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Guerlain

Reviewed by SarahK October 26, 2010 6 Comments
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.
  • October 4, 2016

    by Pam

    I like the result I have seen on my face and neck from using Gueirline however, I cannot continue to use this aa it is way over my budget! I absolutely love the meteorites Claire powder and ita lovely silver compact! I am presently searching for a nice moisturising and hydrating cream for day and night I am 52 years old and have normal sensitive very fair skin.

  • August 4, 2015

    by Britt

    It just blows my mind that the most expensive and ridiculously overpriced "skin care" companies are the ones with the cheapest and worst ingredients!!! ("skin care" because these people care nothing about skin and are only out to rip people off) The saddest part is that people still buy it. The person who posted that Guerlain is the best, either you work for Guerlain, or you haven't done any research. Propylene Glycol is about $1 per litre. These overpriced companies stuff their products with fillers that sooner belong on a car than on your skin!! Guerlain, L'occitane, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Oro Gold, and so many more companies feed into people's vulnerabilities and insecurities and I wish people would wake up. First of all Oro Gold, why on earth does your skin need GOLD? It's not like it can absorb it (thank god, because otherwise we'd be in trouble), propylene glycol is a cheap filler with no benefits, mineral oil is Johnson and Johnson's favourite for baby products (might as well roll your baby under your truck), and formeldahyde based preservatives are very harsh and harmful.

  • May 27, 2014

    by Francine

    I find it upsetting that guerlain does not list ingredients therefor
    I am going to return product to Saks fifth
    Also the guerlain website is impossible to use to contact
    Guerlain directly
    I find this irresponsible

  • September 1, 2013

    by connylynn

    Guerlain has the best products. I love them and find them very effective. 200 years of research can't be wrong and the wrinkles that USED to be on my face agree. The makeup leaves a flawless finish and they have the best bronzing powders. Cosmetic products must be preserved or you may as well toss them out after 2 weeks. There are natural parabens plus their beautiful jars are designed by a jeweler and are also designed to preserve the creams so less preservatives are needed in the formulas. I've used those organic products and using something is better than using nothing but I like to see results and Guerlain delivers on that.

  • February 18, 2013

    by d

    Arbonne, love it , love, love, love everything. I have terrible allergies to many products. I can use these without reservation. I have used them for years.

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