Éminence Organics (3)

eminence vs. ilike

See for previous discussion:

From the latter, here’s some stuff of possible interest. Blind believers in The Cult Of Eminence, either throw off your blinkers now and keep reading, or do not click …


Fasten your seatbelts: ¡escándalo!

“The current Éminence products are no longer associated in any way with Aunt Ilcsi Molnár or her family owned company!” Ilcsi Beautifying Herbs]

The story of Ilcsi Beautifying Herbs started in 1958, when Aunt Ilcsi, thanks to her devotion to beauty, her love and knowledge of nature, started her career as a beautician. She founded the company with her son, Ferenc Molnár, who until this day is not only the owner of the company, but also its active leader. Ilcsi professional natural cosmetics with their high herbal content are considered a rarity wherever they are found. They are always made of fresh, certified organic herbs, fruits and vegetables. Animal tests are never used when developing their products. Thanks to Aunt Ilcsi, Ferenc Molnár and the Ilcsi team the company now manufactures nearly 150 products that are currently being used in more than 40 countries.

Eminence Organic Skin Care Ltd. (Vancouver, Canada) was the distributor for the territory of USA and Canada of Ilcsi products under the brand name Eminence from 2002 until 31st March 2005 only. This distributional contract terminated from 31st March 2005 onwards, since than Ilcsi Beautifying Herbs Hungary has not supplied any Ilcsi products to them. The current Eminence products are no longer associated in any way with Aunt Ilcsi Molnár or her family-owned company. Ilcsi Beautifying Herbs Hungary is taken aback to see, that their former distributor still uses the date of the beginning of Aunt Ilcsi’s work, “1958”, as the year of their foundation.

Eminence Organic Skin Care trademarked the word „Ilcsi”, which is the international brand and the nickname of the creator of the products they used to distribute from Ilcsi Beautifying Herbs Hungary until spring of 2005. For this reason Aunt Ilcsi’s products can not be marketed under her name in the US or Canada and now called ilike, which is another nickname for her. The ilike organic skin care products are the same as Ilcsi products and not associated in any way with Eminence Organic Skin Care.

See also this not unrelated post on intellectual property vs. consumerist late-capitalist cultural imperialism:

Buying Éminence Organics products is ethically and politically wrong because in so doing you’re indirectly advocating that Might Is Right and you’re directly supporting colonialist thieves and cheats.


  1. listengirlfriends

    I love this post and the ones related to it! Couldn’t agree more. Eminence products are insultingly overpriced and highly fragranced. Let me tell you something interesting actually. I went to get a facial a year ago at a spa where they used exclusively Eminence. The women at the spa were 1) uneducated about skincare (my facialist told me that lactic acid was used by Cleopatra, who had ‘beautiful skin.’) and 2) ignorant. When I asked where the products were made, the woman at the desk said, “oh there’s this video where they show all these little people growing the plants.” Little. people. Colonialist…indeed!

    • gingerama

      Oh, that is so awful!

      I’m almost tempted to go back, just for fun … but it might be more like The Lulz than A Lol, and that would be mean. I don’t want to be mean. Or, well, no more than I have to be in regular everyday life; I don’t want to go out of my way and make an effort … live and let live … though fair game and an open field for criticism like here online.

      My own bad experience was just testing out products or, in the case ofn the sunscreen, having them forcibly tested out on me. Probably worse for them (after they just did the “oh, it’s fine, it’s all natural”) than for me (= used to a lifetime of reactive skin).

      Poor people had already demonstrated ignorance and stupidity, I was getting more angry, and I do have a vicious temper and vile tongue on me. Over the age of (ummm I’d like to say 12 but more like) about 21 or so I’ve walked away from situations like that, prefer to simmer down if I can’t defuse it, when the alternative is being forthright: honesty isn’t always the best policy when calling a spade a spade means being cruel to someone, and for something which they can’t really help. OK, working for a stupid company selling stupid products to stupid people is one thing; but being stupid yourself to start with, you can’t hold someone responsible for that, and it would be cruel and heartless to point it out to them.

      Sure, that means someone might think they “won.” And sure, it means sometimes you do “lose”: when you realise there’s no way you’re going to succeed in informing, educating, reforming, convincing; that there are very human limits to human potential, and the human potential for growth and change (open-mindedness, changing mind, that sort of thing).

      Shame on the company: and on their policy of employing foolish people. I’d like to know how much they get paid. Bet they’re being abused too. And the producers of raw ingredients?

      (More on those last points next week, in the post for 2013-05-01…)

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