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Crème De La Mer ‘La Mer’ Moisturizing Cream

Crème De La Mer ‘La Mer’ Moisturizing Cream

This is the La Mer moisturizer that started it all. When aerospace physicist Dr. Max Huber suffered facial burns in an accident during a routine laboratory experiment, he embarked on a 12-year journey to create a renewing elixir. With The Miracle Broth™ at its heart, Dr. Huber formulated La Mer, renewing and rejuvenating skin to become softer, smoother, and more refined. 

Product Claims:

“This luxuriously rich cream deeply soothes, moisturizes and helps heal away dryness. Skin looks naturally vibrant, restored to its healthiest center. Miracle Broth™ – the legendary healing elixir that flows through all of La Mer – infuses skin with sea-sourced renewing energies. Ideal for drier skin. This ultra-rich cream with Lime Tea immerses skin in indulgent, soothing moisture, delivering a healthy-looking, glowing finish. Transformed at first touch, dry skin looks instantly radiant and feel soothed.  Infused with cell-renewing Miracle Broth™ – the legendary healing elixir that flows through all of La Mer – and sea-sourced renewing energies, this healing moisture helps soothe visible redness and smooth fine dry lines.” – Creme De La Mer Website.

Ingredients: Seaweed (Algae) Extract , Mineral Oil\Paraffinum Liquidum\Huile Minerale , Petrolatum , Glycerin , Isohexadecane , Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Extract , Microcrystalline Wax \Cera Microcristallina\Cire Microcristalline , Lanolin Alcohol , Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil , Eucalyptus Globulus (Ecalyptus) Leaf Oil , Magnesium Sulfate , Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed , Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Powder , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal , Sodium Gluconate , Potassium Gluconate , Copper Gluconate , Calcium Gluconate , Magnesium Gluconate , Zinc Gluconate , Paraffin , Tocopheryl Succinate , Niacin , Beta-Carotene , Decyl Oleate , Aluminum Distearate , Octyldodecanol , Citric Acid , Cyanocobalamin , Magnesium Stearate , Panthenol , Limonene , Geraniol , Linalool , Hydroxycitronellal , Citronellol , Benzyl Salicylate , Citral , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Alcohol Denat. , Fragrance (Parfum).

Price: $490 (approximately N179,000)

Size: 100ml


This is one of the most well known luxury creams available, retailing at a whopping $490 for a 100ml tub….but is it worth your money?

The main ingredients in this cream are Algae, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Lime Extract, Microcrystalline Wax, Sesame Seed Oil and Eucalyptus Leaf Oil. Unfortunately, all these are found in many products at a fraction of the price. Algae extract, which is at the top in the ingredients list isn’t a rare, exotic or expensive ingredient. Algae is used as a thicker, water-binding agent and antioxidant in skincare. There is some scientific evidence to show that algae has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, however, it is readily available in so many products and it certainly doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Microcrystalline Wax are common moisturizing agents found in products like Vaseline.

The reality is that this very basic cream does not contain anything particularly unique or extraordinary. Looking at the ingredients list, this cream should cost no more than $25. Many cheaper products (even a Nivea cream) will give you the same or even better moisturizing effect. It is a total waste of money.

Photo Credit: Creme De La Mer USA

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