L’Occitane ‘Roses et Raines Hand & Nail Cream’ Review

I have one product left in the March Glossybox to review, but I’m keen to start trying the items in the Latest in Beauty Limited Edition Beauty & the Beast box, so the last Glossybox item can wait until tomorrow. The first item I’m trying from this special box is the L’Occitane hand cream, my Latest in Beauty card describes it as:

“Enriched with Shea butter and vitamin E, the Roses et Reines Hand & Nail Cream nourishes, softens and protects hands while helping to strengthen nails too. Skin is left delicately scents with the velvety, floral fragrance of Roses et Reines, which combines the extracts of roses from Grasse, Bulgaria, Morocco and Turkey with a unique Rose extract from Haute-Provence.”

This is a 10ml sample of the hand cream. The full size tube is 75ml, and the best price I found it selling online at the moment is £14 with free delivery on orders over £50 from marksandspencer.com. Assuming the sample costs similarly to the full size tube, the cream is worth 18p per ml, or £1.86 for the sample.

The packaging for the cream is really, really pretty. The tube reminds me of an artists paint tube – it looks like it’s made out of metal with its shiny silver top and bottom, but its plastic which is much easier to squeeze (and greener). The majority of the design on the front is an eye catching dark pink background. The outline of roses are picked out in pale pink , and the ‘Roses et Reines’ braniding is displayed in a pale pink box with gold writing. The branding also is written in gold writing. The design makes the product look high end, as well as super cute. 

The back of the tube has a pale pink bar code, and the rest is covered in black text. The company contact details, and place of manufacture (France) are listed on the back, along with the ingredients. 

Ingredients: aqua/water, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, coco-caprylate/caprate, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, butyrosperum parkii (shea) butter, cotyledons alcohol, rosa centifolia flower water, rosa centifolia flower extract, rosa damascena extract, rosadamascena flower oil, butyrosperum parkii (shea) butter extract, cera alba/beeswax, corn starch modified, chlorphenesin, sodium benzoate, ceteareth-33, polysorbate 60, sorbitan isostearate, xanthan gum, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, silica, caprylyl glycol, tocopherol, perfume/fragrance, citronellal, benzyl salicylate, alpha-isomethyl ionone, geraniol, linalool.

Directions: No directions are provided as it’s use is pretty self explanatory. 

The tube has a black screw on lid, which finishes in the shape of an octagon. Unscreweing the lid I breathe in the scent of the cream, it’s unapologetically rose scented – and not an imitated rose smell like in Turkish Delight. This manages to smell like fresh roses blooming in a beautiful garden. I massaged the white cream into my hands, it was absorbed into my skin quickly and the scent lasted for quite a long time after the application. I was a little worried after the cream was first applied that it may be a little greasy, but and slipperiness disappeared after a few minutes.

This lovely little hand and nail cream really is a delight it you enjoy the scent of roses, and soft, nourished hands. It really is a great little sample, and I’m very glad it was included in the box. Tomorrow I’ll be trying “This Works” primer, and seeing whether it can take on the “New CID” and “Balance Me” primers that were included in rival boxes this month. I’ll also be looking back on March’s Glossybox, calculating what my box was worth and sharing the box highlights with you. 

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