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This Is the Soap Jackie Kennedy Relied On for Flawless Skin

After all these years, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is still renowned as one of the most beautiful women to fill the role of First Lady. Of course, the grace she carried with her at any public appearance only heightened her natural good looks. Apparently, she also got some help from a particular cleansing bar.

Like many fabulous women of her era, Jackie relied on the Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar (Buy on Sephora, $38) to keep her skin fresh. Other famous fans included Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. “I owe 50 percent of my beauty to my mother,” Hepburn once said, “and the other 50 percent to Erno Laszlo.” The brand’s website also lists Jackie’s husband, John F. Kennedy, as someone who used the soap to clear up acne scars on his back. 

If you’re curious about the name Erno Laszlo, he was a doctor from Budapest who reportedly got his start in the skincare business after curing a Hungarian princess’ acne. Along with the black soap, Laszlo introduced the Double Cleanse method many of us use today. Back in the 1930s, most women simply used cold cream to wipe away their makeup at night. Instead, Laszlo recommended starting with oil to remove grime from pores and following that with the cleansing bar to “stimulate and rejuvenate the face.” 

It’s hard to argue with the results shown on the iconic faces from the past. More recent celebrity fans also include Madonna and Uma Thurman. Reviews on the product website glow as bright as they claim to make your skin appear. One in particular makes sure to follow the soap’s instructions to rinse the suds off with exactly 30 splashes of water. “At the end, my skin feels refreshed, tightened, and looks great.” On the other hand, another reviewer claimed that the product only worked for them at first before eventually finding more blemishes break out than they had before they started using it. With that in mind, it’s best to always test a small area of skin when using any new product.

Hopefully it will work as well for us as it did for Jackie O. (and Audrey and Marilyn)! 

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