Every year at the end of the year, L’Occitane launches a trio of shea butter hand creams, lip balms, and body butters with limited edition scents. On the menu this year? Rose Tenderness, Subtle Violet, and Passionate Jasmine. I’ve been testing out the Subtle Violet Hand Cream and Passionate Jasmine Lip Balm for a while now, and I’d highly recommend both!
I have been a fan of the original L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream for years (just in case you are as well, L’Occitane has a 150ml/5.2 oz tube with limited edition packaging available now). Subtle Violet Hand Cream (7,50 euros) also contains 20% of shea butter to nourish the skin, and it smells like violet candy!
One detail I am a big fan of this year is the flower-shaped cap. Isn’t it fun and adorable? Just like the original formula, Subtle Violet Hand Cream works well to protect and nourish hands with one positive difference: it leaves less residue. The original formula doesn’t leave a greasy residue per se, but I can always feel something. Subtle Violet Hand Cream on the other hand, has a silkier texture to begin with (sometimes it feels like I have to wait for the original Shea Butter Hand Cream to melt a little on my skin before I can rub it in), and it is absorbed by the skin in a blink of an eye! I tend to measure every version of L’Occitane hand cream against the original one, and I’d say this one is better!
I wasn’t all that enthusiastic about the Passionate Jasmine Lip Balm (9,50 euros), as I have bought the Moisturizing Lip Balm from the permanent line-up a few years back, and ended up throwing most of it away because it didn’t work well for me. However, this is another surprise, as it actually works well! Out of curiosity, I compared the ingredient lists and found significant differences. Now I am hoping L’Occitane will update the permanent version to something closer to this one!
Passionate Jasmine Lip Balm contains 10% of shea better with a distinctive jasmine scent. It is pretty present, but not overwhelming. The balm has a slick texture and glossy finish. It works well during daytime, but I performed the ultimate lip balm test of putting it on before bedtime: it still works well! I have to say this is quite rare, as a lot of lip balms simply dry out during the night and my lips are left wanting more. Passionate Jasmine Lip Balm is still largely there when I wake up in the morning, and my lips are velvety soft and hydrated! In short, this looks great (glossy) if you want to use it during daytime, and it really works to protect the lips when you’re asleep. It’s a winner!
Here are the ingredient lists if you are interested:
Bottom line: I’d love to pick more pieces from L’Occitane‘s limited edition shea butter collection up! Both the hand cream and lip balm have great formulas and pleasant scents that deliver great results. They’re perfect for your hand bag as well as as stocking fillers (yeah, Christmas is sneaking up on us again)!
Since we’re on the topic of L’Occitane: did you know they recently revamped their Immortelle Divine line?
The Immortelle Divine line is supposed to offer global anti-aging action. I have enlisted the help of of my Belgian mom to give the Crème Divine and Lotion Divine a test drive. She hasn’t been on them for long enough to report anything conclusive, but she did describe the experience as very pleasant and she loves the textures.
I’ll keep you posted about how they work!
Now, who is tempted to get some of those hand creams and lip balms? I’m zeroing in on the rose scent here!
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx