L’Occitane is one of my all time favourite beauty brands. They have products in every price range, they have a long and positive relationship with their buyers, and they make all of their products with care in France. This article already sounds like it’s sponsored but I promise it’s not! If I WAS sponsored by L’Occitane, I’d be screaming it from the hilltops. Sigh, a girl can dream. I’ve been buying from L’Occitane for a few years now, so I thought I would share with you a little guide to their best products on a budget.
I’m in the lowest of budget brackets… as in I just barely have one. I am a full-time student, so I don’t have the cash to dish out on some of their fancier products. On the flipside I’m only 21, and I have been blessed with relatively easy skin. I have combination skin that’s very sensitive. I break out with eczema when my skin is angry, and regularly get hives and redness as my skin is very easily irritated, but I don’t have many problems with acne. Basically, what I’m looking for is a product that is made with non-toxic and non-irritating ingredients, preferably in a recyclable container, preferably created by a company that treats its employees and its testing process with integrity, and, of course, is relatively affordable. So far, L’Occitane has been the only brand that regularly fits the bill.
My budget is generally $35 and under for a single product. If I am spending $35 on a single product, it better be specialised and/or large in quantity – i.e. an eye cream, or a face cream (50ml+). And, if it’s at the top of my budget it also better be a quality product. I feel like I can trust L’Occitane on the quality front as their cheaper products are still made to meet the high standard of the brand.
Hands down the BEST $35 and under product, which I know you know I love because I wrote a whole review of it, is the Comfort Cream. Sometimes it’s known as the ‘Shea Light Face Cream‘, I don’t know okay, the real name is kind of elusive. There are two versions of shea butter face creams – one is 5% and one is 25%. The 25% is just TOO heavy for my face, even when it’s wintertime and my face is really dry. The 5% is the perfect, made by angels specifically for me, face cream. I am regularly astonished at how great my skin looks when I use it. It moisturizes and sinks into the skin quickly, soothes dry patches and eczema, and leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized. I’ve run out of it twice this year (one full container and one sample), and both times I tried to use a different face cream, and both times my face immediately started breaking out in eczema patches. At $34CAD this product is just barely in my price range. But, when I consider that without it I feel itchy and uncomfortable in my skin, it’s totally worth it.
This was one of those products I bought just to get free shipping… you know? When you need five more dollars to qualify so you look for the cheapest thing you can find? I have been using Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment as lip balm for years now, and I love love LOVE it. They’re about equally as expensive and equally as awesome. No chapped lips, no peeling, no cracks, just soft, soft soft. Pawpaw ointment only comes in a tube – it’s great for that product because it can be used for a million and one things, BUT: when I’m looking to put on lip balm in the morning, I don’t want to use my hands because I’ll be using them to apply serum/creams/etc., so the L’Occitane’s lip balm applicator is a nice bonus!
I live in a very chilly place, which means my winters are usually filled with dry air and even drier hands. I started using L’Occitane hand cream because it was hella affordable, and smelled amazing. To be honest, I didn’t expect much of it in terms of it actually keeping my hands soft. Now it’s two years later and I have yet to purchase hand cream by any other brand! I used try all the classic heavy-duty hand creams for dry hands, but now I just use a L’Occitane hand cream (doesn’t matter which scent, my personal favourite is Verveine). I use it both in the morning and at night and I’m good to go! Part of the solution was probably just that I actually put on hand cream regularly now that I have products that smell nice and feel nice to put on. Bonus points for the packaging: the screw-on lid is hexagonal so even when you have slippery creamed up hands you can get it on and off no problem.
Honourable Mention: L’Occitane Advent Calendar
I have bought the L’Occitane advent calendar two years in a row, now mostly because they are the BEST beauty advent calendar in terms of value. Everything in the calendar is travel sized, but there’s a great variety in products. You usually get a few different hand creams, foot cream, face cream, shampoo, conditioner, a few body washes, a perfume, a lip balm — pretty much a sample of everything that L’Occitane sells (except for their specialized anti-aging products). I initially bought the advent calendar as a treat, and as a way to figure out what my favourite products and scents were. I repurchased it last year because the assortment of travel sized products was perfect for travelling. I’ve only been on two trips this year, but I had travel sized shampoo/conditioners, moisturizers, and body wash for both trips from this year’s advent calendar alone. I still haven’t decided if I’ll get next year’s calendar, but I’m seriously considering it.
L’Occitane is hands down my favourite skincare brand. I love it so much that I haven’t had much reason to branch out… so what’s YOUR go-to skincare brand? Are there any amazing products out there that I’m missing out on? Let me know in the comments below!