L’Occitane Intensive Hand Balm

Hello beauties

Today I have L’occitane 25% Shea Butter Intensive Hand Balm, this has been out for a little while and I do like the original Shea butter hand cream, so I had to try it!

Intensive Hand Balm is a richer hand cream than the original, an extra 5% Shea in the formula and it has the same beautiful fragrance of Ylang Ylang. It’s warm and comforting and it’s such a pleasure to use at bedtime to help you relax and wind down.

I like this, but I do have a big gripe, it is VERY greasy. I don’t actually use this hand cream without wearing cotton gloves as you will get residue everywhere! It’s a bit too rich, I certainly couldn’t use this during the day. Yet it’s a great intensive treatment to use at night, the gloves help it sink into your skin.

I don’t think I would repurchase this, it is expensive too at £23.00 for 150ml. I know you don’t need to use much and the standard hand cream does last me a long time, Intensive Hand Balm is just too rich for me.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx


L’Occitane Almond Smooth Hands Hand Cream


Hi beauties,

I’m sure you all know of my prolific hand cream habit and today I have L’Occitane Almond Smooth Hands Hand Cream.

This is a Gel based hand cream, so it’s super light. However that doesn’t mean that you don’t get a decent level of moisture, you absolutely do. In my opinion the texture makes the cream a great one for use during the day. You don’t get the heaviness that comes from L’Occitane’s Shea Butter hand cream for example, it leaves a matt finish.

The fragrance of this cream is beautiful, it’s a light, fresh green scent so no marzipan smell here! Which is a good job as I hate the smell of the damn stuff lol. Almond Smooth Hands is cooling and non sticky and sinks in super quickly, making it easy to use. I keep this one in my handbag for when I’m out and about as it’s the perfect size. You only need a pea sized amount so even a 30ml would last a decent amount of time. Almond Smooth Hands Hand Cream is available online at http://www.uk.loccitane.com and in stores for £8.00.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

Hi beauties

This is one of my favourite shower products that is so heavenly to use, L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil. I first tried it last Winter and found it fantastic for my dry skin, it is such a gorgeous silky oil and the scent is beautiful.

Don’t be put off that this is an oil, as soon as it comes into contact with the water it turns into a smooth milky texture that is so cleansing and hydrating. I don’t find that it actually foams but that doesn’t bother me and as it is not a typical shower product in that sense. The fragrance is stunning, not marzipan which is good as I am not a fan! It is crisp apple blossom and warming vanilla, not sickly just a warming soothing scent that is so lovely to use at any time of the day.

I find one pump of the 500ml bottle is enough for my whole body, a little goes a long way as it spreads over your skin so easily, I found that bottle lasted me months even when I was being indulgent and using it as a handwash sometimes. The oil also comes in a eco refill pouch so once you have the bottle you don’t have to keep buying them which makes it more cost effective.

This is a very luxurious product and so hydrating after I use it I very rarely use body lotion so it is a great option if you would rather have an extra 5-10 mins a bed of a morning! It is soothing and calming and you can use it in the bath too for an indulgent treat.

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil, it is a staple in my bathroom and if you haven’t tried it, you must!! It is available from http://uk.loccitane.com/ and the 500ml pump bottle is £29.50.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Favourite hand creams

Hi you lovely people,

Ok, so I’ve talked about two of these products before (Click here for manicure favourites) but I wanted to include a few others for a hand cream post. I am addicted to hand creams, I try so many it’s crazy. I don’t think I would actually be able to tell you how many I have, they are in so many places and I am so fickle when it comes to them but these definitely are the ones that I do repurchase time and time again.  In fact, they live on my bedside cabinet and I interchange the first 3 during the day as I use hand cream every time I wash my hands. (Yes, it really is an addiction…) the last 1 is a treatment I apply before bed.

If you’ve read the blog before I don’t think you would be surprised to see a Liz Earle product in a favourites list! I can’t remember when I tried this as I’ve used it for so many years now and I do use it every day. This is the gorgeous Liz Earle Hand Repair. It’s a rich cream, but leaves a matte finish so it’s a great day time use hand cream. The fragrance is beautiful, bergamot, chamomile, neroli and lavender, delicate and slightly floral. It’s not the cheapest, a 150ml pump is £21.00 but to be fair it does last me a very long time and as I interchange creams during the day (depending on what fragrance I fancy at any one time) little does go a very long way.
The second more luxury hand cream is the beautiful La Source Hand Therapy from Crabtree & Evelyn. This is a gorgeous macadamia ternifolia seed oil base with shea butter which is super hydrating but not at all greasy. It does leave a very slight sheen on your skin and the scent is so uplifting and fresh, it’s quite aquatic so I think very unisex. It leaves my hands so soft, smooth and helps to prevent the dreaded cracks I can get thanks to my super dry skin. I would say that La Source is slightly more hydrating than Liz Earle Hand Repair due to the richer formula. It is more economical too in a 250g pump bottle for £20.00.

So this is my budget option, which is Dr Organic Lavender Skin Lotion. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned my love of lavender before but if I haven’t it’s official: I adore it! This lotion is beautiful, it contains shea butter and cocoa butter so it’s rich without being greasy. I think you can see a theme going on here, I love shea butter formulations but I’m not keen on grease! The fragrance is pure lavender, almost herby and so relaxing, I do use this as a body lotion too at night especially when I’ve been having trouble sleeping. The lotion leaves my skin so soft and conditioned, I love using it at any time. I am a huge fan of the Dr Organic range, and it is great value at 200ml tube for £6.49.

This is my treatment hand cream which I use before bed time as it is much more concentrated than the others, the legendary L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. I use this every night as part of my wind down routine, the texture is much thicker and can be quite greasy if you use too much. The smell is beautiful ylang ylang and jasmine, is clean and fresh, quite like original Dove hand wash and because I do wash my hands a lot (and also change nail polish frequently) my hands do get dry. In Winter I can use it during the day if needed, I just need to remember to use not so much as I do at night, I usually pop a thicker layer on then to get more benefit overnight. If my hands are very bad, then I slather cuticle oil all over my nails and hands, use a good amount of Shea Butter hand cream, then I put on a pair of cotton gloves and sleep with them on. Not a sexy look I admit, but sometimes needed!! L’Occitane Shea Butter hand cream is £19.00 for a 150ml tube.

It was quite hard to just put 4 on this list as I said before I have so many tubes of hand cream I could literally open a store, but to be favourites they have to be products that have been replaced at least 3 times.

What are your favourite hand creams? Let me know your thoughts.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx