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The last couple of weeks have actually been quite good for me in regards to getting my hands on bath and shower products. I managed to buy some Lush items at well below their rrp, then I got given some free, I received free handcreams and to top it off I received these soaps from my friend as she didn't really like them. The size I have aren't full size, but 50g. The full size at 100g costs £4.50 and the extra large size at 250G for £8.00. These can be purchase directly from L'Occitane in store or online, and various online sites and physical department stores.
Why was I given this?
Myself and a friend were having a conversation about this brand after I picked up some free hand creams from one of their stores as part of a promotional offer. She mentioned she was given some soaps by her sister and they were just sitting in her home as she didn't use them because she's not very keen on soaps. My reaction? GIVE ME!
How is it packaged?
The soap is wrapped in brown paper, not that different to what you would wrap a parcel in. Smooth in look and feel, and gives the soap a slightly old rustic appearance to it. On the front you have the ' L'OCCITANE EN PROVENCE ' logo at the top. Directly underneath there's the product name and fragrance in both English and French within a circular shape.
On the back are the ingredients list and what the product is. On the side it mentions the soap has a 24 month shelf life once opened.
Some of the ingredients are as follows (not all listed as the print is small and my eyes even smaller! )-
Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Aqua, Shea Butter, Glycerin, Sunflower Seed oil, Sorbitol, Citronellol.
How do I find this?
The packaging was very easy to open as the soap is wrapped up gently like a small present. The paper just needs to be lifted from the side and pulled to take the soap out. The packaging, look wise, I think is cute and traditional, and looks great sat in a downstairs toilet or bathroom as decoration.
Despite the fact the soap isn't full size, it is a good size for washing needs. Square in shape, 2 inches by 2 inches with a thickness of just under 1 inch. The soap is milky white in colour with the ' L'Occitane' logo directly embossed into it on one side. Completely smooth in look and feel.
The smell you get when it's in its packaging, when opened and when in use isn't a strong scent. It basically smells clean, fresh, and slightly milky but soap like. Comparing this to other milk based/fragranced bath/shower products I've used recently, this doesn't have the sweetness to it that others have or any floral notes to it. It's quite simple and plain.
I found this soap very easy to lather by rubbing it against a sponge I use in the shower. It required very little effort, energy and time. Rather than it producing loads of lather it produced a soft and frothy white foam that appeared and felt very creamy and quite luxurious. It glided over the body, and I didn't feel this foam disappeared quickly, and stayed in tact and on the skin for as long as I needed it to.
After I rinsed the foam off my body, my skin felt squeaky clean. Which I haven't experienced on my skin for....well, I'm not sure! The only way I can explain it is when you wash your hair really thoroughly and you literally can hear and feel it squeak because its that clean and any form of product, dirt or grease has been removed completely. This is how I felt with this. What I didn't feel is dry or my skin being stripped of any of its natural moisture. So skin looked and felt clean, not dry, quite moisturised and was completely comfortable as it was without any form of body lotion or cream, but I put it on straight after as I always do.
I didn't feel the fragrance stayed on my skin for along time. But to be fair, it's not a fragrance as such, more a clean and fresh ' I've just got out of the shower ' feeling/scent.
So what do I think?
This is a great soap. Before using this I forgot how great their soaps are. I really didn't want to use and open these as they look so cute and showroom like, but thankfully I was given afew so I could afford to use one!
The size and shape meant I could hold this comfortably in the palm of my hand in the shower. My son also nicked this while he was in the bath, and I found this size perfect for his little hands and body. Perfect travel size.
Although I didn't do this, I felt this soap was so gentle on the body, it could easily be used on the face. A great multi-functional product for the guys I think, as most don't like to use a zillion and one products in the bath or shower. On the body, this was very gentle and caused no issues to my skin despite suffering from Psoriasis.
Cleaning the body was as quick or as long as I wanted. My showers have to be quite limited in time because of the kids and being in general quite busy, so I found this product perfect as it allowed me to give myself a really good thorough clean but in a very short space of time. If I was really short of time, because it didn't dry my skin out and it felt quite balanced and moisturised, I could've skipped the body lotion. But because of my skin issues I wouldn't do that intentionally, but at least I know if I had to I could.
The fragrance is great for someone who either doesn't like a fragrance but wants to smell and feel clean, and it's a good overall scent as who doesn't want to smell clean? It's not offensive and would work with everyone, although some may find the scent a little on the boring and non special side.
Would I buy this?
Yes I would. It's a great soap that does what its supposed to do. It cleans ( unbelievably well! ), it doesn't strip the skin, it provides some moisture to the skin, doesn't irritate and I've used it on my son and he's had no issues.
A good all round soap.
Generously sized for everyday use and the bath / Formulated with a 100% vegetable base and enriched with nourishing Shea Butter / L'Occitane works directly with women's Shea-processing collectives in western Africa, supporting economic recovery and a heritage of natural harvesting traditions / Non-irritating; suitable for men, women and children / Shea Butter benefits both dry skin that is naturally low in oils, flaky and skin temporarily dehydrated by air conditioning, climate, aggressive products or diuretics / Shea Butter addresses both conditions by supporting the health of the hydrolipidic film that helps skin maintain its natural defenses /