Hungary’s Holy Waters, A Blessing For Your Skin
The tale of Hungarian skincare line Omorovicza is a love story between an American diplomat (Margaret), a Hungarian nobleman (Stephen), and their mutual adoration for Budapest’s famed thermal baths. After a courtship that brought the couple to the hundreds of natural hot springs in and around the city, they were so taken with the mineral waters’ effects on their skin that they sought out scientists from the Hungarian Laboratory of Dermatology (famous for its Nobel Prize-winning discovery of how vitamin C can enhance the bio-availability of minerals) to teach them about the waters’ unique dermatological properties. The result of this joint passion was a marriage and the subsequent creation of Mineral Cosmetology, a concept that lies at the core of the face and body collection the duo launched two years ago. Named after a Hungarian town given to Stephen’s family by the Austrian emperor, Omorovicza is unique in its formulations (standout products like their Thermal Cleansing Balm, Complexion Enhancer, and Deep Cleansing Mask utilize the benefits of the sedimentary rock-rich waters from the region’s Carpathian basin), not to mention completely free of parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic colors, and fragrances. There’s a flagship spa in Budapest where the couple has devised luxurious, Omorovicza-based treatments, but if you can’t make it to Hungary anytime soon, Stephen and Margaret de Heinrich de Omorovicza send a troop of their home-grown aestheticians to Bergdorf’s and select Neiman Marcus stores once a quarter to do facials. The next trip is scheduled for the end of November and beginning of December. We highly suggest you mark your calendars now.