I have a new favourite thing. At the weekend, for a few hours, I abandon everyone and go to a bustling retail park on my own. It’s big, with great shops and it’s on a lake so it has gorgeous views.
On my last trip, I headed into L’Occitane. I was given the Lavande candle for Christmas (heavenly!), so I had the vague idea of picking up a shower gel in the same scent.
I asked the store assistant about her favourite ranges. She said her favourite was Amande (hello soft almond scent), so I checked that out straight away, and I also found a tonne of other products I loved too.
I wanted to try as much as I could.
Enter – a moment of pure joy.
A mega travel set brimming with L’Occitane goodness. I’d asked whether they sold travel sets and I was casually told “this one is quite good because it has stuff from most of the ranges”. I nodded along casually, but my eyes were popping out of my head.
“I’ll have a wonder around” I told her, not wanting to grab it out of her hands like a wild hyena. “And see if there’s anything else that catches my eye”
“Yeah, sure!” she smiled.
I pretended to look at the skincare for 3 minutes before going back to grab the box.
I made my purchase and left the store grinning. I was grinning for two reasons.
- I was overjoyed with my purchase
- She had sprayed the tissue paper with L’Occitane perfume and it had made me think of this scene from Love Actually.
Here’s what came in the mega L’Occitane Travel Set:
Relaxing Shower Gel
Amande Milk Concentrate
Amande Shower Oil
Amande Delicious Hands
Amande Delicious Soap
Cherry Blossom Shower Gel
Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion
Cooling Hand Cream Gel
5 Essential Oils Shampoo
5 Essential Oils Conditioner
Verbena Body Lotion
Verbena Leaf Soap
5% Shea Ultra Rich Shower Cream
5% Shea Comforting Cream
10% Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm
15% Shea Ultra Rich Lotion
Extra Gentle Soap
Pivoine Flora Hand Cream
Bath Sugar Cube with Essential Oils
Arlesienne Eau de Toilette
Arlesinne Perfumed Soap
I’ve been using it for over a week now – and I love it! I feel like I’m staying in a fancy hotel every time I hop in the shower.
So far, the stars of the show have been the Ultra Rich Lip Balm which is so dinky (I have the 3ml) and it’s perfect for stuffing in a coat pocket. I also like the Amande Hand and Nail Care, which has a gorgeously subtle scent. I’m not crazy on the Cooling Hand Cream Gel – the consistency feels a little odd, but I am really excited to try to Relaxing Shower Gel ’cause it smells like the perfect post-gym shower companion.
If you’re looking to dip your toe into the L’Occitane waters, I’d definitely recommend a travel kit. They have some absolutely dreamy sets available right now, including this curated one from megababes Anna Gardener and Lily Pebbles.
Dreamy L'Occitane Travel Sets
I feel like I’m onto something – all the joy of little luxuries, without splashing out. I’m already eying up some other luxury miniatures (hello, Aesop).
For now, you can find me diving into my Pandora’s box of L’Occitane treats – and smelling like some sort of floraly-French goddess.