In the winter, there are two parts of my body that see the light of day - my visage and my hands. Everything else is completely covered in cosy fleece and that will continue until at least the end of March! Because this is Ireland, it'll be more like April but sure listen. Until then, I get to look after my face and hands and for the past few weeks, I've been putting a couple of new products from L'Occitane's Shea Butter collection through their paces. These two arrived to test out and while I've been haring my way through the Shea Foaming Cleanser, Mam put her eye on the Shea Intensive Hand Balm and I can only test it out when she's distracted!
So the reason why Mam put her claim on L'Occitane's Intensive Hand Balm (€25) (and to be honest, I had no choice in the matter as she was like "Ooh what' that? Oh it's a hand cream from L'Occitane? They're my favourite... Look at my poor hands now..." And it promptly got yoinked out of my hands. She suffers with ridiculously dry hands all the time and isn't afraid to tell me if I give her a hand cream to test out and it doesn't work or is too thick or greasy. When I handed this over to her, I told her to leave it on the side of the couch so when she's watching her programmes at night, she can lather it on. She has reported back to me that she loves it and isn't handing it back. The cream itself has 25% shea butter, is rich, luxurious and since she's started using it, her hands are super smooth with not a crack or flaky bit in sight. The cream can be applied in a light layer which absorbs into the skin quickly or as a hand mask. So the idea is that you'd lash loads of it on, sit on the couch like a lady of leisure and get people to feed you grapes. After ten minutes, or as long as you can get people to wait on you, you rub the cream into your hands giving them a whopper hit of moisture and nourishment.
The only thing I'd love is if it came with one of those twisty mechanisms to help push the product down the tube because it can take a bit of effort. The hand balm itself is super thick, so you need to work on your biceps to get a' squeezin! But it's totally worth the effort and any time I've been allowed to use it, it's been gorgeous.
The other product I've been using is L'Occitane's Shea Foaming Cleanser (€20),
In the past, I've generally found foaming cleansers to be a bit drying on my little face. So I was curious to see how this would perform. It's enriched with 5% shea oil, feels silky smooth when first applied to the skin. As I add water to it, it turns from a cream into a thick foam and gets to work cleaning my mush. I don't use it on my eyes and have been using it to remove makeup and as my second cleanse. My skin feels lovely and clean after using it, but still feels ever so slightly tight. I think some of that is down to me being bold and washing my face in the shower where the water is way too hot. But once I apply my serum and moisturiser/facial oil, I'm good to go. If you're in the market for a foaming cleanser, it's definitely the gentlest and least drying I've tried, but by all means go into a shop and test it out yourself.
These are in shops and online now and are lovely additions to the Shea Butter collection!