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 Immortelle Divine range has never disappointed, so I was thrilled to hear that the lineup was not only being reformulated for Fall 2017, but that the 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 ?
Immortelle Divine Cleansing Balm (CAN $49.00/60g) | One of the most thorough ways to clean your skin of foundation and/or heavier makeup, is by using a balm and this Divine version enriched with organic Immortelle Essential Oil and Vitamin E, is hands down the best I’ve tried to date. This ultra hydrating balm-in-oil formula is unique in that it appears waxy but transforms into an oil when warmed up with your fingers and applied to dry skin, working to quickly and effectively dissolve makeup. L’Occitane recommends following it up with the Cleaning Foam for those who prefer to double-cleanse, or to totally remove every last trace of impurities from the skin. The scent of this balm is a pleasing soft herbal and once rinsed off, it almost feels like you’ve applied a treatment — it’s that soothing. Best part: it not only passes the white towel test, but does not make skin feel dry and stretched tight.
Immortelle Divine Foaming Cleansing Cream (CAN $44.00/125 ml) | This Cleansing Foam is amazing; bearing a fresh earthy/herbacious fragrance to set the mood, the texture is lightweight cream which morphs into a foam, and is totally non-abrasive along the skin. After squeezing out a nickel-sized amount into my cupped palm, I then apply it to dampened skin and watch it quickly work up to a nice froth, which I then massage lightly in before rinsing everything off. On days where I’m wearing more makeup than usual, I use this as a follow-up to the Balm but on its own for makeup-free/light makeup days.
Immortelle Divine Youth Oil (CAN $114.00/30 ml) | This year I have fully embraced face oils and this Divine Youth Oil is standing out as my favourite of all I’ve tried. For starters, it has the same uplifting fragrance as the rest of the collection, and the way it melds into my skin is what has me totally sold. In the evening and after cleansing and my serum, I apply 2 drops that I massage between my fingers first then dab all over my face (including my neck), followed by the Divine Cream. In the morning, 1 drop is all I need. Leaving absolutely no greasy residue behind, my skin immediately feels hydrated but not overly so, and I noticed changes even after the first week of use, mainly a brighter complexion and fewer fine lines (especially crows feet and along the upper lip area).
Immortelle Divine Cream (CAN $119.00/50 ml) | As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate moisturizers that lean more on the emollient side because while I don’t have dry skin, the seasons seem to be taking a toll on my body’s ability to retain moisture just the same. This cream — which has just been granted its 5th patent and is also boosted with 7 plant-derived active ingredients –is somewhat of a contradiction; with a lightweight & almost whipped texture, you wouldn’t believe how much moisture it actually provides. That said, a little really does go a long way (my preference is to layer it on just a bit thicker at night, lightly dabbed during the day) and on my combination skin it takes a good 15 minutes to become absorbed; once that’s done, what I’m left with is a fully hydrated and plumped complexion that also feels velvety to the touch … a feeling that continues throughout the day, I might add.
Navigating the intricate world of skincare can be a scary process — even for someone like me who’s completely immersed in the industry. Which is why I like to explore new products and ranges, but I always come back to tried & tested favourite brands such as L’Occitane. Several years ago when I was first introduced to the Divine range, I found myself impressed with the results I saw on my skin and because of that, I couldn’t wait to try these latest out; happy to say that I continue to be impressed and when asked, totally & absolutely recommend. In other words, ommorphia approved!
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