L’Occitane Cherry Princess Perfume

Since the beginning of the year I’ve been getting pitches for Valentine’s Day. Yes, seriously. But finally, I have come out of denial. Yes, Valentine’s Day is almost here. Now I don’t claim to be any sort of love guru, but if there’s one thing I know about men it’s they like chicks who smell good. Or at least that’s what I will tell anyone who tells me I have too many perfumes. And as a chick, I like to be good smelling. So when I heard about L’Occitane releasing a new fragrance called Cherry Princess right in time for Valentine’s Day, I was definitely interested. I love the smell of cherries, and cherry blossoms. Delicious! Who wouldn’t want to smell delicious? 
Cherry Princess arrived, and she is indeed a princess. Look at the girly bottle! Pink! And flowery! I like that it’s not some crazy sculpture to be debated about (like Rihanna’s first perfume…what is that bottle supposed to be?!), but it’s still pretty and pleasant to look at. L’Occitane describes her as “fruity floral”, and that is very accurate. When I first spritz Cherry Princess on, I smell citrus. The florals are there, but they are mostly overpowered by sweet, sweet citrus. Like sugary lemons. If Fresh Lemon Sugar and Aquolina Pink Sugar ran off, got drunk, and had a baby, this would be that baby. Except now she is a teenager going to debutante balls. 
Do you have that friend who has to squeal and carry on when she sees you like it’s been six years? She’s all “HIIIIII OMG OMGOMGHIIIII!!!” which is a bit overwhelming, but she’s a sweet girl and you like having her around once she settles down. This perfume is that friend. After the perfume gets a chance to dry down and “meld” with my body chemistry, it’s still very sweet, but in a more subdued, subtle way. 
Unmistakably and unabashedly feminine, Cherry Princess is one of those scents that I think a guy could get mushy over. In other words, smelling traces of it on an arm that you were snuggled up to and getting sentimental. Cute image huh? Yeah I’m pretty adorable.
L’Occitane Cherry Princess will be available at http://usa.loccitane.com and L’Occitane boutiques starting in February. The edt is a very reasonable $35, but wait there’s more! Cherry Princess powers activate! In the form of…
…Hand Cream ($10)!
…Solid Perfume ($10)!
…Silky Body Gel ($24)!
…Pearlescent Shower Gel ($20)!

Also for a bit of trivia, I love this cute video they made about how to pronounce L’Occitane.
Product sample provided for editorial purposes.

Getting To Know L’Occitane

Before I was really involved in the beauty community, I’d never heard of L’Occitane. That in itself is strange, since the brand has been around since the 70s and is sold in 85 countries all over the world! To find the nearest L’Occitane boutique to you, try their boutique finder. I didn’t realize there’s one practically in my back yard. Wow. Bad blogger!

A Little History…

L’Occitane was founded in 1976 by Olivier Baussan. Baussan was inspired by the Mediterranean culture to create a line of natural skincare based on phytotherapy. What is phytotherapy? Basically it means “to cure with plants”.

The brand prides itself on maintaining techniques perfected by locals of the brand’s land of origins in Provence and the Mediterranean as well as being respectful of people and the environment. They have even formed the L’Occitane Foundation, which helps teach these techniques to women so they can develop businesses in poor countries. L’Occitane has been developing a Fair Trade program in Burkina Faso for 20 years! Additionally, L’Occitane’s ingredients as well as finished products never have been and never will be tested on animals. Other than beehive-derived ingredients (honey, royal jelly, etc.) no ingredients are animal-sourced.

The Products…

I used to have a bar of L’Occitane soap (wrapped in their eco-friendly and sustainable packaging) that I kept in a cabinet simply to make the cabinet smell amazing. It’s their shea verbena soap. When I think of L’Occitane I think of that soft, yet vibrant and delicious fragrance. All of L’Occitane’s products smell so good, and so comforting. I’m not the only one who thinks so – L’Occitane also sells candles in their signature yummy scents. My favorite is the verbena, but lavender also smells divine. What’s your favorite?

This post is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of L’Occitane.