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L'Occitane Rose - Lovely Velvet Feeling, But For How Long?
L'Occitane Rose 4 Reines Velvet Hand Cream
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L'Occitane Rose 4 Reines Velvet Hand Cream
Date: 19/01/13, updated on 06/08/13 (34 review reads)
Advantages: Velvety feel when applying, long lasting scent of roses
Disadvantages: Skin feels dry again within 10 minutes or so of applying
I was given a tube of L'Occitane Rose 4 Reines Velvet Hand Cream as part of a gift with a couple of other hand creams from the range some months ago.
I have never used anything from the L'Occitane range prior to this and had only heard about it from friends who'd used it and had said it was a pretty decent range of products. I'm not generally a fan of other brands of hand cream having used the same hand and body lotion since childhood and having been quite happy with it. However in this case I was quite curious to try out this hand cream which at the time of writing retails at £14 for a 75ml tube.
According to L'Occitane this hand cream is enriched in shea butter and vitamin E and is supposed to help nourish, protect and repair hands from daily wear and tear. The fragrance is derived from Bulgarianm Moroccan, Grasse and Turkish roses.
The hand cream itself is presented in a pale pink tube with a practical twisty lid to allow the cream to be dispensed. The tube stands upright and is practically designed in that the lid rests at the bottom. The tube itself was presented in an attractive box which would actually make this product a good standalone gift by itself!
Unfortunately I disposed of the outer packaging months ago which means I had to go looking for the ingredients for the hand cream online. Don't worry I won't bore you with those just yet, I'll mention them at the end of the review so you can skip if you choose to.
This hand cream is available in a standard 75ml tube or a travel size of 30ml.
There are several good points about this rose scented hand cream. One of them is that a little goes a long way. You only need to squeeze out the cream in pea size quantities to get a decent coverage for both hands. Any more than that and you get more than required generally and when I've accidentally done this, I've had to spread the cream over my wrists to absorb the excess. The second good point is that when rubbing the cream into your hands there is a very luxurious velvety feel (hence the name "velvet hand cream, I imagine) and the cream absorbs into your skin very easily. Whilst actually applying the cream it's a very pleasant feeling of applying something very lavish to your skin.
There is a very obvious scent of roses when using the cream and if you're not overly keen on roses you may find this a bit over-powering and the scent does last quite some time after application.
The only negative point for me about this hand cream and this could sadly be where it falls down is that I don't feel its effects as a hand cream are very long lasting. Not long after applying my hands end up feeling rather dry and this is often within less than 10 minutes. So unfortunately this isn't a cream that I use very often as I prefer hand creams that leave your hands feeling moisturised for at least a couple of hours after applying.
Due to its short lived moisturising quality I don't feel comfortable giving L'Occitane Rose 4 Reines Velvet Hand Cream any more than 3 out of 5 stars. For those not keen on long-lasting scents with their hand cream they might not find this suitable as the scent lingers on long after your hands feel dry again! You might find that this is a suitable gift for a more mature person who appreciates fairly strong floral scented products.
*AND NOW FOR THE BORING BITS - INGREDIENTS*
Aqua, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii, Cetyl Alcohol, Corn Starch modified, Rosa Damascena Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Coconut Oil, Cera alba, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Rosemary, Polyacrylamide, Ceteareth-33, Cyclopentasiloxane, Parfum, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Laureth-7, Tetrasodium EDTA, Iron Oxides, Silica, Citronellol, Benzyl salicylate, Alpha-isomethyl ionone, Geraniol, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Eugenol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde.
Summary: Not sure this is quite worth the price tag of £14
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