Egyptian Magic

The Product: Egyptian Magic ($36, Whole Foods) On the market since 1991, this product has a beeswax, honey and royal jelly extract formula that was "used in ancient Egypt as an anti-aging skin cream," or so the label says. The Promise: Label doesn't list any specific uses, but there's that vague suggestion of "magic." The Test Drive: Best cuticle oil of all the products, rubs into the skin the fastest and has an easy-to-control consistency. Too heavy for the hair; it left our locks looking greasy. The Verdict Good for especially dry patches and cuticles, but not as face-friendly as the Eight Hour Cream or as hair-friendly as Problem Salved. Loses major points in the convenience contest. The 4-ounce jar makes it too big to tote around or carry on a plane.
Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times
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