August 10, 2015 0 Comments Skincare

Everything You Need To Know About L’Occitane’s Gorgeous Shea Butter Cleansing Range

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Shea butter has long been praised in the beauty industry for its amazing ability to soothe, protect and nourish our skin. This thick, beautifully scented extract is derived from the nut of the African shea tree and is loved thanks to its inflammatory benefits, its ability to act as an emollient and wash away grit and oils and its hydrating qualities thanks to vitamins A & E.

When I need my shea butter fix, I always head to French beauty brand L’Occitane. Not only do they sell the highest quality shea butter, but they also source theirs from a sustainable and fair trade partnership with the women who produce it in Burkina Faso in West Africa.

I’ve been enjoying L’Occitane’s luxe Cleansing Water, Cleansing Oil, Cleansing Milk, Ultra Rich Comforting Cream and Light Comforting Cream over the last couple of months. All of these contain the skin elixir that is shea.

If your skin has been stripped of all moisture over the last couple of months thanks to winter, it’s time to rehydrate your derma with these potent hydrating shea skincare products that will get you ready for spring in a heart beat.

Read my thoughts on each below!

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Shea Cleansing Milk

On The Bottle: This cleansing milk, with its creamy texture, gently cleanses and removes make-up. Enriched with softening shea and soothing licorice extract, it preserves skin’s natural hydration and leaves it clean, supple and comfortable.

My Thoughts: This cleansing milk has a white creamy texture in a decent sized pump bottle that is super easy to use. I only needed a small amount (1-2 pumps) to spread over my entire wet face. I found that it removes all make-up and doesn’t leave my skin irritated and blotchy, instead it left it feeling soft, hydrated, fresh and radiant. The cleansing milk has a light fragrance perfect for those who don’t like overpowering skincare products.

Shop It: L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Milk, $28

Shea Cleansing oil

On The Bottle: Enriched with nourishing shea oil (5%), it transforms into a soft emulsion in contact with water to preserve skin’s natural hydration. Skin is left clean and comfortable, its complexion looks fresh and radiant. This cleansing oil, with its silky texture, efficiently removes in a single step impurities and make-up, even waterproof.

My Thoughts: This cleansing oil feels silky in my hands and definitely helped to hydrate my skin once I washed my face with it. Because I have combination skin, I found that this cleanser was better used on my cheeks rather then my T-zone. Because you don’t need a large amount of this product to enrich and nourish your skin, I’d probably say one pump of cleansing oil is enough to spread across your entire face. This oil contains a stronger shea scent than any other products in the range, but is still quite a natural and pleasant smell. The cleansing oil is also kept in a pump bottle making it easier and mess free to use.

Shop It: L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil, $28

Shea Cleansing Water

On The Bottle: The gentle toner is an alcohol-free lotion that completes make-up removal and tones skin. Enriched with softening shea and floral waters (orange blossom and cornflower), it leaves skin clean, soft and fresh.

My Thoughts: This toner feels hydrating like a cold splash of water on my face. It also has a slight scent of orange blossom, it’s lovely and not too overpowering. I sprayed a small amount onto a cotton pad to remove any excess makeup from my eyelashes, and it didn’t burn or sting my eyes! I found that it even helped to remove waterproof mascara! This toner left my skin feeling fresh and hydrated. I loved the packaging, very simple and chic and the pump bottle makes it easy to use and mess free. I think this toner is great for all skin types.

Shop It: L’occitane Shea Cleansing Water, $28

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Shea Light Face Comforting Cream (5% Shea)

On The Bottle: The Light Comforting Cream, with its fine and non-greasy texture, is formulated with 5% shea butter to answer the essential needs of normal to combination skin, including sensitive skin types. Contains 5% Shea.

My thoughts: This moisturiser feels soft and soothing on my skin. Because I have sensitive skin I have to be very cautious with the products I use, but this cream left my skin feeling moisturised and soft. Again the fragrance is subtle, it has a very natural shea scent. It feels light and does not leave my face feeling oily or leave any over-the-top shine. The packaging is also simple, easy to read and inviting. I loved the silver lid, super chic and ultra French.

Shop It: L’Occitane Shea Light Face Comforting Cream, $56

Shea Ultra Rich Comforting Cream (Contains 25% Shea)

On The Bottle: The Ultra Rich Comforting Cream, with its creamy and melting texture, is formulated with a high concentration of shea butter (25%) to answer the essential needs of dry to very dry skin, including sensitive skin types.

My Thoughts: This cream has a different texture to the light comforting cream (above). It’s thicker and not as glossy, but it does not feel heavy or oily on my face. I love how it feels super hydrating, especially in winter when my skin becomes drier and more susceptible to harsh weather (dry wind).  I found that this cream also absorbed evenly and fast and also had a pleasant light shea fragrance. Packaging is the same as the Light Comforting Cream.

Shop It: L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Comforting Cream, $56

Are you a fan of shea butter? What do you normally use it for? Has shea butter ever been an ingredient in your facial cleaning regime?

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