The Art of Giving - Tis the Season with L'Occitane

I love Christmas. It's by far my favorite time of year...the chill in the air, white lights everywhere, holiday music and an overall feeling of goodness, kindness and giving....I mean, what's not to love? And I have so many wonderful memories of Christmas growing up, complete with lots of family traditions (my mama was so good about making traditions and memories). Things like decorating the tree with lots of special ornaments, baking and decorating a homemade gingerbread house every year, opening one gift every Christmas Eve and reading the first Christmas story from the Bible before opening gifts each Christmas morning. And of course, there was the Advent Calendar.... I'm pretty sure there wasn't a year that passed that we didn't have one....and every year my brother and I looked forward to opening the little windows to see what was inside (and probably fought over it a little bit too!). And now that I have kids of my own, Advent Calendars have become somewhat of a tradition in our house as well. Some years it's one filled with candy, some with Lego figures, all with little surprises that each bring us one day closer to Christmas.

But Advent Calendars aren't just for kids anymore (insert cheers!) because L'Occitane has a couple of amazing new Advent Calendars that make the perfect gift for the grown-up beauty-lover in your life (think mom, sister, aunt, friend....I know my niece would absolutely love one!) And you guys, these calendars are gorgeous! Plus not only are they so pretty to look at, they are also each filled with 24 sample size L'Occitane products....everything from bath gel to shower oil, soap to hand cream, shampoo and conditioner to body lotion....a little of everything! And the scents are amazing.... almond, shea butter, peony, cherry blossom and verbena products....and believe me, they all smell incredible.

And the best part, besides having so many luxe, high-quality product options to try all in one place, is that there are actually two calendar options as well, so you can choose the perfect gift for whoever is on your shopping list.

L'Occitane's Signature Advent Calendar retails for $69 and if you ask me, makes the perfect gift for a friend, co-worker, neighbor or even your child's teacher. It's not only thoughtful and useful, the packaging is adorable and again includes 24 sample size L'Occitane products. This set includes:
- Almond Shower Oil 1.18 fl. oz.
- Almond Delicious Hand Cream 0.33 oz.
- Almond Delicious Soap 1.7 oz.  
- Shea Light Comforting Cream 0.17 oz.
- Almond Milk Concentrate 0.67 oz.
- Arlésienne Eau de Toilette 0.25 fl.oz.
- Arlésienne Perfumed Soap 1.76 oz.
- Aromachologie Shampoo 1.18 fl.oz
- Aromachologie Conditioner 1.18 fl.oz.
- Aromachologie Relaxing Shower Gel 1.18 fl.oz. - Cherry Blossom Shower Gel 1.18 fl. oz.
- Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion 1.18 fl. oz. - Citrus Verbena Shower Gel 1 fl.oz.
- Aromachologie Revitalizing Sugar Cube 1.4 oz.  - Peony Flora Hand Cream 0.33 oz.
- Shea Butter Shower Cream 1 fl.oz.
- Shea Butter Body Lotion 1 oz.
- Shea Butter Hand Cream 0.33 oz.
- Shea Butter Foot Cream 0.33 oz.
- Shea Butter Lip Balm 0.1 oz.
- Shea Butter Milk Soap 0.88 oz.
- Verbena Leaf Soap 0.8 oz.
- Verbena Body Lotion 1 oz.
- Verbena Hand Cream 0.33 oz.
Lot's of great stuff right?? (To check it out in greater detail or to purchase, just click the link above.)

And if you want to go even a little more luxe, L'Occitane's Luxury Advent Calendar absolutely fits the bill. A gorgeous gold box with-pull-out drawers (that I think would be great for storing other items after the samples are gone), again with a beautiful variety of sample size L'Occitane products that I'm pretty certain mom, grandma, sister, best friend (maybe even a boss?) would all be super impressed by and grateful for (I know I would be!)! This set retails for $124 and includes:
- Almond Shower Oil 35 ml
- Almond Supple Skin Oil 15ml
- Almond Milk Concentrate 20ml
- Almond Delicious Hand Cream 10ml
- Arlésienne Eau de Toilette 7ml
- Aromachologie Relaxing Shower Gel 35ml
- Aromachologie Conditioner 35ml
- Aromachologie Shampoo 35ml
- Cherry Blossom Shimmering Body Lotion 35ml - Cherry Blossom Hand Cream 10ml
- Divine Cream 4ml
- Divine Youth Oil 4ml
- Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette 7ml
- Immortelle Precious Cream 8ml
- Immortelle Essential Water 30ml
- Immortelle Oil Make Up Remover 30ml
- Shea Butter Lip Balm 12ml
- Shea Butter Hand Cream 30ml
- Shea Light Comforting Cream 8ml
- Shea Butter Cleansing Oil 30ml
- Shea Butter Shower Cream 30ml
- Roses et Reines Hand & Nail Cream 10ml
- Terre de Lumière Eau de Parfum 5ml
- Verbena Eau de Toilette 10ml
This is truly a stunning presentation and wonderful gift idea in my book! (Again, if you want to see more or to purchase, click the link at the top of this paragraph.)

So now that I've shared a little overview, let me just tell you about a few of my very favorite products from these sets (it was so much fun trying all of them)! There are a number of products that come in both boxes so let me start with my favorites of those.....namely L'Occitane's Almond Delicious Hand CreamAromachologie Relaxing Shower Gel and Arlesienne Eau de Toilette. The Almond Delicious Hand Cream just has a very appealing light almond scent, a creamy (but not greasy) feel and isn't at all overpowering but moisturizes really well. My next fave, the Aromachologie Relaxing Shower Gel, has a somewhat earthy, woodsy scent to me and a nice gel texture. I actually think it would work well for a man or a woman (as it's not super feminine or floral) so might make a great gift or stocking-stuffer for the man in your life. And finally, probably my very fave product was the lovely floral and very feminine Arlesienne Eau de Toilette. I love the scent of this product! But again while it does have a very beautiful floral scent, it's a light perfume that is subtle rather than overpowering, which is the best kind if you ask me. And don't worry, I've linked all these products so you can check them out and try them for yourself.

As far as other products I really enjoyed, the Peony Flora Hand CreamVerbena Body Lotion and Shea Butter Lip Balm topped my list from the Signature Calendar. I am a sucker for pretty, girly scents and both the Peony Cream and Verbena Lotion fit the bill there. Light, fresh and creamy in texture, I can see myself using both a lot. And I literally do not leave the house without lip balm and L'Occitane's Shea Butter Balm is virtually scent-free, goes on smoothly (isn't sticky) and feels really moisturizing.... so I think I've found my new lip balm go-to.

From the Luxury Calendar, a few of my other favorites included the Cherry Blossom Hand Cream, Immortelle Precious CreamRoses et Reines Hand & Nail Cream and Neroli & Orchidee Eau de Toilette. (If you can't tell, I have a thing for creams!) I love how all of these smell (seriously nose-pleasing) and was really impressed by the non-greasy yet very creamy feel of all of these cream samples. Plus the Immortelle Precious Cream is supposed to help with the appearance of wrinkles and increase skin firmness so I can't wait to use it consistently and see the results over time (since let's be honest, I can't even pretend to pass for 29 anymore!) And again, when it came to the Eau de Toilette, this one smelled so lovely and feminine but was still light and fresh. I've linked these products and would love for you to check them out and let me know if you think they're as great as I do. (PS. I did link mostly full-size products, but many are also available in smaller sample sizes.....and, regardless, the prices for both are super reasonable, especially for such high-quality products.)

So no matter which calendar you choose, this is probably the very best way for you (or your lucky gift recipients) to try out so many of the lovely products L'Occitane offers because there is such a variety all wrapped up in one awesome gift. You might even discover a new fave product like I did (the Arlesienne Eau de Toilette tops my list)! Plus, the packaging and illustrations are so pretty, you won't even need to wrap these (that's a huge bonus if you ask me....I'm a terrible wrapper.)

So if you're starting to Christmas shop or need a unique and gorgeous gift idea for that hard-to-shop-for person (or really anyone who loves skincare, bath or beauty products), I would highly recommend checking out both L'Occitane's Signature and Luxury Advent Calendars. I'm pretty sure you'll be as impressed by them as I was. And let me know what you think! Here's to getting a jump on the holiday shopping and getting into the Christmas giving spirit!



*This post was sponsored by L'Occitane USA but all opinions are 100% honest and mine alone.