A Lawsuit has been Filed Against the Mario Badescu Skin Care Line!

Serena Williams, Ashley Graham, Kylie Jenner, and her mother Kris, Sofia Richie, and Rachel Brosnahan are just a few of the A-list celebrities who have endorsed Mario Badescu, elevating the specialized skincare line to cult status. You could be excused for thinking that Mario Badescu was an unpleasant beauty memory from your mother’s bathroom cupboard in the 1980s because of the packaging, which combines an old-school pharmaceutical aesthetic with strange product names like Drying Lotion and Silver Powder. But you’d be mistaken.

Something that half of Hollywood, 670,000 Instagram followers, and an army of skinfluencers would be pleased to correct you on. The skincare line from Mario Badescu,  which includes a number of classic products, maybe the answer to all of your skin problems. What’s the big deal, then?

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What is Mario Badescu?

Let’s go back to the very beginning. “Mario Badescu launched his namesake company in 1967 from a two-room flat on the East Side of Manhattan,” says a Mario Badescu representative. When Mr. Badescu opened his first salon in New York City, it quickly became known for its unique facials and custom product line, attracting a devoted following of Hollywood actresses and models, as well as residents of the Big Apple.

As of this writing, the company’s flagship site is open and thriving. For years, the Mario Badescu Skin Care Salon has been expanding, allowing for about two hundred facials every day. ‘Mario Badescu Skin Care is owned and operated by the same family for three generations!’ In the mid-80s, Mario Badescu passed away, and his company was taken over by his sons and grandchildren, including Morise Cabasso, who is still in charge of the company today.

A Lawsuit has Been Filed Against Mario Badescu

THE UNITED STATES, OCT. 14 /PRNewswire/ — Mario Badescu, Inc., a skincare company situated in Edison, New Jersey, and Mario Badescu Skin Care, Inc., a New York-based skincare salon, has been sued by 31 former clients in New Jersey State Court. Control Cream and Healing Cream were touted as products that contained only “botanical” active components that were safe for daily use, but the plaintiffs contend that the goods contained strong and hidden steroids.

According to the complaint, Control Cream and Healing Cream contained hydrocortisone and triamcinolone acetonide, despite Mario Badescu’s claims to the contrary. The complaint further says that Mario Badescu’s goods contained triamcinolone acetonide in higher than prescribed quantities. Both anabolic and androgenic drugs are extremely harmful to the skin and the adrenal glands.

Mario Badescu Lawsuit
Mario Badescu Lawsuit

They used Mario Badescu’s facial creams every day for up to 14 years without realizing that they contained steroids. According to several of the plaintiffs, they grew hooked on the steroids inadvertently, and even a single day without using the Products resulted in painful and distressing withdrawal symptoms.

In addition, many of the plaintiffs claim that while taking Control Cream or Healing Cream, they suffered from steroid-related maladies such as cataracts, glaucoma, mood problems, cardiac troubles, high cortisol levels, suppression of the adrenal system, and Cushing’s Syndrome.  As a result, the plaintiffs claim they were continually misdiagnosed by their doctors since they did not know they were taking steroids at the time of their injuries.

According to plaintiffs’ attorney Gary Mason, Mario Badescu secretly inserted an addictive prescription steroid into its cosmetic face products and then claimed that the creams were safe for regular use. “This misrepresentation resulted in severe injuries for our customers.” Defending the plaintiffs are Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP’s John Whitfield, Esfand Nafisi, Gary Mason, and Caroline Ramsey Taylor, and Locks Law Firm, LLC’s Michael Galpern, Andrew Bell, and Janet Walsh.

Contact Esfand Nafisi at enafisi@wbmllp.com or (202) 640-1167 if you have any questions concerning the complaint.

MID-L-5830-14 is the case number for Restaino et al. v. Mario Badescu, Inc. et al (N.J. Super. Ct. Law Div., filed Sept. 25, 2014).

Bryson & Mason LLP Whitfield Bryson

Why is Mario Badescu’s Face Sprays So Well-Known?

Mario Badescu’s face sprays are known the world over, whether it’s for the original rosewater composition, the calming chamomile spritz, or the cooling cucumber and aloe blend. What is it about facial mists that make them such a cult favorite? ‘Misting of botanical-infused face waters was always a feature of Mario Badescu’s classic facial treatments,’ the brand informs ELLE.

‘Mario Badescu’s Classic Facial Treatments’ are available at www.elle.com. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater made its official debut as part of the brand. It was always a well-loved product amongst MB fans throughout the years, but it wasn’t until the last decade when the product struck a chord with influencers that it became a popular name.

In other words, it wasn’t until then that it became a household name. “This fresh surge of popularity for one of our historical products encouraged us to rethink this brand hero and produce mists flavored with Green Tea, Lavender, and Orange Blossom,” the company said in a statement.

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