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3Lab's $675 Cream

3Lab's $675 Cream
June 25, 2015 Reviewed by Marta 20 Comments

Truth In Aging community member, Pam, recently forwarded an email on a new product by 3Lab. The name 3Lab Anti-Aging Cream was as simple and direct as the price point of $675 was audacious. My question was the same as Pam’s, could it be really worth it? The answer is not completely straight forward...

Sure, most of us wouldn’t pay anything like this price for a face cream and I would not buy this knowing that at a third or quarter of the price, I can access some fantastic and effective anti-agers. But, I still feel I owe to myself, the Truth In Aging community and, heck, even 3Lab to give Anti-Aging Cream the benefit of the doubt. My views are based entirely on reviewing the ingredients list and I have not tried this product.

For such a costly cream, 3Lab’s claims seem relatively modest: “harnessing the power of hydration to fight the signs of aging.” The key ingredients are a proprietary marine complex, peptides and minerals. The kicker, however, is that 3Lab Anti-Aging Cream has been “engineered with targeting technology” to deliver active ingredients to each layer of the skin.

What this really means and how this “technology” works remains a mystery and so I am obliged to look at what those actives are and what they can potentially do.

While the first eight or nine ingredients won’t set the world on fire, they aren’t awful. For a posh department store brand, 3Lab has been refreshingly light on the silicones and at least the synthetic emollient, pentaerythrityl tetraethylhexanoate, is rubbing shoulders with jojoba and shea butter. The much-touted marine actives prove a little illusive. I found two—pseudoalteromonas ferment extract that is readily available in other quality serums and red algae. I guess the inclusion of sea water also counts.

This is a little disappointing, as are the synthetic skin-conditioning agents that come next. I was relieved to see vitamin C and, if the marine complex is a bit fishy, we are on much firmer ground with the peptides. Acetyl tetrapeptide-2 is supposed to compensate for hormone loss in the skin, palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 is the collagen-boosting peptide marketed as Matrixyl Synthe’6, and there’s a copper peptide that has been formulated with a kind of glucose and is marketed as an ingredient called Neodermyl.

There are a couple of unusual botanicals: siegesbeckia orientalis is an herb with anti-inflammatory properties and rabdosia rubescens is used in Chinese medicine. After that, though, it’s the usual suspects in the preservative department and a not-so-usual one, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, which has toxicity issues but, because of its high molecular size, is not thought to penetrate the skin, copolymers, and synthetic waxes.

So what’s my take? Well, the marine stuff doesn’t really float my boat, but I do like a good peptide and 3Lab’s Anti-Aging Cream has made three excellent choices with ones that are most definitely cutting-edge. And, it has to be said, the good amongst the ingredients do outweigh the bad.

Kaitlyn found another 3Lab cream, just as I had finished this article. It costs $875. I was expecting to find that Super Cream would be a thinly disguised version of Anti-Aging Cream—a lot of these brands keep costs down by using same formulations, with a few variations, in all their products. The only thing that makes them different is the marketing. It must be said, though, that the 3Lab has made two very different creams and Super Cream has a few interesting things going on.

Copper hexapetide is an encapsulated copper peptide and seems to encourage the production of messenger molecules and the skin’s proteins. There’s also Matrixyl 3000 and a special type of phospholipid that acts as a signaler. Botanicals with a good anti-aging record include oats, pea, hops and mistletoe. It all looks good, but it is hard to tell if it is great.

What’s your take? Would you spend $675 to give 3Lab Anti-Aging Cream a whirl?

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sorbitol, Squalane, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Panthenol, Trehalose, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl/ Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Stearic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sea Water, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Capparis Spinosa Fruit Extract, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Decarboxy Carnosine HCL, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Siegesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Rabdosia Rubescens Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Adenosine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Salicylate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Beeswax, C30-45 Alkyldimethylsilyl Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Citrate, Sorbitan Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil

  • July 19, 2015

    by Alastair Williamson

    Ive been using a product called Rejuvel 3D for 8 months. The product claims to be the first 3 dimensional cream with exclusive rights rights of the technology from NASA. Price points is 100-150 which fits in my monthly budget.

  • July 1, 2015

    by Pam Greathouse

    I would not try a product that costs $675. It is simply not affordable. I read about it and while the ingredients sound good, there are other products that sound
    similar for much less. It would need to last a year for me to even consider it.

  • June 30, 2015

    by Anne

    If this (or any product) was actually a magic bullet, I'd want to try it even at that price. But $600 or $800 for skin cream is not going to happen. As some of you have pointed out, there are other products on the market with the same or similar quality ingredients that don't cost twice my car payment. I have to admit to a bias against skin care companies that charge to excess because I don't believe the results justify the prices. Do they charge that much so women will feel exclusive or that it MUST work because it's so expensive? Hey, manufacturers, we're not stupid!

  • June 30, 2015

    by Noreen

    Personally I cannot justify the cost of this cream no matter how impressive the ingredients are.

  • June 30, 2015

    by Karin

    Wow, how far are we going to go? Then again if it replaces visits to the Surgeon some might find it a bargin.

  • June 28, 2015

    by Dennis

    I have to agree with Cindy. Unless this was a transformative, ground breaking product that actually made us look 20 years younger (which a lot of us would line up for, no matter the cost), then no.

  • June 26, 2015

    by Marta

    Hi Debbie
    Nothing exactly the same. But I can point to a few products that feature some of these actives. For example, Medik8 Firewall has copper peptides and Matrixyl 3000. As does Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime, which also has the acetyl tetrapeptide-2. Matrixyl Synthe'6 is in Your Best Face Control.

  • June 26, 2015

    by Marta

    Well, the nice people at 3Lab saw this post and reached out to offer me a sample to test. A very gracious offer that I graciously accepted. I'll let you know how I get on with it in a month or two.

  • June 26, 2015

    by Virginia

    I agree that I would try if they were willing to sample a generous amount so it could be given a fair try before spending that much on the product line. If as good as described, and after sampling, I would be willing to try.

  • June 26, 2015

    by Anne

    hmm...I agree w/ many of the comments/view-points posted above. *However*, I would definitely require a good-sized sample before considering a purchase.

    If the company is prepared to offer that generous sampling, it would confirm that *they*, at least, believed in their product's alleged performance.

    If not, buh-bye.

  • June 26, 2015

    by Debbie

    Marta, can you recommend something in your shop that has the same ingredients that you believe is beneficial in this cream? I'd never pay that much for a cream but if a less expensive alternative is available with similar ingredients, I'm intereted.


  • June 25, 2015

    by Alisa

    No I wouldn't buy this cream--the ingredients aren't unique enough. And where are the independent studies to back up their claims? Another important reason I would not spend that much on a cream is because of the way it's packaged. A jar? Really? How about something airtight to ensure it won't lose any potency. It's too easy to mishandle a jarred cream. That's also one of the reasons I won't try the Brad cream or the Osmotics Blue Copper -- the jars. I refuse to buy any product in a jar, I don't care how good it's supposed to be.

  • June 25, 2015

    by Marianne

    That is a tough decision. I might if I knew the product really performed and didn't reach a plateau, like I find most lines do.

  • June 25, 2015

    by Mark

    I have to agree with Pat - fillers are available for the same cost and can make a welcome (and instant) improvement, whereas this would be 'iffy'.

  • June 25, 2015

    by Pat

    I will not spend more on a cream than the cost of a medical procedure like a filler. I'd rather have the instant gratification a filler provides than waiting 2-3 months to see if/how the cream will work. Only if the cream had solid medical tests proving that it improves skin over time and I can avoid future fillers/lifts would I lay down that amount of money.

  • June 25, 2015


    Put me in the loony bin if I ever paid $675 for a face cream. I don't care how good they say it is. Most over-the-wall creams don't do anything that lower priced creams do. I've bought a face cream from TIA and thought myself nuts! Sorry Marta. But it is good and seems to do what it says!

  • June 25, 2015

    by Leslie


  • June 25, 2015

    by Cindy

    Wow, that's a *lot* of money ... and as a retiree with a fixed income, it's way more than my current budget would allow.

    However, that said, if it made my skin look like it did in my 30s or 40s, with cumulative and permanent effects and a jar lasted several months ... I'd find a way to afford it.

    Marta, are you going to try it? I look forward to your review.

    Cindy (66, with better than average skin, thanks to TIA)

  • June 25, 2015

    by Lora

    no. only if contained real gold one could harvest & sell!

  • June 25, 2015

    by valerie

    absolutely not. I did try a cream that cost $150 once and I liked it. I don't mind spending good money for a quality item but that's just too much . I could buy a coat with that!

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