Monday, December 10, 2018

L'Occitane | Holiday 2018 Collection: Gift Guide

Disclaimer: The products featured were provided for review.
L'Occitane x Castelbajac Holiday 2018 Collection: Gift Guide
With Christmas just weeks away, some of you are probably running around in a frenzy looking for the perfect holiday presents. Well today, I have a little gift guide featuring some amazing body and skincare sets from L'Occitane to share with you. Created in collaboration with Castelbajac, a Morrocan designer well known for his unique and wacky style (google Lady Gaga Kermit the Frog jacket), the L'Occitane Holiday 2018 Collection offers a wide array of festive and colorful gifts for anyone who could use some pampering this holiday season. To read on, click......
L'Occitane Holiday 2018 | Holiday Hand Cream Trio & Hand Cream Bouquet
L'Occitane Holiday 2018 | Holiday Hand Cream Trio & Hand Cream Bouquet
L'Occitane Holiday 2018 | Holiday Hand Cream Trio ($29 CAD):
This is a beautiful gift set featuring three 30 ml shea hand creams in the original, Rose Shea, and Shea Whipped Tea formulation. Unlike some of the hand cream sets currently available, all three hand creams in this set actually feature special, limited edition packaging adorned with the artwork by Castelbajac.

L'Occitane Holiday 2018 | Hand Cream Bouquet ($54 CAD, valued at $72 CAD):
A larger set that can be divided and gifted as stocking stuffers, the Hand Cream Bouquet includes six L'Occitane hand creams in some of the brand's most iconic scents: Roses et Reines, Verbena, Almond, Cherry Blossom, Shea, and Lavender. Each tube holds 30 ml of product, making them very travel-friendly.
L'Occitane Holiday 2018 | Delicious Almond Collection & Fragrant Lavender Collection
L'Occitane Holiday 2018 | Delicious Almond Collection & Fragrant Lavender Collection
L'Occitane Holiday 2018 | Delicious Almond Collection ($79 CAD, valued at $121 CAD):
For those a little more familiar with the different L'Occitane scent collections or simply adore the smell of almonds, the Delicious Almond Collection is a perfect choice. This is a five-piece gift set that includes the Almond Shower Oil (250 ml), Almond Milk Concentrate (200 ml), Almond Delicious Hand Cream (30 ml), Almond Delicious Paste (a body scrub, 50 ml), and Almond Delicious Soap (50 g). A lightweight and luxurious body moisturizer, The Almond Milk Concentrate on its own costs $64 CAD so this set is definitely a bargain!

L'Occitane Holiday 2018 | Fragrant Lavender Collection ($79 CAD, valued at $107 CAD):
Arguably L'Occitane's most iconic scent, the lavender collection can be sampled with this six-piece Fragrant Lavender Collection. Included are the Lavender Foaming Bath (500 ml), Lavender Perfumed Sachet (my personal favorite since it smells just heavenly, 35g), Lavender Hand Cream (10 ml), Bonne Mère Lavender Soap (100 g), Lavender Clean Hand Wash (300 ml), and Lavender Body Lotion (75 ml). It's worth noting that both this and the Delicious Almond Collection comes in a special, limited edition gift box featuring the artwork of Castelbajac. I love how festive and offbeat the design is but the boxes are a bit flimsy. The cardboard material is rather fragile and both boxes I got broke during shipping. So if you are considering getting these sets, it's best to pick them up in stores instead of ordering online and make sure to handle with care.
L'Occitane Holiday 2018 | Immortelle Divine Anti-Aging Collection
L'Occitane Holiday 2018 | Immortelle Divine Anti-Aging Collection
L'Occitane Holiday 2018 | Immortelle Divine Anti-Aging Collection ($209 CAD, valued at $252 CAD):
Although well-known for their body care products, L'Occitane actually offers an impressive array of skincare options. In fact, the Immortelle Divine lineup is one of my mom's favorites (mind you, this is a woman who exclusively uses Chanel, La Prairie, and Guerlain nowadays). Packaged in a very luxurious and sturdy gift box, the four-piece Immortelle Divine Anti-Aging Collection includes the Immortelle Divine Cream (50 ml), Immortelle Divine Foaming Cleansing Cream (125 ml),  Immortelle Divine Eyes (3 ml), and Immortelle Divine Youth Oil (15 ml). The price tag is a bit steep and the saving isn't as substantial as some of the previous sets so I would only advise getting this if you are already familiar with the collection. Otherwise, getting the Immortelle Divine Cream by itself is a good start.
L'Occitane Holiday 2018 | Luxury Advent Calendar & Signature Advent Calendar
L'Occitane Holiday 2018 | Luxury Advent Calendar & Signature Advent Calendar
L'Occitane Holiday 2018 | Signature Advent Calendar ($59 CAD, valued at $116 CAD):
A staple of the beauty advent calendar market each year, the 2018 Signature Advent Calendar from L'Occitane is decked from head to toe in colorful artworks by Castelbajac. The gift box opens to reveal 24 windows, each with a mini-sized L'Occitane product hidden underneath. For those that are new to the brand, this is a great sampler that gives you a taste of everything L'Occitane has to offer. Plus, a lot of the products are just perfect for traveling! For those that need some spoilers, a complete list of what's included in the calendar is available on the L'Occitane website.
L'Occitane Holiday 2018 | Signature Advent Calendar
L'Occitane Holiday 2018 | Signature Advent Calendar
L'Occitane Holiday 2018 | Luxury Advent Calendar ($134 CAD, valued at $153 CAD):
So in addition to the Signature Advent Calendar, L'Occitane is offering an upgraded version called the Luxury Advent Calendar. Packaged in a unique, movable tower puzzle and turns and opens to reveal even more surprises, the Luxury Advent Calendar has each of its 24 gifts hidden in cardboard drawers. Despite the creative packaging, I felt a bit underwhelmed with the content. I guess because this is supposedly a "luxury" advent calendar, I was expecting full-sized, or at least deluxe-sized samples but all samples are comparable to that of the Signature Advent Calendar. Included are samples of some of the more expensive items available in the L'Occitane arsenal but overall, I would recommend sticking to the Signature Advent Calendar unless you did a line-by-line comparison of the two boxes' content and decided that you prefer the content of the Luxury Advent Calendar.
L'Occitane Holiday 2018 | Luxury Advent Calendar & Signature Advent Calendar
L'Occitane Holiday 2018 | Luxury Advent Calendar & Signature Advent Calendar
Is L'Occitane one of your shopping destinations for Holiday 2018? Are you planning on picking up any of these gifts for the loved one in your life? Share with me in the comments below!

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