I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to a glam week 🙂 Winter is handing over its’ last, but worst, spelL and my hands have taken the hit pretty badly this season.I usually rely on left-over face moisturizer for beautifying my hands, but I guess once one crosses 25, more investment is needed to ensure wrinkle-free hands 😛 The best hand-creams on the market, are without a doubt, L’OCCITANE. At around 28 USD (online price) for a full size, the brand certainly delivers value for money ( if that is out of budget for you, pick up their travel sized ones for around 12 USD a piece!) So here goes my first bulk review 🙂
I’d heard a few friends going gaga over L’OCCITANE but wasn’t too sure what the fuss was all about as it isn’t available locally so I never had any first hand exposure (pun intended!). Luckily, my first L’OCCITANE experience was sponsored by a lovely house-guest from Canada who got me a full sized Shea Butter Hand Cream. It smells like all the other Shea Butter products I’ve used i.e. Body Shop but the texture is really very fine and buttery. I’m usually not a fan of thick body/hand creams but once you massage it into your skin, its’ not sticky at all and holds its’ fort for 6+ hours (and moderate water exposure!). Yeap I have really dry skin 😛 The tube I received was quite huge so I ended up using it as a body cream too – See, great value for money! It worked awesome on both accounts, even in the depth of winter when a lot of body lotions provide only superficial moisturization.
Unfortunately, I lost the lid ( somewhere under my bed). I’m still using it, but now there is a lot of wastage as I need to drain out the cream at the edge of the tube before application. I would love to see a beauty doing a tutorial on preserving creams in tubes when lids are lost 😛
Last month, I was also lucky to receive another two hand creams in travel size (30 ml) from my sister (Fine, I may have emotionally blackmailed her into handing them over in return for a Sephora eye palette I handed over to her a few months ago 😛 hehehehe). My acquisition included Rose 4 Reines Velvet Hand Cream and Verveine Cooling Hand Cream Gel.
I absolutely adore the translucent Verveine – the scent is so calming, I spend most of my time after application inhaling the scent deeply 😛 The tube I have isn’t so huge so I have only been able to double its’ use as a footcream – the full-size is on my wish-list whenever they start production on that :P. It is sort of watery when you apply it (goes without saying, its a gel :P) but gets absorbed very quickly, leaving behind an invisible film-y feathery finish – that’s a mouthful of a description but hope it gets my point across well-enough!
The Rose 4 Reines is equally good – it has a thicker consistency than Verveine but less than Shea. I was equally happy with its’ holding power and finish (it has a very, very lasting softening effect). However, I am a sucker for scent, and in my part of the world roses are a little common-place so I’m not bowled over by it. But what I do to make up for this is apply rose on the palm and verveine on the front part of the hand (is there a word for that?!?). The two mix together for the best scent ever 😛 hehehehe.
Anyways you have to try these out if you haven’t already lovelies! They will make a hand-cream addict out of you I promise 🙂 Its’ not available locally yet so order online / tell a friend/relative to pick it up for you when they’re visiting home next 🙂
Thats it for now! Until next time, make-up (and hand-cream up 🙂 well!
Lots of Love,
For the Shea Butter Hand Cream Image Source and Purchase Details click here; for the Rose 4 Reines Velvet Hand Cream Image Source and Order Details click here; for the Verveine Cooling Hand Cream Gel Image and Purchase Details click here.