The Perfect L'Occitane Holiday Collection

10/29/2014




Even though the New Year's Eve won't come at least until two more months pass, I feel absolutely immersed into the holiday spirit and the joyous festivities. How could I not when I have the most gorgeous holiday collection by my side? If you've been paying attention, you couldn't have missed an awesome holiday themed L'Occitane event I went to a while ago. If you have, you can have a little read here. Venus of Arles, the mysterious woman behind many art pieces served as an inspiration to many big names throughout history and I feel quite honored to have a slice of that artisan, very romantic pie (figuratively speaking, of course). If you think that the woman from Arles has a complicated past that's probably true but that past has immensely influenced this incredible fragrance and all the little pieces that go along with it. Without further ado, I wish to present to you the L'Occitane en Provence Arlésienne collection and possibly try to give you guidance as to what is most worthy of your attention.

Iako nam se novogodisnja noc nece jos uvijek pribliziti, pa barem nece dok ne prodju dva mjeseca, ne mogu se oteti divnom praznicnom raspolozenju u kojem se nalazim te ne krijem da sa nestrpljenjem ocekujem da praznicni duh zvanicno obavije nase gradove. Jako je tesko trgnuti se iz tako lijepih misli i raspolozenja kada uz sebe imam prekrasnu L'Occitane praznicnu kolekciju. Ukoliko ste obratile paznju, prije nekog vremena sam prisustvovala odlicno organizovanom i veselom praznicnom druzenju sa L'Occitane brendom. Ukoliko vam je taj post promakao, mozete ga pogledati ovdje. Venera iz grada Arlesa, misteriozna zena utkana u toliko umjetnickih djela jer je posluzila kao fatalna muza mnogim velikim imenima kroz historiju je zaista prica za sebe. Na neki nacin je velika cast biti i osjecati se dijelom te price. Ukoliko vam se cini da zena iz Arlesa ima komplikovanu proslost, vjerovatno ste upravu ali upravo zahvaljujuci tako neobicnoj proslosti je utjecala na stvaranje fantasticnog mirisa te pratece linije proizvoda. U svakom slucaju, zelim vam predstaviti L'Occitane en Provence Arlésienne kolekciju te po mogucnosti biti neka vrsta vodica, da vam asistiram u odabiru onih dijelova kolekcije koji najvise zasluzuju vasu paznju.



First and foremost thing you need to buy if you have the cash to flash would be the Arlésienne Eau de Toilette. This entire fragrance is a masterpiece on its own. From the bottle, which truly embodies that minimalistic elegance and luxe L'Occitane is so good at, to the thought/theory/background of the fragrance to the magnificent 'juice' that it inside. Glass bottle looks like a mminimalistic cube at the front but at the back, we have a floral ornated panel of roses. Such a delicate touch with such strong impact. Everything has the word 'rose' weaved through it. All the visual details, the font, the cap are rose gold and even the 'juice' inside of the bottle is of a warm, rose gold coloring. It just gives this ethereal, feminine, impeccable vibe I believe any woman would fall for. Such a beautiful present this would make! The most important things is how does this Eau de Toilette smell? Scents are such an intimate, subjective rollercoaster of emotions for each individual. Personally, I'd describe my impression as a modern rose - the fragrance posesses that elegant but not mature or dated rose theme. It's partially floral, partially gourmand - as in Turkish Delight gourmand. But it's all very delicate, settled, non-impulsive and oh-so feminine at the same time. You get a very mild kick of saffron and mandarin at the beginning while Lily of the Valley and Grasse rose take the lead. Base consists of tonka bean, sandalwood & white woods and there's a tickle of violet. Despite being and EDT, this fragrance has a fantastic sillage - almost heavy. Its longevity is moderate, ranging from 4h to 5,5h on my skin.

Prije svega ostalog, prva stvar koji bi trebale nabaviti ukoliko ste u mogucnosti je upravo miris Arlésienne Eau de Toilette (98KM). Od pocetka do kraja, ovaj miris utjelovljuje minimalisticku eleganciju i luksuz - nesto u cemu je L'Occitane izuzetno dobar. Bocica ide tom linijom, potom je cjelokupna prica koja stoji iza mirisa inspirativna ali je i 'sok' unutar bocice ustvari ono sto najvise odusevljava. Staklena bocica djeluje poput minimalisticne kocke sa prednje strane no pozadi krije prekrasan panel ukrasen cvijecem, ponajvise ruzama. Ovo je tako delikatan no efektan vizualni detalj a rijec 'ruza' ce se pominjati vise puta kada je ovaj miris u pitanju. Svi detalji su estetski privlacni, slova i cep su boje ruzicastog zlata pa cak je i sama tekucina mirisa obojena u tople tonove. Svi detalji doprinose kreiranju carobno vilinskog, zenstvenog, besprijekornog efekta za koji vjerujem da bi dojmio svaku zenu. Ovo bi bio tako divan poklon - prva je pomisao bila kada sam ugledala ovaj miris! No, najbitnije od svega jeste kako ovaj miris mirise, zar ne? Uopsteno, mislim da je miris tako jedna apstraktna kategorija i svi dozivljavamo mirise razlicito. Ukoliko mene pitate, opisala bih ovaj EDT miris kao modernu ruzu - miris posjeduje elegantan ali ne i zastarjeli stih ruza kakav susrecemo kod vintage parfema. Ova ruza je djelimicno cvijetne a djelimicno gurmanske kategorije - mislim na slasni rahat lokum. No, taj slatki podton nije razvijen u svoj svojoj raskosi vec je smiren, ublazen i nevjerovatno zenstven. Osjetim blagi doprinos safrana i mandarine u otvaranju kompozicije, dok glavnu rijec ne preuzmu djurdjevak i ruza iz Grasse-a. Baza se sastoji od tonka zrna, sandalovine i bijelog drveca a tu je i samo malo ljubicice, da zagolica mastu. Uprkos cinjenici da se radi o EDT verziji, sillage ovog mirisa je izvrstan - skoro pa u 'teskoj' kategoriji. Trajnost je umjerena i krece se u rasponu od 4 do 5 i pol sati na mojoj kozi.



There are no duds from the bath & body collection that accompanies the EDT but I do have a few favorites up my sleeve. The Arlésienne Beauty Milk is the ultimate decadent treat for your senses. The way L'Occitane makes a simple plastic bottle luxe is beyond me but that's exactly how they roll. The creamy pinkish-white tube with the rose gold cap and tiny pearl-inspired bead is beautiful. Beauty milk smells heaveny - exactly the same as the EDT and helps layer it up effectively, prolonging it longevity for at least an extra hour. Its texture I'd describe as jelly/milk and it sinks into the skin almost immediately after applying yet it brings a heavy whack of nourishment. This milk is my fave along with the Arlésienne Scented Candle. That is such a treat, isn't it? I'll be saving my pennies as I believe this fab rose scent would warm up the house and bring something sophisticated into play. Another gem would be the Arlésienne Velvet hand Cream. No hand cream from L'Occitane could ever be considered bad but with winter approaching, I'm orientated towards the more nourishing kind. I don't want the nourishment to drag a sticky feeling though and that's where this rose scented cream comes handy. It's similar to the Shea Butter cream in texture and it nourishes dry skin really well but it's not too heavy either. It does make hands feel velvety and nourished at the same time. Finally, we have the Arlésienne Shower Cream. Gentle, pearly pinkish cream is very light towards the skin but it makes a generous foam which is there to indulge. It's a dream to be washed with this shower cream as you end up smelling like the best batch of roses + skin isn't tight! In all fairness, it doesn't top my L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil but I definitely don't mind being pampered with it.

Sto se tice pratece kolekcije proizvoda, mislim da nemamo promasaj no svakako da se izdvojilo par favorita iz grupice. Arlésienne uljepsavajuce mlijeko za tijelo (44KM) je ultimativni dekadentni slatkis - pravi uzitak za cula! Nacin na koji L'Occitane ucini da jednostavna plasticna bocica izgleda luksuzno je po mom misljenju umjetnost. Kremasto bijela tuba sa ruzicastim primjesama, ukrasena cepom u boji ruzicastog zlata te detaljima inspirisanim biserima je - prekrasna. Mlijeko za tijelo dijeli identican miris sa EDT-om i jako je korisno u smislu da sloj mlijeka produzava trajnost EDT-a barem za dodatni sat vremena. Teksturu bih opisala kao miks zelea i mlijeka a u kozu se upija gotovo pa trenutacno po koristenju. Ipak, lagana tekstura nije kompromitirala njegu koju ovo mlijeko pruza i koja je zaista impresivna. Upravo je uljepsavajuce mlijeko za tijelo uz  Arlésienne mirisnu svijecu (53KM) moj favorit poslije EDT mirisa. Svijeca prije svega izgleda fantasticno a i mirise jednako divno tako da mislim da cu skupljati novcice dok ne bude moja. Vec zamisljam kako ce lijepo 'utopliti' dom svojim sarmantnim mirisom. Jos jedan famozan proizvod iz kolekcije je Arlésienne krema za ruke (14KM). Ruku na srce, niti jedna L'Occitane kremica za ruke mi nije bila razocarenje pa ni ova. Ipak, imajuci u vidu da se zima polako gnijezdi tokom svjezih noci, orjentisana sam na nesto intenzivnije varijante. Upravo tada ova kremica sa mirisom ruze dolazi na scenu. Po teksturi je slicna njihovoj kremi sa karite puterom i jako dobro zagladjuje suhu kozu no nije isuvise teska. Cini ruke barsunasto mekim sto se podudara sa obecanjem na pakovanju. I za kraj, imamo Arlésienne kremu za tusiranje (28KM) - radi se o njeznoj kremi, biserno-ruzicaste boje koja je lagana spram koze ali u dodiru sa vodom stvara bogatu pjenu u kojoj je tako lako izgubiti se. Pravi je uzitak biti u njenom zagrljaju jer nakon koristenja mirisete kao najljepsa ruzica + koza nije isusena. Iskreno govoreci, ova krema za tusiranje nije nadmasila L'Occitane Badem ulje za tusiranje ali necete cuti da se zalim dok me obavija svojim njeznim rukama.

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

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