Friday, November 02, 2007

Out with the old? L'Occitane is playing with honey

According to the SA in my local L'Occitane store, the Honey Harvest line is being discontinued (though it's still sold for full price and the website doesn't mention anything about it being phased out). I can't say I'm surprised. I love the true honey fragrance of these products, but it's not exactly mainstream. It has a little funk, not unlike the infamous Miel de Bois (Serge Lutens) and layers well with it. Also, as much as I love the scent, the texture of both the body balm and the nectar leaves a lot to be desired (and the face cream made my skin break out). The foaming jelly and the bubble bath were fabulous, though.

The new honey range, Honey and Lemon, has probably a wider appeal. The website has labeled all the products as limited edition, so I'm not sure if it's here to stay or not. I'm waiting for clarification for their customer service department and will post when I get one.

In the new products the honey is cut with a light lemon scent, making it airy and fresh, though far less interesting and not sexy in the least. It's a straight up honey/lemon mix, more foody than the old honey scent, but it dries down to a very soft skin musk. If Honey Harvest was a good pairing for Miel de Bois, the new line is much more suitable to be layered under Lutens' Fleur de Citronnier.

When it comes to texture and performance, the body cream is as delightful as they promise. It's very rich, moisturizing and feels great on the skin. They claim it can also be used on the face, but there's no way I'm trying that, considering my previous experience with their face cream. Some things are just better kept under my clothes.


  1. They're not gonna discontinue Eau de Miel are they? Noooooo! They should make a perfume oil out of it, stronger and longer-lasting, but still no alcohol to destroy its delicacy...

  2. I can see a trip to l'Occitane is in my very near future..


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