Product Review: Arcona Magic White Ice Lotion and Eye Dew

You know how you know it’s love? You get just a little taste and you want more. You find ways to work the object of your affection into conversations that have nothing (nothing!) to do with the topic at hand. Your thoughts kind of loop.

A few weeks ago, my latest order from NuboNau showed up. The new Ilia mascara, that RMS Un-Powder—and a ton of free samples, as usual. Huh! Arcona, I thought. I’ve never tried Arcona.

What kind of clean-beauty blogger am I that I’ve never tried Arcona? To be honest, I was a little scared of the line. Years ago, someone told me it was very “active,” and my skin doesn’t like “active.” My skin likes “soothing,” “calming,” and “hydrating.” But the little sample of Magic White Ice was calling to me. Also, while I’d never tried it, Arcona’s Eye Dew is easily the most tantalizingly named product under the sun. So I’d had that one on my mind for a minute, too.

About a week earlier, I’d done a TV thing for work* and the makeup artist commented on how dry my skin was. She was nice about it—as nice as a person can be when they are telling you your skin is super-dry under insanely bright lights—but I was kind of embarrassed.

I needed some help, and I was hopeful that this little tube would perform, well, magic on my skin.

After two weeks of twice daily use, the verdict is in: Hydrated, calmed, soothed. Hooray!

And the Eye Dew? It lives up to the name. I feel good about the ingredient lists, filled with botanical anti-agers and moisturizers, with lots of antioxidants. I like that the lotion has tea tree and witch hazel, preventing spots, but doesn’t dry me out. And the Eye Dew. I don’t have any words for the Eye Dew. The name says it all.

When I ran out of the samples, I bought full sizes. And like anything you learn to love, I already have a hard time remembering life (OK, my skin) without it.

Have you ever tried Arcona? Any other skin or eye serums you’re loving?

Magic White Ice ingredients: Aqua (Water), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycerin*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alcohol Denat., Fructooligosaccharides (D-beta), Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Juice, Camellia Sineosis (White Tea) Extract, Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Totara Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Tocotrienols (Vitamin E), Phytic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Acacia Gum, Citric Acid, Allantoin, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate Essential Oils * Denotes Organically Sourced

Eye Dew ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cholesteryl Oleyl Carbonate (Liquid Crystals), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cholesteryl Stearate, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Glycerin*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Phenyl t-Butylnitrone (Spin Trap), Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Allantoin, Zea Mays (Corn) Silk Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, D-alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E), Acacia Gum, Potassium Sorbate * Denotes Organically Sourced

* That’s why I’ve been so quiet on the site! Work has been wonderful, and has taken up a lot of my time, but I’m back in balance, and I’m back here, too.

35 Responses to “Product Review: Arcona Magic White Ice Lotion and Eye Dew”
  1. Audreiana says:

    I just got an order from Nubonau as well and it came with really nice samples and one of the samples was a really cute bite size Arcona product. It immediately made me think about why I haven’t tried this line out as well, but I’ve heard really good things about their products. I’m thinking about trying some stuff out now! Xo, Audreiana from True Beauty By Nature

  2. Rebecca Bailey says:

    I have not really given Arcona a try, though I have sniffed and maybe dabbed a bit of sample (love that NuboNau) on my hand. The White Ice wasn’t for me, scent wise. I have the sensitive girl fear of “actives” too! On their website they have a Green Ice that sounds more suitable for, *ahem*, mature skin. I’m having a little trouble determining if they are vegan or not though.

  3. Melanie says:

    Sophie Uliano did a very laudatory video on them once. I have wondered about both the brand and ordering from NuboNau. Now you have me thinking about them again!

    Rebecca, they don’t say outright that they are vegan, but make no mention of using/not using animal products in their philosophy:

  4. Caroline says:

    I think the magic white ice smells like grapes!

  5. Rebecca Bailey says:

    @Melanie, yeah I was looking at their site earlier – they don’t specify. (for example, allantoin may or may not be from an animal source).

  6. Alexandra says:

    Siobhan in da house!

  7. Paula says:

    I’ve been using Magic White Ice for a few years. It has replaced my acne products! I figured out my acne products worked better when I used an anti fungal shampoo as face wash. I certainly didn’t want to keep that up and I really wanted to lose the acne products. My understanding is the totara extract in MWI works as anti fungal, so that’s why I tried it. I could not believe my skin stayed clear and I don’t have to use harsh acne products. I also use the raspberry pads. These two products have given me good skin after struggling for 20+ years with acne. I sound like an infomercial, but it’s true. I love using a clean product line, too. For me it’s expensive and I’d love to try more products but the two products give me maximum results. I am never without my supply. This from a product junkie!

  8. Mercedes says:

    Yay, I’ve been thinking about what eye cream I want to try next after my Kahina one is out. I’ve had my eyes on the Eye Dew.

    Siobhan, how’s the mascara?? I’ve been hearing a lot about that one and was thinking about trying. I had bad luck with the Physician’s Formula organic wear ones flaking pretty badly, and I also dislike those wands. Does Ilia’s live up to the hype?

  9. Sandra says:

    I have tried Arcona, and currently I am using its vitamin A serum as well as their face sunscreen. It is a nice company, and I am pretty happy with their products, and with the quality. It is a company that has been in business for more than 25 years, and they were one of the first companies using less synthetic, and more natural ingredients. That is what I respect, and not nowadays when everyone wants to make quick money with so called *natural* products. I am very glad you reviewed this products. I have never tried it, though. Many thanks!

  10. Jennifer K. says:

    I have to say, I want to try it based on the name alone! It sounds so glamorous. Off topic, I have a slightly stretched pore on my face that occasionally gets filled with yuk. (yeah, gross, I know) When it’s happened in the past I’ve asked my esthetician to squeeze it out when I get waxed, but that hurts. Anyone know of a miracle extraction process or product?


  11. Mary says:

    I use the Arcona Booster Serum as an antioxidant serum in the morning. I would love to see a review of its ingredients. I’ve heard some negative reviews that it’s gone through reformulations that make it less effective. I’d be interested to hear what others think before I shell out another $70 for a second bottle. thanks!

  12. kimberlyloc says:

    i’ve tried arcona’s cranberry toner and sadly, the scent just wasnt for me (a little bit like cherry cough syrup to my nose). i’m interested in their raspberry clarifying pads and the tabula rasa for my blemish-prone, still-thinks-its-a-teenager skin. anyone tried these and have some insight?

  13. Ny says:

    I was impressed with the air less pump packaging of my sample of Magic White ice from NuboNao, but it didn’t get on with my skin. I think it broke me out and I didn’t finish it, just pawned of off on my mum. As soon as I stopped using it my skin calmed down. I do like the cranberry toner by Arcona and this smelled very similar to it.

  14. Naomi says:

    @Paula – Sorry to stray off the Arcona but what anti-fungal shampoo are you using? I have a terrible time with my scalp and love both Rahua and Yarok for my hair but I still get itchy / flaky / whatever underneath and would love some suggestions…

  15. Linka says:

    @kimberlyloc- I really love the Arcon Raspberry Clarifying pads. Super soothing & get the jobs done. I’ve always had blemith prone skin and have learned that the key is keeping is well hydrated. These pads don’t strip my skin at all and help keep it healthy and balanced. Never tried the Tabula Rasa.

  16. Melanie says:

    @ Rebecca: am I right in thinking that urine-derived ingredients are bad news? NuboNau doesn’t seem to categorize them as vegan (unless that is for brands with explicit certification. Not too familiar with the store.).

    Sometimes, I get exhausted with reading labels.

  17. Christina says:

    I am a MAJOR fan of Arcona products! After years of dealing with acne prone skin, I was introduced to Arcona products and never looked back. Existing zits disappeared within days, and my overall complexion improved dramatically. Favorite products are Tabula Rasa(hands down best zit zapper I’ve ever used), Raspberry Clarifying Bar and Booster Serum. The Eye Dew is one of a kind as well. Dark circles and puffiness disappeared within a week or so.
    For me their products are a leeeetle pricey but they work so well that I save up and invest when I can. Worth it!

  18. Sydney says:

    So glad that Siobhan is back (: I think we can all say that we’ve missed you!

    Any-hoo..I got the Magic White Ice Lotion as a sample with my big order from Spirit Beauty Lounge and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the scent of it. It’s really fresh and kinda fruity, just really refreshing…it does a nice job of hydrating without any greasy feel. Like no oily feel at all. Which I kinda don’t like to be honest but it’s a superb product for acneic and/or oily skin. When I was wearing it I swear I could feel the actives just tingling on my skin and my face felt awesomely bacteria free. So even though I think it’s an awesome facial lotion I won’t be purchasing again just because I do love my face oils (:

  19. Helen says:

    I personally LOVE Arcona, especially its Gentle Solution and Vitamin A Complex. They are simply the best products I have ever put on my skin period. Just too pricey for my budget, but really worth it.

  20. Siobhan says:

    @Mercedes I will review it maybe? I wish I loved it more than I do. But I ADORE the brand.

    @Sydney Thanks, sweets. It’s good to be back.

    @Paula I love the testimonial!

    @Alexandra Be cuter, HB

  21. Rebecca Bailey says:

    @Melanie, I don’t really have any info on urine derived ingredients being bad simply because they are from urine. I know that urea (which at least used to be urine derived, maybe not so much anymore) is a known irritant and definitely something that I react to, but I don’t think that’s BECAUSE it comes from urine. I suppose that anything in urine is a waste product, and it doesn’t sound like something I’d want to put on my skin. : / Anyhoo, I think it’s possible to have non-vegan ingredients that can be considered “clean,” but I prefer to stick with vegan as a personal choice. In my experience, if a company (or a specific product) is vegan they will market themselves that way. It the company is not concerned with that issue then they won’t bother to provide info. I tend to assume that companies that don’t say one way or the other are not vegan. But if there’s something I’m dying to try and can’t find an answer, I just contact the company directly about vegan, gluten free, or whatever. But usually (and I feel your label-reading exhaustion here) it’s so much easier to go with companies that cater to a vegan market.

  22. Chloe says:

    Rebecca, is it too much to ask for a list of your fave vegan brands?!!

  23. danielle says:

    The only Arcona product I have tried is the Triad pads, great after cleansing in the warmer weather to tone and give your face a glow. The eye dew sounds like a product I may have to try. Thanks Siobhan and we are glad your back!

  24. Rebecca Bailey says:

    hey @Chloe, I can give you a list of companies I’m sure off the top of my head are vegan, and then others that may or may not be entirely vegan as a company but do have vegan products. All these are companies I have bought from and so they have at least some things that are vegan and gluten free, and I’m fairly certain none do animal testing as I would have looked for that before buying. They probably all have the “cruelty free” or leaping bunny stamp, but I’d have to check to be sure. Please note, I personally do use bee products so take a careful look at the companies if you want to avoid that. I can do research and plan a post but it will take me a while to get around to it. I’m probably missing a few things here, but I wanted to answer you quickly. Hope you find this helpful!

    company makes a point of stating they are vegan:
    Red Apple Lipstick (more than just lipstick, and are vegan and gluten free)
    Afterglow (vegan/gluten free)

    vegan (except bee products in certain things):
    Alima (beeswax in lipbalms, vegan brushes and other awesome stuff)
    100% Pure
    SW basics, formerly Sprout
    John Masters
    Juice Beauty (here’s their list of the few things not vegan –
    La Bella Figura

    pretty sure vegan but I’d need to do more research:
    Evan Healy
    Griffin Remedy

  25. Chloe says:

    Thanks for your time in posting all that Rebecca! I will definitely put this to good use.

  26. Kahina Team says:

    @Rebecca Bailey & @Chloe – Kahina Giving Beauty products all vegan *with the exception of our Facial Lotion* which contains beeswax. An older formulation of our Facial Cleanser did contain honey, but that has since been removed. Hope this helps!

  27. Rebecca Bailey says:

    thanks Kahina Team – that’s awesome. I was pretty sure but didn’t want to state it directly without researching.

  28. Melanie says:

    @ Rebecca. I meant more that urea-derived ingredients seem to end up being toxic (diazolidinyl urea and its off-gassing of formaldehyde). Myself, I have to look at it from a carcinogen perspective. Frequently listed in things that I read as something to avoid.

  29. Rebecca Bailey says:

    @Melanie, Bubble & Bee lists it as one of the top 5 ingredients to avoid. On a personal level, I have bad reactions to urea. Here’s what B&B says (I really respect the ingredient research on that site):

    “Diazolidinyl Urea readily breaks down in the product or on the skin and releases formaldehyde. It’s an endocrine disruptor, a possible neurotoxin, a known immune system toxicant, and has a possible link to cancer. Even supposedly natural companies such as Shikai and Blue Lizard use the ingredient.”

  30. Dori says:

    How does it compare to Odacite? I’m LOVING this whole line of skin care, but am almost out of the eye cream spendy, but oh so lovely!

  31. Melanie says:

    Thank you, Rebecca! I hadn’t come across that site. Their “Chemical of the Day” is fantastic! Easier to navigate than searching each thing on Skin Deep. I try to avoid carcinogens like the plague (been there, done that — never again, thanks!). Thanks again!

  32. Nicolle says:

    I was thinking just yesterday that you guys should review Arcona’s line! I only have one product, Gentle Solution, from them, but I love it. Thinking of trying a few more. Thanks for giving it your stamp of approval!

  33. Gina says:

    I use a Vitamin C serum, so I tend to skip products with Sodium Benzoate, as I think there’s some sort of interaction that can happen — in terms of cancelling the effects of the C and/or creating free radicals.

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