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This little tin of Shea Butter from L'Occitane is something I bought before Christmas as a little treat for myself. The tin itself is very cute and small enough to fit inside the smallest handbag at around 5 cm in diameter. The logo and design on the top is very reminiscent of a lot of L'Occitane's designs in that it is yellow and blue and reminds me in a lot of ways off the 1920's style of luggage label.
Inside the little tin is a glorious white solid mass of Shea butter. To me it has very little by way of smell a slight hint of nuttiness and fruity smell but that is it. Shea butter is famous for its moisturising qualities and is "celebrated world-wide for encouraging cellular renewal and repairing the hydrolipidic film" it's by these two actions that the skin is softened soothed and comforted. L'Occitane market this tin of butter as being suitable for the lips hands and cuticles. As I use a Shea butter based hand cream I have used this mainly for my lips.
To apply the butter you use your fingertips to get a small amount out of the tin and then either rub it between your finger tips to soften it or as I do I rub my finger tip around in the tin and this seems to get enough of the butter softened and on to my finger tips to then put on to my lips. I find that the butter goes on great this way and by using my fingertips I can control where the butter is needed most. It does leave a film across my lips but I find that tends to go after about 30 minutes once it is fully absorbed into my lips. The film doesn't strangely feel greasy at all but rather like a rich lip stick and there is no unpleasant taste to it either. When used on dry cracked lips I find after a day or two of use that all the cracking has gone and my lips are nice and soft again. My hands despite using my cream as normal had started to develop a little bit of cracked skin over one of my knuckles so I applied some of the butter to this area a couple of times a day and again within two days it had become smooth again.
Speaking to them in my local L'Occitane shop the ladies there had also found that people recommend using this on children as it is so soft and gentle and that some mums had found by putting a little cream onto babies chins when dribbling with teething it not only protected the chin but kept the skin from getting sore and cracked. The other use they suggested trying was when you got a red nose and sore nose from constant nose blowing with colds and that it sooths the skin there and helps it to heal up if it's got dry and cracked or to prevent it from doing so.
This is a little bit of magic in a tin I think it is great for keeping lips nice and soft and repairing any cracks that you get. However as it is pure Shea butter it can also be used to heal other areas of dry skin across your body with results generally in 48 hours in my experience. The tin is a wonderful handbag size so is prefect for taking out and about and for those emergency moments when your skin needs to be soothed whether it's from the harsh wind and frost or another skin emergency such as blisters or flaky skin. At £6 for an 8ml tin it is not the cheapest on the market but for me it is worth every penny at the moment and a little seems to go a long way as I am not even a quarter of the way through the tin after over 6 weeks of nearly daily use on my lips and a few other spots.
Travel-size tin of 100% Organic Shea Butter hydrates and protects lips, face, cuticles and hands. This powerful moisturiser is retrieved from the fruit of African Shea trees, and celebrated world-wide for encouraging cellular renewal and repairing the hydrolipidic film, thereby softening, soothing and comforting skin. Non-irritating and suitable for everyone. Perfect for moisturising chapped lips, smoothing dry hair and softening rough cuticles. L'Occitane works directly with women's Shea-processing collectives in western Africa, supporting economic recovery and a heritage of natural harvesting methods.