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La Vie Celeste Extra Rich Face Cream

La Vie Celeste Extra Rich Day & Night Restorative Face Cream

A Five Best Moisturizer of 2016

Size: 1.7 oz (50 ml)

La Vie Celeste Extra Rich Day & Night Restorative Face Cream is a hydrating and firming moisturizer that is targeted towards people who want a product to lift sagging skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This cream, which can be used both day and night, contains a number of organic ingredients to deeply moisturize, without feeling heavy or clogging pores. In order to make sure La Vie Celeste Extra Rich Day & Night Restorative Face Cream provides the efficacy and results it promises, Truth In Aging has tested and reviewed it to ensure that you get a powerful moisturizer that will smooth and firm your skin. For more products that work to revitalize and hydrate your complexion, shop Truth In Aging today.

La Vie Celeste Extra Rich Day & Night Restorative Face Cream uses the peptide ChroNOline to increase firmness in skin that is sagging, as well as diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Argan Oil offers the skin vitamin E and other beneficial fatty acids.

TIA Review by Marta:
La Vie Celeste Extra Rich Face Cream with R-Lipoic Acid, Chronoline and Apple Stem Cells is not only gorgeous to use (luxurious without being overly unctuous), but it functions well by moisturizing and hydrating without feeling heavy or pore congesting. Personally, I think that this cream will please a broad spectrum of folks - those like me who are a bit cautious of anything too rich and those like a friend of mine who probably wouldn’t even balk at putting something the texture of cream cheese on her face.

I used it as an above-serum moisturizer, on its own on my neck and hands and as a night cream. Because my skin is slightly oily, I might not use this every day in the warmer months. But in dry climates or for a parched skin, Extra Rich could become indispensable.

Like other La Vie Celeste products, the ingredients in their Extra Rich Face Cream are natural and organic. The star of the show is caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, the commercial name is ChroNoline. It is thanks to ChroNoline that this cream is one of the few I can really recommend to help against sagging skin.

Caprooyl tetrapeptide-3 is derived from a growth factor, namely TGF-B and stimulates production of laminin 5 (as well as collagen VII). Tetrapeptide-3 is also supposed to be pretty good at beefing up fibronectin (by 60% apparently). Fibronectin funtions in ways that are similar to laminins, which are important anti-saggers. It also plays a crucial in wound healing and was established in the early 80s that it is critical to healthy skin.

I love that baobab seed oil is here. The baobab is one of my favorite trees. It looks as if it is growing upside down, with its roots in the air and in its native Africa is the subject of many myths. It is a powerful antioxidant.

La Vie Celeste has given this cream some anti-aging umph with apple stem cells. And as with the eye cream and La Vie Celeste's much lighter day/night cream, there is spirulina, a powerfully antioxidant algae with omegas, amino acids and a boatload of vitamin B. In addition, there's an abundance of botanical antioxidants such as marigold and pomegranate. Finally, no La Vie Celeste product would be without r-lipioc acid, an antioxidant that helps overcome vitamin C and E deficiencies.

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I am always being asked for a recommendation for a rich face cream and beyond April Rain and SenZen’s Infinity (which, frustratingly, isn’t available again until later in the summer), I don’t have much of an answer. The problem is that I just haven’t come across many good rich... read more

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10 Reviews
  • Teri

    Hi Debora: I am so sorry that you are experiencing problems with the Extra Rich Cream. I was very surprised to read your review only because in all the years that I have been selling it at La Vie Celeste, I have never received any feedback about it not absorbing well or giving off a "tight" feeling. After reading your review, I had several more people test it and in every case, it absorbed beautifully with no feeling of tightness. you exfoliate on a regular basis? The reason I ask is because the accumulation of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin can negatively affect the absorption rate of creams. If you already have done so, then it is just possible that there is an ingredient (s) that just don't agree with you to cause the reactions you have been experiencing.

    Again, I am sorry that this cream has not worked for you and wish you the best in finding one that you really love. Finding a great cream is a very subjective thing and what might work for one person may not for another....very best, Teri, La Vie Celeste

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  • Debora

    (2 out of 5)

    I expected to love this product - I have dry, mature skin and love rich creams. My skin usually drinks it up. I applied a very small amount, since it's so rich, and massaged it in. My skin felt uncomfortable and tight after applying this cream - like I had product sitting on my skin. I spritzed my face with water, massaged my skin gently again and voila! White residue. The product didn't absorb, even though I applied a teensy amount. I've tried spraying my face with water before applying the moisturizer, I've tried applying even less (an absurdly tiny amount) - it just doesn't absorb. It doesn't matter how good the ingredients are if they just sit on top of your skin instead of sink in it.

    If anyone has any advice on how to make this cream work or idea why it isn't, please let me know. I don't understand why this is happening - I never have this problem, and this product generally gets good reviews on this site.

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  • Luz

    (3 out of 5)

    Sadly, I found nothing in this cream to warrant the title "Extra" or "Rich", as for me, it was neither. Although it smells lovely with great ingredients and a lovely texture, it is NOT moisturizing for very dry skin. I had to layer oil both under and over it. The only reason I'm giving this product 3 stars instead of 1 (which it was for me) is that it is a lovely product if you have slightly dry skin. However, for those few of us with truly dry skin (invisible pores, extreme skin tightness when you come out of the shower, even the most greasy products absorb quickly into skin, nothing seems to help with moisture, the need to apply products several times a day, never looking dewy, etc - you know who you are) this does NOT moisturize at all.

    My quest continues for a day cream that comes close to the marvel that is Eslor Active Night Cream for night.

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  • Tiffany

    (4 out of 5)

    Despite the fact that I had to return this product I still have to give it 4 stars. It has such a dreamy texture: rich moisturizing properties but with no heavy feel! It goes on like a dream and has a fabulous light, slightly-floral smell. Unfortunately it seems I was slightly allergic to something in it and ended up with red itchy patches, which kind of broke my heart because usage-wise this was my favorite LCV product. However, when I contacted LCV about the reaction (wasn't sure what was causing it at the time) they were extremely helpful, and I was speaking to the owner of the company herself. They extended the return period for me so I could adequately figure out which product was causing the reaction and are giving me a full refund though I've used about half the jar.

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  • Karen

    (4 out of 5)

    This is probably my favorite night cream. It smells delicious and feels heavenly. I like that my skin has a lovely glow after applying. I especially appreciate the organic ingredients used. My only problem (and it's a personal thing!) is dealing with the "growth factor" aspect. I know it's the ChroNoline that helps with the sagging - which is a major reason why I need this cream - so it's a dilemma for me!

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  • Karen

    (3 out of 5)

    I think after using this for over a month that there is some improvement in my facial tone and complexion, but I can't use it alone, or my skin is too dry. I have to use another facial cream underneath first. It also has a slight smell which I have gotten used to. I have been using it day and night and am almost out of it, so a jar lasts about 5 weeks or so. I was just hoping that it would be enough on its own, so I am disappointed because I didn't really want to use yet another cream underneath. I can accept that using it day and night means it won't last as long, but I do need more than just a little bit to feel hydrated and that after using a cream underneath and waiting a minute for it to sink it before applying this one. Therefore, although I think it's a good product, I would like more hydration.

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  • naty

    I decided to try this because I wanted to switch over to a product without all the nasties that Philosophy hope in a jar has even though i really like it because i feel it works.So after several months ive used it all up and now its time to review.Im 23 and my skin is good but i have dry patches.I like the consistency,it felt very luxurious and i felt like i was pampering myself every time i used it.It did moisturize my skin but not as much as my philosophy moisturizer.I dont know why that is and i wanted it to work like the previous reviewers had mentioned but it just didnt moisturize enough for me to want to pay $75 again.Im currently trying kahina argan oil as recommended by martha and am loving it

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  • Melli

    (5 out of 5)

    After reading the article about Annette B. I decided to try La Vie Celeste. My 50 year old skin is aging with some fine lines and wrinkles. I have always practiced skin care.

    The cream goes on so smoothly, it seems to airbrush the skin. My face/neck looks and feels softer. I use it at night but also in the morning, applying sunscreen about ten minutes afterwards. The fact that the moisturizes actually soaks into the skin so I can use sunscreen before applying makeup is very important to me.

    Love this product,

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  • carole

    (5 out of 5)

    my face was desert dry + flaking all over before i purchased this. after using it for a few weeks, i noticed my dry skin has disappeared. a little goes a long way. like the la vie cleanser, this cream tingles when initially applied to the face, but i think that's the ingredients that are used for skin renewal at work. my cheeks are recently flushed, so i am curious to see how my body resolves that.

    overall, my face looks softer (maybe wrinkles softening?), and it feels softer. i highly recommend.

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  • Joe

    (3 out of 5)

    I’ve been using this for quite some time. I can’t stand anything that I put on my face and start to sweat because it’s laying on my skin rather than being absorbed. This doesn’t do that. It’s a total winner in my estimation. I wouldn’t need it in hot humid weather, then again I usually just stay indoors with the AC blasting- but I used it all winter long and look forward to the tweaked version. I like when a company only adds to an already successful product, and leave the basic in tact. Bravo.

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  • Bina

    June 6, 2016


    It contains phenoxyethanol and that is not good -- look it up

  • Stella

    May 1, 2013


    So anybody seen any plumpness or experienced any lift with this product? And is it ok for someone in late 30's? Thank you.

  • Marta

    June 9, 2011


    The more I see of babobab, the more I think it is going to be the new argan oil (only much, much better). The tree itself is amazing, you can chop it down and it will start growing again even in the dryest, most parched earth. I'd love to see baobab stem cells compared to apple.

  • Teri Dourmashkin

    June 9, 2011

    Teri Dourmashkin

    Hi Valerie: Yes, the extra rich on our website is the same that is here on TIA. Our webperson has been having some technical difficulties regarding uploading the revised ingredient listing. It should be corrected soon. Very best, Teri, La Vie Celeste

  • Valerie

    June 9, 2011


    I went on their website to check this product and the ingredient list differs slightly from the one in your post.

    Is it the "La Vie Celeste Extra Rich Day and Night Restorative Face Cream with R-Lipoic Acid and Apple Stem" the same prodcut as the extra rich face cream ?

    Ingredients from their website:

    Rosa Damascena (Rose) Hydrosol, Gardenia Tahitensis (Monoi De Tahiti) Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Aqua (Purified Water), Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive Leaf) Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Emulsifying Wax (Behentrimonium Methosulphate and Cetearyl Alcohol), Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture (Apple Stem Cell), Sodium Lactate, Spirulina Platenis Geitler (Spirulina) Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide (Cosmocil CQ preservative), R-lipoic Acid, Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Citrus Paradise (Grapefruit Seed) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea Leaf) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Glycerin, Lecithin.

  • Bess

    June 9, 2011


    Can't wait to try it. I love the ingredient list.

  • Wendy Collett

    June 8, 2011

    Wendy Collett


    This product sounds wonderful and just what my skin needs at this moment. Thanks for providing us with such great information.

    Wendy Collett

  • JustD

    June 8, 2011


    This sounds scrumptious! I've been using the product that you included in your surprise box and don't know if they're similar or the same at this point, not at home to look, but I so like the results that I am getting with it, and added YBF Antioxidants with it, and I really think I have a duo... But I'm always looking for the next best thing, the one that will be my absolute go to... I don't know if that's gonna happen, but a woman has to try...

  • Emily

    June 8, 2011


    Marta, I've been waiting for this review! Thank you. This sounds absolutely ideal, especially for those of us who are older and with generally dry skin. Cannot wait to try it. I probably don't need it now, in 90-degree humid weather, but will have the feeling I'll be relying on it by fall. Hope it's in the TIA shop by then! :-) Thank you.

  • Mark

    June 8, 2011


    Marta - do you think this would be suitable for those with quite oily skin?

  • Joe

    June 8, 2011


    I've been using this for quite some time. I can't stand anything that I put on my face and start to sweat because it's laying on my skin rather than being absorbed. This doesn't do that. It's a total winner in my estimation. I agree I wouldn't need it in hot humid weather, then again I usually just stay indoors with the AC blasting- but I used it all winter long and look forward to the tweaked version. I like when a company only adds to an already successful product, and leave the basic in tact. Bravo.

  • Water (Aqua)
  • Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water
  • Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil
  • Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil
  • Plumeria Acutifolia Flower Extract
  • Cetearyl Olivate
  • Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
  • Sorbian Olivate
  • Sodium Lactate
  • Malus domestica fruit cell culture
  • Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3
  • Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract
  • Heliantus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
  • r-Lipoic Acid
  • Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Extract
  • Spirulina Platenis Geitler Extract
  • Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract
  • Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract
  • Niacinamide
  • Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Sclerotium Gum
  • Dextran
  • Phospholipids
  • Glycerin
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Citrus Paradise (Grapefruit) Seed Extract
  • Potassium Hydroxide
  • Polyaminopropyl Biguanide
  • Phenoxyethanol

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Apply a small amount to face and neck. May be used around the eye area if desired. Best suited for dry to normal skin types.

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