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August 23 2014

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19 posts tagged "L’Occitane"

L’Occitane X ORBIS Takes Flight

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L’Occitane is no stranger to charitable beauty initiatives. The southern French brand was one of the first in the industry to institute fair-trade ingredient sourcing practices and has been working with women’s cooperatives in Burkina Faso to obtain the shea butter in its core range of skin salves since the 1980′s. This holiday season, the company is going the extra mile—make that air mile—to help facilitate change through the simple act of washing your hands. Today marks the launch of its softly scented, shea butter-infused Get on Board for Sight Limited Edition Soaps, 100 percent of the proceeds of which will go to support ORBIS, an NGO committed to ending preventable blindness. Inspired by the ORBIS plane, a.k.a. the Flying Hospital—a fully equipped jetliner that travels to countries that do not have the means to perform routine, corrective surgeries—the soaps have been molded into adorable, miniature planes with glasses available in Pink (a floral and fruity fragrance) and Blue (a verbena fragrance). Their cumulative sales will help launch a large-scale ORBIS initiative in Burkina Faso. Lather, rinse, repeat has never been more important.

L’Occitane Get on Board for Sight Limited Edition Soaps, $6 each, www.usa.loccitane.com.

Photo: Courtesy of L’Occitane

L’Occitane Goes West

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Manhattan’s Meatpacking District has long been a destination of choice for fashion houses—Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, and Yigal Azrouël have all kept shop there for years—but now the beauty world is beginning to follow suit. Bond No. 9 brought its 43 eaux de parfum to 863 Washington Street earlier this summer and L’Occitane is making similar moves. Provence’s most famous import will open the doors to its new Ninth Avenue digs tomorrow, replete with a mix of the kind of industrial touches the neighborhood is known for and a sunny, clean color scheme reminiscent of the South of France. A potting mural, exposed brick walls, vintage furniture, and a greenhouse roof are just some of the design elements featured in the new space, which is also the first of the brand’s New York outposts to showcase a men’s area that has been specifically designed to “put [them] at ease,” according to a release; cool gray slate floors will apparently make the purchasing of its Cade Youth Concentrate and Eau des Baux cologne that much more of a calming, soothing experience.

L’Occitane, 48 9th Ave., NYC, www.usa.loccitane.com.

Photo: Courtesy of L’Occitane

Divine Flower Power

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ANGELICA / (an-jel-ik-ka) / n. / 1. / Also called Angelica archangelica, a tall, ornamental plant with large white flowers native to Western Europe and Eastern North America; / n. / 2. / An aromatic biennial frequently used for medicinal purposes as an ingestible tea thought to soothe nerves and tension, and cure the common cold; / n. / 3. / A curative perennial herb that according to folklore was revealed to protect against the plague in the dream of an angel; / n. / 4. / An antibacterial root rich in vitamin B12, valeric acid, and linoleic acid that hydrates skin and can prevent acne, e.g. “avoid the black death—and a dehydrated complexion—with angelica.”

L’Occitane Angelica Gel Cleanser, $20, www.usa.loccitane.com.

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A Peony For Your Thoughts

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Since launching its peony-inspired debut color collection last spring, L’Occitane has been steadily building its makeup junkie fan base. Fall’s limited-edition, orange-blossom scented Chérie range certainly helped matters—and its latest release is poised to do the same. The new, limited-edition Pivoine Flora line is inspired by the Mediterranean and features the region’s warm color palette. Enriched with skin-softening peony extracts, the collection includes two different eye shadow duos, an eye shadow quad, a face powder, four new lipsticks, and four new lip shines. Our favorite new arrival is the Facecolor Cream Duo, which features a double-sided pan of blush and highlighter, with three different super-blendable shades (we like Arabesque Apricot best). For the record, the largest bouquets of peonies that we’ve ever seen were being hand-delivered to celebrities on La Croisette in Cannes, and while we never received our own bunch (what gives?), the soft scent and gorgeous textures of these products hint at what it must be like to get the star treatment.

Photo: Courtesy of L’Occitane

L’Occitane’s Orange Crush

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The scent of orange blossom has been beloved for centuries in the Mediterranean region. Brides wove it into their bouquets for luck and prosperity, and legend has it that the Italian princess, Anne Marie of Nerola, was so fond of wearing the delicate, airy aroma that its essential oil—neroli—was named after her. Her admirers also made a habit of dabbing on the scent, and it eventually became one of the most popular varieties in the court of Queen Elizabeth I. In a nod to its fabled history, L’Occitane is celebrating the tiny white blossom with its new Fleur Chérie collection, launching this week. The six-piece fragrance range includes a rich Eau de Toilette layered with soft woodsy accords and a zesty Bath and Shower Gel. The Body Lotion leaves just a subtle trace of citrus behind, perfect for those who only want a whiff of scent; and we’re also quite taken with the Flowers Soap, which looks like a pretty bas-relief sculpture sitting in a soap dish. But the Scented Candle is what we plan on stockpiling for gifts. Its dewy sweetness is just the thing for warding off the winter blahs.