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As most of the people around me will know, and as many of my reviews will demonstrate, I do love pampering products and therefore any smellies are always gratefully received. For Christmas last year my husband rather kindly gave me a number of different products with which to pamper myself and one such gift was a box set of five miniature bottles of L'Occitane shower gel. The bottles were rather beautifully presented in a pink box with shiny metallic decoration (anyone who has bought L'Occitane gift sets will understand that their packaging is second to none in my opinion) and inside lay the five different shower gel options one of which was this 'Piovine Flora'.
~Packaging and Product~
This shower gel is prettily presented in a translucent plastic bottle which has the L'Occitane logo imprinted into both the back and front topped with a shiny silver lid. A label wraps around the body of the bottle and is illustrated with a pink flower and an italic font stating that this shower gel is part of the Piovine Flora range. Around the back of the bottle is written a couple of paragraphs of blurb the top paragraph being in French (of course) and we are told that this shower gel "transforms into a light foam that gently cleanses the body while respecting the natural hydration of the epidermis". The presentation of this product is beautifully girly in my opinion and regardless of the fact that I only have the 75ml bottle and not the full size, I still feel that there has been enough attention to detail in the bottle design to relay that this is a quality product.
Inside the bottle the shower gel sits, a pale translucent pink which matches the overall pink colour scheme. Opening the bottle is a doddle, by simply flicking open the small silver cap on the top of the bottle and just by sniffing the lid can you get a really good taste of the shower gel inside. This shower gel is a flowery scented product that contains a peony extract. The results are quite fabulous and feminine in my opinion with the overriding smell being that of peony but the combination smelling rather like a beautiful garden on a summers day. The smell is really uplifting and natural and is one that I feel would suit a number of women from different age groups.
The shower gel is nether too runny nor too thick and comes easily out of the bottle when squeezed. This consistency means that the shower gel can easily be poured in a small blob onto my body brush and lathers easily when it comes into contact with water into a thick foam.
~Application and Use~
This shower gel should be applied to damp skin either by pouring it into the palm of your hand and rubbing it across the skin or (as in my case) applying it via a body brush or loofah. Once applied to the skin this shower gel turns into a thick white foam that spreads easily across my skin and this ability to foam means that a little can go quite a long way. Upon cleaning, it is then important to rinse the shower gel off leaving my skin feeling soft, hydrated and smelling fabulous. The smell of this shower gel makes my bath time really special and as a result I have only used this product as a treat on weekends rather than as an everyday product.
My skin feels nourished, soft and smelling incredibly summery, perfect for this time of year when just the hint of sun makes me want to put my flip flops on and say goodbye to the cold winter weather.
~Price and Availability~
Perhaps my only criticism of this shower gel is that it can be quite expensive. An expense that I would gladly spend as a gift for someone, and have done since receiving my bottle buying a set for my Grandmas Birthday, but would struggle to justify for myself if bought as an everyday item. A 250ml bottle of this shower gel will set you back £13 if bought through the L'Occitane website and therefore it is definitely worth shopping around for smaller gift sets, if just get a sample of this product in all its 75ml glory.
As my first L'Occitane shower gel, I have been very impressed with this product, something that my review must surely demonstrate. It has made my bath times a real treat and has left me with wonderful smelling skin and a scented bathroom to match after every wash. This shower gel does exactly what it says only more so in that the smell is so good. As a result of the above this product scores an excellent five stars from me and I would definitely recommend and use it again when I have a few extra pennies.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
I am a great fan of L'Occitane so when earlier in the year I was going into hospital for a few days to have our second son my husband got me a wash bag with a few small travel size L'Occitane goodies in it. This Pivoine Flora shower gel was one of them and is a delightful favorite of mine.
For those of you unfamiliar with this brand L'Occitane is a French company with its roots in the Province region. They try to use natural ingredients within their products and try where possible to also use organic products if possible. They try to keep to a minimum artificial preservatives and silicones within their goods. If you want to know more about them they have a very good website http://uk.loccitane.com. Within the UK they sell their goods either over the internet, in a few L'Occitane boutiques up and down the country and some of their goods are available via QVC.
This shower gel is formulated using a natural plant foaming base and peony extract. They claim it gently cleanses the body and leaves skin delicately perfumed with the flowery scent of peonies, without drying the skin out.
I was a little disappointed at first to find the shower gel was clear as the bottle seemed to indicate that it was a delicate pink colour but it is actually just the packaging that is pink. Despite this clear appearance the gel is beautifully scented with peonies whether in the hand or the bottle it. The gel is nice and thick and comes out slowly out of the bottle rather than gushing and wasting it. On lathering this up in the shower it produces a soft foam with small white bubbles. The foam is velvety to the touch and as it goes across the body feels nice and pliable to rub into your skin. The scent of the peonies is nice flowery as the bubbles foam up and the scent is not overwhelming or so faint that it isn't noticeable. The gel also does a great job of removing any marks on my skin and when I was in hospital it was great at removing some dried blood around my wound area. Once the foam has gone and I have dried myself the scent still remains and last for several hours in the day which was great when I was in hospital and wanted a nice comforting smell that made me feel more human after my c section. My skin is also left feeling nice and silky and smooth following using the gel and stays that way throughout the day.
Now whilst this was a great gift to receive and I find it a lovely shower gel and the scent is wonderful at a price of £13 I am not sure it is one I can justify on a regular basis. However it is one I will ask for again for a gift if anyone asks as it is just such a unique scent that I have not smelt in the more commercial shower gels I use such as Radox and this alone makes it worth a try for a change.
~~~ L'occitane Pivoine Flora (Peony) Shower Gel ~~~
I love higher end and premium bathing products and perfumes, but don't always have the budget to match their prices. Luckily for me, my family step in, and buy me these luxuries for birthdays, Christmas's and general, 'I saw this and thought of you' gifts. Aren't I lucky?
It was one of the latter, that I received this Pivoine Flora Shower gels. I'd been having a girly day shopping with my sister, when she took a smell of this. Well, one smell was all it took to decide that I'd be perfect for me, and she bought it for me there and then.
~~~ The Bottle ~~~
Later that day, I jumped in the shower as I couldn't wait to try it. Revealing it from its packaging, I saw that the bottle is a rather bulbous, upside down pear shape. The bottle is transparent rose tinted plastic, but with the L'occitane name embossed down the side, looks and almost feels, like glass. It has a label with a picture of a peony on it; just so you would still know what smelt like, if you didn't know what the French for Pivoine is. It's unmistakably floral and feminine, AND expensive. At £13.00 for a 250ml shower gel, it is rather a luxury item.
The lid doesn't unscrew, but it's one of those flip lids, where you press it down on one edge, and the other pops up, with a hole to dispense the product. This is fine, it means I won't have to be messing around fiddling with lids with wet and soapy hands; a nice added feature I feel. There is one drawback with this though, and my only niggle with the whole product really; due to the viscosity of the gel (on the thick side) and the thickness of the plastic bottle (there is hardly any give to it), it becomes difficult to actually extrude the gel from the bottle, and you are left standing there waiting for it literally trickle out.
~~~ The Scent ~~~
Now the bad bit is done with, let's get on the to good - the scent of this is divine. If you love floral scents, you will be totally enamoured with this. At first there is a citrus tone to the gel, but then the florals of heady peony and sensual magnolia kick in. This scent, along with roses, brings visions of English summer gardens to my mind. It's not as traditional and 'old lady'ish as roses, as the citrussy kick add a touch of modernity to it.
~~~ The Product ~~~
The liquid is not gloopy or jelly like, but it's a thicker gel, and one that leaves your skin both highly moisturised, and scented. The foam that this delivers is deliciously creamy and hydrating. I suffer from dry skin, not all the time, but usually at this time of year when the heating goes on; and yet this product hasn't triggered any aggravation, sensitivity, or added to any dryness I have.
After showering, the bathroom is left with the lingering scent of peony blossoms, and lazy summer days. My skin is scented too, just lightly. I do tend to layer my scents, and usually follow with a matching body lotion and/or perfumes. If you love the fragrance of this, that is what I recommend you to do too. If the headiness is too full on for you, I recommend just using the shower gel and just using whatever products you'd normally use and getting the enjoyment from the showering process. I think that with something this price, and this premium, it's worth going for the full on effect, and enjoying the fragrance all day long though.
~~~ My Thoughts ~~~
My overall thoughts on this product would be that while it's lovely and beautiful, the problem dispensing the product and the high cost, would make this something that I would repeat purchase once I ran out, but would probably only use on special occasions or when I wanted to pamper myself. It's too much money for an everyday shower gel, and I simply can't be faffing around with the bottle before the school run. All in all, it's one for high days and holidays methinks.
Three out of five from me
There are times when having a shower with an every day shower gel just won't do. Sometimes you want a little luxury whilst showering and whilst most shower gels do the job absolutely fine there are times when you want to use something a little more special. I have currently got quite a few L'Occitane shower gels which I have received either for my birthday this year or Christmas last year and I am now determined to work my way through my extensive collection to free up some space!
The shower gel I have just finished and by just I mean last night is the L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Shower Gel. I love the smell of peonies and I have quite a few items from their Pivoine range. L'Occitane use peony extract to get that 'real' aroma rather than a synthetic fragrance made up of a few fragrances, in fact they use an exclusive peony extract from Drôme. L'Occitane's Pivoine Flora Shower Gel is meant to be a gentle shower gel which will "respect the natural hydration of the epidermis".
I have a 75ml bottle (travel size) of the shower gel although the 250ml bottle is available on the website at the full price of £13.00 but regardless of the size of the bottle the packaging still remains the same. The travel size bottle is exactly the same as the other L'Occitane bottles it is made from clear plastic which is slim and cylindrical and features a silver flip top cap. The label features a lovely image of a pink peony together with the product name. On the back of the bottle there is a bit of information about the shower gel together with the list of ingredients - in English and French of course!
The shower gel itself is pink in colour and is translucent and has a decent thick consistency which is easily squeezed out of the bottle. Not too thick where you spend half an hour trying to bribe it to come out but not too thin where it is like water. It easily sticks to a sponge or shower puff making it ideal to use and not to waste. The aroma is beautiful, it is light and floral but very noticeable and of course it is not a cheap, synthetic fragrance either. This is one reason why I like L'Occitane products, they use natural extracts rather than cheaper alternatives.
As soon as the shower gel dilutes with water say on a sponge it lathers up easily into a rich white foam which is light to the touch and although not thick in consistency it carries the beautiful aroma with it. It is of course incredibly soft on the skin and you don't need to use too much to get a decent lather and scrub over your body. I think using too much of this would result in a waste as a little really does seem to go a long way and of course L'Occitane products are not cheap so why waste it? My 75ml bottle has lasted me 2 months which I think is pretty good (although I don't use it every day).
Does it look after your skin gently as it claims? Well yes it does. I do and can have sensitive dry skin and this hasn't caused any irritation whatsoever and I was a bit concerned given its aroma that it may aggravate but it hasn't at all. Instead my skin has been gently cleansed and not left dry at all. Although it isn't a moisturising shower gel it hasn't dried my skin out at all which is obviously a plus. Another good thing to note is that the lovely peony fragrance remains on your skin for a good few hours before disappearing which I really like - I also have the Pivoine Body Lotion which has exactly the same fragrance!
Overall, this is a lovely shower gel which has a touch of luxury to it but if you wanted it would make a good every day shower gel - it is just a shame about the price tag. Would I buy again? Yes and no. Although I love the fragrance and the fact that it doesn't dry my skin out it doesn't offer any moisturising properties which for me with dry skin is what I really need. I would however recommend it but can only award 4 stars.
~ Useful Information ~
Size: 250ml or 75ml
Price: £13.00 for the 250ml
Availability: L'Occitane stores, website and stockists.
The comforting pleasure of a gentle shower / The unctuous texture of L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Shower Gel transforms into a light foam upon contact with water / Formulated with natural plant origin foaming base and peony extract, it gently cleanses the body while respecting the natural hydration of the epidermis / It leaves skin delicately perfumed with the flowery scent of peonies, without drying the skin / L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Shower Gel contains an exclusive peony extract from Drôme (France) /