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L’Occitane en Provence 路 Immortelle Divine Collection

 

I have to confess that my obsession with skincare is basically in a tie with my love of makeup, and L’Occitane is a brand that definitely sits at the top of my favourites list. That said, every product I’ve tried from the ImmortelleDivine range has never disappointed, so I was thrilled to hear that the lineup was not only being reformulated for Fall 2017, but that the聽Youth Oil has been improved with an even higher concentration of the star ingredient, Immortelle. Sweetening the pot even further, are the two new cleansers which been added to the collection — both of which I’ve been using daily and I’m going to call it now: it’s love 馃挍

 

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L’Occitane en Provence 路 Face, Hand & Bodycare staples

 

I am an absolute fanatic about moisturizing; be it my face, body, hands, nails and/or聽hair and while I rely on a small army of products for said hydration, one brand that is a staple in my vanity, is L’Occitane en Provence. Their almond and shea butter ranges have reached cult-fave status with users for a reason: they are amazing … and smell even more so. I was therefore super thrilled to learn that the brand has just聽added two new additions to their聽lineup, Shea Butter Foaming Cleanser and Shea Butter Intensive Hand Balm, both of which have pretty much revived my Winter-parched skin. Insert mega sigh of relief here …

 

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L’Occitane en Provence 路 Divine Harmony Serum & Cream

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Harmony. The very word brings about a feeling of peace, doesn’t it? L’Occitane agrees and after consulting hundreds of participants, they created a new holistic approach to skincare, one that aims to fuse the body & mind in perfect harmony. It stands to reason; if your skin聽shows聽a better texture and tone, then that gives way to a feel-good frame of mind. Harmony.

L’Occitane recently introduced Divine Harmony (Serum and Cream), their newest skincare products in the brand’s lineup that include ingredients powered by the earth and sea. The two stars of the show are Immortelle Mill茅sim茅e — the flower that never fades,聽and Jania Rubens — a red algae that continuously regenerates,聽the pair coming together, well … in harmony, to offer up聽all their incredible restorative聽benefits to your skin.

Found on the island of Corsica, Immortelle Mill茅sim茅e grow freely and abundantly in two special locations, privately owned farms where the sustainably grown flowers are harvested by hand using the traditional sickle method, thus allowing the flowers to slowly fall once they’ve reached full maturity. The is important to note, because this precious flower will only release its potent anti-ageing powers when it’s ready – and not before. Taking anywhere from several weeks — and even longer — to gather, this slower growth means that it may take anywhere from 700 kg to one ton of flowers to produce two litres of this precious essential oil. But then again, immortality has no timetable.

Growing in the clear mineral-rich waters of Revellata Bay in Corsica, Jania Rubens thrives in this sheltered sun drenched marine environment that’s free of any pollutants, finding everything it needs to grow and perpetually regenerate. Upon studying this plant, L’Occitane, in partnership with STARESO (a research centre), then set up a sustainable cultivation program using聽controlled conditions. Starting by taking a single fragment of the algae and then cultivating that in vitro in an aquarium that replicates the exceptional conditions of its natural habitat, this then made聽it possible to ‘trigger’ the regeneration process to produce new algae, and in turn obtain its rare 100% natural active extract.

Bound together for the first time, Immortelle Mill茅sim茅e and Jania Rubens are found in unprecedented聽concentrations in both the聽Divine Harmony Serum and Divine Harmony Cream聽which also happen to come in聽refillable聽bottles, thus limiting their environmental impact and furthering the entire concept of harmony.

 

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The flower that never fades, Immortelle Mill茅sim茅e from Corsica

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L’Occitane en Provence 路 Divine Harmony Serum & Divine Harmony Cream

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L’Occitane en Provence 路 Divine Harmony Serum & Divine Harmony Cream

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Divine Harmony Serum (CAN $225.00/30 ml, $210.00 refill) | Each refillable bottle of this Serum contains 5,000 micro-drops of Immortelle Mill茅sim茅e that is suspended within a water-based gel enriched with Jania Rubens. Both of these potent ingredients are thus encapsulated in each tiny drop, protected by a super-fine membrane that waits for the right moment to act upon the skin. Other ingredients include essential oils of:

  • myrtle
  • camelina
  • evening primrose
  • borage

Once dispense via the pump delivery system, each micro-drop delicately bursts upon the skin, spreading effortlessly and vanishing without any greasy residue whatsoever. Its fresh green-floral聽fragrance makes me immediately think of a sun-drenched field, a scent that dissipates fairly quickly after application. To be used after cleansing, morning and night.

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L’Occitane en Provence 路 Divine Harmony Serum

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L’Occitane en Provence 路 Divine Harmony Serum

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L’Occitane en Provence 路 Divine Harmony Serum

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L’Occitane en Provence 路 Divine Harmony Serum

 

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Divine Harmony Cream (CAN $200.00/50 ml, $185.00 refill) | Made with the same super-fusion of Immortelle Mill茅sim茅e and Jania Rubens, along with essential oils of myrtle, camelina, evening primrose, borage & musk, it’s the texture that stands out: once applied to the skin, it evolves from a lightweight cream into a soft oil, thereby allowing the 鈥榣ipophilic active ingredients鈥 to effectively penetrate into the skin. Scented with the same fragrance as the Serum, it continues the whole sensorial experience — in the least offensive way possible — and gives your skin an immediate softness you can both see and feel. To be used after the Divine Harmony Serum, both morning and night.

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L’Occitane en Provence 路 Divine Harmony聽Cream

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L’Occitane en Provence 路 Divine Harmony聽Cream

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L’Occitane en Provence 路 Divine Harmony聽Cream

 

I am deeply passionate about skincare, especially as I’ve gotten older and understood the importance of protecting my skin, a concept I’m not ashamed to say was quite foreign to me back when I was younger (and totally invincible). It also goes without saying that the better your skin looks and feels, the better you will feel and the better your makeup will apply as well. I’m also quite selective in what products make it as part of my full-time routine and being in this industry, I’m fortunate to have access to so, so many items –although聽not all are made equal. After having tested both the聽Divine Harmony Serum and Divine Harmony Cream for over a month now, I can happily say that they have each earned their place in my arsenal, as I’ve seen my skin respond in the best way possible; the tone looks even, the texture feels baby soft, and I feel that some of my fine lines are not as apparent. I’d definitely call that a harmonious result.

Available at all L’Occitane Boutiques and online

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Many thanks to L’Occitane en Provence for sponsoring this post/As always, all opinions are my own

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

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This May, L’Occitane en Provence launches their latest聽in the聽La Collection de Grasse series of fragrance products:聽Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc – a beautiful聽union between the heady &聽intense blue iris from Grasse, and the more evanescent聽white iris from the Mediterranean. Once overflowing with fields of fragrant flowers, the region of Grasse (France), has been feeling the聽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聽L’Occitane en Provence founder Olivier Baussan, this region is now experiencing a floral, cultural, &聽economic revival.

In a nutshell, every product from L’Occitane’s聽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.

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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聽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.

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

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

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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聽a聽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聽the same (both irises), there manages to be聽a contrasting encounter between them, beginning with the lighter white iris –聽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聽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聽comes along that just seems to ‘fit. Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc is one such fragrance,聽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 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聽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聽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.

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

 

I may not be versed enough in perfume聽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聽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聽a sniff next time you find yourself visiting聽a L’Occitane boutique – it will pleasantly surprise you … as also makes for a perfect Mother’s Day gift, since聽this is one bouquet that will last long after fresh聽flowers have faded away.

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

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Press samples kindly provided for my unbiased consideration

L’Occitane en Provence – Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense

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Every Spring when the cherry blossom trees of the Luberon region of Provence burst into flower, their redolent and heady scent fills the air, 聽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.


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Are these blooms not absolutely stunning?


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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 ombr茅 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:


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