There is no shortage of trendy skincare ingredients touted as youth elixirs. From Emily Ratajkowski-approved snail mucin to anti-inflammatory proteins sourced from blood à la Dr. Barbara Sturm, you’d be hard-pressed to find a skincare ingredient that shocks a dedicated beauty buff. So when we heard about a popular anti-aging oil packed with bee honey and royal jelly, we didn’t blink an eye. The fact that someone buys the lightweight oil every 26 seconds did, however, stop us in our tracks.
The product in question is the Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil from French brand Guerlain, and its popularity is undeniable. In addition to flying off shelves at a rate of about twice per minute, it has previously sold out at major retailers like Sephora, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue. But not to worry; the product that promises to smooth, plump, and refresh skin with just a few drops is in stock now.
So what is it about this anti-aging oil that elicits such a fan base? Perhaps it’s the buzzy (pardon the pun) ingredients packed inside the elegant bottle. It contains sustainably sourced honey from black bees on a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on the island of Ouessant, which is located off the coast of Brittany, France.
It’s no secret that honey offers its fair share of skin benefits. Claims of its efficacy as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial powerhouse have been around for thousands of years; it’s full of amino acids that help brighten and protect the skin, and fructose, which acts as a moisturizer.
The oil also boasts royal jelly as a main ingredient. For the uninitiated, bees naturally produce the substance often described as the bee equivalent of breast milk, but skincare brands, including Guerlain, have figured out how to make their own nutrient-packed royal jelly for products. It’s packed with carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and vitamins, which is why it’s thought to be such an effective addition to skincare products.
Finally, the popular anti-aging product contains commiphora oil, which has active molecules that aid in skin renewal. It’s sourced from commiphora gum (often known as myrrh) through environmentally friendly practices.
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A quick scroll through the reviews listed on Nordstrom reveal just how well the oil really works. One shopper describes it as falling somewhere between a serum and an oil and said, “My skin feels hydrated and light after using this.”
Another wrote, “[I] received a sample and had to purchase [a bottle] because it gave me great results… My skin is smooth and glowing.”
For best results, you can apply a few drops of the oil to your face and neck in the morning and at night. Massage it into your skin, then follow it up with your go-to moisturizer or serum to complete your routine.