“ Brand: L'Occitane / Texture: Cream / Type: Nail Cream / Suitable for: Cuticles „
My mum recently received some L'Occitane Nail and Cuticle Cream as a present and as I'd been staying at their house for a week while they were away I decided to take advantage of that fact and raid her beauty products. I'd never used any L'Occitane products before this and had only heard of the brand through browsing online so I was quite keen to see if it was any good. The brand pride themselves on being a natural brand that have a focus on producing products that recognise the need for sustainability in the world. They advertise themselves as a high quality brand producing sensorial beauty products using natural active ingredients from the Mediterranean. They pride themselves on respecting the culture and the environment of the places they source their ingredients from.
L'Occitane produce a number of different hand creams but the one my mum received was the Nail and Cuticle Cream which is a shea butter based cream. It is a rich emollient cream that has been designed specifically to strengthen your nails and soften your cuticles. It contains shea butter, anti-oxidizing carrot oil, softening honey and anti-bacterial myrrh essential oil. The cream itself comes in a brown box which has a very Mediterranean look to it, in keeping with the culture of the brand. The tube itself is a silver metallic colour and is made from what feels like thickened tin foil in a sense. It had a dark blue label on it with the brand and product name, which contrasts nicely with the silver packaging to give quite a medical yet modern and natural appearance to this cream.
The cream itself is a very pale brown colour and is quite thick in consistency compared to other nail and cuticle creams that I've used. It smells delicious yet natural somehow and the shea butter smell is quite dominant. To use the cream it's recommended that you apply with a cuticle stick to your nails, you literally need a pea sized amount for each hand. After that it's advised that you massage it gently into your nails and the surrounding cuticle area in circular motions before allowing it to penetrate and then pushing back your cuticles with a cuticle stick. I find it's really easy to rub in but it is a little greasy meaning it doesn't absorb that easily, after application I find I have to wait about twenty minutes for it to fully penetrate and even then it does leave a coating on my nails almost.
The brand advises that with regular use of this cream your nails will become stronger and any dry skin or unruly cuticles will disappear to leave you with healthy looking nails and cuticles. I used this every other day over a period of a week and even in such a short time my cuticles looked much more moisturised and neater too. This cream is much more intensive than a hand cream and you wouldn't need to apply it daily. A little really does go a long way too, my mum received a 15ml tube which will arguably last her about half a year if she applies it as I did. It seems to retail for around the £11 mark (according to Look Fantastic) which is more expensive than my current Boots Nail and Cuticle Cream but it seems much better quality and did produce really pleasing results in a short time.
Thanks for reading.