Abeille Royale Lotion

5.00 fl. oz. for $ 65.00
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Abeille means “bees” in French and of all Guerlain’s Abeille products this toner is by far the worst one which is saying a lot because the other ones aren’t that much better! First and foremost 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 can waste your money on the other bee moisturizers Guerlain has and leave this expensive concoction on the shelf. While it does contain those ingredients it actually contains far more fragrance and preservative than 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 dry skin we strongly recommend you look elsewhere. This formulation lacks emollients and is loaded with acrylates and styrene—ingredients that have more to do with hairspray formulations than they do skin care.


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  • Poor formulation for dry skin.
  • Contains as much preservative as bee by-products.
  • Overly fragranced and fragrance can be irritating for skin.
  • Contains more hairspray-type ingredients than anything beneficial for skin.
  • Wildly overpriced.

More Info:

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: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Born from the exceptional repairing power of bee products, this lotion prepares the skin to optimize the firming, wrinkle correction action of the Abeille Royale skincare collection. As if stimulated from within, this toner smooths and firms, helping skin to achieve a glowing youthful radiance. Its fresh, delicately creamy texture leaves the skin soft and plump.

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Polyglycerin-3, Butylene Glycol, Diglycerin, Royal Jelly, Phenoxyethanol, Maltitol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Mel (Honey), PEG-40, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tromethamine, Parfum (Fragrance), Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer Sodium Citrate, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Disodium EDTA, Biosaccharide Gum-2, PEG-8, Citric Acid, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitol, Limonene, Sodium Metabisulfite, Benzyl Salicylate, Algin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Geraniol, Cyathea Medullaris Leaf Extract, Hydroxycitronellal, Sodium Lactate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, BHT

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 linetoo 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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