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

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.

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Poor Aroma Sun Anti-Sunburn Refreshing Gel-Cream, for Face & Body (Discontinued) Decleor After-Sun Care  $36.00 4.20 fl. oz.
Poor Aromessence Sun Expert High Repair After Sun Face Balm Decleor After-Sun Care  $42.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Life Radiance Double Radiance Scrub Decleor Body Scrubs  $40.00 1.69 fl. oz.
Poor Cleansing Milk Decleor Cleansers/Soaps  $36.00 8.40 fl. oz.
Good Aroma White Brightening Make Off Cream, Face and Eyes (Discontinued) Decleor Cleansers/Soaps  $36.00 5.00 fl. oz.
Poor Cleansing Water Decleor Cleansers/Soaps  $36.00 8.40 fl. oz.
Poor Cleansing Cream Decleor Cleansers/Soaps  $36.00 8.40 fl. oz.
Poor Foaming Cleanser Decleor Cleansers/Soaps  $36.00 6.70 fl. oz.
Poor Brightening Cleansing Foam Decleor Cleansers/Soaps  $36.00 5.00 fl. oz.
Poor Cleansing Gel Decleor Cleansers/Soaps  $36.00 8.40 fl. oz.
Poor Phytopeel Natural Exfoliating Cream Decleor Exfoliants  $43.00 1.69 fl. oz.
Average Eye Makeup Remover Gel Decleor Eye Makeup Removers  $28.00 5.00 fl. oz.
Poor Hydra Floral Eye and Lip Moisturising Mask Decleor Eye Masks  $42.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Hydrotenseur Anti Fatigue Eye Serum Decleor Eye Moisturizers  $52.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Hydra Floral Deeply Hydrating Eye Contour Gel-Cream Decleor Eye Moisturizers  $43.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Hydra-Floral Moisturising Gel-Cream for Eyes Decleor Eye Moisturizers  $39.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Average Excellence De L'Age Regenerating Eye and Lip Cream Decleor Eye Moisturizers  $79.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Nutridivine Nutriboost Ultra Cocooning Cream Decleor Eye Moisturizers  $65.00 1.69 fl. oz.
Poor Experience De L'Age Eye And Lip Cream Decleor Eye Moisturizers  $64.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Aromaessence Circularome Stimulating Body Serum Decleor Face/Body Oils  $70.00 3.30 fl. oz.
Poor Harmonie Calm Relaxing Gel-Cream for Eyes Decleor Face/Eye Moisturizer  $43.00 0.51 fl. oz.
Poor Nourishing Lip Treatment Decleor Lip Balm  $23.00 0.14 fl. oz.
Poor Aromessence Lip Balm Decleor Lip Balm Without Sunscreen  $26.00 0.33 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma Sun Protective Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF 30, for Face Decleor Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $36.00 1.69 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma Sun Protective Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF 15, for Face Decleor Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $36.00 1.69 fl. oz.
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