Abeille means "bees" in French and like all of Guerlain's Abeille products this one is all about the miraculous benefit honey, beeswax, and royal jelly can have for your skin. If you want to buy into the claim that those ingredients are essential for skin care than you might as well waste your money on this concoction because this overly expensive moisturizer definitely contains a mix of bee by-products. While those ingredients are on the label, this also contains almost as much fragrance and preservative as anything bees create. See More Info to find out why this much fragrance is a serious problem for skin.
In terms of your skin-care routine there is no research showing any substances bees create are good or even needed for skin. All you are getting is as an overly fragranced, absurdly expensive formula that is easily replaced by dozens of other far less pricy options. The paltry amount of antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients and cell-communicating ingredients included is shameful.
If you are concerned about wrinkles and dry skin around your eye we recommend you look elsewhere. This formulation is fairly emollient but more from waxes than enriching plant oils.
For the few beneficial ingredients this does contain the jar packaging it comes in won't keep these air-sensitive ingredients stable. Just like many other cosmetic companies, Guerlain won't give up jar packaging. The industry stubbornly sells formulas in attractive containers that have no ability to keep the ingredients inside from degrading after opening. It is well known amongst researchers and scientists that jar packaging is not only unsanitary but almost all beneficial ingredients breakdown in the presence of air. What a waste! See More Info to find out all the problems associated with jar packaging.
- Poor formulation for dry skin.
- Contains as much preservative as bee by-products.
- Overly fragranced and fragrance can be irritating for skin.
- Jar packaging won’t keep the tiny amount of beneficial ingredients stable.
Irritation From Fragrance and Fragrant Oils
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).