What’s the Intoxicating Smell? L’Occitane Almond Travel Set Review & Mostly Sunny Featured on Temptalia + Makeupandbeautyblog!!!

Every time when I walk past a L’Occitane store, I feel the impulse to stroll in. Not that I always need or even want something of course. A lot of the times I come out empty-handed, but still, even when I know nothing new is going on, I love to enter and just sniff at everything I see. I might not have a very keen sense of smell (years of allergies made sure of that), but I can tell natural smells from artificial ones from miles away. Some stores make me sneeze, but L’Occitane is always so soothing.

Then of course, sometimes when I see a set of travel-sized products, I feel the need to seize the opportunity. I had not previously purchased anything from their almond line, but I have had many Almond Milk Concentrate samples from my other purchases, and I can’t get enough of the beautiful smell. On top of that, I love travel-sized products. They are the mini versions of the real things, and I can always fool myself that they’re cheaper (though unless you happen to find a set like this, most of the time travel-sized bottles aren’t cheaper than the full-sized ones).

The set contains the Almond Shower Oil, Almond Milk Concentrate, Delicious Almond Soap, and Almond Sooth Hands. Let’s take a quick look at them separately shall we?

The Almond Shower Oil has an interesting texture between an oil and a gel. I have to admit I was a little skeptical in the beginning, but it really is a very pleasant addition to the shower routine. It mousses up a little, not a lot but just enough, and it feels very luxurious and soothing on my skin. Once rinsed off, it leaves no greasy residue at all, just soft and satiny skin. Needless to say, it doesn’t dry my skin out either. The smell is gorgeously sweet and beautiful. It is something I am more than willing to purchase full-size (once I go through the 1357 bottles of shower gel I have in stock at the moment)!

The Almond Milk Concentrate smells equally gorgeous. The texture is very airy and light, leaves no greasy residue, but moisturizes the skin pretty well. I wouldn’t say it’s moisturizing enough for very dry skin, and I might need something more in winter, but particularly during the warmer months I’d really enjoy the feathery light texture! This is also something I would love to purchase in a full-size jar.

The Delicious Almond Soap is the only flop in the set for me. I never use soap on myself, and a soap that has crushed almond shell to exfoliate is probably a particularly bad idea. Just to prove my point however, I went ahead and took a shower with it. I ended up with pretty dry skin that screamed for lotion! The crushed almond shell is actually fine enough. It is not painfully rough or anything, but I think the exfoliating factor combined with soap is a little too much for my skin. People who have oilier skin might appreciate this, but if your skin is normal to dry or sensitive, I would advise you steer clear. The 50-gram bar I got from the set is already the full-size product.

Last but not least, there is Almond Sooth Hands. It is the only one out of the four that smells like almond tree flowers. It’s beautiful and delicate! It has a gel texture, and is very easily absorbed with no greasy residue. It hydrates well, but if your hands are pretty dry, you might have to reapply more often. I like to carry this tube in my bag for some quick hydration, but before I go to sleep I prefer something heavier. The tube only comes in one oz/30ml.

All in all I’m pretty happy I purchased this set. I love the smell and how 3 out of 4 products work, and I plan to purchase the full-size bottles of Almond Shower Oil and Almond Milk Concentrate later!

Do you like L’Occitane? What have you tried and liked? Have you tried anything from the almond line?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

PS: Yesterday was a GREAT day for Mostly Sunny, because it was featured on Makeupandbeautyblog and Temptalia! Karen included my Dior Croisette post in her Weekly Roundup, and Christine from Temptalia featured my challenge entry in her spring flowers-inspired looks. I’m including another picture of the same look here:

I definitely did some happy dance around the house! Feel free to check the links out :) And oh, the giveaways will go live tomorrow, so STAY TUNED!!!



  • http://sugarmitten.wordpress.com sugarmitten

    Congratulations on those features! That’s so wonderful!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Thanks Amy!!! I’m super excited about them :)

  • http://vanitypot.wordpress.com Noi

    congrats on the features! and i’ve tried anything by l’occitane.. looks like this is going to be my first buy if ever i do so! :)

    • http://vanitypot.wordpress.com Noi

      NOT tried anything. clicked the ‘post comment’ button too fast, oops! :P

      • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

        Hey Noi, haha it’s OK I got what you mean! You should see if you could start with little pots like these. They’re also rather generous with samples, so try before you purchase anything full-size! Though the thing with L’Occitane is, almost everything I’ve tried I ended up purchasing full-size :)

  • http://morethanjustmyhobby.blogspot.com L

    Congrats on those features, Sunny! Your spring look was gorgeous(: as well your new(..ish?) layout haha its been a while since i’ve been able to find time to blog surf>.<lol I love the almondy smells and all things travel sized :P

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Thanks hon! It’s so nice to have you back!!! I changed the layout a while ago, but really not so long ago ;) I hope you’ll have a bit more time to blog surf now, because I really did miss you!

  • http://azeazetest.wordpress.com bellachique

    You are really quickly becoming a big blog for sure Sunny! Big congrats for that! Is that the set you bought when we were together in Antwerp?

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Oh I really am NOT, Teri! Thanks for the compliment anyways :) And yes, this is what I bought when we were in Antwerp! See how dangerous it is to go out with other bloggers? lol

  • http://mysweetcandylife.blogspot.com Esmay

    Oeh lekker! Heerlijk verwenpakket :)

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Yup Esmay! You should see if you can find it :) It’d make a great set to travel with too!

  • http://www.afriendinberlin.de/ Visit Berlin

    Wonderful features!

  • http://mybeautyhoard.blogspot.com/ mjacqueline

    Congratulations! You did such a great post, can I do the happy dance with you too! ;)

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Thanks Jacqueline! You’re welcome to join me in my happy dance :)

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    I love the smell of almond oil/extract/etc. but usually don’t enjoy “foodie” scents on myself. However, I actually have tried Smooth Hands cream and really like it a lot. This might be a good small gift for Mother’s Day–I’ll have to keep this little set in mind!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Oh I hope you can find this set for sure! It’s hard not to like it, though the soap really doesn’t work for me!

  • naomihing

    Congrats Sunny! I’m joining you in the happy dance!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Thanks Naomi! I saw your look on Temptalia too. It’s a fantastic one!!! So bold and colorful :)

  • http://borealicbeauty.wordpress.com arielle999

    Congratulations Sunny! That’s great!
    And am totally with you about the Almond Shower Oil :-)

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Thanks Arielle!!! I’m glad you’re also a fan of the Almond Shower Oil! xx

  • http://gettingcheeky.blogspot.com Jessica

    You are so right to describe that fragrance as “intoxicating.” It’s my all time favorite!

    ♥ Jessica

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Yay glad to hear you like it too Jessica! xx

  • http://eyemasq.wordpress.com ShannonBearzatto

    Congrats Sunny on your features – you totally deserve it! <3

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Thanks Shannon :) I hope I’ll keep up the good work!

  • Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    Yay I was so excited for you when I saw those yesterday! I think I need to try this line… I know I’ve had samples around but never used them… Hope I can still find them!!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      You should be able to, Joyce! Just try the sample. One sniff and you’ll probably be hooked!

  • http://twitter.com/BunBunMakeup Juli/BunBunMakeup (@BunBunMakeup)

    Congrats on being featured! Getting big, I see! :D

  • http://myhighestself.wordpress.com Tina B

    I’ve never tried anything from this line but it sounds lovely. Major congrats for being featured on the two biggest beauty blogs on the planet!!

  • marijke04

    I love L’Occitane! The almond shower oil is sooooo nice!! :-)

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Yay I’m glad to hear you like it too Marijke!