L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream fans are more or less the Directioners of beauty world.. the range has had industry accolade after accolade and it’s consistently re-bought which to my mind is more proof that something is working above and beyond that anything else. If you check the reader reviews on the L’Occitane site about anything to do with Immortelle or Divine, they are all glowing!
So, in September, L’Occitane are introducing the Lotion Divine (£38). It’s more than a soft water..thicker.. but thinner than the kind of lotions we’re used to in beauty world. I’m trying to come up with a like consistency and failing horribly. Maybe enough to say, don’t tip the bottle up and if you use it, go gently when you pour into your hand – more comes out than you think will so you end up having to put it all over your body, like I did!
The point of Lotion Divine? To help any other skin care you use work more effectively. I am truly such a sceptic when it comes to these claims, but I’ve tried this with some extremely effective skin care I’m using at the moment (I will blog that later) and it definitely does add to the experience, especially on a hydration level. The Lotion uses trace elements and minerals to activate skin renewal and should be used after cleansing but before serum or moisturiser. Much as I’m loathe to encourage even more additions to our skincare routines, there is definitely something in this… and I’ve added it to mine.
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This sounds like the Japanese concept of “lotion” which we call “toner” except it’s not for removing traces of makeup. It’s for making the skin prepared for serum and moisturizer. I have used various Shiseido lotions over the years and I love them. For one thing,you do not have to use heavy moisturizer because the lotion provides the first level of moisture.
L’Occitane’s biggest market is Asia and this falls into the ‘skin softner’ category which doesn’t tone (as Esme says) but basically moisturizes the skin and is applied after cleansing… There are LOADS available across Asia and they’re slowly heading west… ref Shiseido (who’ve literally just brought out a new one out in the west last week). Brace, brace for a 4th skincare step!
You know, I nearly made that reference in the post because it reminded me so much of Shiseido softening water, but it’s just a bit thicker than they are so it not *quite* the same.. but you are right.. that fourth step is heading our way!