Two of my favourite hand creams are L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream and Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Hand Therapy. I’ve been using the L’Occitane since last December, but I’ve loved and been using the C&E for about 3 years now. Both are cult favourites, both are really effective products.
- L’Occitane is a thick, buttery cream. You only need a little bit to get a ton of moisture.
- C&E is a light cream gel. You’ll need a little more to get the same moisture as L’Occitane.
- L’Occitane is scented like shea butter, and is quite strong (as it is 10% shea butter)
- C&E is a rosewater scent, but the new one that I have in the new packaging is much lighter and subtler than the ones I’ve used before
- L’Occitane is really thick and a little hard to spread around, but it is very moisturizing. I use this at night before I head to bed because it can get too greasy if you are using it during the day and need to use your hands.
- C&E is much lighter and absorbs quickly, but the effects are not as long-lasting as L’Occitane. Because it is so light, you will wash this off each time you wash your hands, even with just water.
- Both are housed in metal paint tubes, but L’Occitane is a little harder to squeeze out then C&E because of its harder texture
- L’Occitane is $30 for 150mL
- C&E is approximately $18 for the 100mL
Overall: I think these are both excellent hand creams, it really depends on what you’re looking for in a hand cream in order to decide which one is for you. I like to use C&E during the day and maybe even keep it in my handbag on the go, but L’Occitane is definitely by my bedside to use before bed.
- L’Occitane is better if you have dry hands that need long term care and moisture.
- C&E is better if you want to temporarily feel silky smooth skin and also need something that absorbs easily.
Left – L’occitane, Right – C&E