The name Erno Laszlo isn’t one with which everyone is familiar. Your grandmom or mom have probably heard of it, or even aspired to use his luxurious skin-coddling products as they watched the likes of Audrey Hepburn extol his virtues. Audrey Hepburn?
All of the following information comes from Erno Laszlo’s website.
Dr. Erno Laszlo was a Hungarian dermatologist who studied under Max Joseph, the “father” of dermatology. He’s reported to have helped heal Hungary’s Princess Stephanie’s acne, and the beginnings of his catering to the elite were made. Laszlo first brought his products to market in 1927 New York City with the opening of his Erno Laszlo Institute.
Dr. Erno Laszlo was a Hungarian dermatologist who studied under Max Joseph, the “father” of dermatology. He’s reported to have helped heal Hungary’s Princess Stephanie’s acne, and the beginnings of his catering to the elite were made. Lazslo first brought his products to the US market in 1939 on 5th Avenue in New York City with the opening of his Erno Laszlo Institute (which is still open today!).
What you might not realize, is that Dr. Lazslo is said to be credited with inventing the “double cleanse”. While most women of his time would remove their makeup with cold cream and be done with it, Laszlo’s experience treating acne and other skin conditions taught him that there should be TWO steps.
Thus, Dr. Laszlo created his famous two-step system that began with an oil and ended with a cleansing bar soap. While his original step included one type of oil and one type of very famous, black, bar soap, the Erno Laszlo line has since expanded.
In the fall of 2016, Erno Laszlo introduced an additional four pairings of oils and bar soaps that cater to different skincare concerns.
Instead of one oil and one cleansing bar to suit everyone’s needs, Erno Laszlo is realizing that Millennials want customization. We realize that one size does not fit all, especially when it comes to our skincare needs.
These are the OGs. The super famous black bar of soap and oil that celebs like Marliyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Greta Garbo used.
I think it’s pretty cool to learn one of the suspected origins of double cleansing, but I’m not so sure I’m sold on the bar-soap-for-my-face concept. The first ingredient in almost all of the bar soaps is sodium palmate. According to Paula’s Choice (a great website for descriptions on any skincare or makeup ingredient, by the way!), sodium palmate has a very alkaline pH, used as a detergent, and can be very drying. Think of it like a sulfate.
This is typically the problem with bar soaps, and, sadly, this famous black soap isn’t exempt. The only bars that DON’T have sodium palmate are the Detoxifying Cleansing Bar.
The oils are typically less problematic, as they’re just the first step and will be further washed off; but the bar soap is the real issue.
Not to mention, these babies are PRICEY. A full-size oil will run you about $58 for a 3.4oz bottle. WHAT? And the cleansing bars cost a whopping $38. While both prices are a bit insane, at least the bar soap would last you a while. Again, however, that bar soap has a strong likelihood of being rather harsh on your skin. So that $38 price tag looks even less appealing.
Overall, cool history, but I think the ingredients list needs a bit more work before I’ll drop that much money on a cleansing routine!