Friday, April 24, 2015

L'OcciBox (Spring 2015) by L'Occitane en Provence

L'Occitane en Provence puts out special limited edition boxes randomly.  I saw the last one and was SO disappointed that I missed out on it.  When this new one came out, I was ecstatic.  Yes, please!

This one went on sale for $48.50 but with the coupon code, "LOCCIBOX", I was able to spend only $20 plush S/H and tax, plus you receive 0.25oz bottle of the Jasmin & Bergamot Eau de Toilette, an approximate $7.80 value.

I was super happy to see my box show up in the mail.  Is that not the most adorable packaging you've ever seen for a beauty box???

Included in this box is: Jasmin & Bergamote Eau de Toilette sample (0.04oz, value ~$1.30), Immortelle Precious Serum (0.23oz, value ~$17.50), Immortelle Brightening Essence Sample (0.03oz), Shea Butter Hand Cream (0.3oz, value ~$4), Shea Whipped Hand Cream (0.59oz, value ~$6), Bonne Mere Rose Soap (3.5oz, value ~$7.00), 1 cube of Sugarfina Champagne Bears (value $8 per Sugarfina's website).

Evocative of a graceful, sensual dance, Jasmine & Bergamot Eau de Toilette offers the fragrance of a delicate flower blossoming in the light of dawn. Revealing the many facets of the jasmine flower, this eau de toilette blends absolutes from Grasse and Egypt. The addition of bergamot essential oil from Italy balances this floral fragrance with fruity notes.

This EDT is quite lovely.  I'm glad I was gifted the 0.25oz rather than just receiving the small sample size.

The new Immortelle Precious Serum concentrates the patented anti-aging power of more than 1000 flowers in every jar. Its lightly textured formula helps to protect and restore the skin’s luster with the power of Immortelle, a flower with exceptional longevity that never fades, even after being picked.

Immortelle Brightening Essence combines the "flowers of light" - Immortelle and Bellis perennis- to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, to help even out skin tone and illuminate the complexion. The reformulated serum helps to diminish the appearance of wrinkles while making the complexion more even-toned and brighter thanks to its ultra-concentrated formula.

I loved the lightness and fresh smell of the serum and essence.  Two items I use frequently in my beauty routine, I was a bit disappointed in the size of the essence, but thought the serum was a good bit to find out how I liked it since the 1oz full-size bottle is $70.

Shea Butter Hand Cream - Enriched with 20% Shea Butter, this super-creamy balm penetrates quickly to protect, nourish and moisturize hands. Honey, almond extracts and coconut oil are blended with Shea Butter to create this extremely effective formula. The rich texture leaves hands soft and smooth with no oily traces, and can be applied as often as needed.

The Shea Butter Whipped Hand Cream has a playful yet smooth texture. Made with a high concentration of shea butter (25%), it helps to nourish, protect and soften the skin.

While I like both of these very much, I did prefer the whipped.  I would like to mention that according to the site, the whipped hand cream was supposed to be a 1oz size, but mine was only 0.59oz.  What the hey, I'm fine with that.

The Bonne Mere Rose Soap gently cleanses the skin without drying. Their formula contains a sustainable and eco-friendly palm oil which is RSPO certified. Pampered daily, skin is soft, supple and lightly scented.

Brut & Rosè Champagne Gummy Bears - Infused with the flavors of exquisite French champagne, these effervescent little bears are spiked with a bit of the bubbly.  As cute as they are chic, you'll have a hard time choosing a favorite between classic Brut and fashionable Rosè.

The bar soap smells heavenly and does a beautiful job of cleansing.  Those gummy bears... oh my, oh my!  The best gummies I've ever eaten.  I love champagne and I thought these were very well flavored.

So... the value.  As I mentioned, this box was $48.50 prior to using a coupon code.  According to my calculations, the value of all of the products in this box comes to only $43.80.  If you did not have a coupon code, this was not worth the price.  I got mine for $20.  Even so:

The box that came out in December was $59.40, which came down to $15 with a code.  And it included: Precious Cleansing Foam (1.7oz), Shea Butter Body Milk (1.7oz), Arlésienne Hand Cream (0.3oz), Almond Supple Skin Oil (0.5oz), Immortelle Sample Divine Cream (2 x 0.05oz), Shea ELLE Hand Cream (0.3oz), Cherry Blossom ELLE Hand Cream (0.3oz), Verbena ELLE Hand Cream (0.3oz), Almond ELLE Hand Cream (0.3oz) and ELLE Pouch.  That value was only slightly higher and that is without the pouch ($49), BUT, there was a much greater variety of products to try.

I was a little disappointed.  Not a lot disappointed.  I got well over my money's worth and some great items to use.  I would highly suggest the (seasonal) L'OcciBox, so long as you have a gift code. ;-)

To recap, I will definitely be buying the next L'OcciBox.  I'd just like to see some of the variety from previous boxes... hint, hint...

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