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Monday, October 3, 2016

L'Occitane Arlesienne & Advent Calendar Preview | Holiday 2016

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I know, it's only been October for twelve seconds and we're already talking Holiday, but products are rolling out and you know what comes next... the selling out. If there is something you love now, don't wait to buy, or it will be gone. I suspect that will be the case with one of the products we're going to have a peek at today. L'Occitane is rolling out a ton of holiday sets this year featuring brand classics and new bespoke scents for him and her. Read on for a look at Arlesienne and this year's advent calendar...

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The Arlesienne scent is inspired 'by iconic ribbon tradition in Arles, this delicate, yet bold floral fragrance captures the essence of the woman of Arles, and the beauty of Provence.' The feminine scent combines rose, sweet violet, and a spiced element from saffron and warmth from white musk. I'm never too sure about floral based scents, but I do happen to love violet and this makes for an interesting scent. To my nose it opens with the florals, then a warm sweetness creeps in with a hint of spice. It's quite strong, so one or two spritzes is all you need, but it is really pretty without being overtly floral. The weighty glass bottle also needs mentioning. It's modern and refined, but is hiding a floral secret. The bottom of the bottle features a raised floral deign for a touch of added femininity.

The scented lotion is also available for layering with the Beauty Milk. It features a light lotion-like texture that is nicely hydrating and scented with the Arlesienne scent.

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The L'Occitane Advent Calendar is a first for me and IKATW. Of all the brands to put one out, I've never ended up with one. It's mainly my fault for not being on top of the ball way prior to the actual holidays as these tend to sell out and do so pretty quickly. The L'Occitane Advent Calendar is set to sell out yet again this year and having the opportunity to see it, I can see why. The large calendar is home to 24 travel size L'Occitane products. The cardboard book is also pretty adorable as it's illustrated to showcase a whimsical peek into the L'Occitane gift workshop.

I won't be showing you the contents of the calendar because that's no fun for me (I want to save it for December!) but I will give you the rundown of what you can expect inside. STOP READING HERE IF YOU WANT TO BE SURPRISED. Okay, ready?

  • Aromachologie Relaxing Shower Gel
  • Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo
  • Shea Butter Body Lotion
  • Shea Ultra Rich Face Cream
  • Almond Delicious Hand Cream
  • Peony Hand Cream
  • Shea Butter Shower Gel
  • Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion
  • Verbena Shower Gel
  • Rose et Reines Hand Cream
  • Almond Shower Oil
  • The Vert & Bigarade Shower Gel
  • Verbena Fresh Toilette
  • Jasmin & Bergamote Shower Gel
  • Cherry Blossom Shower Gel
  • Shea Butter Hand Cream
  • Verbena Leaf Soap
  • Cherry Blossom Mini EDT
  • Verbena Hand Cream
  • Immortelle Essential Water
  • Shea Butter Cleansing Water
  • Almond Delicious Soap
  • Almond Milk Concentrate
  • Shea Butter Foot Cream

I'm not the type to get excitied about the holidays quite this early, but these offerings are helping me think holidays. How can you not love a bit of advent action? Holiday products will be available October 25th with the advent calendar available now as an online exclusive. What do you think? Are you a fan of beauty advent calendars? Will you be shopping L'Occitane this holiday season?

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