L'occitane hand cream
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My favourite hand cream – L’Occitane Crème Mains

I’m a bit lax on the skincare front.  I don’t really moisturise (definitely not daily), and until I need to start thinking about getting my legs out (doesn’t happen often), I don’t bother with body lotion.  Luckily thanks to having had a dishwasher since moving in with the OH, I don’t spend lots of time washing up, so my hands are still pretty supple and smooth for a late 30 something year old.

But I do have a favourite hand cream.  I usually have some cheapo hand and nail cream left in the office to use, but at home I like to have a thicker richer cream.  Since discovering it years ago when I was looking for presents for family members, I’ve been using L’Occitane en Provence Crème Mains.

I was originally horrified at paying such a large amount for hand cream.  But as you use so little (especially myself if I only use it occasionally), it’s definitely worth paying the money as it lasts for ages.  In fact, until my OH got hold of it for his rough farmer hands this winter (he’ll probably kill me for telling people he uses hand cream!) and used it by the bucketload each night, my last tube had been going for a year or so.  (I did say, I only use it every so often!)

L'occitane hand cream
You only need a tiny bit

So I had to track down another tube for myself.  I tend to buy from Bicester Village as there’s a shop there.  The only problem is finding the product you like as the stock varies.  On this occasion the standard Shea Butter hand cream wasn’t available, so I spent a good 15  minutes trying out the various testers, and the checking out the value gift packs of mini limited edition tubes.

As I was looking for small gifts for family members I bought a multipack of 30 ml tubes.  I couldn’t resist the Date Bouquet smell – complete with 20% Shea butter, a certainty to make your skin feel beautifully smooth.   They didn’t have the exact combination of tubes I wanted, so they made me some up which was great service.  I chose some citrus and rose flavours along with the date.  I’ve never seen the smaller travel sizes in shops, but they have some online – good if you like to chop and change.

But what about the hand cream itself. 

l'occitane creme mains hand cream

It is really thick, unlike some of the standard larger bottles of hand cream.  L’Occitane hand cream really feels rich and luxurious – although it doesn’t feel greasy once you rub it in.  I like to put some on my elbows as well – weird, but it feels nicer than greasier knee/elbow creams).

The smell is divine.  Not quite chocolatey, but that similar rich buttery scent.

And I love the packaging.  It’s simple, with a vintage feel.  You could quite easily see it sitting on a vanity or dressing table and not looking out of place like a plastic bottle might.  You do sometimes need to watch out for the ‘metal’ tube splitting if you squeeze it out like toothpaste and fold over the end to get every last bit out.  You could get round that by decanting the cream out into a different container, although I think that’s probably a bit extreme.

My hands always feel that little bit softer after using it, and later in the day.  I really like that hours later I can still smell a slight waft of the scent as well.

I’ve given L’Occitane as gifts to several friends and family members, and all have liked it.  It just seems to suit everyone who uses it, and when this tube’s finished, I shall be there buying another tube to replace it.

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  1. I have to be super careful with my handcream as I can suffer quite severe eczema on my hands which can be irritated by hand creams so I only ever use Aveeno.
    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested x

    1. I think once you’ve found something you love that works for you, you do get wedded to them, especially if you’ve got sensitive skin.

  2. That sounds fab!!
    At the moment I’m using the hand cream from the brand Bee Good which I reviewed a couple of weeks ago….I love it 🙂 #TriedTested

    1. Never heard of that one. Although I do tend to just do a quick squizz at what’s on the shelves in the supermarket…and that’s not a lot!

  3. I tend to use whatever is on offer, but that sometimes backfires as some of the creams are rubbish! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested – may well give this a try!

  4. Ooh I love L’Occitane’s creams too – especially the Shea Butter. I have recently discovered Soap and Glory Hand Food though and I love that too x #TriedTested

    1. I’ve never used Soap and Glory, so interesting to hear about that as an alternative. Probably more readily available given we’ve got 2 Boots stores near me.

  5. I always carry L’Occitaine shea butter hand cream, it is frankly a miracle product which I totally love.


  6. Oooh I love L’Occitane stuff too! Expensive, but as you say a little goes a long way. Mine lasts for ages. I do use lots of other hand creams too, but I have suffered from v dry cracked hands especially in the winter, and from lots of handwashing due to ‘mummy jobs’ which I won’t go into right now – but when that happens L’Occitane Shea Butter is the one that seems to do the business. Another good one for v dry/chapped hands is the Neutrogena Concentrated Unscented one – a bit sticky in texture though, so for me it’s one to put on at night, and Clarins’ Jeunesse de Mains is another favourite whenever I get the chance for some samples or have some Boots points to spend!

    Mini ones are great for slotting into your handbag for that dry hand moment.

    1. The OH’s used the concentrated one – being in farming it means cold/dry/wet hands that get really cracked, so he slathers it on. But he needs big pots of the stuff, not expensive little pots which many of the good hand creams come in. Maybe I should write to some of them and ask for some wholesale tubs!

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