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Published December 19th 2016
You may die but your skin can be immortal
L'Occitane World Square is just opposite the popular Boost Juice station at the top of the shopping complex. It looks quiet the fancy store, but you will find it to be much more accessible and affordable than it seems. They have some wonderful products at reasonable prices, i'ts true that they do have the more pricy items on offer too but it really depends on your choice of products as to how much shopping at L'Occitane will set you back.
Some of the most affordable items are: A 10ml jar of Shea Butter (perfect as a lip balm) is only $13, beautiful Colour Tinted Lip Balm for $21, which comes in four subtle shades, pretty Cherry Blossom Gift Soap for $9, and Cherry Blossom Hand Cream 30ml for $14.
The star product of L'Occitane would have to be the famous and unique Immortelle Precious Cream. It is made from Immortelle flowers grown using organic farming methods in Corsica, France. They trace every drop of immortelle essential oil to the farm that it is produced from by Pascale Cherubin, Organic Immortelle Grower for L'Occitane. If you ask the staff about this product they will happily tell you the story of the flower that doesn't die – hence the name Immortelle. It is an interesting tale, but does it follow that the essential oil of this flower helps to reduce wrinkles and other signs of human skin ageing? If the international sales of this product are anything to go by then that answer is a resounding YES.
If you are convinced and would like to give it a try, you will find that it comes in 50ml for $85. It has a light texture and blends into skin well. It is a wonderful product that does seem to give the skin a more firm appearance over time and moisturizes the skin, unfortunately they have started putting sunscreen into the product, which I cannot help wonder if it could diminish the restorative properties of this product - the chemical mixture of sunscreen seems like it should not be a part of this lovely organic product. You can however get the pure stuff in an Eye Balm for $57 for 15ml. They always seem to have stock of this signature product and testers are always available in the store.
For the water lovers among your friends The Huile Relaxante Bath Oil is wonderful for relaxation. 250ml for $32, or try the Sels De Bain Relaxants Bath Salts 300g for $36, 100% Naturally derived scents.
The purifying foam cleanser 150ml for $31 with natural Peony is delicate and floral, it forms into fine foam easily and works wonders with the effect of clarifying the skin, try it with the matching Peony Face Toner 200ml for $31. In this same lovely range is the Perfecting Cream for $65 for 50ml. It uses natural plant sugars to hydrate your skin in an intense and effective way. You don't need to use much of the product to get this effect, as it is highly concentrated. So it is perfect for those who like to use little dabs of product rather than go all out in a beauty routine.
They have some classy gift sets available, with $5 from the purchase price going to a charity that funds eye care projects in Papua New Guinea. A very nice set is the Precious Immortelle Collection for $145 (you would normally pay $193 if you purchased each item separately). It includes Immortelle Precious Cream, Precious Eye Balm, and Cleansing Foam.
The $95 Cherry Blossom Gift set is a fancy gift too. It includes many products in the Cherry Blossom Range, like the Mouse Douceur Bath and Shower Gel, Soap, Skin Cream and Moisturiser all packaged elegantly.
They have some nice pre-packaged gift sets, but don't feel like you have to choose these, as you could form your own unique set of products into a lovely gift and have them wrapped as the shop has in store gift-wrapping available at a separate counter to the sales desk, which is handy. So for natural-based skin care and beauty products in the city, L'Occitane is a superb and convenient choice.