L’Occitane x Pierre Herme: Pamplemousse-Rhubarbe

December 6, 2015

So I’m not usually a perfume or cologne kinda guy, and I’m also not that experienced with this stuff. Did you know that the difference between Eau de parfum, toilette, and cologne is simply the concentration of essential oils in the fragrance? Intensity goes from parfum (the highest concentration) to cologne (the lowest concentration). Cool huh?

This holiday, French international retailer L’Occitane en Provence partnered up with renowned pastry chef, the Picasso of Pastry, Pierre Hermé (the guy that basically created Laudurée for you macaron lovers) to create three limited edition fragrances; the feminine Jasmin-Immortelle-Néroli, the spicy Pamplemousse-Rhubarbe and the tangy Miel-Mandarine. These scents are concocted by Pierre’s infamous unexpected inspirations.

My favourite? Absolutely the Pamplemousse-Rhubarbe collection. Now to be honest, I am NOT a lover of citrus scents, it is boring and uninspiring, so I was not excited for this AT ALL. However, after a few encounters with this range, I started becoming more and more addicted to this grapefruit scent.

I think the main reason for it is because it is not like the other citrusy scents. This one has layers; upon first contact, there is a refreshing grapefruit scent, and as the fragrance absorbs into the skin, there is a certain spice to it. This is due to the nutmeg, cloves, and rhubarb along with the cedar notes that transform this tantalizing scent into a woodsier one!

It is absolutely delicious and definitely a fragrance to be enjoyed by both men and women!

The eau de toilette ($65) is my favourite in the entire collection, there are so many layers to it and I just love having this scent on me first thing in the morning!

But here’s the thing, it does not seem to last the entire day… and that kinda sucks :(. However I do get compliments (that’s the next thing, no one ever compliments me on my fragrance choices) throughout the day so I guess it is because I am used to the scent on me that I don’t smell it anymore.

But if you guys want the scent to last longer, the secret to that is to moisturize. Moisturizing the skin helps the fragrance stick to your skin. Essential oils do not like sticking to dry skin, so always remember to moisturize! L’Occitane got you covered with their shower gel ($22) and body lotion ($32)! Perfect for a morning shower, as this zesty scent will definitely wake you up!

If you just cannot get enough, there is also the hand cream ($12), enriched with Shea butter harvested sustainably from Burkina Faso. Unlike L’Occitane’s original Shea Butter hand cream, this grapefruit one is more gel-like in texture which has some sort of cooling effect.

Sadly, this is just a limited edition for the holidays, I REALLY REALLY hope L’Occitane can make this scent permanent! This collection is also selling like hotcakes since it is already out of stock online! Head to your nearest boutique and snag that PAMPLE, cause once it’s gone, it’s GONE!


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As much as I am raving about this product, no it is not a sponsored post.

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