Celebrating YOU with L’Occitane

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rifle paper co x loccitaneI am so excited to start this month of giveaways with L’Occitane.  A brand I have used and loved for many years, L’Occitane stands for much of what I believe in – quality, caring, and community.

In 1976, 23-year-old Olivier Baussan with only an alembic and a small truck began steam distilling wild rosemary essential oil to sell at open-air markets in his native Provence, France. L'Occitane was named for the women of Occitania, an area that existed during the Middle Ages, spanning southern France, north-eastern Spain and northern Italy.  Using an old soap factory that was donated to him, Baussan expanded his production to include soaps and creams, taking inspiration from the land where he grew up.

loccitane rifle paper co limited editionThe first L'Occitane factory and boutique opened in 1981; today L’Occitane is sold in over 90 countries across the globe. L’Occitane continues to develop and produce most of their products in Provence and strives to preserve traditional cultivation methods for many of their ingredients. L’Occitane does not conduct animal testing, and uses no animal product or by-product, except for beehive products. L'Occitane also develops most of its products and ingredients in line with the organic cosmetics specifications of Ecocert. L'Occitane invests heavily in research – they have their own state-of-the-art research lab in the heart of Haute-Provence, in Manosque. A team of 100 researchers works in 11 laboratories, focused on topics from molecular biology to plant extraction to analytical chemistry so we can keep raising the bar.  L’Occitane is very much in support of the global community they have built over the years; they try to give back through the L'OCCITANE Foundation, which was created in 2006. The two main initiatives of the Foundation support visual impairment around the world and economic emancipation for women in Burkina Faso. On top of that, L’Occitane employees participate in Foundation projects, from post-tsunami reconstruction in Japan to natural heritage in Provence.

loccitane x rifle paper coThis season, L’Occitane partnered with another favorite company of mine, Rifle Paper Co. for a limited-edition collection. Anna Bond, co-founder and Chief Creative Office of Rifle Paper Co., fell in love with stationery and developed a line of products featuring her hand-painted illustrations, with a look that is both modern and timeless. Launched in 2009 in Anna’s garage apartment, Rifle Paper Co. has grown to be a successful global brand with over 150 employees.  With all that growth, Rifle Paper Co. still strives, like L’Occitane to bring beauty to the everyday.  The Rifle Paper Co X L’Occitane collaboration is utterly charming, colorful, a gift to give or gift yourself. The packaging alone is a treat; I have one of the boxes from the collection in my office storing ticket stubs and mementoes from trips and shows. I’m thrilled to be offering one Wardrobe Oxygen reader a gift of pieces from the Rifle Paper Co. x L’Occitane Limited Edition collection.

This prize will include some of my very favorite items from L’Occitane:

  • L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream – If you haven’t tried L’Occitane’s hand cream you are missing out. It is one of the most luxurious yet hardworking beauty products I have ever owned.  Rich and thick (it’s 20% organic Shea Butter) yet quickly absorbed, it will make your hands feel like velvet, even after a brutally cold winter day. I keep a tube on my nightstand to apply before bedtime, and a mini tube in my purse. Many loved ones have received this hand cream as a gift over the years.
  • L’Occitane Shea Balm – These little tins are chock full of awesomeness. 100% natural origin, certified organic Shea Butter is produced in a fair trade agreement with cooperatives of women in Burkina Faso (West Africa). This beauty balm helps to protect, soften and nourish dry and dehydrated skin on your lips, elbows, knees, cuticles, and even hair. I’ve even used it under my nose when it has gotten raw from the sniffles or a frigid day outside.
  • L’Occitane Shea Butter Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil – Made with 30% Shea Oil, this product is heaven for your cuticles. The tube has a brush on the end, one gentle squeeze and you can easily apply the oil without any mess or waste. I have one in my purse and I keep one on my desk to care for my hands during the day. This stuff works so well I no longer have hangnails and it’s kept me from nibbling on my nails and cuticles!
  • Shea Butter One-Minute Hand Scrub – We exfoliate our face, we’ll exfoliate our knees or our elbows, but what about our hands? Exfoliation makes skin look younger, and be more receptive to absorbing moisture. Now in a convenient tube, this creamy scrub gently exfoliates, hydrates, and softens the skin without any mess.

I’m such a fan of L’Occitane, and have been a bit of a fan girl over partnering with them the past few months.  It makes me positively giddy that they wish to celebrate YOU with this amazing giveaway valued at over $150!

How to Enter:

Wardrobe Oxygen x L'Occitane Giveaway

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  1. I’m a sucker for gorgeous packaging, and Rifle Paper’s designs are so beautiful! Thanks for offering this giveaway 🙂

  2. Hand cream. Between the cold dry Canadian winter and all.the.dishes (family of 6 and no dishwasher, except moi), I’m always looking for a nice hand cream.

  3. yknow, ive never tried L’Occitane — something about their brand just seemed too……nice for me.
    how silly is that?!

    ever since having my son, i havent had the time i used to have to take care of myself, and my hands have definitely paid a price for it — these products would be perfect!

  4. i love everything l’occitane makes. love their hand creams and body lotions and i really want to try more of their face products!

  5. I’d love to try the shea balm. I get terrible colds this time of year and the sides of my nostrils are always chapped.

  6. I hadn’t tried this L’Occitane’s products until I snagged a few travel sized products in the Air France lounge at Charles De Gaulle this past summer. I am interested in trying the hand cream and the almond oil products mentioned. Thanks for featuring these.

  7. I love the Almond Shower Oil so much! It smells like cookies . This packaging packaging is a dream collaboration, but I think the hand creams are the most covetable.

  8. I like the hand cream for all the reasons you said, but I haven’t tried the cuticle cream and am intrigued. Sounds amazing for my dry hands.

  9. I so need the cuticle cream! My nails are a mess with hang nails all over the place. Winter is killing me this year!

  10. Beautiful collection. They are offering a free limited edition tin as well to members who show a link to their RIFLEPAPER18 page. The tin is darling and includes a mini cream and lotion.

  11. Thank you for sharing the L’Occitane and Rifle Paper Co. stories. Always trying to support companies using natural ingredients. Would love to try the Shea Butter hand cream. Rifle Paper products are beautiful. Great for gifts!

  12. Oh my goodness, L’Occitaine is my favorite fancy stuff! I mourned when I lost my little round of green tea perfume and haven’t been near a retailer since to replace it!

  13. I love both of these companies! It’s like a perfect combo. I love the L’Occitane hand cream. Can’t live without it!

  14. Love to try the cuticle cream! Mine are a mess. But mostly i want to know how to pronounce the company name! 🙂

  15. Oooooh, I absolutely love L’Occitane! AND Rifle Paper Co? That’s such a great combination <3 Thank you so much Alison, for giving us a great prize!

  16. I wasn’t aware of all their social outreach–I love knowing that they contribute back, not to mention the cruelty-free aspects of their products. Every time I walk past their stores, I feel like a tiny bit of Provence is peering out, and beckoning.

  17. I’d love a tube of the Shea Butter Hand Cream. I purchased the advent calendar as a gift for my MIL this year, and got a free tube of the hand cream as a free gift with purchase. I gave it to my husband since he doesn’t take good care of his hands, and he’s used almost the whole thing already and I haven’t even had a chance to try it!

  18. Thanks, Ally. What a lovely gift. I appreciate your thoughtfulness in offering this Occitane and Rifle Paper Co. combination.

  19. Your recent posts/grams about the need for better skin-care as we age have really gotten me thinking about stepping up my own skin-care regimen. I turned 40 this year and I don’t think my casual approach will cut it for much longer! This kit would be the perfect place to start 🙂

  20. This is so exciting! I’m turning 40 in August so I know I need to take better care of my skin, and this winter especially has been hard on my hands.

  21. Years ago, my MIL gave me the Verbena body lotion, and it is my favorite lotion ever. I haven’t ever tried anything else, but every few years I splurge on a bottle and really enjoy it.

  22. I have some L’Occitane products with an almond scent that I love. I would really like to try the cuticle oil as my hangnails are a mess!!

  23. I love L’Occitane and enjoyed reading this post. Their hand cream is fabulous! I would really like to try the nail and cuticle oil. Thank you for hosting this generous giveaway!!

  24. I have never tried the hand cream but my poor dried out wintry high desert hands need all the help they can get! Thanks for sharing such a fun giveaway!

  25. I am a farmer in the cold NE US and my hands are really dry from the cold winter we have had. I would love to try these products!

  26. Always a fan of this product!!…And with the havoc, this winter has played with my skin these products would come in very handy…Wonderful give-away!!

  27. I would love their Shea hand cream – it is a dream year round. Combined with the cute Rifle Paper Co packging it is perfection!

  28. It’s a cold, miserable, sub-zero day here in the Midwest, and my wind-blasted skin could use some TLC! Thanks for making Monday (almost) worth getting up for, Allie.

  29. Thanks for this giveaway. Always wanted the opportunity to try their products , especially the hand cream. Packaging is so creative!

  30. I love this giveaway idea! Such a fun way to celebrate February—and very generous of you. Also, I would LOVE to win this products. I’ve never tried L’Occitane, but these products look fantastic. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  31. When I used to travel for work regularly, I always made it a point to purchase a tube of hand cream from the L’Occitane airport store, so that I could moisturize my hands during the flight and throughout my stay. After that, I became hooked on the Au Lait D’Amande lotion for its wonderful almond smell. i hope I’m the winner of this wonderful product line.

  32. I enjoyed reading this post. While I thoroughly enjoy L’Occitane Hand Cream, It was great to learn more about the company and am now considering other products I would like to try.

  33. Thanks for the giveaway! I really appreciate your realness on instagram and your blog. I consistently have dry hands, so I would love some more lotions to try out. Thanks!

  34. I love essential oils and paper goods so your description of the sensation of the L’Occitane products and the look of the packaging make this a wonderful treat to consider! And a reminder of a great gift for a dear friend’s birthday…

  35. I am using the Ultra-Rejuvenating Body Butter with Sweet Almond Milk. It is 50% Shea butter and perfect for my hands and nails any time of year. Plus it smells like fresh almonds.

  36. It’s awesome that you are giving back to your audience. This nail and cuticle oil sounds amazing. My Psoriasic Arthritis makes my nails brittle, flaky & pitted. I’ve been using an oil that helps but this sounds so much better!

  37. I have a few of their products and love the almond milk concentrate. I would love to try the one minute hand scrub, and am waiting for some of my other perfumes to run out so I can get their cherry blossom one.

  38. There’s a store a few minutes from my work and I think I’ll go have a look. I love the smell of shea butter and now I’m obsessed with trying the hand cream you mentioned!

  39. Loooooove the L’Occitaine hand cream! The minis are the best, I stash them everywhere. Also adore the foot cream. Lavender, mmmmmm.

  40. My grandma always used to have a bottle of L’Occitane in her kitchen, and the brand will always remind me of her! I would love some of that beautiful hand cream!

  41. With winter making my hands dry and cracked, I’d love to try the L’Occitane shea butter intensive hand cream.

  42. Wow! What a generous giveaway. I’ve been wanting to try the hand cream forever and I love the packaging. Fingers crossed!

  43. Since I started swimming laps a few months ago at the wonderful Greenbelt indoor pool, I’ve become reliant on L’Occitane’s almond shower oil. It helps so much with my combination of itchy winter skin and itchy chlorine skin!

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