We already have several L’Occitane Boutiques in Kuwait but it never occured to me to go in any of them. For example, at the Avenues, I’d just head towards The Body Shop or Boots totally ignoring L’Occitane. While traveling, one of the hotels I was staying at had provided L’Occitane toiletries (please tell me I’m not the only one who gets all excited when finding awesome toiletries at hotels) so naturally I snagged those. Back in Kuwait, I rushed over to L’Occitane to make sure they carried the Verbena line which I had quickly fallen in love with, bought a bar of soap and a candle just to get an idea about their prices and continued to use the stuff I’d accumulated from the trip. Now that I’ve run out, I think I’ll be visiting L’Occitane much more frequently. On to the review.
Name/Shade: Verbena Body Lotion (30ml or 1Fl.oz.), Verbena Conditioner (30ml or 1Fl.oz.), Verbena Shampoo (30ml or 1Fl.oz.), Verbena Shower Gel (30ml or 1Fl.oz.), Extra Gentle Hand Soap with Shea Butter (Bar) (50g or 1.7oz and 100g or 3.5oz), and finally Soap with Verbena Leaves (25g or .8oz).
Price: Bar of Extra Gentle Hand Soap with Shea Butter in 100g KD1/750. Everything else mentioned was free, provided for by the hotel I was staying at as shower/bath amenities.
Purchased from: Avenues (again, I only bought a single bar of soap from the “Verbena” Line). Another purchase was the Honey & Lemon Scented Candle (in the top right corner in the following photo). Everything else just came with the room.
What They Say:
L’OCCITANE Verbena is formulated from a premium quality Verbena extract from Corsica, which is particularly fine and pure. The lemon fragrance energizes and revives the senses, thereby helping to banish tiredness and stress. Products include fragrances, shower gels and soaps.
Packaging: The Body Lotion, Conditioner, Shampoo, and Shower Gel provided, came in transparent, plastic, silver-flip-top, non-breakable bottles. The bigger soaps were wrapped in Kraft Adour (looks like cardboard paper, more on that later), and the litte leaf soaps (oh-so-adorable) were encased in a semi-transparent packaging. The packaging on these products although simple, struck me as elegant in their simplicity. I simply adore the vintage print.
Unlike the packaging of the bottled products, where all the information is printed on stickers stuck on the front and back, the soaps on the other hand have all the info you might need, actually printed on the packaging (Kraft Adour) which brings us back full circle to something else I wanted to mention. They have this whole spiel on the official site about how they use eco-friendly packaging and promote recycling and ya’ know what? They actually practice what they preach. “Kraft paper is a natural bio-material; unbleached, biodegradable, recyclable and the product of
renewable and actively renewed resources. Kraft paper decomposes naturally within a few weeks, just like leaves fallen from a tree“. That makes L’Occitane even more endearing to me.
Scent: I heart this scent! All the products in the Verbena Line smell divine! Each product has it’s own little variations but over all the scent is uniform; light, crisp, citrus-y, and fresh. Some of the contributing ingredients besides organic verbena are lemon, lime, grapefruit, and orange. They describe it perfectly on the site as “uplifting”.
Properties: The products I tried out were mostly travel size so I couldn’t really tell much of a difference. That said, after using the shampoo and conditioner my hair was scented with “Verbena” which truly is a wonderful scent and my friends told me so, every time there was a light breeze. The shower gel and body lotion are favored by both males and females. The larger soaps contain shea butter and rosemary which is great for the skin. Last but certainly not least, those darling, leaf-shaped soaps contain crushed verbena leaves which makes them great for exfoliating. I know that for a fact because usually after sharpening my kohl pencil I run it across the back of my hand a couple of times to dull down the tip so it’s not too sharp but it takes ages of scrubbing to remove but with the soap with verbena leaves, all it took was lightly running it across the back of my hand and the kohl swatches were gone. Best of all, it’s gentle and not the least bit scratchy or painful (I’m looking at you, Lush’s Honey Soap). As a matter of fact, all L’Occitane products are safe, gentle, non-irritant, and actually soothing to even those with the most sensitive skin.
Beauty Fun Fact: On the hit show “The Vampire Diaries”, Vervain is used to protect humans against vampires.
Repurchase? Yes, I’m down to a single bar of soap. So I plan to purchase the entire Verbena line including the Verbena Eau de Toilette, Verbena Candle, Verbena Deo, Verbena Towelettes, Verbena shower products (in larger sizes), and maybe most importantly the Verbena Salt Scrub.
L’Occitane en Provence Boutiques are located at the following; Avenues, Fanar, and Tanagra (Al Kout).