L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse #2

Woo Hoo! Hey Y’All.

Here at APJ 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 the first four four of their La Collection de Grasse fragrances to try and if I wanted to APJ could review them. Well, I WANTED TO! These fragrances are beautiful, wearable, spritz and go winners. Last week we did a L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse Review and Giveaway that L’Occitane were so happy with they sent me the THREE LATEST IN THE SERIES!!! We have the BRAND NEWEST available, so exciting.

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

36210_A1.psdPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Ambre & Santal by Karine Dubreuil 2013

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, rosemary
Heart: Fig leaf, rose
Base: Sandalwood, cedar, labdanum, vanilla

I can’t believe that Ambre & Santal is made for this price. It is as warm, rich and complex as some of the VERY expensive niche offerings. This is so good I’m keeping it. Sorry folks.

Right from the beginning you can already smell the vanilla and resins coated in a very light hint of herbaceous green and a tiny glitter of citrus. Fig leaf and rose? Maybe through the heart there is a leafiness but it is a bit less specific than fig, or maybe I’ve been spoilt by so many other fig releases at a much higher price point and the rose is such a bit player I can barely detect it. What does shine so bright about Ambre & Santal is its base, which is basically the whole life of the fragrance, it is the loveliest, creamy woods and resinous vanilla. Ambre & Santal sings on my skin as if they were made for each other. I repeat, I can’t believe this excellent price point. I smell so good and have been asked what I’m wearing a couple of times while I have sported it. Totally unisex and an excellent fragrance.

Cèdre & Oranger by Karine Dubreuil 2013

Cèdre & Oranger Collection L'Occitane

This set includes: Currently on special at L’Occitane Australia reduced to $118
• 75ml Cèdre & Oranger Eau de Toilette
• 175ml Cèdre & Oranger Shower Gel
• 75ml Cèdre & Oranger After Shave Balm

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Orange, bergamot, pine needles
Heart: Cardamom, red berries, Virginian cedar
Base: Vetiver, musk

I don’t like to create gender boundaries but of the people I’ve tried it on only one woman said she would wear it but EVERY man was very impressed. Jin who usually wears Bottega Veneta original and Mona di Orio Oud asked if he could keep it. I had to do divert and grab to get it back or it would have been lost forever in his frag stash.

The opening is bright and fresh and very clean, this is what all those sport and blue fragrances wish they were. It is the richest and prettiest of that genre that I’ve yet smelled and I can definitely see it being a good gift for the guys. Cèdre & Oranger warms up very slightly through the heart but essentially stays green and woodsy to its still clean musk dry down. After about an hour Cèdre & Oranger is very close to the body, maintaining a just showered freshness without pushing itself far beyond your skin. Ideal for even the closest office work and later for drinks an extra spritz will freshen it, and you, up considerably and last till next morning, quietly clean.

Fleur d’Or & Acacia by Karine Dubreuil 2013

37207_A1.psdFleur d’Or & Acacia Luminous Body Oil only $45 at L’Occitane Australia

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Lemon, bergamot
Heart: Mimose, genet
Base: White woods, musk

Fleur d’Or & Acacia is the latest offering from the L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse and I predict it being the biggest seller of them all. It is a very pretty Acacia/Mimosa fragrance that opens refreshingly citrus/green, invigorating and happy enough to make a grey sky blue and then the Acacia/Mimosa steps in and they all become that lovely waxy sweet crushed wattle flower green. Fleur d’Or & Acacia is sweet but not sugar sweet or vanilla sweet just sweet and pretty flowers over a sappy green-ness. Simple and wearable, a perfect mid season go to that will become a staple of your wardrobe and make an excellent gift. Surprisingly good longevity and though not a big fragrance has a lovely sheer penetration into your surrounds. The dry down is very easy wear, no surprises, but good solid fragrance that you’ll be happy to spritz and go in. BTW the Body oil above is also TO DIE FOR!!!

One of the jokes around this house is that seven out of ten things I spray on Jin he says, “Acacia” so today when I spritzed him I was hoping he would not say it but, damnit, he did.

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:
Cèdre & Oranger EdT 75ml
P&H Anywhere in the world

1 winner will receive:
Fleur d’Or Acacia 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 #2 http://wp.me/p3PURw-2ec #Giveaway #Perfume @LOCCITANE

HOUSEKEEPING

Entries Close Sunday 24th 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 28th 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.

How Do You Pronounce L’OCCITANE?

23 comments on “L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse #2

  1. Haefennasiel says:

    I follow APJ via email, WordPress and Bloglovin’. My first L’Occitane purchase was way back in 2000 and it was a small bottle of their Honeysuckle perfume extrait. 🙂

  2. Jaybee says:

    I follow by email, and I like the sound of Cedre & Oranger. I’d like a cologne-like fragrance for summer!

  3. joseph s says:

    I follow APJ by email and I have used and owned L’Occitane Eau De Baux, and Vetiver Fragrances.

  4. Jackie b says:

    Greetings O Great Enabler! I went out and bought the Divine serum after I read your thoughts on the cream, And I like the feeling on my skin…cooling and moisturising but not greasy. Smells goood.
    I follow by email.

  5. Tora says:

    We have a L’Occitane store at our mall. I will be heading there this weekend to try the amber. Thanks for the heads up. No need to enter me in the draw.

  6. willa says:

    I think their hand cream is the bee’s knees, and am fond of(although do not own) their 4 Reins fragrance. I follow by email.

  7. Ella says:

    I follow this wonderful blog by email. I use their Shea butter products. I haven’t tried their frangrances yet but I certainly will be now!

  8. Nemo says:

    That youtube video is hilarious, especially since I wasn’t 100% sure how it was supposed to be pronounced. I think I choose “low-octane” 🙂

    I follow by email, and I would love to try their hand creams (especially in almond delicious).

  9. fleurdelys says:

    Another great drawing, thanks! I follow APJ via email. I have used L’Occitane’s delicious Ambre fragrance (and I like the sound of that Divine cream!).

  10. Patty P. says:

    E-mail and I like this —>Cèdre & Oranger Shower Gel. 🙂

  11. Rene Groyer says:

    Love Verbena hair Conditioner.Such a fresh and uplifting aroma -zing.
    I follow by e mail

  12. Lindaloo says:

    I follow by email. I have enjoyed some of L’Occitane’s bath products: the Rose 4 Reines and the Verbena.

    Hilarious pronunciations of L’Occitane!

    Thanks for the draw opportunity.

  13. hotlanta linda says:

    I have their almond/shea liquid hand soap, and honey/shea creamy body wash – they are nice!!! So soothing! The latter smells like Ylang and Jasmine too! I follow on blog, e-mail, and FB 🙂

  14. mim says:

    email follower
    I really like the sound of Amber and Santal–completely understand why you’re holding on to it! Fleur d’Or & Acacia sounds really pretty too. Thanks for the draw!
    Also loved their older vanilla and their hand creams.

  15. Tsurera says:

    I follow by email =)

  16. Camilla says:

    I have used Shea Butter Hand cream. I follow on fb and email. Thanks

  17. RuthF says:

    Hi Portia

    I tried Amber and Santal the other day, and I agree with everything you said! I follow by email. Thanks to you and L’occitane for the give away!

  18. Edward says:

    I follow you guys via Email and it’s a blast. I have heard lots of good about L’occitane Eau des Baux, over at fragrantica people were worried it was getting discontinued, which was just a rumor, thankfully! I think I am getting that one after christmas.

  19. Laurels says:

    Deja vu! I’ve tried the first four of La Collection deGrasse, and really liked Jasmine & Bergamot and Vanille & Narcisse. Has anyone tried the Rose & Osmanthus? I don’t recall seeing any reviews. I follow with Bloglovin.

  20. maggiecat says:

    So glad you’re reviewing these scents – I think they’re exceptional, with a fair price point to boot. I received a travel set of the Acacia when I bought my Divine Cream (your fault Portia, but my soft skin and I are not angry!) and love the scent. The Cedar I need to go back and sample to see if DH would like it – like you, I thought it skewed very masculine. I follow via email and also through Facebook so I never miss a post!

  21. Annamaria says:

    I follow by Bloglovin. I’ve tested Mure & Musk in their shop, and it really appealed to me.

  22. Elise Johnson says:

    I follow your Dear Scent Diary on WordPress (&twitter) and via email, also a Perfume Profiling Member and ‘Like’ APJs on Facebook and Twitter… I love L’Occitane it is absolutely timeless! Cherry Blosson L’Occitane en Provence holds many memories being the perfume I was wearing when I kissed my first boy xx 2007 feels so long ago

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