I have been a big fan of L’occitane bath and body products for close to 10 years now..it was one of the little luxuries I enjoyed when I was in college on a student budget 🙂 I love the scent that hits you when you enter their stores and have bought gifts for loved ones often from the brand.
Although I have enjoyed their products over the years, I noticed that I have never really tried any of their facial skincare stuff till date. So when my trusted moisturizer from Caudalie ran out I took the plunge. I picked out a foaming cleanser and the light version of the Shea Comforting cream. I’ll review the foaming cleanser soon but today lets talk about the Shea Comforting cream.
This moisturizer states that it has 5% Shea Butter where as the Ultra rich version has 25% Shea butter. I typically have very dry skin but at the time I picked this up my skin was leaning more towards normal than dry. They suggest the Ultra rich version for very dry skin types.
I found the moisturizer to be light and it spreads easily on the face. It does instantly make your skin feel moisturized. Despite all of this I was a bit underwhelmed..not sure why exactly but I was hoping for my skin to look healthy, moisturized from within and have that healthy glow (all the things my Caudalie moisturizer does (REVIEW HERE)). Somehow it failed to wow me as a night moisturizer.
On the up side I found this to work really well under makeup. It does not cause foundation to ball up or oxidize or look patchy. It does not have SPF so you might have to use an additional SPF when used during the day.
The ingredients on this moisturizer look really good on paper. I got the ingredient list from the Nordstrom Website since I no longer have the outer box where it is listed. Take a look:
Aqua/Water**, Dicaprylyl Ether**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Glycerin**, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate**, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil**, Cetearyl Alcohol**, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate**, Xanthan Gum**, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides**, Corn Starch Modified**, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Tocopherol**, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Geraniol.
Dicaprylyl Ether which is the second ingredient is a silicone free plant derived chemical which gives that silky feel on the skin we usually associate with silicones. This probably explains why it works well under makeup..you get a nice smooth base 🙂 It is also an emollient.
Then we have the star ingredient Shea butter listed second. It is well known for its moisturizing properties. Octyldodecyl Myristate and Glycerin are also moisturizing ingredients.
The biggest deal breaker for me was the scent :|. This cream smells like baby powder/ baby diapers. It linger for a bit after application too.
Overall, I think it is a decent moisturizer if you have normal skin and want a no frills moisturizer. If you are on a budget and want to pamper your skin with Shea butter I highly recommend the L’oreal Hydra Renewal Continuous moisture Cream (REVIEW HERE).
What are your thoughts on L’occitane skincare products? Any suggestions?
Until next time, Ciao!!!