October 1, 2020

The Niche

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Stem cell snake oil for sale at Nordstrom, Amazon, & Ebay?

stem cell microneedlingWhat is stem cell snake oil?

Stem cells are exotic things ensconced away in biomedical research labs, right?

Well, maybe not entirely so these days.

It turns out that you can try to sell products for a lot of money by slapping “stem cells” on the label including cosmetics.

Take Nordstrom’s.

It has 80 stem cell products available online. These cosmetic products range in price up to $850 for the priciest one, ‘Bee Venom & Placenta’ 24 Carat Gold Ultimate Crème from Rodial.

These kinds of things are for sale despite an FDA takedown of L’Oreal/Lancome for iffy “stem cell” cosmetic products a few years back.

This Rodial cream is described this way: “Rodial Bee Venom & Placenta 24 Carat Gold Ultimate Crème is an exquisite, rejuvenating moisturizer with melittin peptide, liquid gold, stem cells and biomimetic growth factors from placenta.”

What a combo, huh?

The most expensive stem cell item on E-bay also seems downright scary. The ProCell Therapies Microneedling Stem Cell Hair Regrowth Micro Needle Therapy Kit sounds like a torture device to me. A bargain at $1,575, right?

Amazon has thousands of stem cell products (including books!), but the most expensive non-book stem cell item is an odd stem cell cosmetic. For only $3,757.96 you can get a 6 pack of Dermaheal by Stem C’rum Cell Revitalizing Solution –6 Applications for WOMEN.

Let the buyer beware.

Is this stuff snake oil or could it actually help people? What do you think?

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