La Mer The Moisturizing Cream: Review of a Cult Favorite


Creme de la Mer has evolved into a quasi-legendary skin care product line; it began as a smaller, word-of-mouth organization and was later purchased by the Estee Lauder company in 1995.

The mainstay of this skincare line is The Moisturizing Cream, a luxurious facial moisturizing cream containing “Miracle Broth”, an ingredient common to all Creme de la Mer products, which is a proprietary, nutrient-rich serum derived from the “biofermentation” of sea kelp.

Due to its iconic status among celebrities, beauty professionals, and obsessive skin care consumers, the price of Creme de la Mer has been driven to unbelievable heights over the years.

La-Mer-Moisturizing Cream
Creme de la Mer
Moisturizing Cream
Special Edition Blue Heart Jar


Type: cream

Texture: heavy, thick cream.

Color: white.

Scent: neutral; clean, slightly medicinal.

Finish: smooth, heavy, slightly oily.

Price: $150 per ounce (very expensive).

Rating: 4.5/5 (very good).

Retailers: (official site), (slightly lower prices).

Open Jar of Creme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream

Product Overview

Creme de la Mer is packaged in an opaque, white glass jar; there are special edition variations to the container, but the product is unchanged.

Upon opening the container, the product appears white and has a rich, buttery texture.

The scent is mild and slightly medicinal, but I don’t find it to be unpleasant.

Proper use entails rubbing a pea-sized amount of the cream between your fingertips to warm it, which makes it slightly thinner and easier to apply.

It goes on as a thick, heavy, and somewhat oily cream, which leaves the skin with a dewy, slightly glossy appearance.


  • intense moisturizer
  • potent product; a small amount goes a long way
  • substantial cream; stays where it’s needed
  • instantly plumps skin, causing lines/wrinkles to appear smaller


  • very expensive
  • fairly oily; may cause breakouts with oily skin types
  • somewhat glossy appearance

My Review

I have been using the Creme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream for about 12 years, so this is not my first experience with this product.

Personally, it works great for me, but no moisturizer is going to be perfectly-suited for all skin types.

Due to its iconic status and hefty price, some people expect magical results (i.e., a face lift in a jar) with this cream and express disappointment at anything that falls short of miraculous .

This is not a cream well-suited to oily or acne-prone skin; it appears somewhat glossy and can precipitate breakouts.

It is ideal for dry or mature skin that requires very intense hydration, and it causes a plumping effect that immediately minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Since this product does what I expect, I rate it well and would definitely recommend it to someone with dry, mature, or aging skin.

The bottom line is it’s worth the price to me because it is an excellent moisturizer, and it certainly achieves what it’s designed to do, which is moisturize the skin.


The Seaweed Bath Company’s Marine Night Therapy,  which is also made from marine botanicals, is a less expensive ($11 per ounce) alternative to The Moisturizing Cream.


If you have used La Mer Moisturizing Cream and would like to comment or leave your own review, feel free to leave a comment in the section below. Thank you for your interest in this product.


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