Aug 052014
 

L'Occitane Frisson de Verveine08L’Occitane has has beautifully refreshing L’Occitane Frisson Verbena collection released this summer, which I’ve been enjoying since taking these pictures a week ago. Actually, some of these have been true saviors in this humid August heat.

L'Occitane Frisson de Verveine01According to the line:

Among all the aromatic herbs that grow along the paths of Provence, there is one whose lemony freshness revives the body and mind. Its name is Verbena. When baskets are piled high with freshly harvested green verbena leaves, its distinctive fragrance fills the air around the markets of Provence. Discover our collection which includes fragrances as well as body and hair care.

I tested the Frisson de Verveine Eau de Toilette ($55), Hand Cream ($12), Fresh Shower Gel ($20), and the Cooling Ice Gel for Legs and Feet ($22).  

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The Frisson Verbena Eau de Toilette ($55/3.4 oz.) is a very light, soft, yet vibrant lemon and herb scent. The notes include lemon, bergamot, verbena and cucumber. It’s both sophisticated and light, it elevates my mood and reminds me of an afternoon in the beautiful French countryside. It’s more green than lemon, in a lovely way. The heavy glass bottle is a pleasure to use (or to gift).

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This is a light refreshing spray format, appropriate for putting into the refrigerator overnight for a cooling blast when needed. I found this soft scent lasted a good five or six hours on me.

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The Frisson Verbena Eau de Toilette comes packaged in a giftable box that is appropriate for either gender.

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The Frisson Verbena Hand Cream ($12/ 1 oz.) is a light, gel-textured moisturizer that’s heaven to use for a summer manicure/pedicure. It’s mixed with spring water for a light, but very effective, feel. It’s fabulous to put on mid-afternoon, the scent is subtle and very refreshing.

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The Frisson Verbena Fresh Shower Gel ($20/ 8.4 oz) is, in keeping with the rest of the aesthetic of this line, softly scented.  The feel is similar to other L’Occitane shower gels, it gives only slight foam and feels excellent on the skin. The scent does not linger long after use, so you can apply any of your other scents without interference.

L'Occitane Frisson de Verveine06Like the other products in this line, it is appropriate for either gender. The bottle is a squeeze type which allows the product to flow out easily if held upside down. The size is a generous 8.4 ounces.

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If you are in the mood for a lovely treat, I highly recommend the Frisson Verbena Ice Gel for Legs and Feet ($22/2.5 oz.). This cooling gel applies with a metal application and feels amazing. 

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The ice gel uses the same scent as the other products in the collection, although its a slight bit more intense in this formula (compared to the hand cream and shower gel). The applicator:

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This product uses a combination of cypress essential oil and althea officials.  It leaves arms, legs and feet with fresh, cooling moisture. Essentially, it makes your skin look better, has an beautiful fresh scent, and cools you down. Win, win, win. It would be nice if this item were made permanent.

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This collection is well worth a look. The Eau de Toilette and the Ice Gel were my favorites. Here are some online offers from L’Occitane if you prefer to have anything delivered.

Stride into Summer! Receive FREE tropical sandals with any $35 purchase. Use code TROPICAL. Valid 7/31-8/20/2014.

Getaway to Provence: Enjoy a travel set for $22 with any $45 Purchase! Use code GETAWAY. Valid 7/30-8/19/2014.

Make It A Divine Summer! Recieve a travel ready set FREE with any $125 purchase. Use code DIVINESUMMER! Valid 7/30-8/19/2014.

Softening Summer Shower Gels! Enjoy our Provencal jumbo sized shower gels FREE with any $125 purchase. Use code JUMBO. Valid 7/30-8/19/2014.

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Jul 102014
 

L'Occitane L'huile essentualle1L’Occitane’s Angelica line is, well, angelic in my book. Lately, I’ve been testing L’Occitane Angelica Hydra Vita Gel ($38/1.7 oz.). This particular product fills a serious need in the beauty world–a beautiful, fresh, gel moisturizer that is perfectly appropriate for all skin types, but particularly useful for combination and oily skin. This moisturizer is so refreshing and cooling, it’s perfect for summer mornings and evenings. It feels delicious.

L'Occitane L'huile essentualle2I just spent two weeks in the dry, hot mountain air of Colorado. I used to believe that my “glow in the afternoon” skin didn’t need any moisturizer, until enough people told me that my skin looked dehydrated. After using some serums and moisturizers for a few weeks, I realized how much better my skin looks with some light refreshing moisture. Although I love my creams, in the warm summer months a light gel give the perfect amount of moisture.

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L’Occitane Angelica Hydra Gel felt amazing to start off my day, and after a long day in that very dry climate (made even worse by the hotel air conditioning).  This gel feels naturally cool, and has a very soft light scent that evokes light cucumber and lovely herbs. This gel is from L’Occitane’s Angelica line, which has natural hydrating and revitalizing properties. Unlike some cool gels, Angelica Hydra Gel has no sting of alcohol or harshness of any kind. Rather, it plumps the texture of my skin and felt very soothing, even on irritated skin (don’t ask, but I’ve never gotten off a flight without some problem or other!). It feels lovely on neck, shoulders and arms as well.

L'Occitane L'huile essentualle5L’Occitane Angelica Hydra Gel comes in a generously-sized pot, sealed for freshness, and is a real treat. I wouldn’t want to go through the summer months without it.  Bottom line, highly recommended.

The L’Occintane Angelica Hydra Gel is available on L’Occintane.com. There are some additional L’Occitane online offers on right now as well using these links and codes:

Travel Ready Summer Skincare! FREE Angelica skincare duo of hydrating Toner and Cleansing gel with $45 purchase. Use code ANGELICA. Valid 7/8-7/29/2014.

Receive the Fragrance Trio Sampler for Only $22! Offer valid 7/2-7/29.

Receive a FREE Skincare Travel Gift with any $45 purchase! Offer valid 7/2-7/29.

Receive The Summer Zest Set (Over $40 Value!) for only $22 with any $45 Purchase! Offer valid 7/2-7/29.

Receive a FREE 50ml Shea Cleansing Milk with any $30+ Moisturizer! Use Code: REFRESH. Offer valid 7/2-7/29.

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Jun 022014
 

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L’Occintane’s latest release is inspired by Brasil’s biodiversity. This L’Occitane au Brésil collection derives from a partnership that brings together Brazil’s local culture with L’Occitane’s knowledge of nature. As a line that places natural products as the centerpieces of its products, this collection includes two lines based on distinct ingredients.

First is L’Occitane’s Jenipapo line, which is based on the jenipapo tree, which has golden flowers. The product in this line are sun care products for the face and body made with extracts of this flower with protecting and hydrating properties.

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The products in the Jenipapo line are:

· Face Protection Veil SPF 30 ($28)
· Protecting Body Oil SPF 15 ($30)
· Protecting Body Jelly Milk SPF 20 ($30)
· Lip Gloss SPF 25 ($12)
· Perfumed Oil Roll-On ($22)
· Body Lotion ($25)
· Shower Oil ($25)
· Jenipapo Soap ($7)

JenipapoI was able to test two products from the Jenipapo line–the L’Occitane Jenipapo Face Veil SPF 30 ($28) and the L’Occitane Jenipapo Body Oil SPF 15 ($30). As expected, these embodied natural luxury. They were very refined, well-formulated, and effective. Their scent retained a natural, refreshing scent that gave not hint of chemicals–both are very pleasurable, light, and fresh.

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The Jenipapo Body Oil comes in a spray bottle and gives a touch of sun protection at SPF 15:

L'Occitane Summer Items02The scent is light, floral and crisp, which is exactly what I want in a summer scent. I’ve purchased other body oils from L’Occitane’s summer releases. This one is quite light and easy to use, I like the spray bottle very much.

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Thoughtfully, there a spray top and plastic bottle that can be tossed into a bag without fear of spillage or breakage.

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This applies as a light transparent oil, and leaves skin glowing. This is designed for the body, not the face.

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The Jenipapo Face Veil SPF 30 is a light, non-greasy sunscreen for the face. Although I’m more of an SPF 50-type, I enjoyed using this during runs to the gym or under foundation on an in-the-office day. The light, refreshing scent fades after about 1/2 hour, and I assure you it didn’t smell a bit like sunscreen. Instead, it was crisp, light, natural and refreshing

L'Occitane Summer Items16The texture is light and thin (no breakouts!). Loved it.

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The other line is based on the Brazilian Vitória-Régia flower.

Vitoria RegiaThe Vitoria Regia line includes:

· Day Flower Eau de Cologne ($55)
· Day Flower Shower Gel ($20)
· Day Flower Body Lotion ($25)
· Day Flower Soap ($7)
· Night Flower Eau de Cologne: ($55)
· Night Flower Soap ($7)
· Night Flower Petal Soap ($8)

Overall, L’Occitane au Brésil collection another lovely set of summer releases. Natural luxury–what could be better? Well worth a look.

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May 062014
 

L'Occitane Mother's Day1This time of year can be delightful or stressful, depending on your ability to come up with quick and thoughtful gifts. Mother’s Day, co-worker’s birthdays, graduations, and end-of-the-year teacher gifts always have me heading for the L’Occitane boutique. There is something so elegant and beautifully done about these sets–they always seem appropriate, appreciated, and amazing.

L'Occitane Mother's Day2This particular set features a new scent from La Collection de Grasse—the L’Occitane Neroli and Orchidee Collector’s Set ($85). According to the line:

A tantalizing and lovely fragrance, Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette blends the scents of two precious white flowers in a beautiful harmony. A heart of radiant neroli essence from the Mediterranean is blended with caressing white orchid absolute from Madagascar. Fruity bursts of orange and heart notes of peach complete the sensuous bouquet, which lingers delicately on the body throughout the day.

This is a gorgeous summer set, the scent is truly lovely. I cannot imagine anyone who wouldn’t be over the moon opening this box.

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It would cost $113 sold separately and includes:

-Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette 2.5 fl.oz
-Néroli & Orchidée Shower Gel 6 fl.oz
-Néroli & Orchidée Body Milk 6 fl.oz

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Liz and I love L’Occitane’s Lemon Verbena line beyond reason. This Verbena Body Salt Scrub is insanely good and worth every penny:

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There are also little goodies like the L’Occitane travel sizes, which are perfect to tuck into a larger gift (or for yourself as the summer travel season starts to get underway). Isn’t a little relaxing luxury a lovely way to go by planes, trains, and automobiles?

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L’Occitane has a few more hours of an overnight shipping deal with the code “Overnight” (expires tonight, May 6).  Alternatively, you can get a little treat set for $20 with any $45 purchase and the codes NEROLIPURPLE or NEROLIPINK.

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Bottom line: Highly recommended and good to the last drop.

The L’Occitane Neroli and Orchidee Collector’s Set and Lavande Bath Gel were sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup)

 

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