Product Type: L'Occitane Soaps
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L'Occitane Sweet Almond Shea Butter Liquid Soap
Date: 15/02/12, updated on 15/02/12 (112 review reads)
Advantages: A non detergent soap that is less likely to irritate sensitive skin. Doesn't test on animals
Disadvantages: Bloomin' expensive at full price.
A few years ago we would regularly buy L'Occitane products but only when there was a big set on offer at QVC as until recently that was the only place we could get them where I live. We could I suppose have used L'Occitane's own website but the offers on QVC were (and hopefully still are) very good and made a luxury product affordable for us as a treat or as gifts for family. They are now available at Debenhams too, unfortunately L'Occitane is now pretty much out of our price range and I'm always delighted to receive something from their range as a gift. One of the products we ended up with a couple of times as part of a large set was L'Occitane Sweet Almond Shea Butter Liquid Soap,
You can learn more about L'Occitanes ethical and ecologically sound policies at their website should you wish http://uk.loccitane.com/FO/Home.aspx . L'Occitane don't test on animals either or use animal products/by products in their manufacture (other than bee hive ingredients like wax and honey) which is always a big plus.
An idea of pricing
At the moment this sweet almond soap is available at QVC only in a duo pack or as part of a larger set. The duo costs (15.Feb.12) £26.25 plus £4.45 postage and on L'Occitane's website as a duo of one full pump and a refill for £22 (normally £27) refills alone retail for about £10. The difference in price between this product in the dispenser and in the refill is astounding, at full price for both the difference is £7! which I find quite bad. You could buy and attractive permanent soap dispenser for that. If I were to buy this again I would only buy the refill and decant into either an old disposable dispenser whether the actual L'Occitane one or a cheap one (unless as part of a multipack as above where the cost of the soap was much less than if bought alone). If you have a nice permanent dispenser of course you would use that.
This soap though quite a large size and packed full of good quality ingredients is not something I would normally spend this amount of money on but as part of a larger set where it works out as technically 'free' or only a few pounds it is a great bargain.
The packaging is as the Dooyoo picture you can see the gorgeous amber colour of the soap through the container, though of course this lovely colour disappears as you use it, and the whole construction is nice and sturdy it sits nice and solidly on my sink between the taps. It looks classy and doesn't shout look at me. The pump action is reliable and delivers a nice amount of soap, though in use you get the feel of the pump and learn how hard and how far to depress it if you require a smaller or greater quantity of soap.
The liquid looks and feels nice and rich when dispensed and doesn't slip off your fingers and straight down the plug hole when the water is added, as I have had happen with some cheap brands. The lather as with most L'Occitane soaps is dense and rich and slides across the skin beautifully. With some cheap liquid soaps I feel wet skin rubbing against skin the lather is so thin and 'patchy' I never get that with this soap. Despite a good lather and plenty of moisturising ingredients it rinses away well with no noticeable residue. The moisturising ingredients of shea butter, sweet almond and aloe vera do there jobs and leave my skin feeling perfectly clean but not dried out or irritated. This soap has a non detergent base and is one of the reasons it feels so good on my skin and never irritates it.
Although the soap is expensive it does last a long time, in my experience longer than other liquid soaps we have used (other than other L'Occitane soaps). It usually lasts our family of four nearly 6 months and we don't stint on using it. We do tend to not take a full pump though, as although a full one is a nice amount a lesser amount does the job well and helps to stretch the soap out a bit. I have used this as a quick all over body wash when we ran out of shower gel and it wasn't too drying and did a good job. I have used it as a face wash too, though I usually use a cleanser or specific facial wash, and found it very pleasant to use, but my face did feel a little drier than the rest of my body after use, but there were no ill effects and I felt clean and fresh.
My sister who suffers with moderate to severe eczema can use this when she is not suffering from a particularly bad outbreak and it doesn't aggravate her skin, and though she does need to moisturise afterwards she needs to do that whatever she uses to clean her skin, after using the L'Occitane almond liquid soap her skin feels softer and fresher than with other liquid soaps she has used so far.
One thing I'm not keen on about this particular soap is the scent, but that is only because I can't stand the smell of almonds, I hate marzipan or any food product that uses the essence. The nuts themselves I quite like. Because we received this as part of a bigger set and we bought it for some other specific items in the set which weren't available with a different liquid soap option we had no choice but to take the almond soap. I would not have bought this scent if I'd had the choice. However although the almond smell is very obvious I didn't find it terribly unpleasant it is very natural and I think that's why I didn't find it offensive. Also I have tried the verbena and lavender L'Occitane liquid soaps and I like the almond one because it feels in my opinion the most moisturising. I think the scent of this and the other scents in this particular liquid soap range are unisex, they are not flowery or overly sweet and have a nice fresh clean smell suitable for all ages and sexes. The almond scent does linger a little which personally I would prefer it didn't but it's not too overpowering and does fade fairly quickly. My negativity about the smell is only a personal one and of course you as my husband does may love the scent.
This in my opinion really is a great product, and despite the fact I normally detest the smell of almonds I would buy it again if I got the opportunity. If I did buy this again I would try and get it as before as part of a larger set or buy the refill at £10 and decant .
Summary: A quality product with lots of positives apart from the price.
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