“ Brand: L'Occitane / Type: Body Lotion / Subcategory: Foam „
The L'occitane story begins in 1976, in France. It's aim is to respect man and the environment and with this in mind, it supports three main causes.
The first being, literacy and support for women in developing countries. The second is to fight against blindness and assist the visually impaired (braille labelling was introduced in 1997). Finally, supporting the preservation of traditional cultivations and harvesting methods.
With this in mind, L'occitane uses high quality, traceable ingredients, and have never used animal products, excepting beehive products, honey being the main one. The ingredients are 100% natural and certified organic products. A good thing to know, is that 78% of their products are paraben free (they are working on the rest).
That's a little of the background to the company, and now to my review. I am reviewing the Honey and Lemon Foaming Jelly. I could bore you with descriptions of the bottle but you can see what it looks like from the picture above. You are not able to see very clearly that the markings on the bottle are, indeed, honeycomb shaped. A lovely little feature, it adds texture to the bottle, which makes it easier to hold with wet hands, in the shower.
The lid is quite a novelty. It is not something I've come accross before. When I first received the product, at Christmas, What is the first thing us girls like to do when we receives smellies of any kind? Smell it of course! When I tried to do just that, I twisted the lid and found it would only turn halfway. What's up? - I thought. It must have been a faulty bottle. But no! It has a nifty little feature. When you look a the top of the lid, there is a white circle set into the gold. When twisting the lid, this little circle opens like a valve, to allow access to the contents. This is quite handy, no fumbling with lids, screwing them on and off, when you are either wet, or wet AND bubbly.
Opening the valve, I must admit it was quite taken with this Jelly. Aglorious scent of honey emanates from the bottle. Then afterwards you get a lemony, citrusy kick. It smells wonderful.
The amber contents, are a jelly, but is liquid but not really fluid. I'm sorry, I haven't explained very well. It is runny but not as runny as a shower gel for instance, it is not gloopy either. The texture of this is exactly as runny honey is. It is quite a decadent product to use. It is total luxury. When applied to a shower scrunchie, this produces the most amazing bubbles. Not ones that burst on contact, but they are rich and creamy, and luxurious. When used without a scrunchie, the jelly cocoons your body, with honey and lemon, like a hug. That's the best way to describe it - Imagine when you have a cold and a Lemsip makes you feel better, well so does this, but externally. It's like having a hug off an old friend that you haven't seen for ages.
After rinsing and drying, the product lingers in the bathroom, invitingly. My OH often showers after me, enticed by the aroma of this product. Although he loves the smell, It may be too feminine for him to use, he hasn't tried because I haven't let him - its mine!!!. I wouldn't say it lingers on the skin much, but it does leave it velvety smooth. No body lotion is needed after using the Honey and Lemon Jelly, I can tell you! You feel warmed, moisturised and refreshed after this. The honey may give you a hug, but the lemon gives you a 'zing' for the rest of the day, It awakens you and you feel alive. (I hope you are).
This product can also be used on the hair as well as the body. I didn't feel the need to condition my hair afterwards either. I must explain that, as my hair is quite short, and hair colourant is now growing out, I don't always condition anyway. I am just letting you know that this product didn't dry my hair any further. It left my hair with a lovely shine, that was in fact, commented on, by friends. It also lingered in my hair for hours, (I wonder why not on my skin?) as I moved, the smell of honey and lemons kept wafting past. I shampoo my hair every other day, so the next time I showered and accidentally wet my hair, the smell was rejuvinated, and this lovely smell was awakened.
I would, most definately recommend this product if you love the honey and lemon combination. If you do not, this may not be ideal for you, as the fragrance is a little overpowering if you don't love it. This is a premium product and I whole heartedly recommend that you at least try it.
It can be purchased from L'occitane boutiques stores in the main town and city centres. Alternatively, you may order it directly via the website www.loccitane.co.uk The cost is quite high, but for how little you actually use and the quality of the product it is most definately worth it. A travel size 50ml bottle will cost £5.00 and a 250ml bottle will cost you £12.50.
I'm just off to write my birthday present list, I need another one...