Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Creme de La Mer - The Treatment Lotion



Here's the thing - regular readers will be aware of original and thus far, only post on CDLM (recap).
The original cream, whilst very good for my eldest son's eczema when he was a baby (the benefits of free sample pots when you work the counter next to them at launch), is in such a thick mineral oil base that it was never going to be something I would personally use, no matter the hype.

So late last year when Creme de La Mer's PR department contacted me I was cautious to say the least, but I do like a: a challenge and b: when a PR contacts me and says 'Erm NO Lady, you WILL try this and I guarantee you are missing out on something.' She also likes metal music so you know.. #winning.

As a consequence, if you follow my Instagram (and may I just say, if you're not on Instagram, WHY NOT? It's by far my favourite app/social media activity) you will have seen some CDLM products popping up ever since.

This is the one I have liked the most for my face so far *hints at further reviews*. 

What is it?
I quote:
'a miraculous source of vitality, the essential step toward transforming the look of skin. Like "liquid energy," this rich and silky hydrator awakens the complexion and drives moisture into the skin to improve visible texture and even the appearance of skintone.'

Or in the Hirons world: a Stage 2 toner/pre-serum or moisturiser.

What's in it?
Well obviously in my excitement I threw away the box and thus had no ingredients to show you. And you'd have more chance of finding Elvis alive and well at the Co-op than finding CDLM ingredients listed anywhere online (see rant from the weekend), so, dear reader, desperate times call for desperate measures. Here's a photo taken on the sly at an undisclosed location:

You'll just have to make do, I could hardly set up lights and a tripod. Nor light a candle.
What isn't in it?
Parabens (again, if you care about these things)

Who is it for?
The CDLM website needs some work. I've talked about Lauder websites numerous times in the past. It's as if corporate see that most of their revenue still comes from bricks, not clicks, so they don't need to offer anything other than the briefest of info. If they made their numerous online worlds more enticing they would rake it in. It's 2015. Beef it up a tad chaps. I digress. 
This product page is extremely brief with instructions, directions - pretty much just a general description and a video that is best watched with a glass of wine. *eyebrow*
Personally, I would say it is for an older or reddened skin or an acnaic skin, or a skin that is devitalised, for example smokers/swimmers/sun worshippers - anyone whose skin is compromised and struggles to retain moisture, for whatever reason.

What's good/bad about it?
I'm combining these two categories for this review because it's not that simple, so let's just have a conversation..
A big thing throughout the La Mer range is declustered water - which put simply is water that has been processed into single molecules that are allegedly better absorbed by the skin. 
Varying types of funky water have been around in the industry for a while, Chantecaille for example, use positively charged water (skin being negatively charged hence opposites attract comes into play - stay with me) throughout their foundations, one of the reasons, they say, they are so good to apply and wear. They are definitely that - so I personally have never had a major problem with water 'claims', although I doubt it's easy to prove scientifically. This definitely not only absorbs beautifully, but makes whatever you use on top do exactly the same thing.
What this does contain that my skin has always been extremely happy with are all the 'sea' ingredients namely: algae, laminara, sea salt and plankton and minerals such as copper, calcium, magnesium, zinc and tourmaline. I personally like skincare that contains a lot of ingredients that I supplement with - and the sea ingredients are proven - and tried and tested by your truly - to be beyond amazing for skin. Sea salt in particular - if you suffer eczema/psoriasis I highly recommend a trip to the Dead Sea. So far all good.
You may notice eucalyptus seven rows down and fragrance second row from the bottom. Despite me talking about essential oils and eucalyptus/stronger oils being used unnecessarily in products, my skin is perfectly fine with this particular formulation. I suspect it's because it's a liquid, therefore more diluted... the odd thing is that this has no particular smell at all - it's slightly sea-ish (so a word!), but not hardcore salty sea water bath - if you know what I mean. This actually helped the redness from my reaction to subside, proving once again that everything needs to be tested on the skin wherever possible, as one ingredient does not a product make/ruin.

How do you use it?
Erm, Not in the way they show in the video *eyebrow*. I do one of two things depending on my skin, how much time I have and what I'm using it as. If I intend to use it as a toner, I apply it with a cotton pad after my acids. Do NOT saturate the pad and do NOT use cotton balls (ever) - they absorb everything and waste your well-spent money. This stuff is not cheap. If I'm using this as my serum/treatment lotion I put 3/4 drops into my palm, do the therapist's swipe (yes, video coming) and stick it straight to my face. Think when a comedian 'pies' someone. That's what you do with this. Place it. Get it on there. There is no room for manoeuvre. Apply your moisturiser or oil on top. Or better yet, moisturiser, then oil, then go to bed.

So after all that, do you need it? I would say if you have the type of skin I described, absolutely check it out, your skin will notice the benefits the most.
If you are young and on a budget, no. Don't splurge on this stage, splurge on serums.


Creme de La Mer The Treatment Lotion is £85.00 and available from all stockists including online: 







38 comments:

  1. Ha! Thanks for the advice at the bottom. Noted - my money (as soon as I have some) will be going to Tata Harper nutrient complex.

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  2. Declustered water?! Why one earth do they need to make such a claim when it seems that they have many nice things in their product already

    Water cannot cluster (one of the reasons why the body uses it as a lubricatin substance inside the cells), so how on Earth do you decluster it!!?? Distilled water is composed of single molecules of water. Each molecule contains two H and one O. That is it. Do they mean distilled water as opposed as water with other ions in it?

    Just a week ago I had fun reading someone saying that a brand was great for your neck skin because they used "rose water which has a lighter molecule" so that you don't "weight the fine skin of your neck down" Had this wonderful mental image of tiny water molecules trying to drag the skin down *snort*

    Am I too science oriented to naively enjoy the beauty world? Am I the only one to grumble under my breath when reading a fashion magazine?

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    1. LOL'ing at your neck moment :)

      Maybe it's a fancy or diff way of saying 'distilled'?

      And no you're absolutely not the only one. At all. :)

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    2. The instant I saw "declustered water" I had to laugh. I was thinking perhaps they're claiming steam as the major ingredient in this lotion.

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    3. Your neck comment made me laugh! Crappy pseudo-science stuff drives me mad. Give the public some credit please and stop trying to make things sound more technical/science advanced than they really are!!
      Ting

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    4. I am totally giving them the benefit on the doubt and forcing myself to believe that they meant distilled water!

      LOL Can you imagine someone claiming that steam is a main ingredient?

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    5. I once read one review where they claimed the product could "filter" the pollution in our skin cells through its special water ingredients and thereby give you better skin. I wrote the PR department saying that if they had figured out how to filter and detox cells then they needed to let the kidneys know that they were no longer needed.

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    6. Declustered water made me lol and think "nonsense product". If they actually just stated what they meant/use I would respect /probably use the product! Down with the pretend science!

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  3. Every time I see a Lauder product that costs a mortgage payment I think, "Aerin really doesn't need my money...."

    :: saving up for Ceramic Slip ::

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    1. I thought the same thing about Sisley and their £90 face masks! The family that own Sisley live in a huge Versailles style chateau!

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    2. I hear you, but if we thought like that about everything we'd never buy washing up liquid. Or Heinz ketchup. Which I like to be fair....

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    3. Erm.... You have a point there. I do try to support my local grocers rather than paying a bit less at Tesco. I just saw an article about the Sisley owners and they looked very well off indeed and their products cost at least 3 times what they should. I am happy to pay up when something has a strong USP and just works. (Hello Biologique & Perricone)

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    4. Don't get me wrong - I completely agree with you re Sisley - they are overpriced in general.

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  4. A serum in this (!) prize category should have the best ingredients available on the market! Seeing the ingredients content of this one I wouldn't get it if it was for free! Such a shame, CDLM! -.-

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    1. Dude. That was way harsh! :)
      And it's not really a serum!

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  5. I was drooling all over this, and then I saw the price. *sits back down on her young and on a budget box* Wait, I turned 27 yesterday, am I still in the "young" category? *mild panic*

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    1. Yeah chill your beans love. You're good.

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  6. Thanks for the review. I have been eyeing La Mer products for quite some time now, but the price e tag is hefty.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  7. Great information-i have been hesitant in the past to go down the CDLM path as the cream has been likened to Nivea?!-but lately I've been curious-I purchased the serum and this is on my list-thank u.With regard to your post on Tata Harpwr-would u recommend the original serum and/or new contour serum or would u say the nutrient complex is the one to get? Lots of love!!

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    1. Even though I don't use it - you could never compare it to Nivea - that's just the Daily Fail trolling the brand. Start with the Nutrient Complex - it's cheaper for one - and then move on....

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    2. Thank u for the sound advise!-

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  8. It sounds just right for me unless the eucalyptus, I had a major rash with an homemade eucalyptus bathsalt. Since I haven't been using it.... and stayed away from any kind of homemade skincare...

    PS: I am not harassing you but when are you coming for a meet up /consults in Paris?
    notice I am not writing if!!!

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    1. I'm in Paris at least 2 x a year. I'll be there don't worry!

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    2. Just let me know....If you need a guid i'll make myself 100% available...
      No I am not a weird stalker, or maybe just a bit.
      But you have made such a difference in the way I take care of my skin.

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    3. Yes, come to Paris! :) We have macarons and crazy French people!

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  9. And now back to studying...

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  10. I personally can't justify this as have just bought another bottle of P50 and already have a couple of favourite serums on rotation. One does have to eat y'know! For me CDLM lost its appeal when it started launching a new add on product every couple of months. Originally they said the Creme was all you would need - for a lifetime. Then they brought out the original (and far superior to the current one) eye balm. The creme and original formula eye balm worked amazingly for me and even healed some broken capillaries and scars.

    Now they seem to have pre serum, post serum, booster overload. It just smacks a bit too much of cynical snake oil marketing. Plus they changed the eye balm (for the worse) and hiked the price up to over £120.

    I did also read somewhere that the original Max Huber Creme de la Mer ( made while he was alive and pre Lauder buy out) was a FAR superior product with magic (cough) powers!

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    1. Hi Zah,

      I guess it's the general progression of a brand to expand and keep shareholders happy isn't it? Everyone does it - look at Eve Lom! LOL
      But to your first point - you don't need this if you're on P50 and have a couple of serums. :) play with it when you're next at a counter though!

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    2. Yes I noticed how Eve Lom seem to have gone into brand expansion since Space NK took over....Staggering really. As much as I love Perricone & Biologique they both have far too many products on the market as well for my liking but hey ho.... Almost makes me nostalgic for the time when my only products were a bar of pears soap and a flannel.(that was a long time ago.... :-) )

      I also wonder if there is an optimum number of products for a brand - a point where they have to start discontinuing old ( and in some cases superior) products to make way for new ones just to keep their brand in the news.

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    3. I must say a big thankyou for the January pillbox article. Just ordered some magnesium & zinc.

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    4. I don't know about Biologique - they have their own salons they sell to and a full facial range etc, and they do personalised treatments as well. So they have to have enough products to cover their own "needs".

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  11. Hi Caroline!
    Great review, I was always curious about their "miracle broth" and I found certain essences to be very helpful for my skin. I was wondering if you could do a post about moisturizers for sensitive skin? I have sensitive, finicky, somewhat acne prone skin that gets really dry (particularly on my cheeks in the winter) and the only thing that really placates it is cleansing with coconut oil and moisturizing with Embryolisse (gah! mineral oil. it just never upsets my skin). Anyway, I wonder if anyone else would benefit from an article dealing with sensitive skin and with some product (or product line) recommendations. Any information appreciated!

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    1. You just described my skin. Not anymore though as I just switch pill. Now it is all the same but acneless still flaky and full of flaky scars. I need something to plump up my sensitive skin that I don't have to sell my right arm for and is not hydraluron as it is not doing much for my skin.
      Anyone?

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  12. As a 22 year old student on a budget with normal skin. What serum (except hydralauron which I already use) would you recommend?

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  13. any other products in the CDLM range you would recommend? live in warm climate, have normal to dry skin and slight sun spots but need anti-age - i don't ever wash my face with anything but water but always use an alcohol free toner to clean face on swisspers cotton squares when i can find them! i don't break out ever so i'm not going to start buying cleansers as if it's not broken why fix it! i just need good simple skincare to avoid lines or wrinkles....i stay very minimal with products as that's what works! the original la mer worked perfect on my son's eczema when he was a baby too, i know the baby pots quite well, i find it too thick for myself though! have you ever tried paw paw for just about anything? i discovered it ages ago in australia and now i see it on NAP!

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  14. Being a scientist, I laughed out loud when I read "Declustered water"! For real? Are you kidding me? People believe the darndest things! :D

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