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A wonderful hand cream
L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Member Name: jillycat
L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Date: 05/12/11, updated on 05/12/11 (48 review reads)
Advantages: Heals dry skin absorbs well smells lovely
Disadvantages: the price
A hand cream is an essential for me at this time of the year as my hands often get dry in the cold weather. .
For those of you unfamiliar with this brand L'Occitane is a French company with its roots in the province region. They try to use natural ingredients within their products and try where possible to also use organic products if possible. They try to keep to a minimum artificial preservatives and silicones within their goods. If you want to know more about them they have a very good website http://uk.loccitane.com . Within the UK they sell their goods either over the internet, in a few L'Occitane boutiques up and down the country and some of their goods are available via QVC.
Shea butter hand cream
I have tried several brands but this L'Occitane Shea butter hand cream is one of my favourites. Made with 20% Shea Butter to help protect and nourish the hands it is also designed to penetrate quickly.
The version I have is in a small tube that has a plastic screw top cap. I find this is nice and straight forward to help deliver the cream on to my hands.
The cream itself is a lovely thick white cream that holds it shape well as it comes out of the tube. The smell of the cream is delicious and definitely smells to me of the honey and almond extract that are also contained in the cream. I personally find it hard to detect the smell of rosemary and marshmallow contained in the cream. The scent of the cream lingers well I think and is noticeable after application and for a good hour afterwards I would say.
On putting this onto my hands I find a small amount about 1 cm long does enough for both of my hands the cream once on the hands will hold its shape till you rub it in to your skin. I find that it takes only about 1-2 minute to rub the cream in. The cream sinks in well to my skin and is very quickly absorbed. Initially my hands seem to have a slight film across them. This isn't greasy as such but more of a glisten sheen that disappears after about 5 minutes leaving my hands all soft.
In my experience I find that if my hands have started to get a bit dry and cracked in winter that if I apply this a couple of times a day and before going to bed on an evening, by the time 3 days have past the cracks have gone and the skin on my hands have become soft again rather than dry.
I would definitely recommend this cream to people who suffer from dry hands as it is easily absorbed and definitely lives up to its nourishing claims. It isn't cheap at around £17 for 150mls but if you haven't tried it before I would recommend trying the smaller travel size of 30mls for £7.50 to see if you like it and I promise you won't be disappointed.
Summary: A great hand cream that lives up to its claims to nourish and heal dry skin
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