Erno Laszlo Institute


When a skin-care line lists classic beauties such as Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo and Jackie Kennedy as fans, it is hard not to expect real passion and integrity in a brand that has lasted for generations. Erno Laszlo delivers on style, quality and class. The original brand launched in 1927 but they have staged a dramatic come-back with the opening of a new Soho salon last year.

The result is an up-to-the-minute modern spa-of-sorts which remains true to the classic products and philosophies of its creator. Even the interiors have a retro-glam, Art Deco townhouse vibe, that feels elegant rather than sparse - an affliction of many modern beauty havens. It runs a membership model, which is also cleverly conceptualized for those who visit, and is not limited to NY-area residents.

Branded products are a mix of original formulations (such as the Erno Laszlo Active Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil, a mixture of sunflower, safflower, sesame oils, avocado and Kurzii seeds) and new recipes - all very effective. Therapists customize the legendary serums and treatments to meet whatever skin need you might have, from enzyme peels to light therapy. Facials are a good mixture of dermatology and pampering - I went in with a head cold and came out glowing ready to go to an opening that night; spots extracted and dryness soothed. What was so adorable was the care and kindness of the entire staff – two of whom emailed me the next day to see how I was feeling and asked if I made it to my event.

To keep skin looking that good, you really need to buy the products and use them consistently, which can be a bit time consuming, but does yield results. Audrey Hepburn famously said: '50% of my beauty I owe to my mother, 50% to Erno Laszlo'.
- Suzanne


Great for
Consistent, long-term skin health maintenance in the hands of experts who love what they do and respect & admire the brand and new company owner. I had my first treatment with Tinamarie Gerardi and can’t wait to return!

Memorable moment
The original spa at 677 Fifth Avenue was known as the House of Silence, and the new version hasn’t lost any of that discretion and relaxation. You can completely forget the world outside and indulge in you time and your skin care - alongside several famous faces. I won’t ruin the privacy policy by saying who...

Be aware
Membership comes at a price! But this is a stunning spa with a long-reaching history and very effective treatments/products. When you do the math you’ll see each treatment comes up as no more expensive than the top facials in NYC. Plus: members get a consultation with a dermatologist, custom skin rejuvenation and a minimum of fifteen facials and peels using those famous personalized serums and products. Included are services like eyebrow wax/shaping and make-up application for special occasions.

Annual membership: $3,000
Three month trial membership or out-of-town membership: $1,000

Mention What’s Worth It to receive a 15% discount on all products plus a goodie bag of samples when you leave!
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