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L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream
Member Name: elysia2003
L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream
Advantages: Light and delicately scented
Disadvantages: Not quite the cherry bomb I hoped for
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: Cherry blossom hand cream - expensive but worth it.
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