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L’Occitane hand cream review

l'occitane hand cream review vanilla bouquet

pictured: L’Occitane hand cream in Vanilla Bouquet / summer nail polish /

L’Occitane Vanilla Bouquet

L’Occitane hand cream is an oldie but a goodie. If you searched for the perfect, non-greasy hand cream early in your life, you most certainly came across L’Occitane hand cream. It is famous for it’s non-greasy formula and its’ ability to repair hands. But, did you know there are additional scents beyond the standard shea butter fragrance? There are!

My absolute favorite scent from the L’Occitane hand cream collection is Vanilla Bouquet. You might think this is a traditional vanilla bean fragrance, but I can assure, it is not. In fact, L’Occitane Vanilla Bouquet does not really smell like vanilla at all. It is a very soft, floral scent which is light and works well all year long. I am in love with it!

In addition to L’Occitane hand cream in vanilla bouquet, there are additional skin care products with this scent. I am currently loving the body cream, which is thick and moisturizing, as well as beautifully scented! Love!

If you are looking for hand cream which does its’ job, and accompanying skin care products, you might fall in love with L’Occitane hand cream in vanilla bouquet. I know I did!

So, without further ado, I rate L’Occitane hand cream vanilla bouquet five out of five stars! Love it!

Have you tried L’Occitane hand cream yet? If not, I highly recommend giving it a try. It quickly repairs hands and has been a favorite since the 1990s.

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Best hand cream for frequent hand washing

Best hand cream for frequent hand washing from left: L’Occitane hand cream / Colleen Rothschild hand cream / Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ hand therapy c/o Perricone MD/

Do you find yourself washing your hands all. the. time? I do! Under normal circumstances, I wash my hands frequently during the day, but never to the point where they get tight, dry, and sensitive. Well, now that we are sheltering in place, social distancing, and washing our hands multiple times per hour, my hands are all those things! They are definitely mad at me!!

In order to combat the beating my hands are taking from washing them multiple times per hour, everyday, I am going through my hand cream supply quickly; and have already had to open two new tubes. I always keep two in my backstock, now I will need to order more online in order to keep my supply available. It isn’t only me using hand cream in my house now, it is myself, my husband, and my three kids. We all need it! I assume you do too!

I have been a huge fan of L’Occitane hand cream since the late 1990s when it was deemed the only hand cream on the planet that wasn’t greasy. Everyone and thier mother flocked to the L’Occitane store at the mall to purchase a tube. Sometimes, they were sold out! It was defintly the “IT” hand cream of the late ’90’s and early 2000’s! I am still a fan, and always keep a tube downstairs so I can use it as needed without walking upstairs to fetch hand cream. It’s a must-have in my house.

Now that I mentioned I keep a hand cream downstairs, I must also mention I keep one upstairs on my nightstand. The one I keep upstairs is also a favorite of mine; and preferred by my husband. I keep my Colleen Rothschild hand cream upstairs on my nightstand and apply it as needed, and every night before I go to sleep. It’s an amazing hand cream!

You might be wondering how I can have two favorite hand creams; well, I do! It really is a toss up as to which one is better, I love them both. If you cannot decide which one to choose, the only difference I can point out is that L’Occitane has a thicker texture, and a shea butter scent, as opposed to the Colleen Rothschild which has a pleasant scent. They both smell good, and work equally well. It depends on the texture and scent for you to make a decision. I recommend trying both and then seeing which one you prefer. You might end up unable to choose, just like me!

I receive PR packages frequently; and I have been blogging for ten years now, so you can only imagine how many hand creams have been sent my way, and I have tested out. Nothing compares to L’Occitane and Colleen Rothschild. They are my two favorites. So when I say they are good, you know my sample size has been large! I have tried over twenty brands, and nothing has caught my eye like these two.

This takes us to Perricone MD. This hand therapy was sent to me in February in a PR package. I wasn’t sure what to do with intensive hand therapy, since my hands have always been in good shape due to my other two hand creams. Until this current healthcare crisis, I didn’t realize this was something I needed in my life!

As I mentioned before, I am always washing my hands. I am sure you are too! In addition to hand washing, I am cleaning my house multiple times per week, instead of my usual one day a week. This is exposing my hands to more chemicals, more hand washing, and more chances to get dry and tight skin. I have found that using Perricone MD’s Cold Plasma Plus+ hand therapy one time per day is exactly what my hands need to stay normal. I highly recommend keeping a tube on hand in order to combat the extra beating your hands are taking. It’s truly a blessing during this time.

There you have it! I have two normal hand creams to recommend, the L’Occitane, and the Colleen Rothschild. In addition, I recommend keeping the Perricone MD hand therapy on hand for intensive use as needed.

Do you have a favorite hand cream?

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Aveda Essentials for summer

products c/o Aveda: Be Curly / Damage Remedy / Hand Relief / Phomollient Styling Foam/ Shampure Composition Oil / Thickening Tonic / travel size Air Control / Smooth Infusion

Summer hair can be disastrous! If you are like me, you have been spending time in the pool, at the beach, and in the sun this summer. As we know, this can wreak havoc on our hair! I have a few Aveda essentials for combating my beat-up summer hair; so I thought I would share them with you!

I have been using Aveda products for roughly fifteen years. So when Aveda sent me these tester’s to try out, I was really excited! Who doesn’t want to receive one of their favorite brands in the mail!! So let’s chat about why I like each of these products!

Aveda Be Curly is a great product to use after washing curly hair. As you know, I have wavy/straight hair, so this product is a favorite of my youngest daughter. She has extremely curly blond, fine hair. Even though she is ten years old, she takes her hair care seriously; and refuses to use anything on her hair not made for curly hair. She has become addicted to Aveda’s Be Curly because it helps her keep her curl after she combs her hair. She washes her hair every two to three days. Without using Be Curly, her curls get combed out and look frizzy. When she uses Be Curly, she can comb her hair and her curls bounce back to where they should. It is as if she used curlers in the morning; but she didn’t! This is the best product for curly hair; definite must-have!

I have been using Aveda Damage Remedy for several years. I only use it in the summer; typically starting in July when my hair starts to look dull from my fun in the sun. It is a great leave-in conditioner which restores my hair to what it looks like the rest of year; undamaged! This is my ultimate summer-must-have for combating sun damaged hair.

This is the first time I have tried Aveda’s Hand Relief hand cream. Looks like I have a new favorite hand cream! It keeps my hands moisturized without drying or leaving a film. I love a good non-greasy hand cream! It’s my new addiction.

Aveda Shampure Composition oil is not shampoo, it is a bath oil. It is also great for cleansing your scalp. I use it on my scalp about once a month, but my daughter uses it more often in the bathtub for soft skin. If you have a bath-loving daughter, I recommend getting a big bottle!

How cute is this travel sized Air Control by Aveda! I use this hair spray on special occasions, and humid days. It is great for controlling frizz and keeping my hair in place. Love!

The Thickening Tonic, Smoothe Infusion, and Phomollient Styling Foam are great products to have on hand for your hair care arsenal. I highly recommend them!

What are your favorite hair care products by Aveda?

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*thank you Aveda for partnering on this post. all thoughts and opinions are my own