I always think of Hand Creams as a ‘la -di- dah’ and ‘high society’ affair. You know like..’Pass me my tea and crumpets, along with my hand cream please’ . That obviously does not make any sense, because noone would wants slippery hands with their tea and crumpets. But you know what i mean, expensive hand creams are more of a luxury to me!

So, i was kind of thrilled to be gifted a pack of three L’Occitane hand creams. The box is super  gorgeous, and look how cute the creams look all cuddled up  together…Kind of like the Power Puff girls- Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles. Hee Hee!

Cherry Blossom Hand Cream 

L’Occitane says: “Enriched with Shea Butter and vitamin E, this lightly textured and non-greasy cream nourishes and protects hands from daily aggressions. They are soft, moisturized and delicately perfumed with Cherry Blossom’s enveloping flowery scent. Contains a cherry extract from Luberon, France.”

My View: 4/5 or A-
This one has a very delicate whiff of Cherry blossom and a soft floral note to it. The smell lingers for a while on your hand, and i for one, definitely like this muted aroma. The cream is decently moisturizing without being thick and greasy and keeps hands soft and nourished. It does not provide long lasting or intense moisture for my dry hands, but it does a good job while its on.

                   Shea Butter Hand Cream

L’occitane says
“A super smoothing and best-selling synergy of 20% Shea Butter, honey and sweet almond extract, blended with the light and alluring aromas of jasmine and ylang-ylang essences. Texturally pleasing balm glides on and absorbs to help heal and protect dry or dehydrated skin. Anti-oxidizing vitamin E helps nourish. Invites even the most hard-working hands to a fresh beginning.’                
                                                                  My View : 5/5 or A+ 

With a super pleasing , but not completely out there aroma of Honey and Jasmine, this hand cream is super duper moisturizing. I guess i must have hard working hands that i claims, because it really does work wonders on them. Keeps thems uber soft, and moisturized for a really long time, heals the flakiness, and does glide on smoothly. It does not absorb very quickly, it has a tendency to sit on your hands for just a little bit before the skin soaks it up, but i definitely think this is  a saviour for those with dry hands like mine! It makes my hands soft, is rich in consistency  but  not greasy and somehow i am addicted to the smell- it kind of smells like baby lotion to me. Light and warm.

Pivoine Flora Hand Cream

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L’Occitane says: “Enriched with shea butter, the Pivoine Flora Hand Cream softens and envelops the hands with the delicate, flowery perfume of peonies. The cream glides on and is absorbed rapidly, providing the hands with nourishment and protection..”

My View: 3/5 or B
This one has a very strong floral undertone, almost like your hands just took a little stroll in a rose , or peony garden. While the scent is quite pleasing, and lasts on your hands for ages- (i slept with this, and even the next morning my hands smelt floral ), it really did not provide me enough moisture for my hands. I do have very dry skin, specially around my hands- i have a lot  dry patches and flakiness on my palm, and out of the three creams, this one did not do anything about that. It is the thinnest out of all the creams, with an almost gel like texture to it which really does get absorbs rapidly, but for my parched skin, i definitly need more moisture than what this provides

PRICES: Rs 495/- for each 30 ml tube.

Overall, all three L’occitane hand creams delivered in the aroma department , their smell lingered on for a really long time, while the three differed in the moisture department. Depending on your moisture need quotient, you will definitely find one of these useful to you, though i do wish they retailed at a cheaper price.

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