Abeille Royale Up-Lifting Eye Care

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 123.00
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Abeille means “bees” in French and this product is all about the miraculous benefit 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 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 wrinkles and dry skin around your eye we recommend you look elsewhere. This formulation is strangely less emollient than the other two Abeille moisturizers from Guerlain. High up on the ingredient list is aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, an absorbent ingredient rarely seen in products for dry skin.

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

Aside from the jar packaging this eye cream comes in you don’t need a separate product labeled as an eye cream for your eye area, which we know sounds shocking but check out our More Info section to see why you can save money giving up this erroneous belief.


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  • 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 sufficient amounts of skin-repairing ingredients and antioxidants.
  • Truly overpriced for what you get.
  • Poor formulation for the eye area or dry skin anywhere on your face.

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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).

Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream:

Most eye creams aren’t necessary. That’s either because they are poorly formulated, contain nothing special for the eye area, or come in packaging that won’t keep key ingredients stable. Just because the product is labeled as an eye cream doesn’t mean it’s good for your eye area; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.

There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes. Any product loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, skin-lightening ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and effective emollients will work wonders and those ingredients don’t have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream.

You would be shocked how many eye creams lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye creams don’t contain sunscreen. During the day that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage and this absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse!

Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes! That may mean you need an eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

Born from the exceptional repairing power of bee products, this eye cream helps reduce the visible signs of aging and fatigue around the eye area. It helps smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, firming the eye contour and creating a lifting effect. With properties to reduce puffiness and dark circles, it lightens the area of shadow, making the eye contour appear more youthful and uplifted.

Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Mel(Honey), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Steareth-21, Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Royal Jelly, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Steareth-2, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, , Sodium Citrate, Tromethamine, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Parfum (Fragrance), PEG-8, Terminalia Sericea Bark/Root Extract, Terasodium EDTA, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Adenosine, Biosaccharide Gum-2, Laureth-7, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, BHT, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Lactate, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Cyathea Medullaris Leaf Extract, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide

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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