Interview

Budapest, Part II

Margaret de Heinrich, Founder of Omorovicza

We continue our tour of Budapest by introducing you to one of its most important families. 200 years ago, the noble Omorovicza family built a spa over a 2000-year-old thermal springs, believed to have phenomenal healing powers.  Twenty years ago, a descendant of the family, Stephen, was drawn to Budapest to explore his roots, and became fascinated with the springs’ untapped potential.

Enriched with oils sourced internationally, Omorovicza’s all-natural products are available in more than 1000 locations worldwide

Luxuriating one day at a thermal bath, Stephen met a young American diplomat, Margaret, who shared his passions.  A storybook romance followed: the two wed and founded a skincare line. Their exclusive anti-aging skincare business officially opened as a store and spa in 2006 on fashionable Andrassy Street in the heart of Budapest. It has grown exponentially ever since.

They create their products using a revolutionary patented technology called Hydro Mineral Transference™ developed by a Nobel Prize-winning laboratory.

Omorovicza’s products contain ingredients sourced directly from Hungary’s mineral-rich healing hot springs. They create their products using a revolutionary patented technology called Hydro Mineral Transference™ developed by a Nobel Prize-winning laboratory. In the process, the molecular structure of the water is reconfigured to make it easier for deeper skin layers to absorb the potent blend of minerals. The result is firmer, suppler, younger-looking skin.

Enriched with oils sourced internationally, Omorovicza’s all-natural products are available in more than 1000 locations worldwide, including Bergdorf’s and exclusive hotel spas like the Four Seasons. Omorovicza will introduce two new products this fall.

Margaret de Heinrich, Omorovicza founder and global beauty ambassador, is also an incredible resource on what to see, where to go, and what to eat in Budapest.

Who is your typical spa customer?

Budapest is a mecca for the movie business. There are always fun folks from that business in the spa.

Do you have an example of hot springs “miracle cures”?

The celebrated Indian Nobel-Laureate writer-poet Rabindranath Tagore visited one of the healing waters, which he found absolutely stunning, and he was famously healed of his ailments. That experience inspired his poem “Fireflies.”

What is your opinion of conventional plastic surgery and procedures like microdermabrasion, laser, facelifts, fillers, or botox?

As I get older, I clearly need heavier artillery to help turn back the clock.  With this in mind, we are creating products with innovative yet gentle and incredibly effective acids. I think this is essential in anyone’s regime.

Treatments like microdermabrasion can be incredibly effective; we occasionally use some of these machines with our products in our facials. Personally, I’m not a fan of botox or facelifts. Excellent products can eliminate the need for such procedures.  However, I wouldn’t rain on anyone’s parade if it were right for them.

A simple fall beauty regimen featuring Omorovicza products?

Thermal Cleansing Balm smells of orange blossom. It’s incredibly effective at improving skin tone and texture and it even removes waterproof mascara.

Queen of Hungary Mist rebalances the moisture level in the skin and has a charming story. The original recipe (which we have updated) was created for the Queen of Hungary who used it as her moisturizer and perfume. It’s known as the world’s first perfume.

Gold Rescue Cream is an incredible moisturizer for deep hydration of fine lines and wrinkles.

What’s it like to be married to a descendant of Austrian nobility?

Being American, (and from the South, no less), I sometimes feel like an Okie from Muskogee when I’m around our continental friends. However they are lovely, warm, and fun.

Lisa Stahl

Lisa Stahl, a native New Yorker, has authored many articles that graced the cover pages of magazines and websites. She’s the author of two distance-learning courses on fashion and has contributed substantial research and content on politics and foreign policy to three books by a political analyst and adviser to Hillary Clinton. Lisa’s achievements include an MA in English with honors from Columbia University. She also studied piano at Juilliard.

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