As promised, here comes the Crème de la Mer review. I've used this cream for a while now, and have made my mind up. It's one of the most, if not THE most hyped beauty product in the world. But is it worth the hype?
Crème de la Mer is said to be developed by aerospace physicist Max Huber, which makes it sound all so exciting and scientific, but in reality the cream feels and looks more like a basic cold cream, though a very lush one. It claims to be a miracle cream that works wonders for ageing skin, due to the algae content, and although algae in itself can do a number of good things for the skin (depending on the algae), it is not necessarily a miracle ingredient, and its also not that incredibly expensive to justify the price tag.
Ingredient wise it contains regular moisturising ingredients like vaseline, mineral oil, and waxes. Yes it contains algae and a number of botanical ingredients, as well as quite a few antioxidants, but for the price of this rather small jar of cream, you can get far more effective creams, without becoming completely broke in the process.
Full ingredient list: 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
It comes with a spatula, which is good, because it's quite thick, and also jars a rather unhygienic, as well as a big no no for antioxidant containing products. The spatula helps minimise bacteria growth, as it keeps us from dipping our fingers in.
It reminds me a lot of a regular cold cream, although it smells better! Kind of like a mix between a baby and a posh older lady.
It blends like a cold cream as well, and needs to be worked into the skin before absorption.
It leaves a little sheen of oil on the skin, and might be a little too heavy for people with an already oily skin type. It also contains many comedogenic ingredients which can cause blocked pores and pimples in those prone to that.
When using this my skin feels soft, and moisturised - but I've had better moisture. I prefer using it at night after a good face mask, as it's too occlusive to accept a sunscreen over it. It's absolutely best suited for those of you with dry skin, but again I honestly do not believe it is worth the price tag, you can find much more active and effective moisturisers and anti-ageing formulas on the market. Perhaps I should make a guide of replacements, what do you think?