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So after having read that L’Occitane had opened up in Bangalore, I was intrigued. To be honest, I had never heard of it before yesterday! So I went to Shoppers’ Stop, Koramangala to do some Christmas shopping when I spotted a big L’Occitane counter! I was so thrilled and I immediately walked up the SA and asked her to brief me about this brand.
She said that they had all natural ingredients from Provence, France. Fancy, eh? They claim to use essential plant oils in all their products and have no parabens in them.
So she showed me a bunch of things and I tried on some creams and hair products. I requested her for some samples which she was happy to give. Tres bien!
Here are some of the things I got – I have dry, frizzy hair so she gave me a hair mask and a conditioner.
Mini-review- These have a pleasant minty-floral smell. The smell stays on all day. in terms of what they claim to do, I’d say they smoothen the hair but I did find that my hair became a tad unmanageable the next day. My hair is otherwise strange so people who do not have high-maintenance high should give this a try. The mask is actually a deep-conditioner so should be use once or twice a week.
For my acne-prone skin she gave me a soothing cream made of shea butter. I’m wondering how that’ll help because I haven’t heard of shea butter for acne-prone skin neither do I have sensitive skin.
Mini-Review- The serum on the left actually works like a face primer cum soothing cream before you put on your moisturizer/foundation etc. It felt very smooth when I applied it – non-greasy and non-drying. The Ultra Comforting Cream does not smell good considering this has extract of cotton and shea butter. No unnatural fragrance or ingredient in there you see?
I was also told that the almond-apple variant will improve my skin. I looked it up and it says it’s meant for the ‘first signs of ageing’. This isn’t for me, I thought! But what the hey? I’ll use it anyway.
Mini Review– These smell like apple tarts/pies. Yummy! The Velvet Concentrate on the right is a non-greasy moisturizer and makes my skin feel smooth like a dream once I put it one. I’ve been using it day and night! Love it. It didn’t break me out or dry my skin even when I wore it at night. The Sweet Peel is a gentle scrub that should be used twice a week. It is ever-so-gentle! Now I’m the kind who uses St. Ives scrub and when I used this I hardly felt and saw any difference. The Peel smells like apple too and would be great for those who like mild scrubbing every other day.
She gave me some anti-ageing products for my mom. These are made from tiny yellow colour flowers called Immortelle which is known to not fade even after being picked. How cool is that? She showed me a bunch of this flower and they felt plastic to touch. But they were real alright! Apparently, this particular flower has tons of active ingredients which keep it fresh and prevents it from fading. Therefore when we use the cream it slows down the degeneration of cells keeping the skin looking younger and luminous. Pretty impressive I say.
Immortalité, anyone? If only there was a magic potion for that!
Ma mere hasn’t opened them so will update when she does.
She also handed me a Skincare card where you can see which products you can pick for your kind of skin and hair. You can also consult an expert for personalised advice. I’m looking forward to trying these products!
They also have soaps, fragrances, lip balms, cleansers, makeup removers, face masks and products for men. The range of products starts at INR 290. Check out their products at www.loocitane.co.in