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Looking at the current L'Occitane website listings, I have the impression that this product is no longer in their range of products. The one I am reviewing is the 'Lait Corporel peaux seches' or Body lotion for dry skin. I suspect it has been replaced by 'Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Lotion' which also contains 15% shea. Whether the two are represent just a name change or an actual change of formula is not clear to me.
L'Occitane is a brand I love especially for their use of great natural fragrances and plant extracts and for the high levels of shea butter in many of their products. I have many different products from the Shea range for face, hands and body, but the body lotion is not one of my favourites. Whilst the texture is rich and soaks in quite well without excessive rubbing, the scent is one that I feel rather off-putting. It's a sweet, vanilla scent with a touch of honey. It's not to my taste.
I have several small 75 ml bottles of this because I have access to a L'Occitane outlet store which has a lot of great deals on mixed sets of minis. I find that this bottle - like far too many of the L'Occitane bottles - is very brittle and has a tendency to crack when you're trying to get the product out. This is a really big failing with the 75 to 100 ml L'Occitane bottles and can lead to a lot of waste and even more frustration.
Cost? Around £20 for 250 ml
If you have very dry skin, I suggest to go for the richer Ultra Rich Body Cream which comes in a tub and has 25% shea.
I rated this four hearts on the strength of how good this product is. The scent is not ideal and is a little old fashioned for me but the results this gives your skin far outweighs that.
This is a rich formula of SHEA butter that can have, depending on your views, a range of benefits/ heals.
ACHES AND MUSCLE TENSION
SKIN DAMAGE such as heat burns
It all depends on the percentage of the SHEA BUTTER contained in the product itself.
This brand boost of using 15% SHEA butter in all its product contents which although sounds low is actually quite good for our skin and tackling some of the above ailments.
I once burned myself on some hot water and immediately a family member grab this product and put some on. It cooled down the skin and helped it heal as I used it for the remainder of the week.
I love this to combat the cold snaps we have, preparing my skin in the Autumn months I tend to use this when I have more time on my hands to allow it to sink in well especially with my hand moisture gloves overnight.This is perfect to apply all over and still get great results which I think I saw benefitting me after two weeks of use.
This varies in price online I received a 250ml which is about £28. This is used in small amounts because you don't need much it spreads out quite well and very intense.
I am often given body moisturisers and lotions as gifts and although I moisturise a few times a week I still seem to have a never ending supply of the stuff. I feel fairly certain this is something I will never have to buy myself as I already seem to have a life time supply. One lotion I was pleased to receive was a 75ml bottle of L'Occitane Ultra Rich Body Lotion with Shea butter which came as part of a gift set.
- The Packaging -
I have a 75ml version of this lotion which comes in a round bottle but the 250ml version is square. Otherwise the bottles are much the same. The bottles are clear plastic with a blue and brown label displaying the brand and product information. There is a navy blue top with a cap lid that pops open easily enough but not accidentally. There is a small hole to dispense the lotion so you can accurately squeeze out as much as you require. I like that you can see how much lotion is left in the bottle and with bottles of this kind it is fairly easy to use most of it up. To ensure I get every last drop I usually cut bottles open for a final use. It is possible to do it with this bottle as long as you are careful not to cut yourself on the sharp plastic. I think the bottle is simple in appearance but it does look quite expensive and sophisticated. It is not particularly feminine so it is quite a unisex item. I find the bottle to be a practical container and attractive too.
- The Lotion -
The instructions on the bottle (also in Braille, I'm impressed!) state that the lotion contains Shea butter and honey and that it 'helps to nourish and protect dry skin'. It should be used in the morning and evening after having a bath or shower. This is when I tend to use it. The lotion has a good consistency, thinner than a moisturiser but not too runny. The smell is pleasant and again quite unisex as it is sweet and creamy but not in an exclusively feminine way. The lotion is easy to apply and leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth, hydrated and nourished, everything I expect from a lotion. It leaves my skin with a healthy glow too. It doesn't feel too greasy which is good.
- The Results -
After using the lotion a few times a week I would say that my skin feels soft, nourished and generally in better condition than it was before. I think it fulfils the aim set out on the label.
- Price and Availability -
This lotion is available from L'Occitane shops and their website. Some department stores also stock L'Occitane products. The 250ml bottle costs £18.50 while the 75ml travel version that I have is only available in gift sets. I think this is quite expensive but I suppose it is competitive compared to other luxury brands. I think it is too expensive to justify buying for myself.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would definitely recommend this body lotion as I like the bottle, the lotion has a good consistency, it smells pleasant and produces the desired results. I think the price would probably put me off buying it for myself but I would be delighted to receive it again as a gift.
This is another one of L'Occitane's cult products from the Shea butter range, which is formulated for dry skin. I was lucky enough to be given this product along with the matching body wash from this range. According to L'Occitane, this product includes 15% Shea Butter (derived directly from the African Shea tree), natural honey, and apricot oil. It nourishes, moisturises and protects: which are keys to maintaining the look of health. It lifts the senses with subtle essences of jasmine and ylang-ylang. A 250ml bottle retails at £18.50 direct from L'Occitane.
The lotion is white in colour and is surprisingly light in texture, it reminds me of double cream. The fragrance of this lotion is a light, creamy lavender, which is the standard smell of this shea butter range. The fragrance is quite delicate and unisex, it does not interfere with other fragrances worn on the body.
The lotion glides over the body effortlessly, it instantly feels moisturising and nourishing. A little amount goes a long way, a tea spoon of body lotion would cover a limb, so the price doesn't seem too bad when you consider this. Once rubbed in, my skin feels soft and supple, not tacky or greasy. It sinks in and is absorbed within minutes, meaning you can can get dressed straight away. It feels lovely on my hands, so I do not feel as though I have to wash this off.
The results of this lotion are long-lasting, my skin feels soft and moisturised all day long. I feel that the overall condition of my skin has improved in the 2 months I have been using this lotion, it is less dry and flaky. I am very happy with its results.
Overall, I think this is one of the best body lotions I have used. It moisturises and smells lovely, leaving my skin looking and feeling wonderful. It is a little pricey, but the results definitely out weight the cost.
I have saved the worst for last with my L'Occitane Shea range reviews. This product is awful in my opinion, and I'll explain why below.
I have the 35ml bottle which came as part of a special miniatures collection gift set in Fenwick. It also comes in a 500ml bottle for £25 if you really want to waste your cash. As an aside, the 500ml bottle comes with a pump-action dispenser which is definately a good thing...just a shame about the lotion it is dispensing!
L'Occitane is a pretty pricey French brand. They have a store in York (opposite Betty's) which is the only one I have seen anywhere near me and their products are sold in Fenwick and possibly House of Fraser too. They are not the most readily available brand but not hugely difficult to source either. They have a UK website which you can also order from if you are stuck.
The product I have is in a small, rounded bottle with a pop-off navy lid. The product is dispensed by tipping the bottle upside down and squeezing which is easy enough to do as it is fairly runny and comes out without much effort. As mentioned above the full size bottle comes with a pump dispenser which is ideal for body lotions as it can be a nightmare to squeeze them out when your hands are all slippery with the product.
This lotion is recommended for dry skin, as all the Shea products are. It is formulated with nourishing Shea Butter and honey extract to moisturise the upper layers of the epidermis and it claims to protect and nourish dry skin.
In my opinion, those are ambitious and unfounded claims. The product is easily one of the worst body lotions I have ever had the misfortune to try and I was so disappointed as I am generally a fan of the range.
Firstly, the smell - it has underlying soft notes similar to those of the other Shea products, but a rather watered-down, not as nice version. Its dominant scent actually smells like fragranced nappy bags - not something I want to rub into my skin.
It leaves skin sticky for a long time after application and feels greasy rather than nourishing. It rubs in easily but leaves this awful greasy residue behind.
I will not even be finishing this bottle, it is going in the bin as I can't bear the feeling it has left on my skin.
I've mentioned in a couple of previous reviews that I bought myself a big set of L'Occitane products from QVC a couple of months ago. Now that I have decided to limit my beauty product spending as it's gotten so ridiculous, I put my L'Occitane products into the back of the cupboard to avoid the temptation.
About a week ago, I decided that I was in need of a treat, and fished them out of the cupboard. I decided to use the Shea body lotion, as I have already used the Shea shower cream and hand cream and thought both were absolutely gorgeous, meaning I had high expectations of this product.
As mine was a kit of travel-sized products, I only have a small 35ml bottle of this, but usually it would come in a rather plain looking 250ml rectangular bottle with a dark blue flip top lid like the one pictured. I do think the packaging on some of the L'Occitane products (including this one) is a little plain and boring, especially for the price that you are paying, but still it is functional, which I guess is the main thing.
One of the reasons I chose to use this first, instead of the other L'Occitane body lotion I have, was that it says on the packaging that it is especially for dry skin. I have really dry skin which is prone to eczema, and I find it becomes even more dried out during the winter.
The body lotion contains 15% Shea butter, as well as natural honey and apricot oil. It also contains subtle essences of jasmine and ylang-ylang.
The fragrance of the lotion is very subtle. I'd used the matching shower gel which barely had any scent at all, but found this to be a little stronger. I can smell the jasmine in it, but it's still quite a gentle, clean scent, and would not overpower any perfumes or body sprays you wanted to use at the same time as this.
I have used a couple of Shea body lotions in the past, and the main thing I recall about them, was that they were very thick. This lotion surprised me, as it was actually quite a nice consistency. It wasn't quite runny, but it certainly was nowhere near being thick, and I was pleased that even a very small amount would cover a large area of skin. Given that I only have a 35ml bottle, I suppose this was very important, as it meant I could get several uses out of it, and as such a true idea of what the product was really like.
The lotion absorbs into the skin very quickly, and at first although it does feel a little tacky to the touch, I would say after around 1-2 minutes it is fully absorbed into the skin. This is another factor I find important about this lotion, as there's nothing worse than getting dressed and finding your clothes sticking to you because your body lotion's not dry!
Once it has absorbed it left my skin feeling very moisturised - especially on areas like my elbows, which tend to be very dry. There was no greasy feeling with this lotion either, and my skin felt hydrated all day, so there was no need for frequent re-application.
Now for the scary bit. I knew the full sized bottle of this would be expensive, as L'Occitane products in general are very pricey, and the matching shower gel had cost £12.50 for the full sized bottle. I was still a little shocked though, to discover that a full sized 250ml bottle of this will set you back £17.50. That is rather excessive I think, and even though I love this lotion, I'm not sure if I would be able to bring myself to pay that much for it. As I mentioned though, only a fairly small amount of this lotion is needed, so I guess it would last a long time, which potentially could make it just as economical as high street brands in the long run.
It can be bought online from www.loccitane.co.uk or it is also sold in Fenwick's and House of Fraser.
Overall, this was a lovely lotion. I like that it has such a subtle scent, that I can use it even when I'm wearing a light perfume, as I know it won't overpower it. It really did sort out my dry skin and sinks in fast which is great too. The main downside for me is the price, as it's definitely not the cheapest around. I do think though as an occasional treat, or as a gift this would be lovely, and I would definitely recommend it, if your budget stretches that far.