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.”

Other Ingredients

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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”.
  4. 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. On our personal opinion, 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 appear to 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, in our opinion, 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.

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24 Consumer Reviews for Meaningful Beauty

Average Consumer Rating: 1.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 2 4 star: 0 3 star: 2 2 star: 1 1 star:  19
Bottom Line: 13% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Deceitful company

    I placed an order for the Beyond Essentials Kit 30-Day Supply for my sister who is in a rehab facility in Seattle (she had a major traffic accident in April 2017). I didn't see ANYWHERE on the online order page that this was going to be a recurring order and to my surprise see a charge for $48.38 on my bank account today.

    I called to cancel the order and was grilled about how my sister likes the product and can't we transfer order/account/credit card to her. She does not have any credit cards and is not in a position to return the product (she's in Seattle, I live in Florida), so I'm stuck with TWO more payments for a total of around $170 that I did NOT AUTHORIZE.

    This is VERY deceitful and disappointing. I do not like being taken advantage of and even if I or my sister LOVE this product, would never order again or recommend.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    I LOVE this product!

    • South Lake Tahoe, CA,
    • Apr 18, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Hello. I have been using the MB line for over five years now. I use the eye cream, day cream, and serum daily. I am 42 years old and it took me a long time to find a product that works this well for me. This product line makes me look younger and my skin feels amazing. I have sensitive skin and eyes, these creams are non-oily, light, and makes my skin supple and hydrated without any irritation. I think the price is very reasonable compared for example to Avon, and the results are far more better. Thank you, Cindy, for sharing your secret! I was not paid to write this review; this is just my honest opinion.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Pushy sales

    • Illinois,
    • Apr 5, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered the $39.95 + shipping Easter weekend TV special. The lady went on and on and would not stop talking. She was a high-pressure sales Asian lady. This alone was a turn-off and made me feel the product should speak for itself. Nope, she explained it's set up on an auto-renewal if you don't call to cancel within the first 5 days or when you receive your order, which is exactly what I plan to do. That number is 800-927-0047. If the product is as good as advertised, I will re-order on my own timeframe from Amazon. As of yet, I will not recommend.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 15 out 15 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    I ordered two starter kits, not an auto-refill. I was not impressed with the product. Thirty days later I get a box with a bill for over $170 plus. I called and told them I didn't order anything else, and I was told I was put on auto-refill. I checked my Visa account and there is another $170 plus for the second kit, which I have not received in the mail, which I will be returning at my expense. I don't spend $170 plus in a whole year for lotion or makeup. Not a nice way to take advantage of customers.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 15 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    I purchased product in December 2017 and received it days later as expected. I was automatically signed up for reoccurring product and billed again in January, February and March. I never received items for the last three months and did not want reoccurring items. When you order this product you will be signed up for continual shipments and there is no option on the website to cancel. You have to call to cancel the shipments.

    The practice is deceiving and not something that is made known to you until you start receiving bills for product you didn't order.

    When I visit the website the order details for February and March don't even show up, however, the bill shows up on my credit card.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 26 out 28 people found this review helpful

    Automatic stealing money from clients

    Meaningful Beauty/Guthy-Renker steals money from clients who ordered once! I did not sign up for an auto shipping! But they steal money automatically from your account! This is soooo ridiculous! All the comments I’ve read are true. I was too late reading the comments because I just ordered once, but I’m not worried before because I never signed up for auto shipping but not until they deduct money from my bank account for the second time without re-ordering their products! SCAM.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Mar 23, 2018

      Vicente Sebastian Santos

      I just discovered today that they have billed me three additional times for product I didn't order. Their business practices are criminal at best.

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  • 29 out 30 people found this review helpful

    Bad customer service

    • Seattle, WA,
    • Mar 3, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I love the products, but customer service is horrible! I have been a member since 2009, and I recently have been told that I don’t have an account! I’m guessing that is because they want to raise the prices because I was on a plan. They told me that my account was canceled because I didn’t get two shipments a year. That has never been the case, and if they changed the conditions, they did not notify me! I’m not going to set up another account with them and they have lost a good customer!

    Also, the reps were not speaking very good English. So why support a company that doesn’t stay in our country? I’m very disappointed, and I hope that Cindy Crawford and whoever else is evolved does something to change this policy.

    Rant over, on to new and better products!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 65 out 65 people found this review helpful

    In the eye of a beholder

    I bought three consecutive months of Meaningful Beauty, used all the products as described, and did not see any changes or benefits to using or paying the amount for the product.

    As a 48-year-young woman, my best advice to all is to love yourself for who you are, keep joy in your heart, and drink plenty of water; it’s the best product on the planet and it’s free.

    Peace and love always.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 61 out 63 people found this review helpful

    Thieves!

    • Salem, IN,
    • Jan 3, 2018
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    Don’t order from these thieves. They will cancel your order but will tell you they never received your return and will never refund your money.

    I ordered this as a gift for my wife, and she was not impressed with the product. Of course, they enroll you in a monthly subscription without really making it known. I canceled the order and refused and returned the package as per customer service instructions. This was in November and as of today, January 1st, they say they have not received my return. They ask for a shipping receipt, but with a refusal, you don’t get a shipping receipt.

    Be careful who you order from. A $54.00 lesson learned!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 66 out 68 people found this review helpful

    Be aware your are financing and it is $275.00 for each kit after intro!

    They claim you are getting bigger bottles on the second order. Not true, and I have pictures to prove it. I was charged $54.94 three times and got two packages with the second one containing less product. My next shipment was scheduled for March, and I would have paid two more payments before I received it.

    The product is not worth the price of $274.70 per 30-day supply.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 66 out 68 people found this review helpful

    Dishonest and deceitful

    I ordered the product under the impression that I would be ordering it this ONE time and paying once. A month later over $54 was unexpectedly taken out of my account. I never authorized this charge nor did I order anything additionally but got charged. I called customer service and spent over an hour arguing with them to get a refund. They told me the product had already been shipped and I was not satisfied with this and feel like I was ripped off.

    The product in and of itself was sub-par at best, but because of the way money was deceitfully taken out of my account, I won't use this product again and have canceled the account.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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