I have combination skin like many people and this moisturizer has solved some problems with areas of my face that were so dry nothing else worked. However, it's not great for the parts of my skin that tend to be more oily. Sometimes it makes me break out if applied to heavily. All in all a quality product but be careful if you have any problems with pimples. I have it from iherb dot com, $37 for 118ml, if you buy the first time from this site, you have 5$ off with my code: VIK284.
I had to write about this product because I was just so, so disappointed. After all the hype and the high price point I was expecting to find a new beauty staple, but this was a total waste of money and I really can't understand why so many beauty writers are giving this the time of day. Firstly the smell - so, so gross. Really musty - my friend told me I smelt like a camel! This would normally have been enough to stop me using it but as I'd paid so much I persevered. My skin's on the dry side, particularly round the elbows and knees and while this did help - I really can't say that it worked any better than any other intensive cream or body balm would have.
I wish there was a "maybe" option on would you buy this product again. However, I think it's a good product for dry skin, especially used as an overnight treatment. I have eczema and have been looking for a product that is really moisturizing. Its not a miracle worker nor is it magic but, it has reduced the flaking on dry spots, minimized lines caused by dryness, and it's non-irritating. I absolutely LOVE it as an under-eye and eyelid treatment. It works better than the expensive eye creams out there. I tried it as a lip moisturizer but found it didn't do much. But it is multi-purpose and works great as a hair and scalp oil, cuticle oil, and helps remove tricky makeup. It does take a looong time to absorb and a little bit goes a long ways so there's no need to scoop it from the jar. Natural body heat will cause it to melt on your fingers and glide on your skin. The price is the biggest con. $40 dollars will give you 40z plus a 1oz travel size. However I got just the 4oz jar from Ebay for $28. But beware of the bootleg versions on Ebay and Amazon and do research on the correct packaging before purchasing. The product will last a good while although i think there may be alternative solutions to get the same effects without breaking the bank.
Oh I had such high hopes for this lovey little product. First off it is way overpriced. It doesn't do the things that the product claims. Did nothing for my dry elbows, broke my chin out when I put it on a healing pimple, to help with scarring. This stuff became an obsession of mine. Everytime I went into Costco, I would contemplate getting it. It was 40 dollars for 2 tubs, one being 4oz & the other being 2oz. It was a steal at 40 dollars for that much product, compared to other online prices. I don't feel like this did anything special and I feel there are many other products out there that do the same thing. It did help when my daughter was sick & her nose & lips were chapped. But not 40 dollars worth. I can't see myself purchasing this again, which is a total bummer, because I was soo excited when I finally broke down & bought it. continued >>
HOW TO SPOT A FAKE!! my retailer inadvertently sent me a fake tub of cream and then replaced it with a real one, so assuming their information is good, here's a list of the main differences between the two tubs. the egyptian magic website also has information in their faqs, the most significant of which is that there are fake products on ebay and amazon. (also, at the time of writing this review there is one photo uploaded - and it looks like a fake :D)
the genuine cream is a pale yellowy-cream coloured solid with a very faint honey smell. the top of the tub fits tightly to the body and there is no use-by date printed on the base. (there's an ebay 'how to spot a fake' forum on use-by dates).
the front of the genuine tub has an (R) after 'MAGIC', and says 'The Ancient Egyptians' Secret, Magical Cream' at the top. the printing is clear and crisp with no blurring or smudging at all.
the counterfeit cream is bright yellow with a strong honey perfume smell. the top of the tub doesn't fit the body tightly - it leaves a gap and feels loose if it's twisted the wrong way - and there is a use-by date printed (badly) on the base.
the front of the fake tub has no (R) after 'MAGIC' - it's printed in a white circle close to the stars instead - and it says 'The Ancient Kamitians' Secret, Magical Cream' at the top. there is an 'S' printed between 'Egyptian' and 'Magic' that does not appear on the genuine tub. the counterfeit printing is less crisp, especially on the french and english sections on the back of the tub, and the outline around these sections and the barcode is smudged.
there are many differences between the tubs in the french and english text on the back. the fake has an ingredients list above the guarantee which is not on the genuine tub. the fake says 'Money back guarantee!' and the real tub says 'Guarantee:'. the french on the fake tub has errors - it reads like a poor translation of the english - and the easiest to spot is the bottom line which reads 'Egyptian Magic es una marca registrada' (which isn't french) instead of 'Egyptian Magic est une marque déposée' (which is).
elsewhere on the web i've read that real cream comes in tubs with 'DELTA' on the bottom, but as both of my tubs have this it's not a good test for fakes. also, your fake may be different to mine - egyptian magic recommend you contact them if you're not sure ;-)
I was totally sold by the name of this product. Who wouldn't want to try something called egyptian magic? LOL
My boyfriend started using this to moisturize and hide shaving bumps on his face. I used a small amount on my forehead and it feels ridiculously smooth and velvety. It's great to put on under moisturizer. Used with moisturizer, primer, foundation, and powder, my face looks refreshed and youth has been restored.
I love this product, is has so many uses for face and body and a great price compared to most moisturizers.
I heard so many ppl rave about this product so i decided to take the plunge and pick one up at Costco. Even at Costco i found the price a bit steep. $40 for a 4oz tub and also came with a smaller tub (2oz) for travelling or to put in your purse. At first I was worried about using this on my face due to the olive oil content but figured, I already spent the money and if any reaction occurs I'll just use it for targeted areas (elbows, knees, feet). First time I used this.. .i had to get used to the greasy feeling. It's almost like vaseline to be honest, but unlike vaseline (on my skin) it absorbs completely into my skin. I wake up with soft and moisturized NON greasy skin! Yes, it does take a while to absorb, but I use this before bed so to me, it's a non issue. I use this as an eye cream as well. Even just as an eyecream, the price is worth it cuz we all know how expensive eye creams are!! and you only get 15ml lol. With EM you get a WHOLE LOT more. I notice that the redness I have on my face has gone away and this works wonders on my eczema!! Cures it in a couple nights!
I haven't tried this on my hair yet (don't plan on it) since my hair gets oily very fast.
As for the tub: yes it's not very hygenic, but I use a small spatula to get the amount i need. Also, if this were in a tube, I'm sure you'd get a lot less product, so I'll take the tub container, thank you! :)
Scent: Not sure what it smells like... wouldn't say it's pleasant or unpleasant. It's all natural so doesn't really matter to me. Plus, I only use this at night anyways.
I would repurchase when i run out. This stuff is great!!!
***UPDATE*** - LOVE this stuff even more. Shocking thing is - I have HYPERSENSITIVE skin on my face so everything seems to break it out. Sometimes not right away...but eventually it will end up breaking out or clogging the pores in my skin!! I have been using EM for about 2 months now and NO break outs!!! yay EM!
This moisturizer has let me down a little bit. It's incredibly greasy, I can only use this as a night cream. And it doesn't seem to really absorb either, all the grease is still there in the morning right on top of my skin. I'd be willing to overlook it if this did something impressive, like if it moisturized my skin really really well. But it doesn't. Overall, this is just okay. It's not so horrible that I won't use it all up, but I won't be repurchasing.
So. I am completely amazed by this product. I bought it on a whim at Costco since I trust Costco's procurers, and it seemed to have only a few ingredients. My skin is hypersensitive and dry and gets hives from 95% of all creams on the market, so I am thrilled to have found a second cream (Clinique's yellow lotion is my first) to use, and one that has a bit more weight and mousturizing power than the Clinique one. This one has been working as a night cream, as a primer under makeup in my dry patchy areas, and as an eye cream with NO SKIN SENSITIVITY issues and no eye reactivity. It honestly has 2 ingredients - Olive oil and honey.. although the honey is broken out on the label into all of its parts (e.g. propolis, bee pollen etc) so that is why I hope it would be unreactive, and it is. It feels initially like it has a vaseline texture, but once on your face it feels matte rather than greasy. very pleasant since my skin has been screaming for something thicker for a while now. Overall I HIGHLY recommend to folks like me who have dry sensitive skin. It is a must have in the arsenal. Hope this helps.