L'Occitane Angelica Hydration Cream (15ml travel size)
I received this as part of a free gift with purchase set last year when buying on the online L'Occitane UK website. This is one of the very few L'Occitane facial skin care products I have tried and it is not a great start - I don't think I will be venturing into L'Occitane skincare any time soon.
Product description (from L'Occitane UK)
"L'OCCITANE's patented angelia complex reinforces natural skin hydration by stimulating aquaporines, improves skin elasticity and protects from free radicals. Skin is plumped, smoothed and more radiant. Ideal for dry to normal skin."
About the product
I have the small 15ml travel size pot which has the same packaging as the full size but it is miniature. It is a great size to try out, before you potentially buy the full size - full size is 50ml. The facial cream is non-comedogenic which means that it does not clog pores and it is dermatologically tested.
The scent of this facial cream is just gorgeous - it smells really fresh, floral and very summery, I love the scent is is my favourite thing about this product. I wish they made a body cream or shower gel in this scent is would be amazing! Although for facial skincare products I do prefer it if they didn't really have a scent because of my sensitive skin.
Using the product
I have been using this product on and off for a few months as a little of this product goes a very long way and I have been loving another moisturiser (the Organic surge super intensive cream more and I have gone though nearly four tubs of it). The other reason I have had this sample tub for so long is because I can only use it when my skin is practically eczema free as this cream does irritate my skin to an extent. The cream has a cream/gel texture which makes it nice to apply as it is slightly cooling on the skin and it feels light. Although the gel does feel greasy/oily on my skin while I apply it and afterwards which I really do not like. I find it does not offer enough hydration for my dry sensitive skin and I just can't stand the feeling of it on my skin as it is very greasy feeling, it doesn't seem to absorb into the skin and it does irritate my skin to an extent making it a bit itchy. Overall, I love the packaging and the scent is just gorgeous but the cream/gel feels very greasy on my skin and it irritates my skin.
Price and availability
I have the travel size version which you can actually buy, it is priced at £10.50 usually but today (25/02/2014) it is reduced to £6.30 on the L'Occitane UK website. The full size 50ml pot is a £32 which I think is quite expensive for a facial moisturiser.
*Nice packaging and I love the brand overall
*Gorgeous fresh, floral summery scent
*The cream/gel feels very greasy/oily on my skin while applying and afterwards
*The product irritates my skin to an extent
Thank you for reading my review
Finding a moisturiser that actually does the job it claims can be quite rare and over the years I have probably spent a small fortune in finding a moisturiser and although I have found a few pretty good ones I am never quite satisfied. Therefore when I can try travel or sample size moisturisers at a heavily reduced rate then I will in the bid to that perfect moisturiser. I am a subscriber to The Latest In Beauty a website where you can buy travel sized products basically to try before you buy. One item I noticed and promptly bought was the L'Occitane Angelica Hydration Cream.
Once I knew I was going to receive a decent sized sample of this I immediately went onto L'Occitane's website to see what other people had said and the majority of comments/reviews were all positive. L'Occitane if you don't already know is a French company who make and create products using natural ingredients which are generally sourced in Provence. L'Occitane have a small selection of stores around the UK and do have smaller stockists in larger department stores but have a very good website should you want to order their products.
The L'Occitane Angelica Hydration cream is one product in the 'Angelica' range which L'Occitane make. Now I don't have the full size version of this cream but I have the travel size which provides me with up to 2 weeks ofapplications. However, the cream itself comes in a lovely opaque pale apple green coloured jar which has a white screw top and comes in a little green and white floral box. The 'Angelica' range all have the same coloured packaging so you can tell they belong to the same range. On the little jar is the L'Occitane logo together with product name. Because this is classed as a travel sized sample it does have limited information.
The key ingredient to the L'Occitane Angelica Hydration Cream is oddly enough angelica oil! For those of you that don't know the oil is extracted from a place called Angelica Archangelica. It is known for its sweet yet herbal aroma which can be widely used for a whole host of ailments such as coughs, indigestion, gout and arthritis. L'Occitane source their organic angelica from the Drome region in France although the angelica plant does originally come from Africa.
The L'Occitane Angelica products are all made to help re-nourish the skin. The aim of the rehydration cream is to stimulate your skin's aquaporines whilst helping to improve the skins elasticity as well as protect your skin whilst keeping it moisturised and nourished. I suffer with dry skin which can sometimes be quite sensitive and the Angelica Hydration Cream is perfectly suitable as it is labelled as suitable for dry to normal skin types. Now I tend to keep on top of my skins dryness but I do opt for products suited to dry skin as it is essential that my skin keeps as much moisture as possible.
As soon as I peeled back the foil seal I was met with a bright white cream which does have a very fresh almost herbal aroma which one reviewer called freshly cut grass! Now whilst I wouldn't have said its aroma resembles freshly cut grass it certainly has an earthy smell which does actually make a nice change from the more floral moisturisers you can buy. Despite its quite refreshing earthy tones it isn't an overwhelming fragrance just nicely subtle. It has a lovely medium to thick consistency which is incredibly light to the touch, not heavy in the slightest and definitely does not have a greasy feel to it.
I tend to use the cream on an evening as I find its aroma although refreshing it is also quite relaxing at the same time. The cream needs to be used on clean skin so after removing make up and cleansing/toning etc to get the best results. Simply apply a small amount of the hydration cream and gently massage in. It certainly doesn't take long for the cream to absorb which is nice and you are not left with the feeling of a greasy layer or residue to your skin. Although you can tell you've applied the cream as your face feels instantly soft and smooth and of course you have that subtle herbal aroma.
So does it actually work? I've been using this for a few weeks as I've made my travel sized jar last for quite a while and I have no complaints whatsoever. It is absorbed easily into my skin and I manage to wake up after at least a 7 or 8 hour sleep and my skin still feels incredibly soft. I do suffer with dry skin and this hydration cream has managed to keep the dryness at bay and on the whole my skin certainly looks a lot healthier and definitely brighter so much so I've even had my father comment on my skin which is incredibly surprising and there must be a considerable difference for him to even notice! Definitely a cream which has helped my skin have a radiant glow that it was lacking. I can't recommend this highly and I'm very much considering paying the full price for a jar!
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Availability: L'Occitane stores and stockists
Misc: Dermatologically tested. Non-comedogenic
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