[productsample/affiliate] I said I had more advents, so brace yourselves! My Mum and Dad love L’Occitane – my Dad (84) was an early adopter of this brand so it’s been in our home as long as I can remember. He discovered it on holiday in the South of France and I *think* I can remember him showing me the shop (the brand was founded in 1976 so I’m stretching back here!). So, if I get sent a calendar for review, it then enjoys a second life in Scotland because I send it up to them.
This year, the Luxury version is called Calendar of Dreams (marketing didn’t work tooooo hard on that one!) and it’s the same boxy style as the 2018 version – with 24 drawers, each containing a L’Occitane product. It’s festive but modern and not as bulky (you can fold it out or keep it as above) as some I’ve seen although because it’s such a bright, bright red, you won’t miss it!
One thing I did appreciate is that the drawers aren’t stuffed with additional tissue paper which shows that extra attention has been paid to reducing waste. Each drawer has a motto or message on the outside which is a sweet gesture to add to the experience.
There’s a good cross-section of products including hand, bath, body, hair and skin with an emphasis on the Shea Butter range and Immortelle. I know exactly how this will play out at my parent’s home – my Dad will snaffle all the shower and bath stuff and my Mum will take the skin care. There are two advent variants this year from L’Occitane – the classic at £49 (which has the traditional push out windows) with a value of £79, and the one I’m showing, the Luxury at £89 with a value of £98.50. I do know that these are limited – maybe more so than before because all brands have tightened their offerings; if you get left with surplus advents there is literally nothing you can do with them and competition is fierce so brands are playing safe on numbers. The Classic version tells the story of almond trees in Provence. They’d completely disappeared by the 1950’s but 19 years ago, L’Occitane re-introduced them to the region and are solely responsible for the hills being lushly populated with almond trees. Who knew?! Find the L’Occitane calendars HERE.
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