Abeille Royale Day Cream-Normal to Combination Skin
1 fl. oz. for $103
Last Updated:06.11.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Abeille means “bees” in French and this product is all about the miraculous benefits 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 from bees 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 it contains is shameful.

For the few beneficial ingredients this does include the jar packaging it comes in won’t keep these air sensitive ingredients stable. Guerlain, just like many other cosmetic companies, won’t give up jar packaging. The cosmetics 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 most 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.

One other point: This product contains mica a shiny mineral used in thousands of products claiming to brighten and enliven skin. Other than the cosmetic benefit you may see after applying this product, shine particles don’t have anything to do with skin care.

  • None.
  • Jar packaging won’t keep the few beneficial ingredients in here stable.
  • By-products from bees have little research showing they are beneficial for skin.
  • Overly perfumed and that is irritating for skin.
  • Lacks skin-repairing and cell-communicating ingredients essential for younger skin.
  • Truly overpriced for what you get.

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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).

Jar Packaging
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).


Bees produce some of the world’s most effective natural healing substances. Extracted from their power, this day cream contains Pure Royal Concentrate which promotes the key mechanisms of the healing process within the skin to help repair wrinkles and tissue firmness.


Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Pentylene Glycol, Mel (Honey), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Methicone, Behenyl Alcohol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Nylon-12, Polyglyceryl-3, Royal Jelly, Diglycerin, Ceteth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Parfum (Fragrance), Dimethicone, Steareth-21, Steareth-25, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Acrylates/C 10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tromethamine, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, PEG-8, Tetrasodium EDTA, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine, Sorbitol, Mica, Limonene, Citric Acid, Algin, Benzyl Salicylate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), BHT, Sodium Metabisulfite, Geraniol, Sodium Lactate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Hydroxycitronellal, Vigna Aconitifolia Seed Extract, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Cellulose Gum, Citronellol, Linalool, Cythea Medullaris Leaf Extract, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide

Brand Overview

Guerlain At-A-Glance

Strengths: Lavish packaging (if that appeals to you); a good mascara; some excellent lipsticks.

Weaknesses: Very expensive; over-reliance on jar packaging; pervasive fragrance; overall mediocre to just plain bad skincare.

Guerlain's Paris pedigree, having evolved from a centuries-old fragrance house to a "lifestyle" line that prides itself on luxurious indulgences that promise to beautify (and perfume) almost every inch of you, still manages to hook plenty of unsuspecting women. Yet behind all of the enticing names and extraordinary claims lie some of the most unremarkable, overpriced skin-care products available. It may sound luxurious to find that gold is included in some of their formulations, unless you happen to know that when it's applied topically, gold is simply a potent allergen; there is no research showing it to have any effect on wrinkles or aging.

Guerlain's skin-care products contain a preponderance of ordinary cosmetic ingredients, with only a smattering of antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, and anti-irritants, and most of these elegant ingredients are hindered by jar packaging. It's one thing to spend more than you need to on a skin-care routine, but at least if you decide to do so you should shop the overpriced lines that will reward you with far better formulations than what Guerlain offers. Guerlain is the very definition of style usurping substance. For example, there are dozens and dozens of moisturizers in this line that are at best described as mediocre and out of date, while the sunscreens have issues of their own, including low SPF ratings and potentially insufficient UVA protection due to smaller-than-usual amounts of avobenzone. And despite the specialty claims they make for each product grouping, repetitive formulations are the hallmark of the Guerlain line—too bad not a single moisturizer or serum formula comes close to beating the competition; more often than not they fail miserably.

Guerlain has been under the ownership of Sephora parent company Louis Vuitton-Moet-Hennessy since 1994, and is available in many Sephora boutiques.

For more information about Guerlain, visit www.guerlain.com.

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