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This is a little wonder product to carry around when you're travelling or at meetings etc.
This is an extra wonder product due to the P.D.O [Protected design of origin] meaning that the lavender oil in this product is pure and regulated by top industry experts for fantastic results.
I thought this may remind me of the lavender me Nana used to use, but this is not like that at all.
The lavender is beautiful, soft and gentle smelling.
The cream itself is thick and does tend to take a while to sink in but well worth the extra time it takes.
Personally I love using moisture gloves and applying a generous layer of cream on throughout the night so that it the morning they are in tip top condition.
Again this is pricey at £14 and it last well but if you're like me and it's a daily thing and you re-apply three times a day expect it to vanish quickly but with amazing results for your hand.
As the last reviewer mentions this hand cream has quite recently been rebranded, but the product is identical to the old Lavender Harvest.
I don't usually buy expensive toiletries and beauty products but I got my first L'Occitane hand creams as a little gift set of three minis and straight away I was hooked. This one is my favourite and it's always in my handbag.
I love the smell of lavender and this hand cream smells exactly like standing in a lavender field and breathing in that fresh, sweet smell of fresh lavender. It's considered a bit of an 'old ladies' scent for some reason but the smell of this cream is totally young and fresh and anything but elderly! It has real staying power too, so even an hour or so after applying there is still a faint scent on the hands.
The cream seems to go a long way and one tube lasts me ages. It goes on smoothly and leaves my hands feeling incredibly soft and smooth.
For me, the only disadvantage of this cream is the price - I do find myself rationing it a bit so that it lasts longer, and feel vaguely guilty spending so much on a bi of hand cream - but then everybody deserves the odd bit of luxury!
For many years now I have suffered with very dry skin on my hands. It's quite frustrating really as the skin on the rest of me is great and gives me no problem whatsoever! Over the years I must have tried almost all the handcreams available in the supermarket or high street chemist but to no avail. Once I'd applied each cream my dry skin would slurp up the cream like a sponge and within a few minutes be dry again. Around 18 months ago I discovered the L'Occitane range of hand creams and found the ones formulated with shea butter really do soothe my hands and make them soft and supple again. I have slowly been trying the various handcreams in the L'Occitane range, but the only downside is that at £8.00 for a 30ml tube they are a little pricey. Imagine my delight when on my birthday a couple of months ago my sister bought me a selection of handcreams to try! One of the ones included was the Lavender Harvest hand cream which I shall review today.
The hand cream comes packaged in a silver foil tube with a cream label containing the product name in French and English printed on it. Like all L'Occitane handcreams this tube has a small black screw-on lid which makes the product stand out from others on the shelves but in practice is a little fiddly to use. The cream contains lavender essential oil from Haute Provence. Lavender is known for it's ability to calm and soothe the senses and is often used as a sleeping aid.
Squeezing the tube releases a white coloured cream. Now all the other L'Occitane hand creams I have tried in the past have contained a large proportion of shea butter and so have had a fairly thick consistency so was surprised at how thin this was in comparison. It's not overly watery but flows out of the tube with minimal effort. The other hand creams I have tried in the L'Occitane range contain around 20% shea butter but judging by the lavender hand cream's consistency I'd say this contains a lot less.
I squeezed out a small blob, about the size of a 5p piece and rubbed this into my hands. I was pleased to note that the cream was easily absorbed into my skin. As I rubbed this in the scent of lavender hit my nose. This is really strong stuff! It smells very natural and not at all synthetic. For me it conjured up pleasant memories of my trip to Nice where I spent some time wandering around the market looking at stalls with lavender based soaps and cosmetics. It was nice initially but for me it really was a little too strong and overall not one that I was overly enamoured with. The scent also lingers for quite a while which for me was not great but if you're a fan of lavender then you'll love it.
Once rubbed in my hands felt silky smooth, although I have to admit they did feel quite greasy for the first few minutes, which is not something I have experienced with any of the other L'Occitane hand creams I have used. Unfortunately the softness in my experience also didn't last as long as with the hand creams made with shea butter and withing 15-20 minutes my hands were starting to feel dry again and so I had to reapply the cream. With a shea butter enriched handcream I can go for a couple of hours before I need to reapply the cream.
I always like to know a little about the company that I purchase cosmetics from in terms of their ethics and 'naturalness' of their products. L'Occitane was founded in 1976 by Olivier Baussan, at the age of 23, who wanted to create products that captured the tradition and values of his childhood in Provence. They pledge to use natural, active ingredients that are organic where possible and are sourced largely from Provence or the Mediterranean.
The products are not, nor have they ever been tested on animals and nor are the ingredients used and the company is a member of PETA. All the products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, with the exception of the beehive products containing honey or Royal jelly. Further information is available on their website. This deserves a special mention as I found the site extremely interesting. There is a section which contains details of each of the ingredients used in L'Occitane products, what their role is and which products contain them.
Overall I thought this hand cream was just 'ok'. I think it's not really suited for very dry skin like mine and for me a hand cream containing more shea butter is much more effective. I am also not too fond of the scent which is really nice initially but a bit overpowering after a while. If you have more normal skin on your hands I am sure that this cream would be effective at keeping your hands soft and supple. Unfortunately it wasn't too effective on my dry skin and I shall be continuing with the rest of my selection of handcreams which all contain shea butter, once this handcream is finished.
One of the set of 5 15ml tubes of L'Occitane's hand creams that I received for Christmas is the Lavender scent. I normally avoid lavender scented products as I've never been keen on the smell. However this item has changed my mind on lavender completely and this is by far my favourite of the scented selection of L'Occitane's hand creams. It is absolutely gorgeous and I'm going to be looking on their website for more related products. For me the scent is what really makes this a standout product I never realised how delicious and seductive while remaining fresh and clean lavender could smell. This may be connected to the way they source their raw ingredients from top quality suppliers and locations. L'Occitane is particularly proud of its lavender and I would go as far as to say it's their longstanding signature ingredient other than the shea butter.
This is what L'Occitane says about their lavender "L'OCCITANE uses lavender that is exclusively sourced from farmers' cooperatives on the Plateau de Sault in Haute-Provence. Its scent captures the soul of Provence, calming and soothing the senses". If you'd like to find out more about L'Occitane's dedication to ethical practices (amongst other things they do not test on, or use animal products in their products - other than from bees) and social responsibility you can find plenty of information on their website: http://uk.loccitane.com/FO/Content/About/True-Stories.aspx
The little tube is as the Dooyoo picture but in miniature and is easy to handle and dispense the cream from.
The cream itself is very similar in texture to the Rose and Cherry Blossom varieties in that it's light, with a hint of gel like consistency while still remaining quite a rich cream. It smoothes into the skin like water on blotting paper, at least it does on my skin. Leaving no trace of stickiness, or sheen; the finish is matte and velvety while plumping and moisturising beautifully.
Lavender is a lovely ingredient to include in skin care as it has antibacterial and antifungal properties amongst other benefits is very soothing on the skin and is a scent is often used to aid relaxation.
I was surprised to see glycerin listed as the second highest percentage ingredient in this cream (the first being water). Glycerin can be a great moisturiser but there is some controversy as to whether it is ultimately drying, as it is a humectant which draws moisture from its surroundings. This is usually seen as a good thing as it's seems to be assumed that it draws it from the surrounding atmosphere into the skin keeping moisture levels balanced and high. However if the air is dry, such as in centrally heated spaces or a very cold atmosphere it is more likely to draw moisture from the skin in which it sits; even in a more humid atmosphere the skin in direct contact with it contains more moisture than the atmosphere so it would be more likely to absorb it from this source. Drawing moisture from deeper skin levels to the surface and plumping it up may give the appearance of a smoother skin surface but may be ultimately more dehydrating. As it's taking moisture from deeper in the skin and allowing it to evaporate more easily at the surface.
However the hand cream also lists shea butter, lavender oil, rosemary leaf extract, sunflower oil, and other natural moisturising oils fairly high in the ingredient list so I feel that in this case there is enough oil content to form a decent barrier to prevent this potential evaporation which allows the glycerin to work more effectively.
Although there is no nail strengthening effect this does moisturise all of my hand well, keeping cuticles soft and pliable, and I would swear that a few minor cuts that I managed to collect over Christmas (I'm not safe in the kitchen me) healed a little faster. I can't help but wonder if it was the circulation stimulating, and anti-bacterial effects of the lavender. Of course that could have been my imagination as I don't know if the lavender content is high enough to have a therapeutic effect.
Although I like this hand cream a lot, like the Cherry Blossom and Rose versions it definitely doesn't keep my hands feeling comfortable for as long as the plain shea butter formulation does, and I wonder if this is down to the glycerin content. Although that said the soft comfortable feeling does last much longer than with supermarket brand hand creams and even some higher end ones that I've used. Even after washing my hands I don't feel an immediate need to reapply the cream. The scent lasts well on the skin and I am aware of it for quite some time after application, my daughter who is quite sensitive to smells particularly artificial perfumes commented on how nice I smelt and asked what I had on. Normally she only comments to say yuck, so I was quite impressed by her opinion.
The 15ml tube has lasted me about a week and a half of fairly regular use, with other products used in between to 'eek' it out, so the full size 75ml tube should last around 6-7 weeks. The full size costs approximately £13.50 which I find rather expensive, especially as there are no specific age fighting ingredients, nail strengthening benefits or sun screens included. Though the essential oils used in the formula do offer some natural ant aging benefits and moisturised hands always feel and look better even without added flimflam.
I really like this hand cream it hasn't taken the crown from the 20% shea butter formulation for me, but it's come close and it's definitely one I'd be more than delighted to receive as a gift again.
It interests me that L'Occitane produces both a hand cream and a hand lotion in the same scent. So OBVIOUSLY I had to try both just to compare and find out which I thought was better!
The cream is in a silver tube (quite thick and wrinkles - not easy to get all the cream out of!) There are white stickers on the front and back. The front is written in purple (some cusive some block) and simply gives the product name, L'Occitane name and little O logo and the amount (75ml). It also comes in a brown card box.
12.50 gets you one tube. This seems a lot for the tiny amount of hand cream in it!
I am unsure whether it is connected to a memory or simple a personal preference but despite associating lavender with older ladies I LOVE it!
When I opened the tube I was a little disappointed - I though there would be a great rush of smell and there wasn't! Whether the packaging or not though, as soon as I squished some out it was pretty strong. It did smell quite pure and unadulterated - according to the L'Occitane description there is also Shea butter and rosemary in it - which I couldn't smell. The lavender does smell very like the plant. Not particularly sweet, but very genteel!!!
Looks wise this is not attractive - it does remind me of a medical antiseptic. It is more like a gel and sat in the shape pressed out on my hand. It's a very shiny, slightly translucent white.
It initially felt slightly greasy putting it on but this fades fast.It spread quite well and one of the good things about it is that you only need a little to cover you whole hand.
At first I wasn't sure if it was actually doing anything for my skin. Although it did not feel in need of moisturizing so much, it didn't feel particularly smoothed! However withing 4 or 5 days I noticed the threads of dry skin round my nails had cleared up.
This does seem to be an unusual moisturizer on my skin. It does relieve dryness but in quite a subtle way and it does gradually improve. The paradoxical bit to this it that it was such a great shape and size it was one I really was thinking of keeping in a bag for immediate relief!
The price is a downside but the longer term effects are impressive. I find most moisturizers don't have long lasting effects on my hands and don't stop dry skin round the nails. This seemed to. I did prefer it slightly to the hand lotion, simple because of this comparison.
I first tried L'Occitane Lavender Hand Cream when I was given a tube as a Christmas present from a friend. I had only ever seen L'Occitane products for sale on QVC before (although I have since bought it in Debenhams) and thought they were a bit expensive for my budget. However, after trying this hand cream I was hooked.
The product itself is a fairly thick cream which contains shea butter which is known for its intensively moisturising properties. Although it is quite thick the cream does sink in easily and does not leave a nasty greasy residue. It makes even very dry hands feel lovely and soft. The best way to apply it is to squeeze a small amount onto the back of one hand, rub the backs of your hands together (as this is where they are driest) and then rub the remainder into the rest of the hands.
The cream comes attractively packaged in a metal tube which is designed to look like artists oil paint. This is contained in a nice box so it is ideal for giving as a gift. The box also has braille on the side which I think is a nice touch (I think L'Occitane were the first company to do this).
However, the best thing about this product for me is the divine smell. It contains pure AOC Lavender from provence and it smells wonderful. If you think of Lavender as being an 'old lady smell' I can assure that this is not the case with L'Occitane's lavender products. This is down to the quality of ingredients i.e the pure lavender oils rather than synthetic versions which may be used in cheaper products. Lavender is known for it's relaxing qualities and I like to put loads of this hand cream on last thing at night and then breathe in the aromas as I drift off to sleep.
I have tried the shea butter hand cream but I prefer the Lavender one.
For those that don't know L'Occitane is a French company selling hand and body creams, perfumes , shampoo, shower gel and the like, founded in Provence about 30 odd years ago. For a long time it was a brand that you would see in France itself and in the duty free shops of airports only. It used to have a fiary exotic and rare feel to it. In recent years the brand has expanded very quickly and most big high streets have a dedicated l'occitane shop ( think blues and yellows and wooden floors ) as well as the products being widely available in the United Kingdom in department stores.
This hand cream is very typical of what they sell - the focus is on the ingredients and the quality. Indeed if you believe the PR then everything is still made in a small town in Provence.
The packaging of this particular product is classy. Silver tube, dark blue cap and very understated label ( purple on beige ) designed to look as if it were handwritten by an ancient French apothecary in both French and English. It costs £12.50 so is well up the luxury end of the market ( although I bought in their Bicester village shop ,where there are many bargains to be had , I think , for £8.00 ). The tube came in a box which was in the same design as the label. A very classy looking product.
The cream is quite thick , but rubs into the hands very easily and does not leave any kind of greasy residue. I think the effect wears off rather quickly and therfore tend to use it in the summer when my hands need less moisturising.
L'Occitane make a big thing of shea butter in a lot of what they sell and this handcream contains that, plus vitamin e ( for cell renewal they say ) together with lavender oil. All ingredients are described as ' natural ' and they do not test on animals.
The lavender smell ( from lavender oil ) is distinct and natural ( i.e it smells just like the lavender in your garden ) and it lasts ( faintly ) for quite a long time. There is a whole range of Lavender Harvest products which the company associate with rest , relaxation and sleep. I have had this on my desk at work for some months and , fortunately , it has never made me feel like a snooze ( other things might have done but that is another story ! ). I have found it perfect for work because it is so easily absorbed and as a result you don't cake your keyboard and everything else you touch in a layer of grease.
If your hands are very dry this is not going to moisturise enough but otherwise this is a nice classy hand cream which delivers and makes a very nice present.
I'll admit that my favourite L'Occitane hand cream is the Shea Butter version, however, there are times when you need something a little lighter if you're on the run and you don't have time to let the thick Shea Butter version sink in. This is still sumptious and thick, but not too thick that you need to wait before picking things up without fear of leaving Shea Butter smears all over them !! I also love the smell of Lavender ( well the smell of genuine, high quality, lavender that L'Occitane use anyway !! )
*Who is this for ? *
If you have hands then you need a good quality hand cream to replenish your skin after using water on the hands. Like your skin, you should always tone after water comes into contact with your skin because the Ph has been unbalanced and you need to replenish and balance the skin.
*Why does this work ? *
This product does contain some shea butter however ( which is dervived from the oil from the Shea nut ) although not in as high percentages as the Shea butter hand cream. That said, even a lower precentage of Shea butter will have wonderfully moisturising effects on the hands. It also contains the likes of Mel ( i.e Honey Extract which also has a moisturising effect on the skin to relieve dryness,) Malva Sylvestris Extract ( which not only has the ability to soothe rough and dry skin, but it is also known for its anti-inflammatory and calming properties that make this even suitable for the sensitive of skins, ) Cocos Nucifera Oil ( i.e coconut oil which not only moisturises the skin, but it also has a high Vitamin E content, ) Lavandula Angustifolia Oil ( which not only gives this hand cream a wonderful fragrance, but it's also useful as an ingredient for its healing, balancing and anti-inflammation properties too, ) Tocopherol ( i.e Vitamin E which acts as is a moisturising, anti-oxidant ingredient on the skin, ) Limonene ( which L'Occitane like to use in lots of their products for it's brightening and gentle exfoliation properties, ) Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract ( to help with the circulation in the skin ) and Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil ( a rich source of fatty acids that is also known for its soothing and calming properties on the skin.)
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Zea Mays Starch (Corn), Cyclomethicone, Mel (Honey Extract), Polyacrylamide, Ceteareth 33, Phenoxyethanol, Malva Sylvestris Extract (Mallow), Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut), C13 14 Isoparaffin, Perfume (Fragrance), Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl, Isobutylparaben, Laureth 7, Linalool, Menthol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Limonene, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower), Coumarin, Citral, Benzyl Alcohol, Geraniol
To me, Occitane is one of those places you only ever see in big towns, boutiques or at airports where you pop in to explore and find yourself having to leave sharpish from wincing at the prices. I do occasionally buy the odd thing, though, and this hand cream was one of the exceptions. I bought it in a rush at Eurostar duty-free to get rid of extra euros, and I must say it was worth the (albeit slightly cheaper) price I paid for it.
It smells absolutely brilliant, really full-on lavender (and not just smells-like-lavender but LAVENDER), soothing and refreshing at the same time. It's not too runny, just the right consistency but without being greasy, and it absorbs quite quickly. As a result it goes quite a long way, you don't need to put loads on. Also, despite the strong smell the perfume doesn't irritate, which I find happens with me quite a lot. All in all, a pretty good hand cream to use on an occasional basis ... I can't really afford to buy a tube a month! :)