When it comes to scents, I love orange, peppermint and the scent of L’Occitane’s Shea Collection as every single product smells and feels so rich and creamy on my body and face. For those of you who read my blog, you know that I take my nails VERY seriously. I make sure my hands are moisturized at all times and that my cuticles aren’t dry and red because with those nail close-ups, angry cuticles can be hard to look at. Right at my desk is where I have the L’Occitane Ultra Soft Balm*($6.00 CDN) and the Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil ($22.00 CDN). Two things I apply a few minutes before taking photos so that my cuticles look soft.
The Ultra Soft Balm was released in honour of Women’s Day on March 8th and is an apricot-scented all-purpose moisturizer made with 96% shea butter. We have all experienced the hydrating effects of shea butter in at least a few of our products and this one here, although it can be used for the lips, body and hair, I have mainly been using for my nail beds. If you’re in cold environment, you might have to work soften this balm by working it slowly, but it is very smooth and not gritty at all like some balms can be. What I love about this balm is that it visually does not look like there is anything on your skin, but only when you touch the skin do you know it’s there. This makes it pretty perfect for photos.
The Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil took me some time to decide on because at 7.5mL for $22.00, the price can be hard to justify, but now that I have been using it consistently, I can understand why. With 30% shea oil, this stuff is EXTREMELY heavy duty! You need the tiniest amount, like just a light squeeze of the tube so you see a little bit of the oil in the brush. That tiny bit will cover all 10 nails EASY. I also prefer cuticle oils with brush tips so that I can really get into those areas that are super dry. It also smells so good and doesn’t look too oily on camera. I mean, I know oil in photos is sexy, but it looks totally different on a macroed set of nails!
What are your favourite shea butter products?