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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Review: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

One of L’Occitane’s best seller, the Shea Butter Hand Cream

Package description:
Enriched with 20% Shea Butter, this super-creamy balm penetrates quickly to protect, nourish and moisturize hands. Honey almond extracts and coconut oil are blended with Shea Butter to create this extremely effective care. This rich texture is rapidly absorbed to leave the hands soft and smooth with no oily traces. Apply day and night as needed. *upper layers of the epidermis.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Peg-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed)Seed Extract, Mel/Honey Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Brassica Campertris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Althea Officinalis Root Extract, Praunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Parfum/Fragance, Polyacrylamide, Propylene Glycol, Laureth-7, C13-14, Isoparaffin, Cetearth-33, Alcohol Denat, Phenoxethanol, Chlorphensin, Methylparaben, Benzly Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Coumarin, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Methyl Ionone, Liminene.

It’s a smooth thick cream, the colour is milky white almost like cottage cheese. The texture is solid to a light touch but melts and becomes soft under the finger. When I cut the packet at the corner and squeezed out the content, the cream actually retained its shape.

The cream is truly as it says on the packet. It melts and absorbs quickly on the hand, leaving it smooth and soft. It doesn’t feel sticky when fully absorbed (although there’s a slight stick to you if you have any residue left behind). Once absorbed your hands feel dry but moist, not oily. I found it very moisturizing, hydrates the skin very well. You also only need a small amount.
The smell is ok... I can’t really describe it, sort of like a rich floral scent. Personally I like something that smells lighter but its ok because you can’t really smell it unless you go sniffing. =P

It comes in two sizes:
- 150mL ($26USD)
- 30mL ($10USD)

From the image on the website, the packaging is in a tube form. Same style as Crabtree and Evelyn’s Hand creams. On the note of the packaging material, If it’s the same as Crabtree and Evelyn’s, I’ve found that type of style... how to say it... it feels like aluminium and one of the annoyance I’ve had is if you’re trying to squeeze the cream up and bend it too much, the bends may rip at the corners. I actually cracked the lid (same type as L’Occitane) because I screwed the cap in too far =P.

On the side note, I’ve got Crabtree and Evelyn’s Rosewater Hand Therapy (25mL, came in a small gift set). It smells Beautiful. It’s a much lighter white cream lotion, spreads very easily and you only need a small amount to cover both hands. It softens and smooths the hands. The rose smell is quiet strong and lingers for awhile. It’s also non oily and dry once absorbed. It’s ok when it comes to hydrating, the results does not last as long. The gift set came with a body lotion and shower gel too. the shower gel's amazing. I love the smell so much I stay in the shower longer, and it fulls the bathroom afterward too. haven't used the body lotion yet.

Ingridents: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Emulsifying Wax NF, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Stearic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sucrose Distearate, Cyclomethicone, Triethanolamine, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alchohol. Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Allantoin, Bisabolol Sucrose Stearate, Proline, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Sorbitol, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium Edta, Geraniol, Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben.

It’s a lot cheaper than L’Occitane. Comes in 100mL (14$USD), 50mL ($7USD) at http://store.crabtree-evelyn.com

Personally L’Occitane is a lot better in quality and it would say it’s worth the money. If your skin’s not very dry but you just want sometime more to keep it moist, Crabtree and Evelyn’s might be ok; but for dry skin L’Occitane would be better.


  1. both sounds so good!! i'm so lazy i just use body butter for my hands too

  2. Awesome review! Just yesterday I've tried Crabtree & Evelyn's Rosewater Hand cream at the mall and was pleasantly surprised about the texture and consistency of it. It was exactly how you said!

  3. I have the Crabtree and Evelyn’s Rosewater Hand Therapy & I just LOVE the smell. It's so pretty. But besides being left with such a pretty smell, my skin feels oh so silky after :) mmmm, love the stuff~!