L'Occitane had a couple of vouchers last month- one in Glamour and another via their Facebook page for a free hand cream and a free lip balm. Not one to forgo a freebie, I popped in last week and received a lovely Fruit Delice Lip Balm and a Dry Skin Hand Cream.
Although there is a L'Occitane store in my city centre (in the Leicester Highcross) I've never really been in before- I've always seen L'Occitane as a brand for older people- which I think to an extent it is (their prices are higher than I can generally afford to pay, and the packaging and marketing is clearly geared towards people who are maybe around their 30s's) but nevertheless I did enjoy having a good browse whilst the very lovely and helpful assistant sorted my freebies. I did feel a little guilty going in and not purchasing anything, but I will be remembering their products, especially for gifts (their bath and body things are all wonderful- definitely a lot of good gift ideas there!)
Not only did I get a free lip balm and hand cream, the assistant actually put both items in a bag, added two mini free samples and topped the bag off with tissue paper spritzed with perfume. The whole thing reminded me a lot of that scene in Love Actually where the shop assistant (Rowan Atkinson) is wrapping the necklace in a 'Christmas box'.
The hand cream I have is 30ml and retails at £7.50. It's is made of 20% Shea butter and is full of other nice ingredients- like glycerin, linseed extract and sweet almond extract. It doesn't have much of a scent, but it strangely reminds me of suncream and baby lotion (not in a bad way though, I like the smell!) It feels a lot like a body butter, but it melts into my hands really really fast leaving them nice and soft. I'm not sure it's as moisturising as I usually like hand creams to be, but it is a lovely cream :)
I have to say I'm not a fan of the packaging- it doesn't seem at all practical to me. The lid is really small (so not too easy to take off and put on) and the metallic/foily tube crinkles up and is quite pointy when less full- I've already stabbed myself with the corner and I wouldn't really want this floating around the bottom of my bag.