The Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream is one of these products that’s gained a cult following and is (supposedly) loved by celebrities like Madonna, Kate Hudson, Brooke Shields, and Emily Blunt. To tell you the truth, I hadn’t heard of it until my mom offered me a jar. She had found a two-pack at Costco, and apparently sister wasn’t terribly fond of it.
I took a jar home with me back in August when I visited my family, and I’ve tried it on and off since then. More recently, I’ve been using it continuously for about a month. There was a moment when I realized I definitely wanted to take the time to test this out during the winter, so that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been primarily using it as a nighttime facial moisturizer, but the company boasts that the cream can be used for all sorts of things … hands, elbows, as a hair mask, on cuts, skin irritations, eczema or psoriasis symptoms, and more.
Calling it a “cream” isn’t quite right. It’s a solidified, oil-based balm. There are only six ingredients: honey, beeswax, olive oil, royal jelly, bee pollen, and bee propolis. These ingredients will infuse and lock in moisture and provide skin with healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Honey and beeswax are naturally anti-bacterial, and beeswax is also anti-inflammatory. There are no additives, preservatives, fragrances, chemicals or parabens.
This is a fairly heavy balm, and the instructions suggest warming it up before applying by rubbing it in your hands until it turns into an oil. I always do this but it still feels pretty obvious on skin, and this is probably the reason why my sister was not a fan. However, every time I start to use this balm again I really notice my skin responding to it. It only takes 2 or 3 days of using it once a day for my skin to look plumper and calmer.
I have combination skin. The center of my face gets a bit oily during the day but the rest of my face is prone to dryness, and I use this allover, even on the oiliest spots. I’ve also experimented with using the balm on my hands, elbows, and any patches of skin that might be dry, itchy, and rough. I only use it at night because of the heavy texture. What I’ve noticed is that the drier areas like my hands, elbows, and drier parts of my face will completely absorb the balm overnight and there will be no trace of it in the morning. It will still be apparent on the more “normal” areas of skin, and my t-zone will be shiny. The only thing that doesn’t work for me is using it on my eyelids because when I do I wake up with puffy eyes, so I use my normal eye cream (currently this one) around my eyes before applying Egyptian Magic.
I try not to get preoccupied with the oiliness of the balm, because my skin certainly doesn’t seem to mind. If anything, it’s loving it. Over just a few days, the balm turns down the redness in my face a bit and I think that over time it actually somewhat calms the oil production in my t-zone. I thought it might be a little bit weird to slather on large areas of skin as I sleep in the same bed as a significant other, but it actually hasn’t been an issue and I’ll be continuing to use it.
The marketing for this product is kind of unusual. Actually, it reminds me of the Dr. Bronner Magic Soap labels. The back of the jar claims that the formula has its origins in Ancient Egyptian wisdom. The internet tells me that the combination of ingredients was found to be inscribed inside a pyramid of Gaza. Is that true? I have no idea.
My name is Lord-Pharaoh ImHotep-AmonRa, CEO, founder and manufacturer of the Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream “The People’s Choice,” and I AM HUMBLED AND HONORED TO BE OF SERVICE TO YOU.
I’m not against a bit of whimsy in my skincare, but I assume that this sort of thing is just a load of marketing.
It’s kind of pricey at $25.80 for 2 a oz. jar or $38.20 for a 4 oz. jar, but you can potentially get a better deal with the Costco packs and things like that. I have a 4 oz. jar, and I’ve only started to make a dent and I expect that the jar will last me a good long while. There’s a nice store locater on the official website if you want to check out where you can purchase it, and it’s also available online (official website / Walgreens / Birchbox). The company warns against fakes found on Amazon and eBay.
I appreciate that Egyptian Magic is natural and contains very few ingredients that all contribute to the nice effect it has on my skin. I really like it, and I can definitely imagine committing to it in the longer term. The product is also made in the US and is cruelty-free (though it’s not vegan, due to the bee products included). They offer a money-back guarantee as long as you keep the receipt.
Have you tried Egyptian Magic? I’d love to hear your thoughts!