Made in Budapest

I love a good story; a brand with a good history for me is the icing on a rather delicious cake. Omorovicza, the premium skincare brand from Budapest, has a really rather lovely tale that involves history, a thermal bath, some minerals and a love story.  

"Founders Margaret and Stephen de Heinrich de Omorovicza met in the beautiful city of Budapest. The descendant of a noble Hungarian family, Stephen had been drawn there to explore his roots. Margaret, an American, had been brought to the capital by a diplomatic posting. Relaxing at Budapest’s ancient thermal baths, the couple were amazed by the effect the mineral-rich, healing waters had on their skin. Margaret and Stephen were fascinated by the natural power of these minerals and saw their potential to be harnessed in a remarkable skincare range. Working with a Nobel-prize winning laboratory of dermatology, Omorovicza Cosmetics developed Mineral Cosmetology, a pioneering, patented delivery system that takes mineral skincare to a new level. The Omorovicza product and professional treatment range launched in 2006 at the eponymous spa in Budapest, where the story began."

So the brand was conceptualised in a thermal bath in Budapest - how often can you say that happens? Seriously though, Omorovicza products contain some of the best ingredients to hydrate and revitalise the skin, a lot of which were put to the test by me when I popped into Liberty's to have a mini facial. I had too many products applied to my face to mention, but my two highlights were definitely the black thermal cleansing balm and cleansing milk - both delicately cleansing the skin to leave it revitalised, while the milk also acts to intensely hydrate. What I love about the product range is that it's build to mix and match, picking products that meet a specific need but can also be used in conjunction with another product in a completely different way. You can use the cleansing milks with scrubs and the moisturisers with washes - it's all go in the Ororovicza camp.

I've also been using the soon to be released delicate facial scrub, which is like a microdermabrasion session in a pot. The formula is really thick, but made up of very fine fragments of mineral that work around your face to exfoliate away dead skin cells and build-up. You only need a very small amount of this to use over your entire face, making sure you especially concentrate on your t-zone. The thickness means you can even use it easily in the shower, whereas most scrubs run off your face at even the hint of water. Your face is left feeling clean, fresh and plumped without any dryness or sensitivity. It's delicate enough to use twice a week and will really deliver a great result.

I think this is one brand I'm most definitely going to have to keep my eye on. It's relatively new to the UK and only available in Liberty's or online at the moment, but they have some great products that do the work so you don't have to. It's not cheap, with prices averaging £30-50 per product, but you're getting something that will give you results. Who knew all of this would come out of a hot tub in Budapest?

For more information visit their website.

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