Developed by Professor Augustinus Bader, one of the world’s leading experts in stem cell research, The Rich Cream is *30* years in the making. Bader spent the past three decades researching the body’s capacity for self-healing and stem cell regeneration to create his heavily praised skincare line, so when you take into consideration all the science that goes into it, the up to $290 price tag almost doesn’t seem too bad.
Regardless of a discount, it’s not lost on us that The Rich Cream costs more than most skincare products in the average person’s routine. It’s even more expensive than Gwyneth Paltrow’s (and PureWow editors’) favorite Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum ($195). But it’s not just the cult status that makes it worth dropping a huge chunk of change on—it actually provides the results to back up Bader’s 30 years of research.
Upon trying it for ourselves, our first impression was, wow this product is beautiful. It comes in the chicest royal blue-speckled bottle with a magnetic cap. The packaging sure does feel fancy on our vanities.
Then, there’s the product itself. True to its name, it’s rich. If you’ve ever tried Weleda Skin Food ($14), it’s almost as thick as that, which led us to believe that it might not be great for someone with naturally oily skin. However, when we applied two pumps (in upward motions), our combination skin drank it right up, and left an instant glow that even our mother noticed right away. I haven’t tried Bader’s The Cream (also included in the discount for $157, originally $180) for comparison, but I think it’s safe to say it works similarly for skin that doesn’t love heavy moisturizers.