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L'Occitane Ultra Rich Shower Cream
I was given a gift set for Christmas from the L'Occitane rang, and one of the products it contained was this Ultra Rich Shower Cream. The packaging for the gift set was bright, and cheerful, however the packaging for the product was classic in comparison. The bottle is round, with a 'brown aper' label to it (it's nicely waxed so it doesn't get wet) and has in it a navy lid, which does not unscrew, and has a small flip top on it. The hole that the product comes out of is a nice size, however due to its rich thick consistency it is difficult to get out of the bottle. Due to the very small flip top you can't get this to 'stand on it's head as it were, and as such it was rather frustrating to get to use the product.
The product itself is an off white creamy colour, and we're told on the front of the package it contains shea, and in the ingredients this has glycerine added to it, which will add to the moisturising properties of this shower cream. The smell is wonderful, and you can really smell the scent of shea butter coming through on it. The cream lathers well on shower pouffes, and works well when used. The scent doesn't linger very long on your skin - but it does leave it feeling soft, and conditioned. I can have really dry sensitive skin, and since using this my elbows have gotten to be massively less dry, and I have had no adverse reactions to this...
The bottle I received was a 75ml (2.5 fl oz) bottle. However after a quick search for a 250 ml bottle the cost is generally around £12.50. The small bottle I was given has only lasted about four or five days - and in this time it has had time to work wonders for my skin...
I'd definitely recommend this product, and will possible treat myself to a bottle - but due to the fact that it obviously doesn't last long would only use it once a week or so to keep my skin soft... It is a little pricey but it does work well...
4*'s feom me, it looses one for running out so fast...
I recently received a 75ml bottle of L'Occitane Ultra Rich Shower Cream with Shea butter as part of a gift set. I was very pleased as I really like the L'Occitane brand but find it a little too pricy to buy for myself.
- The Packaging -
I have a 75ml version of the shower cream (travel size) which comes in a round bottle but the 250ml version is square. Otherwise the bottles are much the same other than the size. The bottles are made from clear plastic with a blue and brown label showing the brand and usual product information. There is a navy blue top with a cap lid that opens easily enough but not when you don't want it to so there is no leaking. There is a small hole to squeeze the shower cream from so you can squeeze out however much you need. As the bottle is transparent you can see how much shower cream remains in the bottle which is good. It looks good in my bathroom and doesn't take up too much space around the bath. I think the bottle is quite simple in appearance but it does look like an expensive and sophisticated product. It is not overly feminine so it is quite a unisex product and the neutral bottle would go with most bathrooms. I find the bottle to be practical and nice to look at.
- The Shower Cream -
I have been very impressed to notice that the instructions on the bottle are also displayed in Braille. They state that the cream can be used on the body and hair. However, my hair can look bad easily so I prefer to use a shampoo and just use the shower cream on my body. The shower cream is meant to be softening and protecting. When I have used this shower cream I find the smell to be pleasant enough and I would say it is a fairly unisex scent even though it has a sweet creaminess to it. I has a good consistency and I find it lathers up well and nicely cleans my skin. It rinses off as you would expect. It feels like a luxurious product when you use it and then it leaves the skin feeling soft and cleansed. The smell stays on the skin for a few hours which indicates a good quality product in my opinion. It does everything I would expect a shower cream to do.
- Price and Availability -
This shower cream is available from L'Occitane shops and their website. L'Occitane products are often stocked in department stores and on their own websites. The 250ml bottle costs £18.50 while the 75ml travel version that I own is only available as part of a gift set. I think this is really expensive for a shower cream but it is reasonably competitive compared to similar products from other luxury brands. For me it is much too expensive to buy for myself.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would recommend this shower cream as it comes in a nice bottle, it has a nice consistency, smells pleasant, lathers up well and cleans my skin as I would expect a shower cream to do. It does feel like a luxury product but even so I can't justify spending nearly £20 on a shower cream for myself. I would be happy to receive it as a gift but I doubt I would purchase it myself.
I was given a 35ml travel size of this body wash by a friend. I love L'Occitane products and was looking forward to using it as it has a good reputation. According to L'Occitane, this delicate and generous shower cream gently cleanses body and hair while preserving their natural balance. It has a high percentage of 5% of nourishing Shea Butter, natural coconut foaming base and soy proteins, which leave skin soft and supple, and hair with high shine. The standard 250ml bottle of this retails at £13 direct from L'Occitane or can sometimes be found cheaper from departments stores or QVC.
The shower cream has a distinct, natural, creamy lavender aroma which I associate with some L'Occitane products; it is lovely. The cream is very rich and is almost like a thick body moisturiser rather than shower cream. A little goes a long way with this product, and I only need a squirt of cream the size of a 10p piece to clean my body. The cream feels silky, soft and smooth on my skin and I can feel it moisturising my skin instantly. I have not used this on my hair, so I cannot comment on this aspect of the product.
When the cream has been washed off and I have dried my body, my skin feels nourished and soft, not parched and desperate for body lotion like some body washes can leave you feeling. The wash is so moisturising I do not even need to use a separate body lotion. The light, soapy, lavender aroma does linger on the skin during the day, but is not over-powering, I just smell fresh and clean. I would say that this fragrance is suited to both men and women.
I have used this for around a week now and have not experienced any redness or dryness and I still have half a bottle left.
Overall, I recommend this for all skin types who love to feel nourished in the shower. I will definitely be purchasing a full-sized bottle soon.
L'Occitane Ultra Rich is a delicate and generous shower cream that gently cleanses the body and hair while preserving their natural balance / Its possesses a creamy texture and detergent-free formula, with a high percentage of 5% of nourishing shea butter, naturally exotic coconut and soy proteins as its foaming base / In a squeeze bottle perfect for shower and travel / Ultra Rich Shower Cream by L'Occitane leaves the skin soft and supple and hair with high shine /