L'Occitane Arlesienne Eau de Toilette review | Attain that French mystique in a bottle
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
I don't know if French women in real life are actually like this (I'm sure there must be some out there with frizzy hair and sweatpants), but the idea of what a French woman is is certainly renowned throughout the world. Who wouldn't dream of attaining their elusive perfection? That carefree elegance and charm?
Well, L'Occitane knows your secret yearning. They have built their business upon it and their latest collection perfectly encapsulates that French feeling. The new Arlésienne collection, which I mentioned during a previous post, is a line of bath and beauty products inspired by the classical French woman. One part mystery and two parts seduction, the Arlésienne collection is designed to inspire and captivate, particularly with the centerpiece of this collection: the Arlésienne Eau de Toilette perfume.
Like all L'Occitane fragrances, it is packaged in a simple, beautifully crafted bottle. It's also quite a generous size, coming in at 75 mL for $48. To find such a quality scent at under $50 is quite the deal and is one of the reasons why I love L'Occitane fragrances so much.
The Arlésienne is quite a unique fragrance in my collection as it contains notes of violet, saffron from Provence and rose from Grasse. The resulting mix is heady and very floral with just a hint of spice. I loved this scent on the swatch stick and on my skin, it smells mostly the same. I have heard that it can change depending on your skin, so definitely try a sample first before purchasing.
When first sprayed, this toilette smells very fresh and light, then slowly deepens after a minute as the saffron surfaces. The whole effect lasts for about 3-4 hours, which is in line with the wear time of my other L'Occitane perfumes. This one is quite different for me and makes me feel very womanly and luxurious and the spiciness definitely gives it a sauciness. While those more into spicy, oriental fragrances may find this a little too light, for a beginner like myself who usually sticks strictly to light florals and fresh notes, it's quite heavy enough.
If perfumes aren't your fancy, you can also try out the Arlésienne scent with the other products in this collection, such as the body milk, soap, hand creams and candles, all available in stores and online.