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I received this L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream some months ago as part of a birthday present from a friend who is a big fan of L'Occitane products.
Having tried out the Rose 4 Rheines hand cream for a while, I wasn't overly keen to try out the Cherry Blossom Petal-Soft version of the hand cream; having not been overly impressed with the former.
L'Occitane advises that this hand cream is enriched in Shea butter and vitamin E and that its light texture "protects hands from daily aggressions". They also claim that it is not greasy, a claim with which I have to agree. The fragrance itself is derived from "the poetic beauty of Cherry Blossom .and its delicate flowers during the first days of spring".
The hand cream is presented in a very pale peach coloured tube with a practical twist lid to allow the cream to be dispensed (even with a little label showing you the direction to twist it towards "on  off" which is helpful. The tube stands upright and is practically designed in that the lid rests at the bottom. The tube of cream is contained within an attractive box (somewhat more pleasing to the eye than the Rose 4 Rheines packaging I felt) which would actually make this product a nice gift to give someone who likes hand cream, in fact, the box is so pretty, I just don't want to throw it away! I like the fact that the cream is dispensed from the bottom of the tube as this makes it easier to get the last of the remaining cream when the product is nearly finished.
This hand cream is available in a standard 75ml tube or a travel size of 30ml priced at around £14 and £8 respectively from L'Occitane directly although if you shop around online you can probably find these products slightly cheaper (prices correct at time of writing).
As with the Rose version I found that there were several good points about this cherry scented hand cream. One of them is that a little goes a long way so you do feel you're getting your good value when using the product as it can last for ages. You only need to dispense the cream in small quantities to us, e.g. a standard pea size or just slightly bigger is sufficient to get a decent coverage for both hands.
The second good point is that when rubbing the cream into your hands there is a very luxurious feel to the process, so cherish the moments of massaging the cream into your hands! I would agree that the feeling when applying the cream is petal-soft (hence the product being branded as a "petal-soft hand cream") and the cream absorbs into your skin with great ease.
When applying the cream there is a distinct but light scent of cherry blossom which emanates and this is very pleasant. It's definitely not as over-powering as the rose version of the hand cream and I find this scent actually more likeable, although the scent itself doesn't last as long after applying as the rose scent does; which could be a plus or a minus depending on whether or not you like your hands to smell like cherry blossom. This and other varieties in the range may not be suitable for people who prefer unscented hand creams.
The main negative for me about this hand cream is that I don't think it's practical for someone who's looking for a moisturising product that's long-lasting. Its non-greasy claims are definitely true, it definitely doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy but on the flip side of that, it doesn't exactly have a lasting effect with one's hand feeling like they need more cream applied within 10-15 minutes which is really not practical for me personally as I just can't be reaching for a hand cream 3 or 4 times an hour during my busy working day. I would add here that I made my husband try both this and the rose version to make sure this product was not something unsuited to my hands/skin but he found the same problem, dry hands again within 10 minutes. In fact, we'd both go as far to say that this seems to dry out your hands more than if you hadn't applied hand cream at all!
Due to this hand creams short-term moisturising quality I am unable to give L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Petal-Soft Hand Cream any more than 3 out of 5 stars. I do suggest that this would make a decent gift for someone who likes to use hand cream very regularly and who would appreciate the pleasant cherry blossom scent.
Rather than listing all of the ingredients I'm just listing a few:
Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cetearl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetyl Alcohol, Corn Starch modified, Prunus Cerasus (Bitter Cherry) Extract, Cocus Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cera Alba/Beeswax, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract and Parfum.
I received this L'Occitane cherry blossom petal soft hand cream as one of my Christmas presents from my sister in law and this is one that I was glad to unwrap. I like L'Occitane products in general as I usually find them to be good quality but I don't buy them too often as they are on the more expensive side (this hand cream is £14.00 for 75ml which is more than I would normally pay) so I think they make great gifts.
The packaging of this one is nice as the tube comes inside a little box and they are also able to gift wrap them in the shop. The tube itself has a nice design and a slightly unusual opening mechanism, as you twist the top to open or close the hole where the cream comes out, so there is no flip top or screw top. This is nice but the only thing is you have to make sure you do twist it back or you risk making a massive mess if the tube is in your bag. I do prefer this tube to the usual metal tubes from L'Occitane as those ones can get bashed out of shape and end up looking scruffy more easily, whereas this one does keep its shape and is a bit hardier.
The cherry blossom scent is one which appeals to me as I love cherry trees and so it is a good association. The cream smells lovely, light and delicately floral, definitely not too overpowering and not too old fashioned. This scent is suitable for any age in my opinion. The cream contains a cherry extract from France.
The cream is an off white colour and has a medium texture, fairly light but definitely not at all watery. It is very easy to rub in and feels creamy, luxurious and soft on my hands. It absorbs easily and quickly without leaving my hands feeling at all greasy, tacky or anything like that. It contains Shea butter and vitamin E which are good ingredients for moisturisation. It also has glycerin and coconut oil in it. It moisturises well and leaves my skin feeling soft and supple. This is great to use on my hands after I have washed them or when they are feeling a bit dry due to the cold weather.
I would recommend it.
Enriched with Shea Butter and Vitamin E, this lightly textured cream nourishes and protects hands from daily aggressions / They are soft, moisturised and delicately perfumed with Cherry Blossom's fresh and floral scent /