7 December 2012

L'Occitane Delightful Almond Collection

Some people say beauty gift sets are too generic of a gift, and not thoughtful enough. How wrong is that when you're a beauty lover? It's one of my favourite things to receive! It's not so much whether everything inside it is something I've loved and tried, but more the fact that I get to try bits and bobs that I usually wouldn't have tried for whatever reason!

Christmas came early for me this year, as L'Occitane treated me to this Delightful Almond Collection (£48). I had the pleasure of trying everything in it, one by one, and oh.. it was the funnest thing in the world for a beauty lover :)




The box is something anyone concerned with aesthetics would be enchanted by. With cute illustrations, bright colours and lots of sheeny gold, all wrapped in delicate tissue paper, this is a box to be kept much past Christmas. What will I keep in mine when the insides are all loved-up and gone? Nail polishes perhaps? Hair products? Socks? We'll see!

This box contains..

Two Almond Delicious Soaps 50g
Almond Delicious Paste 50ml
Almond Milk Concentrate 100ml
Almond Shower Oil 500ml
Almond Smooth Hands 30ml


Two Almond Delicious Soaps 50g:
These are bars of soap with bits inside that scrubs away while you wash. It reminds me of one of my favourite LUSH soaps, Porridge, and many people complain that that one is too harsh - this one is a milder version as the bits are smaller. But it still scrubs quite well, unlike the Delicious Paste, and the soap simultaneously cleans which means you are left with squeaky clean skin rather than the waxy film that a lot of scrubs leave. I'm super glad there's two of these in this box because I'm in love! The film is sometimes nice, but sometimes I just want that nice clean feeling, and a scrub that does that is actually quite rare. It has a lovely subtle almond smell, and I'd definitely buy these on their own :)

Almond Delicious Paste 50ml:
This is an exfoliating paste for all over the body, and it's very gentle. The paste is really soft and leaves a slightly oily and nourishing film afterwards which may or may not play to your tastes. The grains seem to disintegrate with hot water, and it wasn't long until I was just rubbing with water rather than scrubbing or washing. I felt like I needed a LOT to really scrub or wash because the water just seemed to melt everything. If the scrubbing lasted longer I'd really like it, but because it doesn't and you need a lot of product, I think there are better scrubs out there that leaves that same nourishing feeling.

Almond Milk Concentrate 100ml:
I'm surprised this is considered a concentrate, because I think it feels really light! I didn't feel like it was deeply nourishing, but it sinks in so well so it's really good for the day time, right before you go out, or when you don't want that slippy, oily feeling - it's just enough to get rid of the dry-looking skin and make the surface smoother and softer for the time being. I find moisturisers like this quite hard to find so it's an absolute find, but I still don't think it feels like a concentrate. I'm not a massive body lotion person (naughty, I know), so I'm not sure if I'll ever splurge on this myself but there's no denying it's a great product :)

Almond Shower Oil 500ml:
This is kind of a cult product, and I was so excited to try it and I can safely say I will be treating myself to it in the future! This is an oil that turns into a milk in contact with water, and is meant to cleanse and moisturise your skin. You're left with a light waxy feel that turns into very soft and nourishing skin once you're dried off. For everyday use, this is fab especially in the winter as I didn't feel like I really needed to moisturise after I got out of the shower. And you get double the amount you would get if you were to buy it on its own :) Definitely a must have for the dry-skinned and the winter!

Almond Smooth Hands 30ml:
The almond version of the classic L'Occitane hand cream, this one feels slightly lighter and a bit "wetter" than the original. I feel like it absorbs better with less waxy or oily residue, and really makes your hands look smoother. It feels really similar to the Concentrate! The smell is also not as potent and slightly more zingy. I think I might like this more than the original!


I can highly recommend this gift set for Christmas - yes, there are some bits I could pass on but it's totally worth it because it was fun trying these out, and I've found 3 products I'd happily repurchase! I love gift sets because it's not just about whether a person likes the things inside, but also the fun that the person gets getting to try stuff. Experience can never be a bad gift in my eyes! This box in particular has products that are a good quality that most people would appreciate, and they're products that aren't too obscure that most people would use. 

Although it comes down to taste, I think as long as the person you are thinking of likes the smell of almonds or marzipan this is a definite winner! There's loads of great products in there, and a lot of the negative things I said is really down to taste and not the product. Let's not forget that the box is so gorgeous and full of life, and the products are packaged in such cute containers!

This is definitely my idea of a great Christmas gift :)

Have you tried any of the L'Occitane Almond range?
Would you fancy this on your Christmas list?

<3yu

*Received for consideration.

18 comments:

  1. Hi Yu, this looks amazing! I love almond, and can imagine how nice this set smells :)

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    1. Haha I think you'll love it, I don't like the smell of almond that much and I love this set! :)

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  2. that look so beautiful!!wanna smell it:
    kisses from milano
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    1. Haha it does smell lovely, I usually don't really like the smell of almond!

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  3. I'd love to receive a gift like this, looks absolutely amazing

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    x

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    1. I agree, whack it on the Christmas list! :)

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  4. So delicious! I'd be thrilled if I got it as a gift x

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    1. Haha me too! I hope it's on your Christmast list :D

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  5. This is BEAUTIFUL, I love almond stuff!

    Maria xxx

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    1. You'll have to try it then Maria, they're gorgeous products! :)

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  6. Lovely post, you made me wanna try these!!!

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    1. You definitely should, everyone needs to treat themselves once in a while! :)

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  7. This looks sooooo good. I love everything almond!

    xo,
    Lela - http://www.LelaLondon.com

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    1. I'm surprised you haven't tried the shower oil Lela, you muuuuust! :)

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  8. It's looking amazing and pretty collection of beauty products.I have similar storage its also really good for skin purposes.mama mio

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