Creme de la Mer … the second you hear that name you just think of luxury. We’ve all heard the stories of super-rich celebs who cover themselves in this wonder cream, but is it worth the hefty price tag for us mere mortals?
My first experience with Creme de la Mer was in Selfridges where the sales assistant let me try it – I was instantly in love but knew that there was no way that I could ever afford it, so I tried to put it out of my mind. I failed miserably. Then Glossybox answered my prayers and released a La Mer collaboration – I was so excited that I ordered two.
Prior to this, a friend had once sent me a teeny tiny pot to try and I loved it, so to suddenly have a few La Mer products to play with was a dream come true. Sadly, it just made me want a pot even more and I’ve not suddenly won the lottery, so I knew it wasn’t going to happen. I’d let myself use my mini products from Glossybox sparingly, and always noticed a massive improvement in my skin whenever I did indulge. Recently, a friend sent me a slightly larger pot and it was renewed my love affair with the product that has been at the top of my beauty wishlist for so long.
La Mer’s journey began when Dr. Max Huber suffered burns in an experiment gone awry and set out to create his own destiny. Physicist by day, stargazer and dreamer by night, he hoped to unlock the power of renewal of the sea.
Inspired by the oceanic world, Huber fermented nutrient-rich sea kelp with other natural ingredients. 12 years and 6,000 experiments later, Creme de la Mer was born – and Huber’s skin appeared dramatically renewed.
Huber really believed that sea kelp was a miracle ingredient and that within its cells it held the multitudes of the sea’s energies. To this day, they hand harvest the sea kelp twice a year from the Pacific and have it shipped on ice to their research laboratories. The kelp is combined with a whole host of ingredients that I will list below:
* Calcium * Magnesium * Potassium * Iron
* Lecithin * Vitamin C * Vitamin E * Vitamin B12
* Citrus Oil * Eucalyptus Oil * Wheat Germ Oil * Sunflower Oil
The ingredients are then put through a 3 month bio-fermentation process which results in the key to ever La Mer product – the Miracle Broth. This broth helps to calm the look of redness as well as other signs of inflammation and is the secret behind the effectiveness of Creme de la Mer.
When ever I do use Creme de la Mer, I let myself use it for about 2 weeks – I wish I could afford to use it every day, but to be honest, I don’t think my skin is in that bad condition, so I don’t need to use it that often. I really do notice the benefits and results very quickly:
* Skin appears firmer
* Lines, wrinkles and pores are reduced and less visible
* Skin feels extremely moisturised and hydrated
* Skin looks soothed and more radiant
Now I know a lot of people who say that La Mer is over-priced and that Nivea does the same job. I’ve used Nivea and I can see where they are coming from, but I still say Creme de la Mer is better. Nivea leaves my skin feeling hydrated but it doesn’t give my skin the ageless effect that the La Mer does. Ok, so there is a HUGE difference in price, and maybe I am sucked in by the ‘luxury’ brand, but La Mer always leaves my skin looking and feeling amazing without the greasiness that Nivea often left me with.
This is the painful bit, especially when you’re as broke as I am at the moment:
30ml – £120.00
60ml – £220.00
100ml – £340.00
250ml – £790.00
500ml – £1520.00
So until that lottery win comes in, I will stick with my mini pots. I tried a few La Mer products from the Glossybox collaboration, and genuinely loved them all. One day, I will have enough money to go on one hell of a splurge at La Mer … a girl can dream right?
You can buy Creme de la Mer at various department stores and on the La Mer website.
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