The fatal flaw in my favorite eye cream

I only recently started feeling like I need to use an eye cream. (It may have had something to do with the fact that my eye shadow — which I tend to wear both on my lid and just under my lower lash line — started settling into the fine lines that are developing under my eyes.) I got lucky with a generous sample that I tried of Best Bath Store’s Intensive Undereye Treatment, and I placed an order for a full-size jar.

Unfortunately, the cream went moldy on me after I was less than a quarter of the way through the jar. And at $35 a jar, I’m not interested in having to re-purchase whenever this problem hits every month or two. Thankfully, Justin from BBS is an exceptional customer service pro, and he immediately offered to send me a new jar for free, as well as giving me a few tips for how to help prevent this in the future.

However, I’m not a fan of having to refrigerate products, or store them in a humidity-proof container, or go to other great (and inconvenient) lengths to prolong their shelf life. I go through most products quickly enough that I think they should be able to stave off any creepy contamination.

Needless to say, the free replacement jar Justin sent me got moldy even quicker than the first one. I was so disappointed! This is truly the best eye cream I’ve ever found, and I hate having to part with it. But I’m just not willing to pay $35 plus shipping for something whenI only get maybe $10 of product out of it. I’m not sure what the best solution is — someday, I dream of having a tiny mini-fridge in my bathroom, so I can conveniently store low-preservative items like this without having to traipse to the kitchen for every application.

For now, I’ve been seeking a different eye cream with a longer shelf life, but so far this search is fruitless. I guess I’d better start saving up for that cosmetic mini fridge!

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