I ducked into a big mall a few days before Thanksgiving, hoping to beat the holiday craziness as I picked up a little gift item or two and made some returns. As I left Nordstrom and turned the corner, I spied a L’Occitane store. Not sure why I never noticed it before, but there it was. I couldn’t recall the scents of theirs that have been praised in the perfume blog world, but I did poke around a bit.
So much good stuff, but my eye was drawn to the wall display holding their Collection de Grasse, and so I gave two of those a whirl.
Being the bergamot freak that I am, L’Occitane’s Jasmin and Bergamote went on one wrist. And then, after a little trepidation, their Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc on the other. I was a little skeered of the iris, as that note can be either heavenly or horrible on me, depending on how it’s treated. But to my surprise, both were equally nice and I finished my errands wrapped in a fragrant cloud of loveliness. Although I got a tiny whisper of something oudlike in the very late finish of the jasmine and bergamot scent; not enough to bug me, but it was a little odd.
I wish I’d had more time to play and browse the collection, as I also would have liked to try the Fleur d’Or & Acacia, Néroli & Orchidée, and The Vert & Bigarade. I’d love it if they had offered a sampler of mini vials or sprays of all the scents. If you’re listening, L’Occitane, perhaps for the next holiday season, pretty please?
Also, I saw some other interesting fragrances, some body products, candles, skin care, and the like, plus some very cool gift ideas as well. And those little tubes of hand cream are cute as buttons, aren’t they? So one of these days, I will pop into L’Occitane and stay much, much longer.
What about you? What are your fave L’Occitane products or fragrances? Are their candles good? What should I investigate on my next visit?
P.S. Squeee! Scouting around, I just noticed that Surrender to Chance has samples of the Fleur d’Or & Acacia, and also carries the jasmine one and another in the collection called Amber & Santal. So even if you don’t have a L’Occitane anywhere near you, you can at least get a little taste.