The Neroli Bigarade Aromessence Hydrating Serum can be seen as a luxury product as it it retailed at £52/$71. Therefore, it would be assumed that the serum consists of ingredients which are not only beneficial to the skin but are also sustainably sourced. However, this is not the case and in reality there are large gaps in the supply chain, which has made it difficult to rate its sustainability on an ethical level.
The Neroli Bigarade Aromessence face oil serum is made from a combination of essential and botanical oils where the website claims that all the ingredients are ‘100% natural origin and active’. One of the ingredients found is Tocopherol which is a form of Vitamin E which can either come from vegetable oil or can be chemically made. There are several ingredients in the oil serum which are mainly used to provide a scent to the product but may not be suitable for all skin types, which the website fails to mention. For example, one of the ingredients is Geraniol which helps to increase the strength of the scent but can cause some issues of sensitivity for some people depending on their skin types. It is not recommended for those who are allergic to it and those who’s skin is easily irritated as when products which contain Geraniol are applied to the skin, its contact with their air leads it to oxidise and cause this irritation. Linalool and Limonene are two other ingredients in the serum that also cause irritation in the same way as Geraniol. Overall, the claims that the ingredients are 100% natural origin may be an over-exaggeration as some of the products can be produced synthetically.
The Decléor website claims that they are cruelty free as they state that none of their products are ‘tested on animals’. However, there is contrasting information regarding whether it is a cruelty free company as some websites claim that they have a strict cruelty free policy where the test subjects are always human whereas other websites claim that they are not cruelty free and are owned by L’Oréal who also test on animals. But, Decléor and L’Oréal alike are both not certified by any organisations such as PETA which could in fact show that they are not cruelty free. There is also no information on the Decléor website about sustainability or any sustainable practices. The parent company L’Oréal have a page dedicated to their sustainability practices and how much C02 emissions they have reduced. On the other hand, L’Oréal is not the most ethical brand, especially since they continue to sell products in China where it is required to test on animals to sell cosmetics products there. L’Oreal also has operations in countries which are governed by oppressive regimes, contributing for a poor score in supply chain management.
I was unable to find any information on Decléor’s supply chain or workers’ human rights. However, I was able to find some information on the L’Oréal supply chain but it focuses on the consumers instead of focusing on how they treat their workers. This could show that the parent company and Decléor may have some secrets to hide regarding how their workers are treated, which compromises how sustainable we can say there are gaps in judging how ethical the brand actually is.