13 January 2009

Beauty and the Priests.

In a Czech Monastery two hours outside Prague, Monks toil over an ancient skincare recipe once used to heal the wounds of gladiators. I find the story behind this moisturizer quite fascinating. I have not yet tried it so I cannot determine whether or not it is Most Excellent. However, beauty critics have given this luxury moisturizer high marks. Ranging in price from $135.00 for a 1 oz. porcelain jar to $250.00 for a 3.5 oz. jar, Fresh Crème Ancienne is an ultra rich, remarkable cream that instantly re-hydrates, increases moisture retention, smoothes and plumps, increases elasticity and firmness, rejuvenates, repairs, and provides environmental protection to dehydrated skin on the face and body. Works for all types of skin. The modern formulation is inspired by the work of Claudius Galenus (Galen), a 2nd century scientist and physician who developed the first known skincare cream and used it as salve to treat burns and wounds, Crème Ancienne combines the core ingredients of Galenus' formula: rosewater, beeswax, and borax with modern day ingredients like, chamomile wax, meadowfoam oil, and vitamin E. In order to preserve the legacy, craftsmanship, and spirit of this formulation, small batches are prepared entirely by hand in a monastery, with each jar taking up to two days to produce.