Enter 2015 and my saviour, the L'Occitane Shea line. With a focus on gentle, naturally infused products, L'Occitane has rarely done me wrong and its soft approach to skincare has done wonders to bring my skin back into alignment.
I first introduced the new additions to the shea line earlier this month and now I'm back to provide you some of my thoughts on each of these great products.
Shea Cleansing Oil
Price: $26 for 200 ml
What it is: a gentle cleansing oil that is enriched with 5% shea butter to remove makeup, dirt and impurities.
What's in it:
- Sunflower seed oil - an emollient
- Isopropyl isostearate - an emollient that helps lock in moisture and gives a silky feeling
- PEG-40 sorbitan peroleate - an emulsifier that causes oil and water to mix together in order to rinse away dirt
- Caprylic/Capric triglyceride - an emollient that helps thicken the product and deliver beneficial ingredients into skin
My take: the Shea Cleansing Oil was my favourite product of the entire Shea line. The thick, silky texture of this cleansing oil was unlike any I'd tried before and it felt super luxurious on my skin, as if I was spreading warm honey over my face. This cleansing oil emulsified really well and left my skin feeling cleansed, but also soft due to the shea butter (which sadly, is halfway down the ingredients list). It washed away all of my makeup quickly and easily, even my stubborn mascara! You only need a little as well to get a lot; one full pump should cover your whole face.
Final verdict: Buy
Shea Gentle Toner
What it is: the Shea Gentle Toner is an alcohol-free toner that's designed for use after cleansing to wash away any detritus left by your cleanser and to prep your skin for your moisturizer.
What's in it:
- Centaurea Cyanus flower water - an astringent that is also an anti-inflammatory and moisturizer
- Glycerin - a moisturizer
- Polysorbate 20 - a surfactant and emulsifier that works to mix oil and water to cleanse skin
- Sodium PCA - a humectant, meaning it binds moisture to the skin
- Other ingredients of note: shea butter (moisturizer), bitter orange flower extract (emulsifier, can cause irritation)
Final verdict: Ditch
Shea Light Comforting Cream
What it is: the Shea Light Comforting Cream is a day/night moisturizer designed for normal-combination and sensitive skin. Containing 5% shea butter, this silky smooth moisturizer can be applied for 48 hour moisture. For those requiring even more moisture, there's also the Shea Ultra Rich Comforting Cream, which is designed for very dry skin and contains 25% shea butter, the highest concentration of any product in the Shea line.
What's in it:
- Dicaprylyl ether - a non-greasy feeling emollient
- Shea butter - a wonder ingredient that provides moisture, antioxidants, shields against UV rays, is anti-inflammatory, and forms a protective barrier to help skin repair itself
- Octyldodecyl myristate - an emollient
- Other ingredients of note: sunflower seed oil (emollient), limonene/lemon (fragrance, potential irritant), geraniol/rosewood oil (fragrance, potential irritant)
My take: a close second to the Shea Cleansing Oil was my love for this cream. Anything where the second ingredient (technically third, since the first is water) is shea butter is something you know will be good. Shea butter is one of my favourite ingredients as it's a rich moisturizer that doesn't clog pores and smells very, well, comforting! I've been using this cream as a night moisturizer and you need only very little to leave your skin with that coveted silky feeling. I literally just lightly skim my finger across this cream's surface to have enough to apply to one cheek. If my skin is feeling especially parched, I turn this into a sleeping mask by applying a thicker layer. Come the morning, my skin feels soft, supple and plump. For the slightly oilier skin I have now, this is the perfect level of moisture, but if you have drier skin, you may wish to apply more or switch to the Ultra Rich version. Once summer arrives, I'm not sure whether I'll continue to use this cream, but for now, it fits the bill perfectly.
Final verdict: Buy
Are you intrigued yet to try this line? Well, now you have the chance to win a set of your own L'Occitane shea products! I'm giving away a special gift pack containing full-sized versions of all of the products above, PLUS the Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm for a total value of $100!
All you have to do is fill in the entry methods below and be a Canadian resident. Good luck and thanks for reading!