Lancôme is a French luxury skincare company, one of the world’s largest.
Lancôme was created as a fragrance house by Armand Petitjean and Guillaume d’Ornano in 1935. Today, Lancôme is owned by L’Oréal. Lancôme is famous or infamous (depends on how you look at it) by using popular Hollywood faces in its advertising such as Kate Winslet, Emma Watson and recently Lupita Nyong'o.
Lancôme is expensive. A lipstick sells for approximately $32, £21 each, while a cream can cost up to $250.
Below is the example of one of its promotions for Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Moisturizer featuring heavily retouched Kate Winslet.
Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Moisturizer is "an oil-free, non-greasy moisturizer with SPF 30 protection that works to lift, firm, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and correct dark spots for a visibly younger-looking complexion."
What is the quality of this product?
Ingredients of Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Moisturizer
Our scale from 1-10.
- S 1-2: safe
- M 3-6: moderate hazard
- T 7-10: toxic
- L: limited data
Price: $99. Size: 1.7 fl. oz.
Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7% - these are common sunscreen ingredients. They cause allergic skin reactions in sensitive individuals. They produce excess reactive oxygen species that can interfere with cellular signaling, cause mutations, lead to cell death and may be implicated in cardiovascular disease.
Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Silica PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycolic Acid, Guanosine, Cyathea Medullaris Leaf Extract, T-BUTYL Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Mica, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Levulinate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Steareth-100, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Palmitic Acid, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Limonene, Xanthan Gum, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocin Tin Oxide, Cinnamic Acid, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Myristic Acid, Geraniol, Disodium EDTA, Titanium Dioxide, Retinyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Levulinic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Fragnance.
Result: 10 High Toxic Hazard
Overall, Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Moisturizer seems to be a high toxic product for a hefty price of $99. It contains eleven moderately toxic ingredients but in high concetration such as Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7% and two highly toxic ingredients such as Retinyl Palmitate and Fragnance.
Read more about Homosalate and other ingredients.