L'Occitane Almond Delicious Hands - review


I used a L'Occitane hand cream earlier in the year, and when I discovered how much I liked it, I went ahead and bought another one when the brand was next on GWP at one of the online retailers.

I went for this almond version because L'Occitane's almond range is raved about a lot (and indeed I have more products from that range to review for you down the track) and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

I do enjoy it but there's not a huge amount of 'almond' in it to be honest - perhaps candied almond, if anything - and I was expecting a more nutty fragrance. Still, it's lovely and I'll happily use my tube until it's gone.

L'Occitane claims/product details:

  • A moisturising hand cream with the fresh and delicate scent of almond tree flowers
  • Enriched with almond milk and almond oil, this silky-smooth cream helps to nourish and soften the hands 
  • Envelops hands with the subtle and mouthwatering scent of fresh almonds
  • Our non-greasy formula has a creamy texture, perfect for hydrating hands throughout the day
  • RRP $14 AUD for 30ml or $30 AUD for 75ml, but do shop around


This is an excellent hand cream and I'm really enjoying it. Note that it's the same product as the original L'Occitane hand cream I reviewed recently (see here), it just has a different scent.

It's a white cream with a thick, rich texture that's not too heavy and it spreads and absorbs well. A little goes a long way so even this 30ml tube is lasting me a while, and I wouldn't buy the large one because I would never get through it.

It has a light, clean, sweet and earthy scent that's nice but not overpowering, and although I enjoy the fragrance, I'm not getting much almond from this and it doesn't smell like I expected it to. I suppose there's a bit of candied almond to it, but it doesn't have the nutty scent that I was anticipating.

What I like about this is that it absorbs immediately and relieves any discomfort in my dry skin. It's rich enough for the overnight spot, but it's not so rich that I can't use it for day - and it's rare to find hand creams that work for both day and night I reckon. Indeed, I applied some a couple of minutes ago and I can keep typing without having to wipe my hands down: that so rarely happens, and it's a huge plus for me personally.

Yes it does leave a slight film on the hands but I don't find it to be too greasy - there's a bit of grease, but it's not so much that my hands feel slippery - and I've certainly used hand creams that leave a worse film than this does. And better still, within a few minutes the film is gone and my hands just feel soft, nourished and supple.

Otherwise there's not much to say about this product except that it works and I can see why it's so popular. It's not super cheap but it's not that expensive either, and it's lasting me ages so I don't think it's a bad buy. I would like to try some of the brand's other fragrances and see if I can find a favourite.


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