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Another great hand cream from L'Occitane!
L'Occitane Shea Hand Cream Cocoa Flower
Member Name: ms_123
L'Occitane Shea Hand Cream Cocoa Flower
Advantages: softens skin, non greasy, keeps dry patches at bay, smells nice
Disadvantages: A little pricey
I have suffered from dry skin on my hands for many years now. I had spent many years trying various hand creams that claimed to sooth and smoothen dry skin. However, the vast majority were simply too thin and runny for my hands and my thirsty skin would mop up the cream like a sponge and be dry again within a matter of minutes! It's quite frustrating really as the skin on the rest of my body doesn't really give me a problem at all! I discovered the L'Occitane range of hand creams a couple of years ago and the ones that are formulated with shea butter really seem to help my hands making them soft and supple again. I have been trying out the different varieties in the L'Occitane range over the last couple of years, however they are a little on the pricey side at £8.00 for a 30ml tube. I was therefore delighted when for my birthday earlier this year I received a selection of L'Occitane hand creams from my sister. I have been using these several times a day and unfortunately am going to run out soon with several months left till my next birthday.
One of the varieties that I received was the Cocoa flower hand cream, which is a limited edition variety. The hand cream comes packaged in a silver foil tube with a brown label with white spots and green triangular arrows on it and with the product name written in both English and French. The cream contains 20% shea butter, an ingredient well known for being intensely moisturising and good for dry skin. Shea butter is also rich in antioxidants, in particular Vitamin E, which helps to nourish the skin. In addition this particular variety also contains as expected cocoa butter (from the seed of the cocoa flower), almond extracts and honey - all skin friendly ingredients.
Like all L'Occitane hand creams this tube comes with a small black screw top lid. This does distinguish it from other hand creams and also makes it look a little more classy but in practice can be a bit fiddly to open and close. It also tends to come undone at times when I am carrying this around in my bag.
Squeezing the tube releases a thick white coloured cream. I tend to use a small blob each time I apply this, slightly smaller than a 5p piece. Despite its thickness the cream rubs into my hands effortlessly. It smells sweet but not overly so. I am not a huge fan of sweet smells and I found the vanilla flower hand cream in the same range to be a bit sickly, but this one actually smells quite pleasant. Once absorbed, my skin feels soft and thoroughly moisturised. Any dry patches disappear and remain at bay for a couple of hours. For me that is actually pretty impressive as other brands of hand creams that I have used may have to be applied as frequently as every 20 minutes! I am also surprised, given its thickness that once rubbed in my skin does not feel greasy - I can feel a thin layer of the product on my hands but it doesn't feel heavy in any way.
I always like to know a little about the company that I purchase cosmetics from in terms of their ethics and 'naturalness' of their products. L'Occitane was founded in 1976 by Olivier Baussan, at the age of 23, who wanted to create products that captured the tradition and values of his childhood in Provence. They pledge to use natural, active ingredients that are organic where possible and are sourced largely from Provence or the Mediterranean. The shea butter however is sourced from Burkino Faso in Africa and L'Occitane have been working for a number of years with the women of the village as part of a co-development programme. As part of this L'Occitane purchase shea butter directly from the women in the village which ensures that they get a fair price for it, which is an initiative I am quite impressed with.
L'Occitane also state that none of their products are tested on animals and neither are any of the ingredients that are sourced to make their products. All the products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, with the exception of the beehive products containing honey or Royal jelly. Further information is available on their website. This deserves a special mention as I found the site extremely interesting. There is a section which contains details of each of the ingredients used in L'Occitane products, what their role is and which products contain them.
Overall I am really quite impressed with this hand cream from L'Occitane. It blends into my skin effortlessly and leaves my skin feeling soft, hydrated and thoroughly moisturised. It is a little on the pricey side but it's so good that I feel I shouldn't grumble too much. A tube lasts me a couple of months so it's not too bad really. I am nearing the end of this tube and once I have run out this may well be on my list of ones to buy again (although there are still many in the L'Occitane range that I haven't tried so I may opt for something else!) Recommended
Summary: Another great hand cream from L'Occitane!
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