High-street skincare brand donates over 10,000 hand creams to NHS

LOccitane donates hand creams nhs coronavirus

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A growing number of brands and businesses have started to lend a hand in light of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Across the world we’ve seen restaurants and shops donating face masks to hospitals, while TV and movie sets have provided clothes and uniforms to overrun hospitals and of course bottles of hand wash have been given away to those who need it.

And now one high-street brand has donated thousands of bottles of hand cream to workers of the NHS.

High-street brand L’Occitane has given away hand cream to the NHS in order for overworked staff to look after their skin while washing their hands so much.

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The brand closed their stores last weekend in order to encourage staff and customers to stay at home to try and prevent spread of the virus.

However, they revealed that they would be donating hand creams to the NHS in order for workers to ‘soothe their sore hands from frequent handwashing’.

Before closing their stores they also invited NHS workers to pick up free bottles of hand cram from their stores, however now the hand creams are being delivered directly to hospitals.

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The luxury brand, which has closed its doors until at least 10th April, has already provided over 10,000 bottles of hand cream to NHS workers.

They are also manufacturing a massive 70,000 litres of hand sanitiser to keep up with the global demand for the essential product during these tumultuous times.

Looking to keep your hands moisturised while frequently hand washing? Here are our favourite L’Occitane hand creams to keep on hand…

Our favourite L’Occitane hand creams

For nourished hands

LOccitane donates hand creams nhs coronavirus

This classic silky cream uses almond milk and almond oil to soothe hands and leave behind a comforting scent.

L'Occitane en Provence Almond Hand Cream, £8, John Lewis & partners

For a touch of perfume

LOccitane donates hand creams nhs coronavirus

Not spritzing the Chanel while you’re shut up in quarantine? This sweet lotion will hydrate hands while giving you a hit of chic fragrance.

L'Occitane en Provence 'Cherry Blossom' Hand Cream, £16.50, L'Occitane

For bedtime

LOccitane donates hand creams nhs coronavirus

Nourish hands with the lovely scent of lavender for a relaxing bedtime treat.

L'Occitane en Provence 'Lavender' Hand Cream, £16.50,L'Occitane

For very dry hands

LOccitane donates hand creams nhs coronavirus

The brand’s iconic hand cream uses shea butter, honey and sweet almond to moisturise hands while vitamin E boosts nourishment. The perfect quencher for extreme dryness.

L'Occitane en Provence 'Shea Butter' Hand Cream, £21.50,L'Occitane

Well done L'Occitane for making such an important move!

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.


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