“ Brand: L'Occitane / Texture: Cream / Type: Hand Cream / Suitable for: Hand „
I have suffered from dry skin on my hands for many years now. I had tried practically every cream on the market but none were particularly effective as they were too thin and runny and my thirsty skin would suck up the cream like a sponge and be covered in dry patches within minutes! That was until I discovered the L'Occitane range of hand creams a few years ago and I haven't looked back since! The ones that are formulated with shea butter really seem to help my hands and leave them soft, smooth and supple again. I have been trying out the different scented hand creams over the last couple of years and have come across some real winners, including this one.
Although they are great for my hands, I do find that the L'Occitane creams are a little pricey at £8.00 for a 30ml tube. For this reason I tend to wait for the sales around Christmas or visit my local outlet village in Bicester to stock up on reduced price hand creams. On a visit to my local branch of L'Occitane during the Christmas sales last year they had small packs of 5 30ml hand creams on sale for £20 - at £5 a hand cream this was a bargain I could not ignore! I am quite fussy about scents that creams have so when I noticed that the packs had 2 Magical Leaves hand cream, which I hadn't tried before and there was no tester around, so I was a little wary of buying a cream that I may not like. Luckily the helpful sales assistant offered to swap one or both of the Magical Leaves hand cream for another scent. I decided I would just swap one tube and give the Magical Leaves cream a twirl - and I am really glad I did!
I only got around to using the Magical Leaves hand cream a couple of months ago as I worked my way through the other creams first. Like all other L'Occitane hand creams this is housed in a silver metallic tube with a black screw on lid. This does distinguish it from other hand creams on the market and makes it look like a classy product, but I have found in practice that the lid can be a little fiddly to open and close, particularly immediately after the cream has been applied. Unfortunately it also tends to come undone when I carry it around in my bag. The front of this particular tube is coloured light green with a silver wand on the front and has the product name written in both English and French. The cream is enriched with shea butter, along with other skin softening ingredients including sweet almond oil, sunflower seed oil and coconut oil. What are the magical leaves I hear you ask? Well there are several leaves in the list of ingredients including verbena, hazel tree leaf, rosemary and citriodora (lemon myrtle) all of which have skin nourishing properties.
Squeezing the tube releases a white coloured cream. In comparison to some of the other varieties of L'Occitane creams this is thinner, but not particularly runny. I was a little sceptical as to how effective this was going to be as it didn't look rich enough for my dry hands. I massaged a 5p sized blob onto my hands which absorbed into my skin effortlessly and as it did so released its delicious lemon, zesty scent. It really smells light and fresh and is one that is perfect for summer months. Once absorbed, my skin feels soft, smooth and supple, and quite surprisingly this effect lasts for a couple of hours - no parched skin within a few minutes of applying, which is great! It doesn't leave my skin feeling heavy or greasy and I can get back to my everyday tasks within seconds of applying this hand 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. Having said that, the list of ingredients on the back of the tube still contains a fair amount of chemically sounding names, so it's not as natural as I would like! The shea butter however is sourced from Burkino Faso in Africa and L'Occitane have been working for a number of years with the women of the village as part of a co-development programme. As part of this L'Occitane purchase shea butter directly from the women in the village which ensures that they get a fair price for it, which is an initiative I am quite impressed with.
L'Occitane also state that none of their products are tested on animals and neither are any of the ingredients that are sourced to make their products. 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 am very impressed with this hand cream from L'Occitane which does a great job at keeping my hands soft and supple, without being too greasy and smells amazing too. The only downsides are the cost - at full price this is quite expensive and the fact that this is a limited edition product, and is already quite difficult to get hold of. L'Occitane if you're reading this 'Please bring this one back (and my other favourite the Hibiscus flower one too!)!