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La Prairie Cellular Body Emulsion

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Dry Skin
May 8, 2011 Reviewed by admin 5 Comments
If you know "luxury" skincare brands with outrageous prices, then you must know La Prairie. A specific face cream alone is upward of $650. Unless the product comes with a free vacation, I'm not going to buy it. And of course, due to the level of "prestige," don't think about getting a healthy-sized sample. I was lucky enough to stumble upon a whole bottle of La Prairie Cellular Body Emulsion at a Ritz Carlton Spa, so I could give it a proper go.

La Prairie was the spa partner at this particular Ritz Carlton, so products were available for guests to use. I didn't use the spa, only the gym (where I have to mention I bumped into Tobey Maguire, highlight of the week!). The men’s locker room was equipped with a variety of La Prairie products, including Cellular Body Emulsion. The bottle itself looked more expensive than my new running shoes so, after showering, I pumped the little sucker until my body was drowning in the body lotion.

La Prairie Cellular Body Emulsion is about $100 per bottle for 8 ounces. The web site claims La Prairie has patented an exclusive Cellular Complex that will—wait for it—prevent signs of aging. Sure, OK, I get it. But why should I spend $100 on this product? Sure, the benefits are vast (it promises not only to hydrate but to gently exfoliate, retexturize the skin and skin tone) but, again… $100?!

Like most products I use, I wanted to know what was inside La Prairie Cellular Body Emulsion but regarding their ingredients, I heard La Prairie is like the CIA with UFOS: tight-lipped. So I straight-up called them, asking for ingredients (I was prepared with a lie, telling them I was interested in buying the product for my mother for mother's day and she had some allergies so I needed to know the ingredients. Ten minutes later, they arrived in my email in-box. Easy enough.

I have to admit, I was surprised, and in a good way. There's more botanical extracts than I had anticipated, and all extremely good ones that are beneficial for the skin and act as antioxidants, fighting free radicals, putting skid marks on aging. Everything from grape seed oil to ginseng root extract to Vitamin A and E, the list goes on. It was shocking. I'm not ashamed to say I was hoping to find worse and the best I could do was the fragrance and the handful of carcinogens. If you look at the ingredients below, you'll agree that a brand that works more on a "Science" philosophy sure does love their dose of nature.

When applied, it was a thin spread but absorbed quickly and I tell ya, I was hydrated, fully hydrated for the entire day. But with that said, it was way to feminine for me. Definitely a female's product, thanks to the fragrance. And, again, definitely not worth $100 per bottle. There's great stuff here, I won't lie, but not in my budget. I definitely wouldn't be surprised if Tobey Maguire bought it on his way out.


Water (Aqua), Fragrance (Parfum), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Isocetyl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Glycoproteins*, Panax Ginseng Root Extract*, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Shorea Stenoptera Seed Butter, Squalane, Panthenol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Protein, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein, Leontopodium Alpinum (Edelweiss) Flower/Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Nasturtium Officinale (Watercress) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Spiraea Ulmaria (Meadowsweet) Flower Extract, Salix Alba (White Willow) Bark Extract, Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Aminomethyl Propanol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexane Carboxyaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Amyl Cinnamal, Geraniol, Eugenol, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Phenoxyethanol, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
  • July 22, 2014

    by Maya

    I have used the product for over 30 years and now it has been discontinued. I loved it because it does not smell which smells odours, fragrances etc causes me horrible migraine. I have been corresponding with Geneva but the marketing department decided it was time for a change (for more expensive products). I have been a LP user for over 30 years and are totally embarrassed that such a brand can just let their loyal customers down like this.

  • May 10, 2011

    by Susan

    I worked for La Prairie at I. Magnin back in the day when Georgette Mosbacher owned it. Since then, it has been sold a number of times, and I really dislike how it has been distorted--nothing at all like the original. The same thing was done to Creme de la Mer.

    I wouldn't buy the above cream even if it does smell great. I have very nice smelling perfume for that effect.

    If I want a cream with toxic ingredients and a costly price point, I'll use Dermaphysiologique. At least I know it works.

    Jimmy, your post was entertaining. I second Julie Kay.

  • May 9, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    We just dont hear enough from you, Jimmy! I always enjoy your posts. I bet you smelled divine! ~jk

  • May 9, 2011

    by Oksana

    Snobby cosmetics

  • May 8, 2011

    by jp

    Hello Marta, Good job to get the ingredient list!
    However, I am surprised that you were positive with their list. Fragrance right after water? There are lots of botanical extracts but seems like not very much according to the order. Most of moisturizing factors are so called "chemical." You don't have issues with that? I am not a naturalist, but if I buy $100 cream, probably I would expect a bit more than this.

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