Move Over L’Occitane, Trader Joe’s Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream is just as good and much cheaper

When I spotted the Trader Joe's Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream Trio, the tubes reminded so much of my beloved L'Occitane that I just had to get a closer look

I used to be an avid user of L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream and never went without a tube as it’s simply amazing. My hands get super dry and cracked in the Winter and the L’Occitane Cream kept them in check, nicely moisturized and soft without cracks. I stopped using it a few years ago though as it’s simply too expensive… $12 is a lot for a tiny 1 oz tube. Moving on, I’ve become absolutely hooked on Trader Joe’s and at least 80% of my groceries come from there. As much as I love the food items I’ haven’t ventured into the Health & Beauty section besides trying a toothpaste. On my latest trip I came across the Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream Trio. The tubes reminded me so much of my beloved L’Occitane that I just had to get a closer look and the $7.99 price tag sealed the deal.

Trader Joe's Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream

The Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream Trio Contains three 1 oz tubes of hand cream, each containing 20% shea butter like L’Occitane. One contains Olive Oil, another Argan Oil and the third KuKui Nut Oil from Hawaii’s state tree (the Kukui, or Candlenut), contains linoleic acid, which has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties. The creams are extremely rich and moisturizing. They really sink into the skin leaving my hands feeling silky smooth but never greasy. They have a light scent which is not overwhelming and wears off fast.

Trader Joe's Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream



I’ve been using them for almost a week and my hands love it. My cracks are already healed and my hands feel super soft. It performs just as well as the L’Occitane Cream for less than a 1/4 of the cost per tube. Now that’s what I call winning. The Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream Trio is only available for a limited time so find it in a Trader Joe’s near you before it’s gone. I’m going to snatch up a few more sets for myself and Christmas gifts and I’m so impressed that I  think I’ll try some more beauty products from Trader Joe’s as well.

Have you tried beauty products from Trader Joe’s? If so, what are your faves?

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11 Responses

  1. I love their beauty products…I swear by their teat tree oil shampoo and conditioner, makeup wipes and facial cleanser and oil free facial moisturizer.

  2. I am a L’Occitane hand cream junkie…I’ll be scooting over to TJ’s tonight to investigate…maybe it will keep me from rationing off my hand cream this winter!

      1. I don’t believe it’s made by L’Occitane. The tops of my hands get really dry year round. I use a ton of hand cream, several times a day, every day. I place it on the back of my hands and rub the back of my hands together. People look at me like I’m nuts. But, HELLO, my palms aren’t dry! Anyway, I use to use L’Occitane until I discovered TJ’s Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream. It is different and I prefer it… and the $4.99 price for the 3oz tube!

        From a marketing perspective they may be positioning it as a L’Occitane knock off. However I reached out to TJ’s and asked them the country of origin for the product, not where it’s packaged. By law, the retailer has to provide you this information. I was told USA. L’Occitane is made in France.

  3. The implication, based on packaging design, is that this cream is actually made by L’Occitaine and would be virtually identical to their blockbuster shea butter handcream. It may be made by them, but it’s not the same (or as good) as the original. It’s not nearly as emollient or long lasting effect as the real stuff. Not surprising that L’O, even if they did make it, wouldn’t want it to be the same as the real deal.

    BUT… this is good stuff. Especially for the price. I’d buy more, but my store is already sold out. I think this is a limited edition, holiday set.

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