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

stem cell microneedlingStem 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.

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?

2 thoughts on “Stem cell snake oil for sale at Nordstrom, Amazon, & Ebay?


  1. My experience with “stem cell enhanced” skin products comes entirely from samples provided by friends. These are often high quality to start with so the addition of “stem cells” or their culture medium (in one case) is a just ruse to up the price even more. It’s no different from adding rhino horn or shark cartilage to a product – there will be no added benefit except to the marketing strategy and profits. It did amuse me that someone had thought up a use for the culture medium we take off of our cells every day and throw away…


  2. Some are even more ingenious than actually adding stem cells – these guys http://www.stemcell100.com/ only add the words to their products!

    Actually they are Chinese medicine herbs (the “cells”) from which they take the “stems” of the plants – and all in the name of telomere extention. Tumor cream anyone?

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