[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] NB: In order not to lose the comments that people have made regarding L’Occitane’s decision to keep trading in Russia, I’m not deleting this post but instead, flagging up the situation. Taken from the BBC today is this quote from L’Occitane, “At this point we cannot guarantee that our 700 employees in Russia will not face retaliation if we cease to operate in the country,” a spokeswoman told the BBC. “We are particularly concerned for those of our employees who have relatives in Ukraine or who are of Ukrainian descent,” she added. But, as commenters here have pointed out, countless brands have pulled out and I’m not sure what retaliation they might face because the brand has not been clear. So, you have the facts and consumer opinion below. My own view is that I feel angry about a corporate decision taken at the top that in all likelihood doesn’t reflect the opinion of any of the employees – in fact, I know it doesn’t. I’m also cross with myself for not being up to speed and now that I am, will stop any forthcoming L’Occitane posts until the situation reads differently, if indeed, it ever does. My hunch is that the brand’s heavy investment in China is influencing their current decision. There’s a good Forbes feature HERE.
I’m rushing this out because L’Occitane has a next day delivery service and samples came in quite late – if you’re stuck for non-chocolate options over Easter the answer is here.
This year’s offering features the Cherry Blossom range (perhaps every year does…) and inside the tin egg, you’ll find a mini Bath & Shower Mousse, a Mini Shimmering Body Lotion and a Mini Hand Cream. Actually, when I was looking for delivery options, I spotted a set of four mini-eggs, each containing two tiny hand creams and thought that’s a wonderful gift if you’re being hosted or have multiple people to buy for.
I think this is very sweet indeed. It’s also a better deal at £24 with £32 value HERE.
There is actually an almond version too for the larger egg – they’re both £16 each HERE. Definitely a fan of a bit of both – a little bit of chocolate, a little bit of something else – I used to do an Easter table, so everyone’s treats are laid out in their place but since our grown up children don’t live here now I’m going to do a small version on our hall table with some fairy lights and a bit of blossom or daffs and eggs (or other) dotted about. Lucy is coming for Easter Sunday and it’s clear something is expected :-). Funny how traditions stay so essential… please do share yours, I’d love to hear them.
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