Meaningful Beauty Review: Is It Worth It?

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff
Updated on: Apr 16, 2019

Created by model Cindy Crawford and her personal dermatologist Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh, Meaningful Beauty is a skincare system designed to give you gorgeous skin no matter your age.

This line of skincare products relies on superoxide dismutase (known as “SOD”), which is an antioxidant found in Charentais melons, an heirloom variety from the South of France. According to the company website, this compound deserves credit for helping Crawford keep her youthful glow for the past twenty years.

The company’s self-reported clinical findings share similar results, as the Meaningful Beauty states that more than 90% of their test participants thought their skin appeared firmer and that their pores looked smaller at the end of a 12-week perception study.

There’s reason to believe there’s something to these claims, as a 2018 review of SOD’s potential showed that this enzyme offers a powerful defense against oxidative stress, which can lead to physical deterioration and age your skin’s appearance.

But will the Meaningful Beauty line actually give you the skin of a model? We’ll look closer at those claims in the rest of this article. First, let’s look at what products they sell.

Meaningful Beauty Products

At the time of writing, Meaningful Beauty offered a range of skincare products that included the following: (Because cosmetic ingredients are traditionally sorted by most prevalent to least on the label, we’ve highlighted either the top five ingredients or the listed active ingredients for each product.)

Skin Softening Cleanser

This mild cleanser is formulated to gently remove oil and impurities while keeping your skin at its natural pH level. You’re supposed to use it twice daily, cleansing your skin with gentle circular motions before rinsing it off with warm water.

Top five ingredients: Propylene glycol, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium laureth-8 sulfate.

Youth Activating Melon Serum

This serum contains melon leaf stem cells to visibly plump and firm your skin for a brighter, more even skin tone. The company states it also works to prevent the signs of sun damage by keeping your skin protected and moisturized. It’s best to apply one pump of serum to both your face and neck twice a day.

Top five ingredients: Glycerin, isononyl isononanoate, propanediol, betaine, pentylene glycol.

Anti-Aging Day Creme with Environmental Protection SPF 30

This daily moisturizer is meant to protect your skin from the sun and other environmental aggressors like blue light, infrared light, and pollution that can lead to signs of premature aging. For best results, apply a thin layer to your face and neck after using the Melon Serum, and gently massage it into your skin.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.0%, homosalate 10.0%, octisalate 5.0%, oxybenzone 4.5%.

Age Recovery Night Creme with Melon Extract and Retinol

Meant to restore your skin overnight, this night crème relies on melon stem cells and retinol to help you wake up with firmer, smoother skin with fewer visible fine lines and wrinkles. Apply a thin layer of the crème before bed to let its active ingredients work on your skin all night.

Top five ingredients: Isononyl isononanoate, ethylhexyl palmitate, polyglyceryl-10 distearate, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil.

Lifting Eye Creme- Advanced Formula

Designed to banish the appearance of dark circles under your eyes, this crème has a lightweight, silky formula that contains hyaluronic acid to restore moisture and elasticity to your face. The crème is meant to be applied twice a day, and you can wear it over the Eye Enhancing Serum for the best results.

Top five ingredients: Oleyl erucate, glycerin, dimethicone, hydrolyzed hazelnut protein, cetearyl alcohol.

Skin Brightening Decollete & Neck SPF15

This cream is designed to protect your neck and chest from the signs of aging by adding moisture back to dull, dry skin so that it becomes smooth and soft again. You can apply the cream in the mornings on dry skin, taking care to massage it all in.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.0%, octinoxate 7.5%, octisalate 5.0%, oxybenzone 5.0%.

Dark Spot Correcting Treatment

Designed to fight the signs of sun damage on your skin, this treatment relies on 2% hydroquinone to fade dark spots and other pigment discolorations. You can apply it to the areas you want to fade and then put sunscreen overtop for an extra level of protection.

Active Ingredient: hydroquinone 2%.

Meaningful Beauty Ingredients: Benefits and Possible Side Effects

To get a better sense of what Meaningful Beauty ingredients mean for your health, we chose to look at their purpose and possible side effects on the EWG (Environmental Working Group) cosmetic database.

From what we found, the majority of the most common ingredients in these products fall into the following categories: fragrance agents, emulsion stabilizers, surfactants, skin conditioning agents, solvents, sunscreen agents, and a skin bleaching agent (hydroquinone). This is standard for skincare products.

Are there other takeaways from these ingredients? We think a few are worthy of extra attention, including sodium laureth sulfate, the alcohols and fragrance agents, and the active ingredients in the sunscreen products.

According to the cosmeticsinfo.com, sodium laureth sulfate is a surfactant that is popular in many skincare products. There have been widespread rumors in recent years that the compound can trigger potentially worrisome health effects like cancer.

However, a re-review of the compound in 2002 by the Cosmetics Ingredient Review deemed it safe for use in cosmetics and personal care products. Saying that, some people find sodium laureth sulfate to be irritating because it can disrupt your skin’s natural sebum production and dry it out.

The EWG database calls attention to potentially troubling ingredients in sunscreen products. Because sunscreens are meant to be spread thickly over large parts of your body, even trace amounts can lead to problems.

According to the database, active ingredients like oxybenzone and avobenzone—both found in Meaningful Beauty products—can mimic hormones and lead to unintended health effects that aren’t well understood. Oxybenzone is considered the most troubling, as it can trigger allergic skin reactions.

Likewise, the labeling of many Meaningful Beauty ingredients as “fragrances” doesn’t tell us much about them. That’s because the EWG database states the term is often used to represent an undisclosed mixture of different scent compounds. This may be cause for concern, as some companies use it as a legal loophole to find the names of “extra” ingredients, and some fragrance agents can trigger allergies or lead to respiratory distress.

Meaningful Beauty Cost

At the time of writing, Meaningful Beauty products are sold on the company website in bundles.

The company offered both a five-piece ($49.95) and seven-piece ($69.95) system, with shipping included in the price.

Each system provides you with a thirty-day supply of the product, and the primary difference between the two is that only the seven-piece system includes the Skin Brightening Neck & Decollete and Dark Spot Correcting Treatment.

Regardless of which option you choose, you can also select a collection of free add-ons with your first order. This is either a Skin Rejuvenating Trio (valued at $90) or an Eye Crème & Lip Duo (valued at $80).

Both of these purchases automatically enroll you in Meaningful Beauty’s auto-delivery program, which means that you will be shipped new products every twelve weeks. It’s possible to adjust this frequency from four to 20 weeks if you need a different timeframe.

The add-ons aren’t included in future orders and that the size of the order triples so you will need to pay three times your initial order cost plus $14.99 for shipping.

It’s possible to customize the amount and type of products you receive each order by logging into your online account, and the Meaningful Beauty’s terms and conditions state that you can reschedule or cancel future orders at any time by contacting customer service online or at (800)927-0047.

All Meaningful Beauty purchases come with a 60-day money back guarantee. If you aren’t happy with your purchase, you can return the containers—even if they are empty—and they will refund your full purchase price, minus shipping and handling.

Our Test of Meaningful Beauty and a Look at Customer Reviews

To be frank, customer feedback of Meaningful Beauty on our website wasn’t optimal. The company averaged under two stars after 35 reviews, and the majority of negative complaints came from people who struggled with their return policy.

Specifically, they reported that they couldn’t get the company to refund their purchase price and that customer service was difficult to work with.

Many people also wrote that the results they noticed weren’t worth the monthly cost for the products, though others mentioned that their friends and family were commenting on how well rested and younger they looked.

Wellness advocate Mary Beckett from Blue Ice Essentials told us that she is a big fan of Cindy’s product line.

“I have used it for nine years. My skin looks better now than when I started and when I started, everyone I knew noticed the difference,” she said.

You can also check out our video review of this product line for an in-depth analysis of the effectiveness of these products and our tips for navigating the company’s automatic subscription policy.

“Overall, these products are formulated with ingredients that are really good for your skin, with the exception of the occasional alcohol and fragrance…[saying that], for those with acne prone skin these products might be too heavy,” HighYa reviewer Olga Belous concluded. “Because these products tend to feel heavier on the skin, I would be careful if you are someone who is prone to breaking out.”

Amazon reviews also offer insight into Meaningful Beauty’s reputation. Both collections and individual products average between 3.5 and 4 stars, and many people reported that using the products led to subtle improvements in their skin. Others stated that the results weren’t impressive and that they didn’t approve of the ingredients within the products so they weren’t planning on repurchasing them.

The Bottom Line

Saying all this, do we think that Meaningful Beauty is worth a purchase? We are hesitant to give it a glowing recommendation, as our video review and previous customer feedback highlight some concerns about the value of these products compared to the competition and the potential difficulty of dealing with customer service to cancel your membership.

Overall, we think that reviews show that using Meaningful Beauty can lead to subtle improvements in your skin. Those who want more dramatic results or who are prone to breaking out might want to look elsewhere, as we learned that these products have the potential to clog your pores and potentially exacerbate acne.

If you don’t want to get tied into an auto-subscription service, we recommend looking into buying Meaningful Beauty products from other retailers like Amazon or Ulta Beauty. This lets you purchase just the products you want without getting tied into a reoccurring order.

And, if you’re curious about the oxidative stress-fighting effects of superoxide dismutase, it might be worth tracking down some Charentais melons for the dinner table. Though this French heirloom might be hard to find in American grocery stores, I’ve personally had success ordering the seeds online and growing them in my home garden.

While we couldn’t find much clinical evidence that consuming SOD gives you similar skincare benefits, we’ve reported before that following a healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables can do wonders for your skin. Either way, it’s never a bad idea to add more fresh produce to your diet.

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  • 110 out 111 people found this review helpful

    A scam

    • Virginia,
    • Jan 5, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I associated the meaningful beauty products with the good name of Cindy Crawford. What a MISTAKE!

    The products I have received are watery, and they appear to be broken down. The eye cream caused swelling and puffiness where it was applied. The purple text on the clear bottles makes the text impossible to read. Now I wonder if that's what they intended.

    After repeated phone calls to cancel my subscription, I still have not received a cancellation confirmation. The customer service people I dealt with spoke very poor English and refused to put a supervisor on the phone. I can't believe that, at my age, I am caught up in such a colossal waste of time and money. Shame on Cindy Crawford!

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

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  • 107 out 108 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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  • 102 out 107 people found this review helpful

    I was very unsatisfied with the product and trying to cancel

    I ordered the package deal, but it made my skin break out. I called and cancelled by three weeks, but they still took out a payment for the next month and sent the product. I had the cancellation email they sent me. I complained, then the next month they took out the payment and sent no product. I am trying to talk to someone and getting anywhere is useless. I had to cancel my charge card to get them to stop charging me.

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

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  • 102 out 103 people found this review helpful

    Impossible to cancel

    The product does not live up to its claims, and it is impossible to get them to stop billing me. Each time I call they guarantee they will cancel my subscription and when I asked for an email of confirmation I never received one. I tried working with my credit card company, but it appears Meaningful Beauty is on a runaway train and have no regard for the consumer. Shame on you Cindy Crawford.

    I ordered and canceled all makeup and beauty vitamins. They keep assuring me over the phone that nothing else would be sent yet it is continual. This is like a runaway train.

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

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  • 98 out 99 people found this review helpful

    Stay clear of this product

    Olay Regenerist and ROC work better, and you don't get caught up in Meaningful Beauty's scandalous auto ship scam.

    I used the products for about six months and see no results. I got better results with Regenerist and ROC. I sent back the last kit and have yet to be refunded. I will be going through my bank to get the charges reversed. Stay clear of this product and their auto ship scam.

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

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  • 94 out 95 people found this review helpful

    Very disappointed, Unhappy with Company

    This product, first of all, was not good at all. The facial cleansing stuff was so thin and didn't work to take off makeup or make your face feel clean at all.

    After a few days of using it, I developed acne on my neck and face. Also, this company is such a scam. They will automatically send you packages after a certain amount of time and the one they automatically sent me was $131!

    I was so frustrated. I never even wanted more of their terrible stuff. I called customer service and sent it back without opening and they did reimburse me for the majority of it. My recommendation is to NEVER buy from this company. It is such a scam.

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

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  • 90 out 94 people found this review helpful

    Ripped off

    I bought a set for my mom for Mother's Day. I thought it was a one-time purchase for $55 since it said nothing otherwise. Next month comes and I am charged another $55 for the same set.

    I called and asked if it was a monthly subscription and if I could cancel. They told me to keep it or return the second box for the refund. I'm my head I figured I already paid for it, might as well keep it. Three month comes, and I get another $55 charge from them. I called to see why my canceled subscription was charging me another amount. It turns out that second box alone was $165, and was sent to be paid in three payment. No one told me when I asked to cancel the subscription. I got tricked at the end, and I hope no one gets sucked in.

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

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  • 90 out 92 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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  • 90 out 92 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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  • 87 out 89 people found this review helpful

    Thieves!

    • Salem, IN,
    • Jan 3, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    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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  • 84 out 86 people found this review helpful

    Order with caution

    • Washington,
    • Jul 13, 2017
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    I ordered the Meaningful Beauty line, after watching and infomercial and the endorsement of Cindy Crawford. After using the products for only days, my entire eyelids swelled, my face became puffy and red; I looked horrible. I couldn't go to work and had to go to my physician, who said I was clearly having an allergic reaction to something in these products.

    Stay clear and use caution with these products. Your skin is very delicate, and we have no idea what we are applying to our skin. After calling the company, they did issue a refund.

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

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