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Decleor: Is Michelle Obama a fan?

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Dry Skin, Oily Skin
January 22, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 8 Comments
We are all obsessing this week about Michelle Obama's beauty and style choices. I'm sorry but I agree with Bonnie Fuller on her Huffpo blog, she was wearing what looked like upholstery on inauguration day (she looked stunning in the ball gown though). Of course, that's an entirely gratuitous introduction because here at TIA we are only really interested in her skin care routine. Obviously, the First Lady can't endorse any products, but an enterprising PR person at Decleor let it slip that Michelle is a fan.

I've been dubious about Decleor ever since, in my 20s, a friend tried to wean me off Clinique by introducing me to Decleor. I persevered for some time (my friend was very determined) with many products from the Decleor range and found them all to be overpriced and absolutely useless. Now I know a bit more about these things, I can say with confidence that my early instincts were right. As much as anything else, Decleor presents itself as all natural and its simply not true. Take a look, for instance, at Decleor Nutri-Delice Delightful Extreme Protection Cream.

For a start, there is every paraben under the sun and the formulator clearly likes preservatives because there is also phenoxyethanol and chlorphenesin, both of which are known irritants and, because they can depress the central nervous system, were the subject of a recent FDA warning to breastfeeding mothers. As if that wasn't enough, there is also another preservative, methylchloroisothiazolinone. This is toxic and causes chemical burns at high doses, as well as being a skin irritant. It has largely disappeared from use in many cosmetics accept those that are rinse off.

I hope Michelle has a tough constitution because the irritants don't stop there. Also included is lanolin, which is highly comedogenic, and a perfume called butylphenyl methylproprional.

If you are willing to overlook all of the above, there are some nice botanicals. Barley (hordeum vulgare) has antioxidant phenols and quinoa is another grain that is a powerful antioxidant, along with oat and rice bran. Less obvious is imperata cylindrica. It was thought that this was an inflammatory, but that has been dispproved in clinical tests.

Ingredients in Decleor Nutri-Delice

Water (Aqua), Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Spent Grain Wax (Hordeum Vulgare), Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Acetylated Lanolin, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Sorbitan Isostearate, Ozokerite, Peg-2 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Chenopodium Quinoa Extract, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Angelica Archangelica Root Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower Wax, Acacia Farnesiana Flower Wax, Narcissus Poeticus Flower Wax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Magnesium Sulfate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Fragrance (Parfum), Peg-8, Triethanolamine, Propylene Carbonate, Carbomer, Tocotrienols, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone.
  • April 2, 2016

    by Sara

    does anyone know anything about Medik8 products in comparison to Decleor?

  • September 30, 2011

    by Alex

    Must agree with all the above comments. I tried Decleor in the mid nineties and even then I thought it was over-priced. It smelt nice and felt nice, but the moisturizers particularly, were not that great. Conversely, Clinique which is meant to be chemical laden (!) never gave me that many problems. I tried Decleor recently and it was utterly ineffective. My skin looked sallow. There is NO sun protection in the creams bar Alpha Morning with its measley 12 SPF. The oils did nothing and the balm was waxy and in fact, this brand which is meant to be aimed at sensitive skins actually irritated my skin quite badly. One dermatologist slammed the entire range as being of no benefit to the skin at all. Summery - over-priced, over-hyped and gimmicky. Spend your money on a nice outfit instead. Or save up for a trip to Paris!!!!

  • April 24, 2011

    by Kimber

    I'm horrified to hear about Decleor. I absolutely love some of their products for my dry, dry skin. However, some of the ones I liked the best have been replaced by some I only like sort of. I'm pretty sure the one in this article no longer exists.

  • November 17, 2009

    by Nacnette

    Michelle Obama is very charismatic just like her husband and it is the reason why i like her. I also feel that she could connect with people more easily than any other first ladies.

  • January 23, 2009

    by marta

    Couldn't agree more. In fact the Queen Mother came to mind!

  • January 22, 2009

    by justine

    I used to get a regular Decleor facial every time I went back home to France. I was still under the false belief back then that if my face ended up bright red and 'tingling' for hours, then something was working. Thanks to TIA, I know realize my skin was undoubtedly just insulted by all the irritants. It is surprising though, because the French are so obsessed with their natural 'cures'.
    As for Michelle's dress, you know something is very wrong when the designer's muse is apparently the Queen of England. God bless 'er!

  • January 22, 2009

    by marta

    I really have to agree. Having a French husband means that my in-laws bring me potions and I am always surprised at how much chemicals - bad ones at that - dominate.

  • January 22, 2009

    by Niall

    It's pretty obvious that the whole all natural, all organic, paraben free skincare movement is happening in Anglosphere (Australia, the UK, the US), and NOT in France. France has some of the oldest established skin care companies, and they work on an entirely industrial/chemical basis. French industry as a whole is lagging waaaay behind the English-speaking world in this respect.

    And it seems only the French use chlorphenesin. It's their favorite ingredient, it seems.

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