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My mother has used L'Occitane products for years and years. In fact I can't actually remember her using any other product. My mother is very fond of France as her father (my grandfather) hails from Provence and I'm guessing by her using products from L'Occitane make her feel a little more French that and she likes a little luxury. My parents live around 3 miles from a L'Occitane store and about a year or so ago I accompanied my mother on a trip to store for her to "stock up on the essentials" - surely Boots was good enough but no. As soon as I walked into the store I was met with wonderful aromas and very chic, 1930s style packaging and products which fascinated me.
Now at present day I have quite a few of the L'Occitane products, after being persuaded by my mother to try a few travel size items I have been converted and I do wonder why I never tried them before as I am yet to find a product that I don't like. One product currently in use is the Rose Hand Cream in travel size. I find that their travel size items are a really hand size to have and for hand cream it is a decent size to keep in your handbag. I chose the Rose Hand Cream simply because I love the scent of rose based cosmetics but I don't mean the artificially scented rose products but the more subtle but floral fragrance.
L'Occitane were founded back in 1976 and create wonderful products such as soaps, hand washes, hand creams to name just a few. Founded in France they do have an air of Provence surrounding their products. They are certainly quite luxurious but unlike some brands they don't have the most outrageous prices, yes they are a little more expensive than what you would find in Boots but with the price tag they hold does come very good quality which sometimes is definitely worth it. The Rose Hand Cream is no different it costs £8.00 per travel sized tube which yes is definitely a bit more expensive than your average Nivea type hand cream but in my opinion it is definitely worth the price.
The Rose Hand Cream comes in a typical L'Occitane metal type tube with a little screw on cap. The majority of L'Occitane's hand creams come in these metal type tubes and do remind me slightly of acrylic paints that I used to buy for college! On the front of the tube the packaging style is minimal as it simply features a block colour of a deep pink teamed with a single image of a white rose - very fitting and completely suitable. Of course the product name is also featured together with the font logo of L'Occitane. Of course being a French company a lot of the text is in French but it shouldn't be too hard to work out that this is a hand cream!
The hand cream itself is made up of shea butter, the main and key ingredient for help in keeping your hands moisturised and nourished. The cream is said to help protect your hands from "daily aggressions". This was a definite plus when I bought this hand cream as it is used on a daily basis and although I spend a lot of time in the office at the moment I still need something to help keep my hands nourished but looked after as well. The cream is white in colour and has a very rich consistency unlike some thinner type hand creams this is lovely and thick meaning you don't actually need to use a lot at any one time. Therefore, try not to be too heavy handed with this as apart from it not working properly it is too expensive to waste.
The Rose Hand Cream gets its name from the four different types of rose oils/extracts used by L'Occitane. You'd think one extract would be used but not L'Occitane opt for four, those four being all different types. The floral aroma is made up of the Grasse rose, Moroccan rose, Turkish rose and the Bulgarian rose. The combination of the four roses does give this hand cream quite a fresh aroma but still has that lovely authentic rose fragrance which you'd expect from a L'Occitane product. The aroma isn't overpowering, it doesn't intoxicate you when you use it but it provides a very subtle but gorgeous fragrance. Definitely not the synthetic, cheap rose smell you can get from some products.
Despite it's heavy and thick consistency it certainly isn't horrible to use. Sometimes thick hand creams can take a while to absorb into the skin but this one certainly doesn't. As I said above you don't need to use a lot, a small pea sized amount will do the trick. This means the tube will last longer and ultimately make the money you spend per tube go further. If you use too much you won't get the desired result and chances are you will end up with a greasy residue which won't absorb and you will be left disappointed. Such a small amount will work wonders as it is easily massaged into the skin and a small amount certainly does go quite a long way. You are left with gorgeously smooth skin complete with a lovely, subtle rose aroma.
I have had a tube of this hand cream for a few months and I still have quite a bit to use in the tube as I am very careful in how much I use. I have found that it is absorbed incredibly quickly and doesn't like your hands feeling like they have a residue left behind which is obviously a good thing. I do suffer with dry skin on my hands especially spending time outside with the horses but this does manage to keep my hands nourished and my skin looks a lot healthier. The aroma is lovely, it really is a true rose fragrance which although subtle it does last for quite sometime. I don't think I can find a fault with this hand cream, probably the one thing I would say is that I'd want a full size version but the travel size is very handy.
If you are wanting a lovely hand cream which does actually do its job well then this is definitely worth a consideration. Yes, it isn't the cheapest available but it does actually work and it will probably last you a lot longer than a cheaper hand cream as you don't need to keep reapplying every hour or so as once applied your hands feel moisturised for hours. A definite recommendation from me!
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I have recently fallen in love with the L'Occitane hand creams and so I was happy to find that they have some in their current January sale! I picked this rose scented one up for £3.75 which I think is a bargain as they usually retail for £8.00 for a 30ml tube.
This handcream is unsurprisingly strongly scented of rose, however I think it is one of the strongest scents I have found in their handcreams and as such would recommend that people give this a whiff instore before ordering online if possible as this may not be suited to everyones tastes. I don't find the scent offputting, although I do prefer the more subtle scent of my cherry blossom hand cream from this company. The cream is white and although light in texture it is not too runny. I use a pea sized amount and find this sufficient to cover both hands adequately. The best thing about these hand creams is that they absorb incredibly fast, which is great as I hate waiting for hand creams to sink in. This is definitely a great product to throw in the handbag for someone who is on the go! I have found that this rose hand cream is as good as all the other creams in the range in terms of how well it moisturises, my hands are definitely smooth and silky as a result.
As with the other L'Occitane hand creams, the product comes in a tube which is similar in shape to a toothpaste tube, although it comes with a screwtop lid. The lid secures very tightly and as such I have never been concerned that I would have any handcream finding its way out of the tube and all over my bag! The shape of the tube also means you can squeeze out every last bit of cream which is good.
I think the L'Occitane hand creams are a definite staple in my bag now, although I think I would only purchase this particular scent again if it were on sale. If I am paying full price for a hand cream I think I would prefer one that is more subtle in its scent, although I enjoy the rose scent I think it has the potential to be a bit overwhelming at times.
This is one of the 5 15ml sized tubes of L'Occitane hand creams that I received in a 'set' for Christmas. The full size is 75ml and costs £13.50. My tube looks exactly like the 30 ml size (approx £7.50) depicted in the Dooyoo picture, the larger size has a gold lid and comes in an opaque pale rose pink plastic tube which to me doesn't look as nice as the metallic smaller sized tubes, for around the £13 mark I feel the larger size looks rather old fashioned but not in a good way, and in my opinion a bit tacky. I'd go as far as to say that if I wasn't familiar with the brand the look of the larger size could well put me off purchasing.
The company has a wonderful ethos and as I have mentioned in previous L'Occitane reviews they do not test on animals or use animal products in their ranges, (except from bees), if you'd like to find out more about L'Occitane their website gives a good overview of their history and current day ethos (http://uk.loccitane.com/FO/Content/About/)
This Rose hand cream contains shea butter which in itself if full of antioxidants and vitamins, with added vitamin E. It is "delicately perfumed with the fresh and velvety fragrance of the Grasse, Bulgarian, Moroccan and Turkish roses" (from their website). I can vouch for the fact that it has a distinct and quite strong rose fragrance, which I find pleasant and fresh and not too heavy or old fashioned. It smells authentic instantly recognisable as rose and natural not chemical. The scent lingers on the skin for some time after application, my daughter is very sensitive to smells and she doesn't like this one on initial application, although I don't think it's too heavy she does. However though the scent lingers within an hour it's down to a soft subtlety on the skin which even the youngest then quite likes.
The cream is a soft white, (I'll update this tomorrow, but it may even have a *very* subtle pink hint I just can't tell in the light of these low energy bulbs and I haven't used it in daylight yet!) and has a light almost cooling texture and it squeezes out of the screw top tube easily. It holds its shape softly until you spread it and rub it in. It sinks into the skin beautifully as do all L'Occitane's hand creams (that I have tried) with no trace of stickiness or slickness, leaving hands soft but dry to the touch so that you can do all those things hands need to do without fear of greasing anything up or loosing grip. I have to use about twice as much of this as richer creams to get the same effect, if I weren't concerned about the price I'd probably use a little less than a 10 pence piece sized amount, so the full sized tube wouldn't last me long using a few times a day.
My hands look instantly plumped and feel soothed and softened with a velvety texture. This feeling lasts for a while, but sadly not as long as the scent lasts. I don't feel that this hand cream holds up well against the richer 20% shea butter formulation, and I have to reapply more often than with some hand creams. Although I like this cream I wouldn't pay the price being asked for it as I feel other cheaper creams do the same job, and the scent while nice isn't gorgeous enough for me to buy this cream for that alone. I don't know whether the fragrance oils used in this don't agree with me but I find that my hands feel drier more quickly than with the Cherry Blossom one in the same formulation.
As seems to be no sun protection factors included in the cream, nor is it specifically designed for anti-ageing. Though some of the vitamins and minerals included in the formula are sometimes used for their anti-oxidant properties in other products and will provide the same benefits in this cream.
A lovely hand cream and a nice gift, but not one I would ever consider paying the full asking price for that for me is the main thorn with this rose.
NB This rose hand cream is not the same as L'Occitane's Dessert Rose version.
I got given this hand cream by my Mam after complaining my hands were dry due to a combination of having naturally dry skin and working in retail which involves touch a lot of things. So she gives me this product from her massive "I heart L'Occitane collection".
L'Occitane is a high end skin care company, therefore they like their products to be natural, have exotic sounding ingredients in order to sell them at high prices to consumers. On the "about us" section on their website it says:
"Many of our employees volunteer to work on life-changing projects in communities far and wide. For the past two years our staff have been travelling to West Africa to teach the L'OCCITANE way of making soap to women in the Burkina Faso"
All I can say is that if the L'Occitane employees stayed at the company rather than teaching people in West Africa how to make soap, they might manage to make a moisturiser that actually moisturises my hands.
This product retails at £7 and since L'Occitane stores are hard to find, I will add another £5 for postage making the product £12 in total. The website entices you to spend this amount by saying:
"Enriched with shea butter, this cream nourishes and protects hands from daily aggressions while perfuming them with the fresh and slightly fruity fragrance of the Grasse rose, the Bulgarian rose, the Moroccan rose and the Turkish rose."
It comes in a silver squeezable tube with a rose design printed on a rose background (as you can see from the picture). I didn't like the product at first glance, because I am 19 and this product looks as though it was designed for the older lady.
Appearances aren't everything though, when you apply the product you will notice that your hands look less noticeably dry, for example any dry white skin will go back to being skin coloured. However, your hands will feel equally as dry as when you applied the cream just with a layer on top of your skin, which I cannot quite find the words to describe.
Yes, this product has been given a poor review so far, so here are some redeeming features:
1) It absorbs quickly, almost immediately in fact.
2) It smells like roses, quite pleasant, not overpowering. (Just like the packaging, this scent would be more suited to an older lady).
3) The lid is easy to screw on and off, due to its hexagonal shape, you can still get a pretty good grip even with creamy hands unlike those smooth round lids.
I would never spend my money on this 30ml tube of hand cream, while it may make my hands more pleasant for customers to look at while I am folding their clothes and placing them in a carrier. I still feel as though I am rubbing their soft silky clothes with sand paper. I would rather pop down to my local pharmacy and buy a tube of E45 for £3.