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I received a 75ml tube of this Pivoine Délicate hand cream as a gift. I love the original Shea butter hand cream from L'Occitane and was looking forward to trying something different. This product is enriched with Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Peony extract from the Drôme region of France. It retails at £14 for 75ml, which is a little pricey for a hand cream.
The packaging is sweet, the hand cream is contained within a pretty pink box with floral decoration. The tube itself is plainly designed, with an opaque, pink tube with a small label indicating its contents. The tube has a screw lock dispenser, so there is no lid. You simply turn the cap to dispense the cream and twist to reseal.
The cream is white and is quite thick in consistency, thanks to the Shea butter. Despite the richness of the product, it is easily distributed over the hands and is absorbed quickly into the skin. I find a 10 pence sized amount is a plentiful amount for a heavy duty application. The fragrance is a strong floral scent, it is a very feminine smell - it may not be to some peoples taste - I myself, do not mind the fragrance. My hands feel instantly moisturised and soft following an application of this. The effects lasts for hours, without any greasiness. Even after hand washing my hands feel less dry. The fragrance also lingers on the skin for several hours after application.
The Shea butter content in this cream is less than the 30% in the original hand cream. I do not find this cream as rich or as moisturising as the original. Nevertheless, this is a good hand cream; adding moisture, softness with added fragrance. This fragrance will not be to everyone's taste, so I recommend trying it at stockists.
Overall this is a nice moisturising hand cream, but I do not think it is suitable for very dry skin who require intense moisture. I do not think I will be purchasing this as I love the original cream too much!