The penultimate product in my Limited Edition La Mer Glossybox to try is the infamous Crème de la Mer face cream. My Glossybox card says:
“This moisturiser is the very definition of a cult product, thanks to Miracle Broth that makes it so effective at hydrating and soothing skin.”
This pot of Crème de la Mer is a 7ml sample. The full size is widely available online in a 30ml tub for £115, and can be purchased direct from La Mer at cremedelamer.co.uk. This cream works out at £3.83 per ml, or £26.83 for the sample, based on a similar pricing structure as the full size product.
The cream comes neatly packaged in a green box with the La Mer branding and product name on the front. Working clockwise around the box, the next side is plain green with nothing written on it. On the next side, which is the back of the box, there are some instructions for great cream storage. These include keeping the cream firmly sealed and avoiding stresses of heat or cold. These instructions are translated into 5 other languages. The next side of the box contains a list of ingredients, along with a not for sale instruction. Finally, on the underneath of the box there is a bar code, and the company contact entails and product manufacture information.
“The Power of a Miracle: Inspired by the curative powers of the sea, aerospace physicist and La Mer founder Dr. Max Huber set out tot help the appearance of scare he suffered in a lab accident that severely burnt his face. Pioneering use of sea kelp in skincare and mastering the art of bio-fermentation, he took 12 years and 6000 experiments to create The Miracle Broth – the seaborne elixir known for its healing energies at the heart of the legendary moisturizer, Crème de la Mer. The result was nothing short of a miracle. Dr. Huber’s skin appeared dramatically renewed and crystal clear: softer, smoother and more refined.
The Essentials for a Lifetime: Experience La Mer’s original miracle with The Essentials, a simple personalized skincare regimen powered by The Miracke Broth. Comprised of the Crème de la Mer moisturizer, eye treatment and serum best suited to your individual needs and preferences, The Essentials work in synergy to deliver a clearer and more pure, hydrated and luminous appearance as the journey toward the look of youth begins.”
The cream itself is housed in a tub made of white, glossy plastic. Again the fron of the tub has the La Mer branding, and the back has the product. Unscreweing the lid of the pot I find a thin white plastic secondary lid, underneath which is the cream. The pot of cream might be small, but as you can see from the photo it’s completely full. The cream is white, and is so thick that it’s virtually solid, I can hold it upside down and shake it and it doesn’t move. The cream smells like a cream, but it’s also light and sweet like sherbert.
Directions: Tailor this to your skin type and needs: those with oily skin can use it once a day, those with dry skin can use it morning and night and if you have combination skin, simply apply it over the dryer cheek area only. To activate the Miracle Broth warm a small amount between your fingertips until the cream becomes slippery and transparent and then pat it on to clean, dry skin.
I once bought a ‘one size fits all’ fancy dress outfit for a party which turned out to be a disaster, and I’ve been a little dubious about ‘one size fits all’ items ever since. Whilst I love the idea that everyone can buy the same cream and use it differently I feel really sceptical about it working. I have combination skin, so once a day is plenty for my skin. I decide to trial using it just on my cheeks as recommended above, and also what would happen if it went for a full face application.
I took a small amount of cream and started to warm it. I wasn’t sure when the cream was ready, and not wanting to rush it spent a long time warming the cream in my fingers, and checking it, and repeating. I’ve tried a few fancy products in the past where you have to do something to special to use them, and I’ve discovered that they are novel for a few uses but then it becomes a hassle. I would prefer to have that if I’m having a facial for example, when I have plenty of time and someone else it pampering me. When I did apply the cream to my skin it went on smoothly, but I could feel it sitting on my skin and it didn’t feel comfortable. I was pleased that I didn’t have any adverse effects to either application of the cream, but I do think this is a little rich for my particular skin type, and is not something I can see me using on a day to day basis.
For me, Crème de la Mer hasn’t lived up to the hype and I prefer my current moisturiser, which is Clarins Hydra Matte Lotion. I prefer it because it’s quicker and easier to use, better value for money, and a much lighter formula that my skin type prefers. This cream will suit some skin types really well, I think it will be particularly good if your skin is prone to dryness as it’s a very rich formula. Whilst this won’t suit me for everyday use, I’m going to keep this sample and put it to one side for my holiday bag as I think this will be perfect when the Sun, salt and chlorine have started to dry out my skin.