Arrivals: L'Occitane Grasse Néroli & Orchidée and Mer & Mistral

Being a proud owner of Fleur d'Or & Acacia EDT from their Grasse collection, indulging in the amber-y scent and not-so-secretly flicking over the rest fragrances from the amazing collection that is Grasse (Ambre & Santal – I'm looking at you for A/W) – I was pretty much ecstatic to find out that a new, fresh addition is launched. L'Occitane Néroli & Orchidée features that same amazing elegant yet decadent visual but with a few new-ish additions. If you haven't heard or read about Grasse – that injustice must be rectified. This magical place in the heart of Provence is an inspiration and a cradle to many L'Occitane gems . The Mediterranean city of Grasse in Provence became known as the “perfume capital of the world”, by virtue of its expertise over the centuries in the cultivation of aromatic plants, extraction techniques and their combination with precious ingredients from distant lands in the creation of original fragrances. I am very intrigued how the new Neroli & Orchidée scent smells like because it could just be the perfect thing for Summer. A tantalizing and lovely fragrance, Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette blends the alluring scents in a beautiful harmony as a result of uniting two white flowers from two continents: Mediterranean néroli essences and exotic Madagascar orchid absolute by creating the perfect harmony. Fruity bursts of orange and heart notes of peach complete the sensuous bouquet, which lingers delicately on the body throughout the day. The fragrance is signed by perfumer Karine Dubreuil. There are available accompanying products in this range which include a shower gel, body milk, body cream and scented soap. I'm especially interested in the delectable body cream as it seems so decadent.

Posto sam ponosna vlasnica Fleur d'Or & Acacia EDT iz njihove Grasse kolekcije, uzivajuci u ambrastim notama bagrema i ne toliko tajno drzeci na oku i ostale mirisne bombonice iz ove fantasticne kolekcije Grasse (Ambre & Santal, biti ces moj na jesen!) – prilicno sam se zainteresovala za nove, svjeze dodatke koji su doslovno od danas u prodaji. L'Occitane Néroli & Orchidée noviteti nam dolaze u poznatom elegantnom no istovremeno i dekadentnom vizuelnom izdanju uz par relativno novih detalja glede pratecih proizvoda. Ukoliko jos niste cule ili citale o mjestu Grasse – vrijeme je doslo da se ta nepravda ispravi. Ovo magicno mjesto u srcu Provanse je inspiracija i kolijevka mnogim genijalnim proizvodima L'Occittane brenda. Mediteranski gradic Grasse lociran u poznatoj Provansi je postao jos poznatiji kao “parfemska kolijevka svijeta”, ponajvise zahvaljujuci vjestini kultivisanja aromaticnih biljaka, ekstrakcijskim tehnikama starim stoljecima – sve prethodno u kombinaciji sa dragocjenim sastojcima iz dalekih krajeva svijeta u sluzbi kreiranja parfemskih ostvarenja. Jako sam zaintrigirana da i sama otkrijem kako Neroli & Orchidée olfaktorna kompozicija mirise u stvarnosti jer na papiru djeluje kao savrsena mjesavina za ljetne dane. Uzitak za sva cula, Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette je kombinacija primamljivih mirisa u krasnoj harmoniji koja nastaje jedinstvom dva bijela cvijeta sa dva kontinenta: mediteranska esencija néroli cvijeta i egzoticni apsolut orhideje sa Madagaskara.Vocni bljesak iz srca narandze uz njeznu breskvu zaokruzuje ovaj senzualni buket mirisnih nota koji suptilno lebdi nad kozom tijela tokom dana. Parfemsko remek-djelo potpisuje poznati “nos” Karine Dubreuil.. Uz EDT su dostupni i prateci proizvodi za njegu tijela u vidu gela za tusiranje, mlijeka za tijelo, kreme za tijelo te mirisnog sapuna. Posebno me zanima putena krema za tijelo posto mi djeluje luksuzno.

Shower gel/ Gel za tusiranje (175 ml) – 23.00 KM

Body milk/ Mlijeko za tijelo (175 ml) – 36.00 KM

Soap/ Sapun (125g)  -13.00 KM

EDT/ Toaletna voda (75 ml) – 109.00 KM

Body cream/ Krema za tijelo (125 ml) – 57.00 KM

But the néroli and orchid goodness isn't the point where the novelties from one of my favorite brands stop. Oh, no, no – there is more. I am always partial to a truly good unisex fragrance (blame the Ck One for that one). So, naturally, news of one such arrival tickled my fancy. Especially if such a novelty carries a name which is not foreign in my line of meteorological work. L'Occitane Mer & Mistral is inspired by the Provençal wind, quite notorious if I may say so. Mistral is the result of an atmospheric phenomenon that occurs mainly in the winter and spring in the gulf of the Mediterranean Sea. The Mistral usually develops as a cold front moving down across France. The air piles up in the Alps before spilling over the mountain's top and rushing down into the Rhône valley between the Alps and Cevennes. The Mistral may blow continuously for several days at a time, attain velocities of about 100 km and reach a height of 2 to 3 km towards the French Riviera and the Gulfe de Lion. Trees in Provence are forever bent in the direction of this fierce wind. This beneficial wind does clear and dry the atmosphere in the region, leaving the sun to shine some 2800 hours per year. The idea behind L'Occitane's Mer & Mistral is that the strength of this wind lifts up and mixes together fragrant pine tree needles and plays with them swishing and swooshing them together with salty sea aroma in the air paired with fresh, aromatic herbs. This is the composition which embodies the union of the sea, wind, trees and plants. Mistral opens with a citrus union of lemon and tangerine followed by cypress and pine in the heart enriched with rosemary. The base is sensual and tame, created of white amber, cedar and musk.

No, noviteti iz ove kuce ne zastaju na cvijetnoj deliciji koje sacinjavaju néroli i orhideja. Ne, ne – pocasceni smo sa jos noviteta. Oduvijek sam bila ‘slaba’ na dobar uniseks parfem (okrivite Ck One za to). I naravno da je dolazak jednog takvog olfaktornog uzitka dobrodosla vijest. Narocito ako taj novitet nosi naziv koji uopste nije nepoznanica u okvirima moje meteoroloske branse. L'Occitane Mer & Mistral je kolekcija inspirisana provansalskim vjetrom koji je donekle i ozloglasen. Mistral je rezultat atmosferskog fenomena koji se javlja vecinom tokom zime i u proljece u zaljevu Mediteranskog mora. Mistral se vecinom formira kao hladna fornta koja se spusta niz Francusku. Zrak se nagomilava na Alpama prije nego se pocne rasipati i munjevito se stroposta u doline rijeke Rone izmedju Alpa i Cevennes planinskog gorja. Mistral moze intenzivno da puse vise dana uzastopno, postizuci brzine od cca 100 km/h, te penjuci se do visine od cca 2-3 km u pravcu Francuske rivijere i Lionskog zaljeva. Drvece u Provansi je uvijek iskrivljeno u pravcu u kojem puse ovaj snazni vjetar. On je koristan glede cinjenice da procisti atmosferu tog regiona, ostavljajuci suncu da ga obasijava 2800 sati godisnje. Ideja iza L'Occitane Mer & Mistral kolekcije jeste prizor kada snaga mocnog mistrala podize i kovitla borove iglice u zraku, poigravajuci se sa njima te mijesajuci ih sa slanim akordima mora te svjezim, aromaticnim biljem. U ovoj mirisnoj kompoziciji je utjelovljena unija mora, zraka, drveca i bilja. Mistral se otvara sa citrusnim akordima limuna i mandarine, potom slijedi cempres te borovina koju zaokruzuje ruzmazin i tvori srce ovog mirisa. Baza je senzualna i pitoma uz note bijele ambre, kedrovine i mosusa. Naravno, uz EDT imamo gel za tusiranje, lagano mlijeko za tijelo i balzam poslije brijanja.

Shower gel/ Gel za tusiranje (175 ml) – 23.00 KM 

Body milk/ Mlijeko za tijelo (175 ml) – 36.00 KM 

EDT/ Toaletna voda (75 ml) – 109.00 KM

 After shave balm/ Balzam poslije brijanja (75 ml) – 50.00 KM



“Behind the Mistral is the beauty of Provence. Its fierceness blows away clouds and grime and doubt, leaving colors the depth of dreams and a freshness that can come only after the Mistral's scouring. Provence needs the Mistral or it ceases to be the Provence of my dreams. I need the Mistral to cut through those dreams to truth – beauty comes after the wind.”  – Kamiah A. Walker


“Iza Mistrala lezi ljepota Provanse. Njegova silina otpuhuje oblake i necistoce i sumnju, ostavljajuci boje i dubinu snova i svjezinu koja moze nastati samo nakon ciscenja koje obavlja Mistral. Provansi je potreban Mistral, u suprotnom ce prestati biti Provansa iz mojih snova. Mistral je neophodan kako bi se napravio presjek snova i da bi se doslo do istine – ljepota dolazi nakon vjetra.” – Kamiah A. Walker

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