My skin is incredibly sensitive, partly due to many chronic illnesses, and I'm always searching for cleansers and moisturizers that work without irritating my skin. The honey products from L'Occitane do just that, and more.
The first step in skin care is cleansing and removing make-up. The Floral Cleansing Jelly, with Honey and Floral Waters, does just that. It doesn't lather up like less expensive cleansers, because it doesn't contain sodium lauryl sulfate, an ingredient that can irritate sensitive skin. Instead, it blends organic flower honey (from Provence!) with five floral "waters" that smooth and soften while they clean (rose, lavender, orange blossom, lemon balm and sweet clover). The glycerin base ensures that the skin isn't stripped of its natural oils while impurities are removed. Alone, this product costs $24 for 6.7 ounces, which is worth it if you have extremely sensitive skin.
The Comfort Cleansing Fluid treats and tones the skin with a mixture of honey, royal jelly, and propolis, from our friends the bees. It has the "softness of milk and the freshness of a tonic" according to L'Occitane, and having used it for several months, I agree with them. It doesn't tingle or hurt like some toners do; it really does comfort my poor dry red skin. The cost for this is $20.00 for 6.7 ounces, but a small amount, as with the cleanser, goes a very long way.
The final step is moisturizing, with Honey Cream, that also contains honey, royal jelly, and propolis, along with extras like grape seed oil, rosemary leaf extract, and sunflower seed oil. It is a light and gentle moisturizing cream, which doesn't make claims about erasing wrinkles and age spots, but succeeds admirably in moisturizing skin and restoring its firmness, again without irritation. A 1.7 ounce jar costs $34; yes, it's a lot higher than Olay and Aveeno, but it's also much gentler, and worth the price.
I give it a 5 star rating because it does what it promises and more. Others might drop it a star or so because of price, but for my sensitive skin, it's worth giving up fancy coffee and lunch dates for.