L'Occitane Aromachologie Body Scrub & Massage Body Oil

10/22/2014


One simply has to appreciate the effort L'Occitane puts in their products and these are some seriously fab products indeed! This review is a bit overdue but I don't think that's a bad thing as I had proper time to get to know these amazing bits. If you have missed what the fuss is about the Aromachologie collection, you can check out the introduction here. To break it down for you - it's all about safe, gentle yet effective essential oils that cater to our needs. Essential oils capture the highest concentration of a plant's benefits, allowing products which contain them to penetrate well, work fast, and have an excellent capacity to carry natural nutrients to their destination. I was lucky enough to have two luxurious products that were sent on the path of testville and one very convenient sample that awaits for you at the end of the post. First eye candy I have is the L'Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing Body Scrub (200g). Now, as far as body scrubs go - I'm really specific. I've learned that salt-based scrubs really sting my skin - especially if there's a shave thrown in there somewhere. Plastic beads are a safe bet but they don't always give a thorough  scrubbing action. That leaves me with sugar scrubs as the only hope to get properly sloughed off. And boy, does this Revitalizing Scrub do just that or what? Packaged in a beautiful glass jar, it evokes apothecary as well as a retro feel. This is my favorite way of body care packaging and I simply think it's stunning. The open/close mechanism seems to be a hassle while you're in the shower but I got the hang of it. The second you open this jar - the most amazing, zingy, citrusy, natural aroma hits your nose. The main point is that it actually smells natural, it's filled with sugar crystals to slough away dead skin cells (they don't sting before or after shave!) and this scrub is filled with benefitial essential oils (orange, grapefruit, mint, lemon, rosemary). I'll leave a photo of the entire ingredients list below. This scrub smells like oranges, rosemary and a hint of grapefruit to me. It's texture is part balmy -  part gritty. All the oils nourish the skin and leave it incredibly supple while the sugar really does it's work. While you're using the scrub, the divine scent takes you somewhere else and you end up feeling like you've been to a spa. Gorgeous!

Svaki put se nemalo iznenadim koliko truda je ulozeno u L'Occitane proizvode a ovaj put za vas imam pravu poslasticu! Ova recenzija i post su mozda malkice zakasnili u odnosu na planove koje sam imala no mislim kako to uopste nije losa stvar - imala sam par sedmica vise da se upoznam sa krasnim novitetima o kojima cu sada da vam pisem. Ako ste propustili uvod u cjelokupnu Aromakologija kolekciju, mozete procitati osnove na linku ovdje. Da vam ukratko prenesem bit - fokus je na sigurnim, njeznim no efektnim esencijalnim uljima ciji mirisi uticu na nasu psihu, kreirajuci odredjena raspolozenja. U esencijalnim uljima je uhvacena najveca koncentracija dobrobiti odredjenih biljaka, omogucujuci proizvodima koji ih sadrze da ih brze prenesu do odredista kako bi sto prije ulja mogla da izvrse djelovanje. Jako sam sretna sto sam imala priliku da kroz svoj test sprovedem dva fantasticna proizvoda + jedan zanimljiv uzorak ciji kratki opis vas ceka na kraju posta. Prva preparativna poslastica koju sam pripremila za vas je L'Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizirajuci piling za tijelo 200g (65KM). Kada je piling za tijelo u pitanju, tokom godina sam naucila da oni na bazi soli jako peckaju moju kozu - posebno ako prethode ili se koriste nakon brijanja pod tusem. Plasticne sfere su siguran odabir ali ne garantuju uvijek malo grublji piling koji mi je nekada potreban. Nakon ove eliminacije, secerni piling je ustvai moja jedina nada za energicnu sesiju pilingovanja koze a ovaj Revitalizirajuci piling je premasio sva ocekivanja. Upakovan je u prekrasnu, zatamnjenu staklenku i posjeduje odredjeni apotekarski ali i retro smek. Po pitanju dizajna, otkriti cu vam da je ovakav tip pakovanja radjen kao po mom ukusu. Mehanizam za otvaranje/zatvaranje mozda na prvu djeluje zahtjevno no ja sam se jos od prve upotrebe ispraksala. Istog momenta kada otvorite staklenku, do nosnica dopire nevjerovatno osvjezavajuca, citrusna aroma ali ne u smislu ljetnih citrusa - ovaj miris posjeduje toplinu, idealnu za zimske dane. Zelim vam dati do znanja da je miris uradjen na jedan prirodan nacin, piling radi na bazi secernih kristala koji efektno odstranjuju mrtve celije (nema peckanja ni nakon brijanja!) i otkrivaju podatnu kozu. Piling sadrzi mnostvo esencijalnih ulja (narandza, grejp, menta, limun, ruzmarin). Nesto nize mozete pronaci fotku sa cjelokupnom listom sastojaka. Miris je uvijek subjektivna stvar a ja osjetim narandze, ruzmarin i grejp. Tekstura je djelimicno hranljiva poput balzama a djelimicno hrapava. Bogata ulja njeguju kozu i cine je ultra mekanom dok secer radi svoj posao bez greske, cineci kozu izuzetno mekom. U svakom slucaju, piling ce vas zaista revitalizirati, opustiti, omeksati kozu i osjecati cete se kao da ste bili u wellness centru - ali u udobnosti vlastitog doma!



While the scrub lifts you up and calms you down at the same time - the L'Occitane Aromachologie Relaxing Massage Body Oil (100ml) transports you directly to sleepville! You know the deal with the packaging - amazing dark glass bottle, pump works like a dream dispensing the proper amount of oil (every.single.time), Have I mentioned how much I adore the retro stickers on the front? Oh, they've hit the spot with me. This massage oil is based on sweet almond oil which I adore but I have to be honest that I prefer my lavender to have the leading role when it comes to sleep-inducing products. The scent of this oil is not overpowering but it's definitely strong enough to last on your skin and clothes for hours. Besides sweet almond oil, it contains essential oils (lavender, bergamot, mandarin, sweet orange, geranium). I think that lavender is definitely the 'loudest' but after it has been brought to my attention that geranium is also strong - I have to agree! Mandarin and sweet orange are in the background while lavender and geranium make an amazing base. Massage oil is of a medium consistency (not too runny, not too thick) and it feels heavenly when you massage it in the skin.,No sticky feeling, no residue - skin becomes like silk. I love to massage this oil on my arms, neck, decolletage and into my feet before bed and you can bet your bottom that it helps me sleep. Even with a strong-ish cold, I've managed to have few interrupted hours of sleep - priceless! I also think that, over time, this massage oil makes skin look more radiant, healthy. It's a true gem. I think that this aromachology theory holds water - scents do have an effect on human psyche and essential oils have string scents. The correlation is evident and I believe that L'Occitane made a point with this collection. I think I say this about every L'Occitane collection but - I think this may be my favorite collection by the brand so far!

Ako piling razbudjuje vasa cula no i blago vas umiruje - L'Occitane Aromachologie Opustajuce ulje za masazu tijela 100ml (51KM) ce uspostaviti direktni let u zemlju snova! Znate vec situaciju sa pakovanjem - lijepo zatamnjeno staklo, pumpica koja je pouzdana i rasporedjuje istu kolicinu ulja (bas svaki put). Da li sam spomenula koliko mi se dopadaju retro stikeri koji su uradjeni na ovim proizvodima? Apsolutno su divni. Ovo ulje za masazu je bazirano na ulju slatkog badema za kojim sam luda ali kada su u pitanju proizvodi za relaksaciju - preferiram da lavanda vodi glavnu rijec. Miris ovog ulja nije nepodnosljivo intenzivan ali je dovoljno jak da se zadrzi na kozi i odjeci barem par sati. Osim ulja slatkog badema, masazu upotpunjuju i esencijalna ulja (lavanda, bergamot, mandarina, slatka narandza, geranij). Procijenila bih da je lavanda dominantna ali stvarno dosta osjetim i geranij. Mandarina i slatka narandza se nalaze negdje u pozadini no lavanda je uz geranij "najglasnija". Ulje je srednje gustine, nije isuvise vodenasto ali ni pretjerano tesko. Umasirati ga u kozu je iskustvo kakvo bih svakome pozeljela - bez bilo kakvog zastitnog sloja, kozu cini svilenom. Volim ga umasirati u ruke, vrat, dekolte i stopala prije spavanja i jako je efektno u postizanju stanja mirovanja, izuzetne opustenosti. Jako mi pomaze da dobijem bar par sati sna uz trenutnu prehladu - za mene, neprocjenjivo! Mislim da tokom konstantne upotrebe ulje cini kozu ljepsom i podatnijom. Vjerujem da teorija aromakologije drzi vodu - mirisi nesumnjivo imaju utjecaja na psihu a esencijalna ulja itekako imaju intenzivne note. Povezanost nije tesko uociti i moj dojam jeste da je L'Occitane uspio postici zeljeni cilj sa ovom kolekcijom. Imam neki osjecaj da ovo kazem za svaku njihovu liniju ali - mislim da mi je ovo omiljena do sada!



+ Bonus mention: New L'Occitane Immortelle Youth Divine Oil is something not particularly intended for use on young skin such as mine (27 is still very young, mind you) but I must admit that I enjoyed using the sample. The bottle is perhaps irrelevant for the moral of the story but - it's just so adorable and useful! I carry it with me during my night shifts at work and I love it. It has maybe the most enjoyable scent out of all the Immortelle range, it's not a thick or heavy oil but it surely delivers a hydration boost to the skin. I'm not the best candidate to monitor its impact on wrinkles but it does make skin supple and beautiful. I even took off my eye make-up once with it and it worked perfectly well. I was a bit naughty, I admit. All I can say is that all the mature ladies who decide to treat themselves with this oil will absolutely love the texture, feel and the nourishment it provides.

+ Dodatna mini recenzija: Novo L'Occitane Immortelle Youth Divine ulje 30ml (175KM) je nesto sto nije namijenjeno mladoj kozi poput moje (sa 27g. i dalje se osjecam u cvijetu mladosti). Ipak, moram priznati da mi uopste nije bilo hrdjavo koristiti ga u vidu uzorka. Bocica je mozda najmanje bitna u prici ali ovo se mora reci - preslatka je i jako korisna! Nosim je sa sobom u nocne smjene na poslu i spasila me vise puta. Mogu primjetiti da je miris ovog ulja mozda najblazi i najprijatniji od svih varijacija iz Immortelle kolekcije. Ulje nije isuvise gusto, lijepo se razmazuje i divno hrani kozu. Posto nisam najpogodnija za pracenje efekta na bore, taj cemo dio preskociti no svakako da ulje cini kozu punom, lijepo zagladjenom. Cak sam ga koristila da uklonim sminku sa ociju prije neku noc i vjerovali ili ne - savrseno je posluzilo a ovo je manifestacija njegove njeznosti (kada je vec tako blago spram ociju). Malo zlocest beauty potez, priznajem, ali ne kajem se. Samo cu reci kako ce zrelije dame koje sebi mogu priustiti ovo luksuzno ulje neizmjerno uzivati u njemu.


*Some of these products may have been sent to me for review. For more information, see my disclaimer.

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