L'Occitane Divine Light Cream SPF20
Well, this is quite something. We admit, we were a little nervous when L'Occitane announced a sun-protective version of a cream which had claimed the crown as 'Highest-Scoring Miracle Cream' in The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible. Could L'Occitane Divine Light Cream SPF20 possibly be as good? Answer, definitively, yes. More than that: Jo took this on holiday to Dubai and used it on her face in place of sun cream. (Which she loathes.) Granted, she doesn't bake in the sun and generally wears a hat, but nevertheless takes long beach walks on reflective sand, and does use a facial SPF. This worked just as well as anything she's ever used before, and was as much of a joy to use as the original.
Don't just take our word for it. We've sent it out to panel of Beauty Bible testers who collectively awarded it 8.55 marks out of 10 - a highly impressive score. Here are just some of their comments...
'A real treat to test this product. It felt like I was using a top notch cream on my skin and I liked the effect that it gave. My skin seemed to lap up the cream as soon as it was applied and it seemed very natural and light… A delight.'
'I absolutely loved this cream, the smell was gorgeous and my skin looked great after applying it. I find it very hard to find creams with SPF that don't sit on my skin and have a horrid smell. My skin was left feeling, firmer and plumped; I have to say I just looked forward to putting it on every morning as the scent and feeling was so nice!'
'I loved lots about this product, from the jar to the cream and how it felt on my skin... The smell is terrific and reminded me of holiday time. I have let my mum try it (once!); she's 72 and a big L'Occitane fan, and would buy it too.'
'Great product, soft and light on skin, made my more radiant. In fact the days I didn't wear it I felt my skin looked duller.'
Based around the immortelle organic essential oil which is such an effective age-defying molecule (read about immortelle on L'Occitane's site here), this has impressed us hugely - and as you can see from the comments above, our own testers experienced results similar to those in L'Occitane's own trials.
It's certainly not inexpensive - but the jar goes a really, really, really long way. (And we're not just talking Dubai and back.)