Egyptian Magic – Backstage Beauty Buy!

Egyptian Magic - Backstage Beauty Buy!  I keep seeing this cropping up in various ‘backstage beauty secret’ articles so I thought I’d give it a whirl. You know how I like my balms! First point to note: this says it’s a cream, but it’s most definitely a balm. Anything that is almost solid but then melts down to an oily consistency is, in my opinion, a balm. If something is creamy, then it’s a cream. These days oils are serums and balms are creams, creams are lotions, glosses are balms – it’s all terribly, terribly confusing!

So, Egyptian Magic, backstage beauty secret. Used on the dry patches of all of the world’s runway models – a fact that I have just semi-made-up and one that I can’t verify, not being a runway model. I’ll ask around.

Some at home uses: scaly shins, dry hands, brittle cuticles, chapped lips, grazed skin. It’s quite a basic formula with an olive oil and beeswax base, but there’s added bee pollen, Royal Jelly and honey and it’s free from added fragrances and colourings. It’s a good option for those wanting a very plain balm, but at £22.95 I would expect the packaging to be a little more sophisticated! I suppose that this type of design does have its charms, but it feels a little bit ‘drugstore’ or ‘wholesale warehouse’ for my liking. I’d quite like it to be in a heavy gold and black pyramid pot! (Egyptian Magic – if you’d like to collaborate on this re-design, you can contact me any day! Can we have it play a tune when the lid comes off? Walk like an Egyptian perhaps?)

I’m working through lots of balms at the moment – quite literally ’embalming’ myself, so I’m getting quite au fait with the various textures and blends. This one is one of the simplest so far, but for many people that’ll be a bonus – lots of people are sensitive to essential oils and added fragrances, and Egyptian Magic has neither of these in the formula. I have been using it all week as a base for my matte lipstick – it absorbs just enough to allow for good lipstick application but it still provides quite long-lasting moisture. Used as a lip balm, this pot would last into the next millennium!

You can buy Egyptian Magic at Beauty Bay here for £22.95

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  1. ceeeee!
    November 15, 2011 / 7:33 am

    Hi Ruth, love your blog… Have you ever tried Moa green balm? I keep hearing people rave about it and I’m curious to know what you think?

    • Charlie
      September 23, 2013 / 9:48 pm

      Hi Ruth would love you to review The Green Balm at some stage…please get in touch! Charlie at Moa x

  2. November 15, 2011 / 10:29 am

    Thank you Ruth, everyone has been raving about this for removing make up.

    Good to know It is not that amazing!!!
    Looking forward for your balm reviews


    • Ruth
      November 15, 2011 / 3:22 pm

      @Konstantina hmm, removing makeup?! That’s quite a good idea!! I must try that! Please don’t get the impression that I don’t like the balm, I just think that it’s nice and simple! xx

  3. Maria Jose
    November 15, 2011 / 10:31 am

    From your description, could you say it’s similar to Elisabeth Arden Eight Hours Cream? The seem to have similar textures, as EA is claim to be a cream but from what i’ve seen it seems a balm.

    • Ruth
      November 15, 2011 / 3:21 pm

      @Maria Jose no, EA in the tube is quite soft and stickyish, the Eg Magic is solid and then oily when melted! xx EA 8 hr STINKS! x

  4. Daisy
    November 15, 2011 / 11:16 am

    Is it possible to apply it over makeup when you have dry patches? Or does it ruin your foundation?

    • Ruth
      November 15, 2011 / 3:20 pm

      @Daisy I would apply beneath and allow to settle before applying makeup! x

  5. Chris
    November 15, 2011 / 2:03 pm

    I’ve used this for a while, and love it! It is quite popular at Wholefoods in the US. I really only use it during the winter and the tub does last a very long time, even using it on the legs. It is really healing on chapped lips as well. The lack of scent and taste is a huge bonus.

  6. November 15, 2011 / 2:40 pm

    Hmm interesting! Would think it was quite cheap judging from its packaging. Is it about as made in Morrocco as Morroccanoil? I am looking for a dupe, actually. Even despite my love affair with it. But it has got silicone in it, and that is very taboo, so.

    I totally agree on pimping this with heavy gold pyramid details. How about a sarcophagus applicator?! Some holy cats, perhaps? When the sphinx is pushed – Egyption Magic comes oozing out of the mummified crocodiles! … Let’s not get carried away.

    • Ruth
      November 15, 2011 / 3:20 pm

      @Tora HAHA!!!!!!! Let’s make our own version in a pyramid! RE Moroccanoil, have you tried Phyto products? They do a serum and a hair cream that are both silicon free. And v nice.. x

  7. Tensy
    November 15, 2011 / 3:44 pm

    I love Egyptian Magic! I use it every night as an eye cream and rub it on my lashes and brows as a conditioner. In the middle of winter, when it gets very dry, I use it as a face moisturizer and hand cream. It is somewhat similar to EA eight hour cream without the horrid smell. It lasts forever. With all my uses it has lasted close to a year. In the US it has a huge following, started when Madonna hailed it as her go to moisturizer.

    • Ruth
      November 15, 2011 / 4:38 pm

      @Tensy as an eye cream! I’m loving all of these suggestions – I’m going to be slathered in the stuff come tomorrow! xx

  8. November 15, 2011 / 4:33 pm

    Ruth, I agree with you on the price and the packaging needing to be more lux. Listen up Eg Magic! Any thoughts on if it would be good on oily/combination skin prone to acne (ie: me). I’m starting to get the wintery dry patches in spots and my regular moisturizer is just not cutting it.

    • Ruth
      November 15, 2011 / 4:38 pm

      @Katie what moisturiser are you using? xx

  9. November 15, 2011 / 5:04 pm

    @Ruth, a cheap American drugstore brand Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer Oil-Free. Definitely looking to upgrade.

    • Ruth
      November 15, 2011 / 6:40 pm

      @Katie hmmmm. It’s probably drying out the top layer of your skin whilst underneath it’s actually combo/oily? That happened a lot with mine at one point. Have a look at Alpha-H’s range and also Paula’s Choice, it sounds like you need to rebalance your skin so don’t use ultra-harsh cleansers etc. Take a look at my skincare routine video (type into search box) and see if anything I say sounds familiar for your skin! xx

  10. November 15, 2011 / 6:23 pm

    We’ve been using this for about 15 years in my family and I can tell you that it works quite well at preventing & fading scars. Although, I think that it costs more than I think it should or would like it to.

  11. November 15, 2011 / 6:47 pm

    @Ruth Thanks so much!

  12. Veronica
    November 15, 2011 / 9:15 pm

    I recentlu subscribed to amodelrecommends. I just want to say i think you are amazing and obviously gorgeous. That you take the time to inform us and answer questions is amazing. Thanks so much and i hope you never stop, you’re great at all you do! :)

    • Ruth
      November 15, 2011 / 9:36 pm

      @Veronica thanks, much appreciated! xx

  13. Sue
    November 15, 2011 / 10:54 pm

    Used to be said that EA 8hr was originally formulated for EA’s horses’ hooves! Perhaps untrue, but could explain the stink, as it was originally hoof shine xxx

  14. November 16, 2011 / 12:17 am

    So happy to see you’ve done a review on this – I’ve been thinking about buying it for a while but always held back considering the price. Although knowing me I would probably definitely invest in one if the pot sang ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’ at me! Haha, love your blog Ruth!
    Chloe x

  15. Tory D
    November 16, 2011 / 9:05 am

    Ruth, how would you compare this to the EA 8h creme? And does it clogs pores, as it is something with oil?

    • Ruth
      November 16, 2011 / 10:00 pm

      @Tory it’s thicker in its standard state than EA but its pretty much odourless, which is handy. Everything with oiliness tends to sit in the pores, I find, so personally (with my combi skin!) I would just use on lips, chapped skin and very dry patches! xx

  16. Mary
    November 16, 2011 / 3:11 pm

    Sounds kinda like Lucas Paw Paw Ointment; it’s amazing for everything like a hair wax straight after swimming at the beach, eye cream, lip and skin conditioner, mozzie bites, cuts and grazes, blisters, chaffing, cuticle conditioner, eye lash conditioner, sunburn, nappy rash. It is definitely in everyone’s handbag and very much worth the AU$5 a tube!

    • stella
      March 5, 2017 / 11:33 am

      that has petroleum in it though

  17. Jan
    November 16, 2011 / 9:13 pm

    I have always had this on my radar but have to agree that the packaging is a bit basic, maybe it is how I am feeling today as I dare say tomorrow I would sing its utilitarianness. Nice to know I am not the only one who cannot get past the EA 8hr all pervading stench. To the person asking about MOA balm again another very strong smelling balm – this time Vicks comes to mind and again I couldn’t get beyond that and I love Vicks. Sorry Ruth bit of a random comment/rant x

    • Ruth
      November 16, 2011 / 9:55 pm

      @Jan thanks – no not random at all! I didn’t like MOA but must give it a fairer trial at some point! x

  18. November 17, 2011 / 6:00 am

    Thanks so much for this post, Ruth! I’ve been wondering about this product, and it’s always nice to hear from a guru like yourself. :) I’ve heard it being used as a makeup remover and an all over face balm for night time. Was wondering if you think it’d break someone out who has combo skin?

    • Ruth
      November 17, 2011 / 10:55 am

      @Jess I can only speak for myself, but I have started avoiding very heavy things at night on my combination skin. I think it’s best to leave a little ‘breathing’ time overnight, on most night’s anyway! I go to town during the day though – I pile everyhting on! x

  19. Roharna
    November 17, 2011 / 11:15 am

    Hiya Ruth I heard you mentioning about phyto hair care products I am currently using moroccan oil which I honestly think is over priced and useless considering there is such as small amount of the oil in the product however I refuse to waste it. Would u reccomend using phyto instead or is it just the same as any other serum claiming to be natural I have really curly hair with blonde highlights. Your feedback would be appreciated.

    • Ruth
      November 17, 2011 / 11:41 am

      @Roharna there are some nice laternatives to Moroccanoil, I’m testing them at the moment. I shall post a video on them soon! Very soon! xx

  20. November 19, 2011 / 7:26 pm

    Thanks for the review, Ruth! I have heard countless things about this – being a “celeb and model favorite” and all – and didn’t really believe the hype. But I’ve been seeing it featured A LOT recently so now I think I might have to try it! (Also agree with you on the packaging, way too plain for me.)

    xx Renee

  21. Nicole
    May 4, 2012 / 12:29 am

    Just to add my 5 cents worth, I have heard about this product, but you can’t buy it here in NZ apart from via Amazon, Fishpond etc…and then the P+H costs more than the product! Crazy.
    So, I use Trilogy Everything Balm. Its made from different kinds of oils, e.g. coconut, marula, and it smells divine. You can also use it for everything that has been suggested so far. I’ve also heard great things about Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment, My sister used it for her babies as a nappy cream and my daughters use it as a lip gloss. They all love it. Both of these products are way more economical than Egyptian Magic is for Kiwis.

  22. kate
    February 12, 2013 / 12:47 pm

    Hi,I have heard lots of great things about this product but wonder does it actually work to moisturise deep down or does it sit on top of the skin? I have very very dry skin where it can wrinkly if i smile as its so tight. I find EA 8HR cream to just sit on top and provides a barrier more than anything else. Also started to look like im getting crepy looking skin round eye socket- is there anything you can recommnd?

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