La Mer

La Mer was founded by an German-born astro-physicist named Max Huber. After suffering serious burns in a lab accident in the 1950s, he turned to the sea to find and formulate powerful healing ingredients that eventually became Creme de La Mer. It is owned by Estee Lauder Companies and is available online and at luxury retailers worldwide.

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Lotions/ Creams -La Mer -The Rejuvenating Hand Serum

on 11/9/2018 4:27:00 PM


The Rejuvenating Hand Serum was launched in the US in November '18 and the company describes its properties as follows on their website: La Mer brings its serum know-how to one of the body’s most exposed – and expressive – areas. This sumptuous, silky-soft treatment targets renewal and brightening as never before. Delicate skin is strengthened and appears instantly radiant. With use, hands look and feel softer with visibly reduced discoloration. How to use: Morning and night, gently massage 1-2 pumps into skin. Follow with the Hand Treatment for ultimate healing hydration.

Looking at the ingredients it's obvious that this gel is mainly based on various types of silicones, alongside some miracle broth, a few natural oils and several different plant extracts. Ah yes, plus a low percentage of Hyaluronic acid for good measure.
I have used this product for two days so far, applying multiple times a day after washing my hands, and before going to sleep at night.
Let's start with the packaging: The hand serum comes in a round, light green colored, opaque plastic pump bottle (see uploaded stock picture). The pump performs well in dispensing the right amount of product without wasting it. I like the packaging and gave it five stars.
Onto the application: Upon spreading 2 pumps of the light peach colored fluid on the hands, the silicones define the feel of it: The skin surface appears smoother and softer and the formulation sinks in rather quickly. I applied the serum to my hands about a minute after washing and drying them. I do have relatively dry hands so the serum alone didn't provide enough moisture for my liking.
Therefore, as recommended by La Mer, I used the La Mer Hand Treatment on top of the serum and the combination felt a bit more hydrating. Ultimate pampering, healing hydration? Unfortunately, not so much according to my experience.
On the plus side, I was pleased that my hands did not feel greasy or tacky, so for daytime use this is very practical. I especially like the fact that La Mer didn't add any perfume. On the other hand, the hydrating effect of the serum did not last through one hand washing. So overall while this is not a bad product per se, I wouldn't be able to use it on its own, without an additional cream product on top. The Rejuvenating Hand Serum retails for $110 per 1.7oz/48ml, the La Mer Hand Treatment is $90 for 3.4oz/100ml which means a $200 investment for both and even then I feel that the effect is less intensely hydrating than what I am looking for. I have always found that La Mer's Hand Treatment is on the lighter side, and therefore I only used it during the day. If La Mer were to offer a richer hand cream in the future, which would be a formulation along the lines of their classic moisturizing cream, then maybe this serum would give a more hydrating effect that I am after for my dry hands. For now, I will try using the serum underneath, followed by a water-in-oil formulated hand cream and see if it works better. For anyone looking for a light product, this is worth sampling at the counter. For dry, even parched skin in colder climates the serum isn't likely to protect or heal as advertised. Overall, I find this product overpriced and therefore I will use up my bottle, but won't repurchase.

Ingredient Listing:Water\Aqua\Eau, Methyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone , Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer , Propanediol , Petrolatum , Sucrose , Algae (Seaweed) Extract , Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil , Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Powder , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal , Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil , Sodium Gluconate , Copper Gluconate , Calcium Gluconate , Magnesium Gluconate , Zinc Gluconate , Tocopheryl Succinate , Niacin , Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Powder , Polysorbate 40 , Trehalose , Glycerin , Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract , Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract , Lactobacillus Ferment , Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract , Poria Cocos Sclerotium Extract , Codium Tomentosum Extract , Pearl Powder , Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract , Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract , Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract , Molasses Extract\Saccharum Officinarum\Extrait De Melasse , Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D'orge , Prunus Mume Fruit Extract , Cladosiphon Okamuranus Extract , Betula Alba (Birch) Extract , Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract , Palmaria Palmata Extract , Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 , Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract , Commiphora Mukul Resin Extract , Whey Protein\Lactis Protein\Proteine Du Petit-Lait , Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 , Laminaria Digitata Extract , Chlorella Vulgaris Extract , Jojoba Alcohol , Isopropyl Jojobate , Jojoba Esters , Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone , Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer , Phytosphingosine , Ethylhexylglycerin , Glyceryl Polymethacrylate , Butylene Glycol , Isohexadecane , Caffeine , Cholesterol , Hydrogenated Polyisobutene , Peg-8 , Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride , Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer , Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure , Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul's Wort) Extract , Sodium Hyaluronate , Lecithin , Squalane , Tocopheryl Acetate , Glycyrrhetinic Acid , Tromethamine , Acetyl Glucosamine , Dextrin , Polysorbate 80 , Caprylyl Glycol , Fragrance (Parfum) , Potassium Sorbate , Phenoxyethanol , Benzyl Benzoate , Coumarin , Citronellol , Limonene , Linalool , Hexyl Cinnamal , Amyl Cinnamal , Yellow 6 (Ci 15985) , Red 4 (Ci 14700) , Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163)

6 of 6 people found this helpful.

Moisturizers -La Mer -Creme de la Mer The Moisturizing Creme


La Mer is synonymous with luxury. It wasn’t on my radar until I watched Michele Wang on YT rave about this product and how it helped with her eczema. While I don’t have that issue, I do get dry patches which are new for me. I attribute it to aging and also moving to a cold climate for the first time in my life. The forced heat and cold wind have impacted my skin negatively. So I gave La Mer a try, careful to apply it as the ritual instructs. Rubbing on my fingers until translucent and then pressing onto my skin. I wasn’t expecting to see results for at least a week but after a couple of days, my surface redness was noticeably better. My skin felt softer and firmer. While there are other options for my issues, I will repurchase La Mer because I do see an improvement and I will admit the ritual feels indulgent and luxurious. I’m 42 and don’t think it’s necessary or even a good purchase for those with young skin unless you have premature aging.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Powder -La Mer -The Powder

on 11/4/2018 9:33:00 PM


There are powders and then there are POWDERS!

What is in this powder?The finish is incredible,even i ,who love make-up and has tried a lot products was suprised.
It is almost so good that whatever foundation you use will look good,because of the powder!
It doesnt leave any shimmer and it just makes my skin look wonderful,as close too perfect as possible.
The downside is the price ....but it is so good that once i tried it,i cant go back too using what i used.

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

Treatments (Eye) -La Mer -The Eye Balm Intense

on 10/26/2018 1:39:00 PM


The formula of this Eye Cream is built on the classic EL eye cream structural formula. However, this product marketed under La Mer lacks the elegance of the EL eye products and comes across as rich, yet provides only a very thin layer of the protective moisture contrary to what its name suggests.

I find it very difficult to smooth out gently around the eye area, it is too thin to provide protection against colder weather and lacks the ability to provide and lock in moisture.

Although the product does contain some excellent actives along the Miracle Broth, it cannot be compared to its predecessors that was based on the Miracle Broth without the added water. This formula contains 5% of the Miracle Broth at the most. (The patent ELC holds on the structural formula states 4.8% Shea butter).

The colour of the product is nothing like the uploaded picture, which shows a light mint green tint. In the jar it is dark gray, again unlike its predecessor The Eye Balm, which tended to be cream or light green coloured.

I cannot recommend this product especially at this price range. Clinique and Estee Lauder has way better eye products for the fraction of the price.

Ingredient Listing: Water\Aqua\Eau, Seaweed (Algae) Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Butylene Glycol, Polyethylene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone, Cetyl Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, Malachite, Polybutene, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Silica, Trisiloxane, Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Gelidium Cartilagineum Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, 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, Tocopheryl Succinate, Niacin, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul'S Wort) Extract, Whey Protein\Lactis Protein\Proteine Du Petit-Lait, Sucrose, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Glyceryl Distearate, Tetraacetylphytosphingosine, Linoleic Acid, Sorbitol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Steareth-10, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocotrienols, Hexylene Glycol, Phytosphingosine, Isododecane, Tocopherol, Squalene, Propylene Glycol Dioctanoate, Phytosterols, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Carbomer, Fragrance (Parfum), Tourmaline, Disodium Edta, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Blue 1 (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Green 5 (Ci 61570)

4 of 5 people found this helpful.

Treatments (Face) -La Mer -The Treatment Lotion

on 10/23/2018 2:41:00 PM


Very enjoyable to use. The consistency is somewhere between a toner and an oil (hence, I think, the softening that a lot of people report). Spreadable but not too drippy. I adore how "old-school" this product feels (like a lot of La Mer products), from the faint powdery smell to the pretty bottle. However, the cap is ridiculously large compared to the actual spout...very unwieldy to twist with one hand.

In terms of hydration, I don't think it's superior to other toners and I notice the same softening effect by mixing a toner with oil. I'm not too worried about the fragrance though because I shave my face every morning and then apply this with no ostensible irritation.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

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