Looking for a festive scent that bucks the spicy, musky trend? Look no further than L’Occitane, who have just launched some fresh and surprising Christmas ranges in collaboration with pastry chef Pierre Hermé.
Last year’s Christmas fragrance launch, Arlésienne, was a soft and powdery blend of violet, rose and saffron notes (check out my review). There were hints of macaron, too, with tonka bean and citrus, and this has been expanded on for this year’s luxury, limited edition line.
Pierre Hermé may be best known for his macarons, but these are not your typical gourmand scents, overloaded with foodie notes like vanilla and caramel. Rather, we have two very lovely and distinct fragrances which are available in everything from eau de toilette sprays, €56 a pop, to ancillaries like hand cream, lip balm and soap, which range from €4.50-€24.50.
Jasmin Immortelle Neroli is divinely light, airy and feminine with notes of neroli, orange blossom, pink pepper, jasmine, immortelle, amber and musk. To me, it smells graceful and uplifting – it’s a very happy scent, which of course anything based on macarons should be.
Also happy and joyful, Pamplemousse Rhubarbe sounds like it could be quite sickly or jammy but it isn’t, not one bit. Rather, it’s crisp and fresh and decidedly unisex – yes, even with the rhubarb, which I think adds a sharpness rather than a sweetness to the mix.
As it happens I’m a massive fan of both grapefruit and jasmine scents, so I’m finding it impossible to pick a favourite and have predictably fallen in love with them both. The packaging is also fantastic – possibly some of the loveliest we’ve seen from the brand – and with their lovely rounded curves, the fragrance bottles are distinctly evocative of Hermé’s macarons.
L'Occitane is a beautiful brand for toiletries, fragrance and skincare and offers a massive range of products and ancillaries from perfumed soaps to candles, so it’s a regular haunt of mine when I’m picking up gifts (it helps that Mr Fluff is also far from immune to its Provencal charms). The brand is also on point for home fragrance with everything from candles to diffusers and home perfume sprays to help cosy up your nest this autumn/winter. Check out their website for more.