Monday, January 30, 2017

Review: L'occitane Delicious Almond Collection

I'm spending this winter trying out new products that has been sitting in my drawers for so long, patiently waiting for me to try them out! L'occitane's Almond collection was one that I was testing for the past couple of months and it took me quite a while to jot down my opinion as it's a gift set that contains 5 items! Without any further adieu I'll jump straight into the review of all the products that came in the box. 
First of all, let's take a moment to admire the vibrant package of the Almond collection - it comes in an elegant blue/yellow/gold box with L'occitane's name written all over (calligraphy style). The set contains some of the finest products by the brand which are perfect for gifting or simply to pamper yourself with pure goodness! The box was kindly given to me during the re-location event of the Dubai Mall branch, which is now primarily located at the star atrium on first floor. 

1- Almond Shower Oil (250ml):
If you haven't heard of this shower oil, what have you been doing with your life?! It's one of the best selling bath/body items at L'occitane and it comes in a transparent bottle showing the liquid-gold-like colour of the product. The main ingredient in this product is almond oil which leaves the skin clean, hydrated and soothed. My first observation was how the oil magically transformed into a heavenly scented foam ,when in contact with water, giving the most delightful shower experience. Also, many might expect shower oils to feel heavy or sticky but this one is feather light and non-greasy. Highly recommend indulging in this shower product as it's one of the best I have ever tried. 

2- Almond Supple Skin Oil (15 ml):
The bottle that comes in the set is a travel size but it can be bought in full size separately (100ml). This body oil is enriched with peppermint, palmarosa and immortelle so support and protect the skin tissues. Also, it contains high levels of almond oil which banishes dryness, restores the hydro-lipidic barrier and improves the elasticity of the skin. My favourite way to use it is right after having a bath/shower as it seems to get absorbed quickly afterwards - It helps condition and revive the hydration level of my skin without feeling overly sticky. Also, it smells just as divine as the shower oil, so after using both products the scent of fresh almonds will linger on your skin. 

3- Almond Milk Concentrate (100ml):
It's a body cream enriched with almond oil and almond milk to soften and nourish the skin. It is packaged in a transparent glass pot which looks elegant yet simple. Personally, I find pots very convenient for traveling as there isn't any room for product leakage. The cream smells very fresh, feels lightweight and leaves the skin hydrated and smooth. Moreover, the formula is fast absorbing, non-greasy, hydrates for a long time and helps restore skin's tissues. 

4- Bonne Mere Soap (100gr):
Made with sustainable palm oil, this soap is considered a part of France's identity and is inspired by the original recipe of soap makers in the 19th century. It has a fresh scent similar to the rest of the products in the gift set and it leaves the skin feeling clean and smooth. Even though soap isn't my favourite format of body products, this one was quite good and didn't leave any residue behind. Highly recommend this soap if you're a on the hunt for a hydrating body soap that won't leave your skin stripped.

5- Almond Hand Cream (30ml):
L'occitane's hand creams are one of my absolute favourites of all times. I have tried many ranges of hand creams from this brand but the almond was definitely new to me. It's enriched with almond oil and almond oil for maximum hydration, it helps moisturise even the most dry skin types and it smells heavenly. Also, the size of this hand cream is suitable for hand bags so you can carry it on the go. The formula is lightweight, non-sticky and keeps my skin restored for a long time. 

Overall opinion:
I enjoyed using each product from the Almond collection as they are all made of natural yet effective ingredients. As mentioned before, the box is perfect for gifting your loved ones or if you're on the hunt for potent products that fights dryness. Also, the products in the box is an absolute value for money; if you don't want to break the bank by purchasing each product separately, then you can simply invest in this gift set.

Note: Almond Gift Set is Priced at AED 329 in all L'occitane stores and website.

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