I’m a lucky girl, just one of a few selected presenters to get my hands on the L’Occitane TSV that was on 21st of March; the collection is all sitting proudly in my bathroom. Well, it was until until my brother came to stay with me the other day. He was coming down to London on business for a few days which coincided with his birthday so we saw it as an ideal opportunity to catch up. Olly and I are only a few years apart in age so we have always been quite close and we used to hang out lots, we even socialised in the same friendship group (which basically means he dated lots of my friends growing up).
Strange how things change over the years though, some time back this would be seen as an opportunity to go out and celebrate with a few raucous drinks but he is a family man who’s 40 next year and it was a Wednesday, we both had work the next day so opted for an early bite to eat and a film; how rock n roll! The next morning we were up bright and early. Over breakfast we covered current affairs, football, family matters but then out of the blue Oliver told he how impressed he was with the L’Occitane shower foam he’d just used and that he mentioned had actually used it to shave. Rich in shea butter, he said his skin was left feeling smooth and soft.
Never thought my brother would indulge in a conversation about the relative pros of good skincare over breakfast. I explained how selective L’Occitane were when it came to selecting their ingredients. I told him about my favourite Verbena fragrance and how I find it so fresh but warm, how it perks me up in the morning and conjures up images of wandering through a small village in Southern Tuscany past a lime grove and you catch a waft of it in the warm Mediterranean air. Isn’t it fabulous when aromas can transport you somewhere in the world even momentarily? I call this ‘a moment’. Actually this is what mindfulness is all about and it can have a beautifully calming effect on us. I digress temporarily but next time you are taking a bath or a shower really focus on everything that’s happening to you; the sensations you feel, the warm water on your skin, inhale slowly the steam that fills the room, the way your muscles relax, be calm and just enjoy. This can be done with all aspects of life; when you’re eating, chew every mouthful slowly and carefully think about how it tastes, the texture, the smell. We need to be in the moment, try to stop focusing on worries, thinking about the future, making mental notes of what you have to do, just enjoy doing what you are at that time and be grateful.
Back to L’Occitane, it was great to see Olly so passionate about something that wasn’t football before 9am. Anyway, as it transpired when Olly disappeared back to Manchester so did the shower foam where it now resides with my brother and his family – cheeky monkey. His wife already has a L’Occitane shea butter hand cream obsession so she wasn’t at all surprised. As well as the fine ingredients and the skincare benefits, the luxury aromas of L’Occitane allow many of us an escape mechanism, even of it’s only a few times a day. When people ask me why I love L’Occitane it’s because I appreciate that they’ve spent years specially selecting the finest ingredients from Provence and formulating botanical blends to provide us with sensory pleasures our body and mind deserve.
For his 40th next year rather than the usual gadgets Oliver has already asked me for an anti-ageing skincare collection and some more L’Occitane.