Nivea vs La Mer – Creme Wars

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You can’t put a price on the health of your skin. That being said, I’m sure you’ve all heard about La Mer. They’re one of the most expensive skincare brands on the planets and are targeted at that prestigious user who is really looking for the best of the best. To the everyday person (like me), their products are ridiculously expensive and you could never fit their products into your budget on a regular basis.

But, I did manage to get my hands on a tub of Creme de La Mer. How? Well, my mother decided to treat herself and after a few uses, she went back to her regular Nivea Creme. “It’s exactly the same thing but 10x the price!”, were her specific words to me. So I thought to myself.. are they? We’ve all heard that Creme de La Mer is amazing and was developed by a scientist.. yada yada and so on and so forth. I just want to know if there’s a dramatic difference that can warrant this huge increase in price!

I decided to have a look at the two, both Creme de la Mer and Nivea creme (which is my go to moisturizer and has been for many years now). So, I think that I can give you a good rundown of the differences between the two, although there isn’t enough for me to justify spending $60 on a moisturizer!

Nivea vs La Mer – Main Differences

Although they are actually relatively similar, there are a few differences between the two cremes that I’ve found in my testing of the two. These aren’t dramatic differences, but they are definitely something that you should be aware of.

  • Nivea creme is thicker – Straight off the bat, it’s very easy to see that Nivea creme is much thicker than the La Mer. This is even more true after you warm the La Mer creme up a little, which is a necessity if you want to get the best from it.
  • Application – As I’ve just said, there’s a real art to applying La Mer products – whilst you might think that’s just pretentious marketing tactics, you do need to rub the product between your fingers properly to make the product ready for application.
  • Ingredients – The vast majority of the base ingredients for Creme de La Mer are exactly the same as the ingredients that you’re going to find in Nivea creme. But, there are some useful additions that are going to work wonders for your skin. Things like Lanolin alcohol are designed specifically to try and emulate the oils that your skin naturally creates, so that it isn’t too harsh on your skin.
  • Hydration – If you already have particularly oily skin, then perhaps Nivea creme isn’t going to be the best thing for you. It can make your skin too oily, and I have friends that complain that it turns them into an ‘oily mess’ (their words, not mine). But for hydration purposes, I much prefer Nivea’s creme and find it works well with my skin.


Overall, if you want to give La Mer’s creme a chance and you’ve got money to blow, then why not buy a tub and see if it has an effect after using it for a month or so. For me, I’ll bask happily in my $2 Nivea creme, as I can’t see the need to spend that kind of money on a moisturizer (I’d much rather have a new set of straighteners, thanks!).

NIVEA Creme, Moisturizing Cream - Body Cream, Face Cream, and Hand Cream, 13.5 Oz Tin
  • Intensively Moisturizes: This NIVEA skin creme intensively moisturizes, nourishes and protects skin from that rough, dry feel
  • Provitamin B5 Enriched: This NIVEA moisturizer cream is enriched with Provitamin B5 to nourish dry skin
  • Multi-Use: NIVEA cream can be used as a body cream, hand cream and face cream for soft, smooth skin anytime

There are other moisturizers out there that you may want to consider that are better than Nivea, but also much cheaper than any La Mer products. Finding this ‘middle range’ of moisturizers is a good idea if you want to be sure that you’re getting a high quality product, without a high quality price.

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