This beautiful scent was found in mini bottle form in my lovely Perfume Society Discovery Box, complete with dinky little flowery box. L’Occitane is known for their nature based scents such as vetiver, rose, lavender and Verbena. There are lots of florals in the range, but nothing ever smells synthetic. I have yet to find a L’Occitane I didn’t want to own- and there are a lot of them!
My very first unedited thought when trying L’Arlesienne was “rhubarb!” Just like Hermes Jour D’Hermes (see my review elsewhere on this blog,) rhubarb pops up unbidden, despite not being listed as a note. My theory is that it is begat (or begotten?) from the juxtaposition of other ingredients and whoops! an accidental bonus note of rhubarb has emerged. Thus it is with L’Arlesienne. The rhubarb in this case emerges flanked by hints of white tea, soap and rich heady roses, leaving a narcotically rich floral on my skin.
Lasting power is pretty good at around five hours and although the roses dominate there is still a fruity-ness about this that it neither unpleasant or mass market, but reminds of a beautiful summer garden, bees, pollen, rhubarb, roses and all.
L’Occitane L’Arlesienne is available from the L’Occitane website, as well as store branches which you can find here. You can also find a good selection of L’Occitane gift sets on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.