Tested on animals:No
Sunday Riley is correct in one of its claims about this facial oil on its website: It's certainly "lemon-scented." The bad news, though, is that that potent scent, while pleasing to the nose, won't make your skin happy!
The company says Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Facial Oil clarifies and tones the skin, but it has only limited benefits. There is some research showing that black cumin seed oil can help improve the signs of eczema, and that pomegranate oil has antioxidant properties.
The bad news is that there are many more fragrant plant oils present than there are either of those beneficial ingredients. The first two of those fragrant plant oils listed are lemon ironbark and lemon myrtle, two plants composed in part of the irritating fragrance ingredient citral (Sources: Food and Chemical Toxicology, October 2003, pages 1409–1416; and Journal of Essential Oil Research, volume 12, issue 6, 2000). There is research showing that citral has the potential to cause skin irritation. Adding to this potential issue is the inclusion of grapefruit oil, which may cause contact dermatitis and/or a phototoxic reaction when skin is exposed to sunlight (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).
Because the potential risk for irritation is greater than any benefit you would derive from this facial oil, it's one we do not recommend. Instead, consider mixing your own facial oil from a blend of non-fragrant oils, such as jojoba, safflower, olive, and evening primrose, or consider one of our Best Facial Oil options here.
- Has a high amount of fragrant lemon ironbark, lemon myrtle, and grapefruit extracts, all of which can be irritating to the skin (see More Info for details).
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).