In today's society there is an ever-increasing interest in fighting the inevitable effects of ageing and environment on the body. Particular interest seems to be focused on products that promise a measurable increase and change in how skin looks and feels. Notable research institutes, magazines and beauty editors explore and present a wide range of beauty products which offer breakthrough technologies in cosmetics. Some cosmetic lines such as Arbonne have achieved success, rave reviews and somewhat of a loyal following.
Arbonne was founded by Peter Morck who had a vision and desire to establish his own cosmetic line. He engaged the assistance of leaders in the field of biology and biochemistry along with renowned herbalists. In 1975 his dream was realised; the Arbonne Institute of Research and Development, AIRD, was established and became responsible for producing formulations for the company's products. For over 30 years the products have been produced in the United States. For over 35 years, renowned cosmetic scientist Pierre Bottiglieri has used his years of experience in the successful development of Arbonne's exclusive skin care products. Arbonne's extensive line produces a variety of items including cosmetics for beautification skin care, and supplements for losing weight and nutritional support.
In February of 2007, a group of cosmetic chemists who answer questions addressed to their website, The Beauty Brains, was asked to research and issue an opinion of Arbonne's skin care products. They determined that Arbonne's products, in general, differed very little from ordinary products sold in stores. To arrive at this conclusion, The Beauty Brains used their extensive knowledge of the cosmetic and skin care industry, the chemicals involved in the production of Arbonne's products and the lists of ingredients used. Many faithful users of Arbonne disagreed with the findings. The group stood by what they had written, but issued the following statement for clarification. "For the record, we never said Arbonne didn't produce good products. We said that they just weren't much different than other less-expensive products."
On March 16, 2010, The Beauty Brains again researched Arbonne's skin care line. Their intent was to find which brand of hydrating wash sold in a drugstore was as effective as the expensive one sold by Arbonne. The alternative chosen was Oil of Olay. Although the Oil of Olay and Arbonne's 85.1gr. Hydrating Wash priced at £26 are similar, the group considered the Oil of Olay to be the most gentle of the two products and the least expensive. Two other products checked and considered to be closer in quality to the Arbonne product are Johnson's soothing Natural Hair and Body Wash and Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash. Arbonne uses gentle surfactants to remove unwanted elements from the skin surface and Johnson's includes some of the same pirmary ingredients, including PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate.
Arbonne prides itself on producing cosmetics free of animal products or byproducts. The materials supplied to develop the formula itself are now, for the most part, from plants or synthetics.
Safe and Beneficial
Arbonne underwent another brief bout of negative publicity in 2007. A rash of unfounded claims surfaced on the Internet labelling mineral oil as a cause of cancer. Word began to surface that some Arbonne consultants were using unethical tactics by using Arbonne's lack of mineral oil to draw cancer-fearing individuals to their products. Carol Clifton, presented the topic "Facts and Myths about Mineral Oil in Skin Care Products." On Carolclifton.com, she said: "My concern with Arbonne is related to unethical business practices for profit." Arbonne's philosophy is that its products be not only safe but beneficial and issued a statement to clarify the reason behind its decision to exclude mineral oil from its products. "Mineral oil is harmless when used for intended purposes. Mineral oil is inexpensive, rarely causes allergic reactions and is widely used in the cosmetic industry."