01.21.2013
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Super Lube
Rating
2 fl. oz. for $14
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:01.21.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Super Lube is a thicker, even greasier version of Merle Norman’s Aqua Lube. It is an exceedingly dated formula that is mostly Vaseline, wax, lanolin, coloring agents, and fragrance. This antiquated formula makes a rotary telephone look like new technology.

Claims

Soothing, emollient formula helps protect dry skin against moisture-depleting environmental factors and extreme dryness. Also soothes rough, dry knees and elbows.

Ingredients

Petrolatum, Microcrystalline Wax, Mineral Oil, Red 7 Calcium Lake, Red 17, Green 6, Fragrance

Brand Overview

Merle Norman At-A-Glance

Strengths: Most Merle Norman boutiques willingly provide free samples so you can try before you buy; excellent cleansing lotion for dry, sensitive skin; effective, pH-correct AHA and BHA products; surprisingly good toners; excellent lip balm/lipline filler; good sunscreen and self-tanner.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging is prevalent; the Luxiva Changing Skin products do not effectively address skin changes resulting from menopause; most of the Luxiva Clear Complexion products cause more skin problems than they solve; a few very good products are impossible to recommend because they also include irritants; the Miracol and classic Merle Norman products are severely dated formulas that harken back to the days before computers replaced typewriters.

Merle Norman opened her first cosmetics studio in Santa Monica, California, in 1931. She believed strongly that women would love her products, if only she could "get them on their faces," and the company's now-famous try-before-you-buy program was launched. To this day, women who visit any of Merle Norman's 2,000 boutiques spread across the United States, Canada, and Mexico can take advantage of the company's product samples before making a purchase.

The free samples are great, but the question is why anyone would be inclined to try Merle Norman skin-care products. Although there have been some improvements since the Cosmetics Cop Team last reviewed this brand, much of what was problematic back then is still around today, and still problematic - and that's not good news for your skin.

Across the board, the biggest issue is jar packaging. Several of the moisturizers didn't receive better than a neutral face rating because they are poorly packaged. For a company claiming to be cutting edge, they somehow missed, or chose to ignore, the research showing how state-of-the-art ingredients deteriorate when exposed to light and air. In addition, repeatedly sticking your fingers into a product isn't sanitary, and further degrades the ingredients. What good is adding a lot of antioxidants and other plant extracts or vitamins to a product if their efficacy is all but gone within a week or two of opening?

There are other weak spots to watch out for, too, especially in the Luxiva Changing Skin and Luxiva Clear Complexion lines. Merle Norman also sells a group of antiquated products that are little more than cold cream and super-greasy moisturizers. These are as far removed as you can get from what we know about what skin needs to look younger and function in a healthy manner. Using many of Merle Norman's products is like using a typewriter instead of a computer.

As far as what's to like, you'll find several well-formulated cleansers and toners, some reliable AHA and BHA products, and an impressive lip balm, and most of the SPF-rated products provide broad-spectrum protection. Ultimately, it wouldn't be wise to try to assemble a comprehensive skin-care routine from Merle Norman, but if you focus on their better products you'll do okay.

For the record, it is perfectly fine to mix Merle Norman products with those from other brands. We doubt you'll get this advice if you visit any of the Merle Norman Studios, but it's true. In fact, this applies to any skin-care brand—what counts is the individual product and how well it's formulated, not the company's predetermined ideas that their products work best if and only if they're used together.

For more information about Merle Norman, call (310) 641-3000 or visit www.merlenorman.com.

Note: We know that we've stated for quite some time that the team wouldn't be revisiting this line because of Merle Norman's complete disinterest in helping us get the information we need to review their products accurately. Over the years, my staff has been kicked out of several Merle Norman boutiques, both here in the Seattle area and in other states. As soon as we began taking notes or if we asked too many questions, we were eyed with suspicion and then asked to leave. There are two reasons we changed our mind: (1) our Beautypedia subscribers kept asking us to re-review this brand, and (2) a Merle Norman employee agreed to help us obtain the information we need, as long as she remained anonymous. We wish to extend a sincere thanks to the woman who sent us dozens upon dozens of samples and helped us compile all of the accurate information that made these reviews possible.

Please note: These product prices are in U.S. dollars, and for reasons unknown Merle Norman products are substantially more expensive in Canadian boutiques. Please be aware when shopping that these ratings are a reflection of U.S. prices only.

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12.14.2014
Super Lube

Totally agree with other comments. Great results, I've been using it forever and it's the only thing that helps with dry skin without irritating. Definitely 4/4.

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12.15.2014
Beautypedia Team Response

Thank you! We do stand by our review, though, as this is a VERY basic, dated formula. It contains some good ingredients for dry skin, but there are better options out there.

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12.25.2013
Greatest Product Ever

Interesting that the site calls this product antiquated, BUT all the reviewers love it. It's one of the best products ever. Buy it, nothing else will ever satisfy. Once you lube you never go back .. or something!

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Sarah C
08.21.2013
Superlube

AWESOME! I have used it since the mid-sixties. It was awesome for my acne, my kids "boo-boos", any burns received while cooking or ironing, sunburn and other injuries that may require some kind of salve. I keep it on hand and in a place where I can find it and I take it with me when I travel. Never found anything that comes close. And it has a nice little fragrance. I keep hoping Merle Norman never gets rid of it or waits 'til I'm no longer around. Please do not send me ads or other info.

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Fran
12.21.2012
Love it!

Super Lube is awesome, for specific uses. I love to put it on my lips every night before bed. It's great for super chapped areas like elbows, knees and even cracked hands. Yes, it is an old product, but I prefer to think of it as one of the "classics." I just love it.

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