Everything You Need To Know About La Mer And Their $2,000 Moisturizer

In case you've never encountered a bottle yourself, Créme De La Mer is an allegedly miraculous facial cream that has a cult following and sports an extravagant price tag. Sort of like the caviar of the facial cream world, Créme De La Mer moisturizer has been touted as the next best thing to the fountain of youth by Max Huber, its creator, and various celebrities alike. Perhaps the most intriguing thing about it, however, is the cream's legendary origin story and the various conspiracy theories about La Mer that have circulated ever since.

Here you'll find out everything from the strange and fantastical tale of Max Huber, a bit of the Miracle Broth's history, and various opinions about the question on everyone's mind - is La Mer worth it?  Before you head out and drop a few hundred bucks on your own sample, you at least owe it to yourself to know the fun and somewhat mystical story behind the product and its origins.

  • It Has A Hefty Price Tag Of $2,095

    It Has A Hefty Price Tag Of $2,095
    Photo: La Mer

    Though there’s definitely an argument to be made when it comes to paying a few extra bucks every now and then for a product that truly offers great quality, this moisturizer takes things to a whole new level entirely. Crème de La Mer can run anywhere from $205 for a bottle of eye concentrate to upwards of $2,000 for a 16.5 oz. bottle of the original

    Though die hard fans of the creme (such as The Rock) swear by its magic, anything priced at over two grand is bound to raise a few questions. Where did it come from? What the hell's in it? And, of course, could any facial cream that costs more than the average house payment possibly be worth it?

  • The Man Behind La Mer Was A Rocket Scientist

    Before we delve into the many conspiracy theories about the cream, perhaps it's best first to tell you its tale. As the story goes, the moisturizer’s invention and subsequent rise to greatness revolves around a man named Max Huber, an alleged German rocket scientist in the 1950s who may or may not have worked for NASA. One day when he and his crew were hanging out in the lab, doing whatever it is that rocket scientists do, things suddenly went horribly array and an accident left Mr. Huber covered in unsightly burns.

    Huber vowed to spend the rest of his career finding a sea-based skin cure to heal his burns and change skin care forever. During the course of 6,000 experiments, Huber did everything from consulting astrological charts to playing special music for his finely honed ingredients.

    The result was a skin cream so Earth-shattering that when Estee Lauder purchased the rights to sell it after Huber's death, they used mediums to contact him on the other side for help in perfectly recreating the “Miracle Broth.” Not only did it succeed in restoring Huber’s skin to its former glory, it also promised miraculous results to the masses as the skin cream to end them all.

  • Max Huber Has A Mysterious History That Is Difficult To Confirm

    Max Huber Has A Mysterious History That Is Difficult To Confirm
    Video: YouTube

    Perhaps due to the fantastical nature of Huber’s story and the admittedly eccentric process that goes into how the moisturizer is produced, one of the most prominent conspiracy theories going around concerns La Mer’s creator himself. The theory more or less states that Max Huber is completely made up, no more than a fictional character made up by La Mer to create mystique around the product.

    The plot thickened when conspiracy theorists, such as the writer behind this article, went looking for records of Huber’s life and failed to find any evidence of his existence. People began asking where his birth record, his employee records, or even photos of the cream prior to its purchase by Estee Lauder were. Apparently Huber, if he did exist, left behind little more than a few grainy black and white photos - in which he does admittedly sport a killer complexion- and a beauty product legacy that still has people captivated. The video above is La Mer's fantastical interpretation of Huber's story.

  • There Are Not Many Traces Of Huber, But Anecdotes Tell Us He Was Real

    It seems however, that Huber's rumored non-existence is one of those conspiracy theories that’s just that. No matter how little documentation there is of the mysterious rocket scientist, there remains one pretty unshakeable piece of evidence for his existence: people alive today who actually met him. Former beauty editor of The Cut, Linda Wells, recalled a particularly bizarre encounter:

    “I was an assistant at Vogue. No one knew anything about him; he was an independent person making the cream. Someone more senior was supposed to meet with him but I ended up doing it because everyone was busy.

    “I had no office so I met with him in the lobby-ish area, and he had this cream - not that different from the jar he has now. He told me the story about having chemical burns and developing the cream, and wanted to demonstrate how pure it was, so he stuck his finger into it. And ate it. Then he also put a finger into the cream and stuck it in his eye like it was a contact lens. There was the cream, all over his eye and eyelashes. It was unforgettable.”

    There you have it folks. As it turns out, sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.


  • Estee Lauder Hired A Medium To Contact Max Huber

    Estee Lauder went through great lengths to perfect La Mer after purchasing its rights upon Huber's death. After multiple test batches failed to stack up to the original, they decided to go straight to the source by hiring psychics who were said to have channeled Huber from the other side. The truly eerie part was it may have actually worked; it was only after applying some of the advice Huber sent over the cosmic divide that the batches were able to stack up to the original.

  • A Track Of The Previous Batch's Fermentation Process Is Played While A New Batch Ferments

    A Track Of The Previous Batch's Fermentation Process Is Played While A New Batch Ferments
    Photo: Schill / flickr / CC-BY-NC 2.0

    This moisturizer is not just thrown together, put in a bottle, and shipped off to customers; it is birthed through a process so long and delicate it’d make some fine wines jealous. Not only do parts of the cream take months to ferment, but they do so as they’re lulled on by special sounds played for them on repeat by La Mer scientists. 

    During his years of experiments, Huber apparently decided to help parts of his miracle broth ferment by playing tapes of previous batches fermenting, like a facial cream rally cry to the next generation. Upon discovering the odd tradition, the scientists at La Mer thought it might be just as nonsensical as it sounded... until they made test batches with and without the sounds, only to discover that the one birthed under the sound waves actually performed better.