Founded in Paris in 1828, Guerlain is one of the oldest perfume companies in the world. Its founder Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain and his family owned the company until 1994, when it was bought by LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton S.A. (LVMH). The creation of Eau de Cologne Impériale earned the founder the title f His Majesty’s Official Perfumer, which led to his creation of perfumes for royalty outside of France, including the United Kingdom’s Queen Victoria and Spain’s Queen Isabella II. The last family master perfumer for Guerlain was Jean-Paul Guerlain, who created fragrances until he retired in 2002. Since then, LVMH has hired people to create perfumes for Guerlain.

The Good:

Guerlain is a world-renowned perfumery turned makeup and Skincare Company. If you’re looking for a luxury beauty brand, you’ve certainly found it. With stores all over France and products sold in Sephora, Bergdorf Goodman, and Clyde’s, Guerlain guarantees that you’re walking away with something extravagant and lavish if you’ve got your hands on one of the company’s products.

The Bad:

TIA is all about uncovering the true quality of beauty products, so feigned goodness in a pretty jar doesn’t impress us. The most obvious issue with Guerlain is their prices. Just one ounce of Guerlain’s famous Jicky fragrance costs $317.00 at Bergdorf. And the Guerlain Success Future Day Care SPF 15 costs $140 for one ounce. Which would be absolutely fine, perhaps even worth the price, considering the Success Future skincare line is formulated to be anti-aging.

The Truth:

In this case, the bad outweighs the good and any anti-aging properties that Guerlain’s Success Future moisturizer may have are probably not worth the toxicity you’re rubbing into your face each time you use it. This particular cream contains phenoxyethanol, BHT, butylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, and isobutylparaben. And those are just the ones that caught my eye immediately.  Interestingly enough, the first product review for Guerlain’s moisturizer on Sephora’s website claims that the cream is “great…however, I decided to return it after noticing it contains oxlybenzoate…as well as parabens…it’s absolutely a 5 star product if you don’t care about its ingredients…”

Since TIA readers do care about product ingredients, you should know that Guerlain does not post ingredients anywhere on its website. Luckily, Sephora does, but most other retailers that carry Guerlain products do not. However, a quick search Google search of “Guerlain ingredients” brings up several helpful pages, including one that notes the functions of certain Guerlain ingredients, whether they are comedogenic or not, and their safety ratings. Yet another site provides an extremely in-depth look into Guerlain’s Terracotta Teint D’ Ailleurs.

TIA has investigated one Guerlain product – the Orchidee Imperiale Serum, for which there seems to be very little proof that it does anything special for your skin. Overall, I say save your money and invest it into beauty products that aren’t deceiving or unsafe.