A precious face cream handmade in a monastery proven to provide instant, long lasting hydration.


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Crème Ancienne is proven to provide instant, long-lasting hydration.* Inspired by the world’s first cream, each jar is hand-blended in a monastery to preserve its natural ingredients and rich history. Crème Ancienne contains such fragile ingredients that each must be poured in a particular sequence at a determined temperature—requirements that can only be met by hand. Fresh turned to a monastery to hand-blend each jar because monks are an important part of the cream’s heritage. Historically, if a formula was not produced by a monk, it was considered witchcraft. Without them, the original formula would not exist today.

The Proof*

  • Proven to have a significant moisturizing effect for 28 hours
  • Proven to have a significant anti-oxidative effect for 24 hours
  • Proven to have an immediate smoothing effect on wrinkles
  • 97% felt it moisturized and prevented dry skin
  • 90% noticed a nourishing effect

*in vivo

Key Ingredients

  • Meadowfoam seed oil is a unique fatty acid easily absorbed by the skin to provide supreme nourishment.
  • Vitamin E provides antioxidant protection against wrinkle-causing free radicals.
  • Chamomile wax helps to decrease dry spots, soften the skin, and create a light, moisture-preserving veil.
  • Rosewater is notable for its soothing and balancing properties.
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How to Use

Apply morning and night to the face. Can be used daily. For extreme nourishment, use Elixir Ancien prior to application.

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"This product is the best face cream I have ever used. It is rich and creamy."

CRÈME ANCIENNE 4.8 5 29 29
This product has made me look 10 years younger! I am very sensitive to products with chemicals in them so I was excited when I found Creme Ancienne. It is the only moisturizer that did not cause an allergic reaction to my skin. I absolutely love how luxurious it is, so worth the price. I use it morning & night and it still lasts me 6 months! Monthly it comes out to be around $44, a great buy! My skin looks the best it ever has so it is priceless! November 15, 2012
Awesome value! I pat a little of it on my cheek area when my skin feels a bit on the drier side during the winter months. Amazing value with this size! November 15, 2012
Amazing! I pat a little of it on my cheek area when my skin feels a bit on the drier side during the winter months. Amazing! November 15, 2012
Crème Ancienne is a unique treasure! Before I found Crème Ancienne, I was trying well-known, highly lauded products, one after the other, all promising long-lasting, deep-acting ingredients that only left me with an empty wallet and very dry, distressed skin on my face and neck. Now, when I can, I invest in Crème Ancienne knowing that this jar will last me longer than any face cream I’ve ever owned while richly, thoroughly hydrating my skin. My face feels nourished! Lines and wrinkles began diminishing the day I opened my first jar! November 15, 2012
Wonderful! I love this cream. It's wonderful. It is very rich and you only need a small amount. It's incredibly moisturizing, and my skin feels great even the next morning. November 15, 2012
Love this lotion! I use this around my eye area and laugh lines. The cream goes a long way and makes your skin feel so amazing! Its pricey but lasts forever! November 9, 2012
too rich for me I have heard rave reviews about this moisturizer before and I was eager to try it out myself. It has a similar texture to La Mer Creme but even richer when applied. It was too rich even for my dry skin (although might work for mature dry skin). I think i will stay away from this as long as Fresh keeps Black Tea, or at least for the couple years ahead. November 9, 2012
This product is like organic food for the skin! This creme has definitely changed the overall look of my skin. My skin was parched, dehydrated and weathered - after 4 weeks of use it looks beautiful! November 8, 2012
Beautiful story and beautiful benefits I'm 31 and increadiably dehydrated. Sometimes a rich cream can still feel like it's not enough and sometimes it breaks me out, but this cream was a winner! I love the story behind it and appreciate it's natural scent. It smells like a clean ocean breeze to me. If you can afford this cream, buy it, you won't regret it. If you can't than be like me and ask for it on that next special occasion. Oh La La in a jar that truly repairs and hydrates. November 8, 2012
Saved my skin I have to say this product saved my face! I am one of those folks who always has red, flakin skin on my face, especially between the eybrows and around my nose. There was nothing I could do and no product I could use that every made the flaking go away. BUT...when I found Creme Ancienne at the NYC Spring Street store, everything changed. It really did save my face! At first I was wary because the cost was high for me, but just a few dabs morning and night really work. And one jar lasts me at least a year. I love this stuff. It really has made my skin completely healed. I love it. November 8, 2012
Love this cream This cream is a bit pricey, but worth the money. I use it every day and most nights. Haven't found a cream that compares yet. November 8, 2012
the best This moistureizer is the creaniest, non oily, luxurious product I have ever used. I used it year round because ny skin is so dry but it is really beneficial in the winter. Although it seems like a lot if money for one product it last for a very long ime as I use it sparelingly. November 8, 2012
still there in the morning I love a good thick cream and this is it! When you put a cream on at night, and you can still feel it in the morning, to me, that is the mark of a good cream! November 8, 2012
Not bad This cream is ok, but I like the Black Tea cream better. This cream leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth and hydrated, but to me was not worth the money. I did finish my jar (too expensive to waste!) but was happy to go back to the Black Tea. November 7, 2012
Outstanding Product This product is the best face cream I have ever used. It is rich and creamy. You only need a small amount and you can tell the difference in your skin after only a few applications. I purchased the large size of this miracle worker, it is the best value. Since I started using Creme Ancienne everyone is commenting on how great my complexion looks . I am a walking advertisement for Creme Ancienne. I tell everyone to try it and they will fall in love with it just like I did. November 7, 2012
Favorite product so far This is probably my favorite product in the Fresh line. It's thick and moisturizing, but hasn't caused breakouts on my combination skin. I wouldn't expect miracles, but I'm happy with it. November 6, 2012
Best ever. I had tried many brands of skin care products for years. The brands I used include La Mer, La Prairie, Lancome, Estee Lauder, etc. Fresh Creme Ancienne is the best for me. I told my sister that it was a miracle, the best skin care product other than PS--Photo Shop. November 6, 2012
last for a long time i used la mer before and switched to this one. couldn't tell which one is better. this one last for a long time... November 6, 2012
Worth every penny My friend and I laugh that this stuff is like crack -- once started, you can't live without it. I'm not big for putting a lot of stuff on my face at night, but this goes on lightly, feels good, and I swear it makes my skin look good in the morning. Fewer blemishes, make up goes on well. I use the oil with it. I think it makes a big difference. November 6, 2012
absolutely hyrdating I use retin-A, and this ensures my skin stays hydrated gently and thoroughly. i LOVE it. November 6, 2012
This product made me a FRESH lifer I am 26, and have battled eczema my whole life. I hated my skin, and thought I was just one of those unlucky people who was cursed with "bad skin". It wasn't until I discovered FRESH products, that my entire perspective on my skin and skincare changed. As soon as I applied the cream to my face, my skin devoured it. Literally drank it up. Creme Ancienne is incredibly rich, and while it maintains a moisture barrier (due to the oils and waxes within), after a few minutes your skin completely absorbs it, and glows radiant the whole day. From that day on, I witnessed the condition of my skin dramatically improve from this cream. I quickly bought the entire line, and watched the quality of my skin--my red, flaky, sensitive, itchy outbreaks--dramatically improve, and eventually fade away. It has been a little over a year that I have used the Ancienne line, and I look like a completely different person. I can't tell you how grateful I am to have discovered a product that is natural, incredibly rich, and doesn't interfere with my sensitivity. It has dramatically improved the luster and glow of my skin. I look like a healthy, vibrant person, now. It has dramatically improved my confidence. I used to pray that one day I would be able to leave the house without makeup on, and now I can. My daily regimin is as follows: Soy Face Cleanser Creme Ancienne Infusion Elixer Ancien Creme Ancienne Moisturizer Black Tea eye cream I urge you to try the Ancienne line. You'll never look back! November 6, 2012
Don't use too much! I have dry skin, so I have a tendency to use too much of this product to feel like I've covered my face sufficiently. I wasted a lot of the expensive product that way. A little dab goes a long way. I didn't have any issues with clogged pores, etc., when I overused it, but I didn't get my money's worth. Use as directed, and you'll be pleased with the anti-aging properties. November 6, 2012
the richest moisturizer I've found Expensive, but worth the steep price. Good moisturizer for face. November 6, 2012
There's No Thin Line Between Perfect This cream is so moisturizing and rich. It's thick, heavy and it creates a barrier between your skin and the elements. The smell is light, pleasant, and pretty undetectable. If you have oily skin, this is not for you. I use it for everything, chapped lips, under the eyes, rough spots on hands--it's amazing. The price is annoyingly high--but I will say that it lasts a long time. I bought a jar at the beginning of May and we're halfway through August and the jar is half empty (I use it every day and this is with my boyfriend stealing some every now and again). It's the best cream I have ever tried. Get it. August 17, 2012