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L’Occitane Shea Butter Skincare Review

Prepare for a Shea Butter extravaganza! The following are all from l’Occitane – I have been meaning to review them all separately, but time is a-passing and I thought I’d just give them to you in one almighty shea-crazy skin-saving hit! Because it’s that kind of weather, now, isn’t it? Sore, dry, flaky skin. Chapped lips and noses, raw knucklebones and tight cheeks. Shea butter is a perfect little mender for any and all of these pesky Autumnal skin problems, and when I think of Shea, I instantly think of l’Occitane.

They do a huge range of Shea-based products, from soaps and shower gels to eye creams and face serums. I’ve rounded up some of my favourites old and new – the lip balm has been in my winter arsenal for a while now, the serum and SPF are newer finds and the rose-scented body cream is a limited edition. Utterly butterly!

1) Let’s start at the most concentrated product, the 25% Shea Butter Ultra Rich Face Cream. (Photo above.) For the driest, driest of skins and no less! This is best used sparingly, pressed onto the skin from warmed palms. Otherwise you run the risk of over-basting yourself, if you catch my drift. Nobody wants to be over-basted… £29.50 for 50ml with free delivery here

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2) Also wading in with a hefty 25% Shea, we have the Ultra Rich Body Cream. This one is scented with rose and layers up with L’Occitane’s other rose fragrances beautifully. It doesn’t have any greasiness but it really softens skin effectively and leaves it smooth and hydrated. A total winner in my books! It’s £16 for 100ml here, or you can buy the standard 200ml formula for £26 here. If you’re not fussed about a scent, then the standard is probably the way to go!

Face Skincare review

3) Skipping out a whole plethora of other shea-butter loveliness (otherwise I’d be here all day) we land at the Fabulous Serum with 5% shea. Again, suitable for dry skin and not those with combination or oily, this is a lightweight fluid that provides an extra little moisturising “hit”. Good for bitter, bad-weather days when you want extra protection for your skin but don’t want the heaviness of the Ultra Rich Cream. The serum is £28 with free delivery here

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4) Finally, we have the Moisturising Lip Balm. In a tube, so nice and hygienic; 10% shea, so just enough buttery goodness to make it effective on a cold, blustery day. This isn’t heavy or greasy but it also isn’t one of those flimsy balm affairs that simply fades away after ten minutes. I use it a lot. It’s actually one of the balms that permanently resides on my bedside table (and I have another for my bag) because I find it to be a comfortable texture and I like that it’s unfragranced. It’s £8 with free delivery here

Very dry-skinned people: what are your winter skin saviours? What kind of textures do you prefer in your creams and lotions? Do you like to feel a “barrier” residue left on your skin, or do you like the product to totally absorb? Do you have any Shea favourites of your own? Let me know!

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  1. The old version of the L’Occitane Shea Butter Face Moisturizer was much better than the new reformulated version. I was pretty sad when I tried the new one, it doesn’t sink in as well and I felt like it was less moisturizing.

    I like to wake up to a moisturized face. Most creams just sink in and I wake up with itchy skin, so I’m really picky when it comes to face creams. I think Algenist Overnight Regenerative Moisturizer is one of the best, so lightweight but SO moisturizing, but also $90 dollars. Ulta Repair Cream by First Aid Beauty is a good staple, you get so much product and I like to drop Jojoba Oil in it to make it even more moisturizing. I am currently on a La Roche Posay kick and using different bits of their whole line, I always go back to them. I use Hydraphase Ultra Riche at night with Jojoba Oil mixed in (1-2 drops only).

  2. I use their pure shea butter as a mask during the winter. It’s amazing for face and décolleté. Soaps are great too (cinnamon orange is to die for).

  3. Ruth!! No handcreams?!! *gasps* LOL I think we all know that their shea butter handcreams are one of their best sellers and I have used it in the past and I think it’s very good indeed!

    In winter I do have to use a body butter, I have ezcema and my arms and legs seem to itch when I’ve either eaten the wrong food or central heating has induced a itch craze. I recently finished using my Aveeno body cream which is great, you do feel moisturised and that it’s “there” the next day, but leaves nothing like a greasy residue. I also bought myself a Good Things body butter- that stuff is amazing. It leaves a brilliant matte finish and you can feel the benefits, unlike some creams (or butters even) out there that claim to moisturise for 24 hours and the next day your arms still feel like nothing worked and that the flaky skin is greeting you ‘good morning’ again! I also use Bio Oil too on my arms to give them an extra oomph in moisture and I think that is pretty much it!

    Oh btw, I know that you’re a fan of Melvita and I mentioned that (whilst I was on holiday in Hong Kong) there are actual Melvita shops in the shopping centres and I bought myself this huge (150mls!) handcream called “Extra Rich Hand Cream”. I used it for two night in a row and so far it’s brilliant! I think it leaves you with softer hands than the L’Occitane shea butter handcreams!! It feels super luxurious when I rub it inbetween my palms and the scent smells quite strong of Lavender. So I must thank you for introducing me to this brand, it’s such a shame there no where in the UK stock it and we can only buy their products online :/ Anyway, I’ve rambled long enough!!! xxx

  4. Hi Ruth —
    Do you have any recommendations/advice about anti-flaky scalp shampoos? This winter (although technically still autumn…) my scalp is dry and itchy resulting in tiny dusty flurries when i succumb to scratching — so not dandruff per se — but not a good look. i have my hair coloured using aveda dye, so want something that’s good for a healthy scalp and maintaining processed hair condition. Thanks!

    • I have had the same issue, thank to having dry/sensitive skin on my entire body, not just face! Last January was the last straw for me when I noticed my scalp had begun to PEEL, not just flake! A hair stylist friend’s suggestion was to get a scalp treatment done, as shampoo’s don’t actually ‘fix’ the issue. Aveda does a nice treatment, check the their website for their salons that offer treatment’s done by student as it’s often cheaper. After having my scalp massaged with numerous oils and potions, this lovely treatment also ends with a shoulder and neck massage (there is also tea involved!), Aveda Scalp Benefit’s shampoo was recommended as a way of keeping my scalp ‘in check’ and is now a staple in my shower.

      *Sorry for that long winded recommendation, but having a dry and itchy scalp is THE WORST! Scalp treatment’s can be a bit pricy but I think it’s worth while. My scalp may get a little flaky if I go too many days without washing, but nothing a good scrub with Scalp Benefit’s doesn’t seem to take care now.

    • See Em’s response, and also I use Philip Kingsley’s “Itchy Flaky” shampoo for maintenance. x

  5. I have the 100% shea butter from Occitane and I first used in during an 11-hour flight to prevent my dehydrated skin to get even worse and breakout like crazy the next day. It worked! For the first time, I didn’t breakout after a flight. Also, I sometimes use on my face at night during the winter and it doesn’t break me out either.
    Note: I have very dehydrated and sensitive “acne” prone skin. Strange, but it works for me.

  6. One of the best days ever was discovering L’Occitane! I don’t use it often but when needed, boy, it works. Thanks for the review as I wasn’t aware of the lip balm (and yes! I truly DO look like a very cheap hooker w/ lipsticks – ask hubby AND my KIDS, it’s absolutely uncanny!) and this is now on immediate list if it’s better than the miel balm mentioned a while back. Also, thanks for the application instructions, as this was always a bit of a drawback. xx

  7. I’m actually just struggling with this myself now. I bought a really nice moisturizer from Mychelle (organic brand in the US) that seems really emollient when you first put it on, but unfortunately it sinks right in and my face is dry and tight within the hour. I like to use organic products, and my skin gets very sensitive/dry/acneic in the winter. I find that an oil under a heavy cream works best for morning, to create a protective barrier. I usually put on a base of coconut oil or Pangea balancing oil, and then something like Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream over it. BUT the Hauschka is quite expensive, so looking for something similar that’s not quite as much.. Maybe Weleda Skin Food will do the trick!

    At night, a bit of coconut oil usually does the trick- to help heal pimples and hydrate.

  8. I’m going to the AAF today in Hampstead and hope to pop in enroute to Westfield and have a mooch, I’ve never tried any of their Shea butter range so really nice to read all this, it’s definitely the season for it. It’s this time of year I retreat to the the Body Shop body butter supply in the Castle. I’m hoping they still have the Honey charity candle you wrote about a few weeks ago too as I want to treat myself to one : )

  9. Over basted – LMAO!

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