L’Occitane Scents For Spring
K: Scent is such a powerful, memory evoking tool and as someone who is very sensitive to perfumes, I’ve had my fair share of perfume bottles that never get used. In search of a perfume for myself and a cologne for Brandon, we reached out to one of our favorite beauty brands, L’Occitane, to help us with the task of finding complimentary scents that wouldn’t be overpowering.
B: I am also very picky went scent and have never continuously worn a cologne in my life. L’Occitane has been a favorite brand of mine and I’ve always enjoyed the natural scents that they offer in products like the Verbena hand soap and Lavender body wash. When they offered to collaborate with us on this post, I grew excited at the possibility of their formal colognes.
K: Since describing scents can be difficult, I’m breaking out my English teacher skills today. I always tell my kids to write about mood and to use strong and powerful words to evoke that sense. A good writer allows the reader to feel, smell, and taste the items that they’re describing. For this post, we’ve established a “mood” for each scent and we’ve paired an outfit with each smell. The mood should give you a descriptive quality, while the outfit will help give you a sense of how each scent made us feel.
*Thank you to L’Occitane for partnering with us on this post*
Terre De Lumiere
Mood: Feminine & Soft
I’m not usually a fan of any perfume with heavy floral notes. I think because L’Occitane uses real flowers and natural ingredients, the floral notes in this perfume really smell like a soft flower, rather than an artificial, bottled floral fragrance. Everything about this smells feminine and soft, a perfect representation in this Wayf floral dress. If this dress had a smell, it would be the Terre de Lumiere perfume.
L’Homme Cologne Cedrat
Mood: Refined Gentleman
The first thought that came to mind when I initially smelled the L’Homme cologne was “perfect, classic gentleman”. It’s traditional, fresh, and would work well for almost any guy regardless of age. Katherine and I kept joking because it looked like I was carrying a flask around, but I think the bottle itself is part of the appeal. To me, this cologne would be a foolproof gift idea for the guy in your life. It’s not overpowering, but a small spray or two evokes a refined scent that will carry on throughout the day.
Verbena Eau de Toilette
Mood: Crisp & Sprightly
This Verbena perfume smells fresh and evokes such an energetic mood. It makes me feel awake and alive. As someone who can sometimes get headaches from perfume, this one is so clean and doesn’t overpower my nose or give me a headache.
I chose to pair it with this unique asymmetrical trench dress. Its classic yet unexpected shape paired perfectly with the Verbena scent. Both the dress and the perfume went well with the crisp spring morning that we had.
L’Occitan Eau de Toilette
Mood: Brawny Outdoorsman
Our own setting may have had an impact on how I saw this cologne. It smelled lively and energetic, a great compliment to Katherine’s Verbena perfume mentioned above. As someone who doesn’t reach for a scent daily, this one felt like it could easily become an everyday item for me. Katherine and I discovered that the “Eau de Toilette” serves as a more mild and subdued scent rather than the overwhelming perfumes we characterize with our grandmothers. This factor allowed us to spritz several times without getting a headache or too strong of a scent later. It’s the perfect answer for anyone wary of perfumes.
I’m a visual person and obviously, a fashion lover. I’m assuming that if you’re a consistent reader, you have those traits as well. In combining fashion and scent, I hope you can feel (and almost smell) what we’ve experienced with the L’Occitane fragrances. As a couple, we wanted to find scents that compliment each other, work for everyday wear, and feel natural. L’Occitane has definitely accomplished that in each of these, and I’m confident in saying that any of these scents would be perfect as a gift for your guy or girl. They’ve also got a few others that you can see here if you’re still interested in browsing the possibilities.