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The 14 Best Clean, Natural & Organic Eye Creams For Circles & Bags

Alexandra Engler
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Updated on December 15, 2022
Alexandra Engler
mbg Beauty Director
By Alexandra Engler
mbg Beauty Director
Alexandra Engler is the beauty director at mindbodygreen and host of the beauty podcast Clean Beauty School. Previously, she's held beauty roles at Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, SELF, and Cosmopolitan; her byline has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Allure.com.
Last updated on December 15, 2022
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People tend to think of eye creams or serums as a monolith category. After all, they're only treating one small area, so how different can they be? Vastly!

Eye concerns are just as varied as any other part of your skin: You can get dark circles, saggy bags, fine lines, redness, puffiness, or general dryness—and all of these need unique remedies.

Sure, some ingredients do double-duty, but you still need to be smart about what you're looking for. Someone who has bags will need a much different cream than someone with mauve circles than someone with fine lines. 

So here, our favorites with a little intel on who they might be best suited for. 

How we selected these products

Clean ingredients

Everyone has their own standards of clean, but the below list includes options that pass our rigor—with options including organic, naturally-derived, and responsible synthetics.

Testing

All of the below have been tested by the mbg beauty team, come recommended by professionals, or have outstanding user feedback.

Variety

Everyone has unique wants and needs out of their beauty products (especially with eye treatments!) We tried to cover a wide range of products for the consumer, with considerations ranging from sensorial experience to price point.

Smart actives

We looked for creams formulated with ingredients that uniquely address the delicate eye area.

mbg's picks for the best Natural & clean eye creams

Best for fine lines: Biossance Squalene Marine Algae Eye Cream

Pros:

  • Algae protects against photoaging
  • Plant-derived squalene hydrates the skin

Cons:

  • Fragrance free
  • Thicker consistency needs more absorption time
Active Ingredients: AlgaeSqualaneParacress Extract
Product Size: .5-ounce

Not only does this cream contain the ultra-hydrating plant-derived squalane (what the brand is best known for), but it contains a strain of pink marine algae. Algae is a super player in the game of healthy aging as it's been shown to reduce fine lines, lift skin, and protect against photogaing. Use it on under eye wrinkles, crow's feet, as well as the brow bone to provide a lifting affect. 

Best brightening: Origins GinZing Vitamin C & Niacinamide Eye Cream

Pros

  • Vitamin C and Niacinamide fade dark circles
  • Sustainable packaging

Cons:

  • Contains silicones, if you avoid those
Active Ingredients: NiacinamideVitamin CCaffeine
Product Size: .5-ounce

This brightening eye cream uses a combination of ginseng, vitamin C, niacinamide and caffeine to fade dark circles and depuff under eye bags. We love that it comes in two shades for varying skin tones, and that its packaging is made from 97% post-consumer recycled content.

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Best cooling: Tula Glow Get It Cooling Brightening Eye Balm

Pros:

  • Easy to apply
  • Aloe offers extra hydration

Cons:

  • Very small amount of product
Active Ingredients: Hyaluronic acidCaffeineProbiotic Extracts
Product Size: .35-ounce

Stick formulas are increasingly popular (for good reason: They're easy, on-the-go, and often waterless). However, they're notably smart for the eye area, as they're the perfect size to swipe on with ease. This one is particularly fun: Not only does it have caffeine, but it's packed with aloe vera, watermelon, and blueberry extract to pack in the hydration and antioxidant protection. 

Best for crepey skin: Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream

Pros:

  • Peptides firm while mica brightens
  • Soft focus finish

Cons:

  • Lightweight, some reviewers call it watery
Active Ingredients: AlgaePeptides
Product Size: .5-ounce

When your skin thins over time due to a lack of collagen and elastin, it takes on a tissue-paper-like quality. To help skin get back a thicker, more robust quality, this cream uses an algae extract and peptide blend, both of which can support and encourage collagen and elastin production.

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Best cream/primer combo: Kopari Beauty Starry Eye Balm

Pros;

  • Blends well with makeup
  • Acts almost like eyeshadow on its own

Cons:

  • Some reviewers say it's hard to open
Active Ingredients: Hyaluronic acidCaffeine
Product Size: .2-ounce

This fun hybrid product acts something like a glossy shadow and treatment all in one. It contains hyaluronic acid for moisture and a shot of caffeine to help reduce puffiness and dark circles. The velvety texture helps prep skin for concealer and eye makeup if you so choose, so it's something like an eye primer. Or you can wear it alone and let the light-reflecting pigments work their magic, giving the appearance of wide-awake skin—and in which case, it's perfect for those wanting to achieve the coveted glass skin look.

Best for dry eyes: Honest Beauty Deep Hydration Eye Cream

Pros:

  • Good for sensitive skin
  • Contains hyaluronic acid for moisture

Cons:

  • Some reviewers say the packaging leads to wasted product
Active Ingredients: Hyaluronic acid
Product Size: .5-ounce

Because the skin around the eyes is so thin, it's prone to dryness. If you find you have naturally dry skin, derms often recommend using a hyaluronic acid serum or cream to boost moisture levels, as it draws in and holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Drier skin also tends to be easily irritated skin (do you ever get itchy red areas around the eyes?), so this smartly folds in chamomile and calendula, two botanicals known for their anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.

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Best budget : The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream

Pros:

  • Caffeine targets puffiness
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Some reviewers found it irritating
Active Ingredients: Caffeine
Product Size: .5-ounce

If you are constantly complaining that your eyes look "tired," this one's for you. No, caffeine doesn't magically make your skin more awake in the same way it does your body when you drink it, but it does make it look more awake. Caffeine constricts the blood vessels just under the skin when applied topically. This helps tackle the two most prominent signs of a sleepless night: dark circle and puffiness.

Best for tired eyes: : Saharjan Radiance Eye Cream

Pros

  • Ayurvedic blend of ingredients
  • Good for sensitive skin

Cons:

  • Plastic packaging
Active Ingredients: Niacinamide
Product Size: .5-ounce

An Ayurvedic blend that defends against dark circles and the appearance of fine lines—telltale signs of a bad night’s rest. It does so with antioxidant-rich Neem oil along with niacinamide. Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that has equal parts brightening and hydrating powers. 

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Best for dark circles: Naturopathica Vitamin K Brightening Eye Serum

Pros:

  • Vitamin k targets discoloration
  • Mica and Silica brightens under eyes

Cons:

  • Some reviewers describe it as having more of a serum consistency
Active Ingredients: NiacinamideVitamin K
Product Size: .5-ounce

This ultra-luxe eye cream is for people who have moderate to deep pigmentation around the eyes. (Of course, even mild eye circles can use it, too.) The main active is vitamin K, an ingredient known to help build your skin barrier function, reduce blue and purple discoloration caused by visible blood vessels, and minimize redness. How does this come into play with your delicate eye area? Well, the dark "shadows" people complain about are actually just blood vessels peeking through the area's thin skin. This helps reduce that at the cellular level, not just cover it up. But it does that, too: It also contains mica and silica to reflect light, bringing luminosity to the area. 

Best for puffiness: Goldfaden M.D. Bright Eyes Radiance Concentrate

Pros:

  • Caffeine and arnica target puffiness and swelling
  • Developed by a dermatologist

Cons:

  • Some reviewers say it's harsh on sensitive skin
Active Ingredients: CaffeinePeptides
Product Size: .5-ounce

This derm-formulated cream combines a combo of clean and natural botanicals to deliver a de-puffing and brightening combo. Notably there’s soy peptides for smoothing, rice bran extract for antioxidants, organic red tea for caffeine, and arnica, an herb famous for its de-swelling properties.

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Best for sensitive eyes: BeautyCounter Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream

Pros:

  • Squalene supports elasticity
  • Phytic acid promotes cell turnover

Cons:

  • Some reviewers say results aren't very noticeable
Active Ingredients: SqualanePhytic Acid
Product Size: .5-ounce

The eye area is notably sensitive—it’s your thinnest skin on the face after all. So if you have sensitive skin naturally, it’s even more vital for you to be careful with this product. BeautyCounter’s smart, clean formulas are opthamologist tested, and safe for contact wearers. But just because it’s sensitive skin safe, doesn’t mean it’s boring: This contains squalane and softening shea butter.

Best for lift: Eminence organic Skin Care Hibiscus Ultra-Lift Eye Cream

Pros:

  • Soothing roller ball applicator
  • Contains caffeine to combat puffiness

Cons:

  • Pricey
Active Ingredients: AlgaeCaffeinePeptidesStevia ExtractIce Wine ActiveHibiscus
Product Size: .5-ounce

If you experience extreme puffiness in the morning, this one's for you. This comes with a cool metal ball that rolls on the product (think of it like the daily facial rolling routine you know you should get into but just can't find the time in the mornings). But it's not just the handy applicator that makes this a favorite; it's loaded with good-for-you actives: hibiscus, ice wine extract, caffeine, botanical peptides, and green algae all work together to aid the skin's overall health. 

How to apply eye cream

You may think that applying eye cream is pretty straightforward. And while it’s certainly not rocket science, there is a certain finesse to it. Your eye area is the thinnest and most delicate skin on your face, the first to betray aging, dryness, or a night of poor sleep—all the more reason to make sure you apply your under eye products properly. 

For a full guide on eye cream application, check here. But for quick tips, see our checklist below. 

  • Find an eye cream that fits your needs from our list above. 
  • Know when to apply it in your routine. For potent actives (like caffeine, vitamin C, and the like), apply it on clean skin so the ingredients can be their most effective. For hydrating options, use it alongside your lotion. And for tinted or primer options, apply just before makeup. 
  • Only use a pea sized amount, and tap (with your ring finger) under your eyes to rub it in. You can also apply it to the eyelids.
  • Let it set and dry before applying another product on top. 

The takeaway

Finding your eye cream match takes some work. Why? All our eyes are different! So it takes some research to find one that’s going to be magic for you. Luckily we did all the work.

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Meet The Experts

Alexandra Engler is the beauty director at mindbodygreen and host of the beauty podcast Clean Beauty School. Previously, she's held beauty roles at Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, SELF, and Cosmopolitan; her byline has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Allure.com.