Review: L’Occitane Zesty Lime Hand Cream

Due to all the cold weather we’ve been having over the past few weeks, my hands have been particularly dry of late. I’ve always suffered with dry skin, I have Psoriasis on some areas of my skin, but whilst my Psoriasis has never thankfully, spread to my hands, they still can become very flaky, dry and sore at times.

I don’t tend to use perfumed creams when my hands are very bad as I fear it might irritate them but I was in L’Occitane a few weeks ago and came across this Zesty Lime hand cream. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve used L’Occitane hand creams before but sometimes found them to be a bit sticky so have never been particularly overwhelmed by them. However, I’m a sucker for anything with a citrus scent so I decided to give this one a go.

Made from 20% Shea Butter, Lime Oil, Lemon Peel Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil amongst other ingredients, the cream itself is quite thick on application, but super hydrating and moisturising. It also leaves a lovely soft shimmer on your skin. Most importantly of all however, it’s not sticky like some of its counterparts that I had previously tried.

But the real selling point for me with this is the scent. My god, the scent! The minute I apply it to my hands, I literally sit there smelling my hands like a weirdo for a few minutes because I love it so much. Isn’t that the sign of a great product though?

If you’re not a fan of citrus then this isn’t for you as it is quite strong. If like me you can’t resist it however, and you’re looking for a new hand cream then I’d suggest giving this one a try.

The tube costs €8.00 for the 30ml tube, so it’s not going to last forever. Having said that, you really only need a small amount of cream for each application so it’s a winner in my view.

Don’t you just love when something surprises you?!

Sorcha x

Review: L’Occitane Sels De Bain – Relaxing Bath Salts

After my busy weekend of hen celebrations, I woke up yesterday with the severe Monday blues. And it seems I wasn’t the only one as yesterday was apparently the most depressing day of the year, or Blue Monday as it’s called. It also didn’t help that I was suffering from a two day hangover. As a result, I came home from work feeling exhausted and very sorry for myself so the only cure was to have a nice long bath and an early night.

If I’m being honest, I don’t ever need an excuse to pass an hour or two relaxing in a bath reading a book, but this time it was desperately needed! Also, at Christmas I got a present of L’Occitane Relaxing Bath Salts which I’ve been dying to try out for ages so I thought what better time to give them a whirl.

I’ve heard great things about these bath salts and so had high expectations. Made from natural essential oils of Lavender, Bergamot, Sweet Orange and Geranium, they smell absolutely amazing in the tub so I thought I was in for a real treat.

The recommendation is to put one to two spoonfuls into the bath, but after two I wasn’t happy so I went for a third. It took a while for the scent to fill the bathroom, but it got there eventually. And though I didn’t really get the feeling of essential oils in the same way you do with a bath oil, my skin was lovely and soft afterwards.

I’m always trying out new bath products, bath time is precious so it has to be amazing. Was this amazing? Hmm, not really. But would that stop me using them again? Probably not. I did come out of the bath feeling very relaxed and zen, and had a great sleep last night. Plus the scent did linger for quite a few hours after which is always good.

At €19 it’s not the cheapest and I’ll be interested to see how long the tub lasts. But it is definitely relaxing, so if you’re looking for a luxury relaxing soak and don’t mind forgoing bubbles, I say go for it!

Sorcha x