Did you know that L’Occitane have a beautiful and permanent line of candles which make up the Art de Vivre collection? No? Me neither up until very recently and of course being the candle fiend that I am, ordered one of each scent to try out – for the sake of research of course, not because I have a serious problem or anything like that.
In the grand scheme of things, does it really matter how a candle looks? It’s like perfume bottles, as long as the juice inside smells great, I can’t say I pay it too much mind – what I’m really saying here is that I don’t buy candles to match my decor. However I do think that L’Occitane have done a great job in delivering their Art de Vivre candles in a way that they are fairly muted and neutral in design. As such they should appeal to most – not to mention they make great gifts.
Within the L’Occitane Art de Vivre collection there is four scents to chose from all of which is available across a whole range of products to scent your home and body. The idea of the Art de Vivre range does seem to be that it has been created to engulf the senses with indulgent scents, all of which have been infused with essential oils, to evoke the Provençal spirit of ‘art de vivre’.
I rather like that each fragrance has a purpose, almost akin to the benefits of aromatherapy rather than simply being dubbed a citrus, floral, what-have-you type of scent. The four fragrances within the Art de Vivre collection are:
– the scent to bring the outdoors directly into your home, said to have been created to mimic the sensory delight of taking a walk a pine forest, surrounded by the green freshness of trees. It is safe to say that this is a fresh and almost menthol type scent with strong notes of cypress, thyme, eucalyptus, juniper and ylang-ylang essential oils, to bring a feeling of harmony.
– a gentle and sleepy blend of Lavender, sweet orange, bergamot, mandarin and geranium. If like myself you aren’t the hugest fan of Lavender fragrances this is one to seek out as you have all the relaxing benefits of said ingredient and yet thanks to the additional and somewhat fruity notes, the Lavender isn’t overpowering. A great candle to curl up with at night.
Revitalising – So you need a little pep in your step? The Revitalising Candle has been created to offer a zesty yet fresh scent using an invigorating blend of mint, pine, rosemary, sweet orange and litsea cubeba. This is the only scent out of the four that has a warm, almost sunny fragrance that does refresh and invigorate, I find myself using it whilst working at home to keep me motivated and on track.
Uplifting – Winter is long and often grey, what could be better than an uplifting and fresh fragrance of immortelle, basil, cypress, eucalyptus and litsea cubeba to pretend that you are in a sunnier destination than home.
As there are lots of candle brands within the market at the moment, finding a suitable comparison and reference point wasn’t too difficult, I’d imagine if you like Neom fragrances, this is a range you will also enjoy.
You can find all four L’Occitane Art de Vivre candles for £20/140g each here – link.