I got the L'Occitane's Rose Velvet Hand Cream a while back at one of L'Occitane's retail stores. When I first got it, I really liked it, mainly because I don't usually use such an expensive hand cream. When I use it now, I find it just a little bit above borderline average for what it costs. It does have a lovely rose scent without being suffocating or being too artificial.
The texture is very light for a cream. It's more of a lotion in the name of a cream. Bluntly said, it's a lotion, not a cream. But it's also safe to say that it isn't a watered down lotion. I personally like hand creams because they definitely moisturize better and longer, without having to use as much. However, if you do not like hand creams because it takes a bit of an effort of rubbing, you will find that this "cream" will be very easy to absorb into your skin.
I don't think you can really fail in a hand cream, they all work in some way, more or less. And this one does not fail. I think it leaves the hand nice and smooth without being sticky or anything. It is "velvety".
But I just can't help but consider the similarities this "cream" has to one rose lotion I had used many years back from Victoria's Secret. The Victoria's Secret one was a little stronger in scent and a little runnnier than this one, but just worked very similar. The VS one, I purchased one with my two other friends for the sale price of 3 for $12.50, I believe. This L'Occitane one is around $22-24. Of course, I would prefer this one, but my wallet prefers the VS one. I like it but I don't think it is worth the price and it also isn't my favorite hand cream.
- Nice rose scent; lovely, not overpowering and does not smell "artificial"
- easy to absorb
- leaves skin smooth, not sticky
- Not a cream, but really a lotion
- Not amazing for what it costs
I think its good, it has a pleasant rose scent and applies smoothly, though overpriced. It's not really a cream. I think its an average product wrapped up in "luxury" brand/packaging.