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Dept of daft: Borba Skin Balance Water

January 20, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 10 Comments
There is an ad running for Borba in New York Magazine that says "drink your way to beautiful skin". I promptly went to and discovered that you can buy the pack of products pictured above for the bargain price of $100 (as opposed to $140). That's right $100 for water. Oh OK, it has vitamins added.

Borba was originally launched in 2005 with a range of different vitamin concoctions so that you could buy a bottle of  water that will serve a specific function, such as firming or age-defying. I laughed out loud when I saw Borba in a drug store and since thought it had died a well-deserved death. But no, Anheuser-Busch has bought the company - the maker of Budweiser (honestly, you can't make this stuff up) - and has injected it with new marketing dollars.

Jumping on the "water makes you beautiful" bandwagon is Pepsi, which is marketing a skin care range under its Aquafina bottled water brand.

In case you get tempted, get a life. The idea that vitamins in water will give you firm skin is hooey. There isn't even much compelling scientific evidence, as I pointed out in another post, that the old adage of drinking eight cups of water a day is the best moisturizer you can have.
  • May 29, 2009

    by copley

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  • May 28, 2009

    by Penny Grace

    Borba sounded like the best thing ever formulated. Oh, if only it was that easy to make one's skin glow with health and beauty. However, just drinking our natural gift of water and eating balanced and healthy food, with good exercise and taking the correct amount of vitamins DOES EVEN A BETTER JOB for the beauty we all seek. Count me in to the natural healthy way to beauty and remove me from the crowd wanting it all from a bottle of Borba.

  • May 28, 2009

    by Thuy Doan

    I guess it is convenience at a cost. I'll have to admit it has all the best ingredients when it comes to skin and aging...I'm just curious how much of a difference with all the added vitamins and antioxidant compare to taking vitamin tablets. What if I'm taking vitamin capsules but powdered that still not as effective as supplements through a juice?? That would be the same thing as blending in the powdered capsule with juice....

  • May 27, 2009

    by Elyse

    Everyone in the beauty business knows there's one born every minute...

  • May 27, 2009

    by Sandra

    Oh, please. How is this better than drinking water, taking supplements, and eating a healthy diet? I'll spend my money on something beneficial. Daft, indeed.

  • May 27, 2009

    by Beatriz

    The tap water in my city tates much bettar than mineral water. Well, It is said that is the best water in my country, Spain.

  • May 27, 2009

    by Katya

    Seems like it would be cheaper to regularly take your vitamins. Can't see what the added value is.

  • January 21, 2008

    by MiamiMama

    <p>didnt know anything about Budweiser, but dont knock it 'till you try it. I was a serious skeptic, as I regularly drank my fill of water (tap and filtered) before and it wasnt 'till I started Borba that my skin noticeably cleared up. sorry, just my two cents worth...and yes, perhaps I do have a little more expendable money, but worth it!</p>

  • January 20, 2008

    by Marta

    <p>And so much greener.</p>

  • January 20, 2008

    by Face Natural

    <p>All you need is a good water filter and tap water is fine.</p>

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