18 Apr 2018

Review: L'Occitane Reine Blanche Whitening Cream


I bought the L'Occitane Reine Blanche Whitening Cream about a year ago. I was kinda obsessed with plant-based western skincare brands like Melvita back then, which led me to explore brands like L'Occitane. Besides, many Taiwanese bloggers I followed are raving about L'Occitane products too, especially this Reine Blanche line which means "the white queen" in French.

the white queen (image source)



This cream is made of La Reine des Prés, which is the French name for meadowsweet flower. It is said to possess skin brightening properties as the flower is "illuminating its petals over time". It contains natural salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and to help in epidermal renewal, to bring a boost in the skin's luminosity.




The cream has a unique tofu- or pudding-like, bouncy consistency, just like my favourite Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum. Both products get absorbed really fast into the skin, leaving a soft and silky finish. My skin feels nourished and moisturized after using it. The cream has a natural and pleasant floral scent to it.

INGREDIENTS


Water**, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldocecyl Myristate**, Ascorbyl Glucoside**, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract*, Morus Alba Root Extract**, Xanthan Gum**, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Citrate, Laureth-7, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Citronellol

*Ingredients from Organic Farming
**Natural Origin Ingredients

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS

meadowsweet flower (image source)

Key ingredients here are vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside), meadowsweet flower extract, and morus alba root extract. The rest are mainly emollients, fragrance, preservatives and stuffs that give this cream its creamy texture. We all know that vitamin C is effective for brightening up the skin and fighting radical damages and natural aging. We also have morus alba root extract, a proven-to-be-effective skin brightening botanical extract, commonly found in many skin brightening products including Sulwhasoo. Spiraea ulmaria, or Queen of the Meadow, the main selling point here, is a beautiful and lovely white flower with many skincare benefits. It can moisturize, firm up, and soothe the skin. It is also naturally rich in salicylates, which possess ample anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Its tannins component also allows it to act like an astringent to firm and tighten up your pores. However, what I did not find is its claimed brightening effects. And I don’t think the salicylates and tannins inside are effective at renewing and exfoliating surface of the skin though. I also found benzyl salicylate here. I am not sure is that a salicylic acid component in the meadowsweet flower, or it is just added here as a fragrance additive.

PERFORMANCE



I use this morning and night for a few months to test its brightening claim. Yes, my skin does appear brightening and clearer over time, especially the next morning when I wake up when I put this on the night before. There is a glowing or luminous effect that I really like. It is not like bleaching, but rather, glowing. My skin also feels well nourished and moisturized whenever I am using this. Sometimes brightening products can also be dehydrating, but this is not the case here. I also did not experience any sensitive reaction towards the cream.

CONCLUSION



I agree with its claim that the skin recovers its natural translucency and inner light with this cream. It is rather magical seeing your skin glows when you look into the mirror first thing in the morning. And that glow actually lasts for at least 1-2 days.

L'Occitane reformulated its Reine Blanche line this year so I am not sure if the newer formulation is as good as this, but the ingredients look more or less the same as this one. Maybe just the texture is made lighter and easier for absorption.

At RM 280, you are not wasting your money because this stuff does work. But I am sure I can also get similar effects from many other moisturizing serum/cream and treatment essences, at similar or lower cost, so I am not quite sure if I will repurchase in the future. However, I really enjoy every bit of this cream, from its marketing claims, enticing floral scent to its soft pudding like texture. And I am happy seeing myself waking up the next day with a luminous complexion. I will recommend it to individuals who love L'Occitane products, or non-greasy and non-drying brightening cream, or just organic skincare in general, without tight budget. It is also a great gift for your gf or mothers during those special days too!


Pros:
- pleasant, natural floral scent
- fast-absorbing, nourishing and moisturizing soft-pudding texture
- effective

Cons:
- expensive

Overall impression: ★★★★
Repurchasing: ★★★
You can get this from: L'Occitane Malaysia
[Disclaimer] Product is purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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