Everyone has their thing, and mine is dry hands. I hate having dry hands and annoyingly I’m genetically ‘blessed’ with them. I’ve been through so many variety of hand creams, lotions and oils to treat and soften my skin that I feel well placed to judge the good from the bad, the great from the good and the exceptional from everything in between.
L’Occitane is a brand I only started using a year back and I truly wish I’d have discovered it sooner. I’ve not had a bad product from them yet, and I’ve made the most of them in the past 12 months, that’s for sure! When a good friend gave me a gift pack of their best-selling hand creams, I genuinely couldn’t wait to get stuck in.
The gift set includes three, 30ml tubes of product; the best selling, Shea Butter Hand Cream, the Lavender and the Pivoine Flora:
Shea Butter Hand Cream: I can totally see why one of these is sold every 3 seconds! The website says this product is enriched with 20% Shea Butter which explains how creamy and softening the formula is. What I love most about this cream is that it does it’s job with no added fuss – you’re not left with slimy, sticky hands and your skin actually does feel so much healthier and better nourished as a result.
Lavender Hand Cream: This is my favourite night hand cream. The lavender smell is perfect to help you relax before bed, whilst treating your skin to an extra dose of moisture. The scent is soft and not too heady. I find the formula to be the lightest of the three, so I do need to stick with the Shea Butter during the day to keep my dry skin at bay. If you’ve got nicely nourished hands as it is, try this one first!
Pivoine Flora Hand Cream: Another great hand cream from L’Occitane that soaks in quickly and leaves your hands feeling smooth (thank you, shea butter!). For me, the floral, peony scent is a bit too over powering so I wouldn’t keep this in my handbag to use all the time, but it is a great cream to use every now and again.
In true Sincerely Sarah fashion, I couldn’t do a product review without my overall breakdown:
Things I love: The gift set has something for everyone as all three creams offer something slightly different – in formula, scent and use. If you’re new to the L’Occitane brand this would be a great introduction to their products, but I warn you, you’ll get hooked.
Things I really love: The packaging is of course, fantastic. I’ve come to expect nothing less from L’Occitane and I fully intend to reuse the beautiful tin for another purpose once I’ve finished the creams. On a practical note, it’s always so handy to have a collection of travel-friendly products for on the go.
Things I didn’t love: As I mentioned, the peony scent of Pivoine Flora isn’t my favourite but I haven’t got a bad word to say about the actual cream and the impact of the product.
Purchasing options: All of the creams are available independently in 30ml travel sizes, or you can pick up the full sized versions of Lavender and Pivoine Flora in 75ml tubes. As the best-selling hand cream, the Shea Butter is available in a 150ml tube too. Prices for all the travel minis is £8.00, the two 75ml creams are available for £14.00 and the 150ml Shea Butter is £19.00. You can buy L’Occitane from independent shops or online.
I definitely look at The Hand Cream Collection gift set as a complete success. I would happily purchase two out of the three full sized products and wouldn’t hesitate to give this as a gift to friends and family. L’Occitane are quickly cementing themselves as one of my favourite skincare brands! I’d love to know in the comments if you’ve tried these and which is your fave.
Sincerely, Sarah x