L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse 2013

Hey Hey APJ Crew!!

You may remember recently we did a L’Occitane Divine Cream Review and Challenge, you can watch the progression in L’Occitane Divine Cream Challenge Week 1 and L’Occitane Divine Cream Challenge Week 2 where we challenged you all to grab a sample and see how it left your skin in 2 weeks. At the time L’Occitane also sent me a set of four of their La Collection de Grasse fragrances to try and if I wanted to APJ could review them. Well, I WANT TO! These fragrances are beautiful, wearable, spritz and go winners. Let’s meet them:

L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse

La Collection de Grasse Miniatures SetPhoto Stolen L’Occitane

Pictured above is the L’Occitane 7.5ml La Collection de Grasse Miniatures Christmas pack, an excellent choice and currently only $35 on the L’Occitane Australia Site

Jasmine & Bergamote by Karine Dubreuil 2013

Fragrantica gives these featuired accords:
Top: Bergamot, pettigrain, mandarin
Heart: Egyptian Jasmine, jasmine
Base: Sandalwood, cedar

This opens with sheer, watery citrus and the jasmine already floating below, like fresh water from the tap and cut sappy flower stems. Pretty, fresh, light and wearable Jasmine & Bergamote was grabbed by my assistant Katie and getting it back, nearly one third used already, was quite a chore. Jasmine & Bergamote is way too simple for my tastes but Katie can’t stop raving about how much she loves it. It smells wonderful on her and I can see why she likes it, the clean brightness that washes over everything is like a spring sunlit early evening warm but turning cool. Katie has bagsed the bottle, could I give a better recommendation?

Magnolia & Mure by Karine Dubreuil 2013

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, blackberry
Heart: Magnolia, rose
Base: Patchouli

Here we have a very interesting blackberry opening that is full on and in your face, a tart reminder of Enchanted Forest but a gentler, less intimidating version that is extremely modern and sheer but with a great sillage a scent bubble. Noticeable without being intrusive Magnolia & Mure is a true perfume of the teen years of the 21st century and if you want to smell in tune with the times I think it an excellent choice, a fruit-chouli that I enjoy!! Very hard to believe. The heart and dry down are surprisingly still filled with the sizzle of blackberry till the uber clean patchouli quietly fades to nothing. I can imagine Magnolia & Mure being a good gateway fragrance too for the young ready to step away from celebuscents and into the world of fine fragrance.

The Vert & Bigarade by Karine Dubreuil 2013

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bitter orange, green tea
Heart: Mate, thyme
Base: Musk, cedar, hay

The citrus and tea opening is tart, fresh, sparkling and very Eau de Cologne-ish. So delightful and very wearable, I can imagine this becoming a simple, no nonsense go-to fragrance for anyone who wants to smell fresh, vibrant and relaxed. The green continues into the heart and only warms through slightly in the dry down into a soft, clean, woodsy musk. The Vert & Bigarade is not a hugely groundbreaking fragrance but it is a good bet for someone taking their first steps outside the regular department store fare that wants to smell good and not have to worry. Excellent work choice and I think a LOT of gym bags will be sporting The Vert & Bigarade after the gift giving season.

Vanille & Narcisse by Karine Dubreuil 2013

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Black current, bergamot
Heart: Gardenia, narcissus
Base: Tonka bean, vanilla

This is the fragrance that sent me looking for the L’Occitane people in the first place. I can’t believe it’s not 10 x the price in a very chi chi niche perfume line. This has all the interest and elegance of a much more expensive fragrance with a very soft black current and citrus open that is sweet but not that modern hyper-sweet, diabetic with one spritz and the black current showing none of its urinous tendencies. I think the open is tamed by the flowers in the heart and cake sweet rather than lolly sweet vanilla base, Vanille & Narcisse could easily be a Guerlain Aqua Allegoria, CHANEL Exclusive or a DIOR Couturier, it could even be a Patricia de Nicolai.

L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse GIVEAWAY

WHAT CAN YOU WIN?

This week there will be 2 winners who will receive one used for review purposes only bottle of L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse (NO you don’t get to chose)

1 winner will receive:
Magnolia & Mure EdT 75ml
P&H Anywhere in the world

1 winner will receive:
The Vert & Bigarade EdT 75ml
P&H Anywhere in the world

HOW DO YOU WIN?

Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

To be eligible for the draw just mention how you follow the APJs and tell us any L’Occitane product that you’ve used or like the sound of

Extra Chances?
Tweet: @OzPerfumeJunkie L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse GIVEAWAY http://wp.me/p3PURw-2cr #Giveaway #Perfume @LOCCITANE

HOUSEKEEPING

Entries Close Sunday 17th November 2013 10pm Australian EDST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by random.org
The winners will have till Thursday 21st November 2013 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

Interview with Karine Dubreuil, Perfumer for L’Occitane En Provence.

Presenting La Collection De Grasse

34 comments on “L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse 2013

  1. Jaybee says:

    These all sound gorgeous. I have a L’Occitane linden-scented body milk/moisturiser. I don’t know why linden doesn’t feature in more scented products, because it’s sweet and green and innocent and lovely. I follow by email. 🙂

  2. o54837s says:

    I follow via eMail and love L’Occitane’s “Ambre”.

  3. dremybluz says:

    follow by email

  4. willa says:

    I’m a fan of the shea butter hand cream. I follow by email.

  5. Ines says:

    I used several of their serums, lotions, soaps and perfume (the Seville Labdanum is fantastic). Basically, I adore L’Occitane. 🙂
    I follow through wordpress and now I’m off to tweet. 🙂

  6. Patty P. says:

    E-mail follower 🙂
    I have used their green tea and verbena fragrances.

  7. hotlanta linda says:

    Their Shea creamy body wash is NICE, and scented like Jasmine and Ylang!! 🙂 We follow on FB, blog, and e-mail…

  8. Carla Meiners says:

    I follow via email and facebook and I love their lavender products. Thanks!

  9. I love my shea butter hand cream and wow would I love to be a winner for this one. I follow on FB and email.

  10. FeralJasmine says:

    DNEM, Portia, but had to chime in about the Narcisse Vanille. I heard something about it online and went to my local shop with intent to quietly scoff, and walked out with a bottle. It reminds me a bit of Narcisse Blanc, the softer, cleaner sister of Narcisse Noir, and is a lovely wearable uncomplicated fragrance that I can spray around lavishly after work, even on my pillow if I feel like it.

  11. fleurdelys says:

    I follow APJ via email. I loved L’Occitane’s Amber fragrance (discontinued, now back? Not sure). Anyway, I had some of the original and it was warm and lovely, a perfect amber. Thanks for the draw!

  12. mim says:

    I follow via email
    Love all the L’Occitane lotions and scents I’ve tried so far (loved their vanilla years ago), would love to try one of these! Thanks!

  13. Annamaria says:

    I love the scent of 4 Reines – such a beautiful rose! I follow by Bloglovin.

  14. Jan Last says:

    I follow via email. My favorite so far is Imortelle de Corse.

  15. Lindaloo says:

    Still following by email. I like L’Occitane’s The Verte — refreshing in the summer. Also enjoyed their Rose 4 Reines shower gel.
    Thanks for the generous draw offer.

  16. Mary K says:

    I have a very nice L’Occitane Cooling Hand Cream Gel (vebena scented) that I like in the warmer weather. It looks like a cream, but feels more like a gel when you put it on. I follow via RSS
    (Feedly).

  17. maggiecat says:

    L’Occitane is rapidly becoming one of my favorite places to shop – I bought the Divine Cream (I blame you Portia) after using up my sample, and I think my next eye cream will come from this line as well. When you use a product and see an actual difference in your skin…besides it smells so good! I bought a bottle of Jasmin and Bergamote last spring and love it. With my Divine Cream, I received a nice travel size of the new Fleur d’Or, which is also exceptional. Light and pretty – office-friendly – but still complex. And their hand creams…don’t get me started… I follow via e-mail and Facebook and have come to very much look forward to my daily fix of APJ posts!

  18. haefennasiel says:

    I follow APJ via email, WordPress and Bloglovin’.
    I once bought and loved a perfume extrait of L’Occitane’s now-discontinued Honeysuckle way back in the early 2000s (it came in this cute tiny glass bottle).

  19. greennote2 says:

    I’ve only sniffed in passing when in the big smoke, but we’ve just had a store open here, so I’ll have to go and spritz. A friend of mine said yesterday she loves their Lemon Verbena. I follow by email.

  20. Katherine Mittas says:

    I have never tried any loccitane perfumes and ever curious to these as they sound incredible

  21. Tsurera says:

    I follow by email. I love love love L’Occitane Verveine body lotion. I could drown in that scent. It’s wonderful.

  22. RuthF says:

    Great giveaway! I love their Shea butter hand cream, and they always have excellent customer service. I follow by email. Thanks 🙂

  23. Laurels says:

    I went to L’Occitane a while back to try these, and was impressed. My favorites were the Jasmine & Bergamote (next summer I may be buying a bottle), and the Vanille & Narcisse, which had a lovely root beer quality. My mother loved the Magnolia & Mure, so I think it may appeal to the not-so-young also. The Vert & Bigarade was also lovely, but not quite as distinctive as the other three. I follow with Bloglovin.

  24. Amarah says:

    This sounds awesome! I follow by email. I absolutely LOVE L’occitane’s Eau De Baux fragrance! I use it quite a lot for layering with my other fragrances 🙂

  25. Nemo says:

    I follow by email, and I am very curious to try their Divine cream which I read about on APJ 🙂

  26. […] WOW! Super excellent response this week, you guys must all really want to pee in your perfume!! You will have to wait till January for me to grab some and have a go. I hope you enjoyed the fun of this one and of course we have another giveaway running right now, go check the L’Occitane Full Bottle L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse 2013 GIVEAWAY […]

  27. Natalie says:

    Just recently tried the latest of these, and I’m a fan! No need to enter me in giveaway, though.

  28. Lubka K. says:

    I follow you on bloglovin (http://www.bloglovin.com/lubaska). I own one of LOccitane scents “Pivoine Delicate” and thinking about buying Cherry Blossom which I like a lot. Thanks for chance to win another one.:-)

  29. susan says:

    I follow via Bloglovin’! I am actually really intrigued by the Divine Cream after your review of it, I may have to go try it myself soon.
    susan recently posted…5 quick impressions of lesser-known Thierry MuglersMy Profile

  30. Calli says:

    I follow via bloglovin. I love their hand cream!

  31. Kandice says:

    I’ve wondered how these smell so thanks so much for the review and the draw! I follow via email. I absolutely love their shea body butter as it’s one of the few things that helps my dry skin in the winter.

  32. Hylda says:

    I follow APJ by email. It’s a nice daily treat to see y’all in the inbox:-) I love those scents!!!

  33. boringzlifez says:

    following via wordpress and love the lavender hand cream.
    As for trying out something new it has to be the divine cream.

    Thank you and I’ve tweeted.

  34. Tanya says:

    This collection sounds really intriguing & I’d love to try them. I follow on email.

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