13 November 2014


A few weeks ago I was so lucky to go to a L’Occitane event, where we got a preview of their newest fragrance, Arlésienne;

What They Say:

The Arlésienne eau de toilette is a feminine floral fusion, the embodiment of the woman of Arles –the Arlésienne. Elegant and mysterious, she leaves in her wake a unique trail that lingers wherever she goes. L’Occitane reveals her in a subtle bouquet of three flowers: the rose for her grace, the sweet violet for her mystery, and the saffron for her temperament.
Made with extracts of rose from Grasse, sweet violet, and saffron from Provence

RRP: $72 (75ml) – Available from L’Occitane

The Arlésienne shower cream transforms into a light foam to gently cleanse the body. It leaves the skin scented with vibrant notes, revealing the subtle Arlésienne bouquet: rose, sweet violet and saffron. Made with extracts of rose from Grasse, sweet violet, and saffron from Provence.

RRP: $28 (250ml) – Available from L’Occitane

What I Say:

I was only recently introduced to the fragrances from L’Occitane (you can read my review of the Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette here). 

The Arlésienne Eau de Toilette is inspired by the distinctly feminine silhouette of the women from Arles, in the South of France. She is like no other. She arouses creativity and inspires artists including Van Gogh and Picasso. In her wake she leaves a distinct trace of her presence from the three floral notes in the fragrance, each one like a trait of her character, fuse together, the fiery temperament of saffron, the grace of rose, the mystery of violet. And the movements of her dress has been captured the flowers engraved in the bottle and the colourful boxes inspired by the light-hearted dance of the Arlésiennes.

So what is the fragrance like? These are the notes:

  • Head Notes: Saffron and Mandarin Orange
  • Heart Notes: Rose and Lily of the Valley
  • Base Notes: Violet, Sandalwood and Tonka Bean

It is a very floral scent that is very fruity at the same time thanks to containing mandarin orange, it has a lovely light zestiness to it as well. At the same time, it has a sensual warmth too, due to the violet and the sandal wood.

I am not usually a huge fan of either violet or sandal wood, but the mandarin orange and the lily of the valley are so dominant and the notes that really stand out for me.

For the past few weeks I have been wearing the fragrance during the day, as it is the perfect feminine scent to wear for casual daytime outings during spring and summer, but on the other hand, as it is also quite sophisticated, it is also perfectly suited for night-time wear.


I have to be honest and admit that I generally purchase Eau de Parfums, as they simply lasts longer, but I have been pleasantly surprised with how long the Arlésienne Eau de Toilette is lasting on my skin, with the scent still noticeable at the end of a long day.

But of course using the beautiful Arlésienne Shower Cream prior to the Eau de Toilette is certainly also helping, as would building up the scent by also using the matching body milk or body oil. 

The Arlésienne Eau de Toilette comes in a slightly peach (or you could maybe call it smoky) tinted bottle, with a stunning embossed floral panel down the front of the bottle and a simple rose gold lid, and it is so stunning with its elegant simplicity.

The Shower Cream has a gorgeous pale pink shade, and like the fragrance, it smells absolutely divine. It easily lathers up to a soft foam, that gently cleanses your skin, without stripping it of moisture, leaving it soft and smooth, and with that gorgeous scent lingering behind on both your skin and in your bathroom, making it smell like a spa heaven!


Overall this is a beautiful new scent from L’Occitane, who yet again has managed to impress me with not only the quality but also thought behind the development of their products. I will certainly enjoy using this fragrance and the Shower Cream too, and I am also pretty keen on getting my hands on the matching body oil as well as the limited edition Beautifying Powder sounds and looks divine too – and just imagine how gorgeous our home would smell with the Arlésienne Perfumed Candle..

This new Scent is sure to bit a big hit for L’Occitane, and if you are looking for a special woman in your life, it would be the perfect present, she definitely won’t be disappointed.

*Product was kindly provided for consideration, and has reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.
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1 comment

  1. This sounds really lovely! I love the packaging too xx


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