CREME DE LA MER

la mer

I wanted to review this particular product as there are countless individuals who use this product and spend a lot of their money on it.  I realize there are numerous products within this line, but I will focus on the original Crème de la Mer.  The smallest jar of this product is $85. (0.5 oz)  I emailed the company and received a current ingredient deck (as it has changed) and will break it down.

The first ingredient in the 40+ ingredient deck is Algae (seaweed) extract.  This is what the product is well known for.  This “miracle broth” is harvested from a particular type of seaweed which they ferment, claiming to enhance the benefits.  Seaweed has been used in beauty and spa products for years and does have beneficial properties, such as vitamins and minerals.

After the Algae extract there are 40 ingredients, including numerous petroleum derived waxes and lubricants.  There are ingredients in the ingredient deck that I think are beneficial to the skin, such as B vitamins, vitamin E, and beta carotene as a precursor to vitamin A.  However, with an ingredient deck with over 40 ingredients all of the ingredients are diluted and in very small percentages.  Almost 10 of the ingredients are fragrances which can be irritating to the skin.  Can you tell I am not a huge fan?

That being said, I realize people love this product.  It does have a pleasant fragrance and is emollient.  However, if you experience irritation it is likely due to the numerous fragrances.  If you experience pore congestion or milia (little hard white bumps)  it is most likely due to the heavy petroleum content.

I would encourage anyone who is willing to spend $85 on 0.5 oz of a product to think about introducing products with a smaller ingredient deck with higher percentages of active ingredients, such as antioxidants.  Seek out products that have ingredients that have been evaluated with clinical trials and are proven in their efficacy.

I have clients who are married to La Mer.  The company (which is now Estèe Lauder) has done a phenomenal job marketing this product.  There has been hype surrounding it for years now.  I think there is some assumption on the consumers side that if a product costs that much it must be effective.   In this case, I believe it is unsupported with any real scientific evidence or clinical reviews.

I have attached the ingredient deck for anyone who would be interested.

Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream:
INGREDIENTS: ALGAE (SEAWEED) EXTRACT [] MINERAL OIL\PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM\HUILE MINERALE [] PETROLATUM [] GLYCERIN [] ISOHEXADECANE [] MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX\CERA MICROCRISTALLINA\CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE [] LANOLIN ALCOHOL [] CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA (LIME) EXTRACT [] SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED OIL [] EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS (EUCALYPTUS) LEAF OIL [] MAGNESIUM SULFATE [] SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED POWDER [] MEDICAGO SATIVA (ALFALFA) SEED POWDER [] HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEEDCAKE [] PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) SEED MEAL [] SODIUM GLUCONATE [] COPPER GLUCONATE [] CALCIUM GLUCONATE [] MAGNESIUM GLUCONATE [] ZINC GLUCONATE [] PARAFFIN [] TOCOPHERYL SUCCINATE [] NIACIN [] WATER\AQUA\EAU [] 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) <ILN38610>

 

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