I’d like to give you my impression on their Almond milk concentrate for body care today – yummy! 😛
My review in numbers*:
*Maximum possible rating is 5 points for each category.
|Satisfaction with Product Effects||5|
|Would buy again?||4|
The product really is a concentrate – there’s a small amount of product needed to reach a nourishing body care, resulting in soft, supple and gently scented skin. When applied, milk concetrate absorbs into your skin quickly and doesn’t leave sticky or greasy traces on your skin. The scent of this product is heavenly, at least to me, and it lingers on your skin for quite some hours after applying the product. It’s a very gentle scent.
I got two testers from L’Occitane, so I couldn’t test the product in a longer run, alas not being able to test the tightening effect.
The ingredients’ list shows us that there’s the largest percent of solvents, emmolients, moisturizers and and emulsifiers included in the product (take a look at the first five places in the list), followed by almond extracts on eighth to tenth place. This explains the natural almondy scent of this product, which I like a lot (and yes, you’re right, by reading this you could tell that I’m fed up with artificial scents that smell like plastic!). All in all, the concentrate contains some moisturizers, a mentionable number of preservatives, and is really poor with antioxidants. If you’re looking for a product with anti-age effect, please look for the products with a generous amount of antioxidants, ladies!
When it comes to the packaging, I’m not really a big fan of jars – prefer the packaging with a pump instead. Jar packaging allows us to put bacteria into the jar with our hands – IMHO it’s just not hygienic. What’s more, for all those girls that love long nails, acquiring the product from the jar could be quite frustrasting, a lot of it staying behind the nails. Apart from that, the jar looks really traditional and authentic – thumbs up for that, L’Occitane!
Worried about potentially problematic ingredients?
- If you’re prone to acne or have really sensitive skin, the cetearyl alcohol on the fifth place could irritate your skin.
- Sodium metabisulfite »may cause allergic reactions in those who are sensitive to sulfites, including respiratory reactions in asthmatics,anaphylaxis and other allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.« Otherwise »it isused as a preservative and antioxidant in food and is also known as E223.« (both Wikipedia)
- You may have heard that the ingredient coumarine is not safe for ingestion and that it acts moderately hepatotoxic, but let me reassure you – it’s stated as the last on the ingredients’ list, which means it’s present in a really small dose, which is not even active in the product and has no impact on your skin. IMHO it’s there as a aroma enhancer. (Coumarine is moderately toxic if continuously breathed in or ingested in larger quantities than stated on the ingredients list and has been already prohibited for use in this form for a long time.)
All in all?
I think this could be your buy if you like to pamper yourself with beautiful frangrances, are looking for a product that will moisturize your skin, and are not too sensitive about preservatives in your beauty products. This product will not let you down.
On the other hand, advocates of natural products will make a detour around this one, I can already tell. Despite of L’Occitane’s emphasizing statements of natural originated ingredients we can see that this is a product not that different from many others on the market today – considering the ingredients. It includes synthetic ingredients in not such small quantities too. Well, for me, it’s scent IS a big difference and I’d happily use it if not for it’s high price.
That stated, I’d recommend testing the product prior with a sample (you can acquire one in every L’Occitane store) – especially if you have very dry or sensitive skin.
Hungry for more info?
Amount: 6 ml (0,2 oz.)
Serves for: 1 abundant body care or 2 very scarce body cares
Amount: 200 ml (and 30 ml)
Price: 43,70€ (and 13,20€)
Scent: almond, natural, fresh, gentle
INCI: Aqua**, Isononyl isononanoat, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin**, Cetearyl alcohol**, Methysilanol mannuronate, Caprylic/capric triglyceride**, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil**, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) protein**, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) seed extract**, Juglans regia (walnut) seed extract**, Parfum/fragrance, Cetearyl Glucoside**, PPG-26-buteth-26, Carbomer, Sodium polyacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Mannitol**, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG-40 hidrogented castor oil, Menthyl lactate, Sodium lauryl sulfate, Glyceryl polymethacrilate, Biosaccharide gum-1, Sodium metabisulfite, Sorbic acid, Glyceryl stearate SE, Xanthan gum, Benzoic acid, Dehydroacetic acid, Polyaminopropyl biguanide, Tocopherol, Limonene, Linalool, Coumarin.
**natural origins ingredients