There are some brands that I always associate with face products. Others with body products and a few that cover both. For me, L’Occitane has always been a bath and body range.
It is always good to try new products and I thought I would start with Divine Cream which is much loved and hyped by the beauty press. It is the hero anti ageing moisturiser for the brand – claiming to reduce pigmentation and wrinkles and increase skin firmness and radiance (as clinically tested on 100 women over a four month period).
Even in my sample size the packaging is love. An opaque yellow glass jar with a gold metal lid. It feels premium in the hand and looks premium in the bathroom.
The star ingredient in this product is Immortelle, which is a plant that is related to the daisy. Immortelle essential oil properties traditionally are calming, anti inflammatory and pain reducing and it has also been found to stimulate cell regeneration.
I found that this cream was very rich and it left my normal combination skin, in winter quite oily by midday. It has grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, borage oil, olive oil and evening primrose oil, all of which have fabulous fatty acids (antioxidants) and nourish and moisturise the skin. It has artificial fragrance, which intrigued me because L’Occitane pride themselves on fragrance and to my nose that did not smell that great. It also has mineral oil in it which annoyed me as they have so many other great skin loving oils in the product. If you are concerned about silicones and parabens it has those too.
The texture is quite light for a rich cream – I know that sounds counter intuitive but it does absorb quite quickly. I would suggest that this product is better suited to those with a drier skin. This product did not blow me away and at seventy two pounds for fifty millilitres, I have to admit that I was disappointed with the result. I used it for approximately six weeks. It was ok, but not amazing. It moisturised my skin but did not add any visible skin firming or pigmentation reducing benefit. I think I will be sticking to the bath and body products.