by Trisha Tucker
When you hear someone touting an all-in-one style beauty product, a product that promises to single-handedly do the jobs of about 25 of the little bottles, tubes and jars currently occupying your over-crowded bathroom vanity, is your first impulse to turn and run in the opposite direction? Mine too. That�s why, when I got my first jar of Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Healing Skin Cream, I was instantly reminded of the snake-oil salesmen in days of old � you know, those men who would travel from town to town selling mysterious elixirs from the backs of wagons that were promised to cure everything from headaches and heartaches to wrinkles and gout.
My initial impression is easily excusable; after all, Egyptian Magic lists no less that 33 uses for its wonderful cream (which is really much more of a wax) on its jar, from healing razor burn, skin blemishes and hemorrhoids to conditioning hair and functioning as an excellent �hot body massage oil.�
And yet, for all my skepticism and big-city incredulity, I couldn�t help but be curious. What if, after all, one of these all-in-one products actually worked? What if I could finally be free of all the clutter and expense caused by my never-ending search for the perfect beauty product? What if this little jar held the secret I�d been looking for all my adult life? I knew the little voice in my head wouldn�t be satisfied until I gave Egyptian Magic a closer look. So I started with label.
Like many women, I�m concerned about the potential effects using beauty products loaded with chemicals could have on both my skin and the environment. Because of this concern, Egyptian Magic�s simple list of ingredients was an immediate draw. The miracle balm contains only olive oil, bees wax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, bee propolis (are you sensing a theme here?), and � the most suspicious and yet, one guesses, completely heart-felt ingredient on the list � Divine love. The company warns that customers allergic to bees and bee stings should refrain from using Egyptian Magic, but the rest of us are free to enjoy the numerous beneficial effects this amalgam of natural ingredients provides.
I could not test many of the product�s claims. As I�m lucky enough not to suffer from eczema or psoriasis, I couldn�t see if it cleared those conditions up as well as other customers say it does. Ditto on sunburns, insect bites and diaper rash. However, from the profusion of positive magazine articles and customer testimonies on the Egyptian Magic website, I�m going to give them the benefit of the doubt. What I can personally vouch for is the cream�s luscious hydrating properties on my dry hands, elbows and, most of all, heels. I highly recommend a nightly dose of Egyptian Magic all over your feet, covered in saran wrap or a thin plastic baggie and nice warm socks. It sounds strange, but for baby-soft skin it can�t be beaten. It also functions as a first-rate lip balm and hair treatment � great for both conditioning damaged hair and acting as a waxy styling product. I�m sure women with dry skin will love seeing the effects of Egyptian Magic�s moisturizing and anti-wrinkle properties on their faces (Madonna is reportedly a huge fan of the cream for this very reason). We oily skinned ladies will have to use it where we can and look enviously at those who can slather it all over with no adverse effects.
Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Healing Skin Cream has been gaining in popularity with customers and medical practitioners alike since its introduction to the market in 1991, and it comes with a money-back guarantee, so even if you�re a skeptic like me you�ve got a reason to give it a try. While I may never get to test all 33 of its marvelous uses, the five or six it�s proven to me is a great start on clearing out that bathroom vanity space. And if I ever suffer from a bout of psoriasis or, god forbid, adult diaper rash, I�ll have this handy-dandy cream close by for quick and easy treatment. For more information, visit www.egyptianmagic.com