And Cornflower lifted her eyes of blue
And looked what she thought of me.
— Excerpt from Cornflower, by Jean Blewett
While the eponymous Midsummer rose may have pride of place, it is not the only flower, let alone the only rose, you will find in our natural cosmetics. The deep blue cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) is a critical component in our Bright Eyes Beauty Cream, providing various antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe tired and puffy eyes, as well as tone and firm various signs of aging skin around the eye contour, from crow’s feet to fine lines.
This flowering plant contains many beneficial compounds; however, multiple recent studies seem to point to the cornflower’s high concentrations of anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid or naturally occurring plant pigment, as the main source of the cornflower’s healing powers, botanical powers that have been well understood by various herbal traditions for several centuries. To take only the most famous example, according to 17th century English household recipe books, cornflowers were used to make “break spectacles water,” which, it was claimed, would improve vision and eliminate the need for those tiresome eyeglasses.
And, while we can’t promise that our Bright Eyes Beauty Cream will correct your vision, despite some current research that supports the claims of those 17th century household books, we can say that the sensitive skin around your eyes will look beautifully fresh and bright, with or without your eyeglasses.