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One would think that with a name like "ultra rich", it would be thick; however, this is not the case with this lotion. It's very thin and watery. While it does do a good job absorbing into the skin, it's very expensive and I cannot say that it is any better than Aveeno.
I do use the L'Occitane Shea Butter hand cream and it is a great product. For body lotion, you can stick to a regular pharmacy brand.
3.0 out of 5 starsName is misleading -- it's not that rich and is a bit tacky
Reviewed in the United States on 20 June 2014
I first bought this lotion about ten years ago, and even though I usually love L'Occitane products, remember not being impressed enough with it to try it again. Since it was offered as part of the Vine program last month, though, I decided to give it another try -- but am still not that impressed with it.
Although the name of this is "Ultra Rich," I've found that it's not nearly as moisturizing as other lotions I've used the last few years. Since I live in San Diego -- where the climate is desert-like and dry -- I prefer lotions that are more like body butters in their thickness. If you live somewhere more humid, you might like the lighter feel of this, however.
That being said, though, it also has a tacky feel to it that I don't like; it takes awhile to sink in, and doesn't leave my skin feeling soft to the touch.
Overall, it's fine if you like a lighter lotion, but, in my mind, the 15% shea butter in this doesn't justify the cost of this, and there are better, more moisturizing shea butter lotions out there (such as some of the Ahava, Body Shop, Shea Moisture, and African Skin Solutions lotions) for a lower cost.
3.0 out of 5 starsOkay for summertime use, perhaps not for wintertime use
Reviewed in the United States on 16 July 2014
L'Occitane describes this lotion as "rich in shea butter" and that it "contributes to nourish and protect dry skin" as well as helping "to soothe skin, particularly after sun exposure or waxing." It has a scent that is hard to define, but it reminds me of a baby oil lotion that I used to have - in that it smells powdery. It may say that it has 15% shea butter, but it doesn't feel that it is very rich lotion at all. It does soak into my skin fast, which I appreciate in the summer time. I don't think this would be a very good lotion to use in the winter, especially if you live in climates that have low humidity but cold winters. I didn't notice that this was a particularly soothing lotion after I had a sunburn and lotioned the next day, but on the other hand it didn't sting or cause further skin irritation. I've used this product almost daily for over 4 weeks, and I have about 1/4 of the bottle left. In my opinion, there are better lotion options on the market for less money.
This is a nice enough body lotion, but I'm not sure it really counts as "ultra rich." The formulation is actually quite thin- much thinner than I would expect from a super-hydrating lotion. As for moisturizing properties, I found this did fine in warmer weather, but it's not enough to handle my dry skin the depth of winter. I'd say this is a good mid-weight lotion, but doesn't hold up to more extreme needs. The scent is quite light, and I think most people will find it inoffensive. To me it basically smells like generic lotion. It's not bad, but it's kind of a shame. L'occitane has so many beautiful scents, I would love it if this was scented with their lavender. In any case, this is a good lotion for warmer temperatures, but it's not as moisturizing as a thick body butter.
3.0 out of 5 starsVery strong fragrance, nothing special.
Reviewed in the United States on 11 June 2014
The first thing you'll notice is the super strong fragrance, that, though nice, is very overwhelming and clings for a looong time. I almost get headaches b/c of how powerful the smell is. If you're allergic to fragrance, definitely not recommended.
As far as it's hydrating power, I think it absorbs quickly and doesn't leave too much greasy feeling behind, but the lotion is pretty much gone after one hand wash. I have pretty dry skin on my hands, and this lotion does not keep them looking hydrated for long. They're soon dry again. Haven't noticed any good or bad long-term effects on my skin. I keep this lotion at work b/c I wash my hands a lot and the work soap is very drying. When I run out I won't be re-purchasing this; fragrance is much too strong, price point too high.
While this lotion did keep my skin moisturized, I couldn't get passed the strong perfume smell. After using it for about four days, I had to let it go. As lotions go, this is a high end product that does keep your skin as it states - to nourish, moisturize and protect, but it is too costly if the smell will continue to bother you. If you have sensitivity to certain odors, I'd say skip this one. There are cheaper brands with a lighter smell with the same result of skin nourishment.
L'Occitane has a great reputation and I've used their products in some high-end hotels. I had high hopes for the Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Lotion. By go-to brands are Kiehl's Creme de Corps (excellent and expensive) or Lubriderm Advanced Therapy (excellent and cheap). Compared to both of those, L'Occitane fell short. It's comparatively thin and after a few hours the alligator skin on my legs emerged, requiring a new application. I was also not a fan of the jasmine and ylang ylang scent. I would never have guessed that was the scent without reading Amazon's description. I would not describe the scent as floral in any way...just stinky!