I have an issue with muscle aches, and hot baths are one of the most simple and effective ways to deal with the pain so that I can get some sleep. Because I bathe nearly every night before I go to bed (and shower every morning, too), I’m constantly fighting dry skin. Rather than slathering myself in body butter twice a day, I find that the best way to deal with the dryness is to try and make the bathing process itself as hydrating as possible. I decided to try out L’Occitane’s Almond Shower Oil when I saw the big bottle, 16.9 fl oz, on sale at their outlet store for $30.
This product is simple and versatile. You can use it as a gentle cleanser in the shower, pour a little in a bath, shave with it, put a little on your skin as you’re coming out of the shower … it’s really an all-in-one kind of deal. If you mix it with water, either as a shower wash or incorporated into a bath under running water, it with create a gentle foam. Although I used it in all of the ways I listed above, my favorite application was mixing it in the bath water. Bubble baths aren’t usually an option for me because of how hard they can be on my skin, but this oil creates a fragranced, bubbly, and skin-softening bath. The only time you’re in danger of being an oily and slippery mess is if you just apply it directly to your skin and don’t rinse it off. If used in the bath and shower, you’ll just be left with healthy, soft skin.
Despite how simple the concept behind this product appears to be, I’ve had trouble finding a comparable product from other stores. Aveda and the Body Shop do sell body oils, but because they’re more like massage oils, they’re much too small and expensive to be used like this one. If you need a daily bath/shower product, I’d recommend picking up the big bottle as it’ll last you a good long while. I think I used mine for 3 months, and that’s with using it at least once a day. The 16.9 fl. oz. bottle can only be purchased from L’Occitane, but smaller sizes are available at Sephora.
Prices: 16.9 fl. oz for $48 (with refill packs available for $36), 8.4 fl. oz. for $24, and 2.5 fl. oz. for $8.50. But remember to check the L’Occitane outlet stores if you have one near you, because they may have better deals.
Ingredients: Water**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Glycerin**, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride**, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil**, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dimethicone, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil**, Cetearyl Alcohol**, Glyceryl Stearate**, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil**, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract**, Mel Extract/Honey Extract**, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Tocopherol**, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate**, Polysorbate 60**, Chlorphenesin, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-33, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3, Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool, Citronellol**, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene**, Geraniol.
**Natural Origin Ingredients
The Bottom Line:
My only hesitation with repurchasing this is that I’m not in love with the scent. It’s not offensive or anything, it basically smells like almond oil, a warm and sweet scent. I’d just personally prefer a more floral or perhaps fruity version. Warm and sweet just isn’t my thing. Otherwise, this is a super useful and effective product that did everything I needed it to do, and it’s full of great ingredients. Although L’Occitane can be a little pricey, I do really appreciate that they offer not just one, but a handful of moisturizing bath and shower products. It’s an area that tons of companies overlook. I’d recommend taking a look at this product if you have any issues with dry skin, especially in the colder months (which will be here before we know it!).