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Whilst at the Laura Mercier counter buying a bottle of One Step Cleanser, I couldn't help noticing her range of bath and body products mainly because of their beautiful packaging. However on opening up the tester jar of the Crème Brûlée Soufflé Body Crème, I was blown away by the amazing smell and had to try some for myself. Luckily the nice girl on the counter gave me a generous sample to try, and it's this sample I'm reviewing.
Laura Mercier is a French makeup artist who has developed a line of luxurious makeup and skincare products aimed at a buying audience with a fair bit of money. The Crème Brûlée Soufflé Body Crème is said to be "an ultra-whipped scented soufflé crème that provides luxurious all-day moisture protection without being heavy or greasy"; it's apparently part of the "Gourmande Collection" which features other foodie-scented products such as pistachio and coconut milk.
The blurb for the cream states that it contains vitamins A, C and E as well as shea butter, so it's fairly good for the skin although I wouldn't believe all the hype about these wonder ingredients. I for one wanted to try it simply because of the scent!
Although my Crème Brûlée Soufflé Body Crème sample was put in a small Laura Mercier branded jar for me, I got a good look at the jar in which the actual product is presented: it's a handsome square glass jobby with a silver screw top and an octagonal blue and silver Laura Mercier label. The glass is clear to reveal the pale peach coloured cream inside. All in all, it's a nicely presented product which will look great on a bathroom counter or dressing table, but it certainly is very heavy and bulky, so not particularly good for travelling.
The cream itself is, as I've said, a pale peach colour very much an actual crème brûlée. I'm not entirely sure what all the business about it being a souffle is, as it felt very much like a standard, reasonably thick cream to me - not very light or airy and certainly not "ultra whipped". It's certainly a nice texture and I'm not sure that being very light or whipped would add much to the overall effect.
The smell is what really got me hooked though. Basically, it smells uncannily like a warm vanilla crème brûlée: there's a hint of the burnt sugar and a load of vanilla, plus that really creamy, dairy, verging on too-sweet note that's honestly just like the dessert. If you hate sweet smells, then this isn't one for you, but personally I find it utterly moreish and have to keep smelling my arm to get another whiff of the scent!
The usual routine: dip finger in pot, spread on self, rub in. I don't really like the fact that it's in a pot, as it means that you've got to put your dirty fingers in and thus contaminate the whole pot. It might not be as attractive, but a squeezy tube would be more hygienic - or, I suppose, you could invest in a small spoon or something to get the cream out. If you didn't feel too stupid doing that, that is...
I put the crème all over my upper arms after exfoliation, and now they are smooth and gratifyingly free of those horrible little bumps I always seem to get. They also smell wonderful and definitely strongly of the scent - it's been at least 40 minutes since I applied it and I still smell as much of vanilla as ever. No complaints about the smell or the longevity here, just be aware that it's impossible to wear perfume as well as this. You have to really like the scent as it'll be hanging around for a good while.
What I will also say is that it is a touch on the greasy side. It's definitely a heavy moisturiser and it doesn't sink in all that quickly, so don't slather it on and then get dressed immediately, or try to do delicate jobs straight after getting it on your hands. On the plus side, you don't need all that much for it to work really well, but I am a little iffy about how greasy it feels on my hands.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Here's the downside: the Crème Brûlée Soufflé Body Crème is a ridiculous £42 for a 300g jar. I'm struggling to justify buying it to myself as I want a full-size pot so badly!
I'd buy this for the wonderful foodie smell alone: I love how long-lasting the scent is and how yummy and moreish it smells. However, it's cripplingly expensive, a little too heavy for my liking (and therefore too greasy to use on my hands) and I'm not keen on the unhygienic pot setup. I'd like to see a tube instead, honestly. I'm going to dock a star for all these downsides and give it four Dooyoo stars, but nevertheless if anyone's feeling kind (and rich!) you know where to send a jar of this delicious stuff...