La Mer Creme de la Mer The Moisturizing Creme

3.5

1807 reviews

53% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.4

Price: $$$$

Package Quality: 3.4

Price: $$$$

INGREDIENTS

Seaweed (Algae) Extract, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Lime Extract, Microcrystalline Wax, Lanolin Alcohol, Sesame Seed Oil, Ecalyptus Leaf Oil, Magnesium Sulfate, Sesame Seed, Alfalfa Seed Powder, Sunflower Seedcake, Sweet Almond Seed Meal, Sodium Gluconate, Potassium Glyconate, 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)

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I got this as a gift and have been using it for the past 8 weeks - and my skin loves it. I'm a skincare junkie, I love to try out creams and oils and serums and I have a small collection of favorites that seem to work. My skin is in a good shape, thanks to my addiction, although it gets quickly dehydrated (I travel a lot). Yet I saw an improvement when I started to use CDLM. My skin looks plumper, I even get compliments on how well-hydrated it looks. My neck has improved the most. No matter what I use, even creams and serums designed especially for that zone, the skin there is always dry and rough. Aging, ugh! But since I started to use CDLM, it's sooo much softer. Very noticeably so. So there must be something to that 'miracle broth'.

I read a lot of complaints about how 'tacky' and greasy it feels. I think it's all a matter of application. You really have to apply it as advised - warm the cream (and a little goes a long way!) first until it becomes 'fluid' and then pat it in. It's quickly absorbed and leaves my skin dewy. Will have to see how it holds up now the weather is getting colder, but so far so good!

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This is a great moisturizer, but IMO absolutely not worth the hefty price tag. It's hard to speak to the long term effects of an ingredient like fermented algae after only a few months of use, and perhaps all the older women raving about CDLM know something that I don't, but I suspect that, while this product may have been a game changer when it came out, CDLM has long been eclipsed by better and much more affordable skin creams. I guess we will know in fifty years! As for myself, I'm going back to my HG Kiehl's Rosa Arctica. Super moisturizing, lasts forever, and one-third the price of La Mer for an equivalent amount of product.

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Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Blue

Let me begin by describing my skin - 60 year old, sensitive and dry. It's heading from humid summer weather to crisp, dry fall. So I'm expecting my skin to take a turn for the worse - dryness wise. I can usually get enough moisture through the night with Neutrogena Healthy Skin and then topping it off with a heavy duty moisturizer. I tried this Creme De La Mer and love the soft feeling and the way it keeps dry skin at bay. I have super sensitive skin that is irritated easily from just about anything. Irritation rund from stinging to dry patches to red eczema. Thankfully this cream gave no irritation. I can even use it around my eyes with no issue.

What is my dilemma is that most all foundations will go on nicely in the morning but halfway through the day my skin will get dry patchy spots. So I figured I'd try the Creme de La Mer under my foundation. I was a little skeptical that it might be too greasy and my foundation wouldn't hold up throughout the day. Wrong on both accounts. The La Mer settled in nicely after about 10 minutes and my foundation applied nicely with no pilling. To my surprise the foundation actually held up better than with my usual primer and absolutely no dry spots or patches came through. I'm really super excited to finally find an option for me that keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day. Also the finish of the foundation over La Mer is really nice. Not glowy but not matte - very natural and flawless.

I know this cream is ridiculously expensive but my skin has never been so happy. Hope this helps for others out there with sensitive, dry mature skin.

Update: Well my skin was super happy for about 4 days and then I started getting red raised spots on my face. Kind of like pimples, but not really. I haven't had pimples since in my 20's and this La Mer was the only change in my routine. I would say I'm allergic to something in the formula. Stopped using and although I loved this cream initially, I am unable to continue using it.

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Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I love this (ridiculously expensive) stuff. It is a good moisturizer, and keeps my skin soft and calm. Over time it also keeps my skin perfectly clear, almost poreless, This is important because I have had problematic skin throughout my life, and this is the first product (including retin-a) to do that without irritating the heck out of it. It also seems to have reduced oiliness, which has also been a lifetime issue. I don't ever see myself not using it, so long as I can fit it in my budget. Granted, looking at the ingredients it's easy to think it't not worth it, but for me it's been the best skin care product I've ever tried.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

Just to clarify some confusing notions of CDLM after the previous review of Clearandsmooth's somewhat unclear points.

As you probably know La Mer is owned by the Estee Lauder Companies (acquired in 1995). CDLM is the only product that had been developed by Max Huber, rest of the La Mer line is newer additions of products. All of them are based (at some degree at least) on the fermented algae that is marketed as the "Miracle Broth" (trademark of the EL Co.).
EL Co. hold several patents on the Broth. If you are interested in the whole process and might want to calculate the amount of the broth used in La Mer products, it is advisable to read these patent-documents.
In short, The Broth is the end-product of the fermentation process of algae (that is sustainably sourced and hand-harvested by the company) and the additional essential oils, vitamins, minerals and different seed powders.
Composition of The Miracle Broth:
Seaweed (Algae) Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) 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, Tocopheryl Succinate, Niacin, Beta-Carotene, Panthenol

This is a white-to-yellow clear liquid that is somewhat thicker than water (please see uploaded picture). This will be used as the "water-phase" of the emulsion along with glycerin (humectant).
As the CDLM was developed in the 60s, the whole emulsion reflects the somewhat limited availability of raw-materials. Basically, it is made out of pharmaceutical-grade ingredients (of the more basic type). This is absolutely not a draw-back, on the contrary! These raw-materials are well tried and tested and suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types.
What the rest of the emulsion is made out of is Mineral Oil, Petrolatum and Isohexadecane as emollients Waxes that act as stabilizer: Microcrystalline Wax and Paraffin; emulsifiers as Lanolin Alcohol and Magnesium Stearate. Lanolin Alcohol (pharmaceutical grade) is a purified result of combination of organic alcohols obtained by the hydrolysis of lanolin. It contains up to 34% cholesterol (phytosterols) and is identical to our own skins lipids, hence it is fully bio-compatible with the lipid-barrier. Skin is immediately more moisturized, eventual irritation calmed and skin is protected.
The compactness of the emulsion makes that it will stay stable for many many years without the oil- and water-phase separating.

Note that the formula's preservative system has changed somewhere between 2014-2016 and is now protected against microbial contamination by Benzyl Salicylate and Sodium Benzoate. Previously the preservatives Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone were used. (These preservatives are now recommended (and allowed in the EU) only for rinse-off products.)

It is, of course, debatable whether the formula itself or the Broth (or the combination of the two) that gives the legendary "miraculous" healing properties of the cream.
Many say that the original cream has the most effect on the skin and the newer addition of moisturizers cannot even be compared (even though they also contain the same amount of the Broth.)

Bottom line is that if you wish to "buy-into" the craze and fame of the Miracle Broth, this product might be a better investment than the newer products (serums included). (It still won't justify the price!)

What I think of the CDLM.
I have used it on and off since 2001 and had the fortune to try all moisturizers and serums from LM too. I always come back to the original CDLM though.
Although it is somewhat time-consuming to apply (you have to warm it up before application), it is absorbed by the skin immediately. One would think that the product were heavy and greasy with so much mineral oil, petrolatum and waxes, but the truth is that it is everything but. It leaves a very acceptable silky-matte finish on the skin without any oily feel or residue. I have to say that this has absolutely the most flattering finish of all the LM moisturizers (the new Moisturizing Soft Lotion included). Even in the humid summer weather it can be used. Oilier skin-types might not like the richness in warmer weather, but it will definitely not cause break-outs.
In this product you get "only" the Broth (while in the newer additions, you will get additional anti-oxidants and some very good cell-communicating ingredients too).

Here is a link to how the International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI) names are generated.
https://eservices.personalcarecouncil.org/bbk/sci/incinomenclatureconventions.pdf

Ingredients list for the 2016 formula:
Seaweed (Algae) Extract, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Petrolatum, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Microcrystalline Wax, Lanolin Alcohol, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) 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, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Magnesium Sulfate, Paraffin, Tocopheryl Succinate, Niacin, Water/Aqua, Beta-Carotene, Decyl Oleate, Aluminum Distearate, Octyldodecanol, Citric Acid, Cyanocobalamin, Magnesium Stearate, Panthenol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Sodium Benzoate, Alcohol Denat., Fragrance (Parfume) continued >>

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Glorified Vaseline. Don't get duped.


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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I love Creme de la Mer. I am always told how great my skin looks, and while I have to admit that this is mostly genetics (both parents had lovely skin), combined with a lifelong dislike of the Sun, Creme de la Mer has a lovely effect on me. It firms and smooths my skin, while helping it glow.

I'm not going to pretend that I've used every other moisturiser and that I know for sure that this is the best, but I have never come across a creme that suits my skin so well. I turned 50 this year, and while I strongly disagree with the idea that looking good means looking young, I could still use a little help. Creme de la Mer provides me with that help, and all the ingredient analysis in the World doesn't change that.

Perhaps there are better and cheaper alternatives, but this cream does what I need, so I'm not looking for an alternative. I need to use so little of it that a jar seems to last forever, so I don't consider any more expensive than a mid-price department store cream.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

I suffer from very dry skin and eczema and nothing keeps it at bay like Creme de la Mer products. This cream isn't for everyone--it is very rich and thick. However, if you have difficulties with dry or irritated skin, it is worth buying a small pot to see if it works for you.

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I have nothing good to say about this cream. Too thick. Does not improve my skin at all. Worsened my skin actually. While using this product I get black heads everywhere. Let's not mention the ingredients! Chalk full of preservatives and fragrances

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Creme de La Mer was the only thing that banished my eczema. My tubes of cortisone and eczema creams all ended up in the bin. I started using this at age 24, I am now 29. I stopped for a while to try some other creams, yet I always found myself reverting back to this one whenever my skin would look and feel thirsty. I've decided to make this cream a mainstay on my bathroom counter. I don't mind the smell at all, I find it refreshing. I live in a tropical country so I don't really NEED that much to pat on, especially during the day. A 60ml jar would last me over half a year. Before bedtime, I pat on a bit more than usual and let it soak for the rest of the night and I wake up to glowing, very hydrated skin.

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