Does High Price = Quality
"I Simply Won't Buy a Cream For Less Than $150" : It is tempting to believe that when spending more on skincare products, we are taking "better care" of our skin.
To some extent this is true. There are many cheap creams that are of very poor quality. However, there is also a marketing strategy of pricing creams expensively for no reason other than to increase sales to the high end market. Most people are not cosmetic chemists, and so really do not know what the ingredients are, and so will pay more in the hope it is better.
For example a "restoration" cream priced at $US155.00 for 50ml (yes - we find that hard to believe as well! ). It is nicely packaged. The major ingredients are :Water, Squalene, Glycerin (present in natural soap), Glyceryl Stearate (emollient), Avocado Oil (good and relatively cheap), Cyclomethicone (helps the feel of the cream) and Petrolatum (petroleum biproduct). Other ingredients are in minor quantities. This cream is around 75% water and not terribly expensive to make. However, if people want to spend that much, there will be plenty of companies happy to take the money. The packaging is gorgeous.
The ingredients in our creams are some of the most expensive available, and we use them in high concentrations. However, we are still able to cover costs while keeping the price affordable for everyday use.