I’ve been using a different face cream to my usual one, which from previous posts you might have worked out is not something I often do. I am so very much a lover of my Elemis face creams that even looking at something new seems vaguely disloyal.
But the product I am reviewing here, L’Occitane Crème Divine, came free with this month’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar and I thought I would give it a try. It has absolutely lush packaging (well just look at it!) and a fantastic texture, plus it’s a product I have heard good things about previously, so my brain said ‘why not?’ and I have been using it for the past week.
Well, five days, actually.
Because every day I have used it, it has made my skin itch.
At first I thought it might have been something else making me itchy – the weather, pollen, my cat moulting his coat all over the place or something I have eaten – but the only common thread of all these five days has been this face cream. I’ve been using it in the morning and the evening, because I like to see if things work better as day or night cream when it’s not obviously specified. This morning, on day six, I put on my regular Elemis face cream instead and lo, I wasn’t itchy. Problem solved – it was the Crème Divine that was making me scratch.
In hindsight I should almost have expected this. L’Occitane shops make me sneeze when I go in them, so that should have told me something. But having never used their products on my skin before, I didn’t realise that I actually do have some kind of reaction to them. They’re not the only brand that makes me itchy – Clinique have a cleanser (I can’t remember which one) that made me itch like fury when I tried it a few years ago, so my skin is very sensitive to certain ingredients. This is why it takes me so long to find brands that I like and when I do find them, I hang on to them forever. I don’t actually KNOW which ingredient it is that makes me itchy either – as far as I’m aware there isn’t an allergy test for cosmetic ingredients, so praise be for tester pots and the ability to give these things a go without spending hundreds on them.
It’s a shame the Crème Divine didn’t work for me. I have heard very good things about it, which is why I wanted to try it. It appealed because of the richness of the cream, and rich creams are good for super-dry skin. But for now, I will be sticking to my non-itchy Elemis creams!