Brand Focus: L’Occitane en Provence

 

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I learned about L’Occitane en Provence some years ago thanks to my boyfriend. He knows that I’m a lip balm addict so he got me a present – a whole bunch of lip balms, all from L’Occitane. They were amazing! (I still keep some of the tubes as you can see below…sweet memories). Through the years I got to know more of their products and step by step, L’Occitane turned into one of my favourite brands. My blog isn’t very popular so as you can guess I’m not paid to write this post, I just decided to share with you what I like most from the brand and maybe you can tell me what I’ve missed. So, here are my favourite picks with no particular order.

1. Lip balms.

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Have to start with them because they’re the first thing that made me fall in love with the brand. The white tube is their most popular Moisturizing Certified Organic Shea Lip Balm and also my all-time favourite lip balm. If you suffer from extremely dry and chapped lips, you’ve tried everything and it didn’t work, look this way. The colourful ones are from a limited edition and they were Desert Rose Lip Balm, Hibiscus Flower Lip Balm and Cocoa Flower Lip Balm. All of them are having 10% shea butter and are amazing.

2. Shower oil.

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Is there anybody that hasn’t heard of the Almond Shower Oil? It won’t be exaggerating if I say that it’s the best shower oil in the world because it really is. Smells fantastic, leaves your skin smooth and soft and you don’t even need a moisturiser after going out of the shower.

3. Body and hair care.

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Here I’m showing a small part of my travel essentials – the Aromachologie Repairing Conditioner and the Ultra Rich Body Lotion. I keep them in travel sizes because when I’m on the way my hair and skin are more stressed than ever and these products are giving me the nourishing I need. And of course the lovely Rose 4 Reines Body Milk! Wonderful texture and great for moisturising. I’m using it after my evening shower and on the next morning, I’m waking up to the beautiful rose scent which lasts forever.

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I’m also including the soaps although I’m using them only on my hands but I wanted to mention them because some are exfoliating but they exfoliate your skin very gently and they’re hydrating your body as well. Also, they’re very pretty and I’ve noticed that people like them as a gift.

4. Hand creams. IMG_9280post I use both of the hand creams on the picture together because the one on the right is the Immortelle Brightening Hand Care SPF20 which gives you the protection but for bigger hydration I apply the Shea Butter Subtle Violet Hand Cream (it was a limited edition) before the brightening one. Of course you can use them separately. Another hand cream that I love but isn’t on the picture is the Cherry Blossom Hand Cream, wonderful…just wonderful!

5. The Angelica range

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There are only two products from the range on the picture but the whole Angelica series is fantastic if you have oily/combination skin. The Ultra Matte Fluid is going to keep you shine-free all day long when you apply it before your primer or use it as a primer. There isn’t anything else that has helped me so much. The eye roll-on is giving you a refreshing feeling, you can use it night and or/day, I store mine in the fridge and apply it in the mornings.

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Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil

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I’ve been reading a lot about this product before purchasing it. I was looking for a nice face treatment for my combination skin, you know something a bit more special. I’ve been using it for a month or so and I think it’s a good moment to share my experience so far.

Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil is made from 100% pure plant extracts and claims to purify, hydrate, balance and tone the oily/combination skin. Also the concentrate of Rosewood, Geranium and Lotus extracts are about to tighten the pores and refine the skin texture, the Hazelnut oil softens and soothes skin and also minimises the appearance of fine lines.

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The first time when I put a couple of drops in my palm from a tester, I felt the herbal scent which I loved. Some people think it’s too strong but I personally like it very much. It gives me the feeling of relaxation. The scent along with the reviews made me purchase this product.

During the first week, I was using it every night as the last part of my evening skincare routine after cleansing and toning my face. But I thought it was a little bit too much so I decided to make it twice a week. I need 2-3 drops of the oil. I warm the product between the palms of my hands and then gently apply it on the face. It needs a couple of minutes to fully absorb but it doesn’t leave a sticky film, doesn’t make your pillow oily or something like that. I’m not sure if I can correctly explain how I feel but it’s something like a gentle face massage, it’s very relaxing. It makes my skin softer and smells refreshing. I don’t apply night cream when I’m using the oil and I noticed that on the next morning my face is less oily than usual.

Then an unexpected problem appeared because of a face product (more info here) and my skin was looking terrible. I got back to applying the oil every night and I noticed the difference immediately. 3 days later my skin was back to normal only because of this oil.

Also, from what I’m seeing, the bottle will last a really long time.

I can’t say enough good words about this product. It really helps my skin feel and look better. I would definitely repurchase the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil and I would recommend it to anyone who has oily or combination skin.

Empties

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I still don’t have the habit to keep the containers of all I’ve used up but I’m working on it. This is a small part of the products, that’s what I’ve kept and a word or two about them.

I would like to mention one of the products that is not on the picture because I really liked it. It’s the Vichy NutriExtra Extraordinary Oil which is a dry oil for hair, face and body. I didn’t try it as a face oil because of my combination skin, I just don’t risk when it’s not specifically for combination skin. I tried it on my hair ends before washing or after washing but just didn’t like it, it made my hair looking and feeling weird. Then why did I say I liked it? Because it’s a great body oil! It’s just an amazing body oil, I won’t do a review here cause it’s an Empties post but if you’re more curious about it, just check it out and you won’t regret using it…at least as a body oil.

Now moving to what’s on the picture.

I like L’Oreal’s Arginine Resist X3 shampoo, a good one.

John Frieda’s Fizz-Ease Miraculous Recovery Intensive Masque is a great hair mask that made my hair soft and less knotty. I would repurchase.

More for hair, L’Oreal Professionel Volumetry Powder Fresh SOS Refreshing Spray is something like a dry shampoo. It was a gift and unfortunately it’s for fine hair which mine is definitely not so it didn’t really work for me but I absolutely love the smell, it’s fresh and clean. I wouldn’t repurchase but if you have fine hair, try it out.

My Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Hydrating care is over again, it’s a moisturiser that I use all the time, I’ve repurchased it and will continue repurchasing, love Eucerin, love this moisturiser.

Body care and the lovely Rose 4 Reines Rose Body Milk from L’Occitane. Amazing smell, great texture, wonderful results, why didn’t I get a new one before this was gone?

Fragrances. The travel size of Yves Rocher’s Red Berries Smoothie did a great job in May during my long trip – handbag friendly, scent perfect for the summer, doesn’t last long on you though.

I confessed my love for Salvatore Ferragamo’s Incanto Charms here and now I’m sad that I can’t find it anywhere.

I had Paco Rabanne’s Lady Million in my April favourites and my opinion remains the same – like it for the colder months, feminine but a little bit bolder.

Actually when you write a blog post, it seems better to include less products, right? It’s pretty interesting when I watch YouTubers’ Empties videos but if it’s a blog post that is too long, I guess people lose their interest at some point. What do you think?

The Land of Roses

 

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I’m coming from a country known as ‘The Land of Roses’ because it’s producing rose essential oil in a region called ‘The Valley of Roses’.

The country is Bulgaria and the Bulgarian rose essential oil is one of the most expensive products sold all over the world. We call it ‘liquid gold’ there. In the last years along with the rose products that exports, Bulgaria is also one of the biggest lavender exporters.

June is the month when the rose petals are hand-picked, it’s happening at dawn because it’s believed that at this time of the day the concentration of the oil is highest. To produce 1 kg of rose oil containing 100% organic ingredients, you need between 3000 and 5000 kg of flowers, grown in environmentally clean areas without any use of pesticides and other chemicals which explains the price.
Rose essential oil is produced by a water distillation process and is used mainly for production of perfumes.

I’m not coming from that region but as a Bulgarian, I’ve learned the benefits of rose products years ago. I’ve been using rose water in my skincare routine for a very long time and I’d like to share with you how it can help your skin feel and look healthy.

First of all, rose water is a byproduct of the distillation process. It has a very light rose scent.

Nowadays many products are having rose water as an ingredient. But for me personally, it’s even better when I use it pure.

The rose water is an incredibly gentle product, it’s suitable for all skin types and even for sensitive skin. I use it mainly as a toner after cleansing my face. You can also spray it throughout the day to freshen your skin.
The rose water is a source of antioxidants and vitamins. It’s maintaining the hydro-lipid balance of the skin, stimulates cells regeneration and prevents the signs of aging such as wrinkles.
It has anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it perfect for blemish-prone skin and oily/combination skin. It soothes irritated skin. You can also use it on cuts or sunburn for example, because of the anti-septic effect, it won’t even sting, I promise.
People with dry skin can use rose water to moisturise their face.

Rose water is making your skin soft and clean. If the annoying mascara is not going away even after double-cleansing, just put some drops of rose water on a cotton pad and rest it on the eyelashes for some seconds. Wipe gently all your face and neck and if there’s anything left from makeup or dirt, it will disappear.

Sometimes when my eyes are very tired, I just put some of the rose water (you can also keep it in the fridge for a fresher experience) on cotton pads, lay down, leave it on my eyes and just relax. It’s also reducing eye puffiness.

It’s not impossible to make rose water at home but unfortunately there is only one rose type suitable for this, so you can’t just buy roses randomly and expect wonders.

I hope that this post will help you discover or re-discover the benefits of rose water because it’s a wonderful multi-purpose skincare product.

 

The Goodreads Tag

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I think this is a pretty old tag but I still see people doing it, I love reading so I decided to do it too.

What was the last book you marked as read?
“I think therefore I play” by Andrea Pirlo. I love biographies and I love football so when the book is about one of the greatest players of our time, I had to read it and I loved it. Also, there are some great quotes, pretty short book unfortunately.

What are you currently reading?
“The art of racing in the rain” by Gareth Stein.

What was the last book that you marked as to read?
I think it was “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup. I constantly add new books to ‘to-read’.

What do you plan to read next?
That’s quite a dilemma, I’m torn between some ‘delicious’ books by Anthony Capella and “Stillness and speed” by Dennis Bergkamp (another biographical read).

Do you use the star rating system?
Most of the time, yes.

Do you have a wishlist?
No, because I use ‘to read’ as a wishlist.

What book do you want to buy next?
I use Kindle because I can carry it everywhere with me and it’s absolutely loaded, yet I keep adding more and more books so you never know.

Do you have any favourite quotes?
Tons! I write them down right after I read them and it’s impossible to put them all here but here are several:

“A book is a loaded gun in the house next door…Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man?” 
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved enough.” 

― Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love

“My contention is that your blessings derive from your positive contributions. But they must come from the heart. Not because of what you expect in return. Otherwise what you contributed was a loan, not a gift.”

― Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Holiday

and many many more…

Who are your favourite authors?
Impossible to answer this one, there are so many outstanding authors. The only thing I can say is that there is one who makes me very emotional and I’m crying and laughing and crying when I read something from him no matter if it’s a book or song lyrics and it’s Tiziano Ferro.

Have you joined any groups?
No, actually I’m active on Goodreads only for myself. I mean, it’s kind of keeping an archive for myself, checking reviews and so on but I don’t even have friends there, I haven’t even added my boyfriend I think.

It would be pretty interesting for me to see what you like to read so if you feel for it, just do this tag! :-)

 

 

 

 

 

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