In January 2017, L’Occitane released Shea Intensive Hand Balm*, a new version of the iconic Shea Hand Cream. I started using it a month or so ago (this is what you get when you have too many hand creams open and half-used) so while this post is kind of late, it’ll allow you to see whether you need this hand cream for the upcoming autumn and winter. Read on!
Shea Intensive Hand Balm comes in L’Occitane’s standard cardboard box with all the necessary information written on the outside. Inside the box lies an elegant, humongous white tube with a matt finish. The shape of it and the plastic screw cap is the same as with the Shea Hand Cream. The blue cap is thin and angular so it’s difficult to screw it back on once you’ve moisturized your hands. A minor inconvenience that doesn’t spoil the balm itself.
The Texture and the Scent
As the name suggests, the texture is thick and it fully justifies the “balm” in the product’s name. It contains a 25% concetration of shea butter, which is supposed to “provide intense nourishing care”, prevent skin from drying out and protect it from harsh elements (wind, cold etc.). It’s also enriched with allantoin, which is soothes and comforts the skin.
Despite its thickness it sinks in rather fast, leaving a greasy but not shiny film on the skin. I sometimes put on cotton gloves after applying the balm (that way the balm works great as an overnight treatment).
The scent of Shea Intensive Hand Balm is rather pleasant and the same as with other products from the Shea range. It’s kind of nutty but also clean – nothing that would bother you when you try to fall asleep. The formula is definitely fragranced – a pure shea butter scent doesn’t smell as pleasant, I believe – but that’s not something that would discourage me from using the cream.
My dehydrated hands seem to like it lots, my nails don’t peel that often anymore but I wouldn’t call it a miracle worker. It’s a bit heavy to use in the summer but it strikes the right balance between moisturizing and occlusive ingredients. A lot of hand creams contain (too much) coconut butter, which doesn’t do much for my hands, whereas Shea Intensive Hand Balm manages to nourish, soften, and quenh my skin. Now, I wonder what winter will bring…
L’Occitane Shea Intensive Hand Balm, 150 ml can be bought here for €23.40.
Do you like L’Occitane hand creams?
*The product was bought with a discount but all opinions are my own.