I received this as a gift from my aunt and felt excited to try it as La Mer has a good reputation. It left me feeling slightly disappointed.
A silky formulation that resurfaces, protects, and heals the hands.
The cream feels luxuriously silky and instantly cools the hand down when applied. When it dried my hands felt somewhat softer, looked a little 'matte', and felt really moisturised. However, all of the hand creams I have previously used had the same effect and it didn't seem particularly special - I recall that a damask rose one from Dove was especially wonderful and made your hands feel so feminine. I continued to apply the cream for a few days and still didn't notice a difference. My mother applied some of this cream too and she reported minor irritation - I think it's because it contains natural plant extracts and fragrance chemicals. So if you have really sensitive hands, it may be wise to try this as a sample first, or otherwise stick to fragrance free hand creams.
One thing which really annoys me is that it claims to contain "declustered water". I have no idea as to what that is. I studied chemistry to an advanced level and never heard of it. La Mer claim that it penetrates skin better than regular water, BUT, there is no research proving it to be a superior choice for skin over regular water. Our skin has a tendency to take on water anyway, and too much water is in fact a bad thing - it's why many doctors will tell you to avoid sitting in a bath of water/shower for too long - our skin becomes vulnerable and its natural barrier can be impaired.
Looking at the ingredients, it's essentially algae, mineral oil, Vaseline, lime extract and thickening extracts. Nothing special, but enough to make your hands look better.
Declustered Water, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Tourmaline, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Retinyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Pantethine, Cholesterol, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Hexylene Glycol, Bisabolol, Linoleic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Morus Nigra (Mulberry) Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Squalane, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Tocopheryl Nicotinate, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Butylene Glycol, Magnesium Sulfate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool, Amyl Cinnamal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Citronellol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.
And before I forget: the price is absolutely ridiculous. Scrubbing your hands gently with honey and brown sugar, and then moisturising with your everyday (good) hand cream does the job at a fraction of the cost.