How Much Is That Expensive Moisturizer Really Worth?

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I’m a bit cynical when it comes to expensive moisturizers.  And while I’ve always used a moisturizer since I was 10 years old, I tend to slap more or less anything on my face – especially if I can find it on sale. And that has suited me fine, up until now. But the years have taken their toll on my skin, and I’m seriously considering Botox.  I have to admit, the thought of toxic needle scares me a lot, so I decided to have one last search to see if a moisturizer will do the job just as well.

I browsed sites like Sephora, for the best reviews but some of the prices made my eyes water. Shisheido Super Solution LX Daytime Protection retails at $240 for 1.8 oz, Lancome Genifique Repair Cream is $98.00 for 1.7 oz and the same size pot of Dior Capture Total Crème Multi Protection retails for a whopping $135.00.

The famous Crème de la Mer gets the most rave reviews, so I had to discover what all the fuss is about. Crème de la Mer is expensive at $140 for only 1 oz, $265 for 2 oz, and a jaw dropping $1800 for a 16.5 oz jar.

The company is owned by Estee Lauder, and according to the marketing spiel, it was invented by aerospace physicist Dr. Max Huber after he suffered severe chemical burns to his face, and its creation took 12 years of experimentation. Well I can understand that a lot of research means a product is going to be costly. And I have been impressed by NASA creations so far. They invented the awesome memory foam which I sleep on every night, and those fab pens that enable you to write upside down.

I have never given moisturizer ingredients much thought before, but regardless of Nasa’s involvement, I had to know what amazing ingredients contribute to Crème de la Mer’s massive price tag.

According to the Daily Mail, cosmetic chemist Will Buchanan spent a month reproducing Crème de La Mer, using the ingredients listed on the pot and he estimates that a 250 ml pot contains only £25 worth of ingredients, yet it costs £530. He said none of the ingredients are unusual, and sea kelp is the most expensive item in the pot. Well all businesses need to make a profit but this seems kind of excessive.

Crème de la Mer’s marketing blurb sort of gets them off the hook over the ingredients. They state that, “There is nothing unusual about its ingredients—a blend of sea kelp, vitamins and minerals. It’s the way Huber distilled them that made the difference between a good moisturizer and a small miracle, borrowing from the ancient science of fermentation. This intensive, 3 to 4 month process released vital energies, transforming the ingredients into a whole far greater than the sum of its parts.”

Interesting explanation, but is Crème de la Mer’s success down to marketing hype, or is the time consuming production really worth every penny? Well Crème de la Mer really isn’t in my budget, so I searched for moisturizers containing sea kelp, the main ingredient of Crème de La Mer. SkinActives sell products containing sea kelp, including Sea Kelp Ultramarine, which is only £15.50 for 2 oz. It can be used as a moisturizer, or an ingredient to mix with their other products if you are feeling adventurous and want to create your own customized skin care items. And Sea Flora Online sell a 2oz moisturizer containing sea kelp for $42.00.

I’m still not convinced by Crème de la Mer’s marketing hype and I guess I won’t know the truth unless they send me a sample of their Miracle Broth. I know the moisturizer gets rave reviews from ordinary people like you and me, who don’t earn zillions of dollars a year. But anyone who pays that sort of money for a moisturizer will probably try to convince themselves that it is better than a cheaper brand, because they don’t want to feel as though they have wasted money.

I think I’m going to opt for Botox, as the before and after pictures prove that it produces miracles when it comes to getting rid of lines. I have yet to see such incredible evidence from these miracle cream manufacturers.

Have you used Crème de La Mer before? If so, how would you rate it compared to cheaper moisturizers? And if not, would you ever consider spending that much money on a moisturizer? Please share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section.



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