imbalances and even cancer. The biggest organ in our body is our skin and since it’s porous, what we put on it matters! It’s why I started making my own products. There are so many so-called ‘natural’ products on the market that are not actually natural – it makes me furious! One of these nasty little chemicals, which you see in so many beauty products is Propylene Glycol. It is LITERALLY used to make polyester (a synthetic plastic). If that’s not enough to turn you off it, it can also weaken protein and cellular structure of your skin. Even something as seemingly innocent as artificial fragrance could be damaging your health. (We’ve all had those perfume headaches!)

 

There are over 40,000 chemicals approved for use in Australia, some of which have actually been banned overseas because of their toxicity! We’re proud to be accredited Toxic Free by Safe Cosmetics Australia. This means there are absolutely no toxic chemicals, which could negatively impact on your health in our products. No parabens. No GMO’s. No petrochemicals or irritating and synthetic ingredients. Just pure, amazing ingredients straight from mother nature.

 

We will ALWAYS be transparent and honest, which is why I’m proud of our certifications. The truth is that Mother Nature always offers a natural counterpart. Our tanning, skincare and body care ranges are not just accredited Toxic Free, but also Certified Organic by the Organic Food Chain Australia, completely vegan and cruelty free (no animal derivatives or testing EVER!). And our products still smell bloody amazing and actually work!

There will always be smiling tigers. Rise above them! Research what you’re putting on your body. Trust your instincts. You’ll thank me later.

 

Our Secret Weapon For Glowing Skin…

Whether it’s winter, summer or somewhere in between, I always love having healthy glowing skin. I think we all wish we could have an Instagram filter follow us around all day! Luckily, I’ve already created a solution for this… Eco Tan™ Face Tan Water™!

If you want an even, glowing complexion with no breakouts and a perfect match for your body tan, you need Face Tan Water™. It does it all… I LOVE it!

It non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores. It’s packed with natural Hyaluronic to keep your skin hydrated. It’s anti-inflammatory, so it helps to calm skin irritations. This is your real-life face filter – it gives you that “I just got back from a week on a tropical island” radiance all year.

 

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The whole reason I decided to create this product was because I constantly had people telling me their spray tan made their face breakout. So I made sure to include amazing certified organic, 100% natural ingredients to make sure this didn’t happen!

The first ingredient in Eco Tan™ Face Tan Water™ isn’t actually water, which surprises most people! It’s certified organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice. It’s phenomenal – anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, helps reduce skin irritations, improves skin hydration and is full of antioxidants and vitamins C and E. It’s called nature’s medicine for a reason and that’s why it’s the first ingredient in most of my products!

  

The secret anti-acne weapon in Face Tan Water™ is the certified organic orange peel oil. It brightens, smooths, and gives an incredible hit of vitamin C, but most importantly, it fights acne and helps give you a beautiful, clear complexion. With the certified organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice and Orange Peel Oil together, you’ve got yourself a certified organic, anti-acne powerhouse.

Eco Tan™ Face Tan Water™ is a GAME CHANGER. (Or should I say FACE changer?) Hydrating, calming, soothing, anti-acne… This is the BEST way to get healthy, glowing skin for any skin type.

And if you’re wondering if it’s suitable for mature skin as well, my mother turns 70 next week and even she loves Face Tan Water™ to reduce her redness and even out her skin tone.

100% natural, certified organic, vegan, cruelty free – you need to try this! I promise you won’t find anything else like it. What are you waiting for?

 

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Pop Your Pimple Problems

 

 

Whether you’re working your way through your teens or have been paying your own bills for years, acne is something nearly all of us have struggled with at some point in our lives. It can be embarrassing. It can be self-esteem effecting. And it can be extremely common. Unfortunately, there are so many different factors which could spark acne that it can be hard to narrow down what specifically may be causing your problem skin. But we’re going to try and help you pop those pimple problems. (Please don’t pop your pimples though!)

All acne has one thing in common – a clogged pore. What exactly has caused the blockage and inflammation can be confusing. Blocked pores can be caused by a number of factors. It could be that your dead skin cells are building up. It could be that your sebum oil is thicker or goopier than usual. It could simply be that you’re producing too much oil. From here, acne-causing bacteria come to feast on the clogged pore. Your body tends to view this an infection, causing your body’s immune system to come to the rescue. And that’s how your pimple reared its ugly head.

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Of course, there can be several reasons for your body’s complete overreaction to simple clogged pore. A change in hormones or hormonal contraception, certain medications, diet and even stress can all contribute to a flare up. However, it is important to note that it’s not greasy, sugary food or bad hygiene alone that causes acne. There can be a number of things to consider, but the way to stop the unpleasant cycle of acne flare ups is to try and prevent those pores from becoming clogged in the first place. And the best way to achieve this is with a targeted skincare regime, like our Clear Skin Pack.

         

First, wash away the excess oil, dirt and grime with an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-acne face wash like our Super Citrus Cleanser. Next, ensure you’ve removed any dead skin cells by exfoliating your skin. We recommend using our Super Acai Exfoliator, once a week, which harnesses the powerful antioxidant and brightening properties of Acai.

The most overlooked step is rehydrating your troubled complexion. While it can be tempting to skip moisturising your skin, drying out your complexion too much can lead to your skin overproducing sebum and creating a bigger acne issue to deal with. Using an oil free, antioxidant rich, non-comedogenic hydrator – such as our Super Fruit Hydrator – can help your skin balance out and keep your pores clog free.

The underrated skin hero in our Clear Skin Pack is our incredible Face Tan Water™. Non-comedogenic and high in antioxidants and specifically created to fight breakouts usually associated with other self-tanners, its anti-acne ingredients will help clear your skin and leave you with a beautiful, glowing and even complexion. Think of it like your secret Instagram filter to camouflage breakouts so you notice them less and feel more confident in your skin. That’s a yes from us!

PLUS we all like FREE things, so don’t forget our Clear Skin Pack includes our jumbo size handcrafted ALL NATURAL lip balm Glory Lips FREE. So now that your face is going to be gorgeous and glowing, your lips can too!

Our Clear Skin Pack is available now online.

 

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My First Week At Eco Tan…

 

Walking into my first day at Eco Tan’s head office I wasn’t really sure of what to expect. Starting a new job is always slightly terrifying, but what made it even more terrifying was the incredible reputation Eco Tan already had. My older sister had raved about how amazing their Face Tan Water was. My friend gushed about their Cacao Tanning Mousse. My mother sung praises about their Glory Oil. But what would the company be like? What would the people be like? What would the culture be like? Would I fit in? Would I enjoy it?

My first day was an absolute whirlwind. There was so much to learn. So much see. So much to do. What immediately struck me was the friendly demeanour and incredible work ethic of everyone. As Founder and CEO, Sonya really has a way of inspiring and pushing people to achieve their full potential. Her fire was something that left me wanting to work harder and achieve more.

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My relationship with the beauty industry had always been a tortured one. While I had a deep love of everything skincare and make up related, so many products were tested on animals or contained nasty chemicals. With such a lack of transparency within the industry, it was hard to tell who’s claims of ‘vegan’ and ‘cruelty free’ were actually true.

Slowly crawling towards thirty, my interest in skincare and anti-aging had started to grow considerably. I’d recently had a bit of a struggle with adult acne and I was starting to develop some fine lines around my eyes and forehead. As such, my skincare regime had gone through a very dramatic, chemical overhaul in the last few years.

After beginning to test a few of the Eco Tan products, I quickly began to understand how they’d developed such a cult following. The incredible and authentic certifications behind the Eco Tan and Eco by Sonya brands were a breath of fresh air. On top of that, the products worked. And they worked REALLY well! It wasn’t long before I realised my skincare regime was about to undergo another dramatic – albeit more organic – overhaul.

By the end of my first week, I felt like I had a better understanding of the company and what it stood for – honesty, integrity, passion and empathy. It permeated through everything they did. This was a place that cared not only about the products it was producing, but it’s employees and also its customers. This was a company I could get behind 100%. This was the start of something wonderful.

As Blue As The Ocean And As Pretty As It Too!

 

 

 

As Blue As The Ocean And As Pretty As It Too!

By O. J. Siebel |

My first thoughts when I twisted open the lid of Eco By Sonya’s newest product ‘Eye Compost’. In fact, after using this little tub of blue power for the first time, I felt refreshed like I’d just been for a morning swim in the ocean. I have never had an eye or face lift, but I imagine this is what it would feel like; fresh, smooth, tight and bright.

You really know a product-creator cares, when they not only make an incredible product, but they think about the little details of how to apply such a product. The green jade stone is known for helping to increase circulation and therefore helping to decrease any puffiness.

So, what do you get when you combine Eco By Sonya Eye Compost + Jade stone applicator = a match made in heaven. The eyes are so delicate, especially mine, they water at even the hint of light and sting with most mascara’s, so to find an all natural organic product that I can apply with something else natural is such a God send for my tired puffy and sensitive eyes.

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The tub may be small but it packs a punch in terms of how hydrating it is. The first few times I tried this I couldn’t quite get the portions right, mainly because it spreads so incredibly far, like unbelievably far! The amount I used got smaller and smaller each day and I somehow still had so much left over. So, take my advice, you need only dip the very tip of the Jade stone in to very sufficiently cover under the eyes.

Why so hydrating and amazing you ask? Two words, ‘Hyaluronic acid’. Sounds nasty, but it’s actually incredible! Being big into things “actually” being natural I ALWAYS do my research, especially when I’m going to put something on my face, or I see the words “acid”. Basically, in layman’s terms, it is a natural element found in our skin, it retains water, encourages skin cell renewal and contains antioxidants. Perfectly combined with other antioxidant rich ingredients like Kakadu plum, spirulina and vitamin C, it’s no surprise this product does what it says.

I’m not sure about you, but blue spirulina is far more appealing to me than green spirulina that I drink in the mornings, whilst holding my nose and then followed by a smoothie for a chaser, yes, I am wuss. But I will take this every morning because I know the benefits for me. The difference in applying Eye Compost is far from an unpleasant experience, yet with all the benefits sitting pretty and glowing underneath my eyes.

Do you ever walk past the mirror sometimes and double take when the light catches the bags under your eyes or you notice a few more laughter lines appearing more than normal? It can become a habit, especially being a woman in this day and age where we are bombarded with a million different products and services, for literally every single tiny part of our body. It would cost a fortune, let alone you would have about 3 different appointments every day if you were to actually get all of these products and services.

So, for me, I block all of that out and think about what I really want. It usually goes something like this, “I want to look like myself, natural, healthy, glowing and fresh”. If something aligns with that, I’m all over it! You’ve heard it said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, you wouldn’t clean a window but leave the windowsill’s dusty right? “If the eyes are the windows to your soul…draw the curtains and flood it with light, open the windows wide and let in fresh air and all things lovely and bright” – O.J.Siebel (yours truly)

And that is exactly how I see taking care of my body and being able to not worry about the personal things that can make me stop in front of the mirror a little too long for my likings. It truly has been so nice after applying Eye compost in the mornings to rarely even think about if I have puffy or dark eyes during the day, I’m covered!

3 weeks in to using Eye Compost and I really am not sure how I ever went without such a beautiful morning and night ritual. I truly value honesty, whether in people or products. I will also never promote a brand or product unless I truly loved it. So, it’s safe to say if Eco By Sonya makes a product, I’m going to try it! This one is up there in my top 3 favourites of Eco By Sonya’s many wondrous products! Bravo! Truly, Bravo!

 

Our Eye Compost Supernaturally Bright Eye Cream is available now online and organic and health food stores and in ALL Myer stores.

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Eye Compost™ Supernaturally Bright Eye Cream

Pining for Something New?

 

 

Let me tell you, when I discovered the goodness of fresh Pineapple it changed my life. Suddenly I had a tasty addition to my morning smoothie, a new mixer for my Friday night beverage and a delicious add-on in my fruit salad. But what really changed my life was discovering the incredible things it could do for my skin.

Organic Pineapple extract is a hugely underrated ingredient in certified organic skincare. Not only does it smell absolutely delicious, it also has an active enzyme called Bromelain, which helps exfoliate and promote healthy, shiny skin. So, when we started to get ready for the launch of our new Super Fruit Toner, you can imagine my excitement.

This refreshing, multi-active botanical vitamin A, B & C booster mist purifies, refines and tones to leave you with your healthiest skin ever. Packed with natural AHA’s, it will help to gently exfoliate, clear out pores and regenerate your complexion. It’s Certified Organic, vegan, cruelty free and non-comedogenic – this vitamin boosted toning mist will give you clearer, calmer skin, while brightening, balancing and hydrating.

 

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Organic Pineapple extract and Kakadu Plum are two of the key ingredients in our Super Fruit Toner, giving your skin the breath of fresh air, it needs. These organic super fruits provide your skin with a boost of vitamins, in particular Vitamin C, which is known for being a skincare powerhouse. Vitamin C can assist in dramatically brightening and evening your skin tone and can also help to restore hydration and reduce the appearance of ageing. Kakadu Plum actually contains the world’s highest source of Vitamin C. With the addition of natural Hyaluronic Acid for extra moisture and organic Aloe Vera to help reduce inflammation, you can count on your skin being softer, clearer, brighter and smoother.

Best of all is the super simple application method. Just spritz onto your face morning and night after cleansing and let your skin soak up all of the goodness. We’d recommend using it together with our Super Citrus Cleanser, with its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and dose of natural AHAs work together with the Super Fruit Toner to ensure your complexion is feeling and looking better than ever.

Give your face a spritz, put your feet up and enjoy a tasty Pineapple smoothie knowing your skin is getting the nourishment it deserves. Whoever would have guessed that your best skin was only a spray away?

Our Super Fruit Toner is available now online and organic and health food stores and in ALL Myer stores.

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THE NUDGE – Why this was the manual I needed to read.

The Nudge – Why this was the manual I needed to read. by Olivia Bosshard

On a rainy evening with a cup of hot tea I sat down on my couch and thought, this would be an opportune time for some reading. Being a lover of aesthetics (yes I tend to judge books by their covers) I picked up my new book that had arrived in the mail a couple days earlier. Gold embossed fluid lines, clean and simple; just what I was in the mood for! I was completely engrossed flipping from page to page, chapter to chapter, taking notes, highlighting, laughing out loud and putting tabs on pages. The cover of gold and the title could not be more true to how you feel once having read it.

Half way through the book and within an hour I glanced at my full cup of tea, I was so engrossed I’d completely forgotten about it. I thought how funny it was that my heart had been more than warmed, set on fire to say the least, not by tea, but by the book full of gold. The words; inspiring and enlightening, the author; hilariously clever, the book; ‘The Nudge’.

As an individual female who has had burning on her heart a business idea for about a year, this was exactly the book I needed to read. It is so easy to fall into the trap of perfectionism and thinking goals are unreachable and unattainable. Sonya debunks these myths in such a way that somehow leaves you feeling light and easy and ready to just go and give the idea a go. Yet you know what’s ironic, is when you read something like this, which doubles as a real life and business testimony, you can’t help but feel like it applies to all areas of your life: Perfectionism, plans, learning as you go and doing it all with truth and integrity.

 

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If ever there was a “Boss Lady” you wanted to look up to, Sonya is that one! Someone who puts their head down and works hard without a hint of  comparison or looking at what other’s do, or have. I think this is such a powerful mindset to grab a hold of for especially the younger generation and older men and women alike. It is so easy in this day and age to compare your life and situation, whether it is on social media or in person with another’s life. When all you see is someone else’s highlight reel and never or rarely hear or see their mishaps or the bumps along the road, it can be easy to think you are the only one or that the bumps aren’t normal. So THANKYOU Sonya for taking the time and vulnerability to bare the bumps along the rollercoaster and for being selfless enough to share your high’s and lows and invaluable knowledge.

One of my favourite quotes, (which you will see little quotes between pages of the book like love notes for the soul) is “Be ethical. Check your motivation. Do everything with a good heart. It all comes back”. And one thing you will see once closing the final chapters of this beautiful book, is the heart behind it all! Yes, what Eco Tan does through their skin care helps thousands of people in so many ways. However it didn’t stop there for them, having a heart that could see where they could bless and be a philanthropic love to people, that sometimes you won’t even hear or see is what the heart is. This book for me screamed of that heart too…I mean why else would someone who has built from the ground up a successful business share their secrets (like all of them) to help you and push you to do the same; their golden heart!

 

Thanks to ‘The Nudge’, I literally have two pages filled with dot points and checklists for myself to make for starting a business (who needs degrees right?) no absolutely nothing against them. However I do believe as I’m sure Sonya would agree, that we often have more knowledge, tools and power than we think we have, or the grand things we think we need aren’t always necessary. To give you some little clues; As Sonya says start with “Why?” and “what?” Do your research and know the substance, there has to be more than money! The rest of the secrets (and there are many) can be found on the heart baring, insightful and inspiring pages of ‘The Nudge’.

A book so perfectly named for the end result and feeling of closing the final few pages. It’s quite beautiful that ‘nudge’ means to gently prod or push… and that is so accurate of the words and the endmost feeling. Lovingly nudged towards  living life to the fullest and to start DOING, our dreams with no standards of perfection, without all the “knowledge” we think we need and the “resources” we think we need. Do you have a dream? What’s your heart burning for? Do you feel the prod? Do you feel the nudge?

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TURN AROUND! BRIGHT EYES… Supernaturally Bright Eyes are here to stay 

TURN AROUND! BRIGHT EYES… Supernaturally Bright Eyes are here to stay with EYE COMPOST™. 

It packs a punch, it’s as blue as the ocean and has a habit of turning the darkest of circles into smooth shining beacons of light!

Introducing my newest addition to the Skin Compost family say hello to our supercharged luxe eye cream … EYE COMPOST™!

This is your new must have! it is seriously incredible you will see results after just one use, and of course is made with only Only Certified Organic and natural ingredients and is literally brimming with Vitamin C and active botanicals such as Kakadu Plum and Spirulina. These brighten, plump and help reduce the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles.

Kakadu Plum with Vitamin C improves skin luminosity & helps reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. Pure hyaluronic naturally boosts the moisture in your skin for instant visibly smoother healthier looking skin. Spirulina brightens to help reduce the appearance of dark circles. Aloe Vera is calming, and has anti-inflammatory and soothing benefits.

What more could you want from an eye cream you ask?

 

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To make this truly exquisite, innovative and heavenly I designed a unique Jade Stone to use as the applicator. It’s actually known as the ‘stone of heaven’ and has calming and cooling effects and helps to tighten and tone your skin.

EYE COMPOST Eye Cream Jade Applicator

APPLYING WITH JADE STONE APPLICATOR INCREASES CIRCULATION WHICH NATURALLY BOOSTS COLLAGEN PRODUCTION.

You can massage the cream into your pressure points for a purely blissful experience, It may be clichéd to say but the results truly do speak for themselves!…

“I have sensitive skin and find this eye cream is divine, vibrant & smells amazing!” – Shannon

“after just one use my fine lines are less visible and instantly plumped”- Macey  

If you have been searching for a certified organic eye cream to smooth fine lines and dark circles this is going to be your new go to! I always strive to bring you innovative organic and cruelty free products and I’m so excited to see what you think! We also love seeing your results so don’t be shy please send them through!

I can’t wait to hear what you think! Please take before and afters to track your process.

Blessings, Sonya x

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EYE COMPOST Supernaturally Bright Eye Cream