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Wednesday 4 March 2020

Brand Focus: L'Occitane

Brand Focus L'Occitane, The best of L'Occitane
This is not a sponsored post, however these products were kindly sent to me. I have repurchased several of them myself, many times.

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I used to do Brand Focus posts monthly and they were some of my most popular posts so I've decided to bring them back! When I was thinking about which brand to start with, the one that immediately jumped into my mind was L'Occitane, which I rave about regularly and was first introduced to by my mother around 15/16 years ago, if not more. L'Occitane is one of my favourite brands, not just because of the quality of the products but also because of their commitment to the future of the planet (they recently announced their creation of a fund that will support the eco systems that were severely affected by the natural disasters in the Amazon and Australia) and the fact that they support charities yearly. I think that most people associate the brand with their bath and body products, but there is so much more to it than that and I want to share some of my favourite products with you today and shine a light on the many fabulous products they have.

Skincare: They have products for all skin types/concerns, from anti-aging to mattifying to dehydrated skin and everything in between. My top picks are Overnight Reset Serum, which I reviewed here. This serum really helps skin to look fresh and plump and fakes the rested look. I use it in conjunction with another serum, before moisturising and it layers well without any heavy feeling or pilling. Another product that I highly recommend if you like oil makeup removers is their Oil-To-Milk Facial Makeup Remover, which I reviewed here. This melts every scrap of makeup without leaving a film or any cloudiness in my eyes. I love to use this to remove my makeup before following with a cleanser to ensure my skin is completely clean before proceeding. Last year, they released a range of scrubs and masks and my top pick is the Radiance Face Scrub, which is both gentle and effective due to the jam-like texture as it doesn't risk tearing the skin. It leaves my skin smooth, soft and calm. Finally, I have to mention a beautiful moisturiser from the Immortelle range - Divine Cream, which keeps skin feeling supple, nourished and bouncy, thanks to the Immortelle Essential Oil it contains, which contains twice the anti-oxidants as Vitamin E. If you are concerned about skin losing its elasticity or looking dull, this range is for you. I can also recommend their hydrating mists (review here). I have dry and sensitive skin and these are the products that suit me best but there are products for all skin types.

Bath & Body: This is the category that I first tried products from as my mother always loved (and still does) their Verbena range, which I also adore as it's so zesty and invigorating! To be honest, I've yet to try a scent combination that I don't love but the body care range that I repurchase consistently is the almond range. Regular readers will know that I adore the Almond Shower Oil - in fact, both my husband and I love it so we repurchase pretty consistently. It doesn't leave a film on the skin, instead it just leaves it feeling supple and nourished. We use it all year round but it's particularly great in winter when skin is feeling the effects of central heating and the drop in temperature. A little goes a long way with it. If shower oils aren't your thing, there are also shower gels, liquid soaps and bath foams available. I personally love the lavender foaming bath because it fills the room with a relaxing scent and although it's foaming, it doesn't strip the skin. I adore lavender as it reminds me of my Granda's garden when I was a child and he use to give me some sprigs to put under my pillow if I couldn't sleep. This truly smells like lavender fields rather than an artificial scent and would make a gorgeous gift. Other gorgeous products in the almond line are Delicious Paste, which is a gentle, but effective, body scrub. I like to follow this up with Almond Milk Concentrate, which locks in moisture and the combination leaves my skin smooth and soft. A gentle way to exfoliate daily is to use Delicious Soap, which is ideal to use on elbows, knees and ankles. It doesn't replace the need for the paste but is perfect for daily use. If my skin is feeling extra dry, I like to use intensive products to really nourish the skin and my products of choice are Delightful Body Balm and Petit Remedy, which can be used in a number of ways - on elbows, cuticles, hands, ankles etc.

Hands & feet: I show my empties on Instastories and there is rarely an empties session that is without a L'Occitane hand cream. I just love them so much because they really nourish my dry hands but there's no downtime where they feel greasy. There are so many scents available and I've yet to try one I don't love. I think they make a nice gift as they aren't too pricey but they feel luxurious. I've also gone through countless tubes of their original foot cream but really love the Intensive Foot Balm as it really nourishes the skin on my feet. I love to apply it at night and then put a pair of socks on to really lock the moisture in. It keeps my heels and soles soft with minimal effort.

Hair care: There are a number of ranges of products to suit all hair types and the one I love best is for damaged and brittle hair. I reviewed the shampoo and conditioner here last summer. I particularly love the shampoo as it leaves my hair feeling so silky soft that I could almost skip conditioner - unheard of usually with my knotty and frizzy hair. The conditioner isn't quite rich enough to smooth my hair, however there is a mask in the range, which I reviewed here, which leaves hair feeling smooth and strong but not weighed down at all.

Lip care: I wear lip balm daily so it's only natural that I will have tried some from L'Occitane - I've actually used a few different types. My favourite is the Multi Balm as I find a thick layer of this at night ensures that I will wake to smooth, soft lips. There are also some tinted versions available that are great on no makeup days for a hint of colour on the lips. Last year saw the brand's first foray into makeup, in the form of fruity lipsticks and I really hope it's just the start as I would love to see them do foundation, cheek products and more!

Fragrance: There are both male and female fragrances available and I have only tried the female ones but have fallen in love with some. I recently reviewed the latest addition to the Herbae Par L'Occitane Collection here and Néroli & Orchidée here.

Home: There are both candles and diffusers available, both of which I have tried and loved and have often featured in my gift guides. The candles fill the room with scent but not in an overpowering way and the scents don't smell artificial in the slightest, which I love. I find that the diffusers last around two months and the great thing is that refills are available (it's a bugbear of mine when brands don't sell refills as it is so wasteful). I also have to mention their pillow mist and relaxing range, which I reviewed here, as the products works so well to help to prepare and achieve a good nights sleep. 

If you are brand new to the brand and are unsure where to start, you can't go wrong with one of the bath/body products. I would also HIGHLY recommend buying the advent calendar at Christmas as they always contain a variety of products and I have made so many discoveries through the calendar and have gone on to purchase the full size of some products.

I'd love to hear what your favourite L'Occitane product is?

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