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L’Occitane | Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc, Collection de Grasse

L'Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc opener

This May, L’Occitane en Provence launches their latest in the La Collection de Grasse series of fragrance products: Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc – a beautiful union between the heady & intense blue iris from Grasse, and the more evanescent white iris from the Mediterranean. Once overflowing with fields of fragrant flowers, the region of Grasse (France), has been feeling the growing pressure of real estate; the amount of cultivated land has dropped from 1,300 hectares in the 70’s to approximately 60 hectares today, but with the support of L’Occitane en Provence founder Olivier Baussan, this region is now experiencing a floral, cultural, & economic revival.

In a nutshell, every product from L’Occitane’s Collection de Grasse series, helps to maintain this time-honoured vocation, and brings flowers back where they belong – I can’t think of a better way to honour our planet for Earth Day.

L'Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc trio

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L'Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Shower Gel

Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Shower Gel (CAN $26.00/250 ml) is a transparent silky fluid gel that transforms into an ultra-rich lather when in contact with water and rubbed onto the skin, all in a lightweight plastic bottle with an easy flip-top dispenser for quick one-handed use. A lighter version of this collection’s fragrance, this gel serves as a great layering ‘scent’ foundation before application of the Eau de Toilette. As an added bonus, skin is left feeling soft, supple and nourished.

L'Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Shower Gel dispenser

L'Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Shower Gel ingredients

L’Occitane | Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Shower Gel, ingredients list

L'Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc EdT box

L’Occitane | Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Eau de Toilette

L'Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc EdT

Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Eau de Toilette (CAN $75.00/75 ml) is a warm/cool floral scent, filled with interesting – yet simple – fragrance contradictions. The bottle, created by founder Olivier Baussan, bears a mirror effect via the iris bouquet traced in hot-stamped gold on one side, an image which passes through the two thicknesses of glass tinted by the blue shade of the fragrance within and thus provides this lovely optical illusion. Part of the Iris Floral Family, some of the raw materials are a floral water extract of blue Iris Pallida from Grasse and extract of white Iris Florentina from the Mediterranean which form a singular and velvety blend of intense blue iris and evanescent white iris whose notes are:

  • Top: blackcurrant & citrus
  • Heart: iris, ylang-ylang & peach
  • Base: iris, cedar & white musk

While the flowers are the same (both irises), there manages to be a contrasting encounter between them, beginning with the lighter white iris – the first to greet your senses, followed by hints of fruity blackcurrant and green citrus as the fragrance begins to open up. The sensuality of ylang-ylang combined with the freshness of peaches moves in at this point, only to morph into a white musky delicacy and the powdery accord of the headier blue iris, ultimately leaving a final whisp of dry cedar to remember it all by.

I’ve stated many times that I have a difficult relationship with floral scents; they don’t always want to play nice with my body’s chemistry, but every now and then a fragrance comes along that just seems to ‘fit. Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc is one such fragrance, a scent that seems to embody fields of flowers blossoming under the hot Mediterranean sun, but never one that will overpower the wearer – a bonus that makes me very happy, indeed.

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L'Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc EdT macro

L'Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc EdT ingredients

L’Occitane | Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Eau de Toilette, ingredients list

L'Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Hand Cream

Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Hand Cream (CAN $12.00/30 ml) is a hand cream in the cult-fave L’Occitane formula, made with 20% shea butter and lightly scented with the twin iris fragrance of this collection. There is a fresh crispness to this scent for a pleasant olfactory sensation, but not so strong as to overcome the senses either. As a long time fan of this brand’s hand creams, this tube has definitely taken its place in my makeup bag, all while providing such a delectable aroma – perfect for those days when I race out of the house without any fragrance on.

L'Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Hand Cream ingredients

L’Occitane | Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Hand Cream, ingredients list

 

I may not be versed enough in perfume lore to discuss notes or what makes a fragrance stand out (for that, I refer to my Perfume Guru – Jane Daly), but I do happen to know what I like and more importantly, what works for me. Shunning florals has become second nature for me – although the contradiction is that I love being surrounded by flowers – but Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc is one scent in this family that not only can I wear, but truly enjoy. If you’re anything like me, then I urge you to give this collection a sniff next time you find yourself visiting a L’Occitane boutique – it will pleasantly surprise you … as also makes for a perfect Mother’s Day gift, since this is one bouquet that will last long after fresh flowers have faded away.

Available in May across all L’Occitane boutiques across canada.

L'Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc closer 2

Press samples kindly provided for my unbiased consideration

L’Occitane en Provence – Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense

L'Occitane Cerisier Rouger opener

 

Every Spring when the cherry blossom trees of the Luberon region of Provence burst into flower, their redolent and heady scent fills the air,  while their creamy petals carpet the ground (… that cherry blossom scene in Disney’s Mulan …) – nature’s fragrant & showy way of ushering in the season, I’m guessing. This year, L’Occitane en Provence launches Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense to the range, a vibrant fuity/floral bouquet in a beautifully detailed bottle that has me thinking: perfect Valentine’s Day gift. You’re welcome.

 

Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense (CAN $65.00/50 ml) – A contradictory long-lasting yet light scent, the initial citrusy burst of lemon & orange, complimented by fruity blackcurrant and raspberry notes and rounded out with touches of wild lily of the valley, give way to the heart of this fragrance: red cherry tree with actual cherry extract, to bind them all together into a pleasing accord that is at once vivid, delicate, and feminine. Created by L’Occitane’s master perfumer, Karine Dubreuil, her inspiration behind Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense was to “celebrate the beauty of cherry blossoms in the setting sun and the arrival of their glistening red fruits“.

The rhombus-shaped glass bottle (basically a slanted rectangle) with its signature aluminum embossed cap, comes in a gentle colour gradient of red to pink, perfectly capturing the hues found in cherry blossoms, while the surface bears raised & delicately rendered floral details – which also happens to provide a good grip (not sure if that part was intentional or not, but will be appreciated by anyone who’s every dropped a bottle of fragrance *ahem*).

I am ultra-picky when it comes to fragrances, as some can trigger almost instantaneous migraines – in particular certain florals (and anything by Calvin Klein too, for that matter), so I always approach these types of tests with a lot of care (and prayer). What surprised me the most from Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense, is that while the name says “intense” and I found out that it truly is quite long-wearing, it’s not overpowering at all. There’s a rather unisex tone overall and it manages to initially come off as fresh, unique & playful and after about an hour or so, settles into a smooth blend of delicate creaminess. I actually really, really like it – it’s invigorating in the way you know that Spring means Summer is around the corner kind of way.


L'Occitane Cerisier Rouge

L’Occitane en Provence – Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense


Cherry Blossom watercolour art

Are these blooms not absolutely stunning?


L'Occitane Cerisier Rouge box

L’Occitane en Provence – Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense


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L’Occitane en Provence – Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense


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L’Occitane en Provence – Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense


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L’Occitane en Provence – Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense


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L’Occitane en Provence – Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense


L'Occitane Cerisier Rouge detail

L’Occitane en Provence – Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense, detail of raised design


L'Occitane Cerisier Rouger cap

L’Occitane en Provence – Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense, iconic embossed aluminum cap


L'Occitane Cerisier Rouge nozzle

L’Occitane en Provence – Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense


L'Occitane Cerisier Rouge label

L’Occitane en Provence – Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense, info & ingredients listing


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L’Occitane en Provence – Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense

 

I love how difficult is it to nail down this scent; one minute it’s feminine and almost dainty, then another whiff reveals a sexier, more coquettish side, while a third sniff makes you think of crisp linens drying in the sun – so original and my new favourite daytime scent (yay for being able to wear a fruity/floral!). With its red ombré bottle, Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense couldn’t BE a more perfect Valentine’s Day gift (to give or to treat yourself) – it even comes with its own flowers!

Available now through all L’Occitane en Provence boutique or online. Find more information via:


L'Occitane Cerisier Rouge closer

*Disclosure: Product sample provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

L’Occitane en Provence – Fleur D’Or & Acacia (La Collection de Grasse)

L'Occitane Fleur D'Or & Acacia opener

 

Continuing the unique scent pairings that perfumer Karine Dubreuil developed for L’Occitane’s Collection de Grasse (see earlier review here), she brings us two new fragrances – ‘Fleur D’Or & Acacia’ for women, reviewed here today, along with ‘Cèdre & Oranger’ for men. Based on olfactory memories of Christmas spent in her childhood town, this accord of mimosa absolute and acacia “evokes that moment when the first Golden Mimosa trees come into blossom, and that orangey glow of the December light”.

Wow….Christmas in Grasse sure is different from what I’m used to: blizzards, bone-chilling cold, and ice everywhere.

Long after most fragrant flowers have bloomed and faded away, the Golden Mimosa tree comes to life, filling the valleys of Provence with its heady aromas. I need to spend Christmas there, I think.

“For Karine Dubreuil, her first memory of Christmas in Grasse is visual, nature takes a back seat, while the sun turns a richer gold. It’s at this time that blooms Golden Mimosa, Provence’s veritable ‘winter sun’. The perfumer remembers the bouquets that she made bit by bit from this flower composed of yellow balls and which filled her grandmother’s house with fragrance. Karine Dubreuil has decided to recreate this combination of odors and light for l’Occitane by creating “Fleur d’Or & Acacia,” a floral, musky and luminous scent, that combines all the delicacy of the Mimosa of Grasse, with lighter and subtly honeyish Acacia notes”.  (text credited to: Angélique Jurquet)

 

Karine Dubreuil

Karine Dubreuil, the ‘Nose’ for L’Occitane en Provence (source)


L'Occitane Fleur D'Or & Acacia

L’Occitane en Provence – Fleur D’Or & Acacia Star Collection for Women


L'Occitane Fleur D'Or & Acacia Shimmering Shower Gel

Fleur D’Or & Acacia Shimmering Shower Gel (CAD $20.00/175 ml) – Infused with the bright notes of mimosa and the honeyed tones of acacia, this shower gel gently cleans without stripping your skin, and leaves you feeling totally moisturized and hydrated. The signature scent doesn’t last long once you’ve towelled off, but it’s so worth it for the way the fragrance envelops you in the shower. The swirls of golden shimmer seen suspended in the bottle, seem to add the barest hint of luminosity to the skin — but not of the ‘Twilight’ sparkle variety – simply understated and just enough to make your overall skin tone seem a little brighter.


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L’Occitane en Provence – Fleur D’Or & Acacia Shimmering Shower Gel


L'Occitane Fleur D'Or & Acacia Shimmering Shower Gel macro

L’Occitane en Provence – Fleur D’Or & Acacia Shimmering Shower Gel (detail)


L'Occitane Fleur D'Or & Acacia Shimmering Showering Gel ingredients

L’Occitane en Provence – Fleur D’Or & Acacia Shimmering Shower Gel (ingredients list)


L'Occitane Fleur D'Or & Acacia Hand Cream

Fleur D’Or & Acacia Hand Cream (CAD $12.00/30 ml) – I’m a huge fan of L’Occitane Hand Creams, and in fact, I have anywhere from 1-3 travel sized tubes with me at all times. While I usually prefer to stick to the original formula, I also like to switch things up every now and then with a scented version, and there’s something that’s so unique about this fragrance – the floral/citrus notes that greet you at first, become balanced out with a sweeter undertone, and will have you sniffing at your hands in pleasure, I can guarantee it.


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L’Occitane en Provence – Fleur D’Or & Acacia Hand Cream


L'Occitane Fleur D'Or & Acacia Hand Cream ingredients

L’Occitane en Provence – Fleur D’Or & Acacia Hand Cream (ingredients list)

Fleur D'Or & Acacia Collection

L’Occitane en Provence – Fleur D’Or & Acacia Collection (source)

 

 

I have a love-hate relationship with fragranced body care products; on the one hand, I love the idea of smelling nice without having to commit to a perfume that will linger long after I want it to, but all too often, certain scent combinations can induce an instant migraine with me … happily, the ‘Fleur D’Or & Acacia’ Collection hits all the right notes. If this is what Christmas in Grasse smells like, I can now surround myself with all those visuals until the day I get to actually travel. PS: With the holidays around the corner, this range is definitely worth looking into!

I was informed that the Fleur D’Or & Acacia, as well as the Cèdre & Oranger Collections will be available at all L’Occitane boutiques as of December, but both see to already be showing on the brand’s website. Feel free to follow via twitter or facebook for all updates.


Winter Mimosa

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*Disclosure: Product Samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration