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June 20, 2013

Review: L'Occitane Shea Ultra Gentle Moisturiser

very effective moisturiser for dry or sensitive skin intense hydration

This post has been a long time coming. I featured L'Occitane's Ultra Gentle Moisturiser in a haul all the way back in April and since then I've been using this every single day, all over my face in the evening (two pumps) and just on my cheeks in the morning (one pump). With that in mind you can really get a sense of how long this moisturiser has lasted me and it has certainly reassured me that although the outlay (£25) initially felt very expensive, the quality of this moisturiser has meant that a little goes a long way making it last longer than cheaper moisturisers I've previously purchased.

L'Occitane's Ultra Gentle Moisturiser is, in short, a wonderful product. Containing 8% shea butter it skirts a fine line between intense nourishment and a lightness, and ease of absorption, both of which I find essential. It has transformed my skin. During the late winter and early spring I remember my skin often feeling tight and dry, and under close observation looking a little bit lacklustre. Upping the ante with my skincare regime has definitely helped, this moisturiser is really hydrating and absorbs quite quickly giving me instantly more plump looking and feeling skin. When I wake up in the morning I can see that my t-zone is left a little bit shiny so I don't use this on my t-zone in the morning (and I wouldn't use it during the day if you have oily skin, but oily skin does still need moisturisation so this would still be good to use overnight). It's formula is light, reminiscent of a lotion rather than a cream, but a little goes a long way and you can tell if you've used too much as it won't all absorb. I think that if you had very dry or dry skin this would make a wonderful day-time moisturiser as it is incredibly effective. As long as you use it sparingly (one-two pumps for your entire face) it works well under make-up and it definitely leaves my face looking much nicer with and without make-up. 

The packaging of this moisturiser also deserve a mention. The wonderful glass bottle (with it's equally wonderful pump) comes in a lovely box that makes it perfect to give as a gift (even if it's a gift for yourself...) and makes the £25 investment less difficult. I find it really quite an elegant addition to my dressing table and it's proved relatively sturdy as I've dropped it onto my carpeted bedroom floor twice thus far with not even a chip or a crack in sight. Given that has already lasted me over two months (giving it a current cost per month value of £12.50- already a lot more reasonable) I'm impressed, but given that it clearly will be lasting me at least two months more I'm completely won over. At the end of the day I'm happy to splurge on a really good moisturiser with high quality ingredients (oh shea butter, I pray you keep me looking young forever) especially if at the end of the day the product lasts five months giving it a cost per month value of £6.25. If you can afford to I would always suggest investing in your skincare and L'Occitane's Shea Ultra Gentle Moisturiser is as good a place as any to start! You can find this moisturiser on L'Occitane's website or in store for £25.

What moisturiser(s) do you use?



  1. This looks like something that my skin would love; one thing I don't love is the price tag but I may get this when my other moisturisers are finished x

  2. This sounds lovely, although my skin is really oily so it probably wouldn't suit me for daytime, like you say. I love the packaging, too!

    Jess xo

  3. Fab way to equate it down to cost per month as opposed to overall cost - sneaky way to make me think it would be acceptable to make a cheeky purchase!


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