l’Occitane Supple Skin Oil: Nourishing the Alien Egg

l'Occitane Amande Supple Body Oil

I must confess to having not done very well with my stretch-mark-oil testing duties, this pregnancy. I’ve been on the body balms instead (a round-up of those is imminent) even though oils are, I would suspect, slightly more effective when it comes to keeping the skin on my body nice and supple.

But I make a regular exception for l’Occitane’s Almond Oil which makes me smell as though I’ve had a two hour pamper session and not a ten minute bath with a toddler who did a mini-wee in the water and then joyfully splashed it over my face.

I first used this properly when Angelica was just a newborn – I went to live at my parents’ for a month or so because we’d run out of alternative accommodation when our house was being renovated, and my Mum had l’Occitane’s Almond Supple Skin Oil in her bathroom. I’m not sure she was best pleased about the fact I’d ploughed through a whole bottle by the time we all left, but it was just so moreish!

l'occitane amande supple skin oil review

I’ve mentioned the fact that it smells amazing, but the skin benefits are great too. Having a pregnant stomach that’s as large and tight as a drum is actually rather useful for testing out skin things – you really notice if something properly works. And this properly works – it’s not just softening, it really reduces that sense of uncomfortable tightness and this, surely, must be a good thing in the long run when it comes to the condition of pregnancy skin. I like the fact that it manages to work its magic whilst being very lightweight – no greasiness at all, no need for prolonged massage, if you’re short on time.

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If body creams or balms are more your thing then l’Occitane do make an incredible glass-jarred Milk Concentrate in the same range – it’s one of my favourite body treats. But the oil feels slightly more potent and nourishing, and it’s potent nourishment I need at the moment, what with my belly slowly transforming into a gargantuan alien egg. (It’s going to be bigger than me soon – I’ll just be a little mini-person stuck to a huge bump, legs and arms flailing around, like a beetle trying to carry a whole satsuma.)

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One thing I’d change – and this goes for loads of oils – the spray. Sprays on oils just do my head in – it takes an age to get the product onto your body and if your fingers get oily then it’s almost impossible to press the spritzer down! I like the simplicity of the pourer on the Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Oil – just push it open, pour some into your hand, apply… Small niggle, but worth noting.

l’Occitane’s Almond Supple Body Oil is £34 online – though good old Escentual.com sell it for £30.60 here – and if you fancy something more zingy and citrussy and slightly more robust in feel then I can highly recommend the Burts Bees one. That’s currently reduced from £9 to £6.49 at Amazon here.

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  1. SueM
    December 12, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    Thanks so much for the recommendation about Burts Bees (as well as the L’Occitane). Although it was 25 years ago now, I can still remember the feel of my skin on my pregnant belly so taut that I couldn’t imagine how it would ever return to me.

  2. December 12, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    I love the Burts Bees mama bee and baby bee oils. I also really like Weleda oils.

  3. Angela Bonanza
    December 13, 2016 / 4:42 am

    I really love the body wash that goes along with this range as well! It smells heavenly (I’m not even someone who enjoys almond scents) and feels weirdly oily, while still foaming up a little bit and rinsing off totally clean. Seriously, I’m so surprised when it completely rinses off because it’s so nourishing and has a lot of oil!

    I hope you are feeling better! Best of luck with your pregnancy <3

  4. December 13, 2016 / 5:02 am

    This oil is amazing! I had a sample of it with the Almond Shower Oil and I nearly cried when I ran out. I have super dry and rough skin on my arms and legs and it worked wonders.

  5. December 13, 2016 / 7:24 am

    Two separate listings for this…one with the French name (Amande) and one with the English (Almond). Same great product; les noms bilangue! I love this stuff in any language! thank you so much for you review and recommendatin :) xx stay blessed

  6. Evie
    December 20, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    I love this stuff, it smells divine. It was my favourite during pregnancy along with the mamma mio tummy rub oil. I didn’t get any stretch marks so something worked!

  7. clare
    January 2, 2017 / 5:43 am

    I used the l’occitane twice a day during pregnancy after rubbing my belly with the bodyshop body brush – I think it was the combination of the two that kept me stretchmark free.

  8. Mansi
    April 14, 2017 / 9:45 am

    Love their shower oil as well. So good for shaving!

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