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This ultra-rich hand and body wash from L'occitane is my new favourite product. I had looked at it previously but thought it was just too expensive to justify buying however when I was browsing ebay I noticed someone was selling a bottle that was 95% full and I managed to get it for £5 including delivery. This was a bit of a bargain as the retail price for this is £13.50. The wash is designed especially for washing your hands and body and contains shea milk and oat milk to prevent dryness and moisturise skin. I wash my hands much more frequently in winter as I once read that washing your hands regularly can reduce the chance of you picking up the common cold virus. As you can imagine all this washing does help strip the skin on my hands of moisture and leaves them looking and feeling dry. I am a huge fan of the L'occitane shea hand cream but I don't want to use it every time I wash my hands as it is far too expensive and frankly fantastic to be wasting in this way. I was hoping that by using this is would mean that I didn't need to use my hand cream as much and that is exactly what has happened. The lotion comes in a pump dispenser bottle which I am a big fan of due to it being much more hygienic. I find that one pump of the lotion is more than enough for me to wash my hands with. The wash lathers up beautifully and feels so silky and luxurious and when washed off my hands my skin is left feeling ultra-soft and hydrated without feeling greasy or slippy. It is just as good when used on my body but obviously this requires more of the product. As the bottle contains 300ml I don't mind using this occasionally especially when my skin is feeling a little dry but I do try not to use it so often on my body due to me wanting to keep it for as long as possible. As it was so good on my hands and body I did try using this on my face but unfortunately it just wasn't as good on this area of my body and was perhaps a little too rich for my slightly greasy skin as it left it looking and feeling a little too greasy and I just didn't get that clean fresh feeling from it. Along with being an excellent hand and body wash it also smells absolutely gorgeous with a sweet but not overpowering scent. This smell also lasts long after the lotion has been washed off and actually subtly scents my skin for hours on end. L'occitane do some amazing products and although they are expensive you can usually feel the quality when using them. This hand and body wash is no different and it leaves my skin feeling amazing and really hydrated. It also has never left my skin itchy and I like the fact that it is natural and doesn't contain loads of chemicals.
This is a great quality product from a very well respected brand. It's not by any strech of the imagination cheap, at around £15, but it's worth it for a treat. The lotion is super creamy and lathers up like a dream, so much so that you only need a tiny amount so in that respect it does make the value better. Although it is hand and body wash I've only ever used it for my hands although I can't see any reason that it wouldn't be great for the body too. As a previous reviewer said the scent is a very soft "baby talcum powder" sort of a fragrance. It might sound odd but it's actually very comforting somehow. The packaging is the usual L'Occitane branded chunky but not masculine style which makes me think of French Country Hotels (never having set foot in one this is purely a surmising on my part you understand!). Although this is not a cheap product the quality is outstanding so it's great as a gift or as a treat for yourself without breaking the bank - I guarantee you'll feel a little bit posher if this is by your basin.
I promise I am getting towards the end of the contents of the giftbox that I received for Chirstmas, so the reviews of its contents shall be drawing to an end shortly. :o) L'occitane first started manufacturing it's products way back, in 1976, in France. They use high quality, traceable ingredients, and have never used animal products. The ingredients are 100% natural and certified organic. A nice thing to know is that 78% of their products are paraben free. Having used many products from the range, over many years, I received a hands and body wash in a L'occitane gift set that I had given me. Waiting until the previous hand wash was used up was a bit annoying, as I do so love this company's products, but used it is, and so to my review. I have used these liquid soaps many times before, but never one designed for both hands and body. The bottle is clear plastic, it could be tacky, but it's actually quite stylish with the L'occitane branding on the front. The soap contains moisturising shea butter, not in a token 0.5% to make it look good, but a whopping 5%. Shea butter is prepared only by the women of the Bobo Diouasso region in West Africa. The Shea trees that supply the fruit is sacred, so they are harvested by picking the fruit from the ground. It is only women that harvest, and grind the fruit into a paste to transform it into what we use. This gives Shea butter the apt nickname of 'women's gold'. Shea butter protects the skin of the face and body, and also the hair from the harsh elements, be it the sun (in Africa) or the long, cold, harsh winters of England. It is recommended for dry and very dry skin types because of this. Along with the shea butter, this soap contains oat milk, to soothe and help hydrate. All you need is half a pump (which keeps the soap hygienically clean) and you will have plenty of soap to clean your hands. The foam is rich, creamy and luxurious. One of these bottles has lasted a good five to six months in my house, possibly longer, and with four people it gets used an awful lot. I keep this one by the kitchen sink for ease of use, and just have an ordinary liquid soap upstairs. Because this is ultra rich, when my hands feel tight after using bleach etc, this puts the lost moisture back. At £12.25 for a 300ml bottle, this is not a cheap option, but for me it is worth it because I suffer with very dry hands. I love all products by this manufacturer but I must admit, this one could be my new all time favourite. It is so rich and creamy, you can just feel the intense moisture. It feels like moisture is just pouring into your skin, enabling your hands to become silken, smooth and hydrated. It is quite economical because I will not often apply a hand cream after using this. For reviewing purposes, I use the Vanilla Shea butter hand cream, also made by L'occitane and they complement each other perfectly. If you would like a light, less intense hand/body lotion made especially to work in a close relationship with this hands and body wash, this is called Extra-Gentle Lotion for hands and body, it is £17.75 for a 300ml bottle, and contains added honey extract which this hand wash does not. Although this product states it is for hands and body, I have never used this for my body. If the way my hands feel soft and silky is to go by, I can't see there being any foreseeable problems with it. There is a statement on the back of the bottle which reads 'This foaming cream gently cleanses hands and body and respects the natural balance of the epidermis'. Some information from the website states ' This product is free from: parabens, silicons, mineral oils, animal ingredients, formol or formaldehyde, triclosan, synthetic colourants, EDTHA, BHA and BHT. In all honesty, I don't know what half of them are, but if they are not contained in this product, it sounds good to me! The fragrance was hard to put my finger on. It's warm, and soft, powdery and inviting. It eluded me for quite a while. When I asked my seven year old daughter (it was puzzling me that much) what it smelt like, she said instantly, without a nanoseconds hesitation - Baby powder! That's it, that's it to a tee! The intoxicating smell of newborn babies who have just had a bath, and have been dried and powdered and are now all warm and snuggly. You may buy L'occitane products direct from their boutique store (where you will always find the service is exemplary) in city centres, or you may order via the web at: www.loccitane.co.uk. Postage and packing is £4.95 but this is free if you spend over £59.00. A tad expensive in my opinion! I like to purchase mine from Q.V.C. (www.qvcuk.com) where I am sure of always finding a good deal, but do shop around, prices vary enormously. I cannot stress how much I love the scent, and the moisturising properties of this hands and body wash. I wholeheartedly recommend you use L'occitane hand washes or liquid soaps in future, just try them - you'll be as hooked as I am.