About Meaningful Beauty
Meaningful Beauty is a line of anti-aging facial skin care products that promises its secret antioxidants, derived from a rare melon, will deliver Cindy Crawford's glowing complexion to users in just four short weeks. In fact, Meaningful Beauty was created by Dr. Sebagh, Cindy’s French dermatologist, after he’d gained notoriety for the treatments that she credited for her gorgeous skin.
About a decade ago when the American supermodel teamed up with her doctor to make a serum promising secret ingredients that could slow down the signs of aging, ladies perked up with interest. The duo wanted to create a product line based on the treatments Sebagh was famous for using, and designed Meaningful Beauty to be a quality skincare regimen, which could effectively help women feel beautiful on any budget.
The Meaningful Beauty Promise
The Meaningful Beauty product line promises to help your skin look younger, both now and in the future by:
- Helping to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Adding radiance and brightening your complexion
- Preserving your skin's existing youthful vibrancy
- Protecting your skin from environmental aggression and free radical damage
Meaningful Beauty’s promises touch on everything a woman wants to improve about their skin as we age. Additionally, the site claims that if their products are used as directed, results will be visible in as little as four weeks.
But is there any evidence to support these claims and show that Meaningful Beauty products are worth the price? Consider the following:
The Magical Melon in Meaningful Beauty
The makers of Meaningful Beauty claim the key to their products’ restorative abilities is a proprietary ingredient named superoxide dismutase, or SOD.
Not dirt, but close. They claim SOD is a super-antioxidant cultivated from rare melons grown only in remote areas of Southern France. Meaningful Beauty’s site goes on to claim SOD is ”one of the most powerful antioxidants known to science.”
An internet search for “Southern France Melon” however, revealed the not-so-rare Charentais melon, or the French cantaloupe, to be a source of SOD. In an article separate from their site, Dr. Sebagh claimed this rare French melon attracted attention because it stays fresher and firmer longer than other varieties.
The site goes on to say that superoxide dismutase packs an extra powerful punch because it contains a “first generation antioxidant which preliminary studies suggest prevents the formation of new free radical species.”
Meaningful Beauty isn’t all SOD, however, and the other ingredients raised some concern, as they aren’t listed anywhere on the site.
There was a brief Meaningful Beauty scare that still resonates in some reviews, where consumers spoke out about the ingredient Cyclopentasiloxane as a possible “cancer causing agent”. Cyclopentasiloxane is a lightweight, silky silicone compound that is widely used as an emollient and conditioner in skin and hair products. While it has been known to cause cancer in female rats, there is no evidence that the chemical compound carries the same risk to humans, and the rumor has since been refuted both in Amazon reviews and blog posts.
What You Get
For $39.95 plus shipping and handling, you can purchase a 30 day kit, which includes a five piece system and three bonus gifts. The package includes:
- Crème de Sérum
- Skin Softening Cleanser
- Antioxidant Day Crème
- Brightening Décolleté/Neck Treatment
- Lifting Eye Crème – Advanced Formula
- Travel Size Glowing Serum
- Cleansing Spinning Brush
- Wrinkle Smoothing Capsules - Advanced Formula
For those interested in making a bigger investment, for $149.85, you can purchase a 90-day supply of Meaningful Beauty, which includes an additional two products:
- Glowing Serum
- Eye Enhancing Serum
What If You Don’t Like It?
Unlike other infomercial products, Meaningful Beauty does address its return promise right off the bat. In short, if you aren’t completely satisfied with your Meaningful Beauty products, containers can be returned within 60 days of receipt, and a full refund of the purchase price (minus shipping and handling) will be issued, even if the bottles are empty.
Our Meaningful Beauty 2 Month Test
We tested the Meaningful Beauty kit to see if it delivers on its promises:
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How Are Consumers Reviewing Meaningful Beauty?
Meaningful Beauty has been around for nearly a decade, so there are quite a bit of reviews to pull from. We searched through YouTube and Amazon reviews and found that, while opinions on Meaningful Beauty varied as widely as the reviewer’s skin types, there were a few consistencies in these reviews that are worth noting:
- Skin Softening Cleanser - Multiple Meaningful Beauty reviews stated that they were surprised by the consistency of this product. It’s a creamy liquid that doesn’t foam as most cleansers do, which made some users feel like it didn’t remove makeup as efficiently. Those who used the product for longer periods stated it was non-irritating and helped make their skin feel softer.
- Brightening Décolleté/Neck Treatment - Some users delighted in the luxury of having a separate neck cream, while others complained about the extra step. It appears that the product is rather thick and sticky and takes some extra time to sink in.
- Lifting Eye Crème - Comments say that while this product feels nice, is non-irritating, and absorbs quickly, it makes a little-to-no noticeable difference in eye skin for those who consider their eyes a “problem area”.
- Antioxidant Day Crème & Crème de Sérum - Meant to be used during day and night, respectively, these two moisturizing products are the heart of the Meaningful Beauty product line. They are reported to make skin feel silky, which may be the result of a silicone additive, which caused such concern in Amazon reviews. Those users with dry skin reported being pleased with these moisturizing products, while the reviews from those with normal or combination skin reported moderate to heavy breakouts after extended use.
One last note regarding the reviews: There are enough comments to raise a red flag about consumers experiencing difficulty when attempting to stop their automatic monthly charges, either due to:
- Being charged for the 3-month supply when they’d only ordered the smaller package,
- Having negative experiences with customer service, or
- Not receiving their packages at all.
These reviews may be worth noting if you're considering purchasing Meaningful Beauty products.
Bottom Line: How Meaningful Is Meaningful Beauty?
Meaningful Beauty attempts to address one concern many women have in common: How to proactively fight the visible signs of aging skin. Beyond that, their line doesn’t seem to address individual skin types, product preferences or even allergies. For that reason alone, it seems Meaningful Beauty’s promise is a little less potent.
If you have dry skin and sensitivity to harsher chemical ingredients, such as retinoids like this YouTube reviewer, Meaningful Beauty products may prove to be a luxurious addition to your daily routine. It’s thick, rich creams and serums seem designed to create a feeling of beauty; as much during application as after prolonged used.
However, if your skin has ever been prone to breakouts like this user, the softening ingredients in Meaningful Beauty may cause clogged pores and irritation.
Meaningful Beauty products seem to please those users who delight in the ritual and process of skin cream application, but the general consensus among Amazon reviews is that those “rare melon” enzymes don’t seem potent enough to provide results consistent with their claims. Additionally, those looking for a noticeable difference in their current skin texture, and not just promises of prevention, are likely better off consulting a dermatologist for individualized recommendations and care.
14 out 14 people found this review helpful
Don't waste your money.
I ordered Meaningful Beauty during a weak moment and what a waste of money. It was very obvious that the customer call center reps go by a script and bombard you with so many "special" offers that you almost must argue with them just to place your original order. That should have been my first red flag.
I used all of the products faithfully and followed the instructions that were given to the letter. After finishing up all of the products, I saw absolutely no change at all. It is sinful that someone that has as much wealth as Cindy Crawford and a small parade of her "movie star" pals would take advantage of the average woman. It’s truly despicable.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
1 out 7 people found this review helpful
Over the years I've tried just about every anti-aging product on the market. I'm nearing 60 and had begun to see the signs of aging around my eyes, mouth and neck.
Without telling anyone that I had ordered Meaningful Beauty, I thought I'd give it a try and see if there were any noticeable improvement in my skin. The best way to find out if it's not your imagination is to allow family and friends to comment one way or another after some time has passed.
As it turned out, there was an amazing improvement in all the areas I mentioned earlier. A friend of my daughter's told me I looked younger than the last time she saw me (approximately 6 month ago) and wanted to know what I was doing differently.
My youngest daughter said she couldn't believe how much smoother and wrinkle free my under eyes looked and my neighbor wanted to know how I was eliminating the lines around my mouth.
Yes, the product makes your skin feel amazing and look much healthier. But when I start getting responses from people who normally wouldn't say anything - then I know it does what they claim it will. I'm a firm believer in giving a new product several months before passing judgment. For some of us, it takes longer for the improvement to reveal themselves. I was one of the lucky ones. Those improvements revealed themselves almost instantly.
So thank you Cindy Crawford. I may not have skin that looks as amazing as yours, but you don't mind spreading the wealth and giving us all a chance to look and feel younger.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friendView all 1 commentsHide comments
Jan 16, 2016
This review sounds suspiciously like it might have been written by a representative of the product or paid reviewer.
17 out 18 people found this review helpful
Don't bother buying
First of all, the ordering process was extremely confusing. The customer service rep was adding things on and not explaining anything. When I received the products, I realized that the "secret melon" was not the main ingredient as indicated and it wasn't even listed on most the products. I did the regimen exactly how the instruction card said.
The second morning, I had huge, red, painful bumps all over my face. I looked like I had chicken pox. It was terrible. I called to complain and they have customer service reps specifically for that red, bump problem. They did refund my money after having to call a few times. I have found much better (and cheaper) products at the drugstore that work better and make my skin feel a lot better.
I cannot believe Cindy Crawford would put her name on this product. I read an old article where she admitted to having plastic surgery anyway. She should be ashamed.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
13 out 13 people found this review helpful
Made wrinkles more profound
I tried the supposedly awesome product endorsed by the beautiful Cyndi Crawford and used it as instructed and within a week noticed the wrinkles got deeper and my inner self lost out here because I kept thinking it would get better. NOT! I called customer service which was helpful and said they never heard of this complaint before and sent a few free products to me which did not fix the damage. I called back said to cancel the order and the account and low and behold what arrives, yep more products that damaged my face previously. So called them back and actually had it canceled. Beware of using this, please don't end up like me.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend