On a whim one rainy day shopping in Harvey Nichols Birmingham a few months ago I picked up some Crème de la Mer as I was always curious about the legendary moisturiser – which has a cult status as the ‘Holy Grail‘ of skincare. It is one of those products I have always wanted to try, but never quite had the balls to cough up the money for (until now).
After sampling the original Crème I opted for the Moisturizing Gel Cream; Gel de la Mer. Simply as a lightweight version it is not as heavy on the skin, and the original Crème seemed as if it would be too rich for my skin personally. In hindsight I think possibly the original Crème would be better for night use – however the Gel de la Mer was definitely the right choice for day time wear. I really want to try the Crème de la Mer Oil Absorbing Lotion – which is an oil free version of the original, but at £150 for 50ml I gave that one a miss. The Gel de la Mer is £95 for a 30ml pot – as this price it really is a luxury product. I would not dare work out cost per use – it would only scare me. If you buy a larger pot you save money, but only a small amount – besides imagine if you had an accident, that would be one expensive accident if you had one of the large pot.
Crème de la Mer was created by the aerospace physicist Dr. Max Huber after he was involved in an accident leaving him scarred – it took him many years but the result dramatically left his skin smoother, and improved. The moisturiser contains the elixir ‘Miracle Broth’ which consists of sea kelp, vitamins, minerals, essential oils, and other natural ingredients reportedly good for you which are bio-fermented for three to four months. This ‘Miracle Broth’ cultivating process takes into account sonochemistry; the effects of sound on a cellular level as part of the development of the cream. Sounds fancy right? Well there is no denying that it is a nutrient rich moisturiser – as for the sonochemistry, and more scientific parts of it all I am a little skeptical.
To apply you simply scoop a little of the product out of the jar using the spoon provided, pat between your fingers then apply to your face – you can even apply it to the delicate eye areas. This product has quite a distinctive smell which is hard to describe – however it is definitely not an unpleasant one. Once applied it leaves your skin feeling refreshed, and looking matte (always something I look for in a moisturiser). After using it for a few weeks my skin was noticeably less red (it is really good for sensitive skin), my complexion clearer, and my skin was visibly a lot smoother.
So yes it is a good moisturiser, is it worth £95 for a 30ml tub? Probably not. Will that stop me buying it again? Probably not either… A few months in, and the pot is still rather full. I think this is more a product I will use a few times a week as opposed to daily. I am not sure I would be in a rush to re-buy this product; but there is no denying it is one of the best moisturisers I had tried for my skin – just a shame it is so costly.