Review: La Mer The Renewal Oil

I have a love hate relationship with face oils. I’ve always been hesitant, and quite reluctant to try. Yes, I’ve been told, and I have read, that even if your face is oily, certain oils are still beneficial for you. However, you have to know if you’re allergic to certain oils, that is, maybe certain ingredients break you out. That means to me, it’s all about trial and error. I learned (the hard way), from the opportunity of sampling a few face oils, that rosehip oil usually breaks me out. So far, I’ve been pretty lucky not to have other problems. I figured out that I like light oils. I really dislike heavy oils. It makes my skin feel suffocated! So when La Mer came out with The Renewal Oil, I was a little hesitant (because, dude, OIL!) and excited at the same time (guys, it’s LA MER and I’ve had ALL positive experiences with them).



La Mer La Mer Renewal Oil



The Renewal oil is a dual-phase oil. It contains active ingredients (highly active oils of The Miracle Broth™) and can be used anyway/where you want it – on your face, hair, body – but if I have to pay RM890 for a bottle of oil, trust me when I say I’ll just use it on my face, thank you very much. Before use, clear the pipette (push the button on top of the bottle) then gently shake the bottle to infuse both the Miracle Broth and the natural essential oils. One ‘serving’ of this oil has about 10 drops and I usually use only 3-5 drops on my face, after moisturizer. I also use the whole 10 drops once a week, giving myself a short facial massage to work the oil in.



bi phase shaken



So, how do I use it?

  1. Mix about 3 drops of The Renewal Oil with moisturizers for added oomph
  2. Apply The Renewal Oil on top of The Intensive Revitalizing Mask (Caroline Hiron’s idea)
  3. Add 2 drops of The Renewal Oil to foundations that feels dry on the skin
  4. Apply a few drops of The Renewal Oil to the face before powder foundation for a natural, dewy, non-cakey finish
  5. Use 10 whole drops of The Renewal Oil once a week as a leave in mask


I don’t do these all at the same time, of course. These are just a few suggestions on how to use The Renewal Oil, and these are the few things I like to do with it. I’ve used this oil for close to 2 months and I notice my skin has not flaked once. The texture is soft and supple and dare I say, more refined? My aging skin needs all the help it can get, and I’m pretty sure if your skin is young and taut, you wouldn’t notice these little things. I also love the honey blossom scent of this oil. I don’t find it overpowering at all, and for me, it is a very relaxing and refreshing scent at the same time.



Renewal Oil



The Renewal Oil is not for everybody because of the price point. Heck, La Mer is NOT for everyone. However, if you have the budget, and you’re looking to splurge on a face oil, let me point you to this. If you’ve been a La Mer fan all along, you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on The Renewal Oil. A few of my friends tried this oil too, and all of us have different skin types. You can read their reviews here:


I have a feeling this oil will last me quite a while. I store it in a cool dark place, because it is a clear glass bottle after all, and for oils, I always store it away from the sunlight. La Mer, this is yet another positive experience for me. I really need to try your facial soon too! You can purchase The Renewal Oil at Nordstrom, Selfridges, and all La Mer counters nationwide.



xoxo Lily



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  • Wow Lily! It sounds like something my mum would appreciate! My skin breaks out whenever I use pure rosehip oil, but MV Skincare’s Rose Plus Booster seems to work just fine for me. Am putting this on my wish list for now :p

    • Lily

      Hi Sukie, I’m sure your mom will love it. I have so many on my wishlist but I need to go through everything in my skincare cupboard first!

  • UGGGGH not another great review on this stuff hahaha! SOME DAY.

    • Lily

      Seriously though, the only downside I can think of is the price. That’s it.

  • Maybe not this one, because €€€ haha but maybe one day. But I am a huge fan of oils: for body, hair, cleansing and moisturizing the face… ok I would only use it at night. Though maybe I should take note of your different ways to use it and give some of them a try!

    • Lily

      Another oil I quite like is the Estee Lauder Nutritious oil in that red bottle. I really don’t go out of my way to look for face oils but if they’re anything like this one (but less pricey!), I’d buy it!

      • Thanks for the tip, I’ll look out for that oil then!

        • Lily

          Oh, do let me know if you like it 🙂 Maybe go have a feel at the counter or something. The scent though, I’m not sure if it’ll sit well with you. It’s kind of sweet, but I don’t mind.

  • Yeeeees, a good facial massage with oil can be so relaxing. I plan to make my bottle last as long as I can because I sure don’t have the budget to repurchase it. La Mer indeed isn’t for everyone. But it is a nice little oil, that’s for sure. Thanks for the link love!

    • Lily

      You’re welcome Melissa. It’s good to have the input of younger skin 🙂

  • Thank you so much for your sweet link love, Lily! Gosh you use a whole lot more than I do!! I’ve only used 2-3 drops each time, but i think i need more, because it just disappears right away on my palms! I think we have to be careful when it comes to essential oils… i’m sensitive to quite a number of them also, but mainly with citrus ones. And I hate the heavy suffociating oily-oils too!!

    • Lily

      You’re welcome! I’ve been lazy and just mix about 2-3 drops into my night moisturiser lately. Works just as well though 🙂