I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I have never tried the L'Occitane hand creams before now. *runs and hides in shame* I KNOW! Here everyone is having a hand cream party without me all these years, and I'm left off the list. And now that I've arrived to the party, I can't stop applying them all day - 1. because they feel so good and 2. because they smell even better.
The traditional scent has notes of honey, almond and shea butter which is nice for those who want a hand cream that hydrates and protects without any competing fragrance. And hydrate these do! I am not typically a hand cream lover because I very rarely find ones that don't make my hands feel greasy and icky (technical term). I have found 1 or 2 over the years, but I can't believe these cult classics have evaded me all this time! The shea butter in them made me nervous at first because I have felt other shea butter hand creams and they were too thick, too heavy, too slippery, too yuck. But the hype for these is warranted because they strike that perfect balance between rich and nourishing, yet lightweight and comfortable.
The three other scents - Jasmin & Bergamote, Iris Bleu & Blanc and Neroli & Orchidee come in a new trio set that arguably has the most beautiful packaging ever. See the set here. See? Told you - that box is like a work of art, and the colors of the tubes are so fresh and spring-like. The Iris Bleu & Blanc is the most delicate of the three, Jasmin & Bergamote smells like spring in a tube and Neroli & Orchidee is the kind of delightful floral that I want to wear all over as a daily scent. I alternate each day carrying a different one, but always need to have one with me regardless. Now that I have gotten my hands used to these, I am not sure they could ever use anything else.