Calling itself an advanced skin rejuvenation solution, L’etoile is a skin cream targeted towards men that promises to improve the skin's hydration, reduce and diminish wrinkles and fine lines, and even enhance the skin’s natural immunity.
The product promises to be the best line of defense against harmful UV rays, wind, stress, and other hazards that might play a role in diminishing our skin’s overall health and dexterity.
Aging is a part of life that none of us can escape. As we all age, the ever-increasing burden of retaining our youthful spirit and look becomes more and more important in our everyday lives, and because of this, we naturally seek out anything that might be able to help us along the way.
If L’etoile could truly deliver on the promises made by its creators, the product could potentially help thousands of different individuals in their quest to turn back the clock and feel young again. Before we can say with any confidence that L’etoile will do this for you, however, we first need to take a closer look at how the product claims to achieve the results described above.
What Does L’etoile Actually Claim To Do?
L’etoile’s main website claims that our bodies rely on a substance called collagen to maintain its elasticity and firmness. As it turns out, this is true; 75% of our skin is made up of water and collagen, according to WebMD. Collagen is a protein found in the skin that essentially holds the entire body together, more or less. It allows for the body to retain its physical structure, form, and shape.
Over time, our skin’s ability to produce collagen is diminished, due both to natural causes like aging and external ones such as exposure to the sun. This is unfortunate, because the protein provides our main means of preventing wrinkles, dark spots, and other, similar skin conditions over time.
L’etoile claims to utilize a breakthrough formula that is able to reinforce the skin's elasticity, reducing fine lines and wrinkles in the process. The product claims to be able to have this effect by using whole collagen molecules applied to the skin.
However, according to a blog post by chemist Dr Michael Edmonds on his blog Molecular Matters, collagen molecules are much too large to pass through the skin directly. It is noted that collagen might be able to act as “icing on the cake”, so to speak, smoothing out wrinkles temporarily from the outside layer of the skin, but the fact remains that this substance cannot be absorbed through the skin at all in its whole form.
Knowing this, let’s take a look at the actual ingredients used in the product in order to determine how effective they might be in delivering on the manufacturer’s promises.
What Ingredients Can Be Found In L’etoile?
The product’s website lists three different ingredients found in its formula; Ceramides, Retinol, and Acmella Flower Extract. Having said that, these ingredients are featured under the header ‘Key Ingredients’, so we aren’t told if these were the only ingredients used in the formula or not. When we reached out to customer service to try and clarify, we were told that they did not have this information.
Based on the above, we’ll only be able to evaluate the product’s overall effectiveness using these three ingredients as a benchmark. We’ll take a look at each of them individually in order to determine just how effective you can expect them to be at delivering on the claims made by L’etoile. In order to do so, we’ll pull information from authority sites on the topic such as WebMD, Examine.com, and Livestrong.com.
Ceramides are essentially fats, referred to as naturally occurring lipids. They are a crucial component of the skin’s overall structure, like collagen, but instead of supporting the structure directly, they help to keep the skin moisturized and hydrated.
One study carried out in France in 2002 lends some support to the assertion that these substances have been shown to improve skin barrier repair, helping to keep moisture in in the process. It’s important to note that one study doesn’t constitute a proven correlation, but it certainly seems to at least support some of the manufacturer’s claims about L’etoile.
Retinol, otherwise known as Vitamin A, is a vitamin that can be found naturally in many fruits, vegetables, eggs, whole milk, butter, fortified margarine, meat, and even saltwater fish. The vitamin is also frequently synthesized in a laboratory environment.
Based on our extensive research into anti-aging products similar to L’etoile, it seems as though Retinol is a very popular ingredient that finds its way into many different formulas in the industry. This is likely for good reason–the substance helps to shed dead skin cells, allowing new ones to form while also slowing the breakdown of collagen in the skin.
We weren’t able to find any direct evidence that the substance can actually replenish collagen levels in the skin, as the makers of L’etoile suggest, but all the same, the science behind Retinol seems to point to it being an effective way to maintain your skin and keep it healthier overall.
Acmella Flower Extract
Acmella flower is found in Brazil, as well as a few other places around the world. The makers of L’etoile claim that this ingredient helps to “stimulate cellular dynamism”, but we were unable to find any clinical data to support this claim, or that the substance was beneficial for the skin at all.
Potential L’etoile Side Effects
Seeing as customer service was unable to provide a full list of the ingredients used in L’etoile’s formula, we aren’t able to definitively say exactly what side effects you might need to expect from using the skin cream on your body daily.
As far as Retinol is concerned, Livestrong.com illustrates some possible common side effects, such as burning, redness, itching, peeling and scaling that can start after two to three days and can sometimes last up to three months during use. In some cases, the vitamin can also cause photosensitivity, making the skin especially vulnerable to exposure to the sun.
Seeing as we don’t have all of the information needed to provide a full look at the potential side effects that might come along with using this product, we’d recommend talking with your doctor before using it topically.
L’etoile Pric ing & Return Policy
L’etoile is currently available online through the main website for the product, and though the terms and conditions list two ways to purchase, it looks as though the only currently active way to buy the product is as part of a “free trial” offer. This trial is going to run you only $4.94 for shipping and handling upfront, and you will have 14 days from the purchase date to evaluate the product for yourself.
If you call to cancel your trial at 888-636-1356 before the end of the 14 day window, you’ll have two options; you can return the remaining supply of the skin cream to the manufacturer and pay no fee, or keep the product and be subjected to a $9.95 retention fee.
If you choose not to cancel, however, you’ll be charged the full amount for the first supply of L’etoile, which is $98.09. You’ll also automatically be registered into the company’s autoship program. This essentially means that each and every month, you’ll be charged $98.09 and sent a new supply of the product until you cancel your membership.
If you’d like to return a standard supply of the product (either a membership supply or a straight-sale), you’ll need to contact customer service. You can return these products only if they are unopened, and even then you must pay a $9.95 restocking fee to do so.
The Bottom Line: Is L’etoile For You?
Here at HighYa, we’ve been covering anti-aging products essentially since our inception. We’ve covered hundreds of products in the industry, and we’ve even exposed some of the less-than-stellar aspects of some of these products and companies.
Simply put, products that offer a “free trial” pricing scheme can sometimes be a bit of a red flag, based on our own experience and hundreds of bits of feedback from HighYa readers like you. It seems that customers often report that certain programs like this can sometimes be difficult to opt out of, depending of course on the specific product, company, and situation.
We certainly aren’t saying that this is bound to be the case here with L’etoile, but we are saying that it’s an important bit of information to keep front-of-mind when going into a potential purchase of any product that uses a similar pricing structure.
Taking one last look at L’etoile as a whole, we have a few concerns that might prevent us from recommending the product outright. On the one hand, the product uses Retinol, which as we’ve established above is a proven ingredient that is used in skin care products all over the world, and has been for many years now.
On the other hand, however, a quick Google search for ‘anti-aging cream’ brings up literally hundreds of different results, all with varying ingredients, price points, and form factors. These products tended to be priced lower than L’etoile currently is, and many have hundreds, if not thousands of happy customers who have left feedback on various websites such as Amazon.com.
Moreover, there are several products that feature many of the same ingredients, such as Retinol, and many of these products are available for less expensive rates and come with the backing of several customer reviews to boot.
In general, you should be on the lookout for products that post transparent information about their ingredients, as well as products that clearly lay out their pricing terms and stipulations. If you’d like to learn more about finding the perfect anti-aging product for you, you can read our intensive guide on the matter right here.
Ultimately, we feel that the autoship program employed by the makers of L’etoile might be one of the biggest downsides to a potential purchase of the product, overall (See the pricing section above for more info on this). Almost $100 monthly is a pretty steep amount to pay, especially when you consider the wide variety of alternatives available online that go for a fraction of this amount–and without any recurring fees to boot.
You’ll need to decide for yourself what product to choose in the end, but in our honest opinion, you might be best served by finding a more cost effective solution if you plan to make an anti-aging product a part of your long-term beauty regimen.
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1 out 1 people found this review helpful
First and foremost, it is NOT free. The fine print says that you will be automatically enrolled in a monthly membership that will cost you $98 a month unless you cancel before the 14th day after you place your trial order. When you call customer service, they claim that they shipped you a 30-day supply (rather than a 14-day trial) and that you are responsible for the entire product after the 14 days; it is nonrefundable.
The cream itself does nothing but dry out your skin.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
4 out 4 people found this review helpful
I purchased the trial amount. Never saw the "fine print" of 14 days to cancel. Never received any paperwork with the samples. Then was charged the full price of $98.09.
I feel like this is a total scam and a ripoff. Will never do business like this again.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend