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I love creams. Face cream, body cream, hand cream – my dry, dry, dry skin can’t get enough of it. The L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Face Cream, for me, is a particularly luxurious one, but the important question: is it actually moisturizing? This moisturizer contains 25% shea butter and is recommended for dry to very dry skin. L’Occitane says it is ideal for cold climates. More information on product claims in the packaging photos.
45 USD for 1.7 fl oz. or 50 ml.
The packaging of the Ultra Rich Face Cream looks elegant and a little old-fashioned, like something you might find from an apothecary. The novelty of it hasn’t worn off despite me having used it daily for a month and a half now. There is the hygiene concern, the cream being in a jar, but I just use Q-tips to scoop out the product to avoid contaminating it. The jar is made of glass and is weighty, not something I would bring along when travelling, but I enjoy seeing it on my vanity.
I had used unrefined shea butter before and recall it having a sort of nutty scent. I was curious if the L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Face Cream would have a similar smell, it does not. It has a light, powdery scent. Though I find the scent pleasant, I generally prefer my face creams unscented. If you are particular about scents in your skin care products, do note that this cream is fragranced.
The texture of this face cream is thick and rich. It’s the sort that doesn’t budge when the jar is held upside down. I like to have some moisture on my face (either from a face mist or serum) before applying this because that helps it spread more smoothly and easily. It doesn’t feel greasy on the skin, but it does feel kind of heavy.
I have been using this every day mostly as a night cream. I don’t live in a cold climate, but our room is air-conditioned at night, which strips my skin of moisture. The Ultra Rich Face Cream helps counteract that. It makes my skin feel plumper, softer, definitely more moisturized, especially when used in conjunction with a serum. It’s a lovely part of my nighttime routine. Its moisturizing effect isn’t so intensive or long-lived though, by morning my face feels dry again. As a day cream, it’s a bit too heavy for me, especially used under sunscreen, but I still use it sometimes, on days when my skin is too parched and flakey.
I chanced upon this on sale, which was great! I’m getting more into skin care, but the price of this product is still expensive to me since I use mostly drugstore or stuff given by a dermatologist. I found it even more expensive when I started looking for an expiration date and saw only a symbol indicating a shelf life of 6 months. Six months is a pretty short time to use up a 50 ml face cream, more so when you rotate it with other moisturizers. With makeup, I usually go with smell and/or change in consistency instead of the shelf life, but with skin care, I’m more cautious.
Pros of L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Face Cream:
- It makes my skin softer and moisturized.
- Feels good to apply it on my face.
- It doesn’t irritate my skin.
- Doesn’t break me out.
- Packaging is nice to look at.
- It has a mild scent.
- Doesn’t feel greasy.
Cons of L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Face Cream:
- On the pricey side.
- It’s fragranced, albeit mildly, can be a con for some.
- Short shelf life.
Would I Repurchase L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Face Cream?
Yes, I think so.
I like it well enough as a moisturizer for my dry skin. If you have dry skin too, or perhaps mature skin, I think the L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Face Cream is worth a shot. It effectively moisturizes and is gentle to the skin. I’m not sure if it would be suitable for oily or normal skin types—it might be a touch too heavy for that.
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