Two years ago, I fell in love with L’Occitane’s La Collection de Grasse especially the scent Jasmin and Bergamot. This past spring, La Collection de Grasse welcomed a new floral fruit scent composed of blue iris from Grasse, France and white iris from the Mediterranean together forming Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc. I feel like this could even be the name of some sort of psychological thriller as even the combination of the two flowers is somewhat unexpected and yet inviting.
I saw the word “iris” and just assumed floral, but there are in fact top notes of blackcurrent and citrus with a heart of iris, ylang ylang and peach followed by a strong base of iris, cedar and white musk. The newest collection consists of: an Eau de Toilette (75mL/$75.00 CDN), Body Milk (250mL/$32.00 CDN), Shower Gel (250mL/$26.00 CDN), Hand Cream (30mL/$12.00 CDN) and a Perfumed Soap (75g/$8.00 CDN). Both iris extracts are cultivated and harvested with a sustainable farming approach which is a practice I have always loved about L’Occitane.
I own what feels like an army of L’Occitane body products, but for some reason have NEVER owned a body milk! The Iris Blue & Iris Blanc Body Milk* is fragranced with the dual iris scent and is very light in consistency as milks tend to be. This is my preferred consistency short of spray-on moisturizers for the summer as it is quick to absorb. The fragrance hangs around for an hour or two on me, but can be enhanced with a spritz of the EDT.
Three new hand creams from La Collection de Grasse are being added to L’Occitane’s ever popular shea butter hand cream selection: Jasmin & Bergamote, Neroli & Orchidee and of course, Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc. The first thing that caught my eye about the new hand cream was the packaging. Instead of the traditional silver metal tubes, these are white and have a matte finish which I think look spring-like and fresh. The formulation of the hand cream itself is also much lighter than the classic shea butter hand creams as these contain 2% instead of 20% shea butter. I have to say, that I much prefer this formulation for the summer as it leaves my hands soft and not greasy in the slightest. I must now have the Jasmin & Bergamote seeing as how I have the EDT, soap and shower gel already and love them!
Final Verdict: This scent is more mature in nature and is something I don’t think I would have liked in my early 20s, but if you have always been a fan of florals, Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc will make you feel absolutely luxurious!
Available now at all L’Occitane boutiques across Canada.