Monday, October 3, 2011

Skincare Review: L'Occitane's Shea Butter Hand Cream

The ProductL'Occitane's Shea Butter Hand Cream

The Review: It's fall. You know that this means? Winter is coming.(Extra nerd points if you can tell me what Fantasy TV/book series uses that phrase over and over until you want to beat yourself in the face.) If you live in a place that has a real winter, you know you had best stock up on moisturizers in preparation for the inevitable onset of scaly, dry skin. I don't know about you, but I swear the skin on my hands dehydrates faster than any other place on my body. Therefore, I adore a good hand cream capable of making my hands soft and pretty. This hand cream is one of the best I've tried.

A couple years ago, when I worked at Macy's selling shoes, I bought some of this lovely stuff for the first time. I don't know what it is about cardboard and tissue paper, but it wrecks your hands. Our hands would get so dry that almost all of us had some form of lotion on us at all times. We would store them in our assigned cubby things in the stock room, and if we ran out, we'd "borrow" some from another associate's cubby. When I got my L'Occitane hand cream, I let a couple of my associate buddies use it. Unfortunately, word got around and they "borrowed" so much that I ran out in a couple weeks. Ooooh, I was annoyed. I couldn't blame them though. This hand cream is so nice that I probably would have done the same thing.

Basically, this hand cream looks, feels and smells expensive. Which it is. It's a very thick, creamy lotion that smells like almond-vanilla awesomeness and moisturizes your hands without making them feel greasy or slimy. Instead, it absorbs quickly and instantly makes your hands soft and healthy-looking. I love products that provide instant gratification. Especially products that provide instant gratification and smell like amazingness.

Unlike a lot of lotions that provide short-term relief for dry skin, this cream actually helps heal and protects it.  Also, since the cream is so thick, you don't need much and don't need to reapply it as often as other lotions, so one tube should last you a while (unless you have a ton of coworkers stealing it from you on a daily basis). I've tried a ton of lotions, and I can never find one that I would rank above this stuff. On par, yes. Better than, no. Personally, I think it lives up the hype 100% and believe it's worth the price tag if you want to heal your hands in the winter and have them smell nice at the same time.

UPDATE: L'Occitane has done away with the amazing honey-almond scent and replaced it with a god-awful ylang-ylang, jasmine floral perfume. Both my roommate and I tried it and our consensus is that this once perfect handcream now smells like old lady with a hint of diaper. If you have scent allergies, it will give you an insta-headache. Why, L'Occitane?? WHYYYY???

Rated Beauty Grade: B-, A+ if you can stand the smell.

Cost: $10 (for 1 oz)

Where to Purchase: Sephora, L'Occitane

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  1. This looks divine and I want to go buy some right now. Unfortunately, my wallet disagrees. My lizard-like hands might just beat the shit/money out of it and buy some anyway.

    BTW, to comment on this I had to jump through so many hoops I now feel like a circus poodle. But for you I shall be any variety of poodle you require!

    (that's poodle for "LUUUUURVE U")

  2. It feels so goooooooood! I love it long time. Also, I fixed the commenty stuff, so it should be easier now! I swear I didn't not intentionally have the comments on such crappy settings. I thought I had it set on free-for-all, but apparently not. But you make an adorable circus poodle and I luuuuurve you! :)