|(3) Comments|| Overall Rated 2.8/5
Is La Mer worth it? It's definitely a stronger moisturizer, and despite combination skin it's not "too much" of a good thing. It's more glowy and radiant. There are a lot of added ingredients beyond the basic moisturizer that some think worth the added expense.
Originally developed by Dr. Max Huber, an aerospace physicist, after a lab accident left his face severely burned, La Mer uses a blend of kelp and a proprietary fermentation process to produce its effective “Miracle Broth.”
Dr. Huber continued to market and sell La Mer until his death, after which his daughter took over the family business. Eventually, the company was acquired by Estée Lauder in 1995, and has since become its signature product. As a result, La Mer can be purchased online and at traditional high-end retailers such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Barney’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Estée Lauder owns many beauty lines La Mer and Aveda, Clinique, Donna Karan, Lab Series, MAC, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger just to name a few.
$310 for 2 ounces
Properly used, you place an amount (about the size of 1-2 peas) into the center of your palm then very vigorously rub your hands together. The creme will liquify, becoming a clear liquid. Truthfully, I did have a hard time mastering this, I was rubbing it between my fingers (didn't work), I tried hitting it with a blow dryer thinking my hands are too cold (also didn't work). I was not able to fully emulsify and properly use the product until I made a trip to the Creme de la Mer counter at Neiman Marcus in Newport Beach. The ladies there showed me how it is properly done, and they wouldn't let me leave the counter until I had properly demonstrated the technique to them several times and they had loaded me down with more la Mer samples!
La Mer seems to have a relatively positive reputation and good product reviews. The real question seems to be, if La Mer Creme is worth the extravagant price.
Phone Number: 1(877) 311-3883
La Mer claims that its Miracle Broth™ has a unique ability to transform your skin, which lies in the proprietary method used to combine ingredients—a 3-4 month process known as biofermentation. Some of the primary ingredients found in La Mer products include:
Sea kelp Calcium Magnesium Potassium Lecithin Iron Vitamins, C, E and B12 Citrus and eucalyptus oils Wheat germ Alfalfa Sunflower
When someone I knew in the beauty industry gave me a trial-sized jar to try about a year ago, I was THRILLED. This stuff is expensive, all the celebrities or the richy-rich use it, and it's so popular that even fake ones are going on ebay (I wonder what they put in these rip-off creams?) Excitedly, I went home, smoothed it into my face. It went on heavily, a bit too rich, didn't settle into my skin... I couldn't even lie on my pillow without smearing some of the 'excess' (I didn't put on much at all) on it. ANYWAY. I woke up and my face still felt oily and sticky... and there were small bumps of irritation on my chin and lower cheeks. =( At first I didn't realise it was the Creme de la Mer which was causing it, and I persisted at it for a few more days before some of these bumps erupted, became inflammed, and became full-on zits!!!! I tossed it promptly (needless to say, I cleared up after that), especially after I went online to do more research since the GWP didn't list any ingredients. I was shocked.
if you're old enough to remember when La Mer was re-released by Estee Lauder, there was an in-depth article in the NY Times or LA Times, that detailed the whole process of trying to replicate Max Huber's formula. Remember, he died and left the "recipe" which EL chemists were left trying to decipher based on his messy crib notes, which involved adding vibrations to the mixing tank, playing classical music to the "broth", etc, etc. After much trial and error, EL chemists finally "got it right" (or did they?) and voila -- mass production began. I'm not saying this cream is bad - it moisturizes well and provides emolliency to support the skin barrier function. It's just no the same as Max Hubers original formula.
I'm still using La Mer after two years as no other moisturizers can give me the luminosity and I often receive compliments with it. I do look younger, and my skin is plumped! Whenever I try to replace it with other lower priced products, I always go back to it. I know I'll continue to buy it as a doorkeeper, though I'm now also using another cream at night so as to keep La mer longer to help save my pocket a little bit.