L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil For Comfortable Skin Even During Pregnancy

I am very diligent when it comes to skincare. However, when it comes to body, erm… let’s just say I don’t use much. At all. Other than shower gels. I get ambitious sometimes, buying body lotions and I’d be enthusiastic for a month or so, before it all goes back to square one, or square zero. When I was pregnant, my skin was drier than usual. The skin on my face cleared up tremendously, but my belly was stretched out pretty quick and it was getting very uncomfortable. It was then that I discovered L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil to relieve my skin of that tight feeling, like a balloon about to burst.

 

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The L’Occitant Almond Supple Skin Oil comes in a clear glass bottle. I’m not sure why that is, because oils should be stored in a tinted bottle to avoid exposure to light. Otherwise, oils will go bad rather quickly. Because of the clear bottle, I store this in my vanity cupboard in my shower. Right after shower, I’d use 2 pumps of it on my belly and another one around my hips. When I was heavily pregnant, I’d use more because my skin needed it. Picture below shows how much you get in 1 pump.

 

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I like that instructions are given on how to massage in the oil. I don’t use this on my whole body because I find this oil too rich for that. This is not a dry oil. It doesn’t get absorbed immediately. I like to use this to massage my tummy and hips for a few minutes to work the oil in. The stimulation is supposed to encourage blood circulation too. I used this diligently since the start of my second trimester, until after giving birth. Of course it would be ideal to continue using it, but I didn’t. I’d also like to add that there is a sweet scent to this oil. Some might like it, but some might not. I don’t mind it, but the scent does linger for a while.

 

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So, did it prevent stretch marks from happening? I used this diligently during my first pregnancy, and there wasn’t stretch marks. I also used this diligently during my second pregnancy, but I developed some stretch marks. Not the angry red ones which turned dark though. Just very light lines and shit loads of loose skin. My ob-gyn told me that oils and creams don’t stop stretch marks from happening, but they do help relieve the skin from the discomfort. While the bottle says “Firming and Smoothing”, I beg to differ. It’s more like comforting and richly moisturizing. It surely did NOT firm up my skin, and perhaps a little smoothing, yes.

Have you tried this? I bought this online when there was special discount so it was rather cheap. I can’t remember the retail price at our local L’Occitane stores though. Do you believe that stretch marks can be prevented just by using oils and creams? I believe it mainly depends on your genetics and how elastic your skin is. Products will just assist in helping the skin bounce back a little faster. What do you think?

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

  • xin

    i am not sure whether this will help in preventing stretch mark during pregnancy, but it sure does feel and smell good on skin! it’s retailing at RM187 if i remember, but 2 pumps are enough to cover my entire body. i use it during the day now because the office air con is just crazy dry.

    • Oh, thanks for letting me know the price 🙂 I know what you mean. My skin feels so much drier when I’m in the office. I have to keep a lotion handy at all times. I use this before bed though… I find it a little too much even though it feels like winter in the office.

  • i haven’t tried this but i like using body oil right after shower especially in winter.
    if i become pregnant, i will consider this oil. i don’t think i can use cocoa butter or shea stick like many women do to prevent stretch marks since the smell makes me sick even though i’m not pregnant.

    • I’ve tried cocoa butter too. I’m with you – don’t like the scent at all!

  • I think nothing really prevents stretch marks, but that’s me. Honestly, I don’t get why they’re a huge deal to people, who the heck cares is my opinion, especially after having kids-they’re like proof of the PAIN man. 🙂 Battle scars ha!

    • Battle scars! Hahahaha! You’re awesome, Tracy 🙂

  • Hey Lily, I’ve tried this one and I like pretty much everything in this line-up (if for nothing but the SCENT)! I’m sure I’ll have to look into similar products when I’m going to have a baby or two. I know that Pai has one, but I’m hoping they’ll change the packaging because the current version is a recipe for chaos!

    • Good that you like it too! I mean, I don’t know about stretch marks, but I do like how comfortable it made my skin feel 🙂

  • Hahahaha *runs away*

    Seriously though, I don’t think anything prevents them, either, but it makes sense that if the skin is not as dry, the wrinkles and marks won’t be as severe.

    • That’s basically what the doc says – nothing really stops stretch marks… The skin definitely feels less dry, and it also helped with the itch that came with the skin being pulled to the max. Eeps >_<

  • I’m not planning to have kids for another couple of years, but I did not know that it involves applying skin oil every day! The things I learn each day… 🙂 I love the scent of this line, I have the shower oil and it’s amazing!

    • I guess you don’t have to, but I find it definitely helps when the belly is stretched out 🙂

  • Oh gosh I’ve never smelled this one! Will have to very soon! I think stretch marks are totally normal and 95% unavoidable, those how don’t get them, well, they must have magical genes! 🙂

    • Those who don’t get stretch marks definitely have awesome genes! I want those genes. hahahahaha!

  • I believe that genetics are a big factor in the elasticity and aspect of your skin, but I also believe that keeping skin well moisturised improved everything. It may not totally prevent stretch marks but it should definitely help to prevent them, and it helps skin recover too. xx

    • Well said Sofia 🙂 I still have stretch marks but like Tracy said, battle scars. LOL!

  • Liz

    I really want to get one for my sister now! She’s using a massage cream for her belly, mostly because she says the area feels so extra dry. Well, and let’s be honest: I want for myself too just because, LOL, and there hasn’t been any birthing here. L’Occitane just makes such good stuff!

    • L’Occitane does make really good stuff. Thing is, it’s quite overpriced here. When my friends travel to the UK, I always get them to bring some home for me. So much cheaper!

  • felixyii

    Omg I love this so much for its smell. I refilled it with supermarket grapeseed oil after I finished it haha. Alrdy repurchsed 2 more bottles in Australia tho. Loccitane malaysia promos are quite bad since they only giv freebies when u purchase rm380. Australia only requires 50 or 60bcks (rm150).

    • Hi Felixyii, I love the scent too 🙂 Ah, good to know you can find better deals. I always thought Australia is known for its ridiculous overpriced beauty products. LOL!