L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Discovery Set Review

 

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Hello lovelies,

what do you think about discovery sets? I like them – often you can test a lot of products from a range for pretty affordable price. It is definitely much better way to test the products than the miniature samples.

Even though I’ve been familiar with the majority of L’Occitane products featured in this set, I thought it would be nice to remind myself why I liked them. The fact that I needed to order something to get a GWP didn’t hurt either. Besides Shea Butter set, L’Occitane offers Almond and Verbena discovery collections. All retail for 20 GBP and can be bought at hqhair.

The set includes the following items housed in a nice turquoise cosmetics bag:

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1. L’Occitane Foot Cream 10ml

I don’t use a foot cream often – I’m pretty lucky that the skin on my feet is pretty low maintenance. This lavender scented cream works ok for me, but I doubt it would help someone with drier skin. The consistency seems lighter than that of a hand cream.

2. L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream 50ml

It is another item that I’ve tried and liked. The consistency is slightly on the thicker side, but it spreads easily and skinks in relatively quickly. It is a great, albeit expensive, body moisturizer.

3. L’Occitane Shea Hand Cream 10ml

Another item that I really love is Shea Butter Hand Cream. It is one of L’Occitane classics and for a reason. It nourishes hands and cuticles and this small size makes it a convenient on the go.

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4. L’Occitane Shea Soap Milk 100g

Compared to Bonne Mere collection of the soaps, this one feels much creamier. I tried it on my skin and, while it didn’t strip as much moisture as soaps usually do, still left my skin feeling pretty dry. However, I like it as a hand soap.

5. L’Occitane Shea Lip Balm 3ml

This lip balm is just ok. It has a light, non-offensive smell, it spreads easily on the lips, but it doesn’t sink in. This is the balm that I would prefer to use in winter, as it would create a balmy film on my lips. In summer, I prefer something that doesn’t stay on my lips. As for the performance – it is moisturizing, but keep in mind that my lips are in a pretty good condition at the moment.

6. L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Shower Cream 75ml

I’ve already reviewed it on the blog and I still love it. It is a gentle, lightly scented shower cream. It doesn’t create a foam, but it gently cleanses the skin without stripping it of its moisture. I found that I do not need to use a lot of body lotion after showering with it; in summer I can get away without using any.

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This set retails for 20 GBP, but you can snag it for less if you use some of many available discounts on hqhair.

L’Occitane is not a brand big on discounts (at least not in Croatia) or nice value sets (if I buy a holiday set for $80+, you could at least give a gift box for free), so this set is not of a great value, but the retail value of the set is still lower than buying the items individually.

I’ve calculated the value of the items in the set

L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Shower Cream 75ml (250 ml for GBP 14 – 75 ml for approximately GBP 4.20)

L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream 50ml (200 ml for GBP 29 – 50 ml value approximately GBP 7)

L’Occitane Shea Hand Cream 10ml (30 ml for GBP 8 – 10 ml value approximately GBP 2.60)

L’Occitane Foot Cream 10ml (30 ml for GBP 7.50 – 10 ml value GBP 2.50)

L’Occitane Shea Soap Milk 100g (GBP 4.50)

L’Occitane Shea Lip Balm 3ml (15 ml for GBP 8.50 – 3ml value GBP 1.70)

and, as you can see, the value of the set (not including the bag) is GBP 22.50, which is not considerably cheaper compared to the set’s full price.

So, do I recommend it? It is definitely a nice option to try some products if you are new to L’Occitane. The product size also makes is pretty convenient for travelling. However, if you are expecting a bang for your buck, you might be disappointed.

xoxo Tamara

New in: Dior, L’Occitane and MoYou London

 

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Hello lovelies,

I’ve been shopping a bit lately and ended up overdosed on blush and bronzer. I bought a total of 3 Dior Nude bronzer/blush products.

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Since my YSL bronzer is almost finished, I got Nude Tan Matte in Ambre. On a first glance, Dior looks slightly darker than YSL, but I think this shade will will work very well with my skin.

Dior Nude Tan Paradise Duo was on a whim purchase. It is a part of last year’s summer collection and I couldn’t miss it. It is actually bronzer and blush duo, which seems very convenient in case I need to travel.

The last powder is a part of 2014 Transat collection – it is Dior Nude Shimmer in Pink. This is not straight out bronzer/blush, although on my skin tone it will work as such. On darker skin tones, this might work as an all-over-powder or a highlighter.

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It’s been awhile since my last L’Occitane shopping. I was playing cart tetris on hqhair and realized that I can get a discount on L’Occitane. Then I realized that they are running a GWP offer and I was sold. I already needed a shower gel, so I decided to go back to my Almond Shower oil.

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I needed to spend additional 20 GBP to get a gift so I bought a cute Shea Butter mini set. The set contains a full sized Shea Butter soap, travel sized Shea Butter shower cream and Shea Butter body cream, mini Shea Butter hand cream, Shea Butter foot cream and Shea Butter lip balm in a cute mint cosmetic bag.

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The GWP contains a travel sized body cream from Roses et Reines collection, travel sized exfoliating shower gel and mini hand cream in a cute rose printed bag.

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My nails are pretty big (even at their shortest) so I always have hard time to find big stamping patterns. I have a bunch of stamping plates and yet none of the designs ate big to completely cover my nails. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Moyou London nail stamping plates and decided to take a plunge. They have an amazing selection of patterns, some of which are offered in XL size. I also bought a bigger squishy stamper.

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I bought three nail plates: Princess #14, Sailor #07 and Pro #05. The patterns are really big – even bigger than my nails which are currently pretty long. I’m looking forward to trying them out.

Did you buy anything recently?

xoxo Tamara

L’OCCITANE Bonne Mere Linden Soap Review

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I can’t remember the last time I used L’Occitane soap, but recently I got another soap from Bonne Mere range so this was the chance to remind myself. Bonne Mere soaps contain 100 grams and retail for $7. They come in a variety of scents, my favourite so far being Milk and Rose soaps. This time I have Linden scented soap.

The quality of the soap is here – a little goes a long way and the soap doesn’t melt too easily. Unlike the rose soap (which has a particles of rose inside, so it can be too harsh on the skin), Linden soap is actually pretty gentle on the skin. While I can’t say that it is moisturizing, it doesn’t dry my skin out. However, I still prefer shower gels.

As for the scent, at first it is really strong and nothing like a linden blossom (I should know since a linden tree grew next to my house). My first association was patchouli and Lush store. Later, as the scent weakens in intensity, I could smell a creamy linden, but the smell doesn’t stay on the skin for too long.

Ne mogu se sjetiti kada sam zadnji put koristila L’Occitane sapun, ali budući da sam nedavno kupila jedan, to je bila prilika da se podsjetim. Bonne Mere sapuni sadrže 100 grama i koštaju 27 kuna. Dolaze u raznim mirisima od kojih su mi za sad najdraži ruža i mlijeko. Doduše, ovaj sam put kupila sapun s mirisom lipe.

Kvaliteta je tu – sapun se sporo troši i ne topi se prelako. Za razliku od sapuna s mirisom ruže koji je grublji (zbog komadića ruže), sapun s lipom je jako nježan na koži. Na žalost ne mogu reći da je hidratantan, ali niti dodatno ne isušuje kožu. Opet, još uvijek preferiram gelove za tuširanje.

Što se mirisa tiče, ovaj mi sapun isprve nije mirisao niti približno poput lipina cvijeta. Zapravo miris me je jako podsjetio na pačuli i miris Lushevog dućana. Kasnije, kako miris slabi, počinje se osjećati kremasti miris lipe, ali miris ne ostaje na koži dugo.

SANTA MARIA NOVELLA Sapone a Base di Latte Gelsomino Review

I haven’t had much luck in using soaps instead of shower gels since my skin would always end up severely dry.

I got Santa Maria Novella as a gift when I purchased some fragrance, so I don’t know the price, but I think it is around $8 for 100gram bar of soap.

The smell is kind of old-fashioned, slightly spicy but I grew to like it. It lingers on the skin for an hour or two.

Out of all the soaps I have tried, this one is the best. However, it doesn’t mean that it is perfect. My skin still feels slightly tight after washing with it, even though the dryness of my skin is much less pronounced than when I use other soaps. Still, this was enough for me to use it only as a hand soap. As a hand soap, it is very good. It cleanses the hands well without drying them up. The soap lasts for a very long time – I was afraid that it will be gone quickly, but even after a month of every-day use (several times per day), the soap looks almost new – only the bas-relief is not as sharp as it was.

When I find out the exact price, I will consider switching to these soaps instead of using L’Occitane.

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L’OCCITANE Amond Soap Review

I’ve heard many raves about L’Occitane Almond soap, but unfortunately, it didn’t work for me.

The presentation is wonderful – the soap looks (and smells) just like its name says: delicious. My skin, however, doesn’t think so.

The soap contains ground almonds. Although the almond particles are tiny, they are very harsh on the skin. The almond particles are harsh enough to exfoliate, but there isn’t enough of them to exfoliate properly. In the end, I end up with scratched and irritated skin.

Another thing to note is that the soap is very drying. After using it, my skin feels very tight and uncomfortable.

Since it didn’t work for the body, I decided to use it as a hand soap and it is more drying that the other L’Occitane soaps I have tried.

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L’OCCITANE Bonne Mere Rose Soap Review

L’Occitane Bonne Mere Soap comes in several different scents (Verbena, Honeysuckle, Milk, Lavender, Linden and Rose), contains 125 grams and retails for $7. My favourite scent so far is Rose. I love the scent of this soap- it is an old-fashioned rose scent, but it is not too intense.

The soap contains a small pieces of dried rose petals – there is not much of them, but it can feel scratchy on the skin.

The soap is a bit unpractical to hold in hand at first, but after several uses, all the angles become less blunt, so it sits more nicely in my hand.

I have tried using that soap on the body, but it dries out my skin too much. Every time after washing it off, my skin feels so tight. However, I constantly use it as a hand soap (Ithink I have repurchased it at least five times) and it works great. It doesn’t spend very quickly – it usually lasts me for almost half a year.

To me, this soap is a great value, and I’ll continue to purchase it (although I might try another scent the next time).

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SAPUNOTEKA Nije Sve Tako Sivo Soap Review

Another amazing soap from Sapunoteka. I’ve been avoiding soaps and instead use shower gels and oils, because they were much more moisturizing.

This soap isn’t drying. It simply cleanses the skin, without being too stripping. However, the soap doesn’t foam up a lot.

This soap has eucalyptus scent. It feels really refreshing, especially now, since the weather is getting warmer. Nevertheless, I have to warn that the scent doesn’t linger. Once you have washed the soap off, there is no scent (or it is extremely weak). Also, the scent of eucalyptus helps when my paranasal sinuses are blocked.