Pacific Face Oil vs. Crème de La Mer
A side-by-side comparison of ingredients
We judge our products by the results they deliver AND the safety of the ingredients we use. It’s a much higher bar to reach, but we think you—and your skin—deserve it. In our most recent Clinical Trial, Pacific Face Oil out performed Crème de La Mer in every category. We have our ingredients to thank for that.
Pacific Face Oil
Camellia oleifera (camellia) oil*, vitus viniferi (grapeseed) oil*, persea gratissima (avocado) oil*, sclerocarya birrea (marula) oil*, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil*, salvia hispanica (chia) seed oil*, borago officinalis (borage) oil*, citrullus lanatus (watermelon) seed oil, rubus idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil*, argania spinosa (argan) oil*, oenotherus biennis (evening primrose) oil*, rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed oil*, squalene (vegetable squalene), mixed tocopherols (vitamin E)*, actinidia deliciosa (kiwi) seed oil, carica papaya (papaya) seed oil, passiflora incarnate (passion fruit) oil, rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed CO2 oil*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin*, pinus densiflora (red pine needle) oil*, haematococcus pulvialis (astaxanthin), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) essential oil**, rosa centifolia (rose) essential oil*, andropogon zizanioides (vetiver) essential oil*, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, citrus aurantium (neroli) essential oil*, boswellia carterii (frankincense) essential oil*
** obtained from a reputable source that complies with government regulations to reforest
Crème de La Mer
Seaweed (Algae) Extract, Mineral oil Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Extract, Microcrystalline Wax, Lanolin Alcohol, Sesame Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Magnesium Sulfate, Sesame Seed, Medicago sativa (alfalfa) seed powder, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seedcake, Prunus amygdulus dulcis (sweet almond) seed meal, Sodium Gluconate, Potassium Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Paraffin, Tocopheryl succinate, Niacin, Beta-carotene, Decyl oleate, Aluminium distearate, Octyldodecanol, Citric acid, Cyanocobalamin, Magnesium stearate, Panthenol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Benzyl salicylate, Citral, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Alcohol Denat., Fragrance (Parfum).
Ingredient selection is the key to performance.
We choose ingredients that are biomimetic, in other words they mimic what’s naturally going on in the skin. In our face oils, the carefully selected natural blend of oils closely matches the fatty acid profile of the lipids found in the top layer of skin, so they’re more effective at replacing what’s been lost due to aging.
Ingredients are also the key to congestion, irritation and more.
Our head to head (or should we say face to face) Clinical Trial confirmed the following:
La Mer participants showed a 5.8% increase in Erythema (facial inflammation & redness) vs. a decrease of .9% using Pacific Face Oil.
La Mer participants also showed a 29% increase in pore congestion whereas the Pacific Face Oil showed no statistically significant increase in congestion.
One look at Crème de La Mer ingredients explains why.
Mineral oil. Mineral oil is an inexpensive petrochemical byproduct made from petroleum. While cosmetic grade mineral oil is highly refined and has a good safety rating, it is still mildly comedogenic—tending to clog pores and encourage the formation of blackheads. It interferes with normal skin respiration and can leave skin red, dry and chapped. It also has been known to cause a petrochemical sensitivity that can trigger a serious allergic reaction.
Lanolin alcohol. This ingredient is highly comedogenic (see above) and a common cosmetic allergen. Eczema sufferers in particular are highly sensitive.
Methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone. These two biocides are frequently used together to control microbial growth in water-based creams. Deemed safe for use by the CIR (Cosmetic Ingredients Review which reports to the FDA) the mix can cause allergic reactions in some people. Both are irritants.
Citral. This ingredient can cause photosensitization, and is associated with allergies and contact dermatitis.
Alcohol. It’s drying, irritating, strips the skin of natural lipids and causes premature aging.
Fragrance. It’s the number one cause of allergic dermatitis. Fragrance can contain 1,000 or more different components, any one of which may trigger an allergic reaction. In addition, fragrance often contains highly toxic aromatic hydrocarbons such as benzene or benzene derivatives.