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new: l'occitane la collection de grasse.

{new notes}
l'occitane has a new perfumer in the house, karine dubreuil, and she's masterminded 4 new unisex fragrances for the brand.  the scents are inspired by southern france, with each perfume taking a note from the grasse region and a second note from a exotic locale

  • jasmin + bergamote - floral jasmin
  • magnolia + mûre - fruity chypre
  • vanille + narcisse - floriental
  • thé vert + bigarade - citrus aromatic
the fragrances are unique and sophisticated.  the supposedly fruity and vanilla scents are not the stereotypical cloying versions of either.  i usually cannot stand the smell of either scent category - both carry a forced sweetness that conjures images of teens' first perfume - but the vanille + narcisse is spicy, mature, and even sexy.  the magnolia + mûre is lighter than most fruity fragrances -- reminding me of a raspberry iced tea on a hot day.  however, true to form, my favorite is the floral jasmin, jasmin + bergamote which offers a twist on favorite fragrance category. 

i attended a launch breakfast at rouge tomate for the scents, which included menu items inspired by each perfume (see menu below).  i'm not a breakfast food person usually, but i wish that i could wake up to that menu every morning.  like the fragrances themselves, it was an inspired way to start the day.

{i'd like to always wake to an amber palmer}
look for the scents on l'occitane shelves in the next few weeks. 

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