L’Occitane is kicking off new year with their Shea Butter Skincare launch – if you’re already a fan of the brand you’ll know that there are existing Shea Butter skin products, but this time around there are new additions that are absolutely lovely.

Shea Butter Cleansing

Most notable is the cleansing range; a Cleansing Oil, a Cleansing Milk and a beautifully light Toner. I’ve tried them all out now and can’t fault anything about them. The oil is light, with a slight vanilla-ish fragrance, but really encourages you to work it around your complexion for a softening cleanse. The milk isn’t remarkable really – a fluid and emollient cleanser that certainly got to grips with make up (not tested on waterproof mascara) and left my skin feeling both clean and soft, as you’d expect (with a little whiff of Johnson’s Baby Lotion to my nose). The toner feels gentle and not at all drying – remember when toners felt like you’d just done a final rinse with nail polish remover?! It picked up residue but it’s hard to say whether my skin felt toned – fresher, yes.

I think if you are prone to dryness and skin sensitivities, this range is definitely one to try. The joy of shea is that it’s rich in omega 6 and vitamin E – both very friendly to dry skin. Bearing in mind that my skin has really suffered over the last week (I lost one of my little dogs and so tears, no beauty routine to speak of, dehydration) the L’Occitane Shea Butter Skincare Collection is exactly the right amount of soothing and hydrating. I’m not using the moisturiser, as I’m trialling a new one for another brand, but either Light Comforting Cream (£26) or Ultra Rich Comforting Cream (£28) will give a hydration boost when you most need one HERE. Although we haven’t had much in the way of bitterly cold weather (yet), I’d recommend in a heartbeat for skin that hates the cold and gets sensitive and dry.

So, Oil (£17), Milk (£17) and Toner (£15) launch officially on 15th January – right on time for notoriously horrible weather February, but you can snap up the face creams now in an on-line preview HERE. The L’Occitane Shea Butter Skincare Collection isn’t fancy and it isn’t high tech – it’s good, honest beauty that does the job wonderfully.

As a side note, I’ve been browsing the L’Occitane site – lots of sale bargains (a handful of things at 50% but mainly about 30% off) HERE.


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