If any of you can remember that far back, for Christmas I’d received a Holiday Edition of the *L’Occitane Precious Immortelle Collection Set. Despite being a devoted fan of L’Occitane’s body care products, the Almond Shower Oil and Hand Creams come to mind, I hadn’t actually tried any of their skincare. It took some major willpower but I waited to clear out most of my other skincare products before moving onto this set.
According to L’Occitane, “Immortelle is a flower with everlasting beauty: it never fades, even after it is picked”. The company claims to have patented the exceptional anti-aging properties of the immortelle essential oil which is the star ingredient in the Immortelle collection of products.
I was really interested in this “immortelle oil” concept and so, of course, I Googled it. From what I could find, Immortelle Oil (a.k.a. Everlasting oil, Strawflower oil) is extracted from a flowering plant technically known as Helichrysum angustifolium or Helichrysum italicum. It is said to be anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory providing support to the skin, liver, and nervous system as well as helpful in combating minor aches and pains. Sounds interesting, huh? Makes me want to buy a bottle of the pure oil itself to try.
Anyway, moving onto the products which include:
- The Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam
- The Immortelle Essential Water
- The Immortelle Precious Cream
- The Immortelle Precious Eye Balm
The set retails for $70.00 USD. With the exception of the Essential Water, all products are full size, putting the value at somewhere around $130.00+ USD. I’ve been testing the products for about five weeks.
L’Occitane Precious Immortelle Collection – Cleansing Foam
What the company says: “The Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam, containing Immortelle floral water, gently foams to delicately cleanse the skin, leaving the soft and floral fragrance of Immortelle”.
My experience: To be honest, I’m not usually a fan of foaming cleansers. Maybe it’s some old school concept I’m still clinging to, but I often feel that they are not cleaning my face properly. For some reason, I don’t feel this way about oils and creams. Anyway, this particular one promises that your skin will be 100% clean after use. And I have to admit that it is.
After removing makeup (which is always my first step no matter what cleanser I’m using), I go in with two pumps of the Precious Cleansing foam massaging the product into my skin for about 1-2 minutes before rinsing. As foaming cleansers go, I find this one to be denser than others I’ve tried, though still light. To test whether it was removing the remaining makeup residue and dirt off of my face, I followed with a cotton round/toner the first few times after using the cleanser. To my surprise, the cotton round always came away clean.
The *Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam retails for $28.00 USD for 5.1 oz.
L’Occitane Precious Immortelle Collection – Essential Water
What the company says: “The Immortelle Essential Water is an alcohol-free toner, enriched with Immortelle floral water and green tea extract. Face is toned, perfectly cleansed, and prepped for your daily skincare ritual.”
My experience: This is a pleasant, lightly floral fragranced toner/facial spray. I did use it every evening after cleansing and before moisturizing. My face felt refreshed but nothing in particular about it stood out to me.
A full size of the Immortelle Essential Water is 6.7 oz and retails for $28.00 USD.
L’Occitane Precious Immortelle Collection – Precious Cream
What the company says: “L’Occitane has led the first organic and sustainable Immortelle plantation program in Corsica, ensuring its quality and traceability. Its organic essential oil is rich in active molecules offering unique anti-aging beauty results.”
My experience: I’m in two minds about this moisturizer. It is very rich, thick and luxurious – probably a dream for those with dry skin. Over the course of five weeks, I’ve found that it has worked well to improve my hydration levels. My skin is definitely more supple. Also, I had this annoying fine line right above my eyebrow that seems to have pretty much disappeared.
However, it can be too heavy for my skin and I suspect that applying too much has led to increased breakouts. Since I’ve cut back on the amount used, about a pea size, its been better but I won’t be able to use this as the weather gets warmer. Oh, and I’ve only been using this at night only.
The *Immortelle Precious Cream retails for $62.00 for 1.7 oz.
L’Occitane Precious Immortelle Collection – Precious Eye Balm
What the company says: “A potent eye cream with anti-aging benefits, that helps reduce dark circles, puffiness and signs of fatigue around the eyes. Formulated with Immortelle essential oil, it will soothe, moisturize and nourish the delicate skin around the eyes.”
My experience: Love it. Like the precious cream, this is rich and thick but it absorbs well. My dry under eye area drinks it up and I’ve 100% noticed improvements in how that area looks overall. I usually use the eye balm at night but it’s not to heavy for the day – plus eye makeup application over this stuff is a dream.
The *Immortelle Precious Eye Balm retails for $40.00 USD for 0.5 oz.
Overall, I’ve enjoyed – and continue to enjoy the products in this set. You’ve probably noticed the packaging, but isn’t it so cool how there is a foil covering? I felt like I was opening up something to eat. 🙂 Anyway, if you’re interested in trying this line, then I say the *L’Occitane Precious Immortelle Collection Set is the more affordable way to do so. And if you’re already a fan of the Precious Cream in particular, then you can get all of the other stuff for an extra couple of dollars.
What are your favorites from L’Occitane?
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