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My younger sister and I live in different parts of the world, have different personalities and a completely different set of priorities. I came to be the owner of a small pot of possibly the world’s most expensive face cream when she bought it for me as a birthday present. Of course she knew me well enough to know that I would never spend such and amount - around 100 pounds for a 30 milliliter container.
Creme De La Mer, a product of the De La Mer company, has apparently been around for a year however I was unaware of this luxury product. In my opinion, this is an old-style face cream that is a slightly greasy moisturiser. My skin is naturally slightly oily, although my cheeks can get dry, so I found that if I avoided applying this cream to my t-zone I could get away with using it.
I simply applied a very small amount to my face using my forefinger to dab first and then blend it in. The cream does leave a slight shine to my skin, which I do not like.
The scent is one that I describe as a non-scent. That is, it smells of something yet nothing. i.e. a typical face moisturiser smell.
Because this cream is so rich I only used it several times a week. Of course this meant that the small pot lasted longer than expected.
Does it work? Well, it did moisturise my cheeks. But my regular cheap moisturisers do this just as well.
Not recommended at even 10% the usual price.
I tend to stay clear when a single product promotes that it provides different benefits. Different active ingredients are used to bring different benefits and most of the time, these active ingredients compete with each other when used in the same formula. But, the hype about La Mer's Creme de La Mer got me curious so I sucked it up and paid for a jar.
Was it moisturizing? Definitely. The cream absorbed well into my face after about 10min (its not a cream I would use if I was in a rush) and my face instantly looked more supple and dewy (like those Korean Idols).
Did it reduce fine lines or create an anti-aging effect? I'm afraid that I can't say yes. After about 6 weeks of application, my wrinkles were still as evident as before. As I said before, it is highly unlikely for any product to be able to produce multiple 'miracles'. If you want to reduce fine lines, use a product that is specific for that. An 'All in one product' will probably leave you unsatisfied and with a lighter wallet.
One thing that irks me about this product is that it does not provide a spatula to scoop the cream. Just imagine how much bacteria goes into your jar every time you stick your fingers in it. Ew.
Will I buy this again? Probably not. The price of it does not justify the effects its brings to my skin. I would rather head down to get cheaper products that work just the same in helping me attain hydrated the skin, and spend the extra cash on an anti-aging serum.
I have seen numerous times that this is a cream used by many celebrities. Countless reviews have stated how much of a miracle it is, with the majority stating that it is a great cream for somebody who has sensitive skin. Although it certainly looked credible, I was put off by its insanely high price tag - it is somewhat of a deterrent and not for the average woman.
Luckily my aunt, a La Mer fan herself, brought me this after seeing that I viewed it on my web history. I have to say that I was really excited to use it - I'd never had such an expensive face cream before. I made sure to cleanse my face properly before the first application. It smells like an ordinary cream and is incredibly light, almost having a silky quality about it. I applied a liberal amount and massaged it in circles. My skin instantly felt softer and 'peachier'. It calmed down some of the redness on my cheeks and made my skin feel firm and supple.
However, after applying it for a week or so I didn't notice an improvement on my skin - I am fortunate have olive skin which looks even toned but I am prone to blemishes - this cream didn't do much to counteract this. It merely made my skin feel luxuriously soft. I don't think I'd like this product even as a gift to be honest, but I do think that many women fall prey to the fact that it's really expensive and thus assume it's good. My advice would be to try a sample first before investing. If it's not what you had hoped for then it is a real disappointment.
Firstly when I came across this La Mer Creme de La Mer was, when I got it few months ago as a present from my mother. Til then I was just getting cheap Nivea or Garnier from my local store. But I must say that this creme very happily surprised me. I never heard of La Mer before so I made a quick research and I found out that it had quite positive ratings. But was it a good choice for me? Lets look closer.
From my early age I have a very dry skin, but I had never paid too much attention to it. I just used my usual Nivea cream four to five times a day to keep my skin somehow moist. I did not expect miracles from La Mer Creme. I started using it twice a day on my hands and face. After about five weeks of using I could see the difference. My skin skin is no more peeling off (it was sometimes a little peeling off on my neck) and is more moist. After that I reduced on using this La Mer Creme just once a day in addition to my normal cheap cream and the results are staying great.
Need to say, this cream is very expensive. It costs £105 for 30 ml. However after my original was finished I purchased this cream myself again multiple times. It is absolutely worth the investment, it improved my skin very much. I am happy that my mother helped to discover me La Mer and its very quality products!
ok so this cream is pretty expensive as far as moisturising creams go. I have extremely dry skin and feel like I have tried every product going to combat it. my nose especially gets so much dry flaky skin on it that it looks horrible the moment I put any sort of foundation or powder on it, even after I have exfoliated.
I have tried so many moisturising creams, even slathered my face in Vaseline petroleum jelly every night before bed for several weeks but that still didn't work. I thought I would take a gamble and buy this cream. reading reviews some people said it worked, some said it didn't. I guess with anything different people will have different results.
I think this cream is most definitely suited to those with dry skin, and I can genuinely say it does work for me. since using it my face has felt much softer, and nowhere near as tight as it used to. I have been applying quite a thick layer at night, and then a very thin layer in the morning before putting on makeup, and after quite some time using it there is a definite improvement in my skin, which I noticed quite soon after starting to use it. it also doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy which is a bonus. thus far this is the only cream that has worked to combat my really flaky skin, however it really does cost a lot so I would recommend you try all the cheaper more common creams first as they may work just as well for your skin.
I am now coming to the end of my first tub, and although I would love to purchase it again, I am sure there has got to be a cheaper alternative that works just as well that I haven't found yet. I will continue to search for something cheaper that works, however if I don't find anything then I will come back and stick with the la mer crème.
rème De La Mer is the original product created by aerospace physicist Max Huber, as described in the brand summary for La Mer. As enticing as this dramatic story sounds, the reality is that this very basic cream doesn’t contain anything particularly extraordinary or unique, unless you want to believe that seaweed extract (sort of like seaweed tea) can in some way heal burns and scars, but there is no research to support that claim. Even if it could, burns and scars don’t have much to do with wrinkling, and this product is now being sold as a wrinkle cream.
The original miracle, borne from Dr. Huber's quest to heal his own skin's scarred appearance. This ultrarich cream transforms skin on contact and soothes sensitivities. It helps heal even the driest complexions and dramatically renews skin's appearance. Skin in any state will benefit from this nourishing treatment, but it is especially suited to very dry complexions. To this day, each opal jar is filled by hand to maintain its delicate balance.
According to Susan Brawley, professor of plant biology at the University of Maine, “Seaweed extract isn’t a rare, exotic, or expensive ingredient. Seaweed extract is readily available and is used in everything from cosmetics to food products and medical applications.” So why then is this product so expensive?
The price really is shocking considering that Crème de la Mer contains mostly seaweed extract, mineral oil, Vaseline, glycerin, wax-like thickening agents, lime extract, plant oils, plant seeds, minerals, vitamins, more thickeners, and preservatives. This rather standard moisturiser also contains some good antioxidants, but the jar packaging won’t keep them stable during use. This also contains a skin-stressing amount of eucalyptus oil, as well as Kathon CG, a preservative that is recommended for use only in rinse-off products. Consumers who have a “steadfast devotion” to this product are not only wasting their money but also hurting their skin.
A good moisturiser doesn’t need to cost a fortune or come in fancy packaging with legions of hype to really work. You’ll find affordable moisturisers that can do just as good a job of moisturising your skin for under a fiver!
Who hasn't heard of Creme De La Mer? Otherwise known as 'The Fountain of Youth'!
But who can afford it?
A very expensive product, this is something I've only ever bought once. Not because I don't like it - in fact, I adore the stuff - but as a mother of one and pregnant with number 2, I just can't afford it!
I just ran out, which has actually made me sad.
However - it DOES last (if you use it sparingly). Seriously, this stuff is like liquid gold, so please don't make the mistake I made, which was rubbing it onto my hands BEFORE I rubbed it onto my face. Argh, what a waste! No, no no . . . the best thing to do is use your little finger, and DOT tiny amounts across your nose, forehead, and face. This stuff is extremely thick, so it does go a long way. I also noticed that if I used two of my fingers together and 'warmed it up' before applying it to my face, again, it seemed to last longer and go further.
This literally plumps your skin, which is amazing if you are hitting your late-20's / early 30's. I wouldn't recommend this for those in their early twenties, as I just don't think they'd see the benefit. I swear, this knocks 5 years when you are 30 - I look 20 after using this.
I think this creme has been around for a long, long time. Nothing new has been added to it, nothing has been taken away. It is SO amazing, that they don't need to change it - and probably your grandmother used to use this!
Please, Creme De La Mer - send me another sample!
I stayed in my aunt's caravan for a few days last week, hence why I haven't been on here, and I have missed dooyoo actually! I forgot my current moisturiser, which is the seaweed day cream from The Body Shop, so my auntie said I could use hers. This was the cream I used for a few days and she told me it was VERY expensive. Hmm. So, what was it like? The cream comes presented in a pot that doesn't really look that impressive but it's not all about the packaging is it? The cream inside was white in colour, creamy in consistency and it smelt nice. So far so good...
The consistency of the cream reminded me of the Vitamin E cream from The Body Shop. Anyway, I cleansed and toned as usual and applied this cream in small circular motions to my entire face. I used it both morning and night. The cream felt lovely on my skin as I rubbed it in, gently of course! The smell wasn't at all overpowering and it soaked in quickly enough. It didn't soak in completely but this wasn't a bad thing as my skin was feeling a little dry at the time and in need of some hydration. Luckily this cream was very hydrating and after a few days of use it fully hydrated my skin leaving it feeling soft and smooth.
I was able to use the cream under make up but because it didn't soak in fully my skin did look a little shiny after use. I preferred using the cream at night as at night I don't worry about shine! My skin is VERY oily though, especially around my T Zone area. Maybe this cream would work better on drier skin types. Using it at night sorted out the dry patches on my chin area so I do think this cream is better suited to people with dry skin.
The cream didn't leave me with any spots but it was far too greasy on my skin for daytime use. I wouldn't pay over the odds for it as I don't think it's worth the money. Apparently it's around £100 per 30ml pot!!!
I think I'll stick to my usual Body Shop moisturiser. It's much cheaper and just as good. That's my opinion anyway!
The Packaging: Lots of men and women possess a gripe with jar packaging for sanitary reasons. This product is in a jar, meaning that all of it will be subjected to air multiple times. The jar packaging in La Mer causes the ingredients to become unstable. What small benefits you are really getting for your cash are basically being thrown out the window following a couple of uses.
Judging by the ingredients list and also the packaging, not only are you paying to get a wide range of garbage (and a small number of benefits that may expire before you get the chance to actually use them), but you're paying to quite potentially irritate your skin.
Still, I'm not the sort of individual who likes to take other's opinions and roll with it. I wished to analyze La Mer out for myself, so when I got my free sample, I was excited to see what all the dither (or cynicism) was about.
My Experience: After speaking to the girl at the La Mer counter (who proceeded to tell myself the aero-physicist story, because I had heard it so many times, and I just grinned and nodded), she demonstrated the way to make use of the product. I kind of believe that "warming up the product to activate the fixings" is bullshit, but the product is really quite thick so rubbing it between my fingers helped to apply it a bit more equally. She said that the miniature sample jar should last me about 10 uses (2x daily). Myself almost laughed after I learned that, but it really did last 10 uses. Actually, it continued longer than 10 uses for myself, but I was perhaps not being generous with it because in the cost it sell to the black market.
Okay, chat that is actual. I wasn't head over heels in love with this lotion. The creme is not nasty, but that's just it. It is not just nasty. Myself still wouldn't pay $50 for a mere third of the price, if it were It. It feels quite luxurious, as it costs more than 75 iced coffees at Dunkin Donuts, but myself really don't believe it's worth it. It did not physically irritate my skin, but I hadn't been using it. To get a moisturizer which not only does not have any anti- aspects that are aging, but also loses its little amount of benefits in a few uses once it gets too much exposure to the air, I simply can not see the delight over it. It does not even moisturize that good--the drier areas of my face (cheeks, notably) were dry when I had wake up. If myself spend $155 on a moisturizer that really doesn't even moisturize enough, admit me into a mental institution because I must have severely gone insane.
There's a rumor going around this product is not dissimilar to the Nivea cream in the blue container, but from what I hear it's not true (then again, I haven't tried it). Seemingly, the ingredients are not dissimilar to Nivea, but minus the seaweed extract (since Amazon sells that oh my God myself'm so mad, but it okay). Thus, it is not exactly like the USA version (the US always gets stuck together with the shittier variant it appears, particularly since Europe has like a billion bad products banned and the U.S. has like seven). But, it might be just like the German version. Still, since I wasn't impressed with La Mer, I'm not so interested in finding a dupe for a so so product.
Final Verdict: This moisturizer isn't worth the hype. It does not do the things it claims to do, but it still wouldn't be worth the price even if it did. This moisturizer was pretty typical having a side of "meh." That's an insane cost, for no reason at all, apart from the very fact that pricier products look more luxurious and splurge- worthy and folks like to pamper themselves. I am shaking my head at all of this rubbish, and this does not get the College Attractiveness Buff seal of approval. I will save my $155 as any college student should to spend on sushi and iced coffee, and I advise you do exactly the same. However, if you don't need to listen to myself, it can be bought by you on La Mer's website with free shipping, because it's the least they can do for making you pay $155 for Vaselinea and a bunch of preservatives.
I was once brainwashed by a lovely lady who stood by a glowing fish tank who told me an amazing story about the roots of this face cream. The fact that is a LUXURY brand, contains a miracle broth and how it helped a man's face that was covered in burns. I was compelled to buy a pot. (It was these stupid investments that I am not paying back in my 'student loan form') I was impressed with the pot and I used it for around 3 years before deciding it was too expensive. I managed to get 3 months from a pot and at a £105 for a small pot; spending £420 on face cream per year was too much.
==Price and availability==
For £105 you get a 30ml tub and you can buy it from the dedicated staff and the fish at department stores....
The cream is white, creamy and it does not have a strong scent but smells vaguely fresh. The cream comes in a lovely white resin pot and it also comes with a small spoon so you do not contaminate the pot. The cream needs to be spooned on to your finger (pea sized amount) rubbed between your fingers until it goes clear and then added on the skin in dabbing motions.
The cream is thick and feels hydrating on the skin. You do not need much at all however when it is so expensive I was very reluctant to use much anyway. The cream does have a good effect on your skin and my usual dry patches were no longer a problem. I also have the off spot break out on my nose and with the cream, I had much less. Since ceasing using the cream, I have found other products that give me the same results. So yes it worked for me, however I can achieve the same for less. I applied the cream on a morning and night and I found it thick enough to use as a night cream as well as being balanced as a day cream.
This is good cream and if I ever had a serious skin complaint I would be prepared to buy it again. I miss the lovely feeling of opening a green box and discovering the cream with the odd free sample however I will not pay that sort of money for this again. If it was the only product I could find that soothed my skin then I may but so far so good.
Creme de la Mer Face Cream
I was lucky (!) enough to receive for my birthday a small pot of the uber-glamorous and uber-expensive Creme de La Mer moisturing cream. At an exorbitant £105 for a teeny-tiny 30ml pot (I googled it!), you can imagine I would never buy this for myself. Nevertheless, I was VERY excited to try this. In all honesty, I was part expecting miracles from the wonder-cream, expecting it to take off 10 years, that I would emerge from the bathroom lloking like Catherine Zeta-Jones ... I was sorely disappointed.
The moisturiser comes in a tiny white pot, and is accompanied by a measurement spoon-thing (I suppose it needs to be rationed at this price!), and contains a white creamy substance.
The cream itself does have a nice consistency - smooth and glides onto the skin, but it is a bit of a faff to apply - you must rub it in your fingers to heat it a little, before applying (and let's be honest, who has time for that!)
There is no scent, which to be honest was quite a relief - I was a bit concerned my face would smell like rotten seaweed (to cream is derived from sea kelp don't you know!).
Once it had eventually soaked into my skin, I waited for it to work its magic. And waited. And waited. While I suppose a drastic change was a bit over-ambitious, I had expected some difference from my usual Olay moisturiser. But nothing seemed different at all. My skin wasn't smoother, clearer or visibly better in any way. I had wasted 2 months following these silly application rules to no avail, and would not recommend this product.
While the Creme de La Mer cream was a nice consistency, and had attractive packaging, it is in no way worth the cost. The regime is over complicated and there has been no visible improvements on using this compared to much more reasonably priced creams out there. So my advice is save the money - stick to your Olay!
I was bought Creme De La Mer face cream and lip balm by my sister for my birthday and I must admit that I was very disappointed with both of them. The face cream was extremely thick which I took to be a good sign as I have rather dry skin with an oily t zone. I did, however, find it rather difficult to apply and it tended to 'drag' on my skin a bit. After using the cream for about 3 months though (which is how long the pot lasted) I must admit that I really didn't notice any difference between this cream and my normal (and MUCH cheaper brand) For the price of it, I was hoping that I would notice a difference in my skin tone and elasticity but I can honestly say that I didn't. I have, therefore, decided not to splash out on another pot and have reverted back to my trusty cheap brand face cream.
I have read many reviews about Creme de la Mer and they tend to focus on the price, unsubstantiated ingredients and difficulty of application. I agree that the price is quite hefty however you will find that a small pot does go a long way. This is because the cream is very thick (it will stay in the jar if you hold it upside down). The counter staff will tell you because of the thickness that you need to rub it in your fingers before applying it to your skin. You will also be told that this will release the miracle broth. I find that if you dab a few bits it on your face by the time you come to smooth it in you will find that the heat from your skin will have softened the cream. Also why not let the broth release itself on your face as opposed to your fingers? This application method will make it easier to smooth into your face. I would not recommend rubbing it in to your skin as this can subject the skin underneath to stress and actually cause more lines and wrinkles.
If your skin is oily then I would not necessarily recommend this cream as you may not need such a heavy cream. Although saying that my skin is combination and it has not caused any break outs on me (and I have been using it for over a year). Leaving aside the application method in terms of results, you will find that it does give your face a glow that will last a long time - most of the day in fact. I think this is due to the thickness of the cream. I also found that the dry areas of my face were no longer dry and remained moisturised all day. This was a first for me as I have used many different creams and although most creams promise this most do not deliver. If you have a very dry skin, your face will love this cream and I suspect, correct me if I am wrong, you will not need to apply anything else all day nor will your face feel tight later in the day. Admittedly I do use a serum underneath the cream. The reason for this is because although I am confident on the cream's ability to moisturise I am not sure if its technology matches modern day creams (which have moved on since it was developed). I therefore like to hedge my bets and pair a good moisturiser with a new technology serum. I am mid thirties and do not have any lines on my forehead nor around my eyes. I hope this is because of my regime and until I start to see things go downhill I will continue what I am doing. I would recommend this product
*NOTE* Firstly id like to make a note to the people who slate creme de la mer. What i have found with these people is that they are the people who have no read the leaflet or on the website on how to use this prodcut correctly. There IS a special technique to using this product. It is NOT a slap-it-on-your-face-and-rub-it-in product.
So go and read how to use correctly before you bad mouth this amazing cream.
Anyway, I have been using creme de la mer for 6 years now ( I am 24) and i LOVE it so much. It is amazing for all skin types. i have a combination skin and it keeps my drier areas beautifully moisturized 24/7 and it doesnt add oiliness to my more oily areas (tzone).
The cream is heavy and you need about a pea size amount for the entire face. do not over use it or you are jsut wasting it. It keeps my skin flawless and i remember the first time i ever used it and i woke up the next day to see instant results that i couldnt believe, ever since that day i have been loyal to creme de la mer.
Yes it is pricey but the process this cream goes through is extreme.
If you cant afford to use it over the entire face then its fantastic as just a eye cream, amazing for people who get dry skin around the eyes! its sooo hydrating its unlike anything else you will ever try.
If you do get the chance to try it then do, but with caution because youll be hooked!
I have used CDLM for 4 months running and the best proof that it works is that i am so comfortable going without makeup which is something that never happened pre-CDLM. My skin is transluscent and luminious. Having said that, I actually tried the original, Gel and Oil absorbing cream before concluding that the Gel worked phenomenally with my skin. My two cents is that new users should try the different creams, while remembering to warm the cream before pressing into the skin. Believe me, once you get the hang of it, you will not go another day without it.
An ultra-rich skin treatment that aims to heal, nourish and rejuvenat skin / Aims to make skin look and feel softer, firmer and smooth in a short period of time /