Crème de la Mer

It’s one of the most well-known moisturising creams on the market so you would think a review wouldn’t even be necessary, but I feel different. Any product that gets as much hype as Crème de la Mer deserves to be scrutinized very closely. We all know that not every product can work for every skin, so who exactly does Crème de la Mer work for?

My review reveals what you can expect from this top shelf cream and if it could be good for you. 

My Review

  • Crème de la Mer is famously packaged in a plain white jar. It’s very simple in design but over the years has come to be a classic symbol. It’s not overly feminine packaging and I think that plays well for the many men who use this product as well.
  • I personally loathe jar packaging because they are a breeding ground of bacteria when you put your finger into it. The best way to use a product in a jar is to use disposable spatulas or cotton tips to scoop out the amount you need. Never double dip!
  • There is a special method to applying this cream but it’s actually a method I use for all face creams. To activate the key ingredients you are instructed to warm a small amount between your fingertips and then pat on to your skin. I use this method anyway because it’s less damaging to your skin than rubbing.
  • The cream is very thick so it’s definitely suited to dry skin types. La Mer do offer lighter formula’s such as a gel cream and a lotion should you not need something as thick as this one. The cream is so thick you wouldn’t really be able to rub it into your skin anyway, it would physically take some work to ‘rub’ it in.
  • I love the scent of the cream but it’s something I prefer to use only in the evening as I don’t like scented creams during the day. It’s a fresh, powdery scent that’s calming and soothing.
  • After application my skin instantly looks like it’s glowing. The cream leaves a dewy finish which some may perceive as looking oily if they aren’t used to it. I’d recommend only using it at night if you don’t like having a dewy complexion.
  • Not surprisingly this cream does hydrate skin very quickly. It’s an absolute travel essential for me and I keep a travel size deluxe sample in my travel bag to use during long-haul flights. It’s a savior for me when I break out with dry patches – I need to mask them while they heal and this cream smoothes over the flaking better than primer, allowing me to apply make-up.
  • After just a few days use I notice my skin is much softer. I go on and off using this product based on how quickly my skin needs some TLC. Everytime I restart it the benefits become visible within a couple of days. I don’t use it permanently for many reasons – it’s too expensive for my budget, my skin doesn’t need such intense hydration everyday of the year, it’s my job to try lots of products.
  • Despite how rich this cream is I’ve never experienced breakouts from it. I do have large pores mostly on my nose and they are prone to clogging easily but I find after a few weeks of use this cream does minimise their appearance.
  • I don’t have wrinkles or lines big enough to comment on how this cream works for treating visible lines.
Creme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream

Inside a jar of Creme de la Mer

What La Mer say ….

Crème de la Mer is an intensive moisturising cream for all skin types, including sensitive and dry complexions. In a short time skin becomes softer, firmer and looks virtually creaseless. Ageing lines and pores are less visible and skin is more supple. This formulation aids even the driest of complexions and soothes skin sensitivities. At the heart of this extraordinary formula is Crème de la Mer’s Miracle Broth™ – a nutrient rich broth that is bio-fermented for 3-4 months containing a combination of sea kelp, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, lecithin, vitamins C, E and B12 plus oils of citrus, eucalyptus, wheat germ, alfalfa and sunflower.

To activate the broth and release its key ingredients, warm a small amount between fingertips. Pat onto clean, dry skin to instantly feel the soothing effects of the broth. Smooth over face, neck, even under the fragile eye area. Apply day and night – for a lifetime.

Stockist Details

Australia $220 (30ml) from David Jones

USA $155 (1oz) from Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s

UK £105 (30ml) from Harrods, Selfridges and House of Fraser

Have you tried Crème de la Mer? What’s the most amount of money you have spent on a face cream? Let me know by commenting below!

La Mer Moisturising Cream

Crème de la Mer


According to PETA.org, La Mer (parent company Estée Lauder) do test on animals.

Seaweed (Algae) Extract, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Petrolatum, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Extract, Microcrystalline Wax, Lanolin Alcohol, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Magnesium Sulfate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Powder, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal, Sodium Gluconate, Potassium Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Paraffin, Tocopheryl Succinate, Niacin, Beta-Carotene, Decyl Oleate, Aluminum Distearate, Octyldodecanol, Citric Acid, Cyanocobalamin, Magnesium Stearate, Panthenol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Alcohol Denat., Fragrance

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