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-L’Occitane

L'Occitane Arlesienne Eau de Toilette Holiday 2014 Fragrance 1

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In the last few years, L’Occitane released two fragrances for the holiday season each year. For holiday 2014, the brand launched Arlésienne Eau de Toilette in the UK last month. The fragrance is inspired by Madame Ginoux from Arles in the south of France, who inspired artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso and Bizet.

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L'Occitane The Vert and Bigarade Eau de Toilette Summer 2013 Fragrance 1

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Last summer, L’Occitane debuted La Collection de Grasse, a collection of fragrances created by the brand’s new (and first) in-house perfumer, Karine Dubreuil. The idea of the collection is that each scent is based on two main notes from different parts of the world. (In Japan, the collection is called Ampersand Grasse, highlighting the key concept of union.)

The launch lineup featured four scents: Jasmin & Bergamote, Magnolia & Mûre, Vanille & Narcisse, and Thé Vert & Bigarade. For fall 2013, Ambre & Santal was launched, and, for holiday 2013, Fleur d’Or & Acacia and Cèdre & Oranger were added to the collection. (Also, Rose & Osmanthus is available in some countries.) Today I am featuring Thé Vert & Bigarade.

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L'Occitane Spring Cherry Eau de Toilette Spring 2013 Fragrance 1

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Launched in 2007, L’Occitane‘s Cherry Blossom has been one of the brand’s most popular fragrances. Since 2008, there has been a limited-edition creation surrounding the theme of cherry or blossom each year (Cherry (2008), Peach Blossom (2009), Wild Cherry (2010), Plum Blossom (2011), and Cherry Princess (2012)). This year, we have Spring Cherry.

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L'Occitane Shea Honey Hand Cream 2013 1

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For spring 2013, L’Occitane has released a limited-edition Shea Honey bodycare collection featuring a warm-toned honey fragrance. Today I am highlighting one of the items in the collection, the Shea Honey Hand Cream.

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L'Occitane Fleurs Merveilleuses Eau de Toilette Holiday 2012 Fragrance 1

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For holiday 2012, L’Occitane has released two limited-edition fragrance ranges, Fleurs Merveilleuses (Marvellous Flowers) and Feuilles Magiques (Magical Leaves). Today I am featuring Fleurs Merveilleuses Eau de Toilette.

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L'Occitane Eau Universelle Cologne Fraiche 1

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For summer 2012, L’Occitane has released a collection of three colognes: Eau Ravissante (floral-based), Eau Universelle (citrus-based), and Eau Captivante (aromatic-based). These light and fresh colognes come in 300ml bottles and can be applied liberally. (They also come in travel-friendly 50ml bottles.) Today I am featuring Eau Universelle Cologne Fraîche.

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L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Beauty Cream 1

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Launched last year, L’Occitane‘s Paeonia range explores the floral note of peony. The fragrance appeals to me personally, and the range seems to be generally popular as well. This year, the range has been renamed Pivoine Flora and it has been extended with additional products (including limited-edition makeup items). Today I am featuring the new Pivoine Flora Beauty Cream and Hand Cream.

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L'Occitane Immortelle Brightening Essence 1

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Among L’Occitane‘s Immortelle skincare lineup is the Brightening range, and today I am featuring the Brightening Essence and the Brightening Moisture Cream.

The Immortelle Brightening Essence has a very lightweight and watery consistency and it is absorbed quickly. Some of its main ingredients are glycerin, pentylene glycol, ascorbyl glucoside, bellis perennis (daisy) flower extract and anthemis nobilis flower water.

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I don’t really have a favorite fragrance note, but the ones that tend to appeal to me are rose, lily, citrus notes, and berry notes. After trying L’Occitane‘s latest fragrance, Paeonia Eau de Toilette, I think I might be adding peony to the list.

Stella in Two Peony is one of the fragrances that I have tested that use peony as one of the predominant notes. Overall it is a rose-peony accord, and, on me, it is mainly a rosy scent with a hint of peony. With L’Occitane’s Paeonia, peony is the key note while rose takes on a supporting role.

Top notes: bergamot and grapefruit
Middle notes: peony and rose
Base notes: sandalwood and white musk

As with most other fragrances from L’Occitane, it is superbly wearable and not overly complicated. It is fresh, light (though perhaps not the longest-lasting), and very spring-like. Woody and musky notes are not my favorites, and the fact that, on me, the base notes happen to be very subtle does appeal to me.

The peony note has a blissful and uplifting quality, and it also has a warm roundness, fullness, and completeness to it, which doesn’t always exist in floral notes. The shape of the bottle, which is based on the fullness of the flower, seems to echo the feel of the note itself too.


The Paeonia Beauty Milk is one of the bodycare products in the range. It is a lightweight lotion that is lightly scented with the Paeonia fragrance. Some of the main moisturizing ingredients in this product are glycerin, grape seed oil, shea butter, and sunflower seed oil.

It spreads effortlessly and it leaves the skin adequately hydrated with no sticky residue. Both the scent and the texture of the product are suitable for spring and summer.

Other items in the Paeonia range includes Shower Cream, Intense Eau de Toilette Roll-on, and limited-edition makeup items.

(The products featured in this article are provided by L’Occitane.)

Related posts:

Bond No. 9 The Scent of Peace
(with black currant and lily of the valley)

Sheer Stella 2008
(with peony)

Aways Alfred Sung
(with pink poeny)

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