Divine Cream

by L'Occitane  Immortelle
Price:
$106 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
6/13/2014
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes

The only thing divine about this product is the price (at least from the company’s point of view), and that’s assuming that divinity is correlated somehow with a high price tag. Labeling this product as “complete regenerating skin care” is so far off the mark you can’t even see the target. More to the point, if this is a “complete regenerating” product, then what are all of the other Immortelle products for? Is this their best option for being “immortelle”? Also, because it doesn’t contain sunscreen, it assuredly is not a complete option for daytime!

Although this moisturizer has its share of impressive beneficial ingredients, the amount of synthetic and natural fragrance ingredients is cause for concern because they are irritants, as are some of the plant extracts and the myrtle oil. According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, myrtle oil used topically can cause “bronchial spasm, asthma-like attacks, or respiratory failure in infants and children.” Granted, this isn’t a product for kids, but why bother including such a problematic, unimpressive ingredient that doesn’t have any research showing it has any benefit for skin? The jar packaging issue isn’t even worth going into detail about because this is just a really bad, overly expensive product.

The divine combination of organic Immortelle and Myrtle essential oils offers complete regenerating skin care. This combined action stimulates the production of collagen and improves skin microcirculation, which helps reduce damage caused by time and restore substance and vitality.

Water, C12, 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Evening Primrose Oil, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Corn Starch Modified, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG- 100 Stearate, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Palmitate, Stearic Acid, Fragrance, Sodium Citrate, Helichrysum Italicum Extract, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Myrtus Communis Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Parsley Extract, Sucrose Palmitate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzoic Acid, Echium Lypcosis Fruit Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Linoleate, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Copper Gluconate, Linalool, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Citral

There has been intense reader interest in the L'Occitane line, and we can only surmise it's because this French company's image and marketing campaign have been casting their intended spell on consumers looking for natural products. Reading information about the company and its earnest beginnings, we would be sucked in, too; that is, if we didn't know how full of holes and fabrication this line is (far more silliness than substance, that's for sure)! What is particularly guileful is how many unnatural ingredients they include in all their products. In fact, they use more of these in their products than most of the other product lines that claim to be natural.

L'Occitane is named for an ancient province that used to be in the south of France. It sprang from an idea by founder Olivier Baussan, a native of France, who wanted to re-create regional traditions of manufacturing products to enhance a person's well-being. With that goal in mind, he began selling distilled rosemary oil, then branched into soap-making, and eventually came across shea butter, the perennial staple emollient found in numerous products in numerous lines.

L'Occitane does include shea butter in many of its products—they even offer a tin of 100% pure shea butter. Is this a good reason to seek out L'Occitane products? Is shea butter so special for skin? Not really. Shea butter does not have any remarkable qualities for skin that put it a notch above many other natural emollients—olive oil, among many others, cocoa butter, and a number of fatty acids (linoleic acid, triglycerides) come to mind. Shea butter is rich in fatty acids also and is a good ingredient for dry to very dry skin, but lots of products contain it and you can buy pure shea butter for $4 at the drugstore, so there's no need to set your sights on L'Occitane if you're curious to try it.

Getting back to the founder: it seems he believes that skin care involves a blend of research, aromatherapy, and phytotherapy. We don't know what, if any, research was done to determine what skin truly needs to look and feel its optimal best. However, it's evident by L'Occitane's formulas that Baussan and his team spent far more time making their products smell good, because overall these products contain plant extracts that, more often than not, either have no benefit, limited benefit, or compromised efficacy because of the irritation factor. The sense of getting back to nature to enhance well-being is pleasant to ponder, but it doesn't automatically make for great or even OK skin care. Not only do L'Occitane formulas fall flat, but they're also not all that natural.

Shopping this line for skin-care products is to wander into a world of fragrance excess. Aroma reigns supreme, while bona fide good-for-skin ingredients are either completely absent, comprise only a tiny amount of a product's formula, or will see their efficacy suffer due to jar packaging.

L'Occitane's skin-care routines consist of good cleansers but mostly problematic to average scrubs, there are no AHA or BHA products, and nothing to address the needs of acne-prone skin. The sunscreens are a mixed bag, with some containing the right UVA-protecting ingredients and others not listing any active ingredients, making them unreliable and astray of worldwide SPF regulations.

As usual, there are some good products to consider if you don't mind L'Occitane's higher price point. Overall, you're better off shopping this line for their gift sets and home fragrance products, which are great for your nose but not for skin care. Creating a skin-care routine exclusively from L'Occitane's selection is a guarantee that, in a best-case scenario, your skin will be left needing a lot more; worst-case scenario, your skin will be irritated, but your nose will be happy.

One more thing: L'Occitane loves to mention the natural ingredients and complexes it has patented for their products. Patents sound impressive, but as we have mentioned before, they are not proof of efficacy or superiority. The only thing a patent means is that the company has devised a means to show a formula or ingredient as unique in some way in relation to their claim, but again, that has nothing do with efficacy or, in the case of a cosmetics company, whether the ingredient is helpful or harmful to skin.

What's worth complimenting is the company's support of worthy charities and its encouragement of sustainable farming and of local farming throughout the regions where they obtain certain ingredients. All of that is commendable, but in light of the formulas, relatively hypocritical. You would be far better off donating to those causes directly than spending your beauty dollars on this line.

For more information about L'Occitane, call (888) 623-2880 or visit www.loccitane.com.

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  1. Hanisah
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 15, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    It's really a miracle!
    • I was given a chance to try this as a sample by a friend, she recommended this cream. Although at first i thought the price was quite pricey, but after i tried it for two days, i would say its worth every penny! My skin feels a lot smoother, my pore looks slightly smaller and it reduces my acne instantly! I love it and im gonna buy it for sure!

  2. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 21, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    This Review is Completely Inaccurate
    • I originally purchased this product for my mother who has highly sensitive skin as well as acne scars. In a month's time, her dark acne scars faded considerably - some have even disappeared! Her complexion is even and brighter- as well as more firm. She especially loves the fact that people ask if she's my sister. But more importantly, I use the cream and love it as well (I'm 23)! And the divine oil is even more delightful than the cream.

  3. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 10, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Beautiful product - Concerning comments
    • The product is smooth, easy to apply and makes a difference to your skin. I am concerned about the comment made by Paula's Choice team that myrtle oil, when topically applied, (I'm paraphrasing) can harm children. I have not found anything (albeit online) that would back up this comment. I jumped on the website of the Natural Medicine Comprehensive Database (who are they?), but could not obtain the information quoted by your team without signing up. Any other source backing this up?

    Paula's Choice Research Team Response
    Replied on: Monday, August 11, 2014

    Hello,

    Thanks for your comments! The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database site is subscription-based, so you need to be a subscriber to access their compendium of information. Complete details on this site and its respected background can be found here (no need to subscribe to read that piece of info). As for the myrtle oil comment, it was referenced to the Natural Medicines’ site  to this textbook source: Gruenwald J, Brendler T, Jaenicke C. Physicians Desk Referece for Herbal Medicines. 1st ed. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 1998.

    —Admin
  4. Jean
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 04, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Total disagree
    • I have been using this jar of cream before the new formulation. It works tremendously well on my skin, in fact far more better than the expensive creams available in the store promises better efficacy.

  5. Anne, H
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 13, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Outstanding
    • I just began using The L'Occitanne Divine line of products and within a week I have noticed a tremendous difference with my skin. My boyfriend has commented frequently on the noticeable difference. I have never been so pleased with a product and I goodness knows I have tried everything!!

  6. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 12, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Divine Cream is DIVINE!
    • Absolutely and without a doubt the very best cream I have ever used on my skin and I have used them all both high-end and drugstore>My skin is so glowing I can go without makeup if i so choose>this cream is expensive but worth every penny! A superior product may lie in the synergy of its ingredients. Bravo L'Occitane for this glorious product!

  7. Rosieirl
    Reviewed on Monday, April 08, 2013
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    Haven't tried this product, but then, has the reviewer?
    • Sorry, Paula's team, I can't see anywhere in your review if you've actually TRIED this product on your skin. It is simply a commentary on ingredients (and packaging) read off a box. Fair enough. But as I figure that the FDA will prevent the release of toxic irritants onto the retail market, I'd rather read articulate reviews written by likeminded ladies who can tell me if the said product will effectively moisturise my overdry & sensitive skin or not. Let us know how you get on with a skin test.

    Paula's Choice Research Team Response
    Replied on: Monday, April 08, 2013
    Thank you for your review! When evaluating products based upon scientific research, it is important to maintain an objective opinion and not be swayed by bias. As personal experience with a product is anecdotal, we rate based upon what published, peer-reviewed studies have established. Whether someone enjoys the consistency or smell of a product doesn't have any relevance to whether a product contains the ingredients necessary to live up to its claims. In terms of irritants, we're didn't state Divine Cream used a toxic level of myrtle oil (or any other irritant), but rather those they chose to include have some rather undesirable possibilities along with unremarkable, standard emollients. CeraVe is much more exciting in terms of beneficial ingredients and leaves out the problematic essential oils and fragrances.
    —Admin
  8. G Lyall UK
    Reviewed on Thursday, March 14, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Disagree with you! This is BEST product I have ever used!
    • I highly disagree with this biased article, firstly the facts are wrong. Secondly it's written almost as if the reviewer was paid to put a negative mark on this product. I am very clued up on ingredients and specifically their origins, which makes a huge difference. Divine Creme is a fantastic product, it is so much more naturally based than other high end creams and yet it works better and is cheaper. The effects of this product are almost over night. Award winning product.

    Paula's Choice Research Team Response
    Replied on: Friday, March 15, 2013

    Thank you for your comments. We're happy to hear this product worked well for you. We can assure you that none of our staff is paid to review any product in either a positive or negative way. For much more information on how we approach our reviews, please visit this section of Beautypedia: http://www.paulaschoice.com/Beautypedia-Product-Reviews-About-How-We-Do-Reviews/

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  9. Jennifer D.
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 20, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    Agree to Disagree
    • Again, I'm experiencing something different than the review says. I have used this cream for two weeks now and I have noticed a difference in my skin. I thought it was the Emperor's New Clothes or something of that sort when I read the review in this book, but then I read reviews elsewhere and in another reliable cosmetic/skincare book that raved about the product. Then i felt a little better and believed that MAYBE, just maybe I was not crazy after all. I realize it is extremely pricey. That being said, this product sinks right into my skin and I wake up with my normally patchy, oily skin smoother and more even. It's feeling better, period. This is one person's opinion, but I have to completely disagree with this review and I hope that people reading this will know that a sample might be worth a try.

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