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>