Saturday, 3 August 2013

Favorites - L'Occitane Amande Concentre de Lait

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The L'Occitane brand will always hold a very special place in my heart. 
Every time I catch a glimpse of their apothecary styled, glass jars or sense even a faint whiff of Shea butter, all I need is to close my eyes and just like that  I am a little girl again, clasping my grandmothers soft hands pleading for just 5 more minutes of play time. 
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In fact as I search my memories I quickly realise that L'Occitane is probably the only brand that has consistently been a part of almost every chapter of my life. It's so funny to remember my 13 year old self spending every last cent saved from various babysitting jobs on a huge L'Occitane Shea Butter Collection Basket. It was probably the first time I felt a little more grown up so the fact that I was able to buy it with my "own money" was a huge deal for a girly girl like me...
So much time has passed since then but my love for the L'Occitane pamper session never died out and today so many of their products are present in almost every room of our house. 

My taste has obviously matured since I was younger so even though the Shea Butter is still being used in our household, my heart today definitively belongs to the Amande (almond) based products. 
Today I want to introduce you to one of my absolute favorites  - L'Occitane Amande Concentre de Lait, which has been repurchased countless times before as I always like to have at least one jar on hand. I might be a little heartbroken if L'Occitane ever discontinues this lovely body cream! 

Official Description; 
L'OCCITANE blends almond proteins and silicium into a silky, concentrated milk that nourishes and smooths the whole body. The light, creamy and silky texture absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue while skin is left feeling satiny-smooth and is enveloped in the fresh and delicate fragrance  of Almond blossoms.L'Occitane Amande Concentre de LaitL'Occitane Amande Concentre de LaitL'Occitane Amande Concentre de Lait

L'Occitane Amande Concentre de LaitMade with Almonds sourced from Haute Provence, the Almond Milk Concentrate also supports the sustainability of almond trees in the region, as these trees are a staple to the beauty of the Provençal landscape.

Water**, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin**, Cetearyl Alcohol**, Methylsilanol Mannuronate**, Triethylhexanoin**, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil**, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Protein**, Cetearyl Glucoside**, Mannitol**, Menthyl Lactate**, Fragrance, Carbomer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Biosaccharide Gum-1**, Methylisothiazolinone, Sorbic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Xanthan Gum**, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Tocopherol**, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, PPG-26, Buteth-26, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil**, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate**, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Limonene**, Linalool, 
**Natural Origins**

The thing that first drew me to the L'Occitane Amande Concentre de Lait (almond milk concentrate) was the soft, milky, not overly sweet almond spiked scent, which evokes a certain feeling of comfort and familiarity. 
L'Occitane Amande Concentre de Lait

Despite the fact that I am keenly aware of my sheer inability to describe fragrances I do want to mention that the scent almost reminds of freshly baked marzipan cookies with maybe a tiny bit of coconut flakes thrown in. 
Either way descriptions of what something smells like are highly subjective so that fact coupled with my own clumsy attempts to make accurate guesses will most likely not result in a very accurate picture for you to go by. I can, however at least vouch that if you are not a fan of typical gourmand fragrances then this particular Amande cream will definitively not be the right fit for you 
For me the scent is pure heaven. 

L'Occitane Amande Concentre de LaitThe texture of this cream is incredibly rich and silky but also still light enough so it absorbs almost instantly, leaving no greasy residue behind but definitively hydrating deeply and more than adequately. The soft Amande scent lingers only slightly, therefore you don't have to worry about it interfering with your daily fragrance or any other scented products you might be using that day. Personally i am completely smitten  with the scent so if anything I would want the scent to be a lot stronger so it can linger a lot longer! Maybe L'Occitane will consider making this as a fragrance? Wishful  thinking I guess...

The packaging of the L'Occitane Amande Concentre de Lait consists of a heavy-duty, luxurious glass jar and a very chick "French-feel" outer cardboard, whose design gives the body cream a very apothecary, exclusive  vintage feel. 
I should mention that L'Occitane includes firming and smoothing claims with this body cream however I honestly don't know how to gauge that kind of effect. I wouldn't really care either way when it comes to that particular point simply because everything else about this formula is pure perfection and I don't want to criticize and be petty about one of my favorite things :-) 

L'Occitane Amande Concentre de LaitThe price point of L'Occitane Amande Concentre de Lait ($59 for 7 oz.) is fair when you take into account that this is a superior formula with quality ingredients that really pampers your skin. Because of the price I tend to really ration this cream and whenever possible purchase it in bulk during L'Occitane's annual sale events or try locating it on Ebay as well. 

The L'Occitane Amande Concentre de Lait ($59 for 7 oz.) can be purchased at our trusty Sephora and sometimes even Amazon

I hope this review was helpful to someone 

Have you tried the L'Occitane Amande Concentre de Lait ? Do you have a favorite L'Occitane product? 



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  2. I tried this at Sephora and fell in love with the nice effects. I too long for a fragrance version, it would be lovely !