joi, 20 noiembrie 2014

Oldie but goodie: L'Occitane en Provence 20% shea butter hand cream for dry skin

One of my favourite hand creams for the colder seasons is L'Occitane en Provence 20% shea butter hand cream for dry skin. In the colder seasons I like thicker body and hand creams with a plus of moisturization and protection against the cold temperatures and wind. But first something about the brand:
With nothing but an alambic, a small truck and a solid knowledge of plants, Olivier Baussan, at the age of 23, distills Rosemary essential oil which he sells on the local markets of Provence. The L’OCCITANE journey begins.

1976 - Using an old soap factory, Olivier revives the traditional art of Marseille soap-making.
1977 - L’OCCITANE reserves its first harvest of lavender, the fragrant and iconic symbol of Provence.
1980 - While exploring the world for new ingredients and traditional techniques, Olivier learns about the women who produce shea butter in Burkina Faso, Africa. After discovering its incredibly nourishing qualities, he places a large order before returning to Provence, and the adventure in Burkina Faso begins.
1981 - The first L’OCCITANE factory and store open in Volx, Provence.
1990 - L’OCCITANE becomes a fragrance merchant, buying a barge to distribute its products, speading the aromas of the gardens of Provence.
1992 - The first L’OCCITANE boutique opens in Paris on Rue Vavin.
1997 - As a sensorial brand, L'OCCITANE is one of the first companies to feature Braille labeling on its products.
1999 - The verbena harvest collection launches.
2001 - The first L’OCCITANE Spa opens in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2002 - International launch of the Immortelle Skincare Collection.
2009 - In order to benefit both our customers and the environment, L’OCCITANE begins to offer eco-refill packaging.
2011 - Immortelle Divine Cream receives the “Best Miracle Cream” award following user trials organized by the Anti-Aging Beauty Bible.
2012 - L’OCCITANE now has over 2,000 stores all over the world.         source:
I now have the mini 20% shea butter hand cream from my earlier journeys, but as soon as I finish it, I will buy the normal sized one. My mini comes in a 10 ml/ 0.3 oz recipient.

Enriched with 20% shea butter, this super-creamy hand cream penetrates quickly to protect, nourish and comfort hands. An international customer favorite, one Shea Butter Hand Cream is sold every three seconds - 2012-2013. The formula includes honey and almond extracts, and coconut oil blended with shea butter for extremely effective hand care. The cream's rich texture is rapidly absorbed to leave the hands soft and smooth with no oily traces. 

Ingredients : 
Shea butter: nourishes, softens and protects (rich in vitamins and fatty acids)
Coconut oil: nourishes, rich in fatty acids
Extract of honey: softens
Extract of marshmallow root: softens
Flaxseed extract: nourishing and softening  

It has a valability of 12 months. There are also 30 ml (33 ron) and 150 ml ones (95 ron).
The texture is a little thicker and it has a mild lovely sweet fragrance that remains onto the skin quite a while. I love it!
It is absorbed very quickly into the skin, leaving it nourished and perfumed.
I love the fact that is doesn't leave a greasy film onto the skin like other thick hand creams do. The hands feel nourished a very long time , I don't feel the need to reapply it all the time like with other hand creams.
It can be found in all  L'Occitane en Provence shops and online here :,54,1,7234,96668.htm  The price is 33 ron (30 ml) and 95 ron (150 ml).
All in all, L'Occitane en Provence 20% shea butter hand cream is a very good quality product, a little expensive for a hand cream but the moisturization and luxurious perfume makes it worth buying! You need a little pampering in your life, especially in the colder seasons. The hands are very important for a woman (they wash, clean, cook, care for others) so they need a litle TLC once in a while! I give it the -A grade (due to the price) and recommend it wholeheartedly to you! You are worth it!
A dose of English :
alambic - vas de distilare
harvest - the process of gathering mature crops from the fields
root - radacina
marshmallow - bezea
merchant -  a businessperson who trades in commodities produced by others, in order to earn a profit
TLC  - tender loving care 
wholeheartedly - without reserve; without reservation


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