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      21.11.2013 10:57
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      a gorgeous hand cream!

      L'Occitane Shea Butter Dry Skin Hand Cream

      I received a mini hand cream as part of a gift set and I have tried numerous versions of the loccitane hand creams as I have received others in gift sets and also as magazine freebies - I always get loccitane hand creams when they are magazine freebies.

      - About the product

      The hand cream I have is the smaller 10ml or 0.3 fl oz tube, although larger tubes of hand cream are available. The cream contains 20% shea butter for dry skin and the product contains other natural ingredients such as: rapeseed oil, sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, rosemary leaf extract and more.

      - Using the product and results

      The hand cream is white in colour, it has a smooth even texture and a thick consistency. The cream is contained in a silver flexible metal tube which allows the product to be dispensed easily and hygienically. The tube also allows the use of all of the product to be used with none/very little product to be wasted. The cream applies quickly, easily and smoothly. I use a small amount of product each time I use it, I use just less than a 5 pence sized amount each time. The product smells really nice, the scent is one of the best things about this product in my opinion, as to me it smells comforting and clean. It smells like talcum powder and clean linen to me - the scent does last on the skin for a while but not as long as I would like it to. The cream does not take too long to absorb into the skin, it take a minute or two for the cream to be mostly absorbed but I can still feel it on my fingers for a good few minutes after application. The cream leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth, moisturised and lightly fragranced. This product is great as a hand cream and as a nail cream as well and I like to apply this product to my nails and cuticles. Overall, a gorgeous scented cream and it makes my skin smooth, soft and moisturised and it doesn't take too long to absorb.

      - Price and availability

      The cream can be bought as part of gift sets and it can be bought individually from debehams, john lewis and the loccitane uk website for £8 (30ml) or £19 for 150ml.

      - Conclusions

      Positives
      *Packaging - doesn't waste any product and it is easy to travel with
      *Gorgeous fresh linen/talcum powder scent
      *Leaves the skin smooth, soft and moisturised
      *Doesn't leave any residue on the skin and it doesn't irritate my skin

      Negatives
      *Price?

      Thank you for reading my review

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        10.10.2013 13:30
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        A lovely Christmas gift

        I was bought a tube of this hand cream as a gift and I threw it in my handbag and didn't use it for about 3 months. Which I regret!!

        *** Appearance ***

        The version I have is a 30ml as it came in a gift set with a few other L'Occitane items but I understand that the item you buy individually in the shop is slightly bigger. This was a great trial size though that has actually lasted a year

        The tube is an unusual distinctive silver foil with a black screw cap, like a tube of toothpaste!

        The cream itself looks thick and is almost slimy when you squeeze it out

        *** Use ***

        A tiny bit of this really does go a long way. The cream is absorbed into your hands quickly and feels incredibly rich and luxurious.

        This stuff smells wonderful. It actually smells nicer than some perfumes I own!!

        The downside is the price. For a hand cream you can get a lot lot cheaper. This retails at £8 for a 30ml size of a whopping £19 for a 150ml tube. At that price, much as I love the smell, I just gulp!

        Unfortunately I don't think I will be able to justify spending this much on myself but I will be dropping hints left right and centre at Christmas time!

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          13.09.2013 22:45

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          Good for the handbag

          I usually put one of these in my handbag, mostly because if I'm out and I'm eating food or something or I touch something dirty and I can smell it on my fingers this has a really great nutty sort of smell which automatically makes my hands smell amazing. It also invigorates my skin and if my hands feel dry then it just freshens them up, the good thing is it isn't greasy. The cream is quite thick and it smells really good, its almond and coconut kind of smell, its sweet but not floral.

          I really like this, its great for the handbag and its great for the skin, I often lend it to people and they love it, the only bad thing is the screw on lid, not as convenient as it could be. I still recommend it as it is the best hand cream I have used. There are others from the same brand if Shea Butter isn't you're type of thing.

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          03.07.2013 13:46
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          An effective hand cream that lives up to the hype

          Being a bit of a beauty product addict, I always like to try out new things and vary the brands that I use. One of my most exciting discoveries has been finding online companies that provide beauty boxes. The idea is that you will be sent a box every month, which will contain a selection of various make-up, skin care, fragrance products etc for you to try out, and I have been trying a few from different suppliers. I received this L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream in a previous delivery from "Latest in Beauty". You can find further information at www.latestinbeauty.com, and www.uk.loccitane.com.

          Product description: "Enriched with 20% Shea Butter, this super-creamy hand cream penetrates quickly to protect, nourish and moisturise hands. Honey, almond extracts and coconut oil are blended with shea butter to create this extremely effective care. The rich texture is rapidly absorbed to leave the hands soft and smooth with no oily traces. Apply day and night as needed."

          I received a 10ml sample size tube which appears to be a tiny replica of the full size product. The full size version contains 150ml and costs RRP £19.00, and there is also a travel size version available which contains 30ml and costs RRP £8.00.The tube has a silver foil main section and a plastic screw-top lid, much like a tube of toothpaste. Annoyingly, it can be hard to squeeze all the last bits out of the tube, and it took a bit of pulling and pinching to make sure I got every last drop out that I could possibly manage. My small tube was surprisingly long lasting and gave me several weeks of use even with daily applications.

          This hand cream has a thick creamy consistency and is pure white in colour. Although it looks rich, it melts into the skin and is absorbed quickly. There is no greasy residue left behind afterwards, and my hands feel instantly smoother and softer. A little goes a long way so I only need to use a small amount to get a good amount of coverage over both hands. The cream provides lasting moisture, and I will usually only need to apply it once a day as I'm sat at my desk in the office, with maybe a top-up required if I have to frequently wash my hands with the cheap and drying liquid soap they provide in our washroom! I get dry areas over the back of my knuckles and pay particular attention to this area when applying hand cream. This Shea Butter Hand Cream has really improved the overall texture of my skin and leaves a silky smooth surface all over. The dry areas seem to have been brought back into balance and my skin is in a much better condition after using this product. The cream contains several natural ingredients, including honey, almond, coconut and shea, which are all well-known and widely used in beauty products for their moisturising properties. This combination of ingredients sounds yummy, and I was expecting the hand cream to have a delicious aroma but I was a touch disappointed that it actually has quite a strong powdery fragrance and I couldn't detect any scents from these individual ingredients at all. The scent is noticeable to begin with but fades away a short while after the cream has been rubbed in.

          I have heard nothing but good reviews about this Shea Butter Hand Cream and my inner sceptic was telling me that it couldn't possibly live up to these high expectations, but this time I was proved wrong as this hand cream is certainly deserving of the numerous awards it has won. The high retail price is off-putting but based on performance and how long my little 10ml tube lasted, I would say it's well worth the money and is a very high quality product.

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            19.06.2013 16:52
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            A good cream, idea for Winter when you get dry hands

            =L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream=

            I am always after a bargain, and a couple about Easter time, there was on offer with Marie Claire Magazine, (the magazine retails at £3.70), but had a free gift of a tube of L'Occitane which would have cost £8 to buy, there was a few different fragrances of the cream available, the one I had was the Shea butter flavour.

            =The Packing=
            The handcream comes in a silver tube, there are two sizes, the travel size, and the main size (150ml). On the product there is a blue circle, which has the English and French languages, which inform us that the product is a dry skin hand cream, it is made in France, and contains 20% Shea butter.

            =The Lid=
            The lid is a small black twist cap lid, as to use the cream you need to squeeze the tube.


            =The Hand Cream=
            The hand cream is white in colour and when you squeeze out the cream is quick thick to the touch. The product contains, Shea Butter, Honey, Sweet Almond Extraxr, and the essences od Jasmine and Ylang-Ylang.

            =A Little goes a long way=
            You do not need much of this cream as a little does go a long way, I can identify the shea amongst the aroma, but they all mix well together.

            =Dry Skin=
            I found this a heavy based cream, and although I have used it a couple of times when I got it, i put it up and took it on holiday with me, as after swimming most days, my hands were getting dry, and this cream was able to give my hands a pick me up and really did the trick.

            It rubbed in easily, and was so soft to the touch.

            =Price and Availability=
            A 30ml travel size tube retails at £8
            The 150ml tube retails at £19.

            -My Thoughts=
            Whilst I did really like the hand cream, I could not justify paying that price for the cream, it was a nice luxury whilst it lasted.


             

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            15.06.2013 23:41
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            Perfect for really dry skin.

            L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

            I do not know about the rest of you but my hands are the part of my body that seems to require the most moisturising. As a whole I do not suffer from dry skin, however I do wash my hands a lot and as such they often get a little dry especially in the winter.

            My mum has carried a tube of this in her handbag for years, however due to it's high price tag I had always been a little cautious to splash out especially with many decent hand creams on the market that are a lot cheaper and do the job effectively.

            However a few months back Marie Claire magazine had full sized tubes of these attached to the magazine. The Magazine is £3.70 and the hand cream is worth £8. I grabbed several of the magazine so I could try the different scents available, one of them was the Shea Butter Hand Cream.

            THE PACKING ....

            The hand cream actually comes in two sizes, the full size which is the same as the one pictured here which is 150ml and the one they call travel size, which is the size that I own and would call handbag sized.

            The product comes in a shiny silver tube with L'Occitane printed in blue across the top, below that is a blue circle which has the French and English text informing us that the product is dry skin hand cream, that it is made in France, contains 30ml of cream and of this there is a 20% content of Shea Butter.

            The tube is a squeeze tube and has a small black twist cap lid.

            THE COMPANY ....

            L'Occitane was started by Olivier Baussan in 1976, he sold his early products at the open-air market in his native province of France. In 1978 he found a disused soap factory and moved into manufacture of vegetable-based soaps using traditional methods. Years later after selling shares in the company to fund expansions Baussan found himself excluded from daily management and decision making for the company until 1996 when Austrian businessman Reinold Geiger, who was now a majority shareholder and Chairman of the company asked Baussan to return as creative director and lead product development. They changed the name of the company to L'Occitane en Provence to strengthen the connection to the company's roots. In 2001 Clarins became a financial investor in the company and the brand became what we know today. L'Occitane is now a world wide known brand and has stores in over 90 countries.

            THE PRODUCT ....

            The product has a really nice scent to it although it is very hard to pinpoint what exactly is the most prominent so I decided to have a quick look on the L'Occitane website to help me! It informs me that that the product contains Shea Butter, Honey and Sweet Almond Extract, blended with the light and alluring aromas of Jasmine and Ylang-Ylang essences. There is little wonder it smells so yummy with such nice ingredients in there!

            The cream is a pure white colour when you squeeze it out of the tube and is quite thick in consistency. You really do only need a small amount of the product to cover both hands effectively. It just melts into the hands on contact so does not require much rubbing to blend in evenly.
            I find this cream a little heavy for my skin type during the summer months and on a recently trip to my local shop the assistant informed me that the different scents also have a different strength to them and this one is designed for very dry skin.

            PRICE ....

            The tubes retail at £19 for the 150ml tube and £8 for the 30ml tube.

            SUMMARY ....

            This is a really good hand cream, if I had very dry hands this would be a 5 out of 5 no issues, however I find it a little to heavy during the summer so I am awarding it 4 stars. The other reason for dropping one of the stars is the cost of this product, while it is a good product I do not feel that £8 is a justifiable cost for a small tube of hand cream.

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              13.06.2013 19:34
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              Great product, will continue to use it

              I had a tube of L'Occitane Shea Butter hand cream in a gift set for Mothers Day. I have used L'Occitane products previously but only the face creams, and I have to say I will never use any other hand cream again. You only need a very small amount as it goes a long way and I found it soaked in quickly, although my hands do tend to be on the dry side. The tube is a soft metal with a small screw top which is easy to drop if you have put too much cream on!

              My husband has suffered from very dry skin on his fingers and he tried the cream on my recommendation as it has a nice fresh clean smell which is suitable for both sexes, and within a week his hands had greatly improved and were not cracked any more. Unfortunately he likes it so much that it has been moved from my side of the bathroom cabinet to his side, not sure I'm entirely happy with this but it keeps him happy!

              I would recommend this cream to everyone and will definitely be replacing it when we have used it up, another L'Occitane quality product.

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                29.03.2013 23:19
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                The best cream ever, I just need a lottery win or something to justify me using it.

                I was lucky enough to get a free tube of this handcream just before Christmas thanks to a facebook offer. It was only a small 30ml tube, but this was more than enough to form a strong opinion on this delightful product.

                Hand cream is something I go through in industrial amounts. I have exceptionally dry skin, and because I am always washing my hands they look unsightly very quickly unless I am applying cream to them several times per day. I am also a knitter, so to prevent my wool snagging, I apply cream just before I pick up my work usually. Most creams make my skin smoother but do not make it completely snag free. I find creams with glycerin or oil are usually best for me. Reviews on this brand had led to me believe that it was one of the best on the market, so I was very happy to try it for free, particularly when a 30ml tube retails for £8. A 150ml tube is the better bargain at £19.00, but this is not really for those on a tight budget.

                The L'Occitane cream comes in packaging that reminds me a lot of a paint set I had when I was a kid. The tube is silver with a small screw top lid. It is a high quality packaging which is not prone to splitting, and I think looks good. The cream is incredibly thick, white in colour, and has a light floral scent which I find pleasant. The cream has 20% shea butter, which is absorbed incredibly fast into my skin. I normally have to put a lot of cream onto my hands, but with this one, a small blob about as big as a pea is enough to cover the palms and the back of my hands, including between my fingers where I have thick dry patches. As well as the shea butter, there are also honey and almond extracts, as well as coconut oil.

                My hands are so smooth when I have applied this, and this is a smoothness that lasts a good part of the day. I find with other creams, I need to reapply after every time I wash my hands. With this cream, an application in the morning I can then get on with what I am doing and my skin is still lovely and soft without it looking or feeling greasy, and I can do jobs with my hands straight away. I wouldn't be scared to get in the car for example. With some creams I would as I would feel my hands were not able to grip correctly on the steering wheel.

                My only complaint really is the high cost. I find it hard to justify the price when I can buy a 125ml of something like the soap and glory hand food which I also like for around £5, or I can look for avon hand creams for a similar price. Although I have to use more, I don't use that much more I spend as much as I would on this brand. I think it will be something I would buy as an occasional treat or tell people I would like for a present, but I can't justify the price for buying it regularly. Its a shame really as it is genuinely the best cream I have used and I would love my hands to feel baby soft all the time.

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                  17.01.2013 20:59
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                  A lovely hand cream for all ages. Possibly the best.

                  This product looks great, smells beautiful, and works wonderfully.

                  I've never really been able to afford L'Occitane products but I've always wanted to try their products as they look and smell so good!

                  I acquired Shea Butter hand cream from my beauty advent calendar (thank you!) and if I could afford it, I would continuously buy this specific hand cream.

                  It is hands down one of the best hand cream I've used. The only one that comes near is Champneys hand cream which I loved. These two are both right up there.

                  Unfortunately I only got a small sized version of the cream, although it is perfect for handbags or makeup bags. I've used it up very quickly but I can't help it as its like giving your hands a present every time you use it.

                  Packaging - Lovely metallic squeezey tube, (this means you can get every last inch out, also you can cut off the bottom and get scraping in there! Yes I'm poor) an oxagonal black lid which allows you to twist open and close very easily even with creamy hands, and a cute vintage style design explaining what it is.
                  Mine might be slightly different and it was a tester.

                  Scent - Mmmm, Shea buttery goodness! Smells divine, like a creamy pancake. You probably won't want to stop smelling your hands after you use this. What a good way to spend the day.

                  Product - The cream is thick, creamy, and very rich. You can just tell its doing your hands a whole lotta good.
                  You don't need much even though its so rich. My hands felt soft and supple, and very moisturised. Also it absorbs easily. That is a must for me.

                  Perfect!

                  L'Occitane, can you make an edible version?

                  If you are looking for a truly beautiful hand cream, this is for you.

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                  28.12.2012 20:49
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                  Now my hands are sorted my wife is introducing me to the rest of the range so watch this space

                  Well what can I say!!
                  My wife has been telling me for years to use a decent hand cream on my dry wrinkly rough engineers hands and for years I have been ignoring her. I had always used industrial barrier creams and after wash moisturisers just like my supervisors at work told me to, and in the summer months I just got away with it. I think because I worked in a hot environment I had a little moisture soaking out of my skin making my skin quite oily, but in the cold months my hands use to break out into really rough chapped and awful to look at hands and not only was there appearance unsightly, but they were very sore too.
                  I had been advised by my chemist to use E45 cream, and yes I suppose it improved them slightly but I don't think it really stood a chance in the battle with the dirty factory environment that I work in. What really hurts engineers hands is the harsh hand cleaners required to shift the dirt at the end of the day, and its ok my wife saying "take some of this L'Occitane soap to work or that Aloe Vera hand wash" - I'm not knocking those detergent free nice smelling gentle hand washes but I can guarantee they wont clean really dirty engineers hands, it takes harsh industrial cleaners to do that. I know they strip every last ounce of moisture out of me and leave me as dry as a buffalo but what can I do? I cant come home with dirty hands.
                  "Why don't you wear gloves at work" my wife says, she just does not understand that it is not only impractical to wear gloves in my job but very dangerous as well. " wear rubber gloves she said" the problem then is they make my hands sweat and that causes a sticky rash on my hands, bless her she went on and on at me until one day I decided to put some of her L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream on just to show her that it would not make any difference. Well I had to eat my words, I applied it before I went to bed to let it soak in overnight and then applied more the next morning, by lunchtime I was beginning to feel confident that this cream would be no better than any other I had tried as my hands began to dried out, and when I got home I showed my wife and she had to agree that there was only a slight improvement, but because there did seem to be a slight improvement I decided to continue using it for the week.
                  Now I will not be without it, in just a few weeks it transformed my hands from dry rough horrible to look at engineers hands into nice soft moist normal looking hands. I apply before bed and then after each hand wash and it only takes a tiny amount each time so the cream lasts for ages so it is worth buying. Im not too interested in the smell of the cream to be honest, I am only interested in the results and it gets ten out of ten from me.

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                    26.12.2012 22:55
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                    A lovely gift to receive

                    L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream - 150ml is between £15 to £20 on-line

                    I am a massive fan of this cream - one of my good friends seems to always have a tube of it in her wonderful handbag for when we have dry hands... However as a miserly poor student I tend not to buy this for myself.

                    However my brother in laws brother bought me some last Christmas... I was given the cream as part of a wonderful gift set, and as such had a small 10ml tube of this hand cream... I have sensitive skin, and have never had issues with any allergies or reactions to this product.

                    On first opening this product smells wonderful - and this scent will happily remain on your hands for a long while. according to the wonders of the net the scent is of honey almonds and ylang ylang oil. (For me the scent is predominantly ylang ylang oil, and it's amazing - but my sister says she picks up the scents of almonds too)...

                    The cream is a wonderful thick consistency, and it takes only a little to cover your whole hands. As such the tube of 150ml will last a long time, even with regular use. It remains on your hands well after washing (it isn't greasy, but you can tell your hands are still softer)... After application the cream sinks into your skin quickly, and leaves your hands feeling immediately softer, and as it contains shea butter and vitamin E the cream works well to condition your hands.

                    It comes in a tube that looks foil like - but is in fact really strong and plasticised. I had this knocking around in my bag for a while with no issues. (The friend also has hers in her bag with no leakage issues either)... It really would take something sharp to puncture this. Once opened the tube should be used within 12 months.

                    The cream is rather on the expensive side - but for a treat or a gift it's amazing. A full sized tube comes in a wonderful box, and it does feel really luxurious. However I have to admit that I would find it hard to justify spending £15 on a tube of cream for my hands. I would recommend it to anyone - however for me it's only a 4* product - the loss of the fifth star is purely due to cost, as there are creams that are just as good but a fraction of the cost.

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                      Love it!

                      I was so excited to receive a tube of L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream in my fabulous beauty advent calendar this year as I had previously tried and loved the cherry blossom hand cream from this range and absolutely loved it.

                      Description
                      The hand cream is 20% shea so very rich and described as a hand cream for dry skin which is exactly what my skin needs in this bad weather and times of over doing it with the central heating.

                      Packaging
                      The tube is a plastic with metallic look, like an old fashioned toothpaste tube and a screw top lid that is really easy to get hold of, in an octagon shape. Inside the lotion is really thick and luxurious and cream coloured.

                      In use
                      You really only need a pea sized amount to adequately moisturise both hands and it sinks in really quickly which is surprising for such a thick cream. For me the best thing about it is the thick and sweet buttery smell of this lovely hand lotion. After use I noticed how soft and smooth my hands felt and this lasted a long time with me re applying around six hours later (I do wash my hands a lot during the day due to having young children and changing nappies and cooking etc).

                      My thoughts
                      I love this L'Occitane hand lotion and really want to own all the range they make as I have loved every one I have tried so far. They really are the top of their game and a product I would opt for every time if money was no option.

                      Price
                      At the moment, you can buy a 150ml tube for £18.50 on feelunique website. I have noticed these sell on QVC as well in bigger sets that work out better value for money.

                      Final word
                      This definitely ranks as one of the best hand creams I have ever used and it is a great brand. I am so pleased it was included in the advent calendar and was one of the products I immediately started using when I opened the door that day. I can recommend the hand cream as an intensive hand treatment. A tube of this would make a great gift and would be something I would consider purchasing again if I have the money to spare.

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                        Great hand cream but a bit expensive

                        Both my mother and grandmother have a bit of an obsession with hand cream and it seems to be something I have inherited. I don't suffer with dry hands particularly but if I notice they aren't really soft I find myself reaching for the hand cream. I always use them after I have washed my hands and many more times throughout the day. I ensure that there is a cream in most rooms of my house. I was really pleased to receive a 30ml travel tube of L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream for Christmas last year.

                        - The Packaging -
                        The packaging of creams and lotions is very important in my opinion. This particular hand cream comes in a squeezable metal effect tube. On the tube is the L'Occitane logo in blue and it also states that the cream contains Shea and is for dry skin. All the usual information is on the back and it states that 'this hand treatment helps to protect, nourish and soften hands'. There is a black screw on lid which has an octagonal shape. I find unscrewing the lid a little uncomfortable as the edges are a little sharp and dig into my fingers. The lid is very secure when on so there won't be any leaking. This is obviously important with any cream but even more so with a travel size because I like to keep it in my handbag. The squeezable tube allows the perfect amount to be squeezed onto your hand and it is fairly mess free. The contents can't be seen so it is hard to tell how much is left but I suppose a transparent panel would ruin the metal look of the tube. I found I was able to squeeze most of the cream out so there was little wastage. I actually went a step further and cut open the tube to ensure that I got every last drop of cream. You need to be careful doing this because the cut cube can be quite sharp. I think the tube looks simple, expensive and a little bit different because of its metal appearance. It is not particularly feminine so it is quite a unisex item. I find the tube to be a practical container but I'm not so keen on the lid.

                        - The Cream -
                        To me the cream is an ideal consistency. It is fairly thick but is still easy to rub into your hands. A small amount goes a long way. Once applied the cream leaves my hands feeling soft, clean and refreshed. I think it actually gave my hands a nice healthy glow too. It doesn't leave hands feeling greasy. The smell is pleasant enough but I wouldn't say I love it. It smells creamy and a little of Johnson's baby lotion but with a floral edge. Overall I am pleased with the quality of the cream.

                        - The Results -
                        After using the cream the initial results remain for sometime which is definitely the mark of a decent cream. After using this cream daily for a few weeks (alongside other creams) I feel my hands are soft and nourished so I would say it does what it says on the tin.

                        - Price and Availability -
                        This hand cream is available from L'Occitane shops and their website. Some department stores also stock their products. The 30ml travel tube is currently priced at £8.00 while the full size 150ml tube is £18.50. I think these prices are quite high but I would say it is a luxury item and the price is competitive compared to similar quality brands. There are many other scents available and I would say that the Shea butter cream is probably the most simple in terms of scent and the design of the tube.

                        - Would I Recommend? -
                        I would definitely recommend this hand cream as I like the tube, and the cream has a great consistency, smells pleasant and produces great results. I think the price would probably put me off buying it for myself but I would be delighted to receive it again as a gift.

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                        18.09.2012 20:28
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                        totally worth the higher cost

                        L'Occitane En Provence was founded in the 1970s in France. They offer a range of beauty products and do not test their products on animals.

                        ~Hand Cream~

                        L'Occitane are well known for their range of products containing shea butter. Shea butter stems from the African Shea Tree and is a versatile product used in medicinal products and cosmetic products. The L'Occitane range includes shea butter enriched shower gels, body lotions and hand washes.

                        L'Occitane offer quite a number of hand creams in different fragrances. The original hand cream contains 20% shea butter as well as extracts of coconut oil, almond and honey. L'Occitane claim that this 'rich' hand cream with leave your hands soft, smooth and protected. It is suitable for dry skin. This hand cream has been given quite a few beauty awards.

                        ~Design~

                        This hand cream is presented in a tall, silver tube with a screw off cap. A brown paper label completes the packaging. I find the packaging to be simple yet attractive. It is of a high quality and functional. When purchased in the shop, the tube is smooth but with regular use, I have found my tube to crinkle quite a bit.

                        ~Price and Availability~

                        This hand cream is available from www.loccitane.com and in L'Occitane stores.

                        *150ml full size - £18.50
                        *30ml travel size - £8.00

                        This hand cream is also available as part of various gift sets that L'Occitane offer.

                        ~My Thoughts~

                        My sister is a huge L'Occitane fan and I'm kind of going that way too having had quite a number of positive experiences with their products. I received my full size tube of this hand cream last Christmas. It is expensive but in my opinion, is worth every penny and would make a lovely gift. I have a few of the travel sized creams in different scents too and love them all!

                        I must say that this is one of the best hand creams I have ever used but I do not find it practical to apply this on the go. I find it best to apply this when I have spare time to concentrate on massaging it right into my skin. If you have dry or extra dry skin, this is the perfect hand cream for you. I wouldn't say it is ideal for those who just want to soften skin due to the intensive nature of this hand cream. My hands are normally dry and I do find that cold weather results in extra dryness.

                        This hand cream is incredibly thick. It squeezes out the tube like a thick toothpaste and is white in colour. I love using this hand cream. I only squeeze out the tiniest of blobs as this is sufficient to coat both hands thoroughly. Super rich, ultra creamy and ultimately luxurious, this hand cream feels absolutely amazing! It spreads like a dream and is immensly soothing and cooling. It really is a treat to apply.

                        As I said before, this isn't a practical hand cream for applying at your desk or after washing your hands each time. I massage it around the back of each hand, around my nails and then concentrate on the rougher areas on my palms. I can feel this hand cream sinking in and giving my skin a much needed moisture boost almost instantly. Due to the richness of this hand cream, it does take a little bit longer to full absorb into my skin. L'Occitane state that there will be no oily residue but personally, I do find my hands a little tacky for a short while and this does limit what I can and cannot do straight after applying.

                        The results of this hand cream are brilliant in my opinion. Once fully absorbed, my hands feel incredibly soft and super smooth to the touch with a silky, almost powdery finish. Any visible dry areas disappear and my hands and nails are left looking healthy and feeling comfortable and soothed. I do like the scent of this hand cream and find it lingers for quite some time after application. The shea butter scent is evident and is complimented by a mild creamy and sort of soapy undertone which is clean and pleasant. After a few hours, the scent changes to offer a mild nutty aroma.

                        I do not feel the need (nor have the time) to apply this throughout the day. I find that if I apply this hand cream in the morning, the effects are still noticeable by the time I go to bed and I am more than happy with this. It is very moisturising and penetrates deep down.

                        ~Conclusion~

                        This hand cream is of a high quality, works well and smells pleasant. I do prefer the scent of the other hand creams in the range but the original hand cream is gender neutral should the men like to try it out. I have used this regular since receiving it (whilst at times, alternating with a few other hand creams) but find this one is best for when my hands are at their worse. I have used it less during the warmer months compared to the colder months.

                        5 stars from me - thanks for reading :)

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                          11.07.2012 21:37
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                          A luxurious cream

                          L'Occitane are a French beauty brand which pride themselves on using naturally active and ethically sourced ingredients. L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream contains 20% Shea butter and aims to protect and nourish hands. A standard 30ml tube retails at £7, so it is not cheap, but I've picked up full-sized tubes as freebies in magazines before! It is available direct from L'Occitane and can be found on eBay too.

                          The packaging is plain and expensive looking,with an octagonal screw top lid. The cream is thick and luxurious and has a soft lavender aroma. A small amount is needed to cover the hands as it is so thick and it spreads easily. Once rubbed over the hands, it is quickly absorbed within 30 seconds and my hands feel smooth and soft. No greasy residue is left on the hands and I can pick things up and get on with things after using this - provided you use a small amount! As this cream is very thick and it is easy to use too much, some people may prefer just to use this at night time, before bed.

                          After I have used this, my hands stay moisturised for hours until I wash it off, and the pleasant smell lingers on my hands too. I would say that this cream has improved the overall moisture of my hands, even when I am not using this. I have never found this cream to be irritating or to cause redness.


                          Overall, I do tend to use cheap hand creams during the day, but this is a lovely hand cream and I always reach for it when my hands need a deep dose of moisturisation. L'Occitane have testers in their stores, so I would recommend trying this if you like the sound of it. I would recommend this to everyone who like a bit of luxury.


                          5 stars

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                      • Product Details

                        A super smoothing and best selling synergy of 20% Shea Butter, honey and sweet almond extract, blended with the light and alluring aromas of jasmine and ylang-ylang essences. Texturally pleasing balm glides on and miraculously absorbs to help heal and protect dry or dehydrated skin. Anti-oxidizing vitamin E helps nourish. Invites even the most hard-working hands to a fresh beginning. This rich texture is rapidly absorbed to leave the hands soft and smooth with no oily traces. To use: Apply day and night as needed.