Decleor

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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Poor Alpha Morning Alpha Hydrating Cream SPF 12 (Discontinued) Decleor Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $57.00 1.69 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma Night Iris Rejuvenating Night Balm Decleor Moisturizers/Anti-Aging  $82.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma Night Night Beauty Cream-Wrinkle Firmness Decleor Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $94.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma Night Rose D'Orient Soothing Night Balm Decleor Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $73.00
Poor Aroma Night Ylang Ylang Purifying Night Balm Decleor Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $73.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma Purete Instant Purifying Mask Decleor Oil-Absorbent Masks  $43.00 1.69 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma Purete Matifying Powdered Blotting Papers (Discontinued) Decleor Oil-Blotting Papers/Products  $25.00 48.00 sheets
Poor Aroma Purete Matt Finish Skin Fluid Decleor Oil-Absorbing/Mattifying  $43.00 1.69 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma Sun Anti-Sunburn Refreshing Gel-Cream, for Face & Body (Discontinued) Decleor After-Sun Care  $36.00 4.20 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma Sun Express Hydrating Self-Tan Spray, for Body (Discontinued) Decleor Self-Tanners  $36.00 5.00 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma Sun High Protection Sun Stick SPF 25, for Lips & Sensitive Areas (Discontinued) Decleor SPF 15-29 Sunscreen  $21.00 0.26 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma Sun Protective Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF 15, for Face Decleor Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $36.00 1.69 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma Sun Protective Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF 30, for Face Decleor Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $36.00 1.69 fl. oz.
Average Aroma Sun Protective Beautifying Mist SPF 8, for Face & Body (Discontinued) Decleor SPF 14 or lower Sunscreen  $36.00 5.00 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma Sun Protective Hydrating Spray SPF 20, for Face & Body (Discontinued) Decleor SPF 15-29 Sunscreen  $36.00 5.00 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma Sun Protective Hydrating Spray SPF 30, for Face & Body Decleor SPF 30-49 Sunscreen  $36.00 5.00 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma Sun Protective Hydrating Sun Milk SPF 15, for Face & Body (Discontinued) Decleor SPF 15-29 Sunscreen  $36.00 4.20 fl. oz.
Average Aroma Sun Protective Satiny Oil SPF 8, for Body & Hair (Discontinued) Decleor SPF 14 or lower Sunscreen  $36.00 5.00 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma Sun SPF 10 Hydrating Tinted Self-Tanning Gel-Cream, for Face (Discontinued) Decleor Self-Tanners  $36.00 1.69 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma Sun SPF 8 Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk, for Face & Body Decleor Self-Tanners  $36.00 4.20 fl. oz.
Average Aroma White Brightening C+ Essence Decleor Serums  $78.00 0.99 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma White Brightening Matifying Fluid SPF 15 (Discontinued) Decleor Oil-Absorbing/Mattifying  $55.00 1.69 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma White Brightening Night Cream Decleor Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $70.00 1.69 fl. oz.
Average Aroma White Brightening Purifying Mask (Discontinued) Decleor Oil-Absorbent Masks  $48.00 1.69 fl. oz.
Poor Aroma White C+ Brightening Day Emulsion SPF 15 Decleor Moisturizers With Sunscreen  $62.00 1.60 fl. oz.
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