My L'Occitane Perfume Collection: Citrus Verbena, Fleur d'Or & Acacia, Neroli & Orchidee, Frisson de Verveine

Just J: My L'Occitane Perfume Collection: Citrus Verbena, Fleur d'Or & Acacia, Neroli & Orchidee, Frisson de Verveine

When you think of fragrance brands, names like Chanel, Chloe, Givenchy and the like pop to mind, but if you go beyond the designer counter, you may find others that are cheaper and just as titillating to the senses. Case in point, L'Occitane's perfume line offers affordable, refreshing scents inspired by nature's bounty.

Over the past year I've amassed a mini collection of L'Occitane fragrances, so I thought I'd share with you my thoughts on each. I don't normally do perfume posts as, well, you really need smell-o-vision to do it justice, but I'll attempt to do that in words here.

L'Occitane makes both men and women's perfumes and many of their scents are actually unisex and layer-able. Scent is highly personal, so what works on my skin may not work for you. Also, what suits my personal tastes may differ from yours, so keep that in mind with this review. My typical scent profile leans more towards fresh, light florals, ocean scents or anything citrus. The key though is fresh and light. I hate scents that wear too heavily or are anything remotely "oriental".

My collection in order of preference:

Neroli & Orchidee
  • orange blossom
  • mandarin
  • Neroli
  • white orchid
  • peach
  • fig milk
  • musk
  • iris
Smells like: romantic, floral, fruity, girly

Although I've only been wearing this perfume for the past couple weeks, I am head over heels in love with it. This perfectly encapsulates the romantic, floaty feeling of spring cherry blossoms in bloom and everything pink. It's just how I feel lately. L'Occitane scents are very light so you can literally spray yourself with a cloud of this stuff and still smell subtle. Unfortunately, this also means it fades very quickly, like 2 hours quickly. 

Citrus Verbena
  • verbena
  • lemon oil
  • grapefruit
  • cedar
Smells like: clean, invigorating, fresh, energizing, citrusy, lemon

This was an impulse buy of mine back when I visited the store opening for L'Occitane in Oakridge. This perfume lights up the senses and wakes you up into an energetic mood. It would make a lovely smell around the home as well.

Fleur d'Or & Acacia

  • lemon
  • bergamot
  • mimosa
  • broom
  • white woods
  • musk

Smells like: floral, classy older woman, sensual, strong, sophisticated

Fleur d'Or & Acacia is like the grown-up sister to Neroli & Orchidee. This perfume is perfect for wearing on a night out where you want something a little more mysterious and sensual to wear. My impressions of this perfume seem totally opposite to L'Occitane, who describes this fragrance as evoking "that moment when the first trees come into bloom." I get nothing of the forest from this scent and it wears more to me like something a city-dwelling socialite would wear.

Frisson de Verveine
  • citrus
  • bergamot
  • verbena
  • cucumber
  • precious wood
  • musk
Smells like: mint, cucumber, lemon, citrus, medicinal, masculine

I recently received this fragrance to try out for the new launch later this summer. I have to say this one was a dud for me. I was disappointed as I'm such a big fan of the verbena line; this one definitely has a strong verbena smell, but the way it's tempered with cucumber just turns it into something more medicine cabinet than summer cabin. It also applies a lot stronger than other L'Occitane fragrances I've tried. When I first applied it, I was quite generous with my sprays and my nose immediately clogged from the power of this scent. I do have to say though that it dried down nicely into a fainter, albeit still strongly medicinal, version of itself. I think this may skew a bit more masculine than feminine for me at least.

Have you tried any L'Occitane perfumes?

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