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Active Phelityl Intensive Cream

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Erno Laszlo's original, all-purpose 24-hour cream intensively protects your skin's natural moisture around the clock, even in extreme weather conditions.

Active Phelityl Intensive Cream is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 131.
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1.7 oz
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What It's Formulated Without
Phthalates, Parabens, Sulfates and Mineral Oil

Petrolatum, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Lanolin Alcohol, Diisopropyl Adipate, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Propylene Glycol Dipelargonate, Parfum (Fragrance), Silica, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Stearate, BHT, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, CI 77947 (Zinc Oxide), Palmitic Acid.
Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients.

Active Phelityl Intensive Cream



Phelityl indicates Dr. Laszlo's unique moisturizing complex with a pH level nearly identical to that of the skin nourishes with the fatty acids essential for skin function.


Safflower Seed Oil

From the brightly flowering Old World herb, is a natural skin-soother, softener and hydrator


Waxy emollient natively smoothing skin exposed to the damaging effects of climate and the environment


Mineral found in clay that acts as a natural exfoliant for the skin.
How it work


How to use it

How to use it

  1. Moisturize after toning and prescribed treatments, such as serums and eyecare products.
  2. Gently apply with fingertips, blending upwards and outwards from the middle of the face, then along the neck and décolleté.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My most trusted beauty treatment! I have been using this cream since 1977 and I have not been without it since! There was a year where Erno Lazlo discontinued it and I was depressed! But thank heavens someone listened to the women who begged for it to be returned! Now I am 73 and over the years people have remarked at how good my skin looks. My neck especially has benefited from the use of this marvelous cream. I have used it faithfully under my eyes, lips and neck since I first bought it. I have 2 daughters now and they both use it and love it! Erno Lazlo is the best!
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fine for specific purposes Why does everyone keep hyping this as Marilyn Monroe's face cream? It was, but that doesn't mean it's great by today's standards. The main ingredient is petrolatum. As someone with normal-to-oily skin, that is something I do not want for daily use. Active Phelityl Intensive Cream works best for me as a healing ointment, after a burn, chaffing, intense facial, or some other skin issue. It is very heavy and the smooth texture is lovely, but be warned it will leave you greasy even the next morning. It is useful to "seal in" other serums and creams, but it ultimately just feels like a barrier that sits on top of the skin, not a true moisturizer.
Date published: 2020-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NOTHING ELSE COMPARES I have used and loved this cream since 1970. During the year or so when it was unavailable, I was miserable without it. Nothing feels as velvety smooth and comfortable on my bare lips and around my eyes. It has kept away eye wrinkles and chapped lips all these years. I have a lot of topical allergies. i have never become allergic to any of the original erno laszlo products.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shake it no more? I love this cream and use oil control cream for day. For 30 years I have used this under my Shake It. How could you possibly stop making Shake it? What a terrible disappointment. Now I will have to find another make up compatible both with my skin and with this cream. I feel betrayed.
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good enough for Marilyn.. Good enough for me! I was very excited to experience this Moisturizing Treatment.. as it is the one that Marilyn Monroe used and loved. I am definitely loving it! It is an extremely rich texture and a little goes a long way. I personally love it for a night time moisturizer and prefer a lighter cream for day time use. I would absolutely reccomend this to anyone who wants to stop wrinkles in their tracks! I have noticed a glow to my skin upon waking in the morning! My skin is also plump and hydrated!
Date published: 2018-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful moisturizer When you have combination skin, it is difficult to find a moisturizer that will strike the right balance of hydrating your skin without irritating it. My skin loves this cream. It is a thick cream that I apply at night so that my skin has time to absorb it. In the morning, my face is hydrated and glowy, and it feels supple without any breakouts or irritation. This will be my go-to cream in the winter when my skin is dry from the indoor heat or chapped from the cold air. It's good any time of the year really. I'm using it now and noticing a difference in my skin; it looks and feels healthy and hydrated.
Date published: 2020-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best kept secret cream ever!!!! I have used this product since I was 16 years old. My Mother started me on it for my 16th birthday. If I was ever limited to just one item I could use on my face it would have to be Active Phelityl Cream. It is the only cream that has helped me from getting lines on my neck and around my eyes. I use it every night in these areas and have been mistaken for 20 years younger than I am. I see the girls I have gone to school with and am surprised at how their skin has aged so much more than mine. I purchased the product for most of my life from Saks but upon the sudden withdrawal of Erno Laszlo from the Store and no notice to me I quickly called Neiman's and ordered 25 jars.. Thank Heaven's enough people in the country have come to their senses and have realized that Dr. Laslzo knew what he was doing and had found the secret to beautiful skin. What ever you do don't miss out on this fantastic cream---truly the only one in the world that really works!!! I live in Los Angeles but fly to the East Coast monthly---using this cream one would never know that I have even looked at an airplane let alone fly nearly 100,000 miles a year. The trick is to make sure to use it on your neck, lips and side of eyes! This is the best kept secret cream ever!!!!
Date published: 2015-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Cream Started using this cream to complement the sea mud soap and phelityl skin supplement -- just amazing, immediate results for midlife dryness. Most heavy creams like this will cause me to break out, but no problems at all with this. If you read the ingredients, you'll think this cream can't be anything special -- but there's some sort of skin care magic going on here (as with all the Laszlo products!)
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thanks for saving ONE of the ORIGINALS I have been using Erno Laszlo's clock system since I'd worked as a stock boy at Saks Fifth Avenue when I was 17 years old. And I'm just going to say this. I've gone back and forth because, as consumers, we're inundated with promises from hundreds of skin care companies promising better and better skin blah blah blah. I'm now 60 and although I don't look bad, I probably would look better had I just stayed with Erno Laszlo these past 40 years. Well, on my 60th birthday, I did an assessment and decided I needed a boost to this aged face and decided to go back to using my old school favorite, Active pHelityl Cream. Well gosh darn, I've used it nightly for the last three weeks and yup, I should have stayed with Erno Laszlo all these years. The sad thing, for me, is that the original clocking system is no longer and, as far as I can determine, there are only five of Dr. Laszlo's original (or close to original) formulas available: Sea Mud Soap, Active pHelityl Soap, Active pHelityl Oil, Active pHelityl Cream, and Light Controlling Lotion. I also am skeptical of the claim, by the current company, that Phormula 3-9 Repair Balm was formulated by Dr. Laszlo for Marilyn Monroe's abdominal scar. Marilyn Monroe's Erno Laszlo products were auctioned off, years ago, by her estate, and one of the items was a Active pHelityl Cream box with the underlined typewritten instruction on the box lid: for SCAR. Amongst the other items of Marilyn Monroe auctioned off were many, many jars of Erno Laszlo Active pHelityl Cream. There were no jars of Phormula 3-9 Repair Balm. Regardless, I'm grateful that Active pHelityl Cream is still available and the unmistakable smell of Active pHelityl Cream brings back a lot of memories of a lifetime of good choices and really bad ones. Thank you for keeping this product.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Absolute Star Of The Show! I have used this product faithfully for at least the past 35 years and I would never give it up even if it was the only beauty product I could afford. It is the one step I never skip in my nightly routine and I apply it also when my skin feels dry during the day.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A complete game changer Wow wow wow! My face has never looked so radiant and moisturized. I have combination skin, some dry areas, some oily areas and this moisturizer replenishes the dry areas without making the oily areas worse. It actually seems to cut down on the greasiness. I've noticed a definite decrease in some of the fine lines I had around my eyes and that alone makes this product a win for me. The fragrance is pleasant and not overpowering, I haven't experienced any break outs, I just can't find a single con to share about this moisturizer. It's a total game changer for me and I'd absolutely recommend it!
Date published: 2020-07-15
Date published: 2018-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Prefer Phelityl Cream I received 3 Active Phelityl Creams that I ordered today. I've been using Erno Laszlo products for many years and generally I think that the products are excellent. I originally wanted to order Phelityl Cream which is my favorite product but you are not selling that product anymore. I have been using that for years and I have been very satisfied with it. I wish that you would offer that product again. The first thing is that I cannot understand why the Active Phelityl Cream containers are brick heavy. The extra weight really seems unnecessary and a hindrance for shipping. I have ordered Active Phelityl Cream before and while I think it is a very good product I don''t like it quite as much as Phelityl Cream.
Date published: 2013-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Active Phelityl Cream This is my favorite Laszlo product and I would not know what to do without it. I have used it for over 30 years. Please always keep it available!
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the original secrets! This is THE cream used by all of the original famous clients. Sadly the ingredients have been changed many times, BUT it still is my go to cream. Many of EL other creams are reactions to fads. Please don't discontinue this GEM!
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No product like it I've used Active Phelityl Cream for years, as has my mother and sister. There is no product like it. I first learned about Erno Laszlo long ago in modeling school. I especially love it for under my eyes and on my neck. I was disappointed to learn you are no longer making Shake-It.
Date published: 2016-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving my skin! Having a moisturizer that fits my needs and I like is very important to me. I have been using this moisturizer for over a week now and have found it to be great! The jar is pretty big compared to most moisturizers I have had in the past. There is a small applicator to help apply the cream to the face. I have been using this product every night and havent even put a dent in the amount in the jar! It takes a very small amount to cover the entire face. It feels alittle thick when it's being applied but it drys up fairly quick and leaves the skin smooth and soft. I have not had any problems since using this product and have found my skin to not be oily after using this product either.
Date published: 2020-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Active Phelityl Cream I have used this cream for 30 years. My daughter 56, and my 2 granddaughters,22 and 31 also use it. I find it wonderfully soothing for my dry skin. I do not like the heavy china jar. It's too heavy and could break if dropped. Please put it back in the plastic jar. I use it for day and night and carry some during the day if my skin feels tight. Really love it!
Date published: 2015-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best 24 Hour Facial Cream! I have used Erno Lazlo products since the mid 1970's. Although, through the years I have changed some of their products in my skin care routine, Active Phelityl Cream has been a consistent part of both my morning and evening skin care. It hydrates my dry, sensitive skin, giving it a soft, clear glow. I have never found a cream the works so well on my skin.
Date published: 2018-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from New Go-To Night Cream! I find myself constantly grabbing for this jar over my others because it just makes my skin look so much smoother and feel so much softer! The scent is very light and doesn’t bother me. I highly recommend!
Date published: 2019-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bring Back Shake-It I’ve used Laszlo for 41 years. This cream makes my skin glow and works perfectly with shake-it to keep the glo, even out skin tone, and clarify the skin. It was the perfect skin that the company became famous for. Now that I am running out of my last shake-it I can’t help but wonder if active phelityl cream will not be perfect anymore.
Date published: 2018-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I have been a Laszlo user for over 30 years... and can’t live without active phelityl cream... never found a cream that comes close to it!
Date published: 2018-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Active Phelityl Intensive Cream This product saved my skin from the cold winter and the wind. I have slightly oily skin but when the weather gets cold my skin will become dry. This product saved my skin from becoming dry and gives it a healthy glow. This is my go to night time moisturizer as well. I love this product and the rest of the Erno Laszlo line.
Date published: 2013-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A big surprise I have rosacea and seborrhea dermatitis so I am fussy about skin care. I have had great success with EL Phelityl cleaning oil and soap so thought this would be a great addition. My heart sank when I opened the jar and saw how thick it was but as I was experiencing a rosacea out break I though I'd give it a try. My eyelids and around my mouth were particularly bad. This product works. within two days all rawness and redness was gone. My skin looked like glass. It makes a perfect eye cream (crinkles gone) perfect lip balm (smooth lips and no lines above lips) and a definitive positive difference on my neck and decolletage. (much smoother) I am reluctant to use on my oily cheeks but have just started using a very thin application there and so far very nice. No issues.
Date published: 2020-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good, but packaging needs improvement The product is excellent for my skin type. But, after many years of using it I will need to find another product. I\'m in my elder years, and the VERY VERY heavy glass container puts an unnecessary strain on my wrists. I\'m always concerned that I\'ll drop it. If the container fell on your bare foot, it could very easily break your toe. It\'s unfortunate that the container isn\'t a lightweight plastic.
Date published: 2014-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic for good reason After using the product for 2 weeks, I found it a little too heavy for daytime in summer in the hot, humid South. I love it for night. I wake up with soft, moist skin. This is great for extra dry spots or sunburn. It's almost more of a balm than a cream. It has a very faint, pleasant scent. I'm sure it will be excellent for winter dry skin. For summer, I like Firmarine for day and Active Phelityl for night. I've used Laszlo products since the 70's and my facial skin does not give away my age (66) now.
Date published: 2020-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old school standby For those of you pining for Erno Laszlo formulas from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, look no further. Active pHelityl Cream looks the same, smells the same, and works the same as the classic deep hydrator that put Erno Laszlo on the map. They’re not joking when they say intensive. It’s wonderfully greasy and it works. I rub any excess on my hands around my hands. It’s a great hand cream. Yes, it is greasy. But it works wonders and it was THE beauty jar for Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe. Enough said.
Date published: 2020-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Active Phelityl cream Small sample was given to me by Mr.Laszio 1965 I have used this Product every day and it proved that my face is almost wrinkel free at age 75 thank you Laszio products
Date published: 2019-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Star I have had dental issues for many years & used a lot of harsh toothpastes & rinses, also wearing dental applicance at night. I have often thought I could not do it without active phelityl cream on my lips. It is better than any lip therapy ever. Even Ernlo Laszlo sold a lip therapy product years agl I didi not like as well as active phelityl cream. It is so multi-purpose. I also have allergic eyelids and active phelityl cream does not seem to increase irritation, redness, or itchiness.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Protective coverage Against the wintery winds this cream's coverage is wonderful. Keep Active Phelityl Cream in your product line forever!!
Date published: 2018-02-16
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Can I use my retynol cream under it at night?

Asked by: Vero1234
You should be able to use them together, however I would recommend checking with your dermatologist to confirm the best method to use your retinol.
Answered by: EL Advisor
Date published: 2020-07-21

Do Erno Laszlo products have sodium laurel sulphates in their ingredients? Don't see it listed but “perfumes” seems vague. 

Asked by: Posie1644
I have no idea, but this is the greatest cream ever and I have used it since the 1970s.
Answered by: Fizban
Date published: 2020-05-18

I usually go for the firming products, but I love the way the two white lotions make my face feel and look. I purchased the Firmarine lotion and cream. Can they be layered, say first the Firmarine lotion and then another lotion??

Asked by: Maria V.
There is not much benefit to using two moisturizers, as moisturizers are considered a final layer for a skincare routine, and using multiple moisturizers can be too heavy for skin. I would recommend choosing your favorite, or alternately, using one in the morning and the other in the evening. You could also use the Firmarine Serum, and then use a moisturizer with that, as those two products are meant to be layered.
Answered by: EL Advisor
Date published: 2019-04-15

I have a jar of Hydra-Therapy Bodyskin Cream and love it.  I would like to know the name of the Lazio product that took its place. My jar is 8 oz.

Asked by: Suzie45
Active phelityl cream is the replacement. It leaves your skin soft and silky. It is especially useful in cold weather.
Answered by: Nerina23
Date published: 2019-02-04

This cream feels unpleasantly greasy. It leaves a greasy film after applying it on my face. I wonder if this is normal? Did I use it wrong?

Asked by: ChelseaG
I already answered this question but forgot to tell you this cream should be used every night after washing your face under the eyes, on your lips and above the upper lip and on the neck.  Leave for 5 minutes and then remove what remains with a tissue.  If you have lines on your neck, they WILL disappear.
Answered by: Hope
Date published: 2020-05-12

I used this cream a few years ago. The cream worked well on my skin but I stopped using it because of the very strong fragrance. Does it still have a strong fragrance?

Asked by: Chloe36
I’m not sure when they changed the formula in my opinion it’s has a very light smell. Not heavily fragranced at all. I do love the texture! Hope this helps! 
Answered by: Linnmn
Date published: 2018-11-17

Is this the ORIGINAL night cream I would have bought in the 60’s?  With a yellow hue snd very greasy?  If so, this is the cream I want. 

Asked by: Mussy
Yes, this is the original Active Phelityl Cream, with a slight yellow color, and the consistency similar to Vaseline. It is great for severely dry skin.
Answered by: EL Advisor
Date published: 2020-04-29

Is it non-comedogenic..?

Asked by: Taylor
It is great! I have used it day and night for years and have not seen any clogged pores.
Answered by: Fizban
Date published: 2019-01-07
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