Because as much as I love La Mer I don’t love its price tag…
When I first tried La Mer Crème de la Mer I absolutely got the hype; I’ve actually been hoarding the one pot I have (shown above) for years which, yeah, is kinda gross but ask me if I care? I got a bunch of their products at a big celebrity-filled press event they did mannny years ago and was legit ELATED when I opened the gift bag and found the coveted Crème de la Mer, which retails for a whopping $345.
Yeah, it’s a really good moisturizer. In fact, I use it specifically whenever my skin is “acting up” or whenever I feel like pretending that I’m J.Lo who, reportedly, slathers her entire body in La Mer on a daily basis. Must be nice!
Anyway…so, ok, I had heard through the beauty grape vine that there are a few “dupe” products to Crème de la Mer which seemed crazy when I first heard about it. I mean, HOW could they get away with charging $345 for a 2 oz. jar of moisturizer if Nivea is selling the same exact thing for less than $10???
Let’s get into it…
2 Crème de la Mer Inexpensive Dupes
Nivea’s Creme moisturizer is BY FAR the closest thing to Crème de la Mer that exists on this earth. (Even down to the fragrance!) Believe me, I didn’t believe it at first either but I compared the ingredient list for both products and they are, indeed, almost identical.
La Mer, of course, has the anti-aging ingredients and acids that they boast, like algae and seaweed alpha hydroxy acid. But when it comes to the rest of the ingredients in Nivea Creme, it’s 100% THE SAME.
I also heard that this super hydrating cream from Weleda is considered the “natural dupe” for Crème de la Mer; and while I do think the consistency is fairly similar (more on that below), the scent definitely throws me off. To be honest, I don’t love the scent but, as always, scent is subjective. And I know a LOT of people who do love this product.
As far as the consistency, it’s slightly thicker than La Mer…more of a balm as opposed to a cream. But as someone with dry skin I am totally down with that.
Similar to the Nivea Creme, Skin Food doesn’t have any of the sea kelp or algae ingredients, but it IS packed with other good-for-your-skin ingredients like beeswax and pansy extract, which is known to help with redness and microcirculation. And, again, this is the “clean” version (no fragrance, colorants, synthetic preservatives, etc.), for anyone who sticks to those parameters when it comes to skincare.
My final thoughts
Like I mentioned earlier, I do think Crème de la Mer is a great moisturizer. But are those La Mer ingredients worth an extra $335? HELL NO.
Once I run out of my six-year old container of Crème de la Mer, I fully plan on using the Nivea Creme WITH an additional seaweed and acid-enhanced serum like OSEA Brightening Serum! (Hint: you should do the same).