The aroma portion of this moisturizer is its downfall. This contains some basic, but good, thickeners and emollients for dry skin, but the amount of bitter orange peel oil is cause for concern. This also contains several fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation. Add to that the fact that the jar packaging won’t keep the small amount of really beneficial ingredients stable and this isn’t a moisturizer to get the least bit excited about. Try a better formula that costs less, and if aroma is paramount to your nightly skin-care routine, then light a scented candle.
This rich nighttime formula from Decleor is infused with black orchid and evening primrose to create an absolutely pleasurable experience that you’ll look forward to everyday. While you sleep, this cream repairs damage incurred throughout the day from harsh environmental factors, and you wake up renewed and radiant. You’ll love the moisturizing and nourishing effects, as well as the sensuous aromatherapeutic benefits and velvety texture. As with all Decleor formulas, this was made paraben-free.
Water, Isononyl Isononanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Pentaerythrityl Distearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methyglucose Distearate, Sorbitol, Squalane, Euglena Gracilis Extract, Glyceryl Stearate Se, PEG-6, PEG-32, Siloxanetriol Alginate, Glyceryl Stearate, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Cycnoches Cooperi (Orchid) Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Bisabolol, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caffeine, Tetrasodium Edta, Citric Acid, Tocopherol, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Hexanoyl Dipepetide-3 Norleucine Acetate, Biotin, Fragrance, Linalool, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol.
What can you say about a skin-care line where almost 85% of the products contain volatile, fragrant plant oils that have research showing they are irritating to skin? Few lines in this book received so many unhappy faces for this reason alone—yet those very oils are Decleor's claim to fame. This spa-oriented company was begun in 1975 by a massage therapist and is now owned in part by Japan-based Shiseido (whose sunscreens trounce Decleor's by leaps and bounds).
Decleor is all about aromatherapy for skin. They speak freely of the purity of the essential oils they use and the distillation processes that keep them active, but that's precisely the cause for concern. Yes, lavender, bitter orange, rose, geranium, neroli, and other "essential" oils smell wonderful, but the very ingredients that create those intoxicating scents are what is responsible for causing skin irritation, inflammation, and, in some cases, phototoxic reactions. These essential oils have active constituents but, because they are not regulated as such, any company can use whichever ones they like in any concentration. Moreover, companies don't have to indicate the quantities that were used, leaving the consumer to guess. The concept of aromatherapy has well-established benefits concerning inhalation of scents and the effects they have on one's mood and, sometimes, physiological function. But enjoying these oils via inhalation (where they really can be beneficial) is different from applying them to skin, where hypersensitivity is well-documented and topical usage is cautioned (Sources: Current Pharmaceutical Design, December 2006, pages 3393–3399; Phytotherapy Research, September 2006, pages 758–763; European Journal of Oncology Nursing, April 2006, pages 140–149; The Journal of Nursing, August 2005, pages 11–15; and www.naturaldatabase.com).
Not only are most of Decleor's products a giant step backward for your skin, they're also a real misfortune when you consider Decleor's terrible sunscreens and lack of truly state-of-the-art ingredients. In short, experiencing these products in a relaxing spa environment may make you feel refreshed or invigorated—but if your goal is establishing a sensible, effective skin-care routine, you’ll need to keep shopping.
For more information about Decleor, call (888) 414-4471 or www.decleor.com.