Sunday, 13 October 2013

My Essential Handbag Duo

Everyone has a little space in their handbag for everyday essentials don't they? Mine consists of paracetmol, plasters, an EOS lip balm, a little tub of Nivea moisturiser and the duo I'm focusing on today; L'Occitane Lavender Hand Purifying Gel and L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. Both are really compact and so are perfect for carrying around.


I think hand sanitiser is a god send for those times where you really need to clean your hands, but don't have access to soap/handwash and water. The L'Occitane Lavender Hand Purifying Gel has to be the best hand sanitiser I've tried. There are definitely cheaper options out there - this is £6.50 for 50ml - but the scent and formula is just a winner. These type of products generally don't have a scent and this one uses lavender essential oil, so although it smells strong on application, it becomes much more subtle and fresh once absorbed. The formula isn't at all drying (the third ingredient is glycerin, which I think is key to this), so you don't even need to use hand cream afterwards. However if I feel I need to, I'll dig out my favourite ever hand cream...

...Step in L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. Again this isn't cheap at £8.00 for 30ml, but the formula is just amazing. The cream is really thick, rich and creamy and contains 20% shea butter, which all together equals super soft and hydrated hands. The cream absorbs very quickly and isn't greasy or oily. I really can't praise it enough! I really want to try the matching L'Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream now. 

What are your ultimate handbag essentials? Have you tried either of these L'Occitane products?

Beauty Bird xx




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  1. Hand Food is usually in my handbag as I yet to find something I prefer more xx

    Beautyqueenuk xx

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    1. Have you tried the L'Occitane hand cream? I love Hand Food but L'Occitane beats it hands down xx

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  2. Love everything L'Occitane, I am currently using a tiny tiny sample of this.

    MISSY IN THE MIRROR

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    1. I really want to try more of their products! xx

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  3. Couldn't agree more! Love L'occitane hand creams and want to try that hand sanitizer now :) x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. I think you'd love the hand sanitiser! It's a must have xx

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  4. I agree, a hand sanitizer is key! I really love the Pocket-Bacs from Bath & Body Works :)
    AddictedtoOPI

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    1. I haven't tried anything from Bath and Body Works before, I need to sort that out!xx

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  5. Love L'Occitane - the Shea Butter Hand Cream is an absolute favourite and I love their Lavender products anyway so the hand sanitizer sounds a winner! I always carry wipes and a sanitizer of some sort, hand cream, pen, tissues, lip balm, and about a million old receipts! xx

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    1. Haha I'm the same Jenny, I collect loads of receipts in my purse/handbag! I take forever to sort them out!xx

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