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Conjures up pleasant memories of my trip to Nice!
L'Occitane Lavender Harvest Hand Cream
Member Name: ms_123
L'Occitane Lavender Harvest Hand Cream
Advantages: leaves hands feeling soft and supple
Disadvantages: not as effective for dry skin as those enriched with shea butter, the smell is too strong for me,
The hand cream comes packaged in a silver foil tube with a cream label containing the product name in French and English printed on it. Like all L'Occitane handcreams this tube has a small black screw-on lid which makes the product stand out from others on the shelves but in practice is a little fiddly to use. The cream contains lavender essential oil from Haute Provence. Lavender is known for it's ability to calm and soothe the senses and is often used as a sleeping aid.
Squeezing the tube releases a white coloured cream. Now all the other L'Occitane hand creams I have tried in the past have contained a large proportion of shea butter and so have had a fairly thick consistency so was surprised at how thin this was in comparison. It's not overly watery but flows out of the tube with minimal effort. The other hand creams I have tried in the L'Occitane range contain around 20% shea butter but judging by the lavender hand cream's consistency I'd say this contains a lot less.
I squeezed out a small blob, about the size of a 5p piece and rubbed this into my hands. I was pleased to note that the cream was easily absorbed into my skin. As I rubbed this in the scent of lavender hit my nose. This is really strong stuff! It smells very natural and not at all synthetic. For me it conjured up pleasant memories of my trip to Nice where I spent some time wandering around the market looking at stalls with lavender based soaps and cosmetics. It was nice initially but for me it really was a little too strong and overall not one that I was overly enamoured with. The scent also lingers for quite a while which for me was not great but if you're a fan of lavender then you'll love it.
Once rubbed in my hands felt silky smooth, although I have to admit they did feel quite greasy for the first few minutes, which is not something I have experienced with any of the other L'Occitane hand creams I have used. Unfortunately the softness in my experience also didn't last as long as with the hand creams made with shea butter and withing 15-20 minutes my hands were starting to feel dry again and so I had to reapply the cream. With a shea butter enriched handcream I can go for a couple of hours before I need to reapply the cream.
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 products are not, nor have they ever been tested on animals and nor are the ingredients used and the company is a member of PETA. 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 thought this hand cream was just 'ok'. I think it's not really suited for very dry skin like mine and for me a hand cream containing more shea butter is much more effective. I am also not too fond of the scent which is really nice initially but a bit overpowering after a while. If you have more normal skin on your hands I am sure that this cream would be effective at keeping your hands soft and supple. Unfortunately it wasn't too effective on my dry skin and I shall be continuing with the rest of my selection of handcreams which all contain shea butter, once this handcream is finished.
Summary: a pleasant enough handcream but it wasn't effective for me.
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