Thursday, 4 August 2016

L'Occitane Bloggers Event, Leicester

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to my local L'Occitane store in Highcross, Leicester for a bloggers event.

My only experience of L'Occitane was after a few days in Paris, I decided to splash my leftover Euros on a few products at the Eurostar station, was super excited to pop my L'Occitane cherry and chose some gorgeous bits, only to leave them on the Eurostar!! Devastated!!

So I was really looking forward to finally getting to experience some of France's finest.

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It all started back in 1976 when 23 year old Frenchman, Olivier Baussan began selling distilled Rosemary essential oils on the local market before reviving the traditional art of soap making in an old soap factory. Nowadays there are over 2,700 L'Occitane stores all over the world. 

The bloggers event began with glasses of French rose wine and gorgeous chocolates from the lovely people at Highcross' Hotel Chocolat. 

hotel chocolat, chocolate

We were greeted by the friendliest staff, they really were super lovely! They handed us some fun 'blogger bingo' sheets and let us loose in the store. I loved this idea as meant we had to look a little further into the products and the brand.

The store is beautifully set out, with walls of perfectly presented products and amazing displays of skincare, fragrance, hair care, bath & body, mens products and home pieces.

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l'occitane, candles
l'occitane, body cream, beauty

I'm the first to admit I'm easily bought by cute packaging, so I was swooning over all the gorgeous bits L'Occitane have to offer. 

I loved the little game they had for us to try, using fragranced funnels. We had to go through them smelling each one, deciding which fragrance we liked best until we were down to just one fragrance which was our most favourite scent. It found this pretty difficult as there were so many beautiful fragrances, but I managed to get it down to just one, which turned out to be Rose. This was pretty surprising as I probably wouldn't have gone straight to the Rose section usually. I'll definitely be adding their Rose products to my wishlist now!

l'occitane, rose, beauty
l'occitane, beauty, rose, shower gel

We were treated to a lovely hand massage, with products from their shea butter range. Their hand cream is their best selling product worldwide, with one being sold every three seconds. My hands felt lovely and soft after a good scrub and moisturise!

Staff were on hand to offer mini facials, skin consultations and more and were extremely knowledgable and passionate about the brand. 

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l'occitane, beauty, highcross, leicester
l'occitane, beauty, almond shower gel

Another best seller is their award winning anti-ageing face cream 'Divine Cream' from their Immortelle collection. I've heard amazing things about this stuff, but at £74, it's slightly out of my price range. It'd make a great present though!

l'occitane, anti ageing, skincare, beauty

l'occitane, skincare, beauty, divine cream, anti ageing

Unfortunately I couldn't stay until the end as I had to get back for work. But I had a great time, learnt a lot about L'Occitane as a brand and enjoyed trying out some of their gorgeous products. 

Huge thank you to the staff of L'Occitane, Highcross for inviting me to the event, for being so super lovely and for the generous goody bag which includes some lovely products I'm really looking forward to trying out.

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Are you a fan of L'Occitane?
What is your favourite product?

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  1. Oh wow, what a fab event. Sounds like a great time was had and I love the goodie bag :) xx #SharingtheBlogLove

  2. Oooh this looks like a great event! I love l'occitane x #sharingthebloglove

  3. I love their products for the bath and they have a green tea fragrance fab for the summer. #PoCoLo

  4. I've never shopped at L'Occitane but always think the store looks beautiful when I pass it in the mall. Perhaps it is time!

  5. what a fun event! that chocolate looks amazing!

  6. I love L'Occtiane but don't have one near me. :( What a fun event. xx

  7. I love L'occitane it's one of my fav brands, I love their precious cream and the hand creams are one of my all time best buys. Popping over from the #binkylinky

  8. SO glad you finally got some L'occitane products after all. They all look absolutely gorgeous - so beautifully packaged and elegant. I really must give them a try. #Bestandworst

  9. I just got given some hand cream from L'occitane for a birthday present. They are my first products and I love them. Really enjoyed your post # pocolo

  10. Seems like a fun event!
    I love their product. Now this reminds me I am out of body lotion so I'd better go visit Loccitane shop soon :) thanks! have a great weekend.

  11. Oh wow, what a super event to be invited to. The shop looks lovely, so well laid out and the packaging is beautiful as you may expect from a French company. I have never used their products but some do seem a little pricey for me. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

  12. What a cool event. I love l'occitane. Their packaging is definitely really appealing #binkylinky

  13. What a fabulous event, I have never tried L'Occitane before

  14. I love L'occitane! They make one of the only shampoos I can use as I'm allergic to an ingredient that seems to be in everything, and their hand cream is just the best I've ever used. What a fabulous event to go to! Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove - I really hope you'll be back next week!

  15. Owh, it all looks so lovely. My BIL lives in Provence so I really must try some L'Occitaine as they products do look amazing #BloggerClubUK

  16. We have a L'occitane in Stratford but I have never been in. Maybe I should as it looks lovely! #bestandworst

  17. I've used some of their products in the past and they've always smelled beautiful. i don't think they're particularly cheap but you really get what you pay for with them X #PoCoLo

  18. Sounds like a fun event. I've never used their products, but they look lovely. Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

  19. A great event and looks like you had a fab time Thanks for linking to the #binkylinky please come back next week

  20. Popping back over from #bestandworst thanks for linking up!

  21. We are huge fans of L'Occitane in this house, love the range for men.

  22. Never tried the range but it sounds lovely, I do love cosmetic shops that are 'hands on' - I used to work for Cosmetics to Go and just loved doing the fresh product talks and letting the customers have a go!
    Having staff that really know their product is great too and a must have!

  23. What a lovely event to go to. I get sucked in my cute packaging too and they have a lot of lovely packaging. We love L'Occitane in our house! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove Laura x

  24. oh it looks like a lush place to shop!
    Thanks for linking up to #TuesdayTreasures

  25. I haven't tried many of their products but the hand cream is brilliant. I have really dry skin on my hands and I'll treat myself to some L'Occitane hand cream occasionally. :) Great post hun, hope you enjoy trying out those products!
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo


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