La Mer Review: 10 Best La Mer Products



In the beauty world there are products which have achieved cult favorite status, like Egyptian Magic Cream and Maelove Glow Maker. And then there are products which have entered the stratosphere to become legends, such as Crème de la Mer. It’s a celebrity favorite, whose fans include Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, and Kate Moss, just to name a few.

But is Crème de la Mer really worth the hype? To answer this question, we’re going to evaluate the product formulation details, including what ingredients are used and in what concentrations. We’ll also review a few more of the most popular La Mer products, and we’ll share some La Mer reviews so that you can get a better idea of what customers really think about these products.


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Is La Mer Skincare Worth The Cost?

La Mer products are expensive, for example, The Neck and Décolleté Concentrate is $320.

In our opinion, La Mer products aren’t worth the cost. 

One brand is Carrot & Stick, a clean brand that palaces the gentle nurturing of plants with the powerful results of innovative science.


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What Are The Top 10 Most Popular La Mer Skin Care Products?

Crème de la Mer is the La Mer moisturizer that started it all, but the brand has created a collection of skin care products that include additional moisturizers, serums, lotions, eye products, lip products, and more. Here’s a breakdown of the most popular La Mer skin care products.


Crème de la Mer

Crème de la Mer is a rich facial cream that promises to help heal dryness, promote soft and supple skin, and visibly soften lines and wrinkles. At $190 for just one ounce, this cream better do all of that and file our taxes!

After taking a look at the key ingredients, we can say that Crème de la Mer is formulated to help with dryness due to the inclusion of occlusive emollients like mineral oil, petrolatum, and sesame seed oil.

Petrolatum (aka Vaseline) is what gives Crème de la Mer its thick texture, but it’s this ingredient that causes the cream to sit on top of your skin. Since Crème de la Mer doesn’t absorb, it can feel heavy and a tad greasy on the skin. Needless to say, this isn’t the best moisturizer to wear underneath makeup.

Like all La Mer products, one of Crème de la Mer’s key ingredients is the brand’s proprietary Miracle Broth (we’ll give you all the details on Miracle Broth in the Key Ingredients section below).

Lime extract is another key ingredient in Crème de la Mer. Lime is a citrus fruit with volatile compounds that are skin sensitizers and photosensitizers. Not to mention the formula is packed with additional fragrance ingredients that have the potential to cause skin sensitivity.

Bottom Line: Crème de la Mer is a favorite among customers and even celebrities, but in our opinion it’s not worth the hype since the formula is very basic and due to the inclusion of fragrance.

ALTERNATIVES: Carrot & Stick The Moisturizer. It’s overflowing with potent plant proteins, vitamins, peptides and amino-collagen. 


La Mer The Concentrate

Another La Mer product that is quite popular despite its rather unimpressive formula is The Concentrate. Instead of using water as a base, the ingredient cyclopentasiloxane (a type of silicone) is the base of La Mer The Concentrate. The formula includes high concentrations of several more silicones, as well as glycerin (a humectant) and algae extract.

The silicones in this serum will help the skin to immediately feel soft and smooth while also temporarily blurring the look of lines and wrinkles. They also help to increase the skin’s hydration. But at a price of $200 for just a half ounce, we expected more than a bottle full of silicones.

The formula contains low concentrations of botanical extracts that may provide some benefits. But then there are some botanical extracts — like eucalyptus oil, lime peel extract, and lavender oil — that have the potential to cause irritation due to the volatile fragrance components.

Bottom Line: La Mer The Concentrate is a lackluster formula that mostly consists of silicones, glycerin, and algae extract — not worth the hefty price tag in our opinion!

ALTERNATIVES: Carrot & Stick The Repair Serum. It contains 7 peptides for smoother, firmer looking skin.


La Mer The Treatment Lotion

The Treatment Lotion is a hydrating lotion that’s meant to be used after cleansing, but before your serum and moisturizer, in order to prep skin for the rest of your regimen. The formula does contain quite a few hydrating ingredients, including algae extract and humectants like glycerin and sucrose (sugar).

The rest of the formula is very similar to other La Mer products, with ingredients like sesame seed oil, alfalfa powder, sunflower seed cake, eucalyptus oil, and (unfortunately) many fragrance ingredients.


La Mer The Regenerating Serum

The Regenerating Serum has an extensive formula consisting of a variety of ingredients that are claimed to rapidly diminish the look of lines and wrinkles. Now when we say extensive, we aren’t exaggerating; the formula contains more than 90 ingredients!

But is more always better? Not necessarily, especially considering they have to be using low concentrations of each ingredient in order to include so many in one formula.

Looking at the beginning of the ingredient list (the highest concentration ingredients), The Regenerating Serum includes water, algae extract, dimethicone, and several more silicones and synthetic emollients.

Bottom Line: Another La Mer product filled with silicones, which help your skin to feel and look very soft and smooth. They also help to temporarily blur lines and wrinkles, making you think the serum is working.


La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream

This La Mer cream for dry skin has a very similar formula to Crème de la Mer, with key ingredients like algae extract, silicones, and petrolatum.

The main difference between The Moisturizing Soft Cream and Crème de la Mer is the softer, less thick texture. Even though it’s not as thick as Crème de la Mer, The Moisturizing Soft Cream is still ideal for those with combination or dry skin types.

And when we say ideal, we mean if you’re set on purchasing a product from La Mer. In our opinion, there are other brands that produce similar moisturizing products for a fraction of the price, such as Carrot & Stick The Moisturizer.

Bottom Line: Another La Mer cream for dry skin that is very similar to Crème de la Mer, but “softer” and not as thick.


La Mer The Eye Concentrate

This La Mer eye cream contains many of the same key ingredients as other La Mer products, including seaweed extract, dimethicone, glycerin, and synthetic emollients.

Unfortunately, there are high concentrations of ingredients that have the potential to cause skin irritation, including eucalyptus oil, lime peel extract, and several more. And we know this is a problem based on the number of La Mer reviews for The Eye Concentrate from customers who experienced reactions like redness, swelling, burning, and irritation after using this product.

For example, one review says, “I used it a few times but it seemed very irritating. My under eyes were swollen and sore.”

And a similar review says, “It causes my eyelids and under eye area to become dry, flaky, swollen and sensitive to the touch.”

Bottom Line: This La Mer eye cream is packed with fragrance ingredients that have the potential to cause skin irritation and other adverse reactions.

ALTERNATIVES:  If you are concerned about aging around the eyes including bags, one product we recommend is Carrot & Stick The Eye Cream.


La Mer The Renewal Oil

A facial oil with a long list of ingredients, with the highest concentration ingredients being meadowfoam seed oil, dimethicone, caprylic/capric triglyceride, water, trisiloxane, sweet almond oil, and jojoba oil.

These are beneficial ingredients that will help the skin to feel soft and smooth. The fatty acids in meadowfoam seed oil, sweet almond oil, and jojoba oil will also help to strengthen the skin barrier.

But you probably know by now that if you look at the end of the ingredient list, you’ll find a handful of irritating fragrance ingredients, as well as dyes (Yellow 5 and 6).

Bottom Line: La Mer The Renewal Oil contains a good mix of botanical oils and emollients, but the fragrance in this formula may lead to irritation.


La Mer The Hydrating Illuminator

A highlighter with a universal shade that can be worn alone or under makeup to brighten and enhance the complexion. The formula includes the minerals mica and titanium dioxide to reflect light from the face, creating the illusion of a smoother, softer, and more radiant skin tone.

Additional key ingredients include silicones, synthetic emollients, jojoba seed oil, shea butter, seaweed extract, glycerin, sesame seed oil, and many more botanical extracts. And don’t forget the added fragrance, which you’ll find in nearly all La Mer skin care products.


La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation

This La Mer foundation is available in 28 shades and offers buildable coverage to refine the look of skin and smooth imperfections. The formula also provides broad spectrum SPF 20 protection thanks to the sunscreen ingredients octinoxate and titanium dioxide.

Additional key ingredients in this La Mer foundation include silicones, seaweed extract, sesame seed oil, and many more botanical extracts. Of course, the brand felt the need to add fragrance to this foundation. Want to know the worst part? The added fragrance doesn’t even smell good!

Many reviews for this La Mer foundation comment on the unpleasant smell of the formula. For example, one review says, “I love the way the foundation looks and covers lines, but the smell is not pleasant”. And another reviewer shares, “It’s very runny, but the worst part is the smell. Yuck, yuck, yuck.”

Bottom Line: It’s great that this La Mer foundation provides broad spectrum SPF 20 protection while offering buildable coverage, but we wish the brand would leave out the fragrance.


La Mer The Cleansing Foam

A gentle cleansing foam that is said to draw out impurities and excess oil, leaving you with a bright, fresh, healthy-looking complexion. Like most cleansers, the key ingredients in this formula are surfactants.

A surfactant molecule contains one end that is hydrophilic (attracted to water) and one end that is lipophilic (attracted to oil). This allows surfactants to attract and suspend oils, dirt, and other impurities that have accumulated on the skin and wash them away.

Additional key ingredients include glycerin, seaweed extract, sesame seed oil, and many more botanical extracts.

Bottom Line: A basic foaming cleanser that uses surfactants to clean the skin.

What is The Best La Mer Cream?

While we weren’t particularly impressed with any of the La Mer cream formulations, we would have to say that out of all of them, Crème de la Mer is the best. The high concentrations of seaweed extract, mineral oil, and petrolatum (aka vaseline) will help to keep your skin moisturized. Although, as you’ll learn below, there’s a good chance you can find a face cream with similar ingredients as Crème de la Mer for a fraction of the cost.

Does Crème de la Mer Really Work?

At $345 for a 2 ounce jar of Crème de la Mer, you’d hope that this La Mer cream would give you flawless skin, right? While the formulation does contain moisturizing ingredients, we don’t think that Crème de la Mer is a miracle skin care product.

And we aren’t the only ones. In an article published on the Daily Mail, cosmetic chemist Will Buchanan examined the ingredients in Crème de la Mer, and he deduced he could create a similar product for about $13 using mineral oil, petrolatum, glycerin, and eucalyptus leaf oil.

In 2013, the Daily Mail had a writer use Nivea on one side of her face, and Crème de la Mer on the other for 30 days. Her skin was examined at the beginning and end of the 30 days at a clinic using the Visia, which measures wrinkles, sun damage, redness and pore size. Guess which side had more improvement at the end of the month, in terms of hydration and reduction of redness? The side that had been treated with Nivea.

What Are The Key Ingredients in La Mer Skin Care Products?

One thing we noticed about La Mer skin care products is that the product formulations are all very similar, with key ingredients like seaweed extract, silicones, and sesame seed oil. Let’s take a closer look at how these ingredients will affect your skin.


Miracle Broth: Is It Really A Miracle?

All La Mer skin care products contain the brand’s proprietary “Miracle Broth”. This ingredient was created by physicist Dr. Max Huber. When Dr. Huber suffered burns in a lab accident, he looked to the sea for a solution. After twelve years of research and 6,000 experiments, Miracle Broth was born.

Miracle Broth contains hand-harvested sea kelp, nutrients, and minerals. While these ingredients may not seem like anything out of the ordinary, the brand claims the key to their power is in the natural fermentation process. Fermentation can boost the power and efficacy of individual ingredients, which enables them to work synergistically. According to La Mer, the Miracle Broth empowers the five facets of healing: moisture, regeneration, soothing, smoothing, and radiance.

While Miracle Broth sounds great in theory, there’s no research to prove that it provides any of these benefits.


Silicones: Silky Smooth Skin And Temporary Anti-Aging Effects

Many of the La Mer products contain high concentrations of silicones. The main function of silicones in skin care is to improve a product’s spreadability while imparting a silky, smooth skin feel. Silicones also help to improve moisture retention in the skin.

But like we mentioned above, the film that silicones form on the skin helps to temporarily blur lines and wrinkles. This may trick you into thinking that the product is working, but really these effects will disappear once you wash off the product.


Sesame Seed Oil: Unsaturated Fatty Acids are Unstable

Most of the La Mer products — including Crème de la Mer — contain a high concentration of sesame seed oil. This oil is composed of several different fatty acids, but mostly contains oleic acid and linoleic acid.

Oleic acid is an omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acid that functions as a penetration enhancer by disturbing the skin barrier.

Linoleic acid is an omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA). Unfortunately, PUFAs are very unstable and prone to oxidation, which means they easily go rancid and can lead to the generation of free radicals that can damage our cells and lead to signs of aging.

So even though La Mer products are claimed to reduce signs of aging, they may actually cause skin aging due to the high concentration of sesame seed oil in these formulations.


Fragrance: Not Doing Your Skin Any Good!

You may have noticed when we introduced the most popular La Mer skin care products above that all the products contain synthetic fragrance ingredients. The use of synthetic fragrance ingredients can be a problem because the brand can use a proprietary blend of chemicals to create the fragrance, and they do not have to disclose which chemicals they use on the label. They are allowed to list this blend as “Fragrance (Parfum)” on the ingredient list.

A 2018 study by Women’s Voices for the Earth discovered that in over 3,000 chemicals reportedly used for fragrances, 1,242 were chemicals of concern – and that included at least 7 possible carcinogenic (cancer-causing) agents.

Plus, fragrance ingredients have the potential to cause skin sensitivity, resulting in side effects like redness, swelling, burning, and irritation.

Where to Buy La Mer Skin Care Products?

La Mer skin care products are sold on the brand’s website, third party ecommerce websites such as Amazon and Sephora, and at select stores and spas. La Mer has a store locator on their website so you can find a store that sells La Mer products near you.

Due to the high cost of the La Mer products, it may be a good idea to avoid third party sellers since there is great incentive for unscrupulous individuals to create counterfeit versions of the products.

What is The La Mer Return Policy?

The La Mer return policy states, “If for any reason you are not happy with your purchase on, you may return the unused portion to us for a refund or exchange. Our Online Experts will be happy to help you find a product to better suit your needs—or refund your purchase price—and we’ll cover the return postage.”

Is La Mer Cruelty Free?

La Mer is not cruelty free. La Mer is owned by Estée Lauder, a company that tests on animals. While Estée Lauder does not conduct animal testing on their products or ingredients, they do test on animals when required to do so by law (such as in China).

Are La Mer Products Vegan?

La Mer is not vegan because some products contain beeswax.

La Mer Reviews

La Mer reviews on the brand’s website are mostly very positive. Crème de la Mer has received an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars after more than 4,000 customer reviews.

There are many positive reviews for Crème de la Mer that mention how it does help to moisturize, brighten, and reduce signs of aging.

For example, one review says, “I love this La Mer cream. I have used so many other ones but nothing really made an impact in such a short time like this one. Everyone has been saying my face looks glowing. I noticed that it had a positive impact on the wrinkles, too. Definitely recommend it!”

And then there are La Mer reviews from customers who recognize that Crème de la Mer simply isn’t worth the price.

For example, one review says, “This has lime extract in it, something way too acidic for a moisturizer. And on top of that it’s SUPER pricey. Honestly there are so many other moisturizers that are so much better and cheaper. I wouldn’t use this if someone gave it to me for free. Just because something is expensive and has a brand name in a foreign language doesn’t mean it’s good.”

Our Verdict

Overall, we don’t recommend La Mer products for many reasons, and we don’t believe these products are worth the money.


  • Many positive La Mer reviews


  • Very high cost
  • Product formulations mostly consist of silicones and synthetic emollients
  • All products contain synthetic fragrance ingredients
  • La Mer is not cruelty free
  • There’s no evidence proving the benefits of Miracle Broth

What Are Some Alternatives to La Mer Products?

If you’re looking for skincare products to address the signs of aging, we recommend Carrot & Stick. Carrot & Stick maximizes the use of powerful ingredients and minimizes the use of superficial ones, resulting in advanced skincare solutions that help promote healthy, more youthful-looking skin.

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  • Cali Original review: Dec 29, 2022. Reply

    Thank you for this insightful and well researched article. It’s often difficult to determine the truth of hyped up products heavily advertised and seemingly praised, but ultimately not what it seems to be. It takes an honest dermatologist to get to the truth of these products. I use the Instagram platform for my flower photography and my feed is inundated with ads for this or that “latest and greatest ever” product.

  • Marlena Original review: Aug 23, 2019. Reply

    I love La Mer products. I just found a bottle of the moisturizing lotion I purchased 4-5 years ago – is it still okay to use it?

  • Maite Cabrera Original review: Jul 21, 2019. Reply

    I am an absolute believer in La Mer. Not because of status or because of the stigma that artist and famous people use it. The products are very expensive and I do have to save the money to be able to buy them so my husband does not have a heart attack! But they are amazing, I do not use the complete line and some products like the lip balm can be purchased from other brands much cheaper. I do use the moisturizing soft cream, the concentrate and the perfecting treatment. The concentrate is an amazing healer, I was burned with wax and after using the concentrate I was left without a mark. The cream is like a luxurious drink of water and the perfecting treatment leaves my skin feeling soft and looking amazing. If there was a product that was comparable and less expensive I would purchase it, but alas there isn’t one. In conclusion La Mer has no comparison in most of their products, it is not a hype!

  • Anne Original review: Mar 30, 2019. Reply

    I have hypoallergenic skin which reacts to just about anything, especially creams with preservatives, parabens, SLS and some perfumes. Many years ago, out of desperation, I put my hard-earned cash into a pot of La Mer. The cream was light, it melted between the fingers and had a slight scent, and I didn’t react to it. In fact, my face skin loved it. I bought it 3 times. That was about 20 years ago, but I couldn’t afford to keep buying the cream, so I tried Nivea in the blue tub and that, too, was fine. I used Nivea for years, then all of a sudden my eyes were watering and I developed a rash on my cheeks. A friend of mine also developed sore eyes from the Nivea (3 years ago), so I had to stop using it. Why oh why did they have to change the cream? I recently bought a pot of La Mer as I have tried creams which purport to be hypoallergenic and are NOT, and I am sick to death of companies stating that they are suitable for really sensitive or hypoallergenic skin conditions when they aren’t, this includes Liz Earle cream. I have tried many creams; too many to mention. My skin is mature and I want a really nourishing cream, so I thought I’d treat my skin to some La Mer. Yet again, I’ve developed a rash and a couple of spots under my eyes. I am so frustrated and disappointed and would not recommend it now. The cream is not the same as it used to be. It is highly scented and very heavy and does not melt between the fingers, so I will be sending it back for a refund. I have been using Clinique (yellow cream) which is fine as I don’t react, but it isn’t deeply moisturising.

  • P Leary Original review: May 13, 2018. Reply

    I’ll start off by noting that I love la Mer. The cleanser is absolute heaven, from function (it DOES the job, & extremely well), to feel (like silk), to smell (is ‘luxious’ a word?). I use both the matte lotion (morning) & the moisturizing cream (evening). Both are wonderful, & the matte cream is perfect in taming the creases to which my primer & cream foundation are prone. (The Moisturizing cream gives my skin that extra boost at night.). I also use the firming serum. The cost ($$$) is high on this one! And I have seen a difference. Lastly, on a semi-regular basis, I use the soft fluid foundation. It is simply lovely when I want that extra (medium) coverage for evenings out with my husband (my daily, light, foundation is Armani Maestro, which is AMAZING, & worth every penny — but that is another review).

    I have sampled the regenerating serum, the lifting eye serum, & the soft lotion. I could DEFINITELY note a difference with the regenerating serum (i used it in place of Roden & Fields intensive renewing serum). It was the perfect accompaniment to the moisturizing cream; they are kindred spirits! The lifting eye serum was so-so, however the sample was so small that I’m not sure if continued use wouldn’t make a difference. It might, but I just can’t afford the addition to my routine right now (but based on my current experiences, i would be willing to give it another try at a later point). As for the soft lotion, it actually did as promised (basically, it’s the cream in a lotion form for those who prefer a smoother application).

    Now for the qualifiers: Yes, it’s expensive, but is it worth it? For the most part, probably. Is it 10 Xs worth the cost of more frugal purchases? Ehhhh…. Almost.

    The matte lotion & cream, while excellent, are a bit of a luxury cost (they are slightly better to equivalent R+F products). I think it’s worth it, but not if you’re on a stricter budget. (Scale of 1-10, if La Mer gives you a 9, mid-cost products, such as Lancome, advanced dermatology or R+F, all of which I tried, give you around a 7-7.5. Drugstore products, such as oil of Olay, anywhere from 3-6 —- Oil of Olay is actually pretty good!)

    I did love the regenerating serum, but I get near-equal results with the R+F renewing serum, which is considerably less expensive. I may switch back & forth to extend my usage of each because I do think La Mer has a slight edge.

    Now the lifting serum. I am on the fence on this one. I see a significant difference in the firmness of my skin, but I don’t know if eliminating the firming serum wouldn’t have the same results by continuing my use with the just other products. I DO NOT think the overall product justifies the cost; if it were a about $100 less, yes, but not at $335!

    (The cleanser, in my opinion, goes above & beyond the cost. Definitely worth it, & then some!)

    The products do last a long time because you need less to achieve (overall) better results. Most La Mer products work best in tandem with their sister products, but you DON’T NEED TO PURCHASE AN ENTIRE REGIMEN that other companies try to convince you of. The trick, of course, is finding the combo that works for you.

    As for the company (e.g., customer service), La Mer is top-notch! I love that they don’t force you to buy ‘whole package’ (I HATED that about advanced dermatology!!!!), & they don’t hard-pressure the auto-replenish like R+F (I have to delay shipments constantly). La Mer does have an auto-replenishment option, but online purchasing defaults to ‘one time,’ not ‘every 3 months,’ like kiehl’s. Plus, if you do prefer a replenishment option, you have 6 options from which to choose (from 30-120 days).

    I do want to make special note of their customer service. In a word, outstanding! I have had need to contact/return a few items over the past year since trying la Mer, & each time they are accommodating, helpful, friendly, efficient (my refunds were immediate, exchanges were delivered within days!) — one of the most pleasant companies with which to work. (In fact, when I needed to exchange my foundation colour for a darker one, the representative refunded my account that minute, shipped my new bottle immediately, & told me that the old bottle need not be shipped back to them; it was mine to do with whatever I chose to do, keep, throw out, sell, or donate to a friend).

    So enough blabbering, bottom line, most products are awesome, & overall worth it for the products if you can afford. If on a stricter budget, you can probably find other products that can give you ‘close-enough’ results. That being said, the company itself is so easy to work with that if you DO want to give it try, you can easily return/exchange a product if it’s just not up to your expectations.

    Hope this helps.

  • Connie Original review: Oct 25, 2017. Reply

    Very silky smooth dry sensitive and immediate change in appearance. Thank you

  • CeeCee Original review: Oct 18, 2017. Reply

    A few years ago I had a 9 hour heart surgery, after the surgery my skin was dry and patchy (from the anesthesia and face mask). I did research and read about Creme De LeMer, I went and got samples I cleaned my skin and used the cream…well overnight my skin was healed!! I love this cream I’m 63 and people are shocked and said I look like I’m in my 30’s!! It is expensive, but worth every penny!! The big jars last a very long time…!! Try it you regret it!!

  • Betty Original review: May 21, 2017. Reply

    I started using La Mer products about four months ago, and already I, my aesthetician and my dermatologist have all commented on how good my skin looks. These products have definitely improved my skin which I have always taken care of. Even though it is expensive, I would recommend it to those who can afford it. I plan to continue using it.

  • Vikki Original review: Dec 03, 2016. Reply

    Okay. So I’ve been on and off Creme de La Mer for 20+ years. I use Jurlique Wrinkle Softening Creme generally. It’s just wonderful for my particular skin and it smells great! I have been taking care of my skin since my mid-20’s, so that counts a lot for why my skin is in great shape. Many a facialist think I’m in my 40’s and I’m 65. This long review is to give the plus side of Creme de La Mer. Yes. It’s pricey. But I’ve gone back to it again and again for skin maladies. I had a very stubborn rash that appeared on my lips and mouth. Would NOT go away! I had a little sample of CdLM and, lo and behold, it calmed down the redness and smoothed out the bumps on my lips (not generally intended for lips, mind you) and the rashy dry parts around mouth were totally gone in 2 days. I was in disbelief and denial that this Creme actually was the answer so I stopped it for a few days and the rash started to come back! What in the world!? I used just the tiniest amount of CdLM to spread over the affected arrears and they are healed. I have used practically EVERY high-end skin care product there is ( as I used to work at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus) and had access to samples BUT I do recommend at least getting a sample of this Creme and trying it. There is a reason there is such a cult following. It is expensive but if you are smart and use just a small amount it does last a long time. Many women use waaaaayyy too much product. Probably because when one uses the cheaper brands they do but then buy more often. Do the math on what you are actually spending and if you love you skin. The proof is in your skin. If you care about it. The need for face altering (and generally not in a good way) expensive plastic surgery can be eliminated.

  • Michelle Original review: Nov 18, 2016. Reply

    My husband bought this creme for me and I’m EXTREMELY MAD at him, since it is SOOOOO expensive, but I will give it a try because we cannot return it. When and where do I apply this lotion, and does it really work?

  • Maddie Original review: Nov 17, 2016. Reply

    I bought La Mer after trying a month’s supply from a birch box. I am simply stunned at the change in my texture , tone , vibrance and speedy cell turnover ! And I am extremely hard to stun !
    I am and have been for decades , in the medical side of beauty care and La Mer was recommeded by a derm doc years ago . I simply did not believe it warranted the cost at the time, so I did not try it. To prove that I was right not to, when it was include in my Elle monthly box , I used it . Let’s just say, I really regret not using it all those years ago !Additionally , I have been applying it to stubborn small scars for only the past few days and they have responded better than most treatments that I have been using ! IBy this I include , laser, dermapen , prp , a variety of peels , other scar topical treatments..
    I have access to the best . There’s nothing I have not tried .
    La Mer has been incredible for me . One tip, I do use Peter Thomas Roth pads to better prepare my skin for this treatment . At least give it a shot, request a sample from the store.

  • Karen Original review: Oct 11, 2016. Reply

    I have always taken very very good care of my skin mainly keeping out of the sun! I have always used mid price or budget moisturisers and despite now being 59 I have very few lines or wrinkles. My husband bought me some Creme De La Mer as he had a cash lump sum on his retirement.
    I have been using it a couple of weeks and frankly am not that impressed that it is any better than the cheaper ones. I have two jars,so enough for several months ,maybe there will be longer term effects but based on current performance I will be going back to a cheaper priced one when its gone

  • Cristina Original review: Sep 18, 2016. Reply

    I started using Creme de la Mer about 10 years ago, I work in the beauty industry and I am exposed to several skin care products. This works! I’m 47 and I’ve been told i look 10 years younger. My suggestion is go to a retailer and form a relationship with a beauty specialist and ask for a sample. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Laurent Original review: Sep 02, 2016. Reply

    I can’t use the creme because I break out as I have oily skin. But, I use the oil absorbing lotion from La Mer and it is worth every penny. Not even lasers and cosmetic procedures can do what La Mer does for my skin. Just try it on the back of your hand. You’ll notice a difference right away. The clarity, evenness and glow will be apparent. Even dermatologists who usually do not favor expensive products that have patients using La Mer have said that patients who use this product have consistently better skin.

  • swtbe Original review: Apr 01, 2016. Reply

    I’m in my 30’s and have normal to oily skin. I used an entire La Mer regime for 6 months and didnt notice any difference to warrant the cost.

  • Rochelle Dubois Original review: Apr 05, 2014. Reply

    My aunt is 79 years old and has beautiful skin on her face and hands. No wrinkles and no age spots. Her face is dewy and tight so I asked her what face cream she used… she picked up a hand lotion sized bottle of Vaseline Intensive Care and said, “this is what I use”. She then proceeded to pump a dime sized dollop onto her palms… rubbed them together and then rubbed her entire face with both her hands. Sure enough her face was dewy and moisturized and had a heavenly glow. The moral of this story is that possibly the more expensive facial cream also makes you feel good in a psychological way and does exactly what the hand lotion does which is moisturize. At 56 years of age… I can tell you for sure that it is about keeping your skin well moisturized and protected from the sun.

  • marion k Original review: Mar 26, 2014. Reply

    i used the moisturizing lotion by la mer for 4 years and now all a sudden i developed allergic spots after i used it. i had to discontinue using it. it is a very good moisturizer for a combo skin but get a sample first and try it out to be on the sure side.

  • Pamela Chenault Original review: Feb 25, 2014. Reply

    Hello, does the Concentrated have Vitamin E in it? I am allergic

  • Iona Original review: Nov 17, 2013. Reply

    My boyfriend bought me la mer cream for my birthday. I am not sure exactly how much this costs but I am sure it is worth a few hundred. I would HIGHLY recommend this product! I am not sure if it is worth what it costs but it definitely has a very nice feel.

  • Runway Original review: Oct 29, 2013. Reply

    I had wanted to try CdlM for a while, but had persevered with cheaper products because of the price.

    I truly wish I had invested sooner – my extremely dehydrated (even with drinking almost 3ltrs of water a day) looked a million times better in less than a week and all the smile lines around my eyes have gone.

    The cleanser is lush, the eye creams cooling and effective – and I can’t wait to try the other products in the range.

    Also, you use the tiniest amount so it’s not as expensive as you may think!

  • Betty Original review: Oct 03, 2013. Reply

    I was skeptical about Creme De La Mer after having bad experiences with other expensive creams. This one is different. It is very smooth and you will notice your skin will be smoother and softer even just after a few days.

  • Julia Original review: Sep 11, 2013. Reply

    Oh my God! I almost had a heart-attack when I saw the cost of La Mer. It must be made of gold or some expensive substance. Does it actually work or does it just make wealthy people feel good buying it?

  • Danny Original review: Aug 14, 2013. Reply

    Cream De La Mer makes my skin feel SO smooth. I feel younger again. Your face feels fresh from the moment you apply La Mer. Price is expensive but worth it. It is no big deal for me. I would rather spend my money on La Mer than wasting on handbags. I just a difference from day one and have been using it for 8 years now.

  • Leanne Original review: Aug 08, 2013. Reply

    Crème de la Mer is the richest cream I have ever used. I have very dry sensitive skin and I cannot use anything else. Twice per day after showing. I understand the reviews about the price but do not treat it as a miracle cream but a good moisturizer for the well to do. That is all it is, a good moisturizer.

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    La Mer Eye Cream

    Every beauty company has its own unique origin story and one of the most famous is Crème de la Mer. This face cream is one of the priciest in the world and is beloved by celebrities as well as anyone with deep enough pockets to buy a jar of it...

    La Mer Blue Heart Review

    La Mer Blue Heart Crème de la Mer is a rich cream that is said to deeply soothe and moisturize to help heal dryness and leave skin looking naturally vibrant. This cream features the brand’s trademarked ingredient Miracle Broth. Miracle Broth is a cell-renewing elixir packed with hand-harvested sea kelp, nutrients, and minerals. While these ingredients may not seem like anything out of the ordinary, the key to their power is in the natural fermentation process. Fermentation can boost the power and efficacy of individual ingredients, which enables them to work synergistically. According to La Mer, the Miracle Broth™ empowers the five facets of healing – moisture, regeneration, soothing, smoothing, and radiance – helping bring skin back to its healthiest center. Another key ingredient in La Mer Blue Heart Crème de la Mer is lime extract. While lime extract will provide some antioxidant effects, citrus fruits are well known to cause sensitization and phototoxic reactions when skin is exposed to sunlight. So if you want to use La Mer Blue Heart Crème de la Mer during the day, be sure to apply a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen on top of this cream.


    La Mer Revitalizing Hydrating Serum Review

    For many of us, La Mer symbolizes the ultimate in luxury transformative skincare. This formula first brand spends an extreme amount of time and effort to perfect their formulas using labor intensive, completely unique ingredient complexes to power their products. One of their stand out products within the line is the La Mer Revitalizing Hydrating Serum. This product is described as a lightweight yet nourishing hydrator that helps to replenish the skin’s moisture with nutrient dense botanicals sourced from the sea. This formula works even further by boosting radiance and glow within the skin, so you can experience healthy, dewy and energized skin everyday. Some of the key ingredients complexes that are included in this product are the Deep Hydration Ferment and the Youth Activating Ferment. Fermenting ingredients as a whole helps to increase the potency and efficacy of almost any botanical extract you’re working with. La Mer’s approach takes the concept of fermentation and pushes it even further by fermenting key ingredients for up to 4 months to reach maximum efficacy. With all this in mind, we would recommend this type of product for those of you who love a bit of luxury and are looking for a nutrient rich hydration serum to help boost the glow in your skin without the use of harsh actives or exfoliants.


    La Mer Intensive Revitalizing Mask Review

    Another one of the more popular products from La Mer is the La Mer Intensive Revitalizing Mask. This product was developed to rejuvenating and refresh the skin in as little as 8 minutes, making it a great morning time mask. The formula behind this product contains a blend of botanical extracts as well as their unique Miracle Broth technology. This blend of algaes that is fermented over a three month process works to support the skin’s natural renewal processes. Alongside this complex, powerful antioxidants help to protect the skin against environmental stressors such as stress, pollution, free radicals and UV exposure. In comparison to other masks from the La Mer Range, the Intensive Revitalizing Mask is best for delivering an intensive dose of hydration, while simultaneously protecting the skin from fatigue, stress and pollution. Keeping all of this in mind, this product would be best for those of you who are looking for a preventative protect to add to your skincare routine. Additionally, since this product utilizes mostly hydrating and reparative ingredients, this formula could work well for more sensitive skin types as well.


    La Mer Perfecting Treatment Cream Review

    If you’ve been wanted to try a few products from the iconic La Mer range, you may want to check out the La Mer Perfecting Treatment. This product was designed to help even out blotchy or uneven skin tone and texture. This includes general redness, hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage, age and acne scars, as well as enlarged pores or dehydration, which can lead to see appearing rough and less smooth. This product benefits the skin in two ways, due to the thoughtful formulation. First, this product utilizes soft focus filter technology to diffuse light, blur the appearance of pores and soften imperfections to give a radiant glow to the skin immediately. Secondarily, this formula also contains a range of beneficial ingredients to improve the skin overtime, so that with every application, the skin becomes softer and smoother. Like other products from the La Mer range, the Perfecting Treatment contains a number of the proprietary blends that the brand is most well known for. This particular product contains the Miracle Broth, which is a complex of carefully fermented ingredients that hydrates, soothes, and energizes the skin, while encouraging the skin to repair itself naturally and efficiently.


    La Mer Perfecting Treatment Review

    If you’ve been wanted to try a few products from the iconic La Mer range, you may want to check out the La Mer Perfecting Treatment. This product was designed to help even out blotchy or uneven skin tone and texture. This includes general redness, hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage, age and acne scars, as well as enlarged pores or dehydration, which can lead to see appearing rough and less smooth. This product benefits the skin in two ways, due to the thoughtful formulation. First, this product utilizes soft focus filter technology to diffuse light, blur the appearance of pores and soften imperfections to give a radiant glow to the skin immediately. Secondarily, this formula also contains a range of beneficial ingredients to improve the skin overtime, so that with every application, the skin becomes softer and smoother. Like other products from the La Mar range, the Perfecting Treatment contains a number of the proprietary blends that the brand is most well known for. This particular product contains the Miracle Broth, which is a complex of carefully fermented ingredients that hydrates, soothes, and energizes the skin, while encouraging the skin to repair itself naturally and efficiently.


    La Mer Cleansing Foam Review

    If you’re looking to upgrade your facial cleanser to something a bit more luxurious, you may want to try the La Mer Cleansing Foam. This gentle cleansing foam was designed to draw out impurities from the skin, and remove excess oil while also leaving the skin feeling soft and healthy. Like all of the La Mer products, the Cleansing Foam contains some of the brand’s proprietary ingredient complexes and unique technologies. This formula contains the Proprietary Deconstructed Waters, which help to detoxify, purify and condition the skin. Finding a cleanser that effectively cleans without stripping can be a considerable challenge especially for those of you who have more sensitive skin types. The cleansing agents in many popular cleansers can often been too harsh, which can lead to a tight, irritated and overly dry. Gentle surfactants, like the ones in the La Mer Cleansing Foam, offer just as deep a cleanse, without any of the downsides of some of the stronger foaming agents. With all this said, we’d recommend this type of product to those of you who struggle to find the ideal cleanser that removes impurities while simultaneously preserving the skin’s moisture barrier.


    La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel Review

    There are few brands that are better known for their luxurious formulas than La Mer. One of their cult classics, that has sadly been discontinued is the La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel. This product was developed by the team at La Mer to feature some of their most well known ingredient complexes, such as the miracle broth, in a much lighter formula. People often associate La Mar products with intense nourishment and rich formulations, which can be particularly beneficial for those with dry skin. But for those with oily to combination skin types, finding an eye product that isn’t too heavy is crucial to keeping skin conditions like milia at bay. Although this product is no longer available, there are still options for those of you with only and combination skin types. Products like the La Mer Lifting Eye Serum deliver a light layer of hydration and moisture without weighing the skin down with a rich, creamy texture. This product also helps with sagging skin and under eye bags, making this product just as versatile as the La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel.


    La Mer The Eye Balm Intense Review

    La Mer is one of the most well known luxurious skin care ranges, with many different products that cater to those with particularly dry and parched skin. One of these products is the La Mer The Eye Balm Intense. This is an incredibly rich eye cream that is designed to thoroughly moisturize and hydrate the skin, while simultaneously reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also worth noting that this product has also been designed to be used with a specific applicator, which is included when you purchase the Eye Balm Intense. This applicator features a domed, metal spatula. The coolness of the metal and the handles design allows users to apply the product using minimal pressure while the cooling sensation helps to take down any puffiness or inflammation. Like many of the other products in the La Mer line, this balm features two of the key ingredient complexes that La Mer have developed, including the Miracle Broth, as well as the Marine De-Puff Ferment.


    La Mer the Mist Review

    La Mer has long been considered to be a shining example of luxurious skincare, both in presentation as well as formulation. Products like the La Mer The Mist feature some of their most prominent and well known ingredient complexes that have made La Mer into the brand they are. This facial spritz is described as a revitalizing treatment that works to energize and refresh the skin when applied either during your regular skin care routine or throughout the day. The formula behind this lightweight spray includes two of La Mer’s proprietary blends, including the iconic Miracle Broth, as well as the Deconstructed Waters blend. The Miracle Broth is a fermented blend which helps to promote healing in the skin while Deconstructed Waters are incredibly mineral and nutrient rich, which help to promote healthy skin overall.


    La Mer Lifting and Firming Mask Review

    La Mer Lifting and Firming Mask. This product was designed to visibly tighten, firm and refine the overall appearance of the skin around the face and neck. The main active ingredients within this formula included the concentrated lifting ferment, which works together with the skin’s natural renewal process is or to help skin appear more plump, full and radiant. This product has also been crafted to help with those who are looking for a product to help them create a more lifted and sculpted look. Like many of the La Mer products, the Lifting and Firming Mask contains the Concentrated Miracle Broth, which focuses on repairing damage skin. Based on all of these factors, this product would make an excellent addition to your skincare ritual if you’ve been looking for a product to apply prior to a special occasion or important event. This allows you to take maximum advantage of the immediately refining and sculpting benefits of this product.


    La Mer Lifting Eye Serum Review

    The La Mer Lifting Eye Serum was designed to act and feel like a miniature lift for your eye area. For many of us, the brand La Mer is synonymous with luxury skincare and with that, a very high price tag. But one of the most important important things to know La Mer is how labor intensive their ingredients are. Proprietary blends like the Stretch Matrix Complex and the iconic miracle broth can take months to create and all of the botanical ingredients are often collected by hand. The results are a line of products that have been meticulously formulated to provide results while simultaneously improving the health and wellbeing of your skin. Looking at the Lifting Eye Serum specifically, this product aims to uplift any sagging skin around the eye area while also firming the natural eye contours for a more youthful appearance. This product has been formulated to benefit not only the under eye area but the eyelids and brow bone as well to improve the overall condition of your eye area.


    La Mer Genaissance

    La Mer is one of the most well known luxury skincare brands on the market, and for good reason. Their products continued to set the bar for high quality ingredients and expertly crafted formulations. But how exactly do these ingredients and formulations benefits our skin? Today, we’re looking at their Genaissance Serum Essence to find out. So without further adieu, let’s get started!

    La Mer Regenerating Serum

    What is La Mer Regenerating Serum? The Regenerating Serum is an anti-aging serum formulated by luxury skin care brand La Mer. It is claimed to rapidly diminish the look of lines and wrinkles for a regenerated look of youth. At $365 for just a one ounce bottle, this serum better do all that and file our taxes! To see if The Regenerating Serum lives up to these claims, we’ll be evaluating the key ingredients in this serum below in our La Mer Regenerating Serum review.

    What are the key ingredients in La Mer Regenerating Serum?

    As a consumer, it may be hard to determine the key ingredients in La Mer Regenerating Serum since the ingredient list is pretty extensive - there are more than 90 ingredients in this serum! But don’t worry, we’re going to talk about the highest concentration ingredients in La Mer Regenerating Serum and how they will affect your skin.


    La Mer Renewal Oil

    Facial oils are an absolute necessity for so many skin care enthusiasts, and for good reason. These facial oils typically feature some of the most nutrient dense plant oils available, which can not only moisturize the skin, but nourish it as well with vitamins and minerals. One of the most beloved facial oils on the market today is none other than the La Mer Renewal Oil. But what makes this facial oil different from others? Today, we’re looking at the formula behind this product product to help you decide whether it’s worth trying out. So without further adieu, let’s get started!

    Who The Renewal Oil For?

    The La Mer Renewal Oil can be used by all skin types for a variety of skin concerns. With that said, some oils will work better than others based on your own skin, so those with sensitive skin may find this nutrient-dense oil to be a bit too heavy for regular use. We recommend that you perform a patch test with this product before incorporating it into your daily routine.


    La Mer Cleansing Gel

    When you think of luxury skincare, chances are La Mer comes to mind. La Mer has been a leader in luxury skincare for years. But is the product worth the high price tag? Today, we’re looking at one of their lesser known products, The Cleansing Gel, to learn more about their approach and their formula, so you can decide for yourself whether it’s worth the investment. So without further adieu, let’s get started!

    Who is the La Mer Cleansing Gel For?

    The La Mer Cleansing Gel was designed to draw out impurities from the skin and detoxify. Because of this, the Cleansing Gel is most suited to those with combination or oily skin types that struggle particularly with blemishes and frequent breakouts. With that said, this is a foaming face wash, which can typically be a bit drying or stripping for those with extra dry or sensitive skin types.


    La Mer The Concentrate

    La Mer the Concentrate is a soothing elixir that activates the skin’s natural healing process in order to restore a healthy, glowing complexion. This product is infused with a mega-dose of highly concentrated ?Miracle BrothTM, the key ingredient found in all of La Mer products that is formulated to help restore and repair skin’s natural vitality. Read on to learn what specific skin issues La Mer the Concentrate can address in order to determine if this product is right for you.

    Who is it for?

    La Mer the Concentrate is suitable for all skin types, but it is specifically designed to soothe visible irritation and redness caused by cosmetic procedures. For example, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, and injections are all very popular cosmetic procedures due to their efficacy in ridding the skin of wrinkles, scars, and acne while also being minimally invasive. The downside to these treatments, however, is that they work by inducing controlled injury to the skin in order to stimulate the growth of new, healthy skin cells. While the skin is healing, many people experience redness, dryness, and irritation. This is where La Mer the Concentrate comes in.


    La Mer The Treatment Lotion

    La Mer the Treatment Lotion is said to hydrate, energize, and optimize your complexion by supercharging skin with “liquid energy”. It is a fast-absorbing treatment that can deliver an instant rush of hydration, resulting in visibly softer skin with improved texture and even tone. Below we’ll dive into the key ingredients of the La Mer Treatment Lotion, such as the Revitalizing Ferment, Miracle Broth, and Deconstructed Waters, to see why this product is an essential step in your skincare regimen.

    Who is it for?

    La Mer the Treatment Lotion is suitable for all skin types, but it is ideal for those who suffer from dehydrated skin as this product is packed with hydrating ingredients. It is important to note that there is a difference between dehydrated and dry skin, even though these terms are often used synonymously. Dehydrated skin will look and feel the same as dry skin. In contrast to dry skin, however, dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water (hydration), not a lack of oil. Many factors can deplete the skin of hydration, some of which include diet, excessive sun exposure, makeup, incorrect product use, and many more.