Brand rave... L'Occitane!

We at Cosme-De.com really, really adore the French brand, L'Occitane! It's not exorbitantly expensive, value-for-money and ahhh, don't you agree all L'Occitane products just smell absolutely yummy?! From the look at how popular L'Occitane products are on Cosme-De.com, we're pretty sure you agree with us. ;)

Founded in 1976, L'Occitane is sold in over 85 countries around the world and creates only high quality, efficient and sensory products formulated with traceable, natural and active ingredients that are inspired by Proven├žal traditions. We love how the brand aims to offer the experience of well-being and its beautiful packaging doesn't hurt our eyes too!

Also, have you ever wondered how to pronounce this brand?

We've got lots of new products from L'Occitane recently and here are some of them:

L'Occitane Purifying Deodorant, US$34, enhanced with essential oils of lemon, cardamom and eucalyptus, is a blend that helps eliminate toxins and impurities. It controls odor, purifies the body and helps to keep skin dry all day.

L'Occitane Fleur Cherie Body Lotion, US$37 for 250ml, is like a cloud of creamy, satiny softness that envelops the skin. This indulgent body lotion leaves skin supple and perfumed with a beautiful, sparkling, floral scent. Yum!

L'Occitane Organic Olive Shower Cream, US$30 for 200ml. Indulge in a moment of sheer pleasure when you cleanse your skin with this rich and gentle shower cream, which leaves behind a light, fresh scent. An incredible creamy organic formula enriched with Organic Olive Tree Extracts, this shower cream leaves skin feeling wonderfully supple and as soft as silk.

 L'Occitane Rose des Neiges Body Cream (US$68 for 200ml) is a creamy luxurious formula that softens your skin and envelops your body with a captivating scent of Snow Rose.
L'Occitane Shea Butter Mom & Baby Balm, US$34 for 50ml, with organic formula contains 40% Shea Butter, makes the perfect nourishing and protective massage balm for babies! It also helps mom to prevent stretch marks and improve elasticity.
L'Occitane Verbena Body Salts Scrub's, US$63 for 400g, salts from the Mediterranean Sea combine the refreshing fragrance of pure extracts of verbena, orange, geranium and lemon tree. Essential oils of grapeseed, apricot and sweet almond in this luxurious exfoliating body scrub nourish and moisturise. Anti-oxidizing vitamin A helps to tone and maintain healthy appearance. Skin turns silky-smooth as dead skin cells are massaged away. Body and mood will feel revived.

Do you know L'Occitane conduct free guided factory tours in France? You can witness how their products are manufactured with natural ingredients using traditional Mediterranean methods. We'll be sure to register if we ever find ourselves in the country. Check out the details here.

PS: Remember to check out our Mother's Day promotion!


Mother Nature with Father

We first read the article below from the March issue of Her World magazine in Singapore. Even though it's not about skincare products or cosmetics, we thought it's an interesting read to share with you anyway! Hope you enjoy it. :)

The Clarins family – group chairman Christian Courtin-Clarins and his two grown-up daughters, Claire and Virginie – seeks out exotic locations to enjoy nature. They tell Dylan Boey their secrets to travelling as a clan.

Christian Courtin-Clarins
What is your favourite country to enjoy nature?
Claire: Virginie and I just spent Christmas in Myanmar. It has no easy access to the Internet or phones, and we love it there because it’s still pure.
Christian: Australia is a fantastic place to observe the way a place can be urbanised sustainably. Its Kimberly region (which is over 400,00 sq km with only about 40,000 people) can show the world how to preserve nature.

Is nature a big factor when you choose where to holiday?
Virginie: We live in the city, so it’s good to go somewhere different for a change and to be in communion with nature.
Christian: I prefer pure environments, such as the French Alps. We have a house up in the mountains. I can see a grey cloud hovering about the city.

So that’s your idea of a great vacation?
Christian: Yes, to be far away from everything.

Where on earth are such places?
Christian: Turkey, for one. We rent a sailing boat there every year. The sea is clean and the winds are fresh. In Egypt, the desert is like the sea. There is nobody and it’s peaceful. One of the world’s most beautiful oasis is the Siwa Oasis in the Libyan Desert. I stay at Adrere Amellal, a five-star desert eco-lodge. There's no electricity - we have to light candles at night - so you can't cook any meat. You eat only vegetables and they are fantastic because it's an oasis where there is a lot of water to grow them. I hope that, one day, Claire and Virginie will visit with me.

Claire and Virginie Courtin-Clarins

Does the family travel together a lot?
Christian: Yes but never enough. Last year, I was in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo for work and Claire came along. The cities are known for Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer's work and Claire enjoyed herself. Once, we stayed at an organic farm in Tuscany with a magnificent fruit garden where we plucked fruit to eat every morning.
Claire joked over lunch that the family travels together only when the girls break up with their boyfriends.
Christian: It's true that they will be freer to travel with me if they don't have boyfriends. As a father, I don't interfere as long as they're happy. From a selfish standpoint, I'm happy to have more time with them. They see things differently from me and I love it when they open my eyes.
Virginie: Claire will look at all the architecture that dad and I don't look at, and will point it out to us because we are not as artistic as she is. Travelling with our father is the best because he can tell us everything we need to know. Like restaurants, for example. In Taipei, he introduced us to dim sum at Din Tai Fung. He's like our private tour guide.
Christian: Fortunately, I have the money for them to experience the best things.

What's the key to having a great vacation together?
Christian: To listen. And to respect one another.
Claire: Freedom, too.
Christian: Yes, like you allow one another to do what you want...

So where's the next family vacation?
Claire: I dream of going on a safari. He took us when we were children, but we were too young to appreciate it then.
Christian: We'll go to the Okavango Delta next July during the winter season, when the place - an inland delta in Botswana - becomes flooded and attracts all kinds of African wildlife.
Virginie: Actually, I would be happy to go anywhere in the world, if I'm with my father.
Claire: We travel very well together.
Christian: Voila!

Their two beauty travel essentials:

1. Clarins UV Plus High Protection Day Screen SPF40, US$44

"This sunscreen provides all-round protection, even against environmental pollution and electromagnetic waves." - Claire Courtin-Clarins

2. Clarins Double Serum Generation 6, US$110

"This daily moisturiser and anti-ageing serum supports the skin's five vital functions - hydration, nutrition, oxygenation, protection and revitalisation. So my skin gets adequately nourished and revived." - Christian Courtin-Clarins 

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