A Great Deal at L’Occitane

Yesterday Trixie (8) and I were out running errands, which basically meant I went shopping and took her with me.

I’ve got it in my head that I need a few new things to wear to an upcoming conference, and I wanted to hit up a nearby boutique where I’ve had good luck in the past.

I grabbed a mountain of clothes to take to the dressing room, with Trixie providing a running commentary on my choices, their fit and my overall physical flaws.

I may re-think taking her with me next time.

After a dozen possibilities, I ended up with only two things: a pair of black pants (yawn, I know) and a black dress.

This is the dress:

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Mission accomplished at the boutique, we wandered through the rest of the mall to get to our car.

Until a divine smell emanating from L’Occitane pulled us in.

L’Occitane is a brand that I genuinely like, but to which I never remain loyal.

Their product line is fairly wide but they tend not to introduce new items often. They’ve been selling the same candied fruits candle, lavender sachets and shea butter tins for nearly two decades, but that’s ok with me.

A sign in the shop indicated that there was a pretty posh Gift With Purchase for a $125 spend.

I’d heard about L’Occitane’s advent calendars but this was the first time I got to see them up close. This year there is a Signature version that retails for $69 and a Luxury one for $124.

Here is the Luxury model:

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Inside are travel sized L’Occitane favorites, 24 total. While I wanted this for myself, I decided to purchase one to give as a gift.

Even with the Luxury calendar, I was still $1 short of the Gift With Purchase, so I opted to add this:

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This Aromachologie Pillow Mist smells heavenly.

From L’Occitane:

The relaxing pillow mist contains the essential oils of lavender, bergamot, mandarin, sweet orange and geranium.

Since the pillow mist is $24, that put me squarely in Gift With Purchase territory.

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The gift contains more-than-expected quantities of lotions, potions and elixirs, and the free tote bag that comes with it is also quite cute.


It’s denim and canvas, very lightweight but still something that will I carry now while I tackle even more endless errands. 

This particular deal from L’Occitane runs through tomorrow, but if you miss out, there will be another.

Pro tip: L’Occitane also has great outlet stores where they will frequently sell past Gifts With Purchase at bargain prices. I will be doing some premium outlet shopping next month and I will be sure to swing by L’Occitane.









L’Occitane 2016 Advent Calendar

I loved advent calendars as a kid.

I didn’t get one every year, but when I did, I delighted in opening a tiny paper door every day to reveal a surprise.

The usual calendar that we got had a holiday-ish picture behind the door, like a candle, a tree, a manger. You get the idea.

One year, though, I hit the jackpot; my grandparents gave me an advent calendar that held a piece of chocolate behind each door. The final door – December 25th – held a big chocolate Santa. I loved that calendar.

I’d almost forgotten about this quaint tradition, but lately I’ve seen some cool advent calendars being advertised, like this L’Occitane one:


At $55, this boasts 24 beauty gifts for a value of $107. 

Per L’Occitane, this gift includes:

– Aromachologie Relaxing Shower Gel  1.18 fl. oz.

– Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo 1.18. fl. oz.

– Shea Butter Body Lotion 1 oz.

– Shea Ultra Rich Face Cream 0.33 oz.

– Almond Delicious Hand Cream 0.33 oz.

– Peony Hand Cream 0.33 oz.

– Shea Butter Shower Gel 1 oz.

– Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion 1.18 oz.

– Verbena Shower Gel 1 oz.

– Rose et Reines Hand Cream 0.33 oz.

– Almond Shower Oil 1.18 fl. oz.

– The Vert & Bigarade Shower Gel 1 oz.

– Verbena Fresh Toilette

– Jasmin & Bergamote Shower Gel 1 oz.

– Cherry Blossom Shower Gel 1.18 fl. oz.

– Shea Butter Hand Cream 0.33 oz.

– Verbena Leaf Soap .88 oz.

– Cherry Blossom Mini EDT 0.25 fl. oz.

– Verbena Hand Cream 0.33 oz.

– Immortelle Essential Water 1 fl. oz.

– Shea Butter Cleansing Water 1 fl. oz.

– Almond Delicious Soap 1.76 oz.

– Almond Milk Concentrate 0.67 oz.

– Shea Butter Foot Cream 0.33 oz.

– Advent Calendar Box

Wow! I secretly want this for myself but it would make a terrific gift. You could easily break it up into stocking stuffers or small gifts for several people. It’s also a great way to try new L’Occitane products without a full-size commitment.

L’Occitane also frequently runs gifts with purchase specials and will throw in a free gift wrap set (always ask for this! It’s very nice) upon request, plus samples with every order.








I’m pretty crazy about anything lavender – the plant, not the hue – and I was excited to learn that it’s quite a versatile crop.

While I’d always assumed that lavender needed to grow somewhere hot and dry (Provence, anyone?), there are so many varieties of lavender that it can actually be cultivated in many different climates.

Apparently I live in Gardening Zone 4, where the top crop really should be snow cones.



But at least two varieties of lavender will grow even here: “Munstead” and “Hidcote.” A bonus is that both of these are highly fragrant.

Here’s a great guide to growing different types of lavender.

It’s probably too late to rip up my yard this year and re-create these scenes, but I’m planning to hit the garden center this weekend for a little potted shrub of my own.

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Not interested in growing your own but want to enjoy the fragrance? L’Occitane sells the best line of lavender products. The hand cream is really nice.

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