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Model, actress, style and beauty icon, loyal user of Erno Laszlo skin care products. Marilyn Monroe truly possessed the "Laszlo Glow". Before Photoshop and air-brushing ever existed, movie stars like Marilyn had flawless skin. How did they do it? Surely, just like all women, they had blemishes, dark circles, sun damage; all of the skin problems that we all experience at one time or another. And yet, they managed to maintain an almost flawless look time and time again.

As for Marilyn, she was a close friend and devotee of Erno Laszlo. Famous dermatologist to the stars in that era. Dr. Laszlo's products have been with us for 85 years, and of them all, Phormula 3-9 Balm is head and shoulders above the rest.

This amazing balm has been through 8 formulations between the early 1920's and 1973. The 1st Phormula was made expressly for Princess Stephanie of Hungary. The Princess suffered from acute acne, and only this balm could help her poor skin.

Princess Stephanie

Next came the celebrated actress Frida Gombaszogi who was shot  in the face by a rejected suitor. Scandalous! Dr. Laszlo created a Phormula for her scars and restored her to near normal.

Others to enjoy the benefits of the Phormula included Greta Garbo, Lillian Gish, The Duchess of Windsor, Hubert DeGivenchy, Audrey Hepburn and finally Marilyn, for whom Phormula 3-8 was specially formulated to treat a post surgical abdominal scar. And finally,  Phormula 3-9, the culmination of a lifelong pursuit of balancing the power of nature and science in the protection and healing of the skin.


You may not even be aware of the top factors that can stress your skin – we call them the "Seven Skin Sins." Phormula 3-9 is a specialized collection with an unparalleled capacity for repairing and protecting skin that is stressed, dulled, and dehydrated by lifestyle and environmental factors.


Indoor & outdoor UV exposure, air pollution, caffeine & alcohol, sleeping in your make-up, lack of sleep, and stress all contribute to stressed out, damaged, dehydrated skin.I would add to those, illness, medications and injury. Fortunately, Phormula 3-9 provides the answer. Yes, this little gem of a cream is a bit pricey at $245 a jar, but I would argue that it is well worth it!


The human skin leads a very complex life. It breathes, thinks and works. It registers and reflects all that we experience – fear, joy, pain and pleasure. It surrounds and protects us as we move through the world and, miraculously, when it is injured, it can heal and renew itself.

Dr. Laszlo believed that healthy, beautiful skin did not require “miracle treatments.” He understood that it is the skin itself that is the miracle, and he conceived a healing, protective formula in direct response to this basic truth. That phormula is 3-9.

By sealing technologically advanced ingredients within a Health Dome™ that acts as a second skin, Phormula 3-9 Balm provides intense oxygenation and thorough re-hydration.