We’re hardly talking festive features just yet (although brace yourself, they’re coming soon!) but we recently got invited to preview the always gorgeous L’Occitane festive collection and it warrants an early mention. Inspired by feminine beauty, Arlésienne draws on the colourful traditional costume only worn by the most stylish women in the Arles region of France. The collection is a more modern take on festive with striking pink and gold packaging and a lighter than usual scent for that time of year- not a cinnamon note to be found!
The three key floral notes that make up L'Occitane Arlésienne perfume (€45.50) include Saffron, Violet & Rose, all of which combine with hints of sandalwood, mandarin orange and lily of the valley to produce the most gorgeous light but lingering scent, very feminine but definitely not sweet or sickly. The bottle itself reminds me a lot of Chanel Allure, but with a heavier glass finish and very on-trend rose gold touches- if you haven’t noticed by now anything with rose gold goes down well with us.
My favourites in the collection include a nourishing shower cream (€17.50) and body oil (€26.00), which allows the scent to be layered; a definite method for making it last throughout even the longest of days. Body oil is definitely my favourite style of moisturizing, I love how deeply it immediately hits dry areas and most of all how there’s no greasy residue left to sink in unlike most body lotions. This body oil comes with a spray top also, genius for minimal mess when applying. The good news is that the Arlésienne collection is here to stay, with the exception of some gorgeous classic limited editions including hair mist, perfumed candle and beatifying powder. The iconic L’Occitane hand crème will also be available in the new Arlésienne scent, and absolute handbag must and so long as we’re touching on festive, the perfect stocking filler. What I love about this festive collection is that it’s not one just for Christmas. The bright and beautiful packaging make the Arlésienne collection absolutely gift worthy, but once the festive season has come and gone it’s a scent that carries beautifully on into Spring and Summer- a major plus when it comes to silly season gifts!
*Arlésienne Collection will be available in L'Occitane stores nationwide from October
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