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Creme De La Mer

Creme De La Mer Review

is a Solution for:
Dry Skin, Fine Lines, Wrinkles
Reviewed by Marta June 9, 2013 43 Comments


Minerals including copper


The fermentation process had better be good because there is nothing remarkable about the ingredients
Drying to the skin due to petroleum derived ingredients and irritants

You have to hand it to Creme De La Mer ($155/1oz), it has maintained cult status for a decade (it celebrates its tenth birthday this year). I (sheepishly) admit that I was one of the first people to fall for the hype and bought (what was then one of the expensive face creams on the planet) a pot from Harrods. I also bought La Mer's eye cream. Even La Mer claims that it doesn't know how its miracle cream works. Perhaps that's because it doesn't. At least not for me.

La Mer's birthday prompted me to try to find out more about La Mer's secret sauce (another thing that the company does very well is to keep Creme De La Mer's ingredients off the internet). A few months ago, I found the ingredients for La Mer Fluide and the only thing impressive about it was the number of silicones, 11 at my count. For the past decade, La Mer has been remarkably consistent about messaging the "Miracle Broth", a scientist devised concoction of seaweed and minerals that have been fermented for three months.

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The fermentation process had better be good because there is nothing remarkable about the ingredients. After seaweed extract, there is glycerin from mineral oil (not vegetable) and probably the reason why I recall finding La Mer really drying.  Other petroleum-derived ingredients are the emollient isohexadecane and microcrystaline wax. I am not quite sure what to make of alfalfa. I looked at in L'Oreal's Dermo-Expertise Collagen Remodeler and I couldn't find much more about this common fodder for cows than it may be a milder (non-irritating) alternative to retinol exfoliants

The most impressive ingredients are an array of soluble minerals including copper, potassium, calcium, zinc and magnesium. Calcium and zinc are critical to the health of skin. Magnesium stimulates the skin to ensure that healthy elasticity is maintained and moisture levels remain normal and copper is a potent wound healer. In fact, all of these are in the, much superior (in my view) Dermophisiologique range called Mineral, which also packs in other antiagers such as glucosaminoglycans and gingko biloba.  Both La Mer and Dermophisiologique stock up on vitamins, although La Mer has added cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12).

Some folks report breakouts when using Creme De La Mer. This may be due to the lanolin alcohol, which is highly comedogenic. Methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone are also irritants.

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  • March 24, 2016

    by mabel

    I'm looking at my jar of Crème de la Mer and it does contain petroleum! Listed right after mineral oil. Would someone else look at their jar and verify this.

  • March 15, 2016

    by Bobbie

    Creme de la Mer is my SAVIOUR! If I abandon it for a time - 'cause I'm getting low - my skin texture coarsens and begins to look fatigued.Last night, scraping the bottom of my almost empty jar ( new supply ordered online ) I'm almost experiencing anxiety! Gently I press onto my face
    and this a.m. I rejoiced! Worth every $$$. Guess it's just the recipe for me!

  • February 20, 2016

    by Helen

    What is it that makes your products outrageously expensive? I checked with some dermatologists that tell me no product can go deep into the skin to make that big of a difference. INJECTED fillers, collagen can but only through needle injections, not creams or serums.
    So, why are your products so expensive? I can't afford them, why bother with samples, when the products to buy are not affordable to the average working woman? Non justifiable on fixed incomes, shame.

  • December 12, 2014

    by Robyn

    My experience with LaMer has been nothing but positive. I have been using it for 14 years. I am 42 years old. I use the Original Cream in the winter and the Gel in the summer. I have oily skin prone to chin breakouts and occasional cystic acne which I used Accutane for in my early 20's. I have a few acne scars and melasma which came after giving birth to my children. Despite these things people tell me my skin is beautiful and youthful. I am always shocked by the number of compliments I receive on how youthful my skin is and honestly I have very few wrinkles. My skin glows when I use LaMer, my makeup goes on smoothly and my skin doesn't look greasy halfway through the day. The light scent and feel of the LaMer is lovely and doesn't aggravate my numerous allergies and sensitive nose.

    I have tried other products, high end and drug store trying to save money and I am always sorry as my skin objects by breaking out or becoming dry and lifeless. Yes it is more expensive initially than other moisturizers, however even the smallest jar at 85.00/.5oz lasts me 3 months. $28.00/month... Sometimes I spend that on lattes each week. Easily worth it.

  • July 27, 2014

    by Tracy

    Hi Lindsay
    I'm very interested in your review as i have been using Lamer for few years, it's quite good but a little thick for my skin. Could you please tell me where to buy the bio fermented sea kelp? I really wanna try it. Thanks

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