Egyptian Magic Skin Cream: A Multitude of Uses for This Multifaceted Potion

Published in: Beauty Tips, Guest Post, Skin Care

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Positively magical…

Typically, I do everything I can to remove grease and oil from my face. At 25, with adult acne and a slew of medications to combat it, I never thought I’d actually slather my face with anything oil based. I’ve tried coconut oil, as well as oil-based cleansers, and they never seemed to perform any magic.

Egyptian Magic, on the other hand, might have a few tricks up its sleeve. Containing only six ingredients, the cult beauty favorite has been around since the early ’90s, and it’s easy to see why it’s become such a must-have item.


My first impressions upon investigation were that it did seem very similar in the style of packaging to Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap (with the prayers and simple fonts). The red font, coupled with the blue and white background, screams drugstore product, but EM seems to fall somewhere in the middle. Price/size wise, I would have to call it “lower to middle high end,” with a 2-oz. jar ringing in at $26 and a 4-oz. jar coming in just under $40 (though you can also purchase it at drugstores).

Egyptian Magic Skin Cream

Touted as an “all-purpose skin cream,” Egyptian Magic contains six ingredients that are said to be identical to a formula found in ancient tombs. While I’m not sure of that, I am sure that this formulation is somewhat of a miracle worker when it comes to difficult skin.

Here are just a few of the different ways I’ve used it over the past two weeks:

As an eyebrow tamer and conditioner

Seriously, I don’t know what possessed me to put this on my eyebrows, but something told me, “Marcy, put it on your damn brows. It’ll do them good.” And it did. I found that just dabbing my finger in the cream and applying before bed left my brows silky and soft (all the better for filling, my dear).

Note: it looks slightly wet if applied too heavily.

As a cuticle cream

This was sort of a “duh” moment for me. Applying EM to my cuticles daily and letting it sink in (5-10 minutes) is like heaven for my constant hangnails. I typically do so before bed, but if you have to during the day, it won’t make too much of a mess.

A moisturizer

A few times during testing I found myself without my regular moisturizer, or that I had forgotten my moisturizer. I was also moving at this time, and at one point, all of my products, except this one, which was in my purse, were packed away. Enter Egyptian Magic. Slathered on my face and properly rubbed in, I could go about my day without looking greasy. I didn’t exactly look matte, but I didn’t look overly oily, you get me?

A spot treatment

Also packed away were my acne treatments. Dabbing this on any problem areas has kept the few spots that have reared their ugly heads (literally) away for the last few days. Stress zits are real, ya’ll, especially when you stay up until 5 a.m. on the day your lease ends moving the last of your possessions (and your terrified cats).


To relieve hives/allergic reactions

I have a severe mold allergy, and due to some wayward mushrooms I found myself with a tiny patch of hives. This product did the trick better than the prescription cream an allergist (that I spent potentially hundreds on) prescribed me. Additionally, my boyfriend had a strange allergic reaction at this time, resulting in red welts on his arms, and rubbing a little bit of EM on his arms daily helped the itching.

As a lip balm

The first thing I thought of to apply this as was a lip balm. NYC winters and the winds that come with them can be extra harsh, and up until a few days ago, it was mighty cold around here. When I applied the cream to my lips, it was slightly exfoliating at first (TMI, that might have just been because of all the dead skin on my lips), and then came the pillowy softness and the realization, IS THIS WHAT SOFT LIPS FEEL LIKE? Applying this before bed and after a lip scrub will have you ready for any lipstick.

(Here’s a more comprehensive list of the product’s possible uses.)

All in all, I thoroughly enjoy this product. The only thing I own that is similar that I have enjoyed is Lush’s Ultrabalm. For $14.95 for 1.4 oz., it’s just slightly more expensive per ounce than the 4-oz. jar of Egyptian Magic. While Ultrabalm is vegan, I feel it doesn’t have as many uses as its contender. EM is a thoroughly universal product that anyone can find a practical use for.

Marcella Yakalis

Marcella Yakalis is a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn, New York, with two cats, one snake, and one very patient boyfriend. She writes about family, relationships, and oppressive retail culture. She can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.


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  1. Chelsea says:

    I was so sad I couldn’t use this on my super dry face, it broke me out like crazy (as do a lot of products tbh). Great for hands, body, nails, etc, though!

  2. Adrienne says:

    Costco has a multi pack of this stuff for $40 it comes with a 4 oz. jar a 2 oz. jar and a .25 oz. jar. It’s a pretty good deal and I brought the tiny jar with me on a weekend vacation. I used it as face cream, to remove waterproof makeup and as a kind of pomade on the ends of my hair to make my curling wand waves more piecey and defined. Good stuff! I also haven’t gotten my winter dry patches since I started using it as night cream

  3. Subita says:

    Do you find this similar to Elizabeth Arden’s 8 hour magic cream in its purposes?
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  4. Allison C says:

    I’ve seen this at Costco lately in the larger size. I wish they had a travel size ‘coz I’d love to try it out without making a big commitment
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  5. Chris25 says:

    I am thoroughly intriqued! A product like this could really simplify one’s beauty routine.
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  6. Amy says:

    Thank you for the helpful post. I would really appreciate if you also include a photo of the cream itself, to show the texture.

  7. Sakura says:

    Thanks for the review! I always wondered about this product. I love natural products. I’ve heard good things about this one. The only thing that has stopped me from buying it is that I don’t like the jar packaging, but I guess that I could always transfer it to a pump.

  8. Adia says:

    I love products like this! This is like the moisturizer version of Dr Bonner’s soap (which I use for *everything*).

  9. Erin says:

    I’m also allergic to mold! I’ve never used it but my go to is a combo of fresh aloe and Sea Buckthorn! I should get my hands on it at some point to try.
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  10. Iris says:

    This sounds like it’d be great for my allergic skin reactions. I looked up locations on their widget and my city has it! I’ll be trying it soon.

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