Hand Cream Day 7: L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Our final candidate: L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Soak-in speed: 4 For such a thick cream, it distributes smoothly over the hands and soaks in fast.
Residual greasiness: 4While it's a thick cream, it's not too greasy, and it doesn't leave much residue. If anything, my hands felt moisturized but slightly powdery.
How long it lasts: 3 A couple of hours after putting this cream on I could feel some dry spots re-emerging. Because of the cream's texture, it's a bit disappointing that it doesn't last longer.
Fragrance: 4 Out of all the creams we tried, I liked the fragrance for this one the best. Light, slightly powdery-floral: It actually smelled like something without being overwhelming.
Total: 15 This cream was similar to the Crabtree & Evelyn, but better - similar thick texture, less greasy, with a scent I prefer. Unfortunately it just doesn't last long enough for me to want to use it every day.
Soak-in speed: 4 I was worried because it was so thick, but it soaked in almost immediately.
Residual greasiness: 4 I sort of felt like my hands were coated, but not in a bad way, and it didn't interfere with doing things.
How long it lasts: 2 After just a little while, I forgot that I'd put it on at all. Which means it's not greasy, but also that it doesn't last long.
Fragrance: 1 This smelled EXACTLY LIKE BABY WIPES. Gross.
Total: 11 I was really disappointed with this, since it was the most expensive one we tried. It's not awful, but it's definitely not worth the price.
We'll have a wrap-up at some point over the weekend!
Posted by Kat at March 5, 2010 05:00 PM
I'm sort of bummed that you didn't try one of my favs Cetaphil's Therapeutic Hand Cream (with shea butter) - note this is not the same as their moisturizing cream. I think it soaks in quickly and don't find the fragrance overwhelming. Another one I've enjoyed is Neutrogena's Buttercream lotion (in a tube). Oddly enough it feels watery at first, and soaks in quickly. But you have to be okay with smelling like cake for a bit.
Actually I have a new fav but it is a locally produced item and I haven't used it long enough for a sure recommendation.