Monday, November 23, 2015

Pamplemousse-Rhubarbe | Pierre Hermé x L'OCCITANE

Grapefruit Rhubarb Classic Hand Cream - $12


The more I experiment with different products from around the world, the more I realize that French skincare is exceptional among the rest.
We all know that French pastries are also crème de la crème, so the thought of a skincare line inspired by flavours sounded like a match made in heaven.

Pierre Herme, Olivier Baussan, JessGo
Pierre Hermé and Olivier Baussan, their holiday box sets and JessGo - a professional Live Painter from Toronto




L'Occitane founder Olivier Baussan recently collaborated with pastry chef Pierre Hermé, to create two limited edition fragrances for the holiday season. The collection brings together a unique mix of shape, colour and flavour, using the natural fruit and flowers from Corsica - their favourite island in the South of France.


Jasmin Immortelle Neroli
Jasmin Immortelle Neroli Collection

This Jasmine-Immortelle-Neroli line has a floral and feminine fragrance, with top notes of pink pepper and lemon, body notes of jasmine, immortelle, and orange blossom, followed by base notes of amber, wood and musk. If you're a fan of warmer florals, this one is for you.

I cannot get over how much I love the packaging of this collection. Everything from the font to the bottle and cap design is absolutely unique, and the colours are perfectly paired. Like usual, I will be repurposing my bottles once they're empty.


Grapefruit Rhubarb Eau de toilette - $65

After attending one of the most beautiful events at the end of the summer, I've been enjoying a little daily indulgence with the help of my Grapefruit-Rhubarb collection that I was gifted. The eau de toilette is a superstar out of the bunch, and not only because it looks gorgeous.

This scent is so crisp, and true to its name. Even though they were developed by a pastry chef, these lotions and potions smell like garden-fresh fruit, far from a sweet vanilla dessert.

Grapefruit Rhubarb Shower Gel - $22

To best understand this fragrance, I ventured to the back of the bottle to read it's description:
"A vibrant, tangy scent that blends rhubarb with Corsican grapefruit over a base subtly sprinkled with spicy notes."
Oui !

L'Occitane Lotion
Grapefruit Rhubarb Body Lotion - $32

As a lover of all things citrusy and spicy, this line is my new obsession. I also can't believe how long the eau de toilette lasts on my skin, since it's rare for a fruity fragrance to stick around all day. The scent is deeper than the grapefruit products that I'm used to, and believe it or not, it isn't only for women.

grapefruit rhubarb

Grapefruit-rhubarb "appeals to the palette and nose of both women and men". Not only is there the sweetness of citrus, but "Pierre has included the slightly bitter, white inner skin - perfectly underlined by the green and crisp aromas of rhubarb". There's a little bit of spice and cedar, which grounds the fragrance and makes it suitable for day and night.


l'occitane holiday

If you're looking to give a gift straight from le sud de la France, the L'Occitane holiday sets are a fantastic value as they're only available for a short amount time.

There is one for $80 (linked here) which includes the eau de toilette from this collection (full size), a shower gel, bar soap and lotion. The travel set is my personal favourite, since it is only $26 (!) and includes a hand cream, lip gloss and soap. And yes, grapefruit-rhubarb must taste just as good as it sounds. (linked here, & one for $20)

The full range of products is available now in L'Occitane boutiques across Canada and online at ca.loccitane.com.

xx

Continuing with their vow to support charities and make a difference, $10 from the sale of L'Occitane gift sets (up to $120,000) will be donated to Dress for Success, a charity which helps outfit women in need for their job interviews. 
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