A post on lavender fields, L’Occitane, and… joint damage?

This past week, I discovered a rather unfortunate new opponent: hand cream packaging. I think I fought pretty valiantly, and I was able to get it open, but at the end of the day – I have to admit my defeat.

As much as I love the rustic look of the L’Occitane Lavande tube, it takes me three or four tries to get this open when my joints are particularly inflamed – and alright, so maybe, maybe I will admit that I resorted to dental intervention. (It’s like divine intervention, but… toothier.)

I know it’s not a big deal for someone with healthy joints – I used to use L’Occitane’s similarly-packaged shea formula with zero issues – but I find myself wishing there was another option. Perhaps a snap lid for the travel size, or a larger twist lid, or even just a big ‘ol pump bottle for the kitchen countertop!

Anyhow, while I’m not in love with the packaging, I definitely don’t hate the product. It’s less “sour” than a lot of the other lavender products I’ve tried, and the super-hydrating L’Occitane hand cream formula doesn’t disappoint.

There are a number of Lavender-based L’Occitane products already, this one included, and they’re adding three more to the range this August – an eau de cologne, a body & massage gel, and a roll-on. More on that below! (Sorry, sorry, this post length is getting epic.)

L’Occitane Lavande Hand Cream ingredients

New August 2011

  • Eau de Cologne, 300 ML ($54)
  • Body & Massage Gel, 200 ML ($38)
  • Relaxing Roll-on, 10ML ($10)

Lavender fields in Haute-Provence

(Okay, maybe I should have started the post with these – the images are absolutely gorgeous. L’Occitane exclusively uses Lavandula Angustifolia grown at least 800 metres above sea level, and if the resulting products are any evidence to the fact, I think it’s safe to say that these fields smell amazing.)

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  • Reply vijiis

    This is a fave of mine. Sorry you had to resort to dental intervention. Plastic, Y U NO TASTE GOOD?
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    July 30, 2011 at 12:40 AM
  • Reply herroyalbleakness

    It's sad that you had to strain your fingers and wrist to get the product out. LOL @ dental intervention!

    I'd love to be in that fragrant field!
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    July 30, 2011 at 2:51 AM
  • Reply Nina

    Damn right it's tiny! Whenever I tried to open a L'occitane hand cream, my inner self always screamed "IIIII HAAAATE YOUUUUU YOU DAMN LIL' THING!" because I couldn't keep it between my fingers, and when I did manage to keep it and open the tube, always dropped the lid on the floor. The result? I don't use their creams anymore ^^ On the other hand, is it too weird that I don't like lavender at all? But I gotta admit, the fields look amazing.

    July 30, 2011 at 8:54 AM
  • Reply Larie

    In France, there were a few lavender fields…it smells so. damn. good. I have to go smell these! And lol at dental intervention…I have to do that sometimes, too, and I always feel absolutely ridiculous afterward. Toothy people unite! :D
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    July 30, 2011 at 9:19 AM
  • Reply jhr2678

    I have had similar issues with opening my accrylic paints lately (I am not a painter but am taking a class in it)

    I know it is likely not something you want to cary around, but have found that those rubberized jar openers make this task much easier. Also, if you do not have that a rubber band wrapped around the lid makes opening easier. I agree though, they should make these things easier to open.

    July 30, 2011 at 11:46 AM
  • Reply Beauty Reflections

    I love the regular hand cream and since I need to get some more, I shall get this one instead! I'm really curious about their skincare lately and am thinking of trying out some stuff but HOLY HECK it's expensive stuff!
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    July 30, 2011 at 4:17 PM
  • Reply Kate & Zena

    Oh, I hate tubes that make my wrists hurt. I usually resort to the rubber band trick before I use my teeth. The rubber band works 99.9% of the time. Rubber is godly.

    I'm with you with pain. I took a kayaking class yesterday and I'm dying from pain today. It does NOT help that Zena decided to dig her four hare-like footsies into my lower back plus use that same part of my as a head rest. Pain is kind of an understatement at the moment. Typing hurts at the moment!

    July 30, 2011 at 6:08 PM
  • Reply Alison

    "Divine intervention, only toothier". Haha! Story of an RA-sufferer's LIFE! Love that you're catering to us in our twenties with arthritic thumbs, Rae. <3

    February 21, 2013 at 12:09 AM
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