Friday, December 2, 2011

L'OCCITANE Holiday Gifts and New Boutique Openings in NYC

L'OCCITANE has the perfect gifts for the holiday season, including skincare, body care and fragrance products. I recently viewed their holiday collection at their heritage boutique at 180 East 86th Street, which had opened at the end of October. The heritage boutique honors the brand's history and tells the story of L'OCCITANE through dramatic design elements and visuals.

The new boutique is spacious and inviting, with reclaimed vintage furniture and authentic Provencal decor. If you have never tried any of L'OCCITANE's products, you should try one of their signature services, including skincare and hair care consultation areas and a hand massage station.

L'OCCITANE also just opened up a flagship in flatiron on December 1st, at 170 5th Avenue at 22nd Street. If you can't make it to a L'OCCITANE boutique, you can shop online at

The holiday collection is inspired by a a small village in the south of France, where a classic fragrance distillery - Confiserie Florian, transforms fruits and flowers into decadent delights. In its workshops, fragrant flower petals are draped in sugar and sun-drenched citruses are transformed into delectable candied fruits. If this sounds enticing to you, then you'll love Délice des Fruits - Lemon & Clementine and Délice des Fleurs - Rose & Violet collections.

If you are looking for gift sets, check these out! You can choose from Shea Embrace - $72, A Lavender Spa - $58, Verbena Sparkling Delight - $58, Immortelle Precious Collection, Bouquet of Peonies - $72, Almond Enchantment - $68 or A Man's Ritual for the special guy in your life.

'Petite Confections' make great stocking stuffers or are perfect for traveling during the holiday season. Featured here are eau de toilette roll-ons and solid perfume, shea butter lip balm, pure shea butter, lip gloss, hand and foot creams and soaps.

Everyone needs hand cream, especially during the cold, winter months! They are sold individually or as a set in a variety of different scents. Check out the Passport to Province - $98 (shown below), Hand Indulgences - $26 and Hand Cream Bouquet - $50.

Men's skincare & fragrances

Here is founder Olivier Baussan at the 86th Street boutique, standing next to a Citroen 2CV car, just like the one Olivier first used when he got his start selling soaps and essential oils in the markets of Provence.

- Kim Weling


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