Okay, so there is something you might not know about me. I hate it when shop assistants fuss all over me, they make me feel incredibly uncomfortable. You would think that it would go away with age, but no, it worsened and you all know just how much I love to shop. Because I had a voucher for a L’Occitane gift, I decided to go to a boutique to pick it up in person.
Going inside the boutique the first time was a bit strange, but L’Occitane employees were super nice, a bit too nice, but nice nonetheless. L’Occitane employees try to make you feel at home with champagne or tea and hand massages. I still prefer less fussing though!
Also since you probably guesses it, I only went inside the store to pick up the free gift, but since the employees were so nice I felt bad and grabbed the first item I knew I could use. Don’t get me wrong, I have been using L’Occitane products for ages, but I either bought them from a large store that carries the brand or from the duty free at an airport where people usually ignore me and lately, online.
I made this purchase a few months ago, okay well than a few, but at that time, I had yet to try any of the face products from the brand. Now that is no longer the case as I expanded my repertoire considerably as you shall see in future posts.
At that date, I left with an oil cleanser and a tonic.
Toners I have used for a very long time now, some of them were budget, others high end. This one definitely fits under high end, both due to its quality as well as its price. However, considering the latest addition to my bathroom shelf, I would say lower high end or high street rather than 5th Avenue.
The toner is good and soothing to the skin, however the bottle system it not the best for this type of product. I ran out of the toner very quickly, a lot quicker than I usually do with my other toners. Also, even though I really enjoyed the product, I have used other than were a few times cheaper and that I liked just as much, if not more. For that reason, I will probably not get one too often. Since then, I have to admit that I did get another one, but it will probably not happen again for a while, a long while this time.
When I tried this oil cleanser, it was the very first one I used. Now, I expanded my horizons in this matter as well. At that time I was not sure what to expect because I never tried anything like it before. I was still afraid of oils. silly me, right?
I thought that using an oil based product on my combinational/oily skin would not end up well, but it did. The cleanser is great, but I only used in the evenings in order to remove my makeup. The cleanser is a bit too harsh for mornings, at least in my opinion. It does remove makeup really well and with ease.
The bottle system is the same as for the toner, but you don’t run out of products as fast.
If I am not mistaken, according to the instructions one should apply the product directly on the skin, however since the product is a bit harsh, I usually rub it between my palms and then apply it. The product strips off all the dirt, but also a layer of natural substances that are usually found on one’s skin. For this reason, the product might not be suitable for everyone. It leaves my face clean, but a bit dry.
While I did not go inside the store with the intention to buy anything, I did and I did not regret it. I still do not, even now, months after I finished my second bottle.
Overall, L’Occitane is definitely a brand I will continue using, just that now I will know to look at their skin care products as well and not focus simply on hand care. It has yet to disappoint me!
Have you ever tried any L’Occitane products? If so, which ones and what did you think of them?