While we, Americans, celebrate our great nation every year on July 4th, our more stylish croissant-loving counterparts in France celebrate July 14th. Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille, a fortress that was used as a prison and is considered by many the beginning of the French Revolution. While there is, admittedly, nothing stylish about storming a prison, recognizing and celebrating the many contributions les francais have made in fashion and beauty is naturally how this examiner opts to celebrate the day and what could be more French than cult bath and body brand, L’Occitane.
Debuting in stores on July 30th, their newest collection Roses et Reines was inspired by the Queen of Flowers. This old French tale goes back to the legend of the Count of Forcalquier and his four daughters, who became queens through love, and through their favorite roses. Containing everything a girl would need from a gentle cleansing soap to an eau de toilette, the collection combines ultra-nourishing ingredients with the feminine scent of rose.
While buying the collection in its entirety is tempting, a few standouts include:
- Eau de Toilette: The signature fragrance opens with the citrus freshness of bergamot and blackcurrant leaves. Intense heart notes reveal the floral, silky encounter of four varieties of roses (from Bulgaria, Turkey, Grasse and Morocco) and the fruity notes of the precious rose extract, obtained by enfleurage, colored by raspberry and blackberry. This harmony is prolonged by a woody base of white cedar, which mingles with the softness of heliotrope and musk.
- Hand & Nail Cream: Thanks to shea butter and vitamin E, this cream helps nourish, soften and protect the hands while contributing to strengthen the nails.
- Shower Scrub: Enriched with rosehip seed extracts, this shower scrub gently exfoliates the skin leaving it soft, smooth and bright.
- Gentle Bath Salts: Enriched with rose water, these bath salts dissolve in warm bath water to soften skin and leave it silky and smooth.
Pop some bubbly and celebrate la vie en rose with L’Occitane this Batille Day and throughout the remaining summer months.