When Sesame alerted me to the launch of the L’Occitane Organic Olive Tree collection via Twitter, I wondered immediately if it would be similar to La Clarée Oliv’, the French organic brand whose line is essentially based on the olive plant. After all, L’Occitane founder Olivier Baussan is the father of Laurent Baussan, the creator of the latter brand.
Like La Clarée, the L’Occitane olive range is certified by eco-organisations – Cosmetique Bio and Ecocert – that endorse its natural/organic sources and production methods.
Curious about the scent and texture of this range, I tried out some of the face moisturiser on the back of my hand, wondering if it’d be similar to La Clarée Moisturizing Face Cream which I really like. Although the lotion sank in well and left my skin feeling smooth, its scent is nothing like the unique fragrance of La Clarée’s products – there is a whiff of sweetness (vanilla?) and it has strong fruity tones (I didn’t detect much olive or aloe). Despite its seeming oddness, there was a sense of familiarity. I couldn’t place it until my son took a sniff and exclaimed joyfully, “Wow, smells like Fruity Pebbles!”
And he was spot-on. :P