L’Occitane Youthful Body Almond Velvet Balm and Velvet Serum Review

L'Occitane Youthful Body Almond Velvet Balm & Velvet Serum Reviews

Drawing upon the regenerating powers of almond tree native cells, L’Occitane introduces the new Youthful Body Almond Velvet Balm and Velvet Serum.

Why Almond?

Almond is well-know for its ability to nourish the skin, L’OCCITANE has harnessed the exceptional beautifying power of almond from the south of France and integrated it in body treatments and toiletries that are both deliciously tempting and wonderfully effective. Made with Almonds sourced from Haute Provence, the Almond range, including our delicious shower oil and mouth watering body cream, supports the sustainability of almond trees in the region, as these trees area staple to the beauty of the Provencal landscape.

With every L’Occitane product I try, my love for this French brand just seems to grow deeper.

Both of these products target 5 key signs of body aging, namely dryness, skin slackening, lack of tonicity, fine lines and skin irregularities. The almond tree flower scent is sophisticated, subtle and truly lovely.

The Youthful Almond Velvet Balm is a treat beyond any other. The cream is rich and luxurious and leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and supple. Indulgence at its best. My extremely dry and sensitive skin almost sighs with relief when I apply this cream. R710 for 200ml.

The Youthful Almond Velvet Serum can be used on its own or before the balm. I was very surprised that even though it feels incredibly light-weight, my dry skin was left feeling comfortable and smooth even when used on its own. I think this is a brilliant product for warmer days or for those who do not like the feeling of cream on their skin, but still need the nourishment and care. The Velvet Serum also contains Vitamin C to aid in evening out skin tone. R660 for 100ml.

I can find no fault with these two beauties. The packaging, the scent, the ingredients and the results all get two thumbs up.


Disclosure Ranking: 2

REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot Review

I have a deep love for REN Skincare. Every single REN product I’ve tried has proven to be excellent. My favourites include Flash RinseClarimatte™ Invisible Pore Detox MaskGlycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, the Resurfacing AHA Concentrate and the amazing Moroccan Rose Otto body range.

I have another one to add to the above list… REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot.

This serum is said to instantly lift, firm and plump to give the skin a smoother, tighter and more youthful appearance.

REN Skincare Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot

What REN says:

‘Instant Firming Beauty shot is formulated with a liquid matrix of Phycocolloids and two different Hyaluronans. The Hyaluronans work together to produce both short and long term improvements in skin firmness. Hyaluronan 1 acts as a cell messenger focused on improving cell cohesion leading to an instant tightening and lifting effect. Hyaluronan 2 works deeper down in conjunction with dermal fibroblasts to boost elastin synthesis and improve long term skin firmness.’

An evaluation on 30 women proved promising:

•83%* of women said their skin felt firmer 30 minutes after application and 90%* said their skin felt firmer after 6 Hours

•87%* of women said their skin felt more lifted 30 minutes after application and this remained at 87% after 6 Hours

•In a clinical evaluation performed by a dermatologist 100%* of women showed an improvement in skin smoothness after 30 minutes and 87%* continued to show an improvement in skin smoothness after 6 Hours

REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot Keep Young and Beautiful

What I say:

At first I didn’t really feel that this gel-like serum did much. It felt nice and smells lovely, but I didn’t really notice an ‘instant’ change in my skin. THEN after a few days I noticed that my skin looked more youthful and radiant. My skin definitely looked smoother and more supple which was great as change of season can be quite harsh on my sensitive skin (read: patchy and scaly). And people were complimenting me on how great my skin looks. It definitely plumps and smoothes. This serum is now a staple in my routine and I couldn’t be happier with the results. It does wonders on those days when my skin looks a little dull and needs a boost. REN’s Instant Firming Beauty Shot is a definite must-have, especially during winter when one’s skin can do with a little more moisture and radiance. I also love that a little goes a long way and that a drop can be patted onto skin over make-up to give your skin a little extra pick-me-up. Perfect if you want to look your best for an event or night out.

REN’s Instant Firming Beauty Shot is suitable for all skin types and available at REN counters for R475 (30ml).

To learn more about this wonderful skincare brand you can have a look at the REN SA website for more info or follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

Well done on yet another winner, REN.

PS I just browsed REN’s website myself and spotted a newbie (or am I behind the times again?). REN has a new cleanser in the Rosa Centifolia range – the Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser. I HAVE to get my hands on this one. It sounds heavenly – warm cloth cleanser on a cold winter night. Ultimate indulgence. Watch this space.



*Disclaimer: This product was supplied for review purposes. I have not received compensation for this post and the opinion on the product is my own.