September 03, 2015

L'Occitane x Pierre Hermé

Last month, I went to the first Christmas event of the year. Can you believe it? I should probably be used to it by now, but it always surprises me how fast Christmas comes around in the beauty world (probably because it kicks off mid-summer, to be fair).

L'Occitane's approach to Christmas gifting is refreshing; it's not all cinnamon and spices. Instead, they like to kick off with some nice limited edition products, and then introduce more festive sets closer to the season. The star of this year is their collaboration with lauded pastry chef Pierre Hermé. You'd expect this range to be a little on the sweet and sickly side (my least favourite kind of scent), but it's not at all - think light, fruity, airy notes.

There's another scent called Jasmin Immortelle Neroli, which is also beautiful, but at the risk of overloading you with products I just want to recommend my personal favourite. Long time readers of the blog will know that I'm a demon for any kind of grapefruit product, but I still wasn't sure if grapefruit and rhubarb would really be my jam - sounded a bit too foody for me. Thankfully, the citrus is still nicely prominent in Pamplemousse Rhubarbe (it also helps that Pamplemousse has to be one of my all-time favourite words in the French language - gas). The scent is far from overwhelming and the rhubarb adds a peppery kick, rather than overloading the bottom notes with sweetness. I've always wanted a 'posh' grapefruit scent rather than just the odd body spray, and I've totally found it in this - shame it's limited edition! The (unisex) eau de toilette stays put for some time thanks to the spicy heart of the scent, and will retail for €56 this winter.

Anyone who has used l'Occitane will know the standard of their lotions and potions - honestly, everything I've tried from the brand to date has been brilliant. So needless to say, the Pamplemousse Rhubarbe body lotion and hand cream are both fantastic and really hydrating without being too greasy. If you're just looking for a small gift for someone, the hand lotions are always a safe bet at a tenner, and you can also pick up lip balms for the same price, or a perfumed soap for €4.50. All are available within this scent range, so it's nicely accessible even if you're on a smaller budget.

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