Vogue reporter Remy Rippon asked the actress, “What’s the most outlandish beauty treatment you’ve tried?” to which Blanchett replied, “Sandy [Bullock] and I saw this facialist in New York, Georgia Louise, and she gives what we call the ‘penis facial’ and it’s something — I don’t know what it is, or whether it’s just ’cause it smells a bit like sperm — there’s some enzyme in it, so Sandy refers to it as the ‘penis facial.'”
Several fashion and beauty publications picked up the news, amplified by Twitter. Vogue Australia then deleted the quote from the story without any notation that the original story had been edited, although the article could still be viewed on the magazine site via Google search hours later and the interview is reprinted in full on a Cate Blanchett fan site.
Manhattan aesthetician Louise was delighted by the plug for her unusual product, professionally tagged as the Hollywood EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) Facial. It can be yours for USD$650.
“Sandra Bullock was filming in NYC and came to see me for a deep cleansing and long-lasting facial glow,” Louise told The Hollywood Reporter. “I wanted to give her something that would transform her skin without lasers, so I loaded up her bespoke facial with something that would give her long-lasting results. Within weeks her makeup artist and castmates wanted to know what was the cause of her long-lasting glowing skin….and the Hollywood EGF Facial was born!”
“Foreskin is collected during circumcision and the stem cells are then harvested and extracted through a centrifuge,” said Louise. “I am always very mindful to explain radical serums and potions that I carry in my back bar, so I always explain that although EGF is derived from newborn baby foreskin, the cells used in my serum were extracted from those original cells, but in fact are new cells cloned in a laboratory.”
Earlier this month, the beauty expert posted a screenshot of an article that recapped the controversy, and adding in some blatant self-promotion. “No babies were used — only clone cell[s] taken years ago!”
She went on to explain that the stem cells were sourced from a Korean stem cell bank. She claims that FDA-approved stem cells and peptides help regenerate collagen and elastin. The facial includes a cleanse, followed by an intensive TCA peel, micro-needling machine and en electrifying mask to calm the skin, followed by my ‘secret box’ ofEGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) serum.”
Other A-listers who use this salon – but not necessarily indulge in the penis facial – include Emma Stone, Katy Perry, models Linda Evangelista and Karlie Kloss and fashion designer Alexander Wang.