This Year’s Limited Edition Shea Butter Love from L’Occitane: Subtle Violet Hand Cream & Passionate Jasmine Lip Balm

L'Occitane  Subtle Violet Hand Cream, Passionate Jasmine Lip Balm

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!

L'Occitane  Subtle Violet Hand Cream review

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!

L'Occitane  Subtle Violet Hand Cream packaging

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!

L'Occitane Passionate Jasmine Lip Balm

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!

L'Occitane Passionate Jasmine Lip Balm review

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:

L'Occitane  Subtle Violet Hand Cream ingredients

L'Occitane Passionate Jasmine Lip Balm ingredients

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?

L'Occitane Immortelle Divine

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.

L'Occitane Creme Divine, Lotion Divine

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

Mostly Sunny disclosure


  • Redhotjillypeppers

    The violet hand cream sounds great ! I owned a violet perfume when I was little and I still love that scent.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      OOO then you must give this a sniff! You’ll probably love it!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Ahhhh I want to try the Immortelle Divine line some day! I can hardly wait to see what she says about it! The hand cream sounds amazing! Must try!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tracy, I’ll keep you posted. She isn’t a big skincare user because her skin is incredibly sensitive, but these haven’t triggered a reaction which is already quite a feat!

  • beauties

    the jasmin lip balm looks cute :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      It is cute! I think the formula works much better than the one they have in their permanent line-up as well.

  • Lily

    Eeps, no jasmine for me thanks… but that violet hand cream sounds great :-)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I’m not that big of a fan of jasmine myself, but I don’t dislike it as much as for example fig and ylang-ylang. Those are scents I would really not want to put on my lips :p

  • BeautyLoves

    I’m all for the violet hand cream! Must give it a whiff when I’m near a L’Occitane store.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yes! It smells delicious!

  • C Michelle

    I love Loccitane, I am going to go try them! I have been looking for a good shea butter!


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    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Michelle, give the hand cream a go! They also have pure shea butter in a small pot for really dry areas.

  • Larie

    I’m really confused by L’Occitane – some of their hand creams have parabens and some don’t, so maybe they’ve been revamping their formula for a while? Which might explain the lip balm thing, too. I didn’t like their hand cream when I first used it, but now I think maybe I’ll try going back to a tube…

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Larie, thanks for the heads-up! I never really paid attention to that! You should try this one if the regular version leaves a bit too much residue on you. This is absorbed faster!

  • Sarah @ OneStarryNight

    Violet is one of my favorite scents so I am thrilled that they came out with it in their hand cream. I normally use their regular 20% shea butter one and the scent is… ok, but violet? Sign me up!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sarah, definitely check this one out then! I like the smell of the original as well. It smells like… rice pudding? Something creamy and smooth in any case :)

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I’ll have both please, kthxbye!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha I wish I could share!

  • LifeOfBun

    Hmmm voilet.. that must smell soooo good..

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      It does! It smells sweet and floral, like the candy!

  • jenn @Abeautifulzen

    OOOO will have to check this out. last year (or was it the year before…?) they came out with this lovely floral rose one which i really thought i wouldn’t like but the SA was raving about it. gave it a smell and was totally in love!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenn, I think it’s last year then. I remember not liking one of the rose scents in the past couple of years, but I loved it from last year!

  • Krystle Kouture

    Would love to try the violet hand cream. I apply literally 10x per day in the winter!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Then you might need more than one tube of this LOL

  • Icaria

    Oooh I want these!!! For some reason every time I buy a smaller size of hand cream I loose it! I’ve lost 2 Caudalie so far! I guess this one I could try to hang around my neck! :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Noooo I’d be so upset if I lost my L’Occitane hand cream! I keep a tube in my makeup bag, and fingers crossed I’ll never ever lose it.

  • Liz

    I love L’Occitane. The only thing I do get picky about is their variations of hand creams that feel different from the Shea which I love. Will have to check out Violet!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Liz, I love the original more than some other versions (which contain less shea butter) as well. This is, however, slightly superior if that’s possible! Do check it out!

  • Natalie

    These both look great! I’ll have to pick them up. Thanks for the reviews!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      You’re welcome, Natalie! I hope you’ll like them!

  • Memoiselle

    Those are beautiful pictures you have there, Sunny! Immortelle Divine looks interesting and I shall read your review on that :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Meryl! You are probably too young for Immortelle Divine, but I’ll keep you posted!