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There are so many retailers with fabulous birthday offers. Do not forget to check the birthday offers before your big day arrives. When I learn of a new offer or a change in offers, I update it. Even though I was not really shopping around my birthday, because life in general got in the way, there were a few Birthday gifts I had to pick up.
I give my birthdate upon retailer request. On 03/01/15, offers started coming in. They continued to roll in throughout March with most of them arriving on my actual birthday, March 15th. Remember to save some of your birthday shopping budget for your actual birthday, because so many offers will not come in until then. For the retailers who send the offers after your birthday, they seriously need to step up their game. As I mention on the birthday offer page, some offers are general. Others are unique. If you try to redeem before you get your own unique code, it will not work. Also, check the main retailer page before placing your orders, because the birthday offers are not always the best available offers.
L’Occitane had my birthday listed as January 1st, so I got my birthday offer in January. It was for a bag, mini hand cream, shower gel, and free shipping with a $20 purchase. I am not sure why the date was off, but I corrected the system to show my proper birthday right after I received the January birthday offer. My birthday came and went, but no new offer arrived. The January one had long since expired. Hopefully, the update reflects next year, so I do not miss the offer. On a past order, I received a $10 gift certificate as a promotion. I knew exactly what I wanted to buy, so I called on 03/24/15. The agent said she could not reactivate the offer, because it already expired in her system. She did offer to take my order over the phone to give me the offer I received in January.
With L’Occitane products, they are hit or miss. When they’re great, I fall in love. Other times, I can really dislike them. Some of the scents can make or break a product, and this is a heavily fragranced line. I am always willing to try new things. One of my favorite products is the Shea Butter Hand Cream. This is such a readily available sample, so odds are you’ve tried it. The Shea Butter Body Lotion is another favorite of mine, but I have not purchased it since they stopped selling the 16.9oz size. Even then, I only bought it when it went on sale.
I was almost out of foot cream, the Julep Pedi Mint. Some of you may already know that I did not like that at all, because it seriously dried out my feet. My feet adore the $40 3.9oz June Jacobs Peppermint Hand and Foot Therapy. Before Beauty.com discontinued it, I was able to pick one up for $20. Why did I only buy one! Reluctant to pay $40 to replace it, I was on the hunt for something a little less. The 5.2oz L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream is $28. Between more product for less money, the gift certificate, the birthday offer, and the fact that I love the hand cream, it seemed like a no brainer.
I am unsure how many of you have tried both the hand and the foot cream, but the first thing I noticed when I placed them side by side is the hand cream has a higher percentage of shea butter, 20%, to the foot cream’s 15%. How does the 5% change make the product so different? My hands and feet are both abnormally dry. The hand cream is decently thick and soothes my hands. However, the foot cream is a bit thinner and dissipates almost immediately after I put it on. While I am sure that is because no one wants to walk around with slimy feet, and some people probably appreciate that, my feet dry out when the product does.
Reapplying does not help. I seriously applied it three times in a row to see if it provided any extra relief, but it did not. After using it for less than a week, my feet were starting to crack. Is it possible this stuff is worse than the Julep junk or is it that my feet have been too long without their June Jacobs magic? Speaking of magic, I had an idea. Rather than tossing this failed product into the garbage, I started mixing it with Egyptian Magic when I applied it. That healed the cracks and helped a bit with the dryness. If Egyptian Magic was not a glorified petroleum jelly, I would only use it. Mixing them together allows me to walk afterward and not glide across or stick to the floor.
You do not even have to wait for this to appear in my next empties article to know I hate it, but you will see it if you read whichever month I finish this atrocity. For $28, I do not want to mix products to make it usable. The order was not all bad. Thanks to the gift certificate, I only paid $20.27. I got a mini hand cream I already know and love and a body wash I look forward to trying. We all know I will never use the bag, as cute as it is. Lots of people rave about the Divine Cream, so I look forward to trying the foil samples. In other words, the birthday gift was the best thing about this order. Thank goodness for birthday gifts!
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