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La Vie Celeste Extra Rich Face Cream Review

is a Solution for:
Dry Skin, Sagging Skin, Wrinkles
La Vie Celeste Extra Rich Face Cream
June 8, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 11 Comments
TRU Rating
Provides decadent hydration without clogging pores


Chock full of botantical antioxidants


May be too rich for those with oily skin during the summer

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 moisturizers. That is, until La Vie Celeste’s founder, Teri Dourmashkin, sent me a prototype of her new Extra Rich Face Cream. And now I have a rich moisturizer that I can recommend wholeheartedly.

La Vie Celeste Extra Rich Face Cream with R-Lipoic Acid, Chronoline and Apple Stem Cell ($75 in the shop) 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 are natural and organic. The star of the show is caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, the commercial name is Chronoline. This new favorite of La Vie Celeste has also been added to the eye cream ($60 in the TIA shop). Caprooyl tetrapeptide-3 is derived from a growth factor, namely TGF-ß 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. However, it also plays a crucial in wound healing and decreased levels are associated with various cancers.  It 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.

There is something about Extra Rich Face Cream that almost makes me feel nostalgic. I think I know what’s behind this and it is another link to Africa. One of the botanical extracts is plumeria acutifolia. The common name is frangipani and I first encountered it on a trip to Kenya (in a different century) and was so completely captivated by the fragrance that whenever I came across a bush (it has a pretty flower too), I would plunge my face into it, inhale deeply and promptly (to the amusement of my friends) start to sneeze.

Anyhow, back to business. 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.

  • June 6, 2016

    by Bina

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

  • May 1, 2013

    by Stella

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

  • June 9, 2011

    by Marta

    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.

  • June 9, 2011

    by 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

  • June 9, 2011

    by Valerie

    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.

  • June 9, 2011

    by Bess

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

  • June 8, 2011

    by 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

  • June 8, 2011

    by JustD

    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...

  • June 8, 2011

    by Emily

    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.

  • June 8, 2011

    by Mark

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

  • June 8, 2011

    by Joe

    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.

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