Reviewed by Jan

When I first read about the Laveré Energy Sensation Cream ($60), I was intrigued and hopeful. My 50+ skin seems to be constantly battling with me, and I've tried so many "new" miracle creams that frankly I've become somewhat jaded about what creams can actually do. Most react favorably with my skin initially, then seem to just lose their effectiveness or benefit within 4 weeks. Based on this, I was hopeful but also realistic that every product has it's limitations, and a cream that touted "Energy Sensation" had a pretty tall order to fill.

It is made in Germany, and appears to have tons of natural extracts and not too many additives that I can't pronounce!  When I first applied the cream, what I noticed immediately was the feeling of "lift" - not "tightening" - but a kind of "lift" that comes from plumped up skin. I guess that's what they call the "Energy" sensation.  The cream absorbs quickly, but the benefits are incredibly long lasting.  My skin remained soft, supple and moisturized all day long, which surprised me considering most creams that keep moisture in are heavy and somewhat greasy initially.  Not this Laveré Cream.  I'm actually surprised at just how long my skin stays moisturized.

This has been awesome for the winter. Normally, I'd have to get up and use moisturizer immediately in the mornings, as the heater saps all the "night cream" moisture from my face (so much in fact that I feel like my face might 'crack' if I dare smile!).  I used Lavere as my morning AND evening moisturizer, and I loved it.  It was so nice not to have to use 4-5 different products and/or serums to prepare my face for makeup or bed.  I've never been one to establish and KEEP a "beauty ritual" because my schedule always seems open to preemption. Having this one-step kept me using the product religiously, and therefore seeing the benefits last week upon week. Honestly, it seemed to not only work great on my face, but lips and under eyes as well (not that it's meant for either of those).  But it's nice if I'm in a rush to at least get some moisture to those areas too.

The negative: If there is one thing I don't like about the product, it is the smell.  They list 'fragrance/parfum' as one of the ingredients, so I'm assuming the smell is artificial. It is a heavy "cheap perfume" scent that I absolutely hate, but it dissipates (or else my nose adjusts) pretty quickly, and the benefits the cream offers are the reasons I put up with the smell.  I wish they'd remove it altogether, then the cream would be perfect to me.

I plan to keep using the Energy Sensation cream, and would like to try the other products in the "Energy" line from Lavere, since my skin is reacting so well with even just this one product.  I have never seen the line advertised, so I will have to do some more research on availability, and it remains to be seen if it will be too costly for me to expand or maintain it as my primary skin care line.

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Ingredients

Water, Squalane, Glycerin, Alcohol, Squalene, Sodium Lactate, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii, Saccharide Isomerate, Evening Primrose Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogenated palm glycerides, Lysolecithin, Sweet Almond Oil, Rosa moschata, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Aloe Barbadensis, Xanthan Gum, Chondrus Crispus, Glucose glutamate, Hydrogenated lecithin, Tocopherol, Prunus armeniaca, Mangifera indica, Nymphaea alba, Punica granatum, Lecithin, Ubiquinone, Helianthus Annuus seed oil, Beta Carotene, Ceramide 3, Brassica campestris Sterols, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Soybean oil, Citric Acid, Tartaric acid, Lactic Acid, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl salicylate