Imagine how easy it would be for a collaboration between L’Occitane and famous pastry chef, Pierre Herme, to go all sweet and sickly. The L’Occitane Pierre Herme Collection is definitely not like wearing the macaroons for which Pierre Herme is best known. Starting with Jasmin-Immortelle-Neroli, there’s really only the slightest foodie backdrop to this otherwise very light and warm scent. If anything, it’s the packaging that pays hommage to Pierre Herme, rather than the fragrances.
Of the two, Pamplemousse Rhubarbe is the one you can almost ‘taste’ as well as smell – it’s very fresh with a good mix of both grapefruit and rhubarb.
Pamplemousse Rhubarbe is fairly unisex (as long as you both like rhubarb!) where as Immortelle is distinctly feminine. I know there are beautiful gift sets coming out for each one (£55) which I am sure will go down a storm (I’d definitely gift the Pamplemousse as a wedding present). I think the fragrances are expensive at £46 each but all the other products, such as body wash and lotion, hand cream and soap are usual L’Occitane prices, starting at £4 for a soap and really feel like a treat for the senses. I’m a big L’Occitane fan as it is, although I’m not wild about their perfumes – in fact so are all my family; my mum and dad were snapping up L’Occitane in the South of France well before it came to the UK – it was founded in 1976 so it’s one of those ranges that I seem to always have known. The L’Occitane Pierre Herme Collection launches in September.