December 18, 2013

Review: L'Occitane Immortelle Lotion Divine & Extrait Divin

 

The Immortelle skincare range was inspired by the flower of the same name, known for its ability to never fade even after being picked. L'Occitane uses essential oils derived from Corsican Immortelle flowers for this anti-aging line. 

A few months ago, I was sent two items from the range to try out. Unfortunately, I was not able to use it immediately because of a stress-induced rosacea flare-up that I had to address first. But once that was done, I started my Immortelle experience.

  

Applying lotion is an additional skincare step that I feel is extremely important. It has a made a huge difference for me and my skin feels better whenever I apply lotion as compared to times when I don't. It is applied after cleansing and before any other treatment. What it does is soften the skin and prepare it for other skincare products. By doing so, it raises the efficacy of your serum, moisturizer and spot treatment by allowing it to be better absorbed by your skin.

Lotion Divine does just that and the way I would use it is to take a quarter-sized amount and gently massage this on my cheeks, forehead and chin. Anything left on my hands, I pat on my neck. Applying this with my hands feels much more effective compared to using a cotton round. With its light, runny, gel-like texture, it gets absorbed by your skin real fast.

It has a strong floral scent that, admittedly, I was not a fan of when I started using it. I got used to it over time and now barely recognize the scent. If you have sensitive skin, expect that this will tingle the first few weeks of use or you may want to explore other similar, gentler products. But for those without any sensitivity, this is good to use day and night.

  

Extrait Divin is a serum which, of all the products from this line, contains the highest centration of essential oil. Its meant to provide a plumping effect on the skin and within seconds upon application, I literally felt my skin transform, becoming more supple and firm.

The floral scent is still present but to a lesser degree compared to Lotion Divine. It has a gel-like texture that's slightly thicker. It still gets absorbed quickly and the effect is felt almost immediate. Each pump will dispense a pea-sized amount. I usually need two pumps to cover my entire face and neck. 

I find this to be a good serum which works with any skin type.

Have you tried this or any L'Occitane skincare products? What did you think of it?

 *Press sample was provided for editorial consideration.

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