Fresh scents for the season go perfectly well with the warmer spring weather and new fashion offerings, so I was thrilled to test out the newest from L’Occitane, a luxury fragrance collection comprised of these four fine options: Jasmin & Bergamote, Magnolia & Müre (blackberry),Vanille & Narcisee, and Thé Vert & Bigarade (Japanese green tea and bitter orange). Created by L’Occitane master performer Katrine Dubreuil, the scents pay homage to the renowned Grasse region of France, the perfume capital of the world, and bring together some of the rarest, finest natural essences to create these unusual yet highly appealing fragrance combinations.
I thought that before smelling them, I knew what my favorites would be, but was pleasantly surprised to discover that the fragrance found from each of the elegant bottles resulted in a four-way tie! Even with scents I usually am not drawn to (patchouli, for instance), I found a sensory mesmeric quality and harmony amongst the combinations that I had hardly expected. With precious extracts including magnolia from the Far East, blackberry from the south of France, green tea from Japan, jasmine from Grasse and Egypt, bergamot from Italy, vanilla from Madagascar, and narcissus from France, it truly is a challenge to choose a most-loved coupling of the ingredients. Personally, I’ve been wearing Jasmin & Bergamote every day, which balances a deep, sensual aroma with a lighter, floral freshness perfect for day or evening.
The eau de toilette La Collection de Grasse creations arrive in stores and online at USA.Loccitane.com today, April 17th ($75 for the 75ml bottle), just in time to pick up for yourself or as the perfect mother’s day present! There are also two exclusive gift sets available (pictured above), which include an Eau de Toilette with a Body Milk and Shower Gel ($95) and a Mini Eau de Toilette Set of the four fragrances ($30).
Which fragrance from La Collection de Grasse do you think will be your favorite?