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The Borghese skincare and cosmetics line was launched during the La Dolce Vita heyday when Italy was rebuilding and rising from the ashes after WWII into one of the style capitals of the world. Developed by Princess Marcella Borghese with the help of Charles Revson, the products incorporated the healing properties of the Terme di Montecatini spa mud and mineral waters.

In the 1990s I had moved to New York City and was in awe of places like Saks Fifth Avenue and Bendels, stores I had only seen advertised on the pages of Vogue. One day at Saks I discovered Princess Marchella Borghese. I remember they had a special purchase that was $40 if you spent a certain amount. The $40 gift was a large red wooden music box that played “Arrivederci Roma” and was filled with beauty and skincare products. I’ve been using Borghese products ever since. It’s been more than 20 years.

I thought I would share with you some of my favorite products since I just repurchased them for the zillionth time.

Gel Delicato Gentle Makeup Remover

I use this almost every day. It’s extremely gentle and soothing while still removing all of my eye makeup. I like that it is a light gel consistency — they call it a liqui-gel.

According to Borghese it is enriched with Pro-Vitamin B5 for your eye lashes, and contains comfrey and lavender. It has no added fragrance, is oil free and soap free.

You can order it directly from the website and I also found it on Amazon.

 

Esfoliante Delicato Gentle Cleanser and Exfoliant

After battling a nasty, long-lasting spring cold, my skin was left dry, flaky, and irritated. When I tried to put on liquid makeup it just sat on my skin and clung to every flake. I wanted an exfoliating product but I also wanted it to be gentle. I turned to Borghese for this gentle exfoliating cleanser. It is a very mild cleanser that contains natural jojoba exfoliant. It has no added fragrance and left my skin feeling soft and calm.

You can order it directly from the website and I also found it on Amazon.

 

Color Basics

I also found this mini set on sale for $12.

I wanted to try a bronzer because I’m so pale, and the set also contains one of my favorite foaming cleansing creams, Crema Saponetta. I’ve been looking for a face primer as well, so this kit filled all of my needs.

Here it is on sale at the Borghese website.

 

Fango Sheet Masks

Borghese is famous for its spa mud treatments. I found these sheet masks on Amazon, so how could I resist? They were $7.00 each. I can’t wait to try them.

Borghese Fango Essenziali Treatment Sheet Mask Calm with Green Tea & Sage

Borghese Fango Essenziali Treatment Sheet Mask Purify with Lavender Extract & Arnica Flower

Borghese Fango Essenziali Treatment Sheet Mask Moisturize with Avocado, Kelp & Acai Berry

Have you ever tried Borghese skincare or makeup? I’ve been fascinated with them since I was in my twenties. I love all things Italian (as you know) and this brand is so La Dolce Vita!

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