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Creme de la Mer ~ Is This £200 Moisturiser a Fail or Holy Grail? My Unbiased Review & Dupe

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I first stumbled upon Creme de la Mer around 2005 after reading about it in various magazines and newspapers.  Despite only being in my early twenties at the time, I was very curious although as I’m sure most of you can relate, despite the impressive claims the £150-£500 price tag put me off a bit!

The Claimed Background Story of Creme de la Mer

“When aerospace physicist Dr. Max Huber was burned in a laboratory accident, he went on a crusade to restore his skin. What began as one man’s journey became a transformative experience that would be whispered about all over the world.  Inspired by the renewing energies of the sea, Huber fermented nutrient-rich kelp with other natural ingredients. 12 years and 6,000 experiments later, his Miracle Broth™ was born – and Huber’s skin visibly restored. Word of Dr. Huber’s perfected formula spread, captivating new devotees. Their transformative journey was just beginning.” ~ Taken from:

Fast forward eight or so years, my curiosity piqued once more.  My skin had always been oily although sometimes (usually in winter) it would get dry patches with an oily surface over it.  Very strange and annoying as I found products for oily skin could be too harsh and products for dry skin were way too heavy, making my oily areas worse.

A male friend of mine had been using Creme de la Mer for a decade and swore by the stuff.  Granted, he does have soft skin and looks good for his age, although being the cynic I am, I thought this could simply be down to a decent gene pool, not a miracle cream.  Anyway, he convinced me to try it out and almost guaranteed me success in finally finding the holy grail skin moisturiser that I was looking for!

I purchased a 60ml jar of the original Creme de la Mer (ultra rich dewy finish) whilst on a trip to New York for $310.00 (approximately £200.00).   The sales associate also threw in a couple of mini travel sized jars which were just a few ml in size, about the size of a 10p piece.  These were very cute and ideal for travelling.  The sales associate also explained how I should apply the cream:

  1.  Put cream onto two fingers and rub together
  2.  Pat the cream into the skin without rubbing

Okay got it, now;  let’s get to the claims of this expensive stuff!….


Born from the sea, the legendary Crème de la Mer has the power to transform the look of skin. In a short time, skin appears firmer, the look of lines, wrinkles and pores appear less visible, skin looks virtually ageless. Even the driest complexions appear renewed and rejuvenated. With the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, the heart of Crème de la Mer’s profound powers of transformation, skin is immersed in moisture, skin appears soothed and radiant.

The Miracle Broth™ in Crème de la Mer is suspended in an extraordinary formula. The secret to activating its renewing power and enjoying its profound benefits lies in a soothing ritual. Crème de la Mer must be warmed for a few seconds between the fingers until it becomes translucent, then pressed gently into the skin.

Impressive claims right?!  I think when many of us hear words like “Miracle Broth” and the cream’s formula was perfected by an “Aerospace Physicist”, we all get a bit excited and convinced that this stuff MUST produce some amazing results!

Well…. before you part with your hard earned cash, let me break down my own personal experience of Creme de la Mer.



As the ingredients in Creme de la Mer are not much widely spread I’ve taken a picture of the bottom of my packaging to ensure complete accuracy

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Packaging ~ Out of The Box Initial Thoughts

The packaging although simple feels like that of a high end beauty product.  The 60ml jar comes in a square hard cased box which has a lid that encases the jar of Creme de la Mer.  It comes with a little spatular so you don’t have to stick your fingers in the jar itself.  A nice little touch and more hygienic I guess.

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The packaging of the thick glass heavyweight jar does give the feel of a luxurious beauty product (and looks nice on the bathroom shelf).  However, unfortunately it will not keep the antioxidants contained in the cream’s formula stable when using each day.  This means the antioxidants will weaken with time which is disappointing.
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The consistency of the cream is very very thick and not very easy to apply.

Pros & Cons


  • Packaging looks good (although so it should do for the hefty price tag)!
  • Nice subtle scent
  • Works very well for my isolated dry patches


    • Packaging although looks and feels like an expensive beauty product, is impractical to preserve the antioxidants / anti ageing ingredients contained such as the algae (seaweed extract)
    • Many of the main ingredients in Creme de la Mer are quite basic and cheaply sourced.  Ingredients such as; seaweed extract, mineral oil, petrolatum (vaseline essentially) and glycerin are far from luxurious and can be found in many other cheaper face moisturisers
    • Consistency is way too thick and doesn’t easily emulsify.  Even when I rub it in between my fingers, I have to breathe hot air on the cream in an attempt to heat it up so it can melt into my skin a little easier.  For those with very dry skin I think it could be quite an effort to apply and any angry skin may get irritated while trying to apply such a thick consistency all over the face
    • The £200.00 price tag!


Creme de la Mer Dupe

I’ve read a few blogs claiming that Nivea cream is the dupe of Creme de la mer and also read a very interesting article .  It seems many of the base ingredients in both Creme de la Mer and Nivea are the same and the texture / consistency is very similar.  I have not personally tried Nivea cream on my face but there are many blog posts and articles supporting the claim that Nivea cream is a good dupe of Creme de la Mer.

This is the article that I read from a newspaper contributor who used Creme de la Mer on one side of her face and Nivea cream on the other side of her face for six weeks.  You can check out the article and the results here

Overall Bottom Line

I have tried so many face creams over the years from high end to high street and I have to say that Creme de la Mer has not impressed me much.  The hefty price tag is alarming given that Creme de la Mer’s ingredients consist of mostly mineral oil, seaweed, glycerin and vaseline, thickeners and preservatives.  All cheaply sourced and found in many budget face creams such as the traditional blue Nivea Cream that costs £1! 


I use a few different day creams depending on the season and how my skin is behaving.  All of my skincare products cost way less than Creme de la Mer and I’ve had some exceptional results with a few.  I will write a detailed post soon about my go-to face products.  But for now, here is a quick breakdown in no particular order:

Olay Regenerist Moisturiser 3 Point Super Firming Serum – 50 ml 
Dermalogica – Barrier Repair (30ml)
Dr. Organic Snail Gel 50ml
Dr. Organic Manuka Honey Srub Nourish & Restore


Have you tried Creme de la Mer?  What has been your experience?  Do you have any dupe suggestions?…. Comment below 🙂