Monday, 26 September 2011

L'occitane Shea Butter Collection

One of the best gifts I received last Christmas was a totally unexpected one from my other half’s Aunties, an amazing gift set of 10 L’occitane travel size hand creams. I had never used L’occitane products before then and I was instantly converted. The hand cream was without a doubt the best I had ever used on my constantly dry hands. I found the consistency not too thick for evenly spreading, nor was it runny therefore taking an AGE to sink into your hands. The way my hands felt afterwards felt so luxurious and pampered, I was addicted to putting it on and I loved the smaller sized tubes and popped one in all my bags. Since then I have found myself wandering into the Glasgow store to pore over their latest lotions and potions and always being impressed with the service.

Cherry Blossom Hand Cream (Travel Size)
When I was looking into more info about the company I was really thrilled to read about how the company gives back- through the L’Occitane Foundation. Here they select, finance, and assist projects that support the visually impaired both in Europe and in developing countries, the preservation of the knowledge of nature and also the economic emancipation of women.

It is this last area the foundation works with that has led to this review- The company work with the women of Burkino Faso to support training and increase education have inspired the new limited edition Shea Butter Range. What I loved about these products before even trying them out is that the company buy the shea butter directly from the local women at a fair price to ensure they can take care of their families, and send their children to school. These are ethical products that go far beyond the purpose of a handcream, or lipbalm.

I adore the eye catching packaging, colourful graphic prints inspired by a traditional fabric from West Africa and after giving the organic lip balm and Ultra Rich Body Cream a whirl I am happy to report the product itself is fab. The lipbalm retails for £8 and has a delicious rose scent, not overpowering but enough to make you want to put more on! It feels  incredibly luxurious on the lips, it leaves them moisturised for ages- they felt really nourished and smooth for long after.

The Ultra Rich Body Cream (£16) is a dream to use! I adore the feeling of it on my skin, It left my skin feel soft and supple, it just adds that little spot of luxury to my post shower routine and left my skin feeling feeling so silky. It doesn't have a cocoa type smell that I know so many find too sweet, but more a fresh almost light floral scent that left me with a really clean feeling.

Overall I am really impressed with this range, I adore the ethical background and am thrilled the product is as good as it is. The gorgeous packaging means they would make fantastic presents too, with three scents to choose from (Cocoa Flower, Hibiscus Flower, Desert Rose) there is something for everyone.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't tried any products from L'Occitane apart from the hand cream which I love! Hopefully they'll do the hand cream gift set again this year! :) xx


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