Fresh Crème Ancienne is a $135/oz facial cream that was originally developed in the 2nd century to help heal gladiator wounds. Let’s see. I don’t have much disposable income.
I wasn’t stabbed by a sword, attacked by a tiger and I’m not experiencing chaffing from a metal vest. Do I really need this cream?
I’ve heard good things about it and it’s the only skincare product, that has such a complex back-story that I’m surprised Hollywood hasn’t tried to turn it into a movie.
Besides being derived from the recipe for the world’s first emulsion-based cream and helping gladiators, it's presently produced by monks (in small batches, by hand) in a European monastery.
Fresh says they did this because “monasteries have been the keepers and protectors of knowledge throughout history” and “without them, the original recipe for this balm would not exist today”.
This is like "The Da Vinci Code" of skincare products.
Yes, I do think this is just a big marketing ploy, but damn it’s an entertaining one.
So, does this cream (sorry crème) live up to all the brouhaha?
I applied the crème at night. This stuff is the consistency of lip balm, not exactly a luxurious feeling (but I suppose gladiators didn’t care about that). When I woke up in the AM, my skin did look good. It appeared to be more plump, nicely hydrated, smooth, and my complexion looked clear and milky.
I applied it again the next morning. It was a cold, dry day. By the time I got back to my apartment, a couple of hours later, my skin felt dry and my makeup looked a bit flakey.
This cream reminds me of BeeCeutical's Queen for a Day Cream (except I actually liked BeeCeutical's a lot better and it was a lot cheaper).
So if you have some disposable income and want a facial cream that works nicely, most of the time, and has all the elements of an exciting Dan Brown novel, you can get a free “deluxe” sample (and by "deluxe", they mean by Lilliputians standards) at a Fresh store, while they last.