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Brightening Eye Cream

from Green Bee Botanicals

The hydrating avocado oil and shea butter work together to leave you with a radiant glow.

When I first saw this product in stores, I was curious about it, but I assumed it was another one of those products aimlessly marketed toward women and carelessly formulated. The side of the box boasts “a light and emollient, yet potent eye and neck cream, with powerful cannabinoids and soothing calendula. Leaves your skin smooth and soft.” 

Upon further investigation and testing the product myself, I realized just how wrong I was to judge Green Bee Botanicals. I’m not proud. But, on the bright side, I now know of one of the most badass women-owned, operated and funded companies in California! There is so much more than meets the eye when it comes to the product underneath the beautiful packaging.

I applied the eye cream after my normal skincare routine: cleanse, tone, and then moisturize. After applying my all-over face moisturizer, I took a very tiny dab of the brightening eye cream and gently tapped it around my lower eyelids. I then smoothed the remaining cream onto my upper eyelids and was left with an extra bit to even out my neck. The incredibly hydrating avocado oil and shea butter work together with vitamin E to leave a radiant glow on even the most neglected, dried-out skin. It’s worth noting that a little bit goes an incredibly long way if you are applying on top of a standard moisturizer. You may need a slightly larger dab of cream if applying solo.

After hours of working, running errands in the dry California sun and cooking meals in my home, I can safely say my skin is still feeling silky and smooth. I liked the addition of caffeine in the mix of ingredients – it was almost as if I could feel my skin tingling and tightening from it in the application. After digging up some research on Green Bee’s website, I learned that their founder, Bridget May, “formulated this eye cream for herself many years ago and gave it as gifts to her friends, who promptly told her she should bottle it up and share it with the world. It’s the product that inspired her to launch Green Bee.” Not only is Bridget the in-house product formulator, but she’s also a botanist and chemist who parted ways from the biopharmaceutical industry to pursue her passion for Cannabis medicine. 

You can truly feel the difference when love goes into the products, as the quality of ingredients and efficacy of the solutions is physically tangible. This is a product I’d use even if there weren’t cannabinoids infused, although I prefer them to be. And the buzz doesn’t stop there – the team at Green Bee Botanicals gives back via philanthropies to “fight climate change and social injustice, and to support wildlife and clean water for all.” Nothing warms my heart more than supporting this tenacious group of women, while also knowing that this company gives back to the community. 

This article was originally published in the April 2020 issue of California Leaf.

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