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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Review: L'Occitane Subtle Violet Hand Cream

I recently picked up a 30ml tube of L'Occitane's Subtle Violet Hand Cream with a copy of Marie Claire, and just wanted to share my thoughts; it's a Limited Edition scent, so if you like the sound of it, I wouldn't hang around too long waiting to pick one up!
L'Occitane Subtle Violet Hand Cream Review
L'Occitane Subtle Violet Hand Cream
I love the packaging, which is the standard silver tube with a screw cap, but with a beautiful purple design and a cute purple, flower-shaped lid, which make the whole thing feel a little bit special. According to L'Occitane, "This hand cream, highly concentrated with shea butter, helps to nourish, protect and soften the skin, and enhances it with a sweet and comforting violet fragrance."
Review L'Occitane Subtle Violet Handcream
The hand cream itself is white in colour and easily absorbs into the skin, with the 20% shea butter leaving it softened and nourished as L'Occitane claim, with only the tiniest amount needed each time. The scent is extremely subtle, smelling ever so slightly of parma violet sweets - not at all unpleasant, but it's barely noticeable; I personally would have liked it to have a marginally stronger scent, but I understand that this will suit some people perfectly.
The ingredients are pretty good in my book, with no parabens, petroleum or mineral oil to irritate my eczema, but plenty of lovely natural moisturising ingredients and oils.
L'Occitane Subtle Violet Hand Cream Ingredients
[Ingredients: Aqua, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter, Glycerin,
Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/
Sodium Acrylodimethyl taurate copolymer, Viola odorata leaf extract,
Brassica campestris (Rapeseed) sterols, Helianthus annuus (sunflower)
seed oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract, Cocos nucifera
(Coconut) oil, Ceteareth-33, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan isostearate,
PEG-100 stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic acid,
Benzoic acid, Tocopherol, Parfum, Alpha-isomethyl ionone, Benzyl salicylate,
Limonene, Citronellol, Linalool.]
L'Occitane Subtle Violet Hand Cream is available to order from their website priced at £8 for 30ml, or you might still be able to find one with Marie Claire magazine (Novemeber issue, with Drew Barrymore on the cover) if you're lucky!
Did you pick up any of the L'Occitane Hand Creams with Marie Claire? What's your favourite hand cream?

[Please note, although I received this product free-of-charge as a gift with magazine, I have not been asked to write this review, have not been paid to do so, and my opinions are, as always, completely my own!]
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  1. I'm beginning to wish I had picked one of these up, I doubt I'll find one now. The hunt begins!
    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

  2. Pity it doesn't smell very strongly, I do love a pretty scented hand cream! Lovely review :) x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  3. I really wanted this but haven't been able to find this variety with a magazine anywhere! Will keep my eyes peeled still though! :)

  4. This looks really great I have been looking for a really good hand cream for the winter (:

  5. Looks great & love L'Occitane. Will have to go on a hunt for a copy of Marie Claire x

  6. Ooh this sounds really nice and I really like the cap!!! Very pretty! :)

    Layla xx


  7. It has the cutest packaging I have every seen on hand cream :)

  8. I got this one too. I don't think it spreads particularly well when you are rubbing it in. Don't know what you think?

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