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Mario Badescu is one of those skincare lines with so many treasures from which to choose that the initial reaction is often the desire to try everything that sounds appropriate to the needs of your skin. Their formulas are effective, a joy to use, and their prices are affordable making the whole line infinitely approachable.
When it comes to moisturizing the skin, Mario Badescu offers a wide range of products, but I thought that I would share my favorites. This is all the more appropriate given that it is winter, but these products are perfectly suited to year round use.
Mario Badescu Walnut Body Lotion: This is one of the most heavenly body lotions that I have ever used, and this is no exaggeration! It is a lightweight, yet intensely emollient and rich lotion that is creamy and fast absorbing. It makes dry, parched skin ultra soft and silky smooth in record time, and it is intensely hydrating and nourishing. It has a light nutty scent that is absolutely delectable, but it does fade quickly, and therefore will not pose a problem for people with scent sensitivities.
A deliciously scented, luxuriously rich and creamy body lotion formulated to help moisturize rough, dry skin. Walnut Oil keeps the moisture levels at a maximum all day and night.
Ingredients: Deionized Water (Aqua), Walnut (Juglans Regia) Oil, Polyglycerylmethacrylate (and) Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Ceteareth-20, Dimethicone,Cetyl Esters, Stearic Acid, Isopropyl Myristate.
$22.00 for 16 oz. from Mario Badescu and Amazon.
Mario Badescu Vitamin E Body Lotion (Wheat Germ): If you seek a lightweight antioxidant rich body lotion that is very lightweight, fast absorbing and hydrating, then this is a really great choice. It leaves skin soft, supple and hydrated, and leaves behind no greasy residue. It has a light fresh scent that is very pleasant, but it isn't overwhelming, and it fades soon upon application.
Our Vitamin E Body Lotion is formulated with antioxidant Wheat Germ Oil and Peanut Oil to moisturize dry, scaly and rough skin. It also contains Honey Extract which locks in skins moisture and gives the lotion a light, fresh fragrance.
Ingredients: Deionized Water (Aqua), Peanut (Arachais Hypogaea) Oil, Tocopherol,Wheat Germ (Triticum Vulgare) Oil, Stearic Acid,Cetyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Honey Extract, Propylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Quatemium-15, Isopropyl Myristate.
$22.00 for 16 oz. from Mario Badescu.
Mario Badescu Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E: This is the perfect hand cream to take up permanent residence on your bathroom counter or bedside table because it offers the perfect antidote to dry chapped hands. It is ultra thick and rich, and miraculously softens and moisturizes dry skin.
I wash my hands frequently during the cold and flu season because of my profession, and my constant exposure to college students who come to school sick means that I am exposed to many many bugs. While I often manage to avoid catching their bugs, I do not avoid drying out my hands, and Mario Badescu Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E works miracles on ultra dry hands.
Rich, non-greasy formula of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Wheat Germ Oil and Honey to moisturize dry, cracked hands. This cream has a water light consistency that immediately absorbs. A best seller for many years.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Glyceryl Stearate,P araffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil, Huile Minérale), Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate,Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Parfum (Fragrance), Triethanolamine, Propylparaben, Titanium Dioxide, Amyl Cinnamon, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamon, Isoeugenol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional,Limonene, Linalool, Methyl 2-Octynoate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.
$14.00 for 8 oz. from Mario Badescu, Nordstrom and Amazon.
Mario Badescu Orange Cleansing Soap: If you are finding that your regular cleanser isn't working as well during the cold months of winter, then it is time to rotate in a more gentle cleanser. Mario Badescu Orange Cleansing Soap is a gentle and mild non-lathering cream cleanser that thoroughly cleans the skin without stripping it. It gently lifts dirt and makeup while gently exfoliating dead skin cells. The creamy texture feels wonderful against the skin, and the light orange scent is refreshing and uplifting.
Orange Extract makes this gentle, cream cleanser mildly exfoliating and very refreshing. Non-oily, non-detergent formula is safe and effective for all skin types to remove makeup and build-up from the skin without drying.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water,Eau), Stearic Acid,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, PEG-8 Stearate, PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl Cocamide, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Isostearate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract,Triethanolamine, Parfum (Fragrance), Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Quaternium-15, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, CI 15985 (Yellow 6), CI 16035 (Red 40), CI 19140 (Yellow 5).
$20.00 for 16 oz. from Mario Badescu, Ulta and Nordstrom.
Mario Badescu Peptide Renewal Serum: Whether you have very dry and mature skin, skin that is dry and dehydrated from the cold weather, or you just want to add peptides into your skincare routine, then this is a great serum to consider using. Just use a couple of drops of this antioxidant-rich elixir on your face, neck and décolleté for luminous, lifted hydrated skin.
Target very dry and mature skin with this soothing blend of youth-boosting peptides and botanicals. This blend of Peptides and Sorghum Bicolor Stalk Juice work together to help encourage a smoother, more lifted and toned appearance while White Willow Bark keeps dull, lackluster skin at bay—all contributing to a clear, radiant and youthful complexion. Chamomile Extract, Yarrow Extract and Aloe Vera are also included to help soothe even the most sensitive skin types while Green Tea acts as a powerful antioxidant. For best results, may be used before the Peptide Renewal Cream.
Ingredients: Glycerin, Aqua (Water,Eau), Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Porphyra Umbilicalis Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sorghum Bicolor Stalk Juice,Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol,Carbomer, Sodium Lactate, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Sorbet, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol.
$45.00 for 1 oz. from Mario Badescu, Ulta, Nordstrom and Amazon.
Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum: Vitamin C serums are such a wonderful way to brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, but Mario Badescu has added Hyaluronic Acid to their Vitamin C Serum for added hydration– making this one ultra-effective serum!
Antioxidant Vitamin C protects skin from free radicals and is essential in collagen production. This Vitamin C Serum contains 7.5% Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) to reduce discoloration and brighten skin. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid to retain skin's natural moisture and Collagen to enhance skin's firmness and elasticity.
Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Aqua (Water, Eau), L-Ascorbic Acid, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract,P anax Ginseng Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Collagen, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol.
$45.00 for 1 oz. from Mario Badescu, Ulta and Nordstrom.
Mario Badescu Cellufirm Drops: This lightweight antioxidant-rich serum smooths, lifts and hydrates skin quickly and effectively. I only use a couple of drops for the face, neck and décolleté, and immediately notice that my skin feels comfortable and hydrated. It has a very lightweight and emollient texture that sinks in quickly, and leaves behind no oily residue.
Firm, tighten and smooth aging skin with this daily or overnight serum that is safe for all over the face and eye area. Plumping Collagen and Elastin, moisture retaining Hyaluronic Acid, antioxidant Vitamin E and mineral rich Seaweed Extract are the active ingredients that preserve the skin’s tone, moisture levels and elasticity.
Ingredients: Collagen, Seamollient (Algae), Retinyl Palmitate, Lubrajel, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Tocopherol, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Dermonectin, Bladderwrack (Fucus Vesiculous) Extract, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Pollen Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil Unasponifiables, Olea Europa (Olive) Oil Unasponifiables, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil Unasponifiables, Herbal Extract, Triethanolamine.
$25.00 for 1 oz. from Mario Badescu, Ulta and Nordstrom.
Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Day Cream: If you have winter-stressed skin, or normal to dry skin, then Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Day Cream is a perfect choice. It is ultra-moisturizing and hydrating without feeling heavy on the skin. The Hyaluronic Acid attracts and retains hydration, while the peanut and vegetable oils add moisture to the skin. This cream is fast-absorbing, and leaves skin soft, supple and hydrated.
This nourishing, cold weather cream is ideal for normal to dry skin. Hyaluronic Acid locks in the skin’s natural moisture, preventing moisture loss all day. A blend of Peanut and Vegetable Oil keeps skin soft and smooth.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water,Eau), Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Isostearate, Triethanolamine, Stearic Acid, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Carbomer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Sodium Chloride, Parfum (Fragrance), Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 15985 (Yellow 6).
$18.00 for 1 oz. from Mario Badescu and Amazon.
Mario Badescu Peptide Renewal Cream: This lightweight and fast absorbing cream, that is filled with Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid, leaves skin remarkably hydrated, smooth and lifted. In addition to nourishing the skin, it also makes skin radiant and luminous.
Target the signs of aging with our lightweight yet powerful cream that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while helping to improve your skin’s firmness and texture for a more youthful-looking complexion. Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid (as well as Nori and Willow Bark Extracts) provide a natural boost to moisturize and nourish your skin, resulting in more radiant and glowing skin.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Sodium Hyaluronate, Porphyra Umbilicalis Extract, Sorghum Bicolor Stalk Juice, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Alcohol, Potassium Sorbet, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol.
$35.00 for 1 oz. from Mario Badescu, Ulta, Nordstrom and Amazon.Mario Badescu Vitamin A-D-E Neck Cream: I am particularly smitten with the Mario Badescu Vitamin A-D-E Neck Cream for a number of reasons. First, it has the texture of a balm, rather than a typical cream, and I find it to be far more emollient, but without being greasy. Second, it is an ultra hydrating blend of nourishing ingredients that deeply moisturize the skin. Finally, it includes Hyaluronic Acid among its ingredients, and therefore attracts and retains hydration. Skin is left ultra moisturized, soft and supple. Incidentally, this cream also works wonders on dry cuticles.
An anti-aging cream that is excellent for hydrating and firming the delicate skin on the neck. Nourishing ingredients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid all contribute to revitalizing and moisturizing the skin. Apply nightly over our Cellufirm Drops or Rose Hips Nourishing Oil for best results.
Ingredients: Rice Bran (Oryza Sativa) Oil, Octyl Palmitate, Deionized Water (Aqua), Polyglycerylmethacrylate, Vegetable Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol and Ceteareth-20, Cocoa (Theobrama Cacao Seed) Butter, Dimethicone, Beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol, Vitamin A&D Oil, Tocopherol, Isopropyl Myrsitate, Isodecyl Salicylate, Hyaluronic Acid, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea.
$20.00 for 1 oz. from Mario Badescu.
Mario Badescu Bee Pollen Night Cream: This thick and rich cream has the texture and consistency of a balm, and only the smallest amount is needed for the face, neck and décolleté. It is perfect for people with normal to dry skin, but when used sparingly is perfect for my combination skin. It is ultra-hydrating and nourishing, and it leaves skin remarkably soft, supple and luminous.
A skin softening cream providing a combination of natural oils with Bee Pollen and Honey Extract that hydrate and improve the texture of the skin overnight.
Ingredients: Deionized Water (Aqua), Vegetable (Olus) Oil, Peanut (Arachis Hypogaea) Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Petrolatum, Beeswax, Stearic Acid, Myristyl Myristate, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Quaternium-60, Glycerin, Pollen Extract, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Honey (Mel) Extract.
Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Day Cream, Mario Badescu Peptide Renewal Cream, Mario Badescu Vitamin A-D-E Neck Cream and Mario Badescu Bee Pollen Night Cream.Mario Badescu Dermonectin Eye Cream: This lightweight and ultra-hydrating eye cream sinks into skin quickly, and leaves it exceedingly moisturized. It is formulated for extremely dry skin, which I do not have, but I love the results so much that I use it with great frequency. It is very concentrated, therefore only a tiny amount needs to be used for great results. I tend to use this at night only, and when I wake up my skin is soft, supple and hydrated.
For extremely dry eyes, this cream is one of our most intense moisture products. Formulated with antioxidant oils including Vitamin A and E along with a special blend of Vegetable, Peanut, and Coconut Oils. Super concentrated and richly moisturizing for overnight use.
Ingredients: Deionized Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Peanut (Arachis Hypogaea) Oil, Vegetable (Olus) Oil, Mineral (Paraffinum Liquidum) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetyl Esters, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Dermonectin, Azulene.
$18.00 for 0.50 oz. from Mario Badescu and Amazon.
Mario Badescu Dermonectin Eye CreamMario Badescu The Moisture Magnet SPF 15: This rich and thick antioxidant cream is very emollient and moisturizing, and even includes an SPF 15 for added environmental protection. It does not leave skin feeling or looking greasy, but it effectively keeps skin moisturized all day. Furthermore, it serves as a wonderful makeup base making it a good multipurpose day cream.
Lock essential moisture into your skin while protecting it from damaging UVA/UVB rays for a younger-looking, better hydrated, and smoother complexion. In addition to broad spectrum sun protection, The Moisture Magnet SPF 15 incorporates healing Vitamin E Oil to deliver hydration and guard against the aging dangers of free radicals. The perfect anti-aging moisturizer to use under makeup.
Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Oxybenzone 5%.
Inactive ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Butylene Glycol, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Saccharide Isomerate, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil, Huile Mineral), Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene, Glyceryl Isostearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tocopherol Acetate, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Glycerin, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ceteareth-20, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, CI 17200 (Red 33), CI 60730 (Ext. Violet 2), CI 42090 (Blue 1).
$24.00 for 2 oz. from Mario Badescu, Ulta and Nordstrom.
Overall Assessment: Mario Badescu has so many great products to keep your skin soft supple and moisturized, and these are my current favorites that are well worth trying.
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This sounds like a really promising range for dry skins. I have really oily skin so picking a product like that would probably be a huge mistake for me.ReplyDelete
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Hi Gauri, Sorry for the slow response– I just found your comment in the SPAM filter. I would think that you wouldn't have any trouble with most of the serums, the eye cream, and perhaps a few of the other face products, but I would definitely keep away from the richer creams with oily skin. :-)Delete
What an amazingly thorough review of the Mario Badescu line! I've always been curious about the Badescu products since I first learned about the drying cream via Martha Stewart. But I erroneously assumed that the whole line was for people with oily skin. You have straightened me out, Helen! I definitely must try a sample of the eye cream for extremely dry skin during my next Ulta trip. And also the body lotion sounds great too. Actually, just about all of the products are interesting to me, and they're not ridiculously expensive which helps a lot!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for your very kind words, Allison! That means the world to me coming from you! Yes, there are lots and lots of things for dry skin! I think tha tyou will really love the eye cream, and I would definitely recommend that you take a look at the Walnut Body Lotion– it is LUSCIOUS!!!!!!!!!!Delete
This is one line that I always hear about, but have never actually tried. I'm so limited to what I can use during my pregnancy, but in three months I'll be able to play around with skin care again! YAY! lolReplyDelete
It's definitely worth checking out some of their products once you have had your sweet little baby! They have so many amazing things to choose from!Delete
I just ordered their rose water spray. I love that their products contain ceramides.ReplyDelete
I LOVE LOVE LOVE their rose water spray! I keep a bottle in my refrigerator in the summer– it's so refreshing that way! I agree with you, it's great that they use ceramides!Delete
I can't believe how thorough you were in explaining these all. I'm not sure if Mario Badescu still has a questionnaire on their site to help guide you through the right products for you. I always have their drying cream on hand for when a zit decides to visit but other than that I don't have products. I guess that needs to change.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Marcia! I tried to be thorough! I think that they still do have that questionnaire. Their drying cream is spectacularly effective when pimples make an appearance! I definitely think that there are a lot of products that you would absolutely love from Mario Badescu!Delete
I LOVE this range, especially their Kiwi scrub which is the gentlest face scrub on earth. I want everything they have!ReplyDelete
Me too, Renu! I haven't tried their Kiwi Scrub, but now I need to go get it! They make such great, and affordable, products!Delete
As a dry skinned girl, this post speaks to me! I haven't used anything from MB in a while, but I definitely need to check out their serums.ReplyDelete
There are so many products that you would love from this selection! I definitely think that you would LOVE their serums! :-)Delete
Such extensive review! I like some Mario Badescu products!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Kath! MB makes so many amazing products!Delete
This is a fantastic and thorough overview of these products. I see a couple that I would very much like to try!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Erika! I am so pleased that you thought my review was so good and thorough! They definitely have lots of good products worth trying!Delete
Can you believe I've never tried a Mario Badescu product?! Dying to give their line a go. Thanks for the review!ReplyDelete
My pleasure, Kristin! It's DEFINITELY a line worth trying. They have such a wide array of products, and they have so many things for every skin type!Delete