I have become such a big fan of L’Occitane over the last year or so, and I can’t believe they’re nearly 40 years old. To celebrate their 40th year anniversary, L’Occitane have created a new limited edition fragrance which is said to capture of the essence of Provence in a single spritz which sounded too good to be true. The L’Occitane Violette & Rose de Mai Eau de Toilette was created by world renowned perfumer Violaine Collas and is available to purchase in a 75ml bottle from L’Occitane for £52 and its notes read as follows;
Top Notes: Bergamote, Rhubarb, Cassis, Mandarin & Orange.
Heart Notes: Rose de Mai, Mediterranean Geranium & Violette Leaves.
Base Notes: Santal & Musk.
When I first started blogging almost three and a half years ago, I would have described my fragrance tastes as being quite simple and unsophisticated as I favoured almost anything woody and/or sweet. However blogging has opened my eyes considerably into the world of fragrance, and I now wear scents that I would never have even tried three years ago. When it comes to fragrance families, I’ve always said I’m not a fan of floral fragrances, however I find myself constantly surprised by beauty floral scents. When I first read about the L’Occitane Violette & Rose de Mai Eau de Toilette, I did initially think it wouldn’t be something I’d like as I don’t like rose, and I’m not the biggest fan of violet so a scent combining the two was potentially going to be a miss in my books however I couldn’t have been more wrong – it’s absolutely stunning, and nothing like I imagined.
I have to be honest, I did think that a rose and violet blend could be a little ‘mature’ but again I was completely wrong. I can’t detect any citrus within the fragrance when initially spritzed nor on drydown, but instead it’s a beautiful, slightly warm and musky floral which is nice and lightweight which is perfect for Summer. Seeing as this is an eau de toilette, I expected the longevity to be quite minimal but it’s quite longlasting, and I can still detect it on my skin almost five to six hours later which very rarely happens with an eau de toilette, especially in the warmer months where I find fragrance fades quicker than normal on my skin.
If like me, you tend to steer clear of rose and/or violet scents, I urge you to give L’Occitane Violette & Rose de Mai Eau de Toilette a try as I think you’ll be very pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to wear, and how light and non-powdery it is. I find that it really reminds me of a slightly sweeter version of Chloe Love Story, but in fact I actually prefer Violette & Rose De Mai to Love Story as it’s longer lasting, more lightweight and it smells a little bit more sophisticated and unique – it really is the ideal tribute to celebrate their 40th anniversary.All products featured on Gemma Etc. are PR samples or gifted items, unless otherwise indicated. This post may contain affiliate links. If you wish to find out more, please see my Disclaimer within my navigation bar.