“ Brand: L'Occitane / Type: Hand Cream / Texture: Gel / Suitable for: Hand „
I'm a big fan of L'Occitane products and got my little tube of this hand gel in a set along with the ever-popular shea butter hand lotion and my personal favourite hand cream - lavender harvest. Mine is called "cooling gel" as opposed to "ice", but it's the same product, just slightly rebranded.
The gel is fairly liquid and a little goes a long way, it soaks in quickly and leaves a silky, slightly powdery finish on the hands as well as a lingering coolness and a bright, crisp verbena smell (verbena smells very similar to lemon, but a little more subtle and herbal).
I keep this hand gel in my work bag because I find it really usefull to use it just before I go into a meeting where I know I'm going to be shaking hands with people - if my hands are a little bit sweaty the cooling effect and slightly powdery finish gets rid of this completely and leaves my hands dry but still very soft, plus there's a lovely waft of fresh verbena too!
This is definitely a firm favourite of mine and although I try to be very sparing with it as it's a bit pricey I will definitely be buying another tube as soon as this one runs out.
This is the third hand cream I have reviewed which came in a set of L'Occitane hand creams I received as a gift.
L'Occitane is a good quality brand and I love the shea butter products, but their verbena range is among their top selling products, so I had high expectations of this hand cream.
As my hand cream is part of a set it is a really useful 15ml size which is perfect for popping in a handbag. This particular size comes in a silver plastic tube with a black lid, which is easy to unscrew.
My first surprise was that this looks like a cream, it is white but when you spread it across your hands it is a clear thin wet gel, which was a surprise for a hand product. This immediately absorbs into your hands, improves the appearance and softens the skin within a matter of seconds, so this is great if you are strapped for time. You only need a small amount so this will last a long time.
What I really love about this is the scent which is a lovely and lemony. This always makes me feel clean and refreshed. The scent is quite strong when you first apply but it soon fades and just leaves a faint lemon smell.
The main ingredient in this cream is lemon verbena which is a plant that has lemon scented leaves and this makes this cream have a very authentic natural lemon aroma, which is lovely.
This does cool your hands and I can imagine using this to help cool down at work on those few days a year we get when it is really sticky. Or if you have hot sweaty hands this will definitely help cool them down.
Whilst my hands feel and smell nice, I have dry skin and I don't feel this is moisturising enough for me and I prefer the richer L'Occitane hand creams with shea butter in them.
I will however keep this at my desk and use it when I get too hot or when I need a boost as this scent does make me feel invigorated and refreshed, great at 2pm when my body clock says I need a snooze.
L'Occitane try to use ingredients from sustainable sources and wherever possible from organic farms. They also use the highest quality and grade of each ingredient which possibly explains why their products are quite expensive. This is very evident in all their products as the scents smell very natural and are very long lasting.
They do not test on animals and do not use any ingredients of animal origin with the exception of beehive products like honey and royal jelly.
Whilst I love the scent and find this easy to apply, quickly absorbs and makes my hands look nice and feel softer, I feel I need something richer for my dry skin.
Would I recommend?
Yes, I do like this.
I will use this in the summer to cool my hands down and for the refreshing scent on those days when you wish you had air con , but on a daily basis I don't think this will hydrate my hands enough.
Price and Availability
They do a 75ml tube which is £13.50 and is available from L'Occitane online and other online retailers.
Debenhams also sell L'Occitane.
Or L'Occitane often does sets with several different hand creams in 30ml and 15ml sizes.
For example QVC have a heavenly hand collection which has 10 x 15ml hand creams and includes 2 of the verbena. In a gift box for ££20.70 + 3.45 post and packing.
4 stars from me , a really nice hand cream/gel with a unique texture
The verbena "hand cream gel" I'm reviewing is referred to as 'cooling' not 'ice' as in the Dooyoo description. However it is the same product but has had a very slight shuffle of the name. This is another hand cream from a set of 5 I received for Christmas, with each one I try I'm impressed more and more with the quality and results from this excellent ethically and socially sound company. If you would like to find out more about their involvement with certain initiatives, their support of local growers and rare plant species, and how they do not test on animals or use any animal products (other than beehive produce) in their ranges you can check them out on their own informative website http://uk.loccitane.com/FO/Home.aspx
This cream like other of L'Occitane's fragranced creams costs £13.50 for the full size of 75mls and is the Dooyoo picture, the tube I have is a smaller size and a silvery metal plasticised tube. The tube is easy to handle, and dispenses the cream smoothly and easily. What I like about a non pump action delivery system is that you can cut open the tube when you think you've used all the cream and get another portion or so out by sweeping your finger around the inside.
This product is a lightweight gel formulation and has a much more cooling feel on the skin than the other fragranced hand creams in the range. Although it is a gel cream it looks more like a cream, and holds its shape albeit softly with a very slight spread when dispensed. I am impressed with the way that the different 'flavours' in my selection box are not the same cream with different scented oils added, but have their own individual blend of ingredients.
This one has as its second listed ingredient alcohol, which explains why it is so cooling and light in texture; the faster evaporation of the alcohol will give a pleasantly fresh cooling sensation. I assumed that having alcohol present as a high percentage of ingredients would mean that the gel was less effective at moisturising than the other creams in the L'Occitane stable. I was pleasantly surprised as this sinks in almost instantly leaving a matte velvety slightly powdery finish, and is remarkably effective at moisturising my skin. L'Occitane say that this powdery finish helps to reduce perspiration and the formulation helps to relieve the feeling of swollen hands in hot humid weather. Although the weather is cool at the moment over Christmas I was rushing around in a hot kitchen with hands in and out of hot water and hot ovens and this cream did seem to help to keep them from turning into purple sausage fingers. Even though the cooling sensation itself didn't last very long, my hands stayed comfortable all through the day (with a couple of applications)
I can't say that this cream is as deeply moisturising as the richer 20% shea butter creams, or the other scented L'Occitane creams as although it does a good job and my hands feel comfortable for a few hours I do feel the need to reapply more often than with any of the other creams I've tried so far. This has meant that the 15ml tube has only lasted about 9 days rather than about 11-12 for the other scented creams so for me less economical.
I do wonder if the verbena cream/gel might be unsuitable for people with skin conditions such as eczema as the alcohol content may sting or aggravate sore skin with a compromised barrier, as the skin is not just the broken but very sensitive to irritants. Perhaps this is one to test if possible before purchase if you do suffer from a skin condition but really fancy trying the verbena range out. This is just my opinion as I haven't been able to test this theory as my skin as far as eczema goes is fine at the moment. I do have a few little nicks in my skin from over enthusiastic potato peeling at Christmas and I have found this formulation absolutely fine on these areas.
Most of the hand products from L'Occitane contain she butter but this hand cream doesn't (certainly not in the first several ingredients and I can't find it further down the list either). It does however contain other moisturising ingredients such as castor oil, glycerin, flower and fruit extracts.
The scent is clean and fresh with a slight citrusy, general fruity and 'green' tone to it, if you've smelt anything from the verbena collection the scent is distinctive and this cream doesn't veer from that. It isn't as long lasting as the more 'sensual' rose, cherry blossom, or lavender scents, but is still apparent on the skin a little while after use. I think that this would be an ideal unisex product, definitely something my husband wouldn't be embarrassed about smelling of.
This is another lovely product from L'Occitane, though I don't think this is one I would buy for myself regularly as I prefer a richer formulation. However this is great for those who need their hands to be completely dry straight after use, and gives a really fresh clean feel and scent to the skin. Even though I usually prefer a deeper moisturisation level I can see me reaching for this on a hot sticky day and enjoying the whole experience very much. Although the formulation is not one I prefer I would not hesitate to give it a 5 star rating as it is superb at what it intends to do, and could be just perfect for someone else.
I have been a convert and fan of L'Occitane for the last 3 years, ever since I first used their Shea Butter Hand Cream so when I first saw the new Verbena Harvest Hand Cream I had little hesitation in snapping it up.
I saw it advertised on the QVC shopping channel with claims of its fresh zesty aroma and moisturizing yet cooling effects. It was early in the summer season and as I was hoping that the weather was going to bring on the need for me too keep cool, I quickly placed an order.
It arrived in the post several days later and I could not wait to open it and smother it all over my hands. The packaging was simple yet stylish, the familiar paper brown box with the blue label denting the French company it represents.
Taking the tube of cream form the box, I noticed the pale green colour through the translucent case. I twisted the top of the cream and it cleverly stopped without coming off completely and twisted back closed. I thought this to be a great idea since I am constantly dropping the tops and lids from my creams and cosmetics and struggle to keep the contents fresh.
Squeezing a little of the product onto the back of my hand, I was a little surprised to notice its gel like consitency. Thinking that this may not be moisturising enough for me as my hands have a tendency to be very dry and flaky, I continued to smooth it over both the back and the palms of my hands, carefully massaging it into the cuticles as I went. I was struck by a lovely cooling sensation which left my hands feeling fresh and clean. The smell burst towards my nostrils, citrusy and sweet yet not at all overperfumed.
Mmmm, I loved the feel of this hand cream, it didnt feel sticky at all as I initially thought it might when I fist squeezed the tube. It melted into my skin and left no residue but moisturised my skin perfectly.
I took the cream to work and left it on my desk and all of my colleagues began asking for a squirt when they realised what the heavenly smell was. I now have to lock it away in my draw to stop them pinching it.
The price of this product is approximately £20 or 75ml depending on where it is purhased and although one may feel this to be expensive for a tube of hand cream, a little really does go a long way and I feel that it is well worth getting the results.