It’s the kind of email that dreams are made of. “Dear Stef, Would you be interested in reviewing Crème de la Mer on we heart this?….” After making sure I was indeed awake, I responded with a hearty yes (of course). What beauty site wouldn’t want to feature this legendary product? I felt like a skin fairy godmother knowing I was about to give our dry-skin team members the testing opportunity of a lifetime. Because from what I knew, La Mer is only for drier, mature skin. Or was it? So, before we delve into my misconceptions, just what is it about this creme that has inspired such a feverish cult following?
It all comes down to The Miracle Broth. This mix of sea kelp with an array of vitamins and minerals, oils of citrus, eucalyptus, wheat germ, alfalfa and sunflower is at the heart of every La Mer moisturizer. Think Miracle may be a touch over stated? Perhaps not. It was formulated by a NASA scientist, Dr. Max Huber. He suffered a horrible accident when a routine experiment exploded and left him with severe chemical burns. Looking to lessen the scars, he began his research. 12 years and 6,000 experiments later, Crème de la Mer was born.
The results Dr. Huber experienced with his burns are the same you can expect for your skin; softer, smoother, firmer, with signs of aging and pores both becoming noticeably less visible. Dry skin looks better, sensitive skin feels better. If that isn’t miraculous, I don’t know what is! And it all begins when you warm the crème between your fingertips or in your palm (this is a very important step to applying the product, don’t skip it!)
But what about those of us that don’t have dry or sensitive skin? How about me, whose skin breaks out at even the mention of a product with oil in it? Well, it turns out in addition to the the original formula, La Mer has 3 other moisturizers and ALL contain their signature Broth. We received a couple of full size items, along with samples of the following…
Crème de la Mer – The Crème de la Crème, if you will. Devotees are known to not let anything else touch their face. But be aware, in addition to their signature ingredients, it does contain several heavy duty emollients; occlusive moisturizers which cover the skin with a waterproof film through which water cannot escape. This is not for everyone, but it can be a dry girl’s savior. (1 oz-$135)
Moisturizing Gel Cream – A lighter gel version of the original, for those who may find it too rich, or for summer months when dry skin gets a bit of a break. (1 oz-$135)
Moisturizing Lotion – Even lighter still is the lotion. Same concentration of ingredients and benefits of the original, but for skin characterized as Normal. (1.7 oz-$190)
Oil Absorbing Lotion – And finally, the product for me and those like me, those who shudder at the word oil in any ingredients list. As with the others, you’re getting the same amount of Broth, but you’re also getting an oil free product that actually absorbs it as well. (1.7 oz-$190)
A couple of us even got to try the Eye Concentrate a super luxurious cream that fights wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles, which honestly, had me from the first look at the the silver-tipped applicator it comes with. (1 oz-$165)
But why so expensive? Several reasons, all having to do with meticulous care and time. These products are filled by hand, a nod not only to tradition, but a process which sustains the integrity of the ingredients. Also, the sea kelp that is the base of the Broth is harvested only twice yearly. And finally, the 3-4 month process of fermentation that develops the Broth to it’s full potential. All add to the price tag, making it a product that’s not for everyone. I’ll admit, I didn’t want to like La Mer for this reason alone! Did I really want to be hooked on a product that cost this much? Too late, there’s no going back now that I have tried it, wallet be damned. (Make sure to read the comments to see my further thoughts on the line.)
Review Team, let us know your thoughts on the concentration you received. Can you see why La Mer has a cult-like following? Readers, if you have an added opinion on the line, please let us know!