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      06.03.2014 23:03
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      Definitely worth buying

      L'occitane hand cream is brilliant. There are lots of different fragrances however Cherry Blossom is one of my favourites. The fragrance is light and not at all over powering. I use L'occitane hand cream mainly because of the non-greasy feeling it leaves. I think that if a hand cream isn't greasy then it will be applied much more regularly and regular applications ensure that hands are left soft.

      I recently bought a magazine purely because it had a L'occitane hand cream as it's free gift. Gift sets made up of five different fragrance hand creams are well worth buying as they work out cheaper overall and you can switch it up. The smaller size are perfect for carrying around in your handbag. I have these scattered around everywhere!

      I definitely think that this range of hand creams are one of the best in the market right now so find your favourite!

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      31.01.2014 16:36
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      A new favourite product for me

      I recently took advantage of a Facebook promotion L'occitane have been running. You 'like' their Facebook page, fill in your details, and they email you a code. You take the code into one of their stores and pick up a free set of three mini hand creams - an almond one, a shea butter one, and the cherry blossom one which I am reviewing now. These come in a little woollen knitted pouch, and at 10ml each are a great way to try some new products for free.

      I am really impressed with all three hand creams, particularly the cherry blossom one, I think it will be my new favourite and I plan to buy a full sized one once the free tube has all gone.

      The hand cream comes in a silver tube with a simple black screw top lid. There is a picture of cherry blossom on the front of the tube and the design makes it look like a high quality product to me.

      The cream itself is white in colour and medium-thick in consistency. Only a small pea-sized amount is needed to cover both hands and it spreads really well and a little goes a long way. The cream rubs into the skin straight away, leaving no greasiness or residue whatsoever. It left my hands beautifully soft and there was none of the waiting for it to soak in that there often is - it was all soaked in within about 30 seconds.

      The cream smells gorgeous too - I don't know whether it particularly smells of cherry blossom as this isn't a smell I'm familiar with, but it has a beautiful, subtle, elegant smell to it. I think this smell would suit most people as it was very pleasant and didn't smell particularly young or old. The smell lasted quite a few hours on my hands, as did the softness.

      Overall, I think this is about the best hand cream I've used. The fact it left my hands so soft, left no greasy residue, and smells delightful mean it ticks all the boxes I would want in a hand cream.

      The 30ml tube is £8 which is more than I would normally pay for a small hand cream but in this case I think it is worth it.

      Giving away free products certainly worked in L'occitane's favour in this case as they've gained a new hand cream customer!

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        28.01.2014 12:10
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        great hand cream

        As some of you may know I am a big fan of Loccitane and I have a wide range of their products to use from Xmas. In one of my gift sets it had a little tube of cherry blossom hand cream just like in the picture above and what a lovely hand cream it was!!

        Price/Availability/Packaging

        The cherry blossom hand cream is part of a range of products both within the cherry blossom range and also as part of the hand cream scents range from Loccitane. It is available via Loccitane direct both in store and online. Places like Debenhams and John Lewis also sell the Loccitane range of which this hand cream is widely available in their stores. Online it is available from HQ hair, Amazon and other third party sellers. The size available is 75ml for around £14 or 30ml for £8, 10ml sizes are available but form part of a gift set and cannot be bought on its own. Loccitane and other sellers do tend to have offers and gift set offers on so its possible to get this cheaper so shop around. Its packaged in a simple foil like tube as is most Loccitane hand cream. It has a simple cherry blossom picture and advises what it is on the front and a black lid which screws off to reveal the cream.

        Smell/use

        Upon opening the tube I am greeted with a lovely hint of cherry blossom which reminds me of a warm summer day. I have the cherry blossom EDP and this smells exactly like that which is great as the EDP is one of my favourite scents at the moment. I apply around a 2 pea sized amount to my palm and gently rub in coating my fingers and back of hands as well. The cream settles well on the skin, its not greasy or sticky, it has the lovely scent of summer and leaves me skin feeling soft and smelling great. I got a small 30ml tube for xmas and its lasted me a good few weeks, its one I like to keep at work as I mainly use hand cream at work. During the winter I find my hands can be dry in patches and causes sore areas, this helps keep my hands feeling soft and moisturised and doesn't sting if applying to dry skin although I would advise checking to make sure its ok for those with skin conditions before using. I apply this often throughout the day and I love it!

        Overall

        As part of the Loccitane cherry blossom range it smells great, as a hand cream it works at softening my hands and keeping them protected from the winter chills. I have nearly used all my cream up however it is one I will most definitely look at buying and using again.

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        22.01.2014 10:20
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        A great hand cream brand

        I've never actually bought a L'Occitaine hand cream, but I'm becoming something of an expert on them, as I keep getting them free with magazines! This means that I am never short of hand cream and I enjoy getting to try this brand.

        This Cherry Blossom hand cream was one of the first ones I got. A 75ml tube costs £14 and a 30ml tube costs £8 - though I got mine in a £4 magazine which I was very happy with! The metal tube is attractive and sturdy - despite carrying it around in my bag almost continuously, it hasn't been damaged or broken at all. The screw top, too, is very secure, although a flip top lid might make it easier to use on the go.

        The tube is decorated with a pale pink flower pattern, very delicate and attractive. L'Occitaine has an entire range of Cherry Blossom products: I haven't tried any but I would like to. The hand cream contains shea butter and vitamin E, to nourish and moisturise while adding a delicate perfume to hands.

        I have been very impressed with this hand cream. Only a very small amount is needed, and the hand cream has a very light pleasant floral scent which lingers on the skin. The cream is not at all greasy, and sinks in to the skin well. The cream does an effective job of moisturising hands, without irritating skin. It is a fairly light cream, so is probably better for summer rather than winter use. However, it works surprisingly well for such a light cream.

        I definitely recommend this lovely hand cream - perhaps not for the current season, but for something to keep in mind for the warmer weather next year.

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          01.02.2013 18:33
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          It is a lovely treat

          L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream

          I have recently discovered the L'Occitane range, and on a recent visit to one of their stores picked up a 30ml tube of their cherry blossom hand cream. I was informed that this contains 2 -5 % shea butter which will help to keep your hands soft, supple and moisturised.

          The product itself is not greasy, and is lighter than some of their other hand creams (notably their shea butter one that has 20% shea in it), and is quickly absorbed on the skin. It will leave your hands feeling wonderful, and lightly scented. It has a lovely floral aroma, and at this time of year (January) it has been working wonders on my hands. When I first picked up this product I had dry cracked knuckles which this cream did cope with well, however the 20% cream may have managed to resolve that issue quicker.

          The company refer to this as their travel size (30ml), and it comes in a lovely vintage looking silver 'foil' tube that is nicely reinforced so that it will not split or leak in your bag. It has delicate line drawings on the tube, that to me make the cream look classy, and pretty. The hexagonal lid is easy to remove, and replace after use, but it is easily dropped or lost. (Thankfully only temporarily for me, but this could be an issue on the go, for example on a train).

          The cream cost £8, which for me seemed a little steep, but it was packaged in a lovely little paper bag, with scented tissue paper, which for me adds to the experience of shopping in the L'Occitane shop. These products are available on-line, but I have to say I find the shop I have been to a lovely relaxing place, with bundles of lavender hanging from the ceiling making the shop a wonderfully relaxing place to go. With the packaging I would say these would make a lovely gift, as they do come so beautifully presented.

          It gets the full 5*'s from me, as it is a wonderful piece of luxury.

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            29.09.2012 14:03
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            A lovely hand cream with a gorgeous fragrance

            I am a huge fan of the brand L'Occitane and I do like to indulge every now and then. My parents live about 3 miles from a L'Occitane store which for me is potentially quite dangerous as I always end up coming out with a few items which I really don't need, it is more of "I want"! One of their items I really do like is their hand cream and everyone I have tried has proven to be a big hit so when I'm looking for a good quality hand cream I tend to head to L'Occitane.

            I do suffer with dry skin on my hands simply due to the daily wear and tear they have to go through and my current hand bag hand cream is L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Handcream or if feeling French Fleurs de Cerisier. I love their cherry blossom range and have quite a few of the products so it was only natural for me to buy the hand cream especially as I really do love the fragrance the cherry blossom range has.

            The Cherry Blossom Hand Cream (or crème mains!) is like I said part of the rather large Cherry Blossom collection and it is enriched with shea butter which of course is well known for its moisturising properties but it is also teamed with coconut and sunflower oil extracts as well as beeswax all added to help nourish and protect the skin. To give the 'cherry' part to the hand cream L'Occitane sourced cherry extract from Luberon in Provence for an authentic aroma.

            All of L'Occitane's hand creams come in a rather retro packaging, a long slim metal type tube with a screw on top. The tube is silver in colour with a very simple cherry blossom pink imaging on the front of the tube. The L'Occitane logo together with the product name is on the front and on the back there is a small amount of information about the hand cream together with the list of ingredients and the contact information for L'Occitane should you want to write to them in France.

            The hand cream itself is white in colour and has a medium thickness which is easily squeezed out of the tube but it can come out quite quickly so you can't be too heavy handed. It has a lovely soft and rich consistency which is teamed with a gorgeously sweet but floral aroma which I think is absolutely wonderful fragrance as although it isn't sickly sweet it is incredibly fragrant and definitely noticeable but in a very good way. I do find with L'Occitane that their aromas are quite authentic rather than a cheap synthetic alternative.

            I have found that the trick with the L'Occitane shea butter hand creams is not to use too much as although they do claim to give a non-greasy finish if you use too much your skin simply cannot absorb it all. Therefore, just use a pea sized amount and it should do the trick easily. Shea butter melts upon heat although the cream is obviously soft already it does make it easy to blend and massage into your skin as well as being easily absorbed.

            I find within a few seconds of massing the cream in it is already absorbing and sinking into the skin. Fortunately it does live up to L'Occitane's claims of being non-greasy as once it is absorbed there is no residue left behind, no stickness where you feel like you are constantly waiting for it to absorb. Best of all the gorgeous fragrance lingers and will stay on your skin for a few hours which is nicely subtle. Every time I apply this cream my hands do feel moisturised for a good few hours so no need to keep re-applying.

            I have no complaints about this hand cream at all. It manages to keep my skin soft and supple whilst being delicate all at the same time. My skin can be sensitive at times and although this is fragranced my skin hasn't been irritated by the cream which is great. Instead, my hands are left with healthy looking skin. If you are looking for an indulgent hand cream which does actually work then this is definitely worth a try. 5 stars from me!

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            Brand: L'Occitane
            Size: 30ml
            Price: £8.00
            Availability: L'Occitane stores and website

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            29.09.2012 11:31
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            L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream

            I first tried a L'Occitane product when I received it as a free gift in a magazine a few years ago and since then I've been hooked. I absolutely love browsing in their shops as we have a really nice one in our local shopping centre as their products always contains the most luxurious ingredients, smell delicious and work really well. L'Occitane en Provence are a French company that produce body & skin care beauty products based on natural & organic essential oils.

            I think one of the product lines they have perfected is their hand lotion and creams and my favourite one in their range is the cherry blossom hand cream. As its now coming up to the winter months I need this cream more than ever as my hands are just crying out for moisture and a little bit of TLC. I like to purchase this hand cream in the travel size as it fits perfectly in my handbag and is always there when I need it. As soon as I put it on my rough hands get softer and this softness really lasts throughout the day although I do need to reapply infrequently. I also really only purchase the travel size as the brand is a bit expensive. At £8 for a small 30ml tube it is expensive and a lot more than other brands out there but the quality is definitely worth it in my opinion. 

            This cherry blossom hand cream is enriched with shea butter and I love it as shea butter really works well on my skin. On the back of the tube it says that this lotion contains a very high content of shea butter and that this hand treatment will protect, nourish and soften your hands as well as leaving it delicately scented. According to L'Occitane shea butter accelerates cellular renewal and repairs the hydrolipidic film, to soften, soothe and comfort skin. It acts as a barrier for skin, helping to prevent moisture loss, and to maintain optimum skin-hydratation levels on your hands.

            The lotion is fairly thick but it absorbs into my hands well. As I have this tube in my handbag I generally put it on my hands when I am in the car just about to go somewhere and the steering wheel never gets greasy so it obviously soaks in quickly. The smell in lovely. In contains cherry extract from Luberon, Provence so its definitely a very authentic smell albeit quite light and delicate and more of a hint rather than a full blown bang in your face sweet cherry smell. 

            The lotion comes in a little silver metal tube which I always like as I think its a really nice way of packaging a hand cream. The top has a screw top cap which is easy to get on and off. Once you start to use the hand cream you can turn up the bottle of the silver tube and move all the cream to the top and I like how this works on a container like this. On the packaging there is a lovely cherry blossom design and it makes it look very pretty and nice. 

            A hand cream that is soothing and healing and one I will continue to use and feel happy to recommend. 

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              28.09.2012 15:28
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              lovely hand cream

              L'Occitane En Provence is a French company who offer a wide range of beauty products. They do not test their products on animals.

              ~Cherry Blossom Hand Cream~

              L'Occitane offer many different hand creams and the one I will be discussing today is the Cherry Blossom Hand Cream. L'Occitane offer quite a lot of cherry blossom scented products including body cream, perfume and soap.

              This hand cream is enriched with skin-softening shea butter. It also contains cherry extract from the Luberon Provence. L'Occitane promote this hand cream as being non greasy and claim that your hands will be left 'nourished, protected and delicately scented'.

              ~Design~

              This hand cream is presented in a beautiful, expensive looking silver tube. The tube is adorned with pink flowers and writing and looks very attractive to the eye. The tube is finished off with a screw cap. This is a handy sized product to pop into your handbag. This product has a 12 month shelf life.

              ~Price~

              A 30ml hand cream can be purchased from www.uk.loccitane.com priced at £8.00. There is a different version available in a 75ml size priced at £14.00. This version contains vitamin E. The travel sized tube is also available as part of a 3 piece trial set priced at £18.00.

              ~My Thoughts~

              I am a huge fan of L'Occitane products and especially adore their hand creams. I normally use the original hand cream but when I received a small tube of this, I was very happy. I find L'Occitane hand creams to be of a high quality and whilst £8.00 may seem a lot given how much product you actually receive, it is very much worth the extra cost in my opinion.

              Not only does the packaging look stylish, the contents of the tube are even better. The hand cream itself is fairly thick and adopts a white, shiny appearance. It doesn't appear to be as rich a cream as the original hand cream that L'Occitane offer. In a way, this is a positive aspect as it means it is more practical to use whilst on the go. Despite being thick and luxurious, this hand cream is lightweight and gentle on the skin.

              I only ever dispense a tiny blob of hand cream and this is more than enough to fully coat my hands in an even layer. The cream feels smooth and very cooling so is a treat to apply to tired and uncomfortable hands. I find this suitable as an everyday hand cream rather than an intensive hand cream. The cream is easily worked into my hands and around my nails without feeling greasy and it absorbs into my skin quickly leaving no residue or tacky feeling.

              The scent of this hand cream is gorgeous and very feminine. I like cherry blossom as a scent and find that L'Occitane offer the nicest variation of this scent that I have tried. It is slightly sweet and delicately floral with a powdery undertone. It does linger on my hands for quite a while and is subtle yet noticeably beautiful. I would imagine many females would appreciate the scent as it doesn't overpower or transfer. It lingers like a soft, relaxed scent.

              Results wise, this hand cream does perform well. It leaves my hands feeling refreshed, soft and smooth on the surface. It doesn't hydrate or moisturise as intensively as the higher shea content hand cream but I am pleased with the results overall. I would say it is more suited to softening the skin rather than penetrated extra dry areas of my hands. I have experienced no irritation from using this hand cream and it is kind to sensitive skin. I need to apply this once or twice a day depending on how often I am washing my hands or which chores I am doing.

              ~Conclusion~

              I really like this hand cream. It leaves my hands feel soft and beautifully scented. It does lose a star for not being as generous with moisture as the original hand cream. This would make a lovely stocking filler or addition to a birthday/Christmas gift set in my opinion.

              4 stars

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                26.09.2012 21:40
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                Cherry blossom hand cream - expensive but worth it.

                The weather is becoming colder again and the nights are drawing in, so now is the time when I start to need products that can cope with the effects that cold and wind have upon my skin. Therefore, during autumn and winter I tend to turn towards L'occitane products, rather than supermarket varieties, as in my opinion they are the best.

                L'occitane has a whole range of hand creams - from ultra-hydrating to light and cooling. The product I am using, and the purpose of this review at the moment, sits nicely between the two ends of spectrum and is perfect for springtime with visions of little pink blossom blowing on the breeze. I would recommend that it is also perfect for this time of year as it's not too heavy that it takes an age to absorb so sits upon the skin doing nothing, but not so light that it's of no consequence.

                As you would expect from it's name, Cherry Blossom hand cream is delicately floral scented. It contains contains cherry extract from Luberon in Provence, France. This is widely considered to be the best available. I did expect more of a cherry 'hit' with this though. I thought the cherry scent could be quite fun; but no, this is definitely floral rather than fruity.

                The Product
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                The tube I own was gifted to me for my birthday by my sister. This is travel sized at only 30ml, and comes in the style of an artists paint tube. The cost on the L'occitane site (loccitane.co.uk) is a whopping £8.00. I recommend purchasing the full sized version as it's a slightly more economical 75ml and £14.00 . The larger size comes in a rather plain looking plastic tube, but looks aren't everything, as it's how this works that matters. Please shop around though, as this product can be purchased from other retailers for a much more respectable price.

                Dispensing the product is easily done, as this is neither gloopy nor watery. Once the white cream is squeezed upon the hand, the product will begin to melt into the skin more or less instantly, leaving no stickiness behind. After application I am able to continue my tasks with ease and without having to wait a while for it to absorb. My skin is left feeling silky smooth, velvety soft, and instantly moisturised.

                Fragrance
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                The fragrance is oh so subtle, so if you dislike highly scented products this hand cream is perfect for you. One would expect a cherry scented product to be fruity and full of vibrant fragrance, yet this is most definitely a subtle cherry blossom scent. If however you dislike floral scents, I can still highly recommend this to you as the scent is so light and indistinct; it could almost be fragrance free. It's soft and delicate, like a breath of fresh air.

                Application
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                I find I am using this hand cream two or three times a day at the moment and will most certainly purchase another when this runs out. As the season changes into winter and I find I need to apply more often I will then change to a more intensely moisturising L'occitane hand cream, but for now, this is perfect.

                Properties
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                L'occitane describes this as being 'Petal Soft', and I would say this is very apt. Your skin is left feeling lightly moisturised and velvety. The added Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant for the skin, and will improve the effectiveness of sun screen, moisturize the skin and also help with age spots on the hands.

                My recommendation
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                I highly recommend this product as being spot on for use in the spring, but so too in the autumn months, due to the added Shea butter and Vitamin E content (it's not intensive enough for winter use); especially if you love lighter scents.

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                  11.04.2012 11:23
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                  I love most L'Occitane products and the Cherry Blossom range is my favourite, so I was very pleased when my husband bought me the hand cream as a present for christmas. The tube comes in 30ml and is made of soft plastic with a small black screw lid, which is eay to undo and is secure, I tend to carry it in my handbag and I've never experienced problems of it comming off. The tube is silver and decorated with dark pink lettering and a lighter pink and white picture of cherry blossom flowers, it gives a sense that the hand cream is very feminine.

                  The cream itself is enriched with shea butter, which is what makes the product so luxurious in my opinion. It is fairly light in texture, is slightly off white and is creamy without being too thick. It soaks into the sink well without leaving a behind any residue or stickiness. It leaves my hands feeling soft and smooth and definatley improves the skins suppleness. I use the hand cream several times a day, usually after having washed my hands to restore any lost moisture. I have very dry and sensitive skin on my hands and the cream has never irritated my skin and it also leaves it feeling smooth and silky. You only need to use a small amount so it lasts for ages.

                  The Cherry Blossom range also includes a shimmering body lotion, perfume, and shower gel, all of which smell and are great to use.

                  The scent of the product is soft and feminine, with a slight sweetness, the cherry blossom comes through and provides a lovely soft flower scent that lingers for a long time after application. The cream contains extracts of cherry sourced from the Luberon, Provence, France.

                  The hand cream currently retails at £8 per 30ml on the L'Occitane website, and its worth every penny in my opinion. L'Occitane are well known for using top quality, natural ingredients and I believe that this shows through in the overall quality of their products.

                  I would definatley recommend this hand cream to others.

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                    21.01.2012 10:27
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                    Have silky soft hands

                    This is the second hand cream I have reviewed which came in a set of L'Occitane hand creams I received as a gift.

                    L'Occitane is a good quality brand and I particularly love their shea butter products. The cherry blossom range is among their top selling products and as I don't really know what Cherry Blossom smells like I was looking forward to trying this one.

                    As my hand cream is part of a set it comes in a really useful 15ml size which is perfect for popping in a handbag. This particular size comes in a silver plastic tube with a black lid, which is easy to unscrew.

                    What I have discovered as I have tried the different creams in my set is that L'Occitane vary the consistency of their hand creams and so although this contains shea butter , it is not the same texture as the other shea butter hand creams as they obviously vary the amounts and formula they use in each cream.
                    The cherry blossom hand cream contains shea butter , but it is not as rich as the Shea Butter hand cream.
                    The consistency is gorgeous it is very creamy and silky and it melts into your hands , leaving them feeling soft , with a very light sheen . With a quality hand cream you don't need much and like all the other L'Occitane hand creams this absorbs very quickly and within seconds you can if you wish apply more.
                    It isn't greasy and I don't know how they manage this , given this product is creamy and silky and very hydrating.

                    This is a light to medium floral scent of French cherry blossom from Provence , which I think is like the lovely pink blossom tree we have here that flowers late Spring which looks gorgeous . I like the scent but I don't think I would like this as an all over body product as I think it could get a little sickly and heavy , but it is nice as a hand cream and the scent lasts a long time.

                    L'Occitane try to use ingredients from sustainable sources and wherever possible from organic farms. They also use the highest quality and grade of each ingredient which possibly explains why their products are quite expensive. This is very evident in all their products as the scents smell very natural and this one in particular is very long lasting.

                    They do not test on animals and do not use any ingredients of animal origin with the exception of beehive products like honey and royal jelly.

                    Would I Recommend
                    Yes, I really like this one, it is coming very close to my favourite which us the Shea Butter as I like prefer the sheen this leaves on my hands as it is not as shiny as the Shea Butter. My only reservation is the scent , which I like but don't adore and I know that I would not use this if I had a headache as flowery scents always make my headaches worse. So this scent might not be to everyones taste, but the texture of the cream is fabulous.

                    Price and Availability
                    30ml for £7.50 from L'Occitane online
                    Or QVC include 30ml of this in a set they do which with postage works out at £4.83 for 30ml , but you do have to buy the set. Which is £20.70 + 3.45 postage. So although you do have to buy a set of 10 15ml tubes this comes in at £2.67 cheaper than the individual tube.

                    I would like to give this 4.5 stars as I don't adore the scent.

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                    An effective hand cream

                    My mum got this l'occitane hand cream for Christmas but, as she doesn't use handcreams, I was lucky and got to inherit it! It's a really great handcream and I will definitely be buying more when I run out of this one which will probably be quite soon!
                    I usually put the cream on just before I go to bed as it does take a few minutes to properly soak in. Once it is soaked in it doesn't leave a greasy residue but just lovely silky hands. My hands are quite dry, especially in the cold, and I have noticed a difference since using the cream.
                    The cherry blossom scent is delicious, it's isn't too overpowering but provides a nice hint of a smell. Obviously I didnt pay for this cream and I know they are quite expensive. Howver I think you do pay for the quality you get from the cream and I would be happy to pay that price for the product. Overall I have found this cream very effective and have no hesitation recommending it.

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                    Another lovely hand cream from L'Occitane.

                    For Christmas I was given a gift set of 5 L'Occitane hand creams, and yes as you can tell from the timing of this review, I ripped it open prematurely! One of the creams is the Cherry Blossom fragrance. The little tube which contains 15ml (half of their normal smallest size of 30ml which costs around £7.00) is exactly same in appearance as the 30ml, and is the same as the Dooyoo picture. The larger size of 75ml has different packaging.

                    The first thing I notice about this is that it isn't such good value as the rich shea butter hand cream which comes in 150ml tubes, the largest size I've seen this in is 75mls and it costs £13.50 on the L'Occitane website, which is nearly as much as the 150mls of the other variety. I do find L'Occitane products to be expensive and couldn't buy them for everyday use but if I could afford it I would definitely splash out on their handcreams; they are fabulous quality.

                    L'Occitane's hand creams are the best I've come across, there are lots of lovely creams I haven't tried yet though so I can't say they'll never be surpassed for me, but as yet they are my go to product when my hands feel ropey. This variety contains their trademark shea butter though not in the same high concentration as their shea butter original hand cream, vitamin E and glycerin amongst other things, all things which either contain excellent moisturising properties and or antioxidants.

                    The cream is white and has a feather light texture almost gel like which smoothes into the skin instantly leaving it velvety soft with not a trace of grease to be seen or felt. There is absolutely no tackiness or prolonged absorption period with this cream.

                    The scent is pleasant and quite floral, though I can't tell whether it is cherry blossom or not as I've never really smelt cherry blossom. To me it smells a little rose like with a bit of a 'ping' at the back of the nose. The scent isn't overpowering but has a definite 'perfumey' quality about it. It does have some staying power and I catch little hints of it as I go about my business for an hour or so afterwards.

                    As with all L'Occitane products it's ethically produced using plant products and oils and the only thing derived from animals that you will find in their ranges is honey and beeswax, even the glycerine is vegetable based

                    For me this cream isn't as effective at moisturising as the original shea butter variety, and although it is much better and longer lasting than most creams I've yet bought in places like Tesco (nivea, etc) it doesn't have the staying power of its richer sister.

                    This cream sinks into my skin fast (as mentioned) which is good but I don't feel that my hands have been quite 'satisfied' and I need to used a little more of this than the richer version. So I don't think a full size tube of this would last me that long, I would probably use it once or twice a day or before going out to conserve it a bit, using other cheaper products in between.

                    However it's a beautiful cream with a lovely feminine scent and it doesn't irritate my skin which can be quite sensitive. I'd highly recommend this cream for those who love a floral fragrance and aren't looking for a rich thick cream for very dry, damaged or older skin.

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                      12.12.2011 12:55
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                      A lovely product which is a godsend in this cold weather!

                      I recently decided to treat myself to some more luxurious hand cream as the winter is definitely taking its toll on my hands, they are defintely drying out and in need of some moisture! I ventured into L'Occitane as I had heard they did some particularly nice hand creams which are priced at £7.50 for a 30ml tube. This is definitely more then I usually pay but I thought it wasn't too bad.

                      After perusing the different scents available I settled on the cherry blossom scent, which is light and very fresh with definite flowery tones, which would make sense as it is cherry blossom. The hand cream is housed in a tube the same shape as toothpaste tubes, with a black screw top lid. The lid secures tightly and I am not concerned about this product leaking in my bag at all, I also find that the shape of the tube is perfect for getting every last drop of product out!

                      The cream itself is between white and very pale pink in colour, perfectly fitting with the cherry blossom theme. It is very light although not too runny, I find I need only apply a small amount and it then thins out enough to cover both hands adequately. The best part of this product is that it is the fastest absorbing hand cream I have ever found, which is perfect for being on the go and not having time to wait for creams to sink in. Since using this product I have definitely found that my hands are regaining some moisture and are much smoother. I love this product so much I have already bought another three to give out as Christmas presents!

                      I will definitely be repurchasing, although it is slightly more then I usually pay I really enjoy using it and will definitely keep a constant supply in my bag! In order to offset the cost I think I might keep using the soap and glory hand food when I'm in the house though as I have time to let it sink in more.

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                        17.04.2011 15:05
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                        an average hand cream

                        I've got very dry skin on my hands at the moment, so I'm using hand cream a lot more. Just before I got married, I was given a L'Occitane gift set which included a small tube of hand cream. The gift set focused around the cherry blossom fragrance.

                        The packaging is slightly different depending on what size tube you buy. I received the 30ml handbag sized tube in my gift set and it's packaged in a lovely flexible silver tube covered in pretty drawings of cherry blossom. All finished with a black twistable lid.
                        The packaging fits the expensive image of the French company, as well as the price tag. The small 30ml tube will set you back approx £7, whilst the larger £75ml is averagely £13.

                        First impressions when I opened the tube was the lovely delicate aroma of cherry. It's a sweet fragrance, and very well matched to a fresh cherry. Thankfully it's also not too strong in power as I think this would ruin the appeal for me if it were.
                        The cream itself is not too thick, but at the same time it does have some consistency to it. I learnt very quickly that you only need a miniscule amount to get good coverage on your hands. I wouldn't use anything larger than a five pence piece for each application. I'm glad you don't need a lot otherwise it would work out to be more expensive than it already is.

                        I found the cream glides over my hands well and doesn't take long to sink into my skin. My hands do feel slightly greasy to the touch for a while, but they're not unpleasant and I can get on with normal routine after applying.
                        I like the fact I can still smell the fragrance for a decent amount of time after applying the cream. In fact I think the aroma lasts longer than the feeling of smoothness you get on your hands.
                        I find that once I apply the cream then the palms of my hands, knuckles and digits do feel moisturised which is a nice feeling. I have very dry skin around my nails, and this is always been a problem for me. Sadly this hand cream doesn't go a long way to help with my problem.

                        The need to apply this hand cream is fairly constant when compared to other brands I have used. This is a shame as you will go through a tube very quickly if you let yourself keep applying it. The smell is addictive enough as it is.
                        I also found that when I leave in my pocket, the tube feels quite softer than normal, and I worry that the cream inside is almost melting. I have made myself leave this in my handbag rather than anywhere too hot now which is a shame.

                        Overall, I think this is a lovely hand cream to give your nostrils and skin a treat every now and again, but it won't do you any favours if you're trying to resurrect difficult areas of hard skin.

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                      • Product Details

                        L'Occitane Cherry Blossom celebrates the poetic beauty of the cherry blossom and its delicate, feminine flowers during the first days of spring. The cherry tree is part of the Provencal landscape. It is widespread in the Apt region, in Luberon, and changes colours with the seasons, making it a source of inspiration for artist. Pure white in spring, bright red in summer and soft green in autumn. Enriched with shea butter, this creamy and non-greasy moisturiser nourishes and protects hands, leaving them delicately scented.