l’occitane is tres merveilleux

L’Occitane (pron. “loxeetan”) is a skin care and cosmetics shop inspired by “the Mediterranean art de vivre.” Founded by visionary Olivier Baussan in Provence in 1976, the company has stayed true to its aim to create high-quality plant-based products that are effective and of “sensorial” appeal.

I first tried their products in 2001, during a stay in California. I developed winter itch, which never happens to me in the Philippines. A cousin who’s a nurse took me to L’Occitane in Los Angeles to get 100% Shea Butter and hand cream that she promised me would soothe my rashes. And they did.

A few years ago, L’Occitane finally came to Manila.

The store at Powerplant Mall.

I swear by the Shea Butter for all-over body moisturizing. In the photo below is my tin from 2001, the one that looks like a shoe polish can with a key. A little goes a long way here in Manila – the year-round warmth and humidity are kinder to skin than the harsh winters abroad. Beside the Shea Butter is Ultra Rich Hair Cream in the newer kind of tin. To use both creams – rub a little into the skin (or hair) when still damp and in the shower. Massage well, then rinse with warm water.

I can’t be without the Dry Skin Hand Cream! It’s non-greasy, fast-absorbing, and smells like a garden of flowers. The big tube lasts me a couple of years. It’s their most popular product.

Hand cream and travel-size products.

One of my favorite L’Occitane scents is verbena. It’s fresh and happy.

Last Christmas the store came out with these travel pouches, perfect for my collection of mini-products.

The Extra-Gentle Soap in Milk with shea butter is mild enough for daily use. It doesn’t dry out my skin. And it’s great value – 1/4 kilo of pure soap in a gigantic bar that I can barely hold with one hand. It’s great for babies and children and those with sensitive skin.

Life is short. Indulge in whatever makes you happy and beautiful!

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