Every time I think of honey, I always remember my favorite little bear, who always had his hand in a pot of honey. You know who I am talking about don’t you? It is Winnie-the-Pooh, of course!
The entire time that I was in Europe, I noticed that my hands felt extremely dry in the cold air. That was why, when I saw an L’Occitane store in Paris, I knew I wanted to stop on in. Typically, I am not a person who loves — or even likes — to use lotions or moisturizers on a regular basis. In fact, I tend to dislike how they feel on my skin. (So, for me to want one, the dryness had to really be a bother.)
I chose L’Occitane because for one, I have heard so many incredible things about their lotions, and two, I remember using a bit of a tube my sister had bought years ago, and that it wasn’t too annoying.
When I stopped into the store, I spent some time smelling all of the different scents available. I fell in love with their Shea Butter Mango Flower Hand Cream, but apparently so had everyone else in Paris. They were all sold out. So, I decided to wait to see if I would be able to find it in another store.
After spending two days in Paris, I didn’t run across another store until we were about to leave, as it was inside the train station. Luckily for me, we had decided to err on the side of caution, and we were rather early for our train. Again, I was disappointed to see that the Mango Flower scent was sold out — see, I wasn’t kidding.
For those who don’t know what it means to be a cooling hand cream, the Verbena Gel is used to reduce swelling sensations and perspiration, according to the L’Occitane website.
It is “enriched with organic verbena extract and tapioca powder to soothe and absorb, leaving hands feeling dry and cooled,” the website said.
While I didn’t know all of that in the store, I did like how it felt on the skin.
Ultimately, I decided on the Shea Butter Honey, as I knew it was a limited edition scent, and I didn’t know if I would have the chance to get it at another time.
I also really liked that it had shea butter, which “is an ideal beauty balm, used by women in Sub-Saharan Africa to protect and nourish their skin and hair,” the website said.
Plus, do you see how adorable the packaging is?! The little bear looks so much like the adorable Pooh Bear. (My love for this little bear, may have played a pretty heavy role in my buying decision, but it worked out in my favor.)
Normally, I am not the biggest fan of honey scented products, but I really love that the scent of this cream isn’t too strong. It is actually subtle, light and refreshing. I am reminded of the scent of buttery biscuits that are smothered with fresh honey whenever I use it.
I have found that using this lotion has now become part of my nightly routine — which is a first for me. I love that it is super moisturizing, and it sinks into my skin quickly. I am so pleased that I am not left with a yucky feeling residue on my skin. I also really like the difference I see in my skin after I use it.
While I was looking up some information for this post, I learned a few great things about L’Occitane, according to their website.
1. L’Occitane has “maintained a sustainable and fair trade partnership with the women in Burkina Faso who produce (shea butter)” since the 1980s.
2. “To Further support the women of Burkina Faso, the L’Occitane Foundation encourages their economic emancipation by supporting literacy programs and women’s entrepreneurship projects.”
3. For their packaging, L’Occitane uses “materials that are the least polluting or already recycled, using resources that are renewable or that come from sustainably managed forests, and designing easily recyclable packaging.”
Overall, I am really glad that I decided to purchase this product. Not only do I love the scent, and how it is super moisturizing. I am extremely happy to see that the company strives to encourage women and are environmentally cautious. Also, this is the only hand cream I have ever found that I can and will use on a regular basis. It is such a great product.
The other products I mentioned are:
Have you ever used an L’Occitane product before? If so let me know in the comments below! I would love some recommendations on what to try next!