Tested on animals:Yes
Guerlain's super-pricey entry into the category of facial oils is a misstep on many levels, not the least of which is the fact that their contribution contains more skin-damaging alcohol than oil! The product is also highly fragranced and contains several fragrance ingredients known to be irritating. See More Info for the facts about daily use of highly fragrant products and how alcohol can damage skin. In essence, this doesn't come close to giving skin the royal treatment.
You may be wondering if you're getting any special ingredients for your money, or is the allure of this alleged treatment wrapped up in its fancy, decadent packaging? Sadly, it appears to be the latter, so it's a shame a pretty bottle won't help your skin! This product contains honey as well as royal jelly, and while honey can have moisturizing benefits for skin and, potentially, act as an anti-inflammatory, royal jelly is truly nothing special. But even if these ingredients were the end all, be all for anti-aging, they're swimming against a tide of potential irritation from the alcohol and excess fragrance.
Bottom line: This is not the facial oil to choose, regardless of your skin type or concerns. You can check out our recommended facial oils here.
- Honey is a good (though not miraculous) ingredient for skin.
- For a formula sold as a facial oil, the formula contains very little oil!
- Highly fragranced, which poses a strong risk of irritation.
- Contains more alcohol than beneficial anti-aging ingredients for skin.
- Drastically overpriced for what you get (or, more accurately, not getting).
Use of Highly Fragrant Products: 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).
Alcohol in Skin Care: Alcohol in skin-care products causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin's ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1,410–1,419; Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, January 2011, pages 83–90; "Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In," Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).