The Unexpected at L’Occitane




What happened when the Founder of L’Occitane invited his friend, a renowned pastry chef, to compose a collection of scents?

An unexpected encounter indeed but, the result is a beautifully crafted collection of fragrances which both compliment and contrast perfectly – we can now enjoy the fragrance of the Mediterranean along with the tastes of our favourite part of France.

Olivier Baussan, founder of L’Occitane, creates designs for the collections of the brand he established in 1976 and, when he invited his friend, Pierre Hermé, renowned pastry chef to ‘bake’ up these fragrances (he said) “You create fragrances and flavours, I create shape and colour…”

For this collection, Olivier Baussan designed not just the (EDT) bottle, but also the box.  With its lift-off-lid, cylindrical form and aromatic colours, it reminds us as much of a hot box as it does the shape of a cake.

Pierre Hermé began his career at the age of just 14, working for Gaston Lenôtre.  He has revolutionised deep-seated traditions and is continually inventing new flavours.  He, not only has a memory for flavours, but also for scents.  This pastry chef is inspired by “ingredients that awaken desires, raw materials that conjure up pleasures”.

These beautiful creations, yet unexpected combinations at L’Occitane are available this month of November and just in time to treat your loved ones or indeed add a new scent for yourself this festive season.

Jasmin- Immortelle-Neroli – A floral and absolutely feminine fragrance for women.

Head notes – pink pepper, lemon, petit grain

Heart notes – Jasmine, Immortelle, Neroli, Orange Blossom

Base notes – Amber, White wood, musk


Pamplemousse-Rhubarbe – A soft, subtle, fruity blend for men and women.

Head notes – Grapefruit, Rhubarb, lemon, Cypress

Heart notes – clove, nutmeg, lavandin

Base notes – cedar, vetiver


Miel-Mandarine – A curious mix of fruity and floral scents (available hand cream and lip balm)

Prices start at just $15 (hand cream 30ml) and range up to $97 (EDT 75ml) with items such as perfumed soap, shower gel and body lotion to complete the collection.

These contrasting new fragrances are available at L’Occitane stores this November.


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Clare Victoria...British born and a Yorkshire girl through and through, Clare left the familiarity of home many moons ago. Having lived, worked and experienced the highs and lows of being a foreigner in both France and Singapore, Clare has grown into a truly international lady. Her passion is writing about anything that will interest, enlighten and offer inspiration to her readers.

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