The world’s largest container of body cream, says the Guinness Book of Records, has been created in 2001, in Athens, and its 3 meters in diameter and 53 cm height meant the standard size of such a tube 16 327 over. Still, despite its dimensions, the record-breaking moisturizer could have hardly competed price-wise, let alone from the point of view of its rejuvenation and pearly lustre effects, with the true peaks of research of the beauty industry! As, yes! Cosmetics and, above all, facial creams are the pursuit of some of the largest Research & Development budgets in the world.
La Prairie might well be the most well-known and renowned company investing millions and years of scientific research for the engineering behind new creams. They borrow substances and natural processes with antioxidating and regeneration properties and manage to incorporate in every ounce of cream both the active principles they have discovered and, reflected in the price of these cremes de la creme, the rarity and difficulty to synthesize of these prized ingredients. Let’s take for instance platinum, caviar or red snow algae from the Alps.
And in order to celebrate the launch of the new Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream with alpine purple saxifrage extract, I decided it’s worth reviewing those cream that not only have prices of the most revolutionary kind, are rather difficult to come by or are only accessible on an invitation basis, but also hold, in their sometimes USD 2 000 Swarovski encrusted jars, some of the most surprisingly beneficial substances, unimaginable if their potency hadn’t been indisputably proven.
TNS Recovery Complex – cultures of active ingredients grown on human skin – USD 172
SK-II Facial Treatment Concentrate – sake extract – USD 300
La Mer: Essence – algae – three weeks’ worth of treatment, USD 2 100, by invitation only
Chanel Precision Sublimage Serum Essential Regenerating Cream – Madagascar vanilla – USD 375 at Nordstrom
Amore Pacific Time Response Skin Renewal Creme – green tea flower – USD 450
Sisley Sisleya Global Anti-Age Cream – ursolic acid extracted from apples and cranberries – USD 475
Orlane Creme Royale – 24K gold and royal jelly – USD 650
Lancôme Absolue L’Extrait Regenerating Ultimate Elixir – rose petals – EUR 321.15
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