La Mer – why “expensive” doesn’t always mean “the best”

LaMerHappy Wednesday!

Today’s topic will be about one of the most expensive and well-known cosmetic brands – La Mer. Even if this cosmetic brand is not within your beauty budget, it would be interesting for you to read my review!

I’m definitely not an expert in cosmetic ingredients, but I’ve started to pay attention to it recently. Clearly, I could understand that sometimes it is really necessary to add some “bad” ingredients to the formula in order to stabilize the formula or to ensure the efficiency of the product. Most often the amount of these ingredients is so insignificant that it could not make harm to your health (of course, there still could be the discussions). However I don’t believe that 100% natural/ organic cosmetic could deal with ageing problems the same as cosmetics that contain at least some chemical ingredients. There is always a dilemma what to choose.

For years I wanted to try La Mer products, because I felt like everyone talks about them as the miracle products. So, several months ago, when I was in need of moisturizing serum, I’ve decided to give La Mer a try – and bought La Mer Revitalizing Hydrating Serum.

After a few applications I had the following thoughts:

First, I don’t like the smell of the serum – it is not something unpleasant, but I found out that the smell is too chemical.

Second, it feels ok on the skin, applies smoothly, but I would not say that it gives an amazing moisturizing effect.

Third, I liked the glass packaging – this probably the only thing that is worth the money :-).

Since the serum was so expensive and I can’t justify the price, I’ve decided to look closer at ingredients list. Wow! The number of ingredients looks impressive! So, let’s look together to some of them.

There is a great web source “ChemicalOfTheDay“, where you can search for different ingredients and read what they do and why they are added to cosmetic products.

  • Phenoxyethanol  – made out of carcinogenic and toxic compounds, phenoxyethanol is an ingredient that many people would suggest you to avoid. Oftentimes it’s found in “natural” products.
  • Dimethicone is a silicone product that’s used as a skin conditioning agent and emollient. “May be harmful if absorbed through the skin” is a pretty clear clue to avoid this ingredient.
  • BHT (Butylated Hydroxytolulene) – this is definitely an ingredient to avoid, especially because of its risk of being a xenoestrogen (chemical that mimic estrogen in the body), because it’s fat soluble, and because it’s proven to be absorbed through the skin.
  • Benzyl benzoate is a synthetic chemical used as a fragrance ingredient, artificial flavor, preservative, and solvent. As a precautionary measure suggested to be avoided as well.
  • Butylene glycol –  butylene glycol itself appears not to be terribly harmful. But, because it is typically derived from petroleum sources, it is possible that it can contain traces of a class of carcinogenic chemicals called polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
  • Ethylhexylglycerin is a conditioning agent and preservative.   Ethylhexylglycerin is a relatively new chemical on the market.  Many companies use it as an alternative to parabens and claim that it’s from natural sources.  Yes, it may have started out as a vegetable oil, but it’s gone through several chemical processes to become what it is.  This isn’t the worst ingredient in the world, but it’s also not truly natural, and safety data is highly lacking for this ingredient. There are only four studies or reviews published in the National Library of Medicine.
  • Sodium PCA is considered to be a synthetic chemical. It is considered to be a low-to-moderate risk ingredient.  Recommended to be avoided if you have MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity), as it has chemical similarities

Some of the ingredients I didn’t find, but it was not my goal – my goal was to get a confirmation that this serum was full of chemical ingredients. In addition, I found out that many of them are toxic and harmful :-(.

To sum it up, I was very disappointed in La Mer as such and I’m not going to try their other products at least in the nearest future. And this particular La Mer serum is a no-no for me and definitely not on my recommendation list.

Taking into consideration that I was reviewing the particular serum and not the brand as such, it is possible that their other products are amazing (but in fact – I don’t know 🙂 ). If you have used other La Mer products – please share your thoughts and reviews!!!

P.S. The value of beauty blogging is a fair review, isn’t it? 😉




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