Never in my life did I ever suffered from dry hands until the beginning of this year. I have to admit, I definitely took my silky smooth skin for granted while I had it, because oh how I wish I could have it back. Nevertheless, it's given me the opportunity to try out a range of hand creams, something which I had never ventured into before, and I think I've found 'the one'. The one guys. I had been wanting the L'OCCITANE Shea Butter hand cream for the longest time now (we're talking years here). It would always be that cream I would nab a cheeky squeeze of whenever I was in Debenhams, and absolutely loved, but couldn't justify buying it at it's hefty price tag of £19.00. 'For a hand cream?!' I'd say, as I'd walk away with the most gorgeous, silky smooth hands I'd ever felt...
Little did I know how often I must have preached about this hand cream, enough so that my mum very naughtily bought be a tube whilst we were out shopping as a treat, a pick me up so to speak, after what was a very stressful week (back and to from hospitals, won't go into details, but you get ma drift). Safe to say, it definitely cheered me up, and I have been absolutely in love with this thing ever since.
Firstly, I know packaging is pretty irrelevant when we're talking about beauty and body care, but come on, who doesn't love a good crinkly, metal packaging for their hand cream? Personally, I think it gives the product a very luxurious, superior feel, something which I'd expect for such a high end hand cream. I also find that it's a lot easier to handle once you've applied the cream, as it doesn't slip around everywhere in your hands like a regular plastic container would. Now, onto the actual cream...
The L'OCCITANE Shea Butter hand cream contains 20% pure shea butter, which makes this product an absolute dream to apply. As pictured above, the white cream has quite a thick, butter-like consistency - one that I was a little afraid of at first, but to my amazement, despite being the thickest hand cream I've ever used, it probably sinks into the sink the quickest. I really can't stand greasy hands that take forever to dry - I'm a busy girl ya'know! so I find that this is especially useful and practical when on the go or just before bed, when you need something that will quite simply get the job done without you having to sit around for five minutes waiting. Not only does the L'OCCITANE Shea Butter hand cream contain a high concentrate of Shea Butter (something which can be difficult to find in most body care items), it also contains other lovely, natural ingredients including: honey, almond, and coconut oil - all of which are absolutely divine for the skin, and I really have noticed a big difference in the condition of my hands since I started using this product. What's more is that the shea butter is sourced and harvested in a sustainable and fair trade friendly manner, which is excellent to hear, and makes me feel much less squeamish at the price, as I know that the women producing it are being paid and treated fairly for their time and efforts - yaaas L'OCCITANE! Hopefully more will follow in your footsteps.
Now for the big question: Would I repurchase this product once it's ran out? ...The answer is yes. Totally and completely, one hundred percent: yes! Whilst it is still expensive for a hand cream; I'm certain the item will last a very long time as you only need a broad bean sized amount each use. Additionally, I simply can't ignore the packaging, as I just think that it is b-e-a-utiful! It's fair trade and contains some great, natural ingredients which is just fantastic and most importantly? it does a brilliant job at leaving your hands feeling luxuriously smooth, and I just wouldn't be without it now! My mum has also tried this too, and it cared her very dry, very sensitive hands perfectly, so I would definitely recommend that you give this a try even if you struggle with the driest/most sensitive of hands.
What's your favourite hand cream to use?
- Hannah x