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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

L'Occitane en Provence hand creams: Shea Butter Hand Creams, Amande-Almond Delicious Hands and Cherry Blossom, review

I’m an avid body and hand cream-consumer, so much that I can't leave my house without a tube, hopefully, L’Occitane en Provence has a lot of hydrating hand creams.
Two dry hands aren’t enough to try them all!

L’Occitane en Provence developed various formulations and scents for its hand creams.
These products are part of thematic ranges
and their packaging immediately links them to the brand: an elegant metallic tube with very curated illustrations. These hand creams look exactly like tempera tubes and they’re collectable items!
The hand creams I’m currently using are the Shea Butter Hand Cream, L’Occitane’s original formula, Almond Delicious Hands and Cherry Blossom. But which one is most hydrating cream?

L'Occitane en Provence hand creams: Shea Butter Hand Creams, Amande-Almond Delicious Hands and Cherry Blossom, a review

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream contains 20% of shea butter from fair trade commerce and it has been studied for extremely dehydrated skin
It has a neutral scent, it’s rich and with a dense consistency; it gets absorbed into the skin as a regular cream, not too fast nor too slowly. 
It isn’t oily, sticky nor heavy. Its hydration level? Very high: Shea Butter Hand Cream leaves my skin very soft for hours. I see it when I wake up and when I go outside without my gloves!
Its formula contains sweetening and nourishing key ingredients: coconut oil, honey and sweet almond extracts.

Almond Delicious Hands or, as in France people will call it, Crème Mains à Croquer has a yummy name! It’s an almond oil-based hand cream and its scent is heavenly sweet. Gosh, I love it!
This cream has a lighter, more fluid texture; it’s good for normal to dry skin. It gets absorbed quickly, it’s a bit oily but it leaves my hands very smooth and hydrated, not as long as Shea Butter Cream does. Nevertheless, it makes my skin supple and very elastic. It contains shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond proteins and oil.

The last cream of this trio is Cherry Blossom, Crème Mains Fleurs de Cerisier, a hand cream with a light floral note. It has a fluid and very lightweight texture, it isn’t oily so that it disappears in a snap.
Positive factor? This hand cream gives moisture without being slippery while leaving the skin smooth and slightly scented.
Its cherry blossom scent is extremely feminine and fresh, not overpowering.
It’s a glycerine-based cream enriched with shea butter, bitter cherry extract, coconut oil and beeswax. It’s the less powerful of this L’Occitane trio, indeed it requires more applications throughout the day.

L'Occitane en Provence hydrating hand creams, review and recommended product by Valentina Chirico


L’Occitane hand creams come in various sizes, scents, limited editions and special kits. The smaller and “wallet-friendly” version is the 30ml tube at 12$ (8€ in Europe and 8£ in the UK) and can be purchased online at L’Occitane websites or stores.

Hands up: L’Occitane hand cream formula is generally great and delicate, but the price can be quite hight for a daily product.
The Shea Butter Hand Cream is perfect for winter and it has been the most moisturising so far: I think it’s great for chapped skin and housewives’ necessities. But I can’t deny that Almond Delicious Hand is my favourite one because it’s hard to find a cream that’s sweet but not sickening, hydrating and firming at the same time. I recommend it, even if I have to reply it over again (it’s a pleasure tough).


Valentina Chirico aka Valens

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