19 posts tagged "L’Occitane"
L’Occitane fans wondering what happened to the brand’s bi-level Prince Street storefront in Soho that went missing a few months back will be relieved to know that the French company is not the recession’s latest victim. The store has simply moved a few blocks away to 146 Spring Street and is officially open for business beginning today. To celebrate its new digs, there are a myriad weekend specials on offer. In addition to free mugs of hot chocolate through Sunday, there will be gift options on purchases of $40 or more and $85 or more, including 50 ml bottles of Citrus Verbena Shampoo and Conditioner as well as 75 ml bottles of Verbena Body Lotion. Pick up the brand’s Moments in Africa Soap Set while you’re there, a limited-edition soap trio produced entirely in Burkina Faso by women-run co-operatives. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the holiday item will be donated to ORBIS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting preventable blindness around the world. And did we mention the free hot chocolate?
L’Occitane, 146 Spring St., NYC, (888) 623-2880.
IMMORTELLE/(eee-moor-tell)/n./ 1. A small flower with more than 600 varieties, including the genus, Helichrysum italicum, which is native to the Mediterranean region; /n./ 2. Believed to have regenerative, eternal-youth properties in Greek mythology; /n./ 3. Possesses high levels of neryl acetate, which is a known free-radical fighter, e.g., “Immortelle gives you ageless skin of siren and goddess proportions.”
Try it: L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream, $95, www.loccitane.com.
As readers of this blog already know, I typically prefer men’s scents to women’s and tend to dabble in unisex offerings more than anything else. There are, of course, a few exceptions. Acqua di Parma’s wildly popular and undeniably feminine Iris Nobile was one of them when it launched back in 2004. I instantly fell in love with its strong anise undertones and soft powdery traces of iris petals. So when I recently received a bottle of the Italian brand’s first women’s endeavor in five years, I immediately put down my masculine go-to (all right, it’s L’Occitane’s Eau des Baux. Now you know) and gave the new fragrance a whirl. It’s a winner. Inspired by a single emblematic floral note, Magnolia Nobile takes its cues from the flower that grows in the gardens of the historic villas that line the shores of Lake Como. Bergamot, lemon, Bulgarian rose, and tuberose complement its sweetness, while a sensual woody accord with notes of patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, and vanilla give it some substance. I have no intention of parting with my low-slung men’s jeans cutoffs anytime soon, but olfactorily speaking, I will be embracing my girly side. The fragrance is exclusively available at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman this month and will begin selective distribution in September.
One of the biggest problems cosmetics companies face as most of them try to green their operations is how to deal with the issue of preservatives. There aren’t many organic options on the market, and even fewer that can compare to the efficacy of synthetic versions, which makes creating all-natural products with a long shelf life a difficult task. But L’Occitane has found a way to circumvent the issue with its Ma Crème Nature, a new moisturization method that comes equipped with an ECOCERT seal of approval and a D.I.Y. attitude, due out next week. You make the radiance-enhancing cream yourself by mixing different components together, combining the free radical-fighting power of olive tree leaf extracts, potassium-rich olive water, and the skin-softening duo of olive oil and nourishing shea butter. The genius part is that by whipping it up when you’re ready to use it and then storing it in the refrigerator, the formula can be completely preservative free. You can treat your skin to freshly made, totally natural, hydrating goodness—and revel in the cathartic sensation of joining the homespun beauty movement.