Is Crème de la Mer Worth the Hype?

February 28, 2015
Is Crème de la Mer Worth the Hype?

Crème de la Mer is one of the world’s most talked about and sought-after anti-aging moisturizers. It is loved by celebrities and fashionistas for it’s power to transform and heal dry aging skin. Given my recent skin issue (dry and dehydrated) of course, I had to buy La Mer and see if it was actually worth all the hype. For those of you who do not know about this product, here is a little background:

Crème de la Mer was developed by Dr. Max Huber, an aerospace scientist  to treat his severe chemical burns which he sustained in an accidental  explosion during an experiment. Dr. Huber sold and marketed this product himself. After his death, his daughter continued selling the cream until Estée Lauder purchased the rights to manufacture and distribute it.

The Claim

The brand claims that this cream has the power to transform the skin, improve firmness, lines, wrinkles and make pores less visible. Even the driest complexions are renewed and rejuvenated. The highly potent Miracle Broth™, which is the heart of Crème de la Mer is a blend of sea kelp, calcium, magnesium, potassium, lecithin, iron, vitamins, C, E, B12 combined with oils of citrus, eucalyptus, wheat germ, alfalfa and sunflower.  Its “miracle” lies in the biofermentation process in which these ingredients are combined.

Ingredient list:
Ingredient What it does
Seaweed (Algae) Extract Anti-Aging
Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum) Emollient
Petrolatum Occlusive
Glycerin Humectant
Isohexadecane Thickening agent & emulsifier
Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Extract Helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles & sunspots
Microcrystalline Wax Thickening agent
Lanolin Alcohol Emollient
Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil Emollient
Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil Skin conditioning agent
Magnesium Sulfate anti-inflammatory, fights wrinkles, acne & blemishes
Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Emollient
Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Powder Improves skin healing
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake Emollient
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal Smoothing, polishing & bulking agent
Sodium Gluconate Skin conditioning, inactivates metallic ions in order to prevent the deterioration of cosmetic products.
Potassium Gluconate Skin conditioning, inactivates metallic ions in order to prevent the deterioration of cosmetic products.
Copper Gluconate Skin conditioning
Calcium Gluconate Skin conditioning, inactivates metallic ions in order to prevent the deterioration of cosmetic products.
Magnesium Gluconate Skin conditioning
Zinc Gluconate Skin conditioning, cleanses skin to prevent odor by destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms.
Paraffin Occlusive
Tocopheryl Succinate Vitamin E
Niacin Vitamin B3
Beta-Carotene Precursor of vitamin A, reduces flaking and restores suppleness
Decyl Oleate Lubricating agent
Aluminum Distearate Lubricating agent
Octyldodecanol Emulsifier and lubricating agent
Citric Acid Preservative, helps adjust the acid/base balance
Cyanocobalamin Vitamin B12
Magnesium Stearate Thickening agent
Panthenol Humectant
Limonene Derived from citrus fruits, used as fragrance and solvent
Geraniol Fragrance
Linalool Fragrance
Hydroxycitronellal Fragrance
Citronellol Fragrance
Benzyl Salicylate Fragrance & UV light absorber
Citral Fragrance
Methylchloroisothiazolinone Preservative
Methylisothiazolinone Preservative
Alcohol Denat. Antifoaming, astringents, solvent & viscosity decreasing agent
Fragrance Fragrance


So…as you can see, there are a lot of fragrances in this cream. I almost always avoid fragrances in my cosmetics, as they are known to irritate sensitive skin. Creme de La Mer has mixed reviews, some people swear by it, some claim it’s nothing more than a fancy Nivea Creme (German version). Personally, I really like this cream…this is the only cream which healed my dry patchy skin. It gets the job done all by itself, I do not even have to layer any other products underneath. The redness disappeared in a couple of days and to my surprise, the fragrances did not irritate my skin at all.

This cream is THICK….it takes a while to blend. The brand instructs you to take a small amount and rub between your fingers until warm and translucent and then press it on your face and neck until absorbed. I find that if I follow this instruction, my fingers end up absorbing more cream than my facial skin. My own technique is to take a small amount, rub between fingers, DO NOT wait for it to turn translucent, pat it on my face and neck. I keep patting until it warms up and becomes easier to blend. I then gently massage my skin in an upward motion. It leaves a greasy feel after application and does take a while to fully absorb. I usually apply it at night before bed, which is when your skin repairs itself most effectively.

I do not have any fine lines, so I cannot comment on the anti-aging claims of this moisturizer. Crème de la Mer is definitely a super intense moisturizer and you need to have serious dry skin to use this product. It will be too greasy for anyone with combination skin. The brand does have four other versions of this product catered to people with combination/oily skin types and to use during summer months. Do you guys love your Crème de la Mer? Let me know!

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