Hungarian born dermatologist Erno Laszlo first introduced his skin care line in 1927 and since has enjoyed a following of the rich and famous with clientele notables such as Audrey Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe and Jackie O to name a few.  Interestingly, my internet research revealed he was the first to formulate sunscreens and to introduce products with a pH balance.  The backbone of his line is the infamous Black Sea Mud Soap, recommended for all skin types and touted as 97% natural on the website.  Dr. Laszlo prescribed an exact skin care regimen that began with cleansing the skin with this soap that even includes these instructions:

“Every Erno Laszlo ritual begins with ‘splashing’ – a water-wash technique that not only cleans, but hydrates, firms and revitalizes the skin.

  1. Fill basin with comfortably hot water.  Dip cleansing bar into water and rub it gently on face.  Then rub the soap bar between the hands and apply lather to entire face.

  2. With cupped hands, splash face 20 times with water over the basin.   Drain basin.

  3. Using clean, running hot water, splash face 10 more times to thoroughly rinse the skin.  Pat with a clean, soft towel.”

At first it seemed odd to provide such exacting instructions on a function as basic as how to wash your face, but I followed the ritual to a ‘T’.   After using the soap for over four weeks, I understand why it has become a mainstay of his line.  It gives that ‘squeaky clean’ feeling without making your skin feel stripped or really taut as many soaps can.  I also believe it has contributed to keeping my oily skin free of breakouts and left it with a fresh appearance.  Using morning and night, the 3 oz travel size ($21, also comes in a 6 oz size for $39.), looks barely used, so it should last for months and therefore proves to be a really inexpensive cleanser.

This is definitely non-gender specific and guys will also find the black and white marbleized travel soap dish (included with the 3 oz size) convenient to pitch in a gym bag or suitcase.  The Black Sea Mud Soap lived up to its claims and I am pleased with how it performed.


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