Back in March, during Well Being Week at Liberty Beauty Hall, Hungarian spa inspired skincare brand Omorovicza hosted an evening with one half of the founders, Stephen de Heinrich de Omorovicza. Margaret, his wife, co-founder and global brand ambassador was away on other Omorovicza duties. Off course, I hot footed it down there. Omorovicza is one of my favourite brands and I really enjoyed seeing more of the range, having a good play with products, watching a facial treatment, meeting Stephen and other Omorovicza fans. If they have another evening as such, I highly recommend it.
I couldn’t resist asking Stephen a few questions and delve more into the brand that carries his name. Stephen’s family owns the beautiful Rácz Spa in Budapest which dates back to the 16th century.
What’s the inspiration behind Omorovicza?
The curative powers of the healing waters of Budapest; our purpose in creating Omorovicza was to replicate in skincare the healing effect the incredible mineral-rich thermal waters have on skin. Moor mud from Lake Heviz has an amazing skincare benefits and rich in minerals.
What is your favourite product in the range? This may be difficult to answer.
Quite difficult, you are right, as I love all our products; however I use the following religiously:
Soothing Shave, our shaving cream – would rather grow a beard than use anything else! (this is great for shaving legs too – Dija)
Rejuvenating Night Cream, favourite night-time treat! (One of my favourite night creams, look out for a review coming soon – Dija)
What makes the Omorovicza facial special?
The Omorovicza facial is relaxing yet results-driven and is designed to dramatically transform the appearance and texture of your skin. Combining unique Hungarian massage techniques – it’s unlike anything you have ever experienced before – with award-winning skincare and a team of expertly trained therapists. The facialists tailor every treatment to your individual needs, leaving skin lifted, rejuvenated and radiant for days afterwards.
What is so unique about the Hungarian facial massage?
The Hungarian facial massage is effectively a work-out session for the face! It’s a succession of very rapid movements (four movements to be precise), which give every muscle in the face a thorough work-out. The facial results in the face being “lifted” because of the massage. Each one of the four key movements is extremely difficult to perform and requires an extensive amount of training.
(Facials are available here)
For someone just starting their Omorovicza journey where would you recommend they start?
The Thermal Cleansing Balm has long been our best-selling product; it is a black make-up remover; it removes absolutely everything (waterproof mascara included) and is a very hydrating product, it leaves the skin super-soft.
The Cleansing Foam: where the Thermal Cleansing Balm is absolutely perfect for an end of day cleanse, this cleanser makes you sing in the morning! A blue foam, it is light and fragrant, cleanses thoroughly and does not strip the skin (as it does not contain any sulfates); this stripping business is super-important as any product which strips the skin of natural moisture encourages the secretion of additional sebum, thus making the skin more oily.
The Deep Cleansing Mask: one of our top sellers worldwide. This mask is perfect to regulate oily skin, reduce pore size and, generally, cleanse skin deeply – use weekly.
The Queen of Hungary Mist: another top seller, a hydrating energising mist which does not contain any oils or alcohol, it is essentially pure Budapest thermal water, treated in our patented process, scented with orange blossom and rose distillates; great story too as it was created for a 14th century Queen Elizabeth of Hungary.
One of our moisturisers: either the Intensive Hydra-lifting Cream, which is a plumping, cushioning dry skin moisturiser for everyday use or the Balancing Moisturiser, a fabulous gel-cream, which absorbs instantly and provides perfect hydration for combination and oily skin.
What are your three tips for great skin?
- Exfoliate regularly
- Drink enough water to hydrate from the inside
- Sun protection always wear an SPF!
As we go into summer and the temperature rises, what are your product recommendation for face and body?
- Queen of Hungary Mist (try keeping one in the fridge, heavenly!)
- Complexion Perfector BB Cream SPF 20
- Light moisturiser – Elemental Emulsion or Balancing Moisturiser
Any plans to extend the range further, maybe bring out a make-up range?
Not at this stage; we feel there are many more skincare needs we can address before we think about branching out into make-up; perfume, perhaps, but not make-up.
What’s the future for Omorovicza?
We will continue to combine ground breaking scientific innovation with natural ingredients to ensure Omorovicza delivers the results our clients demand.
It’s great to get such an insight into such a cult brand. Even better to get great skincare and product advice direct from Stephen. He is at the forefront of the beauty and so easy to pick his brains on any topic. Isn’t it nice when a brand you like also has nice people behind it?
As a special treat, Omorovicza has kindly set up a generous 15% online discount for readers of Dija’s World, valid until 30 April. Just enter ‘DIJA’ as your voucher code on the check out page.
Now, that’s a great way to start Easter!