We wonder sometimes if companies selling such ridiculously overpriced products with such truly poor formulations as this one snicker every time one is sold. All we can do is try not to eat lunch when we have to tell you about how sick it makes us that products like this are being sold and that women will actually buy them.
What you end up getting with this serum is mostly water, waxes, and alcohol. This much alcohol can potentially be damaging for because it can cause free radical damage (see More Info to find out why alcohol is such a serious problem for skin). Guerlain refers to the sensation it imparts as refreshing but alcohol is not refreshing, it’s irritating and drying.
The orchid extract sounds pretty but there is no research showing it has benefit for skin whether it is for skin lightening or otherwise, though it can be a skin irritant. Guerlain suggesting it can impart longevity to the skin is a fantasy at best.
For decades cosmetics companies have been trying to pass off one ingredient as a miracle but it is advertising nonsense because it seems miracle ingredients come and go and in reality skin and its needs are far more complicated than any single ingredient.
There is a tiny amount of lactic acid in here but not enough for it to be effective as an exfoliant. Other than that this contains an even tinier amount of a licorice extract that can have skin lightening properties but for this kind of money and the paltry amount it’s barely even worth mentioning.
The few other beneficial ingredients in here are nice and the packaging will keep them stable but overall you’re getting far more preservative and perfume than anything helpful for skin. Simply put, if you want to waste your money on skin care this isn’t the product to consider.
- Poorly formulated.
- Contains more alcohol than beneficial ingredients.
- Overly fragranced and fragrance isn’t skin care.
- Outrageously priced and absolutely not worth it.
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: “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).