The temperatures may be dropping to beyond freezing, but that’s no excuse to live with dry, flaky winter skin. Not with L’Occitane’s Shea Flowers of Love collection in stores. This limited edition collection combines the best of Shea Butter and the delicate, feminine fragrances of rose, jasmine and violet to bring you Rose Tenderness, Passionate Jasmine and Subtle Violet body creams, hand creams and lip balms that promise to keep your skin hydrated, soft and supple.
Though not traditionally found in Provence, Shea Butter is at the core of this collection. Found in Western and Central Africa, where it grows naturally – and is harvested only by women who then dry it, crush it and mix it with water to produce shea butter – it has been an African woman’s beauty secret for many years.
Olivier Baussan, founder of L’Occitane en Provence, discovered its magical properties in Burkina Faso in 1980 and decided to make it the core element in a line of products which gave rise to the cult-favourite Shea Butter Hand Cream. He was so impressed with the work of these women that he decided to create a fair trade cooperative to support them. As of today, L’Occitane is proud to work with 12,000 women in Burkina Faso. You too can be part of this beautiful collaboration by indulging in the goodness of shea butter.
Ultra Rich Body Cream, 100ml, $42
Envelope your skin with the loving embrace of this rich body butter. Enriched with 25 per cent shea butter, it works to soften the driest of skin and restore its soft, supple texture.
Hand Cream, 30ml, $15.50; 150ml, $44
Say goodbye to rough, dry hands, and hello to beautifully soft hands. Remember, the hands are the first to betray the condition of your skin, so keep your hands nourished with this luxurious hand cream with 20 per cent concentrated shea butter. The regular-sized must-have also gets a makeover with a limited edition design for the occasion.
Organic Lip Balm 15ml, $20
Prep and soothe your lips for the softest kisses with this organic lip balm (certified by Ecocert Greenlife) infused with 10 per cent shea butter.
In continuing with its tradition to help the less fortunate, L’Occitane is fully committed to supporting the visually impaired. One hundred per cent of the sales from the Shea Butter Rose Tenderness Solidarity Soap ($5) goes toward financing eye health projects run by NGOs in developing nations with the support of the L’Occitane Foundation, making it an absolute must-buy in our opinion.