I think I may have discovered the DEFINITIVE hand cream. L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream.
This, I tell you, is SUPERIOR stuff ! No wonder it is their best-selling product. The difference is telling. My hands looked visibly smoother the first time I applied it. It was definitely softer and the lines were less visible. Much more so than after using any of the other high-end hand creams I’ve tried.
The cream is heavy with a slightly greasy undertone. Okay, granted since we’re talking about a super-smoothing synergy of 20% shea butter, honey, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, sweet almond extract and linseed, blended with the light and alluring aromas of jasmine and ylang-ylang essences. But the good thing is that the greasy feeling won’t last too long. Continue smoothing over your hands and it will all be absorbed into the skin, leaving no sticky finger marks.
Now I completely believe them when they claim that this luxurious cream not only protects, nourishes and helps the skin to regenerate. I noticed that my hands don’t feel as dry even after washing them under running water (using soap don’t count though). So unlike other hand creams with no noticeable long-term lasting effects, I’m quite certain that if I continue to use L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream for a prolonged period, the skin condition on my hands will improve.
Being a stickler about fragrance, I have to also state that this smells wonderful. Not as great as Jurlique Rose Hand Cream but it is certainly very subtle and pleasant.
I also like the packaging when it’s brand new as it resembles a tube of paint. But the metalic tube mean it will look ugly after a while, something I’ve to learn to live with.
For those with extremely dry hands, you got to try this hand cream if nothing else had worked for you. I even read that many with sensitive skin appreciate this hand cream as it lacks lanoline, a major ingredient that can cause an allergic reaction in some people.
Price-wise, it is a bit steep compared to the others. S$42 for the 150ml tube. But it’s worth every single cent. Plus, a little goes a long way so the tube will last you quite a good while.