Aroma White Brightening Night Cream
1.69 fl. oz. for $70
Last Updated:03.11.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Aroma White Brightening Night Cream is has a light, silky cream texture but its key skin-lightening ingredient (a form of vitamin C known as 3-o-ethyl ascorbic acid) most likely won’t remain stable and active once this product is opened. That’s because Decleor opted to package this product in a jar, a decision that routinely exposes the vitamin C to degrading light and air. Yet even in better packaging (such as an opaque tube with a tiny opening) this product contains several plant extracts and fragrance ingredients that put skin at risk for irritation. This is far from the best skin-lightening/brightening products out there, and ultimately its price is insulting given the problematic packaging.

Note that the China-based company that supplies this form of vitamin C  this product contains has their own research showing this ingredient is stable after 90 days of light and air exposure. However, without seeing the study, it's difficult to know the control factor, not to mention that the company selling this ingredient to cosmetic firms likely won't go on record claiming it's unstable: If they were up front about that, who would want it?


A cream that works through the night to offer your skin all its beneficial and repairing active ingredients.


Water (Aqua), Isononyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Dimethicone, Sorbitol, 3-o-ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Stearic Acid, Tamarix Chinensis Flower/leaf Extract, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Alcohol, Sodium Citrate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance (parfum), Benzyl Salicylate, Eugenol, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben

Brand Overview

Decleor At-A-Glance

Strengths: None of note.

Weaknesses: Expensive; pervasive use of volatile essential oils that have limited to no benefit for skin and are known irritants; almost all the sunscreens lack the right UVA-protecting ingredients; no product to address acne or skin discolorations; inappropriate jar packaging.

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.

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