I love nothing more than a good backstory or inspiration tale attached to a high quality beauty product, and it seems that L'Occitane share that enthusiasm as there is always a swirl of information surrounding each new release. I am a true Francophile at heart, despite my obsession with France waning as reality and responsibilities take hold over my day to day life. Being able to spend even the shortest while wrapped up in fantasy-land in France makes me feel such contentment. I recently watched Le Week-End (dir. Roger Michell) and truly felt my passion for Paris take hold of me, and when I eked out the last of my L'Occitane Arlesienne Shower Cream* later that night I felt truly wrapped in French brilliance at work.Arles is a city in the South of France and Arlesienne bases itself on the art of Vincent Van Gogh and his series of paintings completed in Arles, on the woman of Arles. I love the romance and mysterious element to the history of this and having taken inspiration from such beautiful paintings, it is no surprise that the packaging of this collection (and in particular the shower cream) is stellar. I love the functional aspect of the push top, the shape that fits perfectly in my shower caddy and most of all, the touch of rose gold on the lid. It screams modern luxe to me personally, and the scent matches that as it's not a straight up floral but has notes of mandarin, saffron and lily of the valley to balance it all out. I can definitely tell that I'm not using a supermarket shower product when I use this and the scent fills the ensuite after every use - so I'm going out on a limb and saying that the price of this is easier to cope with if you think of it as a room fragrance also ;)
|the woman of Arles|
What country inspires the passionate side of you? I can't wait for the day when Mister and I wander through France together enjoying every little thing about life that we often take for granted. Weekly daydream session sorted!
*This product was provided for consideration at a launch event. Honesty, always.