Thing of Beauty: L’Occitane Milk Concentrate

almond body cream review

Quite possibly my most favourite body cream of all time, I have thought up a new category for l’Occitane’s Amande Concentre de Lait: Thing of Beauty. I shall reserve this category only for things that I love totally and utterly, without reservation and ignoring little details such as…er…price. It just so happens that this unctuous, heavy-jarred body cream isn’t too ridiculously priced, so it’s a good one to kick off with, isn’t it?

Just look at that packaging! The Farrow & Ball colours on the box, the decorative, stoutly-shaped jar…it’s like something you’d bring home from a French market with your bunch of lavender and your eggs and your cheese wrapped in chequered cloth! I still have the cardboard boxes from my last two jars of this stuff because I can’t bear to throw them out. I have the empty jars, too, which is quite sad, I suppose. I keep meaning to fill them up with something but can’t think what – they’re not quite the same once the white, creamy product has disappeared from inside!

About that creamy product: it’s so insanely good. Obviously if you hate gourmand-scents then this one might not be quite what you’re looking for, but I would point out that it’s a soft, natural smell and not at all overwhelming. It’s just very comforting and slightly sweet – like the beauty equivalent of nursery food. In terms of texture, it’s rich and silky in feel but light and easy to apply. There’s no greasy residue so you can use it almost immediately before dressing and it’s fresh enough to use as an aftersun, should you need to.

The Firming and Smoothing claim? Je ne “give a crap” pas! Perhaps it does firm and smooth, perhaps it doesn’t – I don’t even dwell on it. It’s just bloody lovely as it is, no need to say more.

L’Occitane’s Milk Concentrate is £35 with free delivery from FeelUnique here.

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  1. July 19, 2013 / 6:46 am

    I was just in L’Occitane yesterday and was eyeing this off! I’ve never used one of their body creams before, I just might have to give it a go!

    Zoe xx

  2. Cris Rajic
    July 19, 2013 / 9:20 am

    I´ve been meaning to try it so badly! But so far 5 body creams in my bathroom cupboard are enough hehe

    • RuthCrilly
      July 19, 2013 / 11:47 am

      Oh goodness….yes, use those up first! ; )

  3. Daisy Whitaker
    July 19, 2013 / 9:29 am

    The Almond Supple Skin Oil is amazing too – I am head over heels in love with the smell and it absorbs into the skin really well, leaving it amazingly soft. I adore the whole Almond range, for smell alone!

    • RuthCrilly
      July 19, 2013 / 11:46 am

      Me too – the lighter lotion with sheen is also beautiful! x

  4. July 19, 2013 / 10:09 am

    Ruth, that read like an ode to creamy scented love, but I’m totally with you on it. I’m a *huge* fan of the brand, my fave joss sticks are from there and whenever I visit the store in Westfield SB which is my closest I spend ages in there, smelling and sampling. I’ve been gifted with sachets of this confection, sachets are on a starving artist’s budget. But one day a fulsome jar will be mine, oh yes. . . xx

    • RuthCrilly
      July 19, 2013 / 11:46 am

      Have you tried the fig candle?! x

      • July 19, 2013 / 1:21 pm

        I know how much you dig the Fig candle, I’ve not seen it the last few times I’ve been in store. I looked for it when I bought the Honey candle they did for charity last year. I think Fig can be a hard one to do well, I was in Rituals yesterday and wasn’t wholly convinced by their interpretation, but their Sweet Sunrise is to die for :) x

  5. Anna
    July 19, 2013 / 10:20 am

    je m’en fous

  6. July 19, 2013 / 12:04 pm

    I feel in love with the L.E. Sorbet Verbena range from them last Summer. And their shea butter hand cream is amazing and is misnamed imo. I use it top to toe when my skin is really out of sorts.

    • RuthCrilly
      July 21, 2013 / 3:28 pm

      I have that – it’s lush! x

  7. Rebecca
    July 19, 2013 / 12:34 pm

    L’Occitane is one of my favorite stores ever. I bought my first product 3 years ago in a cute little neighborhood in New York and I have yet to be disappointed. Definitely going to try this!

  8. Katjusha H
    July 19, 2013 / 12:52 pm

    I wrote a huge msg and I don’t know how but it’s gone :-(
    I didn’t get today’s post on my mail box today, that’s what I said on my missing msg… it happens sometime but I don’t know why !!
    for the empty jars, you can use them to store small bonbons and candy and put them on your desk just like AllyMcbeal… or use them as potpourris.. french jars used for a french named thingy ! and still on french things, I just got La vie est belle by Lancôme as a gift and omg I love it, you were right as usual… Wanted it since I’ve read your review a few months ago, so yay !!

    • RuthCrilly
      July 21, 2013 / 3:28 pm

      Nice idea! x

  9. July 19, 2013 / 12:58 pm

    haha! i think you mean “je m’en fous” ;)

    • RuthCrilly
      July 21, 2013 / 3:28 pm

      Merci x

  10. sof
    July 19, 2013 / 4:27 pm

    I’ve rediscovered l’Occitane thanks to you Ruth!! :) Love it and also love they always give you so many samples!

  11. Ree
    July 20, 2013 / 1:56 am

    I am really tempted to buy this now because I do remember you mentioning it before…Geeeez Ruth you are such an enabler ;)

  12. July 21, 2013 / 3:53 am

    I’ve given this a sniff in-store a few times and the scent is absolutely incredible! Glad to hear the formula is equally lovely. Will have to pick this up soon! xo

  13. July 22, 2013 / 2:01 pm

    I hate to bring in the “C” word, but Christmas hit me when I saw the jar. Is it too strong a scent to risk giving a best friend or daughter? Thanks, Ruth! Sounds wonderful.

  14. Yelena
    August 7, 2013 / 12:58 pm

    Totally agree, I love this product, it is amazing!

  15. soogi
    August 20, 2013 / 4:36 pm

    This body cream smells very nice! but it’s too pricy!
    Ruth, Can you please recommend the less expensive one? Thanks.

  16. Claire N S
    August 14, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    I got a sample pot in one of my Beauty boxes, I love this cream and having eczema, I am always wary about trying something new, This is great, No allergy, just soft, sweet smelling skin and a little goes along way so worth the price. Yum


  17. sheela
    August 19, 2017 / 3:31 am

    Can u please tell me the difference between the Almond milk concentrate and Almond velvet balm ??? And im just 22 years can i use this milk concentrate coz i read this as firming n stuffs ? Please someone answer me. Thank you, your answer is much appreciated :)

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