Friday, August 31, 2012

Like an Old Love Story: L'Occitane Huile Tonique & Huile de Douche

Since my childhood I've been enamored with nutty flavors and fragrances. Pistachios were an early favorite that led to an obsession with Laura Mercier's Crème de Pistache line. A family love of hazelnut coffee (and subsequent obsession with Nutella) taught me that hazelnuts were among my favorites. Brazil nut fragranced body butter is my number one product from The Body Shop ... yet nothing quite compares to L'Occitane's magnificent Amande range.

Most amusing of all is the fact that among the other fragrances I've listed L'Occitane's Amande smells least like its namesake. Resplendent with almond undertones, Amande also smells of vanilla and rich cream. There couldn't be a better cold weather fragrance. While the aroma is divine, it's the product quality that forces these two to stand out. I suffer from terribly dry skin that lotion is often unable to rescue ... but these products give me hope. 

L'Occitane's Huile de Douche transforms from an oil to a soft, rich foam when mixed with water and lathered in the palms. I find that the oil prevents moisture from escaping my skin during and after a long bath and also protects my legs even more effectively than shaving cream!

Though a love for these products has indicated that I also unquestionably need, Huile Souplesse, I selected Huile Tonique in its stead. This product is completely natural and offers a bevy of ingredients to improve the "hydro-lipidic barrier" (or so says L'Occitane's website) and prevent the skin from experiencing the tight feeling that often accompanies dryness. 

So there you have it--I've fallen for L'Occitane's Amande range like the heroine of an old romance would have fallen for Clark Gable, Cary Grant or Gene Kelly *swoon* (hence the vintage inspired photography). Do you have any other recommendations from this range that have solved your dry skin woes? 

And just for fun ... I leave with a little French lesson!